Garage fire damage estimate: $100K

Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 9:48 AM
Published: Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 10:06 PM
By: Staff Report

A fire in the garage of a home Monday morning destroyed two vehicles and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, fire officials said.

At about 7 a.m., two people living at 12 Myers Farm Court smelled smoke and discovered fire in the garage. They escaped without injury.

Two vehicles in the garage were destroyed and fire officials with Clearcreek Twp. estimated the damage at $100,000.

Fire officials have not determined the cause of the fire.

Springfield stabbing suspect pleads not guilty

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 4:50 PM
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 11:28 AM
By: Staff Report

A man accused of stabbing another man to death with a serving fork Tuesday morning plead not guilty to murder in a court appearance today.

Laune P. Dozier, Jr. also plead not guilty to an unrelated charge of aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $1 million.

Dozier was taken into custody by Springfield Special Operations Team officers Tuesday afternoon after a two-and-a-half hour standoff.

After firing several smoke devices into the building at 730 East St. and ordering a man to come outside, SOT officers escorted Dozier to a police van just after 2:30 p.m.

He was wanted in the fatal stabbing of Jason Wones early Tuesday morning at 338 Lincoln Park Circle. A warrant was issued for Dozier on a charge of murder Tuesday morning, according to Clark County Municipal Court records.

According to the warrant affidavit, Dozier, 19, was among a group of people drinking at the Lincoln Park address overnight. Witnesses reported that he began assaulting a female just before 7 a.m. and Wones attempted to intervene.

Dozier allegedly grabbed a two-prong serving fork from the kitchen and began stabbing Wones, who attempted to defend himself. At some point he was stabbed in the left side of his chest, according to the affidavit.

Dozier allegedly fled on foot before the witnesses called 911. Medics transported Wones to Springfield Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

SOT officers had been staged at the corner of East and Essex streets since about noon Tuesday. It is unclear what Dozier’s connection to that address is. His listed address on court documents is nearby on East Liberty Street.

East Street was shut down between Selma and Summer streets during the standoff.

Britanie Jackson lives on the other side of the duplex on East Street. She told News Center 7 she is not aware of any criminal activity going on there and that the building is “normally pretty peaceful.”

She said she was surprised earlier today when she attempted to walk home and found police had the street blocked and would not allow her to go to her house.

Man on scooter injured in Troy crash

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 4:49 PM
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 11:53 AM
By: - Northern Bureau Chief

Police in Troy said a driver is expected to be cited in a crash that injured a man riding a motor scooter.

The crash happened on South Short and Race streets in Troy Tuesday morning, according to reports.  Robert Dunfee, 70, of Troy, lost control of his scooter while attempting to avoid a collision with a car making a left hand turn in front of  him.

Dunfee has only had the scooter since July 12. He was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center near Troy for treatment of road rash.

The driver of the car is expected to be cited for being left of center, police said.

Driver arrested; 2 hurt in motorcycle crash

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 4:05 PM
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 6:52 AM

Troopers arrested a man after he was reportedly driving drunk and caused a serious motorcycle crash on Dayton Oxford Road late Tuesday night.

Donnie Miller, 42, of Franklin was taken into custody following the crash, which occurred around 9:10 p.m. Troopers said Miller was driving west on Dayton Oxford Road near the area of Heritage Road, when he crossed the center lines and collided with a motorcycle travelling east on Dayton Oxford. Both occupants of the motorcycle were ejected from the vehicle.

The motorcycle driver, Walter Woodward Jr., 44, of Middletown, was transported to Atrium Medical Center by ambulance, according to Troopers. His passenger, Amy Woodward, 38, of Middletown, was transported aboard CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with serious injuries. Miller was not injured in the crash.

Following the collision, Miller’s vehicle continued travelling off the road and hit a tree, troopers said.

Miller is being held in the Middletown City Jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated vehicular assualt, operating a vehicle impaired, and a lanes of travel violation. He is scheduled in court July 20 at noon.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lebanon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Severe thunderstorm watch is canceled

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 4:05 PM
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 7:42 PM

A severe thunderstorm watch issued for the entire area has been canceled, the National Weather Service said Wednesday evening.

While the threat of severe weather for today is over, some scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected tonight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said.

One concern with the storms is flash flooding because the storms have little movement and with the dry ground, the water won’t sink into the ground quickly.

A few reports of trees down and power lines down in the Miami Valley, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek.

At 7:33 p.m., Dayton Power & Light reported power outages of about 607 customers in the Miami Valley (517 in Greene) and Ohio Edison reported all power in Clark County restored.

Some areas have received 1 to 2 inches of rain, dropping temperatures in those areas by about 20 degrees to the low 70s.

Scattered thunderstorms may also occur Thursday. It will be less humid this weekend, but the heat will continue with temperatures reaching the high 80s.