Girl, 13, identified as victim in Sunday shooting

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 @ 3:05 PM
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 1:21 PM


            Dameon Lareese Wesley, 39, is suspected of killing Briona Rodgers, 13, at 2512 Home Ave. According to family members, Wesley is the ex-boyfriend of Briona’s mother, DaWan Culpepper.
Dameon Lareese Wesley, 39, is suspected of killing Briona Rodgers, 13, at 2512 Home Ave. According to family members, Wesley is the ex-boyfriend of Briona’s mother, DaWan Culpepper.

A Dayton teenager died and her cousin was critically wounded when a man opened fire in the teen’s home Sunday, and police are hunting for him today.

Dameon Lareese Wesley, 39, is suspected of killing Briona Rodgers, 13, at 2512 Home Ave. According to family members, Wesley is the ex-boyfriend of Briona’s mother, Dawan Culpepper.

Alonta Culpepper, Briona’s cousin, was in critical condition Sunday night.

Detectives have not said what led the suspect to shoot the girls. Dawan’s aunt, Tonya Horton, said she was in the home next door when the shooting happened and believes Dawan and Wesley got into an argument prior to the shooting.

Briona Rodgers was an eighth-grader at City Day Community School. A few

web pages have been launched to memorialize her.

This afternoon, police are still looking for Wesley. He was recently released from prison after serving nearly two decades for murder.

Wesley is described as a large black man, weighing 550 pounds and standing at 6 feet, 3 inches tall. It is believed he was driving a tan Chevy Suburban with temporary tags.

According to Dayton Daily News and WHIO archives, Wesley pleaded guilty to murdering his former roommate, Marvin Williams Jr. He was given his prison sentence in April 1994.

Wesley and Williams, then age 19, had been roommates on West Riverview Avenue. In that case, the two argued, and Wesley went to another room, got a handgun and returned. Reports indicate he held Williams in a headlock and shot him twice.

Wesley is currently on parole after serving 18 years for the murder. As of this morning, he had not been located.

Marvin Williams’ mother told WHIO and the Dayton Daily News she went to the parole board during a hearing in August and asked them not to release Wesley.

“My son Eric and I asked the parole board to keep him in prison during that hearing and were told he was a model prisoner,” said Gwendolyn Williams. “We are very upset,” she said of her family.

The Home Avenue homicide is the sixth in Dayton in one week.

Briona Rodgers’ relative also shot, killed

In December, a relative of Briona Rodgers was shot and killed, according to Horton. Records reveal Frederick M. Rodgers Jr. was 27 when he was shot to death in an apartment in early December 2012.

No suspect was identified in that shooting, though two men were seen leaving the neighborhood in a full-size SUV, possibly a Chevy Suburban.

Police said Frederick Rodgers, whom Horton called “Michael,” was found in the living room of his home at 3545 Dorham Place shot “multiple times.”

There was no sign of forced entry, and Rodgers appeared to live alone.

Shell casings were found inside and outside the apartment, where several people - including the victim’s family - gathered soon after the incident at the two-story, multi-family residence in the Wesleyan Hill neighborhood.

The information about the two men came from witnesses, who were being interviewed the night of the shooting.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 48, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. - Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: I-70 east to Airport Access Road to US 40 to SR 48.
  • I-675 south Ramp to I-75 north, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 27 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is: I-675 to I-75 south to Austin Boulevard to I-75 north.
  • I-75 north Ramp to I-675, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 26 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is I-75 north to SR 725 to I-75 south to I-675.
  • I-75 south between Dixie Drive and SR 725, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 5:30 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 11 p.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 wedt, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-I-75 south to US 35 west.
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE Sept 11 - Oct. 28. The official detour is: westbound Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 235 between Dalton Drive and Dille Road, Lane width restrictions Oct. 25 - 26 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. One 11’ lane will remain open in each direction. 

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Rain moves in today, cooler air arrives this week

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:29 PM

More rain is expected Tuesday in the Dayton area

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few showers through mid-week
  • Cooler than normal temperatures
  • Windy at times

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TONIGHT: Showers likely, windy and cool with temperatures falling into the 50s this evening, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Showers will taper a bit tonight, but clouds linger. Overnight lows will drop into the middle 40s. Still breezy at times through the night.

Kirstie Zontini

>> 5-day forecast

TUESDAY: Not as soggy as Monday, but a few passing showers are possible at any point during the day. Mostly cloudy, windy and cooler with highs in the lower to middle 50s. Winds may gust over 30 mph during the afternoon. Mainly dry with broken clouds Tuesday night. Windy and cold with lows in the upper 30s. Wind chills early Wednesday may be near freezing.

Kirstie Zontini

WEDNESDAY: A cold morning with temperatures in the 30s. Mostly cloudy through the day with the slight chance of a passing shower, mainly in the northern Miami Valley. It will be the coolest day of the week with highs ranging from the upper 40s to low 50s.

>> County-by-County weather forecast

THURSDAY: Areas of patchy frost to start the day with temperatures in the 30s. Lots of sunshine for the afternoon and a wind shift out of the south will help temperatures to climb to near 60 degrees for the afternoon.

FRIDAY: Dry to start Friday with increasing clouds through the day. A cold front will bring the chance of some showers into the evening. Highs for the day into the upper 50s.

SATURDAY: Some showers may linger to start the day, then drying into the afternoon. A chilly day and breezy with morning temperatures in the 30s and highs in the upper 40s.

Video captured by mom shows lightning bolt that nearly killed her son

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:26 PM

(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
David Silverman/Getty Images
(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)(David Silverman/Getty Images)

Video captured by Argentinian mother Carolina Kotur shows the moment her son was nearly struck by lightning as he played in their yard during a recent storm. Even with other tall objects apparently around him, the electricity seemed to aim right at him.

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The unnamed 12-year-old boy survived the near-strike, reports the Daily Mail. In the moments before the lightning bolt struck, the boy was playing with an umbrella and a drainpipe that was gushing water.

Kotur says she was inside comforting her daughter, who is frightened by such storms, when she began filming.

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“It was morning. I was with my daughter in the room, calming her, because she is scared of lightning, said Kotur. “My son was walking in the rain and I started filming because I was making a joke, and right next to him the lightning struck.”

“Thank God, nothing happened to him,” she added.

The Daily Mail reports that the strong storm system has claimed the lives of people and livestock in Argentina and neighboring Paraguay.

Former President George W. Bush cracks joke, Obama gets the giggles during speech

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:42 PM

(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)
Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Comp
(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)(Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Comp)

Five former presidents joined forces to raise money at a hurricane relief benefit on Saturday, but it was George W. Bush’s whispered joke to Barack Obama that had the internet talking.

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Bush and Obama joined Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter for the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to raise money for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

While Clinton was speaking, the younger Bush leaned over and cracked a joke to Obama. Whatever he said must have been pretty funny because Obama couldn’t stop laughing, and the internet loved the lighthearted moment.

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The moment had people on the internet weighing in on the exchange, and the reactions were as awesome as you’d expect.