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911 caller on Kettering body: ‘Looks like someone threw her out of a car’

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 8:18 AM

A female victim was found dead Sunday morning. Kettering Police are calling the death "suspicious" until told otherwise by the county coroner's office.

Two men are accused of taking the body of a deceased woman who apparently overdosed and dumped it along a Kettering street. 

  • David A. Detrick and Charles E. Hall have been booked into the Montgomery County Jail 
  • Each is detained on these charges: suspicion of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence
  • The victim is 28-year-old Tiffany Lynn Argo, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office

FULL REPORT

Two men are in jail on charges accusing them of dumping the body of a deceased woman who apparently overdosed.

Kettering police responded to a house on the 3400 block on Valleywood Drive around 6:40 a.m. Sunday, where they found an unresponsive woman next to the road. 


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“By the time our officers responded, it was apparent that she had been deceased,” Kettering officer John Jung said Monday. “Medics were able to come and pronounce her.” 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office identified the victim as Tiffany Lynn Argo, 28. 

A report filed by Kettering police showed Argo as having a Middletown address. Middletown High School confirmed that she attended the school from grades 9 through 10 but did not graduate from the school. 

Jung said an investigation by Kettering detectives led police to 1721 Willamet Road, where they found several of Argo’s belongings. It was there police arrested Detrick and Hall, who were occupants of the home. 


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A woman who called 911 said she was on her way home Sunday morning when she spotted a person in the grass along Valleywood Drive. 

“I went over to see if they were OK, and I think they’re dead,” the caller states. “…It looks like someone threw her out of a car.” When asked by emergency dispatch if she was comfortable attempting CPR, the caller responded, “She looks like she’s already gone.” 

Detrick, 39, and Hall, 64, were arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with the investigation, according to police. Neither suspect has a court date set. 

David Detrick (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

Jung said police believe Hall provided residence for Detrick and Argo at the Willamet Road home. Police believe the two men moved Argo’s body to the Valleywood Drive address upon discovering her deceased in the home. 

Jung said the preliminary determination was that Argo had overdosed.

“Based on things found at the scene, condition of the body and speaking with the coroner, they determined she died of a possible overdose,” he said. 

Argo had been arrested multiple times in the past, including several drug-related offenses. 

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Hall and Detrick have lengthy criminal histories, including several drug-related charges. Hall has been arrested at least 12 times in the past 10 years, most recently in March on drug-related charges.

Charles Hall (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

Detrick has been arrested at least eight times in the past 10 years on charges of drug possession, criminal trespassing, theft and fraud. 

Jung said there are “Good Samaritan” laws that protect people from prosecution if they are acting in the victim’s best interest in a possible overdose situation. He said that had Hall and Detrick called police as soon as they allegedly found Argo, things could have gone differently. 

“What’s going on these days is off-putting to see the disregard for human life,” Jung said. “Somebody that may have made a bad choice, but they still deserve better treatment than what happened with her, for sure.” 


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Woman found dead in Kettering yard on Valleywood Drive. JAROD THRUSH/STAFF

FIRST REPORT (May 21)

Kettering police are investigating after a body was found in the front yard of a home Sunday morning. 

Police were dispatched to the house in the 3400 block of Valleywood Drive around 6:40 a.m., according to Kettering Officer John Jung.

Jung said the person found has yet to be identified and the cause of death is unknown. 

A coroner is at the scene, according to Jung, as police continue to investigate. 

We will continue to monitor this developing story.

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Police: 3 armed men rob Moraine used car dealership 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:12 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

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Police in Moraine continue to investigate after three armed men robbed a used car dealership on South Dixie Drive Friday morning. 

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Officers responded to the dealership at 4508 South Dixie Drive around 11:30 a.m. after the robbery was reported. 

Investigators confirmed the suspects entered the business with guns and fled the area in a vehicle. 

Additional details, including the description of the vehicle, were not provided by officers on scene. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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School threat against Northwestern leads to arrest Friday

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:28 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.

Northwestern School superintendent Jesse Steiner said the online post was taken out of context, and the student did not intend to harm anyone.

“At no point was anybody in danger,” Steiner said. “People could have misinterpreted the post. The kid did not threaten anyone.”

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A threat against Northwestern schools led to an arrest Friday.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t immediately provide details of the threat or who was arrested but said they were contacted Friday morning.

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“There was another threat and another arrest was made,” Clark County Chief Deputy Travis Russell told the Springfield News-Sun.

The arrest was made one day after local authorities arrested a 16-year-old Springfield girl for allegedly posting a Facebook threat against Springfield High School. The recent arrest comes two days after a gun was found at Simon Kenton Elementary School in Springfield.

We’re hearing a one-call was sent out to Northwestern parents this morning about the most recent threat. A message seeking comment was left for Northwestern Local School Superintendent Jesse Steiner.

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Tipp City school solutions still elusive 2 years after failed bond issue

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:55 AM


            A deteriorated floor is shown in an area of Broadway School in Tipp City. The district is taking a new look at its facilities after a bond issue failed two years ago. FILE
A deteriorated floor is shown in an area of Broadway School in Tipp City. The district is taking a new look at its facilities after a bond issue failed two years ago. FILE

Two years after a bond issue failed, Tipp City Exempted Village Schools is taking a new approach with the community to gain support for school upgrades and the planning of a new school.

A possible road map — which would include construction of a pre-kindergarten through grade three building on the site of the Broadway Elementary School — was the focus of a community engagement meeting this week. About 100 community members met with administrators at L.T. Ball Intermediate School.

“This is a very important session for our community,” said Sam Spano, board of education president.

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The board, which welcomed two new members in January, is talking with the community about facility needs following the 2016 defeat of a proposed bond issue that would have funded the new school.

After that request “failed terribly,” leaders tried to learn why, said Liz Robbins, district community relations coordinator.

Among criticisms heard about that request was the proposal didn’t include information on plans for grades four through eight and didn’t look at preserving any existing elementary through middle schools.

Concepts now being explored include both preserving some buildings while looking to replace others, said Gary Pfister, district director of services.

The district buildings include the newest, a high school that was built in 2004; Tippecanoe Middle School, built in 1964; L.T. Ball Intermediate, built in 1974; Nevin Coppock Elementary, built in 1959; and Broadway Elementary, built in 1952.

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Pfister said the board is looking at renovating/updating LT. Ball and the middle school to add another 20-plus years of life using district permanent improvement levy dollars – not additional taxes – and then planning with the community a new pre-kindergarten through third-grade building that would require a bond issue.

“We are not asking for more money for the two buildings but are going to have to ask you for money to build a new building,” Pfister said.

If the board decides to move forward, the updates/renovations could begin as soon as this summer. Planning for a new building would take 12 months or longer.

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Participants met in smaller groups to discuss what they had heard and to compile questions.

Reactions ranged from support for renovations to questions about whether the district would want to use state funding with a new building project and one group that said the concepts outlined seemed rushed. One group said its discussion centered primarily on security at buildings today, and how it would be addressed in any renovation project.

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Green thumbs in Vandalia: City wants you for community garden program

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:38 AM


            Last year’s Community Garden in Vandalia. Participants are being sought now for the 2018 program. CONTRIBUTED.
Last year’s Community Garden in Vandalia. Participants are being sought now for the 2018 program. CONTRIBUTED.

The city of Vandalia is seeking more community participants in the Vandalia Community Garden as part of the seventh season.

Many people see a community garden as a way to get exercise. Some see it as a way to collaborate with fellow members of the community to grow food, flowers and herbs to feed the community.

The garden offers 22 plots of 15-feet-by-20-feet that will be available as a first-come, first-served basis. The gardening season begins in April and continues through October.

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Anyone interested can pick up a registration packet from the Vandalia Recreation Center at 1111 Stonequarry Road.

The garden will be located at Jeffers Park on Halcyon Drive. Registration begins Friday, March 1, with a $25 fee. The growing season will begin April 1.

For any further information, visit the Vandalia website or contact Micki Weber at (937)415-2353.

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