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Alleged credit card thief arrested

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 9:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 12:47 PM

The hunt is over for a man police believe is responsible for swiping credit cards from numerous hospitals and medical facilities and then using them to buy electronics at nearby stores.

James Barton, 23, of Cincinnati, is sitting in a Hamilton County jail Wednesday morning after police arrested him on a Crimestoppers tip Tuesday night. Barton had been traveling up and down the Interstate 75 corridor targeting credit cards from unattended purses in hospitals and doctor’s offices, said Warren County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brandon Lacy.

Investigators believe Barton is responsible for thefts in Oxford, West Chester Twp., Mason, Wilmington and Kettering. Shortly after stealing the cards, Barton has made purchases at big-box stores, including Walmart and Meijer, near the sites of the thefts, police said.

Information about which medical facilities in Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Montgomery counties Barton targeted was not available Tuesday.

Lacy said purchases made with the stolen cards are for iPads and GPS units that investigators believe are being sold for drugs or cash to buy drugs.

Barton will be charged with receiving stolen property, forgery and misuse of a credit card. Last week, detectives arrested Travis Johnson, 32, of Cincinnati, for two counts of complicity. Investigators believe he was driving Barton in a recent Mason area theft.

Warren County detectives recognized a photo taken from a surveillance video on a Dayton television website and realized Barton was the suspect in a Kettering theft.

“He has been making a business out of it,” said Kettering Detective William Aldrich. Barton is the man believed to have stolen a credit card from a purse at a nursing station at Kettering Medical Center on Southern Boulevard then using it minutes later to purchase an iPad at Meijer.

“The surveillance photo from the store, it’s the key,” Aldrich said, noting Barton has a distinctive tattoo on his neck.

Detectives believe Barton was selling the items in Hamilton County. Police in Hamilton County are working to track down any of Barton’s accomplices.

NWS spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in at least 3 counties

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:32 AM

>>PHOTOS:  Storm damageStorms, funnel clouds

UPDATE @ 12:25 a.m. (May 25):  Spotters with the National Weather Service looking to confirm tornadoes will be out today, Thursday, to survey damage in Greene, Clark and Miami counties where photographs and damage reports were received. 

>>VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn

In a statement issued early this morning, weather service officials in Wilmington said some of these damage reports, reported by and News Center 7, include:  

  • Damage to a Sunoco Station south of Styer Drive in Park Layne Manor. Nearby roof damage to a grocery store (Clark County). 
  • Several trees and power lines down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area (Greene County). 
  • Trees and power lines down in Bethel Twp. at Bellefontaine Road, between U.S. 40 and Palmer Road (Miami County). 
  • Two homes with structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road (Miami County). 
  • Deweese Road at Peterson, closed because of power lines and trees down (Miami County).  

It is believed that a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage in certain locations in these 

counties, weather service officials said.  

There may be additional locations that require damage surveys that aren't listed above, weather service officials said. 

“We will be in contact with emergency managers from the affected counties to determine a specific plan for damage surveys, as well as assess the need for additional surveys in other locations,” weather service officials said in the statement.


Several tornadoes are being reported in Greene County tonight.

Here are some of the reports (all of these reports have to be verified by the National Weather Service):

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>>VIDEOS: Sirens, wall clouds in Greene

  • One has been reported in Fairborn, reported by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • One has been reported, by weather spotters to the National Weather Service, in southwest Miami County
  • Another in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route near Xenia
  • Near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line in eastern Greene County

Jason Slyger, of Sabina, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m. 

"You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air," he said. 

We are hearing no reports of damage of injuries. 

We have been fielding reports of funnel and other threatening clouds. 

We will continue to update this report as warranted. 

Kettering Police Dept. awards $1K scholarships to 2 area high school seniors 

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman and scholarship award winners Amanda Fanz of Fairmont high and Faith Stuart of Alter high. (Courtesy/Kettering Police Department).

Kettering Chief of Police Chip Protsman presented two high school students with this year's John Shryock scholarship today.

The recipients are seniors Amanda Fanz, of Fairmont High School, and Faith Stuart, of Archbishop Alter High School. 

The Chief John R. Shryock Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to one or two students who submit an essay showing that they exemplify their ability to strive in the academic field, as well as, giving back to the community. 

Chief Shryock was Kettering's first chief of police in 1955 and served 20 years.

This award, given every year in memory of Shryock, is intended to reward students who demonstrate the standard of excellence and abundance of service the chief expected from his staff. 

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The Kettering Police Department believes Fanz and Stuart will carry on his legacy. 

Fanz plans to attend Taylor University in Indiana, where she will study elementary education. Stuart plans to attend Ohio Northern University, where she plans to study pharmacy.

Heavy damage reported in Park Layne Manor, Clark County

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

There is heavy damage from Wednesday night’s tornado and severe weather in several locations in Greene County, including in Park Layne Manor.

VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn  | Clark. co. sheriff gives update on damage

RELATED: Xenia graduation disrupted by severe weather 

The National Weather Service will have to confirm the reports of tornadoes in the area.

>>PHOTOS: Storm damageStorms clouds roll in

A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235 (in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road) has been destroyed and other businesses in that area have been damaged.

The Churchill Manor apartment complex, located behind the Sunoco station in Park Layne, has been partially evacuated due to storm damage. Firefighters said occupants of two of the three buildings in the complex will be displaced. One building is missing its roof, while the second roof was leaking.

Victory Motors has been damaged. The side of the store has been blown off. A Family Dollar store and a McDonald’s have been damaged as well.

RELATED: Widespread substantial flooding reported in Butler County

Ohio 235 is shut down between I-70 and U.S. 40.

RELATED: Roundup of flood watches, advisories in effect overnight

Other damage reports:

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces are checking for damage. “At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said. WPAFB weather casters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m., which was extended at 9:1 p.m. and again at 9:35 p.m. An “all clear” has since been issued, she said.
  • In Miami County, at least two homes in the area of Studebaker Road at state Route 201 reported to have structural damage.
  • In Miami County, the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road is closed because of barn debris, trees and wires in the street, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
  • In Montgomery County, trees are reported down in the 8300 block of National Road
  • In Beavercreek, several trees and power lines reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads about 8:30 p.m.

We will update this report as warranted.

15 people rescued after high water traps them at Sebald Park in Butler Co.

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Firefighters rescued 15 people, eight adults and seven children, after high water trapped them at Sebald Park in Madison Twp., Butler County Wednesday. 


Crews said high water cut off access to a bridge in the park, trapping multiple people in the high water. 

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Madison Twp. firefighters said in a Facebook post the group went to the park earlier in the day for a birthday party. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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