$2M bond set in kidnapping, rape case

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 6:34 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 8:37 PM

A 32-year-old Englewood man is charged with five felonies including rape, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping after police say he tied up several juveniles, held them at gunpoint and raped at least one of them.

Jason Johnston Sr. is in the Montgomery County Jail on $2 million bond.

Trotwood police were called to a home on Berry Drive early Wednesday where Johnston was allegedly threatening the children’s mother at gunpoint after assaulting the kids at his home in Englewood and then taking them to their mother’s residence.

Officers were able to get Johnston to put the weapon down and took him into custody.

Trotwood police alerted Englewood police to the situation and Englewood officers obtained a search warrant for Johnston’s home, according to Englewood Sgt. Mike Lang.

“Physical evidence recovered from the home was able to easily corroborate the horrible ordeal these kids went through in the early morning hours yesterday,” Lang said.

Based on that evidence, Montgomery County prosecutors approved four counts of kidnapping and single counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.

Johnston is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

Lang said Johnston has no prior criminal history. “He went from 0 to 100 in a short amount of time and created an incident which will certainly have a lasting impact on everybody that was involved,” Lang said. “It’s absolutely tragic.”

It is the policy of News Center 7 and the Dayton Daily News not to report details that would identify the victims of sexual assault.

Longer days leading to greater sunburn threat

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

You have likely noticed that days are getting longer as we head toward the summer solstice on June 21st. The sunset time across the Miami Valley this week is now at around 8:30 p.m. However, the sun sets earlier the farther east you go. This is thanks to our location in the eastern Time Zone. In Bangor, Maine, the sun sets nearly an hour earlier than it does in Dayton. So location does have it's advantages if you enjoy it being daylight later. Of course the sun rises earlier along the East Coast. 

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With days getting longer, it is important to know that the risk of sunburn is also increasing thanks to the higher sun angle. The UV Index through Wednesday during midday is expected to be very high. That means sunburn can occur within just 15 to 25 minutes of sun exposure without proper sunscreen.

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14-year-old mowing grass finds body from apparent overdose

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 5:41 PM

Police in the Miami Valley respond to drug overdoses all too often these days, and the past 24 hours for Dayton police were no exception. 

Among the calls between Friday night and Saturday, Dayton officers investigated three incidents in which two men died and two men were revived with Narcan.

Police responded shortly after 10 p.m. Friday to the 1200 block of Lamar Street and found medics trying to revive 37-year-old Alim Ilkham who was unconscious, according to the police report. The man’s wife was there with a friend. She called 9-1-1 after finding her husband unconscious in the tractor-trailer that was idling nearby.

Medics administered three doses of Narcan and revived Ilkham, who was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment.

Inside the cab of the tractor-trailer, officers found evidence of drug abuse as well as the body of 45-year-old Miguel Lopez, who is believed to be Ilkham’s co-driver. The pair was hauling produce for a trucking company based out of Pennsylvania, according to the report.

The next morning, police responded to a possible dead body at an apartment building in the 3100 block of Hassler Street.

The property manager’s 14-year-old granddaughter was helping to cut grass when she came upon a man who was slumped over behind some bushes at the rear of the building, according to the report.

Medics responded and pronounced the man dead. He was identified as 25-year-old Cody Robert Couch, according to the report.

“We have a young man it looks like in between our apartments and he’s non-functional; he looks dead,” said the male 9-1-1 caller. “He’s behind the bushes. I nudged him with my weed eater.”

Saturday evening, a suspected overdose led to a crash on U.S. 35 East at South Gettysburg Avenue, which left a street light knocked over in the median, a heavily damaged 2011 Chevy Cruise and an unconscious driver identified as 38-year-old Jason Lilly of New Vienna.

Police arrived before medics and a passerby stopped to help. There was a used hypodermic needle on the driver’s side floorboard, according to the report.

Police said the passerby possessed Narcan and administered two doses. Medics arrived and administered two more doses before Lilly was revived, according to the report.

Police said the driver later admitted to officers at the hospital that he had used heroin and drove to the city to buy it.

Lilly was issued a summons to appear in Dayton Municipal Court on potential charges of possessing drug abuse instruments and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Fiona the hippo turns 3 months old

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 1:08 PM

In this April 12 photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Fiona a prematurely born hippopotamus, swims in her quarantine enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Cincinnati. (Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via AP)

Fiona — the world’s favorite prematurely born hippopotamus — turned three months old today.

The early days of cuddling the tiny, fragile hippo are long gone, Jenna Wingate, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa Keeper, told our media partner WCPO.

Here are three updates about Fiona that Wingate shared with WCPO:

1. The ‘dung shower’: Apparently, male hippopotamuses mark territory by slinging feces around with their tails in what Wingate called a “dung shower.”

Fiona has taken an interest in the action exhibited by her father, Henry, whom zookeepers have introduced her to, along with mom Bibi.

“Fiona is now getting access to that, and she shows quite an interest in it for whatever reason,” Wingate said.

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2. One sassy toddler: Fiona eats about two liters of formula five times a day. Zookeepers introduced grain to her diet this weekend and started training her to associate feeding time with a clicker that they can use when she’s 600 pounds and too dangerous to approach.

“She’s very sassy. She’s very feisty. If she doesn’t want to do something, you’re not going to make her,” Wingate said. “We kind of act like she’s a toddler, and if she doesn’t want to come, we’re like, ‘Bye, Fiona!’ We’ll pretend we’re walking away and she’ll be like, ‘Wait, I want to be with you guys!’ and then she’ll come with us. She has her very big, very own personality already.”

3. Too big to snuggle: “There’s a big difference just in her energy and she’s much stronger and healthier now, so there was a lot of worry and she would kind of lie there and wouldn’t do a whole lot,” Wingate said. “She’s too big and a little bit dangerous to actually cuddle and snuggle, but she does like to lie on our feet or use our leg as a pillow now.”

2 face off in Troy council fight

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 2:00 AM

The Republican primary race May 2 for Troy City Council’s 5th Ward features incumbent Bill Twiss and challenger William Rozell.

No other candidate has filed for the seat, though an independent could still seek the position.

Twiss, 41, is a Troy native in his second term on council. He said his goal is to keep the city a great place to live work and play.

“Having four young children, I feel it is my duty as a councilman to preserve the quality of life for both my family and other Trojans,” Twiss said.

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Rozell, 57, is making his first bid for elected public office.

“It may sound corny, but Troy truly is a great place to have been raised, to live, and I want to be part of ensuring that continues,” Rozell said.

Being retired from the state auditor’s office, he has time to do the council job, he said.

The top issues facing the city include continued economic growth, Twiss said.

“I want to maintain a strong, working relationship with current businesses in Troy,” he said. He said he’s seen industries expand immensely such as Clopay, ConAgra, ARC Abrasives and F&P America.

“In addition to this growth, I want to continue to support small local businesses that make Troy unique,” Twiss said.

Other issues include safety and crime prevention, he said. “I have worked diligently to support the outstanding police and fire departments that we are blessed to have here in Troy. While they continue to receive high accreditations, I want to make sure the departments are fully supported and have the resources needed to be prepared to deal with the changing safety and crime issues Troy is now facing,” Twiss said.

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Rozell said the top issues facing the city include medical marijuana.

“While this has been decided at the present, I believe it will continue to be an issue that will be brought back to council in the future,” he said, adding he’d be willing to revisit the issue once the state has rules and guidelines established and enacted. The council recently voted to ban medical marijuana cultivating, processing and dispensing within the city limits.

Other issues Rozell identified include the city budget. “I believe it is each council member’s responsibility to prudently review proposed expenditures to ensure that the city maintains its solid financial footing.”

Another issue is safety, Rozell said, noting that while day-to-day safety is the administration’s responsibility, the council needs to ensure necessary personnel, equipment and technology are provided to maintain safety of employees and the citizens.

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