$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.

8 places to soak up fall’s beauty near Dayton

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Fall is here, and the perfect time of year for walks, hikes or bike rides to soak up all of its beauty.

You can never go wrong at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, of course.

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Amid peak fall color, hikers walk the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Stagecoach Trail in John Bryan state Park that follows the course of the Little Miami River and is wide enough for two people. John Bryan near Yellow Springs is considered by many to be the most scenic state park in western Ohio.(JIM WITMER)

But what about our other parks?

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We turned to Five Rivers MetroParks for their top picks on the best places to enjoy fall foliage. 

Here are 8 places to visit courtesy of Lauren Lemons, community engagement coordinator, for the parks.

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Germantown & Twin Creek MetroParks: Home to the 22-mile Twin Valley Backpacking Trail and miles of other trails, crossing a variety of terrain and habitats and offering scenic views to take in fall’s color pop. 

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Taylorsville MetroPark: The trails in East Park offer spectacular views of the Great Miami River, a rock outcrop and more. 

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Englewood MetroPark (East Park): Take the green trail to the beautiful cascading Patty, Oak, and Martindale waterfalls and check out the surrounded by fall foliage. 

>> Our favorite fall color views

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Sugarcreek MetroPark: Follow the orange or green trail to the site of the “Three Sisters,” three impressive ancient white oak trees, and then continue along the trail to experience the warm colors surrounding the Osage orange tunnel. This tunnel was created by the large arching branches of old Osage orange trees and is perfect for a quick fall family picture. 

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Hills & Dales MetroPark: Unique structures, beautiful monuments and towering autumn trees make Hills & Dales MetroPark a must for leaf peepers. The Adirondack-style shelter that overlooks Dogwood Pond is a beautiful place to check out fall foliage. Hike the 1.4-mile Adirondack Trail, including a loop around beautiful Dogwood Pond and a boardwalk through a forested wetland. 

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Carriage Hill MetroPark: Experience fall in the 1880s at the historical farm, then hit the trails to see the trees and prairie pop with warm fall colors. 

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Possum Creek MetroPark: Follow the purple trail through the Argonne Forest and discover beautiful woodlands — as well as the remnants of a 1930s- and 1940s-era amusement park known as the Argonne Forest Park. 

Huffman Metropark / Contributed photo(Frank Portner)

Huffman MetroPark: Grab a mountain bike and experience the fall color along the trails of MoMBA. For those who don’t have the great, Five Rivers MetroParks offers bike rentals on Saturdays through the end of September. Learn more.

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Fall foliage reports and a fall color event calendar is available on the ODNR website (http://fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov/).

Best driving tours to experience fall’s beauty? Click here.

>> Dayton hikers share where to go for best fall colors

Where are your favorite fall hikes, drives or bike rides? Send us your picks at contact@dayton.com.

Teen struck, killed by train in Miamisburg; suicide not suspected

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 8:08 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 9:47 AM

A teenage boy was confirmed deceased tonight when medics arrived at the scene of a pedestrian who was struck by a CSX train hauling lumber.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

A Norfolk Southern train struck and killed a teenager tonight, but Miamisburg police Sgt. Josiah Keefer said police do not believe it was a suicide.

The 16-year-old boy was hit just after 7:40 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the 400 block of East Linden Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name or whether he was a Miamisburg student.

The train has been stopped since the crash, and will block crossings possibly until midnight as police investigate. Pearl Street was one of the few crossings that was open.

FROM SCENE: Teen killed when struck by train in Miamisburg

Police earlier had portions of the train taped off. As news spread of the accident, some mothers came down to ask officers if their child was hit. Others came to the scene to offer support for friends and family of the victim.

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“Our hearts and our prayers are with them and I don’t think any of us can truly say we understand what they’re feeling but that doesn’t mean that our hearts and our prayers won’t be with them,” said Glenda Mesta of Miamisburg.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has taken the teen’s body. He has not been identified pending notification of family.

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.

A teenage boy was confirmed deceased tonight when medics arrived at the scene of a pedestrian who was struck by a train hauling lumber.

A friend of the victim called 911 to report the incident, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.


A pedestrian was struck by a train tonight in Miamisburg.

The incident was reported at 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Linden Avenue. The train has stopped, which is blocking streets in the area.

Dayton to activate red light cameras in October, officials say

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 1:48 PM

Dayton traffic could begin Oct 1.

Dayton’s red-light and speed detection cameras will be activated as soon as Oct. 1, but the city will not start citing motorists for violations captured on tape until a month later. 

During the month of October, the city will issue warnings to drivers who were caught running red lights or speeding by 10 automated traffic cameras at five locations in Dayton.

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But beginning Nov. 1, motorists will be mailed $85 fines if they are caught on camera breaking the law. 

City officials said traffic cameras save lives and prevent injuries and property damage, and additional cameras at new sites may be activated in the future.

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Camera sites were chosen based on data showing vehicle crash locations and types. Cameras will be located in the following locations:

  • West Third Street at James H. McGee Boulevard (three red light cameras)
  • North Gettysburg Avenue at Fairbanks Avenue (two speed cameras)
  • North Main Street at Siebenthaler Avenue (one speed camera)
  • South Keowee Street between East Third Street and East Fourth Street (two speed cameras)
  • South Smithville Road at Linden Avenue (two red light cameras).

Additional camera locations may be activated in the future. The Dayton Police Department's mobile "speed trailer" and hand-held speed cameras are also used as needed. 

The city's use of traffic safety enforcement cameras is designed to save lives and to prevent injuries and property damage, according to the release. There has been a 40 percent increase in vehicle crashes in Dayton since 2014, which corresponds to the period the previous camera program was shut down, the release said. 

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In 2016, there were more than 4,000 crashes on Dayton roads, resulting in more than 1,000 injuries and 31 fatalities. These deaths and injuries were preventable, the release said. 

 "Public safety is always our top priority," said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. "Camera enforcement is very effective in reducing accidents in high-risk areas."

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The city originally planned to launch a more limited traffic camera program that would have required police officers to be stationed at the devices while in operation. 

But a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court overturned restrictions requiring sworn law enforcement officers to be present at the cameras in order for cities to cite violations documented by photo or video. 

Critics have accused cities such as Dayton of using cameras primarily to generate revenue, a claim that Dayton officials and leaders have strongly denied.  

In 2016, more than 4,000 crashes occurred in Dayton, which resulted in more than 1,000 injuries and 31 deaths. 

Officials say motor vehicle crashes are preventable and traffic camera enforcement deters risky driving behaviors.

Iconic Blue Turtle Toy Store set to have grand re-opening

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 4:25 AM

Blue Turtle Toys in Oakwood will close in May 2017 unless owner Carolyn Meyer can find a buyer. LYNN HULSEY/Staff
Staff Writer
Blue Turtle Toys in Oakwood will close in May 2017 unless owner Carolyn Meyer can find a buyer. LYNN HULSEY/Staff(Staff Writer)

Blue Turtle Toy Store will be hosting a grand re-opening Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The store was resold in July after the previous owner announced her retirement. 

During the event there will be a store-wide sale, and customers can enter to win a variety of prizes. Blue Turtle is located at 2314 Far Hills Ave between Triangle and Peach Orchard Avenues.

For the past two months, the store has been open but was undergoing cosmetic changes and a replenishing of its inventory. 

Blue Turtle has been a landmark in the Shops of Oakwood since 1999.