$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.

Eye damage from eclipse can show later: What you need to know

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:13 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

Eclipse Glasses at Lincoln Elementary. Bill Lackey/Staff
Eclipse Glasses at Lincoln Elementary. Bill Lackey/Staff

If you damaged your eyes during the eclipse it might take a while before you see symptoms.

The first full solar eclipse in 99 years happened this afternoon, and residents across the Dayton region came out to watch the event.

Those who didn’t use certified eclipse viewing glasses or alternative methods like a pinhole projector risked injuring their eyes and possible permanent damage.

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But it might take a while for that damage to show. Dr. Brian Pennington, emergency room physician with Sycamore Medical Center said he hadn’t seen any patients yet with injuries related to the eclipse as of Monday afternoon, but the symptoms tend to be delayed with showing.

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“It does take about anywhere from eight to 12 hours after the initial exposure to really develop the symptoms,” he said.

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He said with the sun partially obscured, people can stand looking at the sun for longer, which can lead to someone staring at the sun long enough to cause temporary or permanent damage. Some symptoms could be feeling like there is a foreign object in your eye, redness, dryness, pain or even loss of vision.

A spokeswoman with Miami Valley Hospital said the only person the Premier-affiliated hospital’s ER saw related to the eclipse was someone who had fallen during the event. She said it can take up to 24 hours to see the affects of staring up at the eclipse.

Prior to the eclipse, local doctors warned that residents should proceed with caution and use proper eye protection when looking up at the sun durin the event.

Dr. Amina Husain, with Premier Eye Surgeons, said even with protective glasses, she said it’s not recommended you look too long at the eclipse.

“You can theoretically burn your retina and potentially go blind and that’s a big complication,” said Husain.

Dr. Barry Gridley, who practices at Eye Care Locale in downtown Dayton and Wing Eyecare at Austin Landing, said even on a regular day, he still sometimes sees patients with damage from looking right at the sun.

“Your retina is protein and heat fries protein and there’s nothing we can do to restore it,” Gridley said.

Fatal crash: Greenon High School, Global Impact STEM Academy to reopen today after death of 2 students

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 2:08 AM

Friends, teachers remember 2 Clark County students killed in crash

Two Clark County high school students killed in Sunday’s rollover crash in Greene County were not wearing seat belts, Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said in a statement.

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  • Killed were David Waag, 17, of Beavercreek, and Connor Williams, 15, of Fairborn
  • A vigil at Greenon High School was planned for Monday night
  • Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors, according to the state patrol.

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"A lot of people are hurting still"

The tight-knit Greenon schools community is continuing to grieve the loss of the two high school athletes killed in Sunday’s crash.

"A lot of people are hurting still," Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said. "But they are rallying around each other and supporting both families and also the families of those that were able to survive."

Counselors are being made available to help students and staff members at the two Clark County schools where two teenagers killed in Sunday’s rollover crash on Wilkerson Road were students.

Both schools were closed Monday as a result of Williams and David Waag’s deaths.

Williams was a sophomore at Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield. Director Joshua Jennings said area districts have offered to help provide grief counselors.

Global Impact Stem Academy closed after student dies in crash

"Our school counselors will be able to be here ... for [students] to talk to and work out the grieving process that they may be going through collectively as a school or individually,” Jennings said. “ In addition to that, we've been in contact with a number of surrounding districts who are willing to send out their counselors as well and trained professionals to be able to add additional support where needed.”

Counselors are also being made available at Greenon High School, where David Waag was a senior. Greenon High was closed Monday but counselors were made available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The students

Waag, a senior soccer player, last year was second-team All-Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division as a junior. Williams played football and attended Global Impact STEM Academy.Greenon Athletic Director Adam Billet said he was not ready to comment, but said “they were great kids.”The district had activities in place for the eclipse, but district spokeswoman said that with the deaths of two students in the tight-knit community it would be too much of a strain on the staff.

Troopers release crash details

Trey Blevins, 18, of Enon, was driving a black 2005 Toyota Corolla that went off the right side of Wilkerson Road between Fairborn and Yellow Springs, the state patrol said in a statement released early Monday.

“It appears in our investigation that they drifted off the right side of the road, over-corrected, went off the left side, hit a tree and then overturned,” said Sgt. Paul Lezotte of the Xenia Post.

Blevins, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Soin Medical Center suffering from minor injuries. 

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The right front passenger, Zach Knauer, 17, of Springfield, was also wearing a seat belt. He was taken to Soin for observation. 

Waag and Williams were in the back seat. They died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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The vigil

Community members came together Sunday night at the Greenon High School football field to grieve the loss of the boys. Some brought candles, others illuminated cellphones to light the night in honor of Waag and Williams.

School closings

Greenon High School announced the school would be closed Monday, but counselors will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a social media post.

“After careful consideration of our need to support our students during this difficult time and protect all students during tomorrow’s solar eclipse, we are cancelling school so that we can ensure the safety and emotional well-being of all students and staff.”

Officials at Global Impact STEM Academy also decided to close the school Monday. School officials sent out a “One Call” phone message and posted on social media to alert families.

Centerville City council approves 2 housing developments

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 4:32 PM


            An artist’s rendering of an exterior view of the proposed Gateway Lofts at Chardonnay Drive in Centerville.
            CONTRIBUTED
An artist’s rendering of an exterior view of the proposed Gateway Lofts at Chardonnay Drive in Centerville.(CONTRIBUTED)

Centerville City Council on Monday night approved plans for two residential communities.

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Savannah Place, a $15 million, 44-unit housing development at Yankee Trace, was first presented to council for preliminary approval in March. Monday night, developer Charlie Simms of Charles Simms Development was approved for final plans for the 14-acre plot along Yankee Street.

Simms said if everything goes according to plan, construction could begin this year.

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Council also approved preliminary plans for Gateway Lofts, a 396-unit development along Chardonnay Drive off Alex-Bell Road.

Project developers made major revisions to their plans after discovering a large amount of bedrock on the 38.7-acres for the proposed apartment complex.

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In June, developer Hallmark Campus Communities had its plans re-approved by planning commission.

Developers for the Gateway lofts will have to submit final development plans to the planning commission and council again in the coming months before any building permits can be submitted.

State fire marshal called to scene of Shelby Co. church fire

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 7:35 PM

The state fire marshal is investigating a church fire in Shelby County Monday evening, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Multiple fire crews are responding to the fire at Greenview United Church of Christ first reported around 5:20 p.m. in the 3000 block of Leatherwood Creek Road. 

Dispatchers said no one was injured in the fire, but could not confirm if the fire was considered suspicious. 

Fire units from Fletcher, Rosewood and Sidney assisted Port Jefferson firefighters at the church sitting about 8 miles southeast of Sidney. 

Our newsroom is working to learn more and confirm details in this developing story.

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