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8 cellphones stolen before Piqua pursuits, getaway vehicle scorched

Published: Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 3:02 AM
Updated: Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 5:33 AM

Stolen pick-up truck pursuit on I-75 into Dayton

UPDATE @5:16 a.m. (Sept. 1)

Eight cellphones, in addition to an undetermined amount of cash, were taken in the overnight burglary at a Cricket Wireless Store on North Main St. that occurred earlier this week, according to Piqua police. 

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The incident resulted in two separate police pursuits, with the suspects in stolen vehicles, each lasting 40 minutes with speeds up to 100 mph. Both vehicles were located by police after the suspects fled on foot, with one of the vehicles, a stolen Mustang, having been set on fire in Dayton. 

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The suspects, who are numbered between six and 10, still remain at large, according to officials. 

UPDATE @ 3:42 p.m. (Aug. 28)

Between six and 10 suspects used two stolen vehicles and one large brick to break into a Piqua cell phone store, police said.

The group left with an undetermined amount of cash and cell phones. The stolen vehicles, from Miami County, were located a few blocks from the Cricket store and both fled north to Dayton.

All the suspects remain at large after two police pursuits ended in Dayton.

UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Aug. 28)

Two vehicles involved in separate police pursuits following a Cricket Wireless burglary were stolen. 

Each chase lasted 40 minutes with speeds up to 100 mph and ended in separate places. One chase ended at the 100 block of Helena St, and the other Rosedale and Riverview in Dayton. 

The occupants in both vehicles fled on foot and eluded police. 

We will continue to update this story as we find out more information. 


PIQUA — Multiple law enforcement agencies have engaged in the pursuit of two vehicles after a burglary at the Cricket Wireless store on North Main Street was reported early Monday, according to scanner traffic.

Local and state police are chasing a pickup truck and a Ford Mustang, according to scanner traffic. 

At least one of the pursuits reached speeds up to 100 mph. 

A witness called our newsroom and reported that sometime after 2 a.m., up to 10 Ohio State Highway Patrol cruisers were seen on Interstate 75 south. 

We will keep you posted on this developing story.   


Nickel a pill: Mayor Whaley's prescription painkiller surcharge plan

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:48 AM

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at Wednesday's city commission meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at Wednesday's city commission meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF(HANDOUT)

Dayton likely to ask for ‘Dreamers’ program to continue

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:22 PM

            A group of supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rallied outside of the Rep. Mike Turner’s office and the federal bankruptcy court building. JIM OTTE / STAFF
A group of supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rallied outside of the Rep. Mike Turner’s office and the federal bankruptcy court building. JIM OTTE / STAFF

The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday will vote on an informal resolution that declares support for continuing a program that shields from deportation people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

There are 800,000 people living in the United States who received protections from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump has threatened to repeal.

More than 9,350 people living in Ohio have been approved for DACA, federal data show.

Ohio’s 10th Congressional District, which includes Montgomery and Greene counties, is home to about 200 dreamers, and 700 in total were eligible for the program, whose removal would result in the loss of $11 million in contributions to the local economy, according to a study released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a group in favor of keeping the program.

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DACA’s repeal would reduce the nation’s gross domestic product by $433.4 billion over the next decade, including by $250 million in Ohio alone, the city’s informal resolution states, citing estimates by the Center for American Progress.

The proposed resolution states the city opposes any federal action that rescinds or “degrades” the program, and the city supports giving “Dreamers” permanent protection and a path to permanent legal status through the proposed DREAM Act.

If approved, a copy of the resolution will be sent to U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and U.S. Rep. Michael Turner, R-Dayton, who represents the 10th District.

911 caller: Wrong-way driver got on I-675 on highway off-ramp

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:22 AM


Two people were killed and two people were injured in a three-vehicle, wrong-way driver accident on I-675 South in Centerville Monday evening.

  • 2 deceased identified as Melvin Bonie, 69, and Kalip Grimm, 18
  • Police say Bonie was the wrong-way driver
  • A third victim, taken to a hospital, was reported to be alert, fourth victim suffered minor injuries
  • 911 caller said Bonie drove wrong way on southbound off-ramp from I-675 to Far Hills Avenue

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Centerville police said Tuesday that Melvin Bonie, 69, was driving the wrong way on Interstate 675 South when the crashes occurred.

A 911 caller reported seeing him going the wrong way on the southbound off-ramp from I-675 to Far Hills Avenue.

Bonie glanced off one vehicle and hit a second vehicle head on, Centerville Police Officer John Davis said. 

Kalip Grimm, 18, was in the vehicle Bonie hit head-on. Grimm and Bonnie were killed in the crash, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Around 9:20 p.m. Monday, the first calls about the wrong-way driver began coming into police dispatch, police said. 

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The second victim was in one of the southbound vehicles, he said. A third victim taken to a hospital was alert. A fourth victim suffered minor injuries, Davis said.

Police are speaking with that fourth victim for a witness statement. 

It's too early to speculate whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. 

A Montgomery County coroner's investigator was on scene and a Centerville Police Department traffic accident reconstruction team was on scene for most of the night.

Southbound lanes were shut down during the investigation and were reopened around 3 a.m.

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Bicyclist seriously hurt in hit-and-run crash

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

A bicyclist was hit while riding on Salem Ave.

A bicyclist was seriously hurt after an unknown vehicle hit him in the area of Salem Avenue and Free Pike Wednesday, fire officials said.

The crash was reported in the area around 8:15 a.m. and the driver of the vehicle fled the scene, firefighters said.

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The male bicyclist was transported to Grandview Medical Center, where firefighters said he was in serious, but stable condition.

Deputies have not released any information on a possible suspect vehicle in the case.