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.   


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Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R, other spots

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:15 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how the rivers in the Miami Valley will be impacted by the rain this week.

As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”

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A Flood Warning is in effect through 5 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties. Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning goes into affect at 10 p.m. and lasts through 5:48 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m Monday in Butler County near Middletown.

There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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Expect heavy rain, strong winds; flood watch in effect, warning for some

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Both strong winds and heavy rain are likely this evening in the Dayton area.

A Flood Warning is in effect for parts of Greene and Warren counties along the Little Miami River, and a Flood Watch is in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for the entire region. A Flood Warning will be in place from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m. Monday for parts of Butler County along the Great Miami River near Middletown.


  • Strong winds, heavy rain likely this evening
  • Isolated tornado can’t be ruled out this evening

>> Weekend brings more rain, threat for strong storms

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

>> Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend; where will flooding occur?

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms are expected this evening, some of which could be strong to severe, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Storms will move in around 7 p.m. and won’t exit until around 11 p.m. or midnight. As these storms move through, the biggest concerns will be heavy rain leading to flooding, and strong winds, which could lead to powerlines being knocked down along with trees being knocked over. With the ground so saturated, tree damage will be a high concern. In addition, an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. The storms move out around midnight, but a few lingering showers will be possible overnight. Temperatures will be steady in the 40s overnight.

Severe Weather Threats(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Sunday: A pre-dawn shower is possible early, but aside from that clouds will decrease to allow for some afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 mph at times.

A Flood Watch is in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for the entire region(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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Hundreds join annual heart walk at Upper Valley Mall

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

Clark Champaign County heart walk at Upper Valley Mall

More than 300 people, mostly in red, participated in the annual Clark and Champaign Counties Heart Walk today at the Upper Valley Mall.

The local walk joins efforts by the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and stroke. The annual event also featured vendor booths and a health fair, and was sponsored by Springfield Regional Medical Center.

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Daytonian shares Ali’s favorite title belt and legacy

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Tony Shultz (right) holding Ali's belt with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman with world champions Zab Judah and Jessie Vargas.
Tony Shultz (right) holding Ali's belt with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman with world champions Zab Judah and Jessie Vargas.

The decorated green strip of leather was the first WBC title belt custom-made for a boxer, and that boxer was Muhammad Ali, according to Tony Shultz, a Daytonian who shares the belt with everyone he meets. 

The 39-year-old who lives in the Dayton View Triangle neighborhood is a former boxer who trained with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones Jr. 

Shultz said the belt was given to him at Ali's funeral by Ali's wife, Lonnie.

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"This was the first belt created for a champion," Shultz said. "It was created to divide all the weight divisions. This was the heavyweight championship belt and named the "Ali WBC Belt" because it would always have his image on it as the division's greatest champion." 

The belt has the signatures of many famous boxers — including Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and Neon Leon Spinks, who defeated Ali in 1978 in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. 

Shultz said the belt was Ali’s favorite and he often wore it around the house. 

"After he passed away, Lonnie (Ali's wife) decided that she wanted to keep the Ali legacy alive and the best way she could do that was having a belt in circulation," Shultz said. "All the other belts are either in the Ali Center, they're in the museum or his kids have them. This is actually the only Ali belt that's in circulation, outside of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' belt which just sold at a private auction." 

Shultz said he was given the belt on the condition that he share it with people and thus share Ali's legacy. 

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"Lonnie gave it to me, said 'Tony, here's the deal. I want you to have every champion that you know, every champion that you meet, sign it … have their story told. I want (to continue) Ali's legacy of humanity, his spirit of equality, fairness, and most importantly that of conquering any challenges," he said. 

At the last sparring session for Dayton Fight Night competitors at the Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Shultz brought the keepsake and let anybody who wanted to have a photo taken with it draped over their shoulder. 

Shultz will be sharing the amazing keepsake tonight at Memorial Hall at Dayton Fight Night. Tickets are $20. The doors open at 7 p.m.

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