Clark County police blitz targets Bethel Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

Multiple police agencies teamed up Friday night to crack down on drug and traffic violations in Bethel Twp.

Five police agencies held a blitz where they heavily patroled the township. More than 20 police cruisers hit the streets as officers pursued drugs and other criminal activity.

For Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Beller, it was routine patrol.

“I spend a lot of time out here. I’ve been out here four or five years now, Bethel Twp., New Carlisle area si I know almost everybody. It’s not that big of an area,” Beller said.

Along with knowing the area, it’s about knowing what to look for.

“The things I look for most are drugs, OVIs and driving under suspensions. But tonight we’re just looking for everything,” he said.

A teenage girl was pulled over and taken into custody for suspicion of drug possession after K-9s detected drugs inside her car. Deputies also found a marijuana grinder in her pocket.

Beller and other officers conducted multiple traffic stops throughout the evening.

“You see that? That’s crystal meth ...,” Beller said.

Minutes later, the U.S. Marshal’s Service found men hiding in closets inside an apartment with syringes and drugs. They also were wanted on outstanding warrants.

“There have been blitzes before but never before where all these different agencies were working together,” Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said.

The agencies conducted the law enforcement operation at the request of township trustees.

“As the warm weather is approaching, we wanted people to know that we are still diligent in watching out for the residents of the township,” Trustee Nancy Brown said.

The agencies involved included the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Springfield Police Division, Ohio Investigative Unit, U.S. Marshal’s Service. 

Stats on Friday night’s operation are expected to be released later today.

3 injured in Kettering house explosion

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 12:17 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 3:46 AM

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 3:46 a.m. 

Three people were injured in a Kettering house fire on Pamela Sue Drive early Wednesday, according to officials. 

“We had some injuries but everyone was out of the house at the time,” said Kettering Fire Battalion Chief Mike Miller. “... It could’ve been a lot worse. There could’ve been a lot more injuries, but right now we have one serious injury and two minor injuries.”

Four people evacuated the home by the time emergency crews arrived on the scene. 

Vectren has checked gas meters in the area, and crews have determined the area is safe, Miller said 

“We don’t have anymore natural gas showing up on any of the meters,” he said. 

The explosion is under investigation.

INITIAL REPORT @ 12:17 a.m. 

Firefighters are investigating an explosion at a home on Pamela Sue Drive in Kettering, possibly caused by a natural gas leak. 

Crews were dispatched to the 400 block of Pamela Sue Drive around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday on initial reports of a house fire. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates crews found no fire, but significant damage to the structure and a strong smell of natural gas. 

One person reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident. 

We have a crew at the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Driver overdoses, crashes on SB I-75 in Miami Twp. 

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:49 AM

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 1:50 a.m. 

State troopers confirmed a driver overdosed and crashed on southbound Interstate 75 Wednesday morning. 

Investigators said the first unit to arrive on the scene found the vehicle off the highway and in a tree line south of Ohio 725 in Miami Twp. 

A Miami Twp. officer reportedly broke the driver’s side window and administered three doses of Narcan to revive the driver. 

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State troopers said the driver was taken into custody and the overdose is believed to be the only factor in the crash.

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No additional injuries were reported and no lanes of the highway were blocked. 


Emergency crews have responded to a crash on southbound Interstate 75, south of Ohio 725 in Miami Twp., where the driver is believed to have overdosed. 

Police and medics were dispatched to the highway around 1 a.m. to check for a crash reported in the area. 

According to police scanner traffic, the vehicle was found off the highway near the tree line. 

An officer broke a window to the car and administered at least one dose of Narcan, according to initial reports. 

It was not immediately known if any lanes of the highway were blocked. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Police investigate robbery at Dayton UDF; suspects reportedly located

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 2:31 AM

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 2:55 a.m. 

Four people have reportedly been detained in the area of Riverside Drive and Wampler Avenue who are believed to be suspects in the UDF robbery in Dayton, according to police scanner traffic. 

Initial reports indicate a vehicle was stopped near that intersection with two men and two women taken into custody. 

Ski masks were reportedly located inside the vehicle. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 


Police are responding to reports of a robbery at the UDF at North Dixie Drive and Siebenthaler Avenue.

Around 2:20 a.m., two males wearing green Halloween masks reportedly robbed the store.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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2 adults, small child injured in Dayton vehicle crash 

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 7:54 PM

UPDATE @ 9:03 p.m.: Police are looking for a female who was driving a sedan in the collision that left the other car on its top with two adults and a small child trapped in the wreckage.

The injuries to the three are non-life threatening, Dayton Sgt. Andrew Zeczhini said. They are at a hospital.

According to the preliminary report, the female driving the at-fault car ran off, the sergeant said.

According to witnesses, a third car was involved in the accident. That contention is under investigation.

If you saw anything, you are asked to call Dayton police at 937-333-COPS or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.

UPDATE @ 8:34 p.m.

Two adults and an infant are in the hospital following a rollover crash in Dayton. 

Firefighters at the scene tell our crew the two adults were taken by medics with serious injuries, while the baby's condition is unknown at this time. 

Our crew reports a Dodge neon at the scene is on its top and a damaged Buick next to it on a lawn. 

We will continue to follow this developing story and post the latest here.


Crews are responding to a reported rollover crash involving an infant in Dayton. 

Police and medics were dispatched the intersection of Rustic Road and Norman Avenue around 7:37 p.m. 

Dispatchers said an infant was reportedly trapped in the car after the crash and a bystander may have taken the infant to the hospital. 

We have a crew heading to the scene and working to learn the conditions of those involved in the crash.

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