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Convicted child sex offender commits suicide

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 5:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 5:53 PM

News Center 7 has learned that William Rose, convicted of sex crimes involving children, committed suicide early Tuesday while at the Orient Center near Columbus.

There were no details immediately available about how the death occurred, authorities said.

Rose was at the correctional reception center, a part of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, before being transferred to the prison where he had been assigned to serve his sentence.

Inmates are processed through one of three reception centers, based on their gender and county of commitment, according to the ODRC. Male inmates from 63 counties across southern Ohio are processed through the center at Orient.

The 44-year-old convicted of raping three children was sentenced Sept. 28 in Shelby County Municipal Court to 27 years in prison. He was ordered to serve three, nine-year sentences consecutively — one for each of his victims.

Judge James Stevenson also fined Rose and classified him a Tier 3 sexual offender.

Rose, arrested May 29 for videotaping his sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl, was released that same day, then arrested nine days later on charges accusing him of committing child sex crimes.

He had been indicted on four counts of rape, two counts of pandering obscenity and two counts illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. He admitted to three counts of rape.

Dayton Public may close multiple schools next fall

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 7:57 PM

Acting superintendent Elizabeth Lolli discusses possible school closures

Dayton Public Schools could close three school buildings next fall, interim superintendent Elizabeth Lolli told the school board Tuesday night.

Lolli and Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton said the vast majority of DPS schools are well under capacity because of declining enrollment, pushing the cost of operating those buildings very high.

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Wogaman, Rosa Parks and Dayton Boys Prep schools are all below 30 percent student capacity, according to a document presented by Burton. Also, Meadowdale Elementary, EJ Brown and World of Wonder schools are below 40 percent capacity.

New school board member William Harris expressed concern that all of the lowest-enrolled schools are on the west side of Dayton. Lolli emphasized that no decisions have been made about which schools would close. She said district leaders intend to study the issue and talk to residents in all parts of the city in December and January with the goal of making a formal recommendation to the school board by Feb. 1.

Asked by school board member John McManus for specifics about potential school closures, Lolli said her team’s recommendation could call for closure of more than three or less than three schools.

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Lolli said the issue is underused buildings, not over-staffing. She said DPS likely would not recommend cutting any teaching or support staff as a result of closing schools.

Dayton Public Schools built almost all new schools last decade with significant local and state funding. Harris asked whether enrollment projections at the time pointed to lower enrollment. Burton confirmed that those projections were accurate at the time, saying DPS would drop to just over 12,000 students by 2017.

The school board meeting was ongoing at 7:30 p.m.

More snow heads for Miami Valley Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:20 PM

Bursts of heavy snow, windy conditions and low visibility at times expected today.

Heavy batches of snow, snow squalls, will be likely through the afternoon and evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

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  • Snow showers/squalls ending as skies clear tonight
  • Another clipper brings snow showers back Wednesday
  • Warming trend expected for the weekend 

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THIS EVENING : Snow showers will taper off with temperatures falling into the teens. Wind chills will fall into the single digits.

Watch this quick timelapse showing snow squalls passing through Dayton, Ohio over a two hour timeframe.

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TONIGHT: Skies will gradually clear with cold temperatures dropping into the lower to middle teens. Wind chills will be in the single digits.

WEDNESDAY:  Clouds will increase in the morning with snow showers developing by midday. On and off snow showers are expected again late in the afternoon and evening. Snowfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are expected near and north of Interstate 70 with around 1” south through Wednesday night. It will be breezy. Temperatures will climb into the lower to middle 30s.

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THURSDAY:  Clouds will linger across the Miami Valley with temperatures holding in the middle 20s. It will blustery with wind chills in the teens.

FRIDAY: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a chance for some passing snow showers, mainly north. Highs will be near 30 degrees.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar- WHIO Doppler 7

SATURDAY: Sunshine returns to the Miami Valley as a warming trend gets underway. Highs will be near 40 degrees.

SUNDAY:  Clouds will increase with a chance of rain showers developing. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

I-70 East near Dayton airport shows major backup after crash 

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 5:48 PM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75

Slick roads are being reported across the area this morning.

RELATED: Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • I-70 East near the Dayton International Airport, a multiple vehicle crash has the left lane closed 
  • On Austin Boulevard in Miami Twp., an injury crash was reported just before 6:30 a.m. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Shroyer Road, east of Far Hills in Kettering, crash reported at 7:30 a.m. Possibly weather-related.
  • On southbound Interstate 75 at the West Milton exit, two cars collided and were in the right-hand shoulder as of 6:30 a.m.
  • On Dayton Springfield Road at Haddix Road in Clark County., two vehicle crash reported at 6:45 a.m.

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>> RELATED: Track the latest conditions in your neighborhood on our live WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503


  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202


  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Christmas spirit alive in Xenia: Officer helps family targeted by thief

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:21 PM

Kate Bartley
(Kate Bartley)

A thief took some clothes and towels from an unattended dryer inside a laundromat, threatening to ruin Christmas for one family. But Xenia Patrol Officer Rob Swihart made sure that wasn’t the end of the story.

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On Saturday Gena Storer left towels, washcloths, her baby girl’s clothes and other items in one of the three dryers at the Xenia Laundromat on Charles Street, she said.  

Storer said she planned to return later that day to retrieve the items after they had dried.

“We went to get our clothes and everything was stolen,” she said. “We were completely devastated.”

The thief took new pajamas, pants and other items that she had recently bought for her toddler-aged daughter, Storer said.

Xenia officer Rob Swihart and family

“It was stuff that we had just gotten her for Christmas that we went ahead and gave to her because she had outgrown all of her pajamas so fast,” she said.

Storer said they planned to return Christmas gifts that were already wrapped and under the Christmas tree to help pay for replacing the items.

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Xenia Patrol Officer Rob Swihart responded to Storer’s home to take the theft report.

Storer said Swihart took her daughter’s clothing sizes and other specifics of what was taken and left, promising to check with local charities to see if there might be help available. 

"He came back within less than two hours with Walmart bags of stuff that he had gone out and got with his own money and a $50 gift card on top of that,” Storer said. 

Swihart said it was a busy night, but he told his shift commander what happened and asked for permission to go to Walmart to help the family out.

Swihart, who is a new father of a 4-month-old, said he couldn’t bear the thought of the family going without during the holidays.

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“This isn't something that just goes on during the holidays,” he said. “I know that if I would have contacted any of the six other officers that were working with me that night and said, 'hey I need money for this,' they all would have ponied up money for it." 

Swihart added that it’s important for people to realize that "we're people too." 

"If we have the ability to help somebody out then that's what we want to do," he said. "In our line of work there's a lot of negativity. For us to be able to influence something in a positive manner that's important to us as individuals and us as a department.” 

Storer said she’s excited about Christmas this year. She can’t wait to see her daughter open the present that has Tickle me Elmo inside.  

“I'm still in shock,” she said. “It's like all the Christmas movies that you watch only it happened in real life for us."