Cause determined in Centerville house fire 

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:50 AM
Updated: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 7:13 PM

RAW: Flames shoot out of Centerville home

UPDATE @ 4:23 p.m. (Feb. 16):

A house fire on Shawnee Trail a week ago was started by discarded smoking material, according to firefighters.

UPDATE @ 7:06 p.m. (Feb. 12): Crews battled flames at a house on Shawnee Trail on Friday. 

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According to Washington Twp. Fire Chief William Gaul, damage to the house and belongings was estimated at approximately $250,000. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Gaul said. 

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

A homeowner called 911 after his Shawnee Trail house caught fire Friday morning, destroying the building.

Firefighters said the homeowner was transported to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, but he’s expected to be OK.

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According to firefighters, they were able to contain the fire, but did spray water on neighboring homes to make sure flames didn’t spread.

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Ron Kuhn lives in the neighborhood and looked outside and within minutes smoke filled the area and suddenly fire started pouring out of the house.

The majority of damage to the house was on the right portion, which is where the chimney was located, however firefighters have not said what caused the fire.

It’s not known if the house had working smoke detectors, firefighters said.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 

A home on Shawnee Trail was severely damaged after a fire broke out Friday morning. 

One person has been transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and burns, according to initial reports. 

We have crews on the scene and we’ll update this page when we learn more. 

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FIRST REPORT

Heavy smoke and flames have been reported from a house fire on Shawnee Trail in Centerville Friday morning.

Crews responded to the home in the 300 block of Shawnee Trail around 10:40 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate all occupants were able to evacuate before fire crews arrived on scene. 

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Ohio investigators test evidence from 14,000 backlogged rape kits

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:13 AM

Ohio investigators working to test evidence from 14,000 backlogged rape kits

Nearly 14,000 rape kits were tested by the State Crime Lab after State investigators proposed they would seven years ago.

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The kits provided thousands of pieces of evidence that could lead to suspects but it was difficult to keep up with them all, state leaders said.

New rules went into place in reviewing the kits for evidence to ensure a backlog like this doesn’t happen again, according to state leaders.

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“When agencies submit kits without delay, suspects can be identified faster, taken off the streets sooner and future attacks prevented,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

Almost 370 rape kits from Springfield that pointed to possible suspects in 135 cases were once a part of the backlog.

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Coroner: Victim in Lorenz Ave. shooting dies, identified

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:58 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:11 PM

Dayton police investigating after woman is shot in the head

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m. (Feb. 17): 

The woman who was shot in the head at a residence in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue has died.

According to the Montgomery County Coroner Office, Keyona Murray, 22, died at the hospital around 10:30 p.m. Friday. 

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An autopsy will be performed later today to determine the cause of death, according to an investigator. 

Keyona Murray, shot at a residence in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue, in Dayton, on Feb. 16, 2018. (Courtesy/Miami Valley Crime Stoppers)

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m. (Feb. 16): 

Dayton homicide detectives have been called to the home on Lorenz Avenue where a female was shot in the head. 

She is said to be in critical condition, a police sergeant tells us. 

The crime scene stretches from inside the house, in the 100 block, to the sidewalk in front of the house. 

Traffic to Lorenz has been stopped at West Second Street to the south, and Edison Street to the north.

INITIAL REPORT (Feb. 16):

A female reportedly shot in the head at a residence in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Her condition is not known. 

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Police are investigating what happened there. Police and a medic unit were dispatched about 8:25 p.m. on a report of a shooting. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Check for recall announcements for golf carts, pots, candles & more

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:02 PM

Rachel's Recall Roundup: Feb. 23, 2017

A kettle, fire pit, bleeding candles and golf carts are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Electric Kettles

The handles on some Whirlpool KitchenAid electric kettles could come loose and cause the liquid inside to burn you. 

There are three reports of minor burns and a total of 79 reports of the handles separating. 

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The recalled kettles come in six colors. Visit repair.whirlpool.com for the full list of model and serial numbers under recall. 

Stop using the kettles and contact Whirlpool at 800-874-0608 for a free replacement. 

Outdoor Gas Pit Table

Three people have been burned by Hampton Bay outdoor gas fire pit table patio heaters sold exclusively at Home Depot. 

The base lacks a heat shield and could burn you when you try to turn it off. 

The recalled fire pit has the following model number: G-FTB51057B and UPC 6944937601579. 

Contact Yayi at 855-600-9294 for a free repair kit. 

Bleeding Drip Candles

Bleeding drip taper candles, by Cost Plus World Market ,are under recall because they may catch fire. 

There is one report of the high candle flame igniting the wax, but no injuries. 

Stop using the candles and contact Cost Plus World Market at 877-967-5362 for a full refund. 

Instant Pot Cookers 

Although not an official recall at this time, Instant Pot is warning customers about overheating and melting in certain styles of its cookers. 

Instant pot

Golf Carts

Yamaha golf cars and personal transportation vehicles (PTVs) are under recall because of 285 reports of the brake cables failing. No one has been hurt. 

Several model numbers of gas and electric vehicles sold between 2015 and 2018 are affected. 

Don't ride on the cars and PTVs. Contact Yamaha at 800-962-7926 for a free repair. 

Reclining Chairs

Stargazer recliner chairs, sold exclusively at REI, are being recalled because straps on the chairs can break and cause you to fall. 

No one has been injured, but there is one report of a chair breaking. 

Don't use the chair. Contact NEMO Equipment at 800-997-9301 for a free replacement. 

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Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:01 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson’s recent retirement came amid an ongoing investigation into allegations of criminal conduct, according to city officials.

“There were allegations of criminal conduct, therefore we’re following up with conducting an internal investigation into those allegations,” City Manager Wayne Davis said in response to questions from the Dayton Daily News/WHIO I-Team.

“At this time there’s no evidence of criminal activity, however our investigation is not complete,” Davis said.

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Robertson retired Feb. 9 after working for the city nearly 40 years. His two-page letter of resignation cited “a serious medical condition” for the reason he decided to retire.

When asked whether the investigation was connected to Robertson’s decision to retire, Davis said: “Not from what was shared with me.”

Davis said the internal review is being conducted by the law director and started sometime after Jan. 24.

Robertson couldn’t be reached for comment.

The city of Centerville released a statement Friday saying, in part, “the city is not at liberty to discuss the details of the investigation at this time. The city will continue to cooperate with providing information as it becomes available.”

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The chief’s personnel records do not indicate the reason for the investigation.

Records from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio, show Robertson has been paid $32,294 to teach classes there since 2010, including $5,600 for seven training sessions in 2017. Davis confirmed the city is looking into whether Robertson was reimbursed for the same days he worked as police chief, getting paid twice for the same hours. He would not say whether those allegations are part of the criminal probe, however.

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His most recent performance review in 2016 included positive reviews.

“He cares deeply about the men and women of the Centerville Police Department and strives to maintain the high professional reputation of the organization,” the review says.

But he was also given a formal, verbal warning in December and told to attend a course on harassment in the workplace because of an incident last August, according to the records. While talking with officers about preparations for a rally supporting transgender issues, Robertson jokingly asked a police officer “How’d your surgery go?” The officer complained and the comment was determined to be inappropriate by the city, the records show.

Robertson retired and was rehired in 2014. His employment contract in June 2017 was extended to January 2019.

Robertson was paid $127,501 in 2016, according to the I-Team Payroll Project.

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