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Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 9:57 PM
Updated: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 10:50 PM
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 10:44 p.m.: The resident and family members of a town home on Stoneybrook Trail have been displaced by the fire that broke out in their home, Fairborn Fire District Chief Adam Howard said.
The resident was at home at the time, noticed the fire and escaped without injury, the chief said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said, and it's too early to estimate the dollar loss to the structure and contents.
Chief Howard said crews were able to isolate the flames to the first floor, he said. He confirmed there were no injuries.
UPDATE @ 10:14 p.m.:
No injuries are being reported from a two-alarm fire that damaged one in a row of town homes on Stoneybrook Trail, a fire official said.
The fire is out. An investigator has been requested.
Firefighters did search the unit and found no one inside. They are now working to determine whether anyone was at home at the time of the fire.
None of the other town homes in the row appear to have been damaged by smoke or flame.
Crews are on the scene of a fire in the 1000 block of Stoneybrook Trail in Fairborn.
The dispatch was made about 9:40 p.m. and there were reports that smoke and flames could be seen coming from the front door.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: 1 wounded in shooting at gun range
We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20):
The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.
Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.
Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.
UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.
Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.
“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”
In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.
The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.
At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.
“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.
The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.
Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.
Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.
UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):
Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said.
The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims.
Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry.
It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business.
Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said.
The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.
Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon.
Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound.
Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership.
Additional details were not available.
We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:49 PM
XENIA — A Xenia woman was indicted Tuesday on six felony counts related to threats she is accused of making toward Dayton area residents.
Jillian Sticka, 39, was indicted on six counts of menacing by stalking, according to a grand jury indictment.
The Greene County Prosecutor's Office said Sticka was making threats or intimidating at least two different victims on Twitter.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:40 PM
This evening: Clouds will be on the increase with gusty winds. Temperatures will stay in the 70s.
Tonight: Rain will develop, mainly after midnight. A few thunderstorms will be possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 50s by morning. It will remain breezy.
Wednesday: Rain likely. A rumble of thunder possible early, mainly south. Temperatures will fall through the 50s into the 40s by evening. As temperatures drop, rain may change to freezing rain late at night across the northern Miami Valley.
Thursday: Rain will be around in the morning and may begin as freezing rain, mainly north of I-70. Temperatures will start the day in the lower 30s and climb into the middle 40s. The afternoon should dry out.
Friday: Rain returns. The rain may be heavy at times. It will be milder with highs in the upper 50s. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues.
Saturday: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder will also be possible, mainly south. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues. It will also become windy at times with highs near 60 degrees.
Sunday: There will likely be rain in the morning with clouds lingering into the afternoon. It will be windy with highs cooling into the middle 50s.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:27 PM
— The stack of fundraising letters grows every week in Butch Kelly's home. Kelly said he is on a fixed income but he gives when and what he can. When he first got a letter from Disabled Veterans National Foundation, he sent a check.
"You see disabled veterans and think wow, these people are doing good works," said Kelly, a veteran from Florida.
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Disabled Veterans National Foundation's website is slick and there are videos and testimonials of work to help vets. However, when you look at the organization's tax filings, out of every dollar donated, less than a quarter is actually going to programs that support veterans.
"They're basically taking money away from needy veterans," said Daniel Borochoff, of Charity Watch, a non-profit group that gives Disabled Veterans National Foundation an "F" rating. Another watchdog, Charity Navigator, gives it a "0" out of "4" stars.
"They should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves," said Kelly.
The majority of the 27-million dollars DVNF raised in 2016, went to telemarketers and mailings. More than a month ago we reached out asking to talk with them about their finances, but they have repeatedly refused our requests for an interview. They did send up a letter. It talks about the military record of Purple Heart winning CEO Joseph Vanfonda who has been, "working to revamp the organization's operations, programs, staff and fundraising practices." The letter said, "DVNF is committed to transparency and accountability."
Vanfonda has refused to talk to us and for Charity Watch, the proof is in the numbers.
"You're really helping the telemarketer more than you're helping the veterans," said Borochoff.
Our investigation found that Disabled Veterans National Foundation is not alone. We also looked at the Veterans Support Foundation. Here too, less than a quarter of every dollar goes to veterans. The President of Veterans Support Foundation, Keith King, said his organization provides housing for veterans in need.
"We're proud of what we do once we have the money in the house, how we take care of that money, what we do with that money," said King. "I think that is as important if not more important than what it costs me to raise that money in the first place."
King also told us that money problems forced his charity to turn to telemarketers that now get half of every dollar that he raises.
"We had gotten to the to a point to where we were looking seriously to simply shut our doors," King said.
That is what Charity Watch said should happen.
"They should go out of operation," said Borochoff. "They're just siphoning money out of the giving pool."
Experts said money can be raised efficiently. Look at the National Military Family Association for example. Out of every dollar donated, 80 cents goes to programs.
"It's important to ask the question, how much of my dollar is going to support the people you say you serve?" said Joyce Raezer, of the National Military Family Association.
That is why Butch Kelly now said he has a particular file to place the mail that keeps coming from Disabled Veterans National Foundation.
"I just put it in the shredder," Kelly said.