Dayton business owner uses AK-47 in exchange of gunfire with burglars

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

Police in Dayton said the owner of a local cell phone chased after what he called four men who broke into his store. The owner said he managed to chase the men away before they took anything.

A 22-year-old Dayton business owner fired an AK-47 at burglars breaking into his cell phone store early Sunday morning.

Dayton police were dispatched to Fix or Cell Now at 619 Watervliet Street around 5:09 a.m. after the business owner called to report the attempted robbery. 

According to a police report, owner Adam Seaton was blocks away when he received a notification on his phone from the store's security system. 

The owner of Fix or Cell Now says he fired shots at potential robbers.

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As he arrived to the store, Seaton told Dayton police he saw two men running from the store. Seaton said one of the men then stopped, pulled out a gun, and pointed it in his direction. 

Authorities have released a 911 call where you can hear shots being fired.

According to police, Seaton then grabbed an AK-47 from his passenger seat and fired at the men. Seaton told our breaking news team he believes one of his bullets hit a suspect, but he cannot be sure. 

"Typically robberies at the store are done in 20 to 45 minutes, but I happened to be in the right place at the right time," Seaton said. 

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Seaton told police the would-be-thieves wearing black masks fled on foot after he fired shots. He said he followed the two men in his truck as they made their way into a running getaway truck parked in the 2500 block of Mundale Avenue. 

Seaton continued to follow the suspects in his truck. That's when he says the suspects began firing shots at his vehicle out of a driver side window. 

Police said Seaton ended his pursuit at the intersection of Smithville Road and Linden Avenue before returning to the store to alert police. 

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Seaton is calling for stricter punishment for robbers targeting area phone stores. 

“Give these guys [robbery suspects] punishment. They’re just stealing them [cell phones] and the courts just let them out the next day,” Seaton said. 

"“It’s not the police it’s the justice system. The police arrest them and the courts just let them out the next day." 

Seaton said this is the fourth robbery - and the first he's successfully stopped, since opening his store in December. 

As for what other business owners can do to prevent robberies, Seaton advises they purchase a folding security gate. 

"Just had my security gate save my inventory from getting stolen so invest in one of those," Seaton said.

According to the report, officers reviewed store surveillance which showed one suspect throw a brick through a security-gate reinforced window while another stood watch outside of the store. 

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Multi-county theft suspect nabbed after nearly striking detective

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

Contributed Photo/Mercer County Jail
Contributed Photo/Mercer County Jail

A Darke County man, wanted in connection to several thefts across multiple counties, was arrested after trying to flee from officers in Celina Sunday. 

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Officers were initially dispatched to reports of a suspicious person at Bud’s Jeep and Chrysler car dealership on South Main Street Sunday, Celina Police Chief Tom Wale said in a media release Monday. 

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While searching the area for the suspect, police and deputies located a pickup truck about a block away on Murlin Avenue that appeared to be occupied. Officers said they recognized the truck from multiple crimes in Mercer and surrounding counties. 

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“As officers were checking the vehicle, which had dark tinted windows (that) were fogged over, the lights came on and an officer could see a male hunched down inside the cab,” Wale said. “Celina officers and Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies had the truck surrounded and were ordering the (driver) out of the truck.” 

The driver, later identified as Jason Amspaugh, 31, of Union City, Ohio, started the truck and accelerated towards a detective with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Wale said. The detective was able to get out of the way of the truck before it crashed into a parked car and came to rest in a ditch. 

Amspaugh was arrested after the crash. Investigators were granted a search warrant of the truck where they located multiple stolen items, including ones stolen from the Celina car dealership, Wale said. 

Police later obtained a search warrant for Amspaugh’s home on Ellis Road in Union City, where an estimated $75,000 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered. 

Amspaugh remains booked in the Mercer County Jail on a $500,000 bond on preliminary charges of felonious assault of a peace officer and fleeing. The case remains under review by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Police did not say if Amspaugh is facing charges in any of the surrounding counties he’s accused of committing crimes. 

Fight with brass knuckles sparked Piqua standoff

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

Possible standoff in Piqua

UPDATE @ 11:46 a.m. 

A standoff situation has ended and a man is in custody. 

Police on scene told News Center 7’s Steve Baker that a male neighbor with brass knuckles reportedly assaulted another male of the apartment building. The man assaulted was involved in a domestic dispute at the time.

The male in custody is the one who had brass knuckles, police said.

FIRST REPORT

An apparent standoff is actively underway on Park Avenue in Piqua this morning.

Officers and a heavily armored police vehicle were in the area of the 1000 block of Park around 11 a.m.

We’re working to learn more.

Ohio 571 to be closed for days after corn silo collapse in New Carlisle

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

SKY7: Aerial footage of collapsed silo in New Carlisle

UPDATE @ 10 a.m. 

Ohio 571 is expected to be shut down in New Carlisle for a few days to remove 10,000 tons of corn that fell into the roadway after a grain silo collapsed at Miami Valley Feed and Grain Company late Sunday night, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. 

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The collapse knocked down multiple power poles, originally disrupting electric service to around 300 Dayton Power and Light customers. 

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At 10 a.m., 15 outages were still reported in Clark County, according to an online outage map. 

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn new details. 

Jarod Thrush/Staff

UPDATE @ 4:55 a.m: Power is steadily being restored in Clark County with only a reported 15 customers experiencing an outage.

Power was cut off as a safety measure after a corn silo collapsed Sunday night prompting crews to investigate the building. 

UPDATE @ 3:35 a.m: Over 300 customers are without power in Clark County after a corn silo collapse caused crews to cut the power in order to investigate the incident.

The collapse occurred late Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain around 11:40 p.m. 

Crews will be working all night into tomorrow and there’s no word on how long the outage will have customers without power. 

We will monitor the DP&L outage map and continue to update the story.

INITIAL REPORT

Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) will be closed while officials continue to investigate what caused a non-injury silo collapse Sunday night.

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Crews were initially called to Miami Valley Feed & Grain at 880 W. Jefferson St. around 11:40 p.m. on reports of an explosion.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that one silo collapsed, rather than exploded, and partially damaged another building as well as caused 10,000 tons of corn to cover Ohio 571.

“What residents heard when they thought they heard explosions were the transformers blowing when the debris hit them”, said Steve Trusty, Chief of New Carlisle Fire Department. 

Officials do not believe anyone is trapped as a result of the collapse, as the company said no employees were on site at the time but will further investigate the building to confirm.

The silo collapse took out at least three power poles and power lines, which caused a brief power outage that has since been restored to all area residents.

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Crews will be on scene all night until midday tomorrow while they continue their investigation.

An Ohio Fire Marshal has also been called to the scene and will assist with the investigation tomorrow.

Drivers are encouraged to use Scarf Road as the detour while Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) is blocked off.

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First NASA space walk of 2018 scheduled for Tuesday

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

WATCH: Space to Ground - Prepping for a Spacewalk. Video courtesy of NASA.

Since December 1998, there have been 205 spacewalks at the International Space Station. 

The first spacewalk of 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday morning. 

NASA will be streaming the walk live, which begins around 7 a.m. 

According to NASA, American and Japanese astronauts will carry out these spacewalks in January to repair a robotic arm on the space station. 

Mark Vande Hei of NASA will lead the walk along with Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai. 

WHIO will live stream the spacewalk Tuesday. 

Last year, there were nine U.S. spacewalks. 

The most recent was Oct. 20 and lasted for six hours and 49 minutes.