Dayton police officer: ‘I bleed just like you’

Published: Friday, July 08, 2016 @ 12:09 PM
Updated: Friday, July 08, 2016 @ 4:31 PM

            Dayton officer speaks about police community relations
Dayton officer speaks about police community relations

Hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed, a Dayton police officer issued an emotional plea to the Dayton community: “I pray to God that I don’t become a victim. And I pray to God that none of the others become a victim.”

Jermar Rayford, a 24-year-old Dayton police officer, was reacting to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both shot and killed by police this week.

“I’m absolutely hurt and I’m disgusted by what’s going on in America today, especially when it comes to our citizens and law enforcement,” Rayford said in the video. “I am here to protect and serve my community, but please don’t take that away because of what some others are doing.”

MUST WATCH: Listen to Rayford’s complete message

Rayford said he experienced discrimination by police when he was growing up. His response was to become an officer. “I did this job to be the change in my community,” he said.

“The minute you start threatening to take our lives will be the day you start killing innocent people trying to make a change in the world. I am one of those officers who take pride in my job. I love my job. I am here to serve and protect my community.”

Rayford garnered attention for his dance moves at The Taste of Oregon event last June.

His latest video follows a video posted by Warrensville Police Officer Nakia Jones that has received national attention.

Rayford posted the video following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

His video follows a video posted by Warrensville Police officer Nakia Jones that has received national attention

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Rayford is asking the community to join police and realize the “good” he says they are doing.

“I wear clothes just like you. I bleed just like you. I have a home. I come to a family. I bleed just like you,” Rayford said. “How about thanking some of us. How about praying for us. How about you be a change and join the good.”


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Sophomore removed from Dixie HS following concerning messages about school shooting

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:55 PM

Local authorities taking school threats seriously

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

A male sophomore at Dixie High School is facing charges after posting concerning statements on social media directed towards staff and students at the school, according to New Lebanon police Capt. Jim Chambers. 

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School administrators contacted police around 9:30 a.m. Thursday after students alerted teachers of the messages posted to social media, Chambers said. The suspect was arrested and has been booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center on a charge of inducing panic. 

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“With the events in Florida, this obviously concerns our agency,” Chambers said. “We owe it to the public to keep them safe.” 

“We’re going to work with folks at the juvenile justice center and the prosecutor’s office to find a resolution to this matter, hopefully one that fixes the problem,” Chambers said. 


A Dixie High School sophomore was taken into custody Thursday after administrators said the student posted concerning messages on social media regarding a school shooting.

New Lebanon Local Schools Superintendent Greg Williams said other students made administrators aware of the social media post around 9:30 a.m., shortly after the post was made.

According to Williams, police were called to the school and the student was removed from the building by New Lebanon Police.  We’ve contacted police to see if the student was ultimately arrested and if the student will be facing any charges.

Williams added that the social media post was not a specific threat of a shooting at Dixie, but the message warranted action by the school.

The district is planning a one-call message to parents informing them of the incident.

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Repairs continue after Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Repairs continue after Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

UPDATE @ 3:32 p.m.:

One lane of Executive Boulevard has reopened as crews continue to make repairs to a leaking gas line.

UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m.:

Fifteen businesses along Executive Boulevard in Huber Heights have been evacuated following a gas leak on the road, Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth said.

Ashworth said a construction crew working in the area struck a 6-inch gas main directly under Executive, which has caused the gas to leak from underground.

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Executive is currently closed to traffic while utility companies, including DP&L and Vectren work to isolate their utilities, so repairs can be made, Ashworth said.

Huber Heights gas leak

Ashworth said he anticipates the work to take “several hours” and advised the public to stay away from the area.

Executive is one of the city’s most commercial areas and Ashworth said the leak will have an impact on the businesses in the area.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 

Some businesses along Executive Boulevard have been evacuated after a gas leak in Huber Heights, according to crews on the scene. 

Fire crews and police continue to block both directions of Executive Boulevard, east of Old Troy Pike, where the construction crew struck the gas line. 

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Executive Boulevard is blocked in both directions in Huber Heights after a construction crew struck a gas line Thursday morning. 

Vectren crews have been requested to the scene to isolate the leak, according to initial reports. 

Dispatchers said there have been no reports of evacuations in the area. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.

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Family member arrested for alleged arson in Dayton house fire

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

Family member arrested for alleged arson in Dayton house fire

 Dayton police arrested a man Thursday afternoon in connection with a fire just hours after city firefighters rescued people from the second floor and roof of the burning house.

Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital — with one of them reportedly suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Pets, people rescued from Terry Street fire

James Dennis, 23, of Dayton was arrested on suspicion of aggravated arson after the fire at 29 S. Terry St., according to a police report.

The victims and the suspect are relatives, firefighters said. 

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The investigation is now a joint effort by the Dayton Fire and Police departments, said Sgt. Michael Godsey of the Dayton police homicide squad, which was later called to the address following the fire first reported about 11 a.m.

Flames hit home on Terry street

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Director: Youth soccer coach recovering after attack at Beavercreek bar

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

WATCH: Local soccer coach attacked in parking lot of Beavercreek bar

A local youth soccer coach is recovering after an incident the program’s director said was an attack outside a Beavercreek bar early Friday morning. 

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The coach, Nathan Bias,  was knocked unconscious outside Tuty’s Bar and Grill on Feb. 16, according to Soccer Shots Miami Valley Owner and Director Brandon Artis, who spoke to this news outlet by phone.  

Artis, who did not witness the attack, but spoke with injured coach, said Coach Bias was attacked by two or three men while waiting for an Uber outside the bar around 2 a.m. 

Director: Youth soccer coach recovering after attack at Beavercreek bar

The coach was found unconscious by employees of the bar who then called police. Coach Bias suffered several cuts, bruises, and likely a concussion, Artis said. 

Coach Bias spoke with reporter Mike Campbell today by phone. He said he’s recovering and has numerous bruises on his face.  

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Supporters of Coach Bias are speaking out on the attack on social media, hoping Bias recovers quickly.  The group has established a GoFundMe page to help Coach Bias with medical expenses.

Beavercreek police confirmed they were dispatched to the bar at 3982 Colonel Glenn Highway on reports of an assault on Feb 16., but investigators were not able to release additional details or if they had any suspects. 

This news outlet is still working to determine what led to the incident.

Bias was hospitalized following the attack but has been released.

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

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