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Death of 15-month-old boy under investigation

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

King Alvin Brown died Dec. 11, 2016, days after he was found unresponsive by a home health worker hired to care for him. Dayton police said this week the case is under investigation and will be presented to the Montgomery County prosecutor in coming weeks. CONTRIBUTED
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King Alvin Brown died Dec. 11, 2016, days after he was found unresponsive by a home health worker hired to care for him. Dayton police said this week the case is under investigation and will be presented to the Montgomery County prosecutor in coming weeks. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT/SUBMITTED)

The 2016 death of a 15-month-old who died several days after he was found unresponsive while in the care of a home health worker is currently under investigation by Dayton Police, a department spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

Dayton medics and police went to 141 W. Parkwood Dr. at about 5:15 p.m. Dec. 8 following a 911 call made by a health care worker who told police it was her first day caring for the child, according to a police report.

The boy, King Alvin Brown, was breathing with the aid of a tracheotomy tube due to complications from premature birth, his grandfather Jontee Ruffin said.

The child became unresponsive after the health care worker fed Brown and put him in a crib, according to the police incident report.

Brown died after formula blocked his airway causing his heart to stop and leading to irreversible brain damage, according to death records.

According to the police incident report, the health care worker told police at the scene the child had a number of health conditions including a narrowing of the windpipe often from scar tissue, and gastroesophageal reflux, a digestive disorder.

Medics transported the 15-month-old child to Dayton Children’s Hospital where he died Dec. 11 after the family determined to remove the child from life support, Ruffin said.

Dayton police will present the case to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in coming weeks, Dayton police spokeswoman Cara Zinski-Neace said.

This news organization’s attempts to reach the health care worker and the agency that employed her were unsuccessful in time for publication.

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Reports: Explosion at Middletown coke plant

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:25 AM

There have been numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night at AK Steel Corp.

Middletown dispatch confirmed they received reports of a possible explosion, but said they are not aware of the cause of the noise reported, nor where it may have occurred.

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Witnesses said the blasts happened sometime around 11:20 p.m.

We are working to learn more about what happened, and whether there were any injuries.

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

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Heavy rain moves out but flood alerts continue

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:55 PM

Both strong winds and heavy rain are likely this evening in the Dayton area.

The heavy rain threat will come to an end overnight as the storm system moves to our east, but a few lingering showers will be possible through daybreak Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be steady in the middle to upper 40s overnight.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Flash Flood Warning until 2:15 a.m. Sunday for part of Warren County
  • Flood Watch until 10 a.m. Sunday for entire region
  • Flood Warning for parts of Greene and Warren counties along the Little Miami River
  • Along Great Miami River, Flood Warning to 7:32 p.m. Monday in Sidney in Shelby County; from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m. Monday near Middletown in Butler County

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

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Sunday: A pre-dawn shower is possible early, but aside from that clouds will decrease to allow for some afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 mph at times.

Severe Weather Threats(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

A Flood Watch is in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for the entire region(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R, other spots

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along rivers

As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”

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A Flood Warning is in effect through 5 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties. Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning goes into affect at 11:18 p.m. and lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m Monday in Butler County near Middletown.

There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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Daytonian shares Muhammad Ali’s favorite title belt and legacy

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President Jessie Vargas and Zab Judah
Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President Jessie Vargas and Zab Judah

The decorated green strip of leather was the first WBC title belt custom-made for a boxer, and that boxer was Muhammad Ali, according to Tony Shultz, a Daytonian who shares the belt with everyone he meets. 

The 39-year-old who lives in the Dayton View Triangle neighborhood is a former boxer who trained with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones Jr. 

Shultz said the belt was given to him at Ali's funeral by Ali's wife, Lonnie.

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"This was the first belt created for a champion," Shultz said. "It was created to divide all the weight divisions. This was the heavyweight championship belt and named the "Ali WBC Belt" because it would always have his image on it as the division's greatest champion." 

The belt has the signatures of many famous boxers — including Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and Neon Leon Spinks, who defeated Ali in 1978 in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. 

Shultz said the belt was Ali’s favorite and he often wore it around the house. 

"After he passed away, Lonnie (Ali's wife) decided that she wanted to keep the Ali legacy alive and the best way she could do that was having a belt in circulation," Shultz said. "All the other belts are either in the Ali Center, they're in the museum or his kids have them. This is actually the only Ali belt that's in circulation, outside of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' belt which just sold at a private auction." 

Shultz said he was given the belt on the condition that he share it with people and thus share Ali's legacy. 

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"Lonnie gave it to me, said 'Tony, here's the deal. I want you to have every champion that you know, every champion that you meet, sign it … have their story told. I want (to continue) Ali's legacy of humanity, his spirit of equality, fairness, and most importantly that of conquering any challenges," he said. 

At the last sparring session for Dayton Fight Night competitors at the Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Shultz brought the keepsake and let anybody who wanted to have a photo taken with it draped over their shoulder. 

Shultz will be sharing the amazing keepsake tonight at Memorial Hall at Dayton Fight Night. Tickets are $20. The doors open at 7 p.m.

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