DVAC is offering a special deal with new membership purchase

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

DVAC is offering a special deal with new membership purchase

Experience real, original art and get the opportunity to engage in conversation about it with a membership at Dayton Visual Arts Center.

DVAC is inclusive, celebrating and promoting a wide range of mediums, styles and all levels of art-making in the greater Dayton area.

The organization is holding a two-for-one promotion during the month of March: those who purchase memberships will be eligible for two tickets to the Annual Art Auction for less than the cost of one non-member ticket. 

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The 23rd Annual Art Auction will be held on April 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College. There will be more than 100 original works of art by local artists at all price levels, along with more than 700 art-partiers. 
>> RELATED: Watch Dayton men break record, spend thousands during art auction

Right now, potential members can purchase memberships online here. The promotion will run until March 31.

Membership costs vary depending on the type of membership you seek. Student memberships are $25, individual memberships are $45, and duo/family memberships are $75. 

Annual Art Auction tickets range in price. If you sign up for membership this march, you’ll receive two tickets for $50. Non-members can preorder individual tickets for $65 or pay $75 at the door.  

There are also general memberships, artist memberships and corporate memberships. Whether you’re an artist trying to get your work out into the world, a person who loves visual art, or have interest in supporting community artists and culture, DVAC has it all. 

For more information visit the DVAC website or call 937-224-3822.

Man shot, killed on Linden Ave. in Springfield identified

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 2:20 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

A Springfield man was shot and killed Friday morning in the city's second homicide of the year, both coming in the span of eight days. Brandon Jamal Dearmond, 30, of Charles St., was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of Linden Avenue.

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Police were initially dispatched to the area of Linden and Rose Street, but could not find a victim, according to a report from the Springfield Police Division. Officers were then given an address in the 1300 block of Linden and found four or five people yelling for help on a porch. 

The victim was located next to a lawnmower, according to the report. Initial reports said as many as 30 shots had been fired. 

Officers began CPR on the porch, then medics arrived and continued to attempt to resuscitate Dearmond. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“Officers spoke with several people at the house as the crime scene unit was called out to collect evidence,” the report says. 

One neighbor said she heard several gunshots fired. 

“I went down there and saw the crime scene tape, people, sirens, police,” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous. 

This is the second homicide of the year in Springfield. 

Jeffery Rife, 36, was shot and killed on March 18 in the 500 block of Clairmont Avenue. 

MORE: Springfield homicide underscores increased gun violence

Another man was shot on Linden Avenue on March 16. Jimmy L. Dornon, 31, was found on the ground with a gunshot wound on his left side, according to a police report, and taken to the hospital. 

He was riding his motorcycle when he was shot by a man driving a white Ford Explorer, police said. Dornon told officers that he had recently sold the SUV to the suspect but didn’t know who he was, according to the report. 

The two recent shootings on Linden Avenue are scary, the neighbor said. 

“This neighborhood used to be a real good neighborhood,” she said. “But it seems like it’s going down.” 

She walks her dog in the neighborhood daily, she said, but now she doesn’t think it’s safe. 

“I know the police can’t be everywhere, but we certainly need them over here now,” she said. 

Police didn’t have any updates on Dearmond’s case as of Friday evening. The investigation is ongoing, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said.

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Harrison Twp. woman charged with shooting fiancé appears in court

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6:42 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:16 PM

HARRISON TWP. — A woman charged with reckless homicide for shooting and killing he fiance Tuesday night made her first court appearance Friday.   

  • The victim, 32-year-old Peter Underwood, lived in the home on Claggett Drive where the shooting occurred
  • Jessica L. Grieco, 33, told a 911 dispatcher she accidentally shot her fiance while she was attempting to unload a gun to prevent her fiance from committing suicide

UPDATE @ 11:02 a.m. (March 24, 2017):

Jessica Grieco appeared in Vandalia Municipal Court on a charge of reckless homicide, a third degree felony. Grieco did not enter a plea and did not have a lawyer.  

A judge set her bond at $50,000 cash or surety. If she can come up with 10% of that, she can be put on home electronic monitoring.


Six hours after a Harrison Twp. woman frantically told a 911 dispatcher she accidentally shot her supposedly suicidal fiance, she was arrested.

The next day, she was charged with reckless homicide. 

Jessica L. Grieco, 33, called 911 at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and told dispatchers she shot Peter Underwood, 32, at their home on Claggett Drive in Harrison Twp.  

“He’s shot in the chest. Get here now!” Grieco yelled. 

“He’s going to die!”  

Underwood died of a shotgun wound to the chest, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, which completed the autopsy Wednesday morning. The coroner ruled Underwood's death a homicide.  

Grieco repeatedly yelled, “Oh my God!” and said: “I tried to unload it. It went off because he was trying to commit suicide earlier. I had to take a rope from him earlier,” she said in the call, which the Dayton Daily News obtained through a public records request.  

Grieco said the shooting was an accident and that the gun was sitting still on scene. The dispatcher told the woman to keep pressure on Underwood’s wound. At one point in the call, there’s a noise that sounds like dishes being knocked on the floor.  

Grieco remains in the Montgomery County Jail.  

Emergency crews were dispatched to the single-family home at 6:27 p.m. Tuesday after the 911 call. She was booked into the jail at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

“It’s totally shocking," said Shawn Kauffman, a neighbor in the area near Northridge High School. “This neighborhood is quiet.”  

A woman later was seen crying in a police cruiser.  

“You hear occasional arguments but you don’t think something like this is going to happen,” Kauffman said.  

According to the incident report, photos, a projectile bullet/casing, blood and a weapon were among the evidence from the shooting.  

“It scares me because, like I said, you never know in this neighborhood,” neighbor Ronda Williams said. “I’m scared to even come out at nighttime.” 

At the end of the five-minute 911 call, the woman can be heard telling a deputy, “I was trying to take the bullet out of his gun …”


Dayton Dragons install safety net upgrade, cancel city EMS contract

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 5:21 PM

Dayton Dragons install safety net upgrade, cancel city EMS contract

Thanks to safety upgrades at Fifth Third Field, the Dayton Dragons decided it no longer needed to staff Dayton Fire Department medics at home games.

“They did terminate the contract with the city to provide EMS services this season,” Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey L. Payne said. “That is a direct result of them enhancing their netting in the stadium.”

The protective netting now covers all lower-level seating, and the height of the netting is raised five feet to better protect upper-level club seating and luxury boxes, Bob Murphy, the team’s president and general manager announced in August.

RELATED: Fifth Third Field to install additional safety netting

Dayton medics used to be stationed at the first and third base lines, where fans were more at risk from foul balls and flying broken bats.

“With the netting, hopefully there will be very little that will get through there,” Payne said.

If anyone has a medical issue at the ballpark, the Dragons, which is a Class A Cincinnati Reds affiliate, staff and supply a first aid room.

“And, as always, if there is anything that is beyond their staff to handle, they call 911,” he said, noting that there are procedures so the Dayton medics know the best ways to enter the facility to quickly reach a person in need of help.

A representative of the Dayton Dragons could not be immediately reached for comment.

Three structures involved in Riverside fire

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

UPDATE@ 1:40 p.m.

Three structures were reportedly on fire: Sparky’s Auto Center, a house next to the auto center, and a garage behind the house. Sparky’s Auto Center has sustained tremendous damage and has been reported as a total loss. The house behind the auto center has substantial damage as well. There was one person inside and he was checked out at the scene for minor injuries. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 12:41 p.m.

Riverside police and Riverside fire department are handling the active fire scene at Sparky’s Auto Shop on Valley Pike, not Huber Heights fire crews.

We’ve learned at least one person is being checked out by medics called to the scene.

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m.

Heavy smoke and flames are coming from Sparky’s Auto Center at 2401 Valley Pike. Riverside fire crews are assisting Huber Heights fire department. There are no reports of injuries or cause of the fire at this time. We’ll continue to post updates to this breaking news as details become available.

FIRST REPORT @ 12:11 p.m. 

Huber Heights fire crews are calling for extra help at a structure fire at an auto shop at 2401 Valley Pike. We have crews on the way and will update this story as soon as new information is available.