Exercise, wild animals, closing hospital focus of 3 weekend events

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Five-year-old Baby Val takes a seat during the Antioch Shriners' Circus at UD Arena in Dayton Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.
E.L. Hubbard
Five-year-old Baby Val takes a seat during the Antioch Shriners' Circus at UD Arena in Dayton Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.(E.L. Hubbard)

Three events this weekend allow people to exercise for a good cause, weigh in on the closure of a local hospital and take in a controversial wild animal circus that has a long history in Dayton.

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3 things to do this weekend

1. The Gixo fitness app and the Go Red for Women organization are teaming up to provide a run/walk event to raise funds and awareness of heart disease in women. Gixo will donate $10 for every mile that each participant completes and proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Participants should arrive at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Kyle Park, 500 S. First St., Tipp City. To register or for more information, visit eventbrite.com.

2. The Dayton Unit NAACP is hosting a community forum on the impending closure of Good Samaritan Hospital. The event is aimed at having an open dialogue between Premier Health Network executives and community members. The forum is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Baptist Church, 1684 Earlham Drive, Dayton. More information can be found at the Dayton Unit NAACP website.

3. The Antioch Shrine Circus has teamed up this year with the Tarzan Zerbini Circus to continue its long tradition of bringing wild animal circuses to the city of Dayton. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday with the opening ceremony happening at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the University of Dayton Arena, 1801 Edwin C. Moses Blvd. Tickets and more information are available here. A protest of the event has been organized by CompassionWorks International and protesters are being called to gather at the arena at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

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.

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Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

Shooting North Dixie

FIRST REPORT

Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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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. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Woman indicted for making threats on social media

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:49 PM

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.

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The Greene County Prosecutor's Office said Sticka was making threats or intimidating at least two different victims on Twitter.

Jail records show Sticka was arrested on Feb. 2 and her bond is set at $200,000.

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Rain returning, flooding threat increasing

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:40 PM

Tree down on East Dorothy Lane

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain, few storms late tonight
  • Chance for freezing rain early Thursday
  • More rain, heavy at times Friday into the weekend

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

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.

Record breaking warmth will fuel strong storms tonight.

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.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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.

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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.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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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.

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8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:16 PM

A student at Simon Kenton Elementary School brought a gun to school in his book bag on Tuesday according to Springfield Police. 

The 8-year-old told police that he thought another student was going to hurt him and that is why he had a gun. The gun was found unloaded by a teacher who was putting homework in the suspect’s backpack.  

Police responded to Simon Kenton Elementary School at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrested the student in question. According to police the suspect will be charged with Illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.

No one was hurt in the process of securing the weapon and the student is currently in custody. We will update this developing story with the latest details as we receive them.  

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