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Family: Man killed in officer-involved shooting ‘wasn’t a bad guy’

Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 11:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 11:20 PM

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM SHAWNA STOFF
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM SHAWNA STOFF

Family and friends of a man killed during an officer-involved shooting early Wednesday at the Oakwood Village mobile home park question whether he understood what was happening.

Robert Edwards, 33, was shot and killed by police when he would not drop a weapon they later discovered was a pellet gun, Miami Twp. police Capt. John Magill said.

Shawna Stoff, grandmother to Edwards’ son, described him as a good person with a big heart.

"In 14 years ... my grandson's gonna Google his dad. And all he's going to see is that they thought he was a threat," said Shawna Stoff of Franklin. “I want the world to know he wasn’t a bad guy.

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“If somebody needed a place to stay he didn’t care if he knew them or not,” she said.

Stoff said she and Edwards became family when he started dating her daughter and they had 19-month-old Zachary. They have since split, but Stoff said she continues to look after him in part because of what she described as developmental delays.

“He was still like dealing with a 13-year-old boy. That young man ... he wouldn’t have known how to react,” she said of the shooting that happened shortly after midnight.

Amber Plymesser -- who said she’s been friends with Edwards for years -- and her two daughters have been staying at his mobile home.

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“He was a great person. He was not violent at all,” Plymesser said.

She said Edwards likely would not have had the time to process what was happening before the shots went off.

“When he opened the door, the next thing I hear is ‘Stop freeze.’ Then three gunshots, and then he was on the floor,” Plymesser said.

Miami Twp. police said that is not the case. They said they repeatedly asked Edwards to put down his weapon. Later, they discovered his weapon was a pellet gun.

“I feel sympathetic to the police officer that fired the gun ... and very angry with him at the same time,” Stoff said.

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Left lane blocked on NB I-75 in Tipp City after multiple crashes

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:38 AM

SCENE: Multiple crashes on NB I-75 in Tipp City

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On NB I-75 in Tipp City north of SR 571, four separate crashes reported around 5:30 a.m. Left lane is blocked. No serious injuries reported. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction. 

Tsunami warning issued after 7.9 magnitude earthquake off coast of Alaska

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:02 AM

A tsunami warning is in effect after a preliminary 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck  173 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska.

>> THE LATEST: Officials tell residents to seek higher ground amid tsunami warning

The earthquake was at a depth of 15 miles. There have been nine aftershocks, from 3.1 to 5.0 magnitude.

The Oregon, California and Washington coasts are under a tsunami watch.

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According to the National Weather Service, the first waves should arrive around 2 a.m. local time (6 a.m. Eastern Time). Residents are being told to seek higher ground.

The National Weather Service tweeted that a buoy just northeast of the epicenter recorded a water displacement of 32 feet.

This story will be updated as we learn additional details.

Chance for rain, snow showers today with gusty winds

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM

Here's what to expect on the roads today.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • More showers arrive this morning
  • Dry and warming up to end week
  • More rain for weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Another batch of light showers off to the west will move in early this morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Showers today will mainly fall as rain, but at times a mix with wet snow flakes can occur. An accumulation isn’t expected with the wintry mix. Temperatures will linger in the upper 30s, but fall quickly towards the end of the afternoon. They’ll be gusty winds around 30 mph at times today with any evening rain or snow showers ending rather quickly. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

TOMORROW: Colder temperatures start the day in the mid-20s. Some passing flurries are also possible for the first part of the day. Highs peak in the mid-30s as clouds decrease at nighttime. 

THURSDAY: There will be sunshine throughout the day with temperatures warmer than normal in the low 40s. The day will be dry.

>> County-by-County Weather

FRIDAY: We continue to see temperatures improve with sunshine and a few clouds as highs reach around 50 degrees. 

SATURDAY: The day will be breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees. Rain showers will start to arrive and become more widespread into the night. 

One dead, one hospitalized after shooting in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m.: One person is dead and another individual was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after a shooting occurred in Dayton early Tuesday morning, according to officials.

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Crews were dispatched to the area of N. Upland Avenue and Fairbanks Avenue around 2 a.m. where they found two adult males, both shot with once deceased in the back of a vehicle. 

A homicide detective has been called to the scene, as well as the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

The condition of the man taken to Miami Valley Hospital is unknown at this time.

The shooting remains under investigation. 

INITIAL REPORT

Officials are responding to the area of N. Upland Avenue at Fairbanks Avenue for a reported shooting victim.

The incident was reported early Tuesday morning around 2 a.m., per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene to learn more details about the ordeal.