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Fourth person sentenced in Tipp City robbery

Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 9:20 AM

Carlos Gomez (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)
Carlos Gomez (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)

The last of four people convicted of charges involving the robbery of a Tipp City home to retrieve stolen drugs was sentenced in Miami County Common Pleas Court to community control.

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Carlos Gomez, 23, now of Baldwin Park, Calif., told visiting Judge William Wolff Jr. on Tuesday he was "deeply sorry for the wrong I have committed."

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Tipp City police said the robbery was planned by Benjamin Danon, 28, of Tipp City. He was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to six years in prison in June. Witnesses to the robbery said Danon was armed with a gun during the robbery, though he continued to deny having a weapon.

Gomez pleaded as part of a deal in which the aggravated robbery charge was changed to felony robbery. He could have received up to three years in prison. 

Wolff sentenced Gomez to six months in jail before suspending all but 116 days and crediting Gomez with 116 days served. The judge said his suggestion was for Gomez to return to California to live with family, including a sister who attended the sentencing.

Gomez also was ordered to have no contact with the victims and his co-defendants. 

Also pleading and sentenced in the case were Cody Allwood, 22, and Madelyn Johnson, 19, both of Tipp City. They were sentenced to community control.

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Cause of vacant house fire in Piqua under investigation

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

A fire in the 200 block of East Main Street caused the inside of the house to be completely damaged.

UPDATE @ 4:41 a.m.:

The fire in the 200 block of East Main Street is under control but the inside of the house is completely damaged, according to Assistant Chief Kennedy of the Piqua Fire Department.

>>Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

The house was vacant and no one was inside, Kennedy said.

All crews from Piqua Fire Department worked on the fire with assistance from Covington Fire Department and Fletcher Fire Department.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:50 a.m.:

Piqua fire and police crews are battling a house fully engulfed in flames in the 200 block of East Main Street in Piqua.

The roof has reportedly collapsed but all walls are still intact, according to scanner traffic.

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Crews are on scene of a house fire that is reportedly engulfed in flames in the 200 block of East Main Street.

The fire was reported around 2:50 a.m. Saturday.

We have a crew on the way and will update this story as information becomes available. 

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Slick road conditions throughout Miami Valley

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:02 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow will fall causing slick road conditions for Saint Patrick’s Day morning, according to StormCenter 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

Roads will be icy especially on bridges and overpasses, so be sure to use caution during your commute.

>>Winter weather advisory until noon Saturday

A two vehicle injury accident was reported on West Dorothy Lane and Encrete Lane around 7:40 a.m. with heavy damage.

A van was found in a field with down power lines on 49 Gettysburg-Pitsburg Rd. in Arcanum around 7 a.m., according to scanner trafficl. It is not known if road conditions were a cause of the accident.

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Winter weather advisory until noon Saturday

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

There will be a wintry mix this morning followed by scattered showers this afternoon.

The winter weather advisory has been dropped for Randolph (IN), Wayne (IN), Union (IN), Butler and Warren Counties. The rest of the Miami Valley remain under the advisory until noon, but may also be dropped out before then as conditions improve. A wintry mix of rain/sleet is pushing northeast out of the Miami Valley this morning. Roads may still remain slick for some, especially on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. Also, watch for black ice on sidewalk, porches and driveways.

Temperatures will slowly climb and precipitation will change to rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. Clouds will linger through the day as we dry out late day into the evening. Highs for the day will climb into the lower 40s. Skies then begin to clear overnight and temperatures will fall back below freezing. Some isolated slick spots are possible with any roads still damp from earlier precipitation.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

>>St. Patrick’s Day: Freezing rain could impact celebration


  • Freezing rain, sleet and snow this morning
  • Chance of showers this afternoon
  • More sun and milder for Sunday


Tomorrow: There will be sunny skies and it will be warmer with highs into the lower 50s.

>>What is freezing rain and how is it different from snow and sleet?

Monday: Some morning sun will give way to more clouds through the day. There will be a chance for a few showers towards the evening. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with a few rain or snow showers early. It will be mostly cloudy for most of the day. A few more rain/snow showers may return into the night. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: There will be a chance for a few passing snow showers and chilly with highs in the upper 30s.

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Checkpoint leads to 17 citations issued in Washington Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:55 AM

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An OVI checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday in Washington Township.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force conducted the checkpoint.

>>Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

There were no OVI arrests made during the checkpoint that saw over 730 vehicles on State Route 725 near Paragon Road, according to a release.

One citation for improper registration display and one citation for driving under suspension was occurred as a result of the OVI checkpoint, the release stated.

Extra patrols in the area from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s and Ohio State Highway Patrol resulted in six citations for moving violations, five non-moving citations, three seat belt citations, one marked lanes citation, according to the release.

>>Next few days ‘critical’ to survival of children injured in crash involving RTA bus

Extra patrols will be out for the remainder of Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

Eleven alcohol involved crashes occurred around Saint Patrick’s Day in 2017, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Police encourage everyone to drink responsibly to keep roadways safe over the holiday weekend.

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