Guitars of Roger Troutman’s reported stolen

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:57 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:57 PM

The son of the late R&B and Funk Legend Roger Troutman said someone stole some vintage guitars that once belonged to his father.

The theft occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday from the house belonging to a relative of Troutman’s son, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s report.

Troutman’s son Larry Gates, 32, said he was in the process of moving six guitars, including two that belonged to his father, and other musical equipment to his new studio and needed a place to store them until he got settled in.

The relative was the one who noticed the guitars missing and called Gates.

“We’re talking about rare vintage guitars,” Gates said. He estimated that the six guitars were worth approximately $10,000 altogether. The two guitars - a Gibson and an Ibanez - belonging to Troutman are worth approximately $6,000 together.

The other stolen guitars included a Fender, a Bourgeois, a Peavey and a Guild. The Gibson has Roger Troutman’s name on it and Troutman is often pictured with the Ibanez in online photos.

Gates was 18 when he his father, 47, was shot and killed by his older brother Larry Troutman, 54, in 1999 during a murder-suicide.

The Troutman brothers were part of Dayton’s most famous musical families and pioneers of the famous rock-funk “Dayton sound” of the 1970s. The brothers were members of their family band, Zapp. The band’s self-titled debut album hit the pop top 20 in 1980 and scored a major hit with the song, More Bounce to the Ounce. Roger Troutman eventually went solo and had a No. 1 hit in 1987 with the song, “I Want to Be Your Man.” He found a new audience not too long before his death when he collaborated with hip-hop superstars Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre for the song, “California Love.”

“His legacy was good enough to help me do what I do (now),” said Gates, who is musical producer and artist that has worked with artists Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas. He went on to say that he is devastated and feels violated by the theft. “Memories have been taken from me (and) of the legacy left behind by my father.”

Anyone with information about the theft, should contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office via the Regional Dispatch Center at 225-4357.

Fire crews investigating car fire, arson attempt at Dayton home

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 4:04 AM

Dayton fire crews are investigating an arson attempt and car fire at a home in the first block of Murray Hill Drive. Cox Media Group Ohio/Stock photo

Dayton fire crews are investigating a reported arson attempt Sunday morning.

Crews were dispatched to the first block of Murray Hill Drive around 3:45 a.m. on reports of a car and house fire. 

Initial reports indicate an a fire investigator has been called to the scene after a burning 10-gallon fuel container was found near the house. 

Someone attempted to set fire to the home's mailbox and porch, according to scanner traffic. 

Reports indicate the car fire has been extinguished and the fire near the house is under control.

ID released for Indiana man who never resurfaced at Grand Lake St. Marys

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

The man who went overboard a pontoon boat overnight was identified as 48-year-old Kevin Mann of Portand, Indiana, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The search will resume Sunday for Mann, who apparently jumped from the pontoon into the lake but never came back up, officials said.

UPDATE @ 8:25 p.m.

The search has been called off for tonight, but will resume Sunday to find the man who went overboard from a pontoon boat during the overnight hours.

Authorities said the man is from Indiana, but have not released his name and age.

UPDATE @ 9:51 a.m.

The search continues at Grand Lake St. Marys where a male went overboard from a pontoon boat overnight.

Montezuma firefighters and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are actively searching the lake in the area of Safety Island.

Firefighters got the call at 2:35 a.m. that a male went overboard and needed rescued. Montezuma Fire Chief Ron Schulze said the search for the victim continues this morning.

Celina police and fire, as well as St. Mary’s Twp. firefighters are assisting.

Further details have not been released.


A person has reportedly drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Mercer County, according to officials. 

Authorities tell WHIO's Steve Baker a person drowned in the lake near Montezuma around 2:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a man went overboard while on a boat in the lake. 

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could not be reached for comment. 

Our crew will be attending a news conference in Mercer County scheduled for 9:30 a.m. 

We will continue to monitor and update this developing story.

Psych! You won’t be able to tour Dayton Arcade after all 

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Sorry guys, you’ll likely need to scratch those plans of getting a rare look inside the Dayton Arcade. 

>> 8 things you probably never knew about the Dayton Arcade

Young Ohio Preservationists, a state historic preservation group, said it underestimated the number of people would be interested in seeing inside the historic building in the center of downtown Dayton June 3. 

>> Dayton Arcade is ‘show of good faith’ to partners, community, UD leader says 

More than 900 people expressed interest in a tour of the building for an event called “YOP Tour Day: Dayton Arcade.” 

Here is a message on the event’s page:

“We want to extend our sincerest apologies to everyone disappointed that they can't make this particular tour. We're a very small volunteer organization not based in Dayton. We had no idea how overwhelming the interest would be. Additionally, a few tour guides had to drop out last minute, making the cap on attendance even more strict. The cap on this particular tour was set at 25, and with over 900 people vocalizing interest on our event page, we suppose this was the reason many people weren't able to get in. 

There will be additional tours in the future, and we will make sure you all know ahead of time including how many people are limited per tour with as much time to sign up as we can manage. We'll also be sure to post disclaimers that tour restrictions and times are subject to change, so that our attendees will be aware that their plans may be affected. 

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you'll join us for our additional Arcade tours & future events.”

>> MORE: The Arcade: Dayton’s crowning jewel

>> MORE: Photos of the Dayton Arcade

First opened in 1904, the Arcade closed for good in 1991.  

5 firefighters, 2 residents hurt at high rise apartment fire

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.

Five firefighters were hurt while battling the fire at a high-rise apartment building in Dayton.

The firefighters’ injuries were not considered life-threatening and they were transported from the scene on Belmonte Park North to the hospital for treatment, according to an official at the scene.

Some firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and at least one suffered a shoulder injury, according to Dayton Fire spokesman Bryan Adams.

Two residents were also taken to the hospital for treatment and at least one resident is receiving medical treatment at the scene.

The Red Cross has been called to assist in setting up a temporary shelter for the displaced residents.

The 10-floor apartment building has been evacuated and officials said it will be awhile before anyone can return to their apartments.

A major challenge for the firefighters was getting older residents, some who are disabled, safely out of the building, according to an official at the scene.

Officials aren’t sure yet what led to the fire, but our crew talked to the children of the woman whose apartment caught fire.

They tell us their mother was cooking and the fire started from grease in the kitchen of her eighth-floor apartment.

Dozens of people were standing outside of the building.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a Dayton firefighter was injured while battling a blaze on the eighth floor of an apartment building in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene and many appeared tired and spent after putting the fire out and searching the building for anyone needing help.

According to emergency scanner traffic, a firefighter called for help while inside the building and working to douse the flames.

This newsroom has obtained the 9-1-1 call from a resident who reported the fire to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The caller told the dispatcher there’s a fire in an apartment on the eighth floor and reported seeing a lot of black smoke.

The dispatcher advised the resident to get everyone out of the building.

There have been no reports of injuries to any of the residents. 


Crews in Dayton are working to put out a fire at a building in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

PHOTOS: Black smoke rises from upper floor of Dayton apartment building

Crews were called at 11:47 a.m. and early reports indicated the fire is at an apartment building and some residents may need rescued.

We’re headed to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.