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Unattended cooking sparks Dayton house fire

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:35 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:55 AM

A house fire on Iola Ave has left a resident displaced

UPDATE @ 9:55 a.m. 

Unattended cooking has been blamed for causing a house fire on Iola Avenue in Dayton Friday. 

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Firefighters reported flames and smoke coming from the rear of a home in the 900 block of Iola Avenue around 9:25 a.m. Friday. 

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The home’s occupant left the home, leaving cooking food on the stove, investigators said. The damage to the home will displace the occupant. 

Firefighters have not been able to get in contact with the occupant. 

No injuries were reported. 

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters have responded to reports of a house fire on Iola Avenue in Dayton Friday morning. 

Crews were dispatched around 9:25 a.m. to the 900 block of Iola Avenue and reported fire coming from the back of the structure. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Tyra Patterson: Life after two decades in prison

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

Tyra Patterson talks about being released from prison after more than two decades.

The one-bedroom apartment Tyra Patterson must return to each night as part of her probation curfew sits above a Jamaican natural foods store on a bustling street in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Family and friends donated furniture, lamps and paintings. A pair of running shoes sits next to the door, waffles from Taste of Belgium are tossed on top of the refrigerator and a journal is placed on a wooden kitchen table.

Little hints of her incarceration show through her habits, when she rolls her clothes into tight, little balls before putting them away in a drawer or when she reaches for a prison-issued bar of soap to wash her face.

Patterson, who grew up in east Dayton, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison at age 19 for the murder and robbery of 15-year-old Michelle Lai on Sept. 20, 1994.

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Now 42, Patterson was paroled on Christmas Day after Lai’s sister — Holly Lai Holbrook — wrote a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in 2016 vouching for her innocence.

Lai Holbrook, who watched her sister get shot that night, told Kasich: “I no longer believe that Tyra participated in the robbery that led to Michelle’s murder. I believe it is wrong for Tyra to stay locked up.”

Various politicians and celebrities — including the documentary filmmaker Ken Burns — got behind Patterson’s innocence claims. Burns posted a Facebook video in 2016 while holding a sign that says “I am Tyra Patterson.”

Just a little more than a month into her new freedom, Patterson — like the thousands of inmates who get paroled from Ohio prisons each year — is transitioning to life on the outside. In 2015, approximately 9,386 inmates were paroled from the prison system and 21,343 were released, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction.

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For many, that freedom will be short-lived. A 2012 study showed an overall three-year recidivism rate for inmates released from Ohio prison was about 30 percent.

Patterson has had some struggles since getting out — Fifth Third Bank, for example, first denied a request to open a bank account because she had only her state-issued ID — but in most respects her story bears little resemblance to the bulk of Ohio’s imprisoned population.

Patterson had prominent people fighting for her release. Most inmates don’t.

In prison, she earned her GED, paralegal certificate, furthered her education through several programs and even learned a little Spanish and Arabic. Before prison, she had a limited ability to read or write after dropping out of school.

And when she left prison she had a good job waiting for her: as a paralegal for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center in Cincinnati, which works to protect the rights of prisoners and those who leave prison.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

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Victim in deadly Springfield shooting identified 

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:05 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Fatal shooting on South Yellow Springs Street in Springfield

UPDATE @ 10:55 a.m.

The victim in Monday’s deadly shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Cobey Etherington. According to a Springfield Police report Etherington was in the passenger seat of a car on W. Mulberry Street when he was shot. Police are still working to find out additional details and if you know anything about this crime you are asked to call Springfield Police at (937) 324-7680

UPDATE @6:41 a.m.

Springfield police said a man who died in a Springfield shooting early Monday morning was shot and killed while he was in his car.

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UPDATE @6:25 a.m.

Springfield police are investigating a fatal shooting on South Yellow Springs Street.

The coroner is on scene.

FIRST REPORT

Police have a crime scene taped off on South Yellow Springs Street in Springfield.

The scene is reportedly between Mulberry and Jefferson streets. Authorities declined to comment on the nature of the investigation.

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A  man who called our newsroom said he sees a white sedan in the middle of the roadway. 

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear dies

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM


            Willis Blackshear, Montgomery County recorder since 2006, has died. SUBMITTED
Willis Blackshear, Montgomery County recorder since 2006, has died. SUBMITTED

Willis E. Blackshear, longtime Montgomery County recorder and Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart, has died, Dayton and county officials confirmed today. He was 57.

“He was always passionate about public service and really passionate about how people can make a difference in their communities if they got involved in politics,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who said Blackshear died overnight in hospice care after a long illness.

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Blackshear worked his way up the ranks during 22 years in the county’s treasurer’s office. In 2006 he was appointed county recorder. In 2008, he was elected to his first full term and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

Born and raised in Dayton, Blackshear continued to reside in the city with his wife, Regina. He also leaves behind an adult son, Willis Jr.

Blackshear graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and received his BA in political Science from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., according to his county biography.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.

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1 killed after head-on crash in Moraine

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:28 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

A 2 car crash in Moraine is fatal

UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m. 

The man killed had been driving a pickup truck west on Dorothy Lane when he crossed the center lane for an unknown reason and struck a vehicle head-on, police on scene said.

A female driver in the Toyota Rav 4 struck was taken to Kettering Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash. 

A third driver was cited for driving on a closed road after he reportedly blew through the road closed signs that were up for the crash investigation to be conducted.

The road is reopening shortly.

UPDATE @ 8:40 a.m. 

One person has died following a head-on crash on West Dorothy Lane in Moraine, according to police. 

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A second person was transported to an area hospital, but their condition was not immediately known. 

Additional details about the crash were not available. 

FIRST REPORT

Police and medics have responded to reports of a serious, head-on crash on West Dorothy Lane in Moraine Monday morning. 

Emergency crews were dispatched to the 2400 block of West Dorothy Lane, east of North Springboro Pike around 8:10 a.m. after the crash was initially reported. 

Officers arriving on scene reported the crash was head-on, with one person reportedly suffering serious injuries, according to scanner traffic. 

Eastbound lanes of West Dorothy Lane are blocked by police, according to initial reports. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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