Investigators unearth evidence in 2010 case of missing woman 

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:50 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:53 PM

Investigators have new information on a cold case that has sent them to a backyard of a home in the 1400 block of Croydon Road in Troy.

The missing persons case involving Nikki Lyn Forrest of Piqua continues as investigators are excavating in the rear of a property in Troy:

  • Two pieces of evidence have been found and will be sent to a crime lab
  • Tuesday’s search was prompted by new information Dayton cold case investigators collected
  • Nikki Lyn Forrest, 19, was four months pregnant when she disappeared in September 2010

UPDATE @ 10:13 p.m.: Investigators on the 2010 missing persons case involving Nikki Lyn Forrest unearthed two pieces of evidence Tuesday but did not reveal what the evidence was in their continuing quest to locate the woman.

Investigators digging in the rear of a property on Croydon Road in Troy said they planned to send the evidence to a crime lab.

“We have information that at the time close to her disappearance, she was at this residence,” Troy police Capt. Jeff Kunkleman said.

Police said they do not believe Forrest’s body was on the property where she once lived.

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Tammy Weddington, Nikki’s stepmother and guardian during her teenage years, said there have been probably four searches over the last seven years that Nikki has been missing.

“We need some closing,” she said. “Whomever had anything to do with the disappearance or death of her we need to find them.”

Kunkleman said so far, police have dug a hole that is 10 feet by 10 feet by 3 feet. They plan to dig up to another 2 feet.

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Dan and Mickey Langston, of Troy, Forrest’s aunt and uncle, were at the dig site. 

“I hope she is preferably found alive and comes home, or if she’s not living I would like them to find her and give her a proper burial and service,” Mickey Langston said.

Kunkleman said Tuesday’s search was prompted by new information Dayton cold case investigators received from new interviews and re-interviews.

Nikki’s boyfriend once owned the home on Croydon Road. It has changed ownership and has been taken through foreclosure over the years. The current owner is cooperating with the investigation.

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Kunkleman said the backyard search was focused on an area that would have been below a shed.

He said “human remain” dogs helped to narrow the backyard search.

“We want to bring some closure to the family if we can,” Kunkleman said. “If we don’t find her we want to eliminate this residence as a possibility.”

Mickey Langston said her niece was an upbeat and carefree person. 

“She had a lot of boyfriends and she was just looking for love and that’s what I’m afraid led to all this,” Mickey Langston said.

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Nikki Lyn Forrest, 19, was four months pregnant when she disappeared in September 2010.

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We will update this story as we learn more.

Xenia Twp. fire crews battle residential fire in Greene County

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:46 AM

UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m: Xenia Twp. fire department responded to a residential structure fire in Greene County early Wednesday morning. 

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Units were dispatched to the 1200 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road just after midnight on a structure fire, where they were met with heavy smoke near the back of the house.

There was one occupant inside of the residence at the time of the fire, but they were able to escape without injuries.

Officials say their only issue with battling this fire was getting to it, with it being winter and the roads being slick. 

No word on damage estimates, but officials say the home will need internal rehab.

Crews continue to investigate what started the fire. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on scene of a structure fire in the 1200 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road in Greene County.

The incident occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, with flames showing from the structure, per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with more details. 

More snow heading for Miami Valley on Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:58 PM

Bursts of heavy snow, windy conditions and low visibility at times expected today.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Snow showers/squalls ending as skies clear tonight
  • Another clipper means return of snow showers Wednesday
  • Warming trend expected for the weekend 

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DETAILED FORECAST

TONIGHT: Skies gradually clear. Temperatures drop into the lower middle teens. Wind chills will be in the single digits, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

Watch this quick timelapse showing snow squalls passing through Dayton, Ohio over a two hour timeframe.

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WEDNESDAY:  Clouds will increase in the morning with snow showers developing by midday. Snow showers are expected again late in the afternoon and evening. Snowfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are expected near and north of Interstate 70 with about an inch south through tonight. It will be breezy. Temperatures will climb into the lower to middle 30s.

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THURSDAY:  Clouds will linger across the Miami Valley with temperatures holding in the middle 20s. It will be blustery with wind chills in the teens.

FRIDAY: Expect a sun-cloud mix with a chance of passing snow showers, mainly north. Highs will be near 30 degrees.

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SATURDAY: Sunshine returns to the Miami Valley as a warming trend gets underway. Highs will be near 40 degrees.

SUNDAY:  Clouds will increase with a chance of rain showers developing. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 1:09 AM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75


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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • On N. Patterson Boulevard and E. Second Street in Dayton, two vehicle non-injury crash reported around 1:08 a.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • 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 Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503

MIAMI COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202

SHELBY COUNTY  

  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Indiana State Patrol trooper, suspect shot during traffic stop, altercation

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:32 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:29 AM

UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m. (Dec. 13): Indiana State Patrol Trooper Morgenn Evans stopped a gray pickup truck just east of downtown Jeffersonville on a traffic infraction, ISP PIO Sgt. Jerry Goodin said on the latest about the trooper's shooting. 

Oscar Kays, 79, of Jeffersonville and the driver of that gray 1999 Silverado, became combative, pulled a handgun and fired at Evans. Evans was struck in the head but was able to return fire at Kays, who was fleeing.

Evans got back to his police car and gave chase a short distance but Kays returned to his home. He was apprehended there by Jeffersonville City police and the Clark County Sheriff’s deputies. 

Investigators don’t yet know if Evans's shots wounded Kays or if Kays was wounded by his own gun or debris from the shots fired. 

Oscar Kays (Courtesy/Indiana State Police, Clark County Jail)

Kays, now in the Clark County Jail, is charged with attempted murder of a police officer. 

Evans, a trooper since October 2016, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.:

Both the Indiana State Police trooper and the suspect were wounded in an exchange of gunfire during a traffic stop just east of downtown Jeffersonville, in southern Indiana, ISP Sellersburg District PIO Sgt. Jerry Goodin said. 

The trooper's condition is non-life threatening, "which is very good news for us," Goodin said at a media briefing near the scene. The trooper's name and age are not being released right now. 

Both he and the suspect, whose name and age also have not been released, are at University of Louisville Hospital. 

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We're hearing the trooper may have suffered a grazing head wound. Goodin would not disclose where or how many times the suspect may have been hit. He had no information on the suspect's condition. 

Goodin said he could not say any more than there was an exchange of gunfire and an altercation that occurred during the traffic stop. He said he couldn't yet discuss what led to the stop. 

The trooper called Jeffersonville police for help because things went awry at the stop, Goodin said. 

The investigation is continuing in three locations related to the incident, Goodin said, and there was no reason for citizens to fear that any other people may have been involved. 

"Keep out trooper in your prayers and hopefully the prognosis we had early on continues to be for both the trooper and the suspect that was shot also," he said.

INITIAL REPORT

An Indiana State Police trooper, shot in the head tonight while pursuing a suspect just east of downtown Jeffersonville, Ind., is at a hospital and the trooper's condition is not known. 

Several news outlets in Indiana are reporting that the shooting occurred about 7 p.m. in Clark County. Jeffersonville is located just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky. 

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ISP officials are confirming the trooper is out of the state patrol’s Sellersburg District, in the southern part of Indiana. 

Police shut down roads to escort the officer to University Hospital. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.