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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.

Owner of Gilly’s willing to sell downtown Dayton club

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

Some Dayton-area venues for local music.

The owner of an iconic downtown music venue says the future of his business is very uncertain.

Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti, the owner of Gilly’s Jazz at 132 S. Jefferson St., said he has a month-to-month agreement for that property with the city of Dayton.

As much as he would like to continue, Gillotti says he has faced reality. 

“I am 80 years old,” he said. “I don’t have the health or the stamina or the years left or days left.”

Gillotti was robbed and viciously attacked at his club around 4 p.m. on March 16, 2016. He suffered a serious brain injury. 
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He says he has not fully recovered and relies on his wife for transportation. 

His brother helps him run Gilly’s. 

Benefit being planned for attacked business owner Jerry Gillotti of Gilly's. (Source: Archive)

Gillotti says he has entertained four recent offers to sell the business, but none of the offers were good. The business is not officially listed for sale, he said. 

The month-to-month agreement with the city also compromises matters, he said. 

Reached via text, Toni Bankston, the city of Dayton’s chief communication officer, said that Gillotti some time ago told city officials about his plans to eventually sell Gilly’s and have the new owner assume his lease. 

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“The city policy would not allow a new owner to simply assume the lease,” she said. “So we agreed to give the current owner a lease that is month-to-month. This would make it easier if and when the property needs to be turned over.”

Gillotti’s last lease with the city ended in May. 

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The business has operated in the space since 1972. It has hosted a list of artists, including Tony BennettB.B. King and John Lee Hooker

“I’ve had every jazz artist in the world,” he said. 

The Dayton Blues Society recently canceled its winter blues showcase at Gilly’s scheduled for Jan. 13. Gillotti said he could not guarantee his business would still be open. 

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Jerry Gillotti(Staff photo by Darin Pope)

The uncertainty of the month-to-month arrangement has also made it difficult for him to book bands in the future. He would have to front money, assuming the business would still be there. 

“I can’t be tied up with a month-to-month,” he said. 

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Because Gilly’s is a “show bar” as opposed to a traditional bar, Gillotti said he often has to pay acts up to 50 percent in advance to perform. 

Despite his current predicament, Gillotti said he can’t complain. 

I’ve had (45) years, and they have been good years,” he said. “I haven’t made a lot of money to be honest with you, but it is a passion to present the music in the right way.”  

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Gillotti at his club in 1977.(Contributed)

Moraine police shooting: Man killed is identified

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:52 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

Moraine shooting: Man killed identified

A Moraine police shooting left one man dead after two officers said a man pointed a gun at them while they were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pinnacle Park Drive, according to Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson during a news conference Friday.

Jamarco McShann, 23, was shot and killed by Moraine police Friday morning while officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle report. Moraine's police chief said McShann pointed a gun at the officers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
  • Deceased identified as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton
  • McShann was in a white car ; windows shot out, surrounded by crime scene tape
  • Two officers questioned in investigation will be placed on leave; standard procedure
  • State’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation taking over investigation

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UPDATE @ 12:57 p.m.:

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will lead the investigation into Friday's officer-involved shooting in Moraine, said spokeswoman Jill Del Greco. 

"Our Special Investigations Unit was requested by Moraine to lead this investigation into what exactly occurred," Del Greco said. "What we're going to be doing is conducting an independent investigation to determine the facts about what exactly occurred, and we'll go from there." 

Between six and seven BCI agents are on scene in Moraine.  BCI is not required to investigate officer-involved shootings, nor are departments required to ask for BCI's assistance, Del Greco said. But many departments ask for assistance.

At least 17 officer-involved shootings have been referred to BCI this year, she said. BCI's investigation will focus on whether there were any criminal violations during the incident, but will not make a determination on whether the officers violated any department policies.

BCI will refer its findings to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office at the end of its investigation, Del Greco said.

UPDATE @ 11:09 a.m.:

Moraine police said two officers shot and killed Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton after McShann pointed a gun at police when they responded to a suspicious vehicle call, according to Police Chief Craig Richardson.

Richardson said they located McShann in the vehicle when they responded and McShann was pronounced dead on the scene following the shooting.

Sky 7 footage of the Signal 99 in Moraine

“We have an active investigation going on right now of an officer-involved shooting,” Richardson said.  “I will not be taking any questions.”

Richardson promised a more thorough update on the case at an unannounced later time.

“We will do a thorough, complete investigation,” Richardson said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has arrived on the scene of the shooting.

UPDATE @ 10:37 a.m.:

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim removed from a Pinnacle Park Drive address this morning as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton.

An autopsy is scheduled for today and a cause and manner of death were not immediately available.

UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m.:

A beige car is surrounded by crime scene tape and witnesses said it appears at least one of the windows in the vehicle may have been shot out on Pinnacle Park Drive in Moraine.

JAROD THRUSH / STAFF

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and removed a victim, however no identity of the victim was released

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“I don’t know what happened, but I see the window shot out,” said Timeka Dreke, who said her son is best friend’s with who died this morning.

Officers called for extra assistance from across the county around 5:45 a.m. after a Moraine officer reported shots were fired.

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“Shots fired. Shots fired,” the officer said over police radio. “We need the medics out here.”

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UPDATE @6:34 a.m.

Crime scene tape is up and several officers are on scene of a county-wide call for help after shots fired report in Moraine.

Police have not commented on what led up to the incident.

>> Montgomery County Jail Bookings

UPDATE @5:51 a.m.

Officers have reportedly canceled a “signal 99,” a county-wide request for officers to respond. We are working to find out additional details.

A medic has been requested to the scene.

FIRST REPORT

Officers have dropped a Signal 99 and have reported shots fired in Moraine.

A signal 99 is a county-wide request for officers to respond.

The incident was reported around 5:45 a.m. at an apartment complex on Pinnacle Park Drive.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Cooler, fall temperatures start to approach Miami Valley 

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Sunny skies and warm temperatures continue into the weekend.

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Warm and dry start to weekend
  • Cooling off next week
  • Showers return late Sunday night

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY:  Lots of sunshine today and warm temperatures into the middle 70s. This is more than 10 degrees above normal. Clear skies and cooling off tonight. Falling into the 60s for Touchdown 7 football games, then into the lower 50s late tonight. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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SATURDAY:  A very mild start to the weekend. Wake up temperatures in the 50s and climbing into the upper 70s for the afternoon. Highs will be about 15 degrees warmer than normal. Lots of sunshine and dry.

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(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

SUNDAY: Becoming a little breezy, but overall the day will be nice and warm with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Clouds increase into the night as a cold front approaches, but rain should hold off until very late Sunday.

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MONDAY: A few showers and gusty winds possible for Monday. Temperatures will start to drop as well with highs in the upper 60s. We’ll also experience cloudy skies.

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TUESDAY: Cloudy and cooler for Tuesday. We could see a few more showers, especially east. Highs will be in the upper 50s, which is finally cooler than normal.              

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OVI checkpoint planned tonight in Dayton

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

(Nick Graham/Staff)
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(Nick Graham/Staff)(HANDOUT/MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL)

UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m. (Oct. 20):

OVI checkpoints will be held in two Dayton locations tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

INITIAL REPORT:

A sobriety checkpoint in Dayton is planned for this weekend. 

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. The location will be revealed this week. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends, according to task force officials.

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