Local shooting victim’s family OK with plea deal

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 6:36 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 6:36 PM

The stepfather of a local man who died in the Colorado theater shooting last year said it would not bother him if suspect James Holmes pleads guilty and avoids the death penalty.

“As long as he’s pleading guilty and it puts him in prison for life, I’m good with it. As long as he’s not walking the street, I don’t care,” David Jackson, 59, said.

Jackson is the stepfather of Matthew R. McQuinn, 27, who died trying to provide cover for his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, during the shooting. Yowler was shot in the leg but survived.

McQuinn, a Springfield native, graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School in 2004. The couple met at a Springfield Target store and moved to the Denver area in November of 2011.

Lawyers for shooting suspect James Holmes said Wednesday he would agree to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.

The offer comes just days before the prosecution was set to announce whether they would seek to have Holmes put to death for the attack that killed 12 people and injured 70.

Prosecutors wouldn’t say Wednesday whether they’d go along with a plea deal, and likely will consult with victims and their families before deciding whether to accept the offer.

Police activity reported on Lexington Ave. in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 7:13 AM

Police activity reported on Lexington Ave. in Dayton

We’re working to learn more about heavy police presence at a home in the area of Lexington and Shakespeare avenues in Dayton.

Our crew on the scene reports officers from several jurisdictions are executing an apparent search warrant at the house.

At least one person has been detained in a police cruiser. 

We’ll update this page as new information becomes available. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 4:05 AM

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound I-75 south of the Edwin C Moses Boulevard exit in Moraine, police were dispatched to a crash around 6:30 a.m. that is blocking the left lane. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • In the 3000 block of Beaver Ave. near Dorothy Lane, a car fire was reported around 5:20 a.m.

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Nightly Lane closures February 28th – March 4th 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions until June 15th. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville - St. Johns Road, road closure January 16th – March 17th. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • SR 362 between Fort Loramie Swanders Road and Canal Road, road closure February 16th through March 3rd. The official detour is: SR 362 to SR 66
  • Fair Road Ramp to I-75 south, scheduled ramp closure March 13th – 20th. The official detour is: I-75 north to SR 47 to I-75 south.

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Wet morning commute, strong storms tonight

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

Wet morning commute, strong storms tonight

Showers in Indiana will slowly move into the Dayton region during the morning. Roads will become wet for the commute.

  • Showers arrive for the morning commute 
  • Isolated storms through day 
  • More widespread strong storms through Wednesday morning

TODAY: Temperatures will soar late day to around 64 degrees. Isolated showers and storms possible during the afternoon and evening. Widespread showers and storms may come in rounds tonight. They will start after midnight, and continue through 3 or 4 a.m. Wednesday. Strong to severe storms will be possible. Damaging winds, larger sized hail and minor flooding are the main concerns.

WEDNESDAY: Some storms may become strong with wind, hail and minor flooding the main threat. Highs will be in the low 60s early with temperatures dropping late afternoon and evening behind our front. Some passing rain or snow showers possible at night. Gusty winds over 30 mph possible during the day and night.

THURSDAY: Cooler day in the low 40s. Some passing rain or snow showers late afternoon. Passing snow showers at night.

FRIDAY: Temperatures start in the 20s. Coldest bus stop forecast of the week. Flurries will likely linger especially in the eastern Miami Valley for the first half of the day. Highs in the upper 30s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, and warmer than normal with highs around 50.

New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:42 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Oakwood's nearly completed Lane Stadium is now open for team practices as construction continues on the new $4 million stadium complex

The stadium hosted Oakwood High School's girls and boys lacrosse team practices Monday in the complex's first official use, Oakwood school district spokeswoman Traci Hale said. 

She said a March 11 dedication is on schedule as construction crews work to install a regulation eight-lane track and press box. 

The track at the stadium located in the Old River Sports Complex is scheduled to be installed during the first week of April during Oakwood school's spring break. 

Hale said a press box is due for completion at the end of March. 

The mostly privately funded complex will seat about 700 when completed and will serve as home to Oakwood school's field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and track and field teams.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: The lights will remain on through the end of the day Tuesday, Hale said. That’s because when they are turned on for the first time, they have to remain on for 48 hours.