Man convicted of slaying woman with baby in car sentenced

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

An Ohio man found guilty of fatally shooting a woman found dead in a car with her unharmed 6-month-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.'s statement says 36-year-old Brandon Carr was sentenced Thursday in Dayton in the death of 29-year-old Brittany Russell. A jury last month found the Dayton man guilty of charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping, felonious assault and child endangering.

The Middletown woman's body was found inside her car in the parking lot of a Dayton apartment complex in February 2016. Her infant daughter was found unharmed, strapped in her car seat, with the car and its heater running. The prosecutor's didn't comment on a motive.

A message seeking comment was left for Carr's attorney.

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

Icy conditions expected for early St. Patrick's Day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through noon. Mixed precipitation with ice accumulation up to one-tenth of an inch is expected. Be prepared for slippery roads.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


    • Increasing clouds, freezing rain and sleet develop after midnight
    • Icy early St. Patrick’s Day
    • Clearing, milder to end the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


Overnight: Expect freezing rain/sleet to become widespread after 3 or 4 a.m. with slick spots developing. Up to one-tenth inch of ice accumulation is possible by morning, creating for slippery travel conditions. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Saturday: A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet will be likely in the morning. As temperatures climb, precipitation will change to just rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. It will remain mostly cloudy as we dry out late in the day. Highs will reach back into the lower 40s.

Sunday: Sunny skies will end the weekend with milder temperatures reaching into the lower 50s.

>>Look for Venus, Mercury in the March evening sky

Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. There will be the chance for a few showers toward late evening or into the night. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with rain showers during the day mixing with or changing to snow showers late in the day or evening. Highs will be in the lower 40s but fall into the 30s with blustery conditions.

Wednesday: Snow showers will be around, possibly mixed with rain. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

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Car overturns in 3-vehicle crash in Trotwood

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 10:52 PM

Car overturns in 3-vehicle crash in Trotwood

One car landed on its top in a three-vehicle crash tonight on Olive Road at Bradfield Drive.

The crash was reported at 10 p.m.

The overturned vehicle was headed south on Olive Road when the driver hit other vehicles. In the overturned vehicle, one of the two occupants was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Trotwood police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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2 killed in crash north of New Carlisle

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

Injuries reported in accident north of New Carlisle

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Two people succumbed to their injuries in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon north of New Carlisle.

Vickie Owens, 46, of Springfield, and Roger Littlejohn, 75, of New Carlisle, were identified as the two drivers. They both were trapped and flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where they died of their injuries, the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

>> Truck strikes SUV, killing Celina man in Mercer County

According to preliminary investigation, at around 2:20 p.m. Owens was headed south on Ohio 235 in her 2012 Hyundai when she went left of center. She struck a 2010 Toyota Tacoma headed north, driven by Littlejohn. A passenger in the Tacoma, Harvey Zimmerman, 87, of Christiansburg, was taken by squad to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol stated. 

Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered to be factors in the crash that remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.

CareFlight has been dispatched to the scene of the accident, we will update you with the latest details. 


Multiple people are reportedly trapped and possibly injured in a crash on North Dayton Lakeview Road this afternoon.

The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of North Dayton Lakeview.

A medical helicopter was reportedly placed on standby for the crash.

We’re working to gather additional information on the crash.

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Horizon Science Academy staff member fired over threat

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 7:33 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:45 PM

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UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.:

Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School fired a long-term substitute teacher who admitted to threatening the school, spokesman Christopher Murphy stated in a release issued Friday night.

Murphy identified the staff member as Shari Gann-Spearman, an employee since October 2017. He said Horizon administrators were alerted to a comment reportedly made by her to another staff member threatening the charter school at 250 Shoup Mill Road.

>> Student arrested for making threats at Springfield H.S. charged with felony

According to the release: “HSA takes the safety and security of our school community very seriously, and as a result of the school’s internal investigation, where Spearman admitted to threatening the school, Spearman has been terminated effective immediately.”

HSA collaborated with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Dayton police, Murphy said.

UPDATE @ 12:43 p.m.:

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday they are investigating an alleged threat made by a Horizon Science Acadamy staff member, who is now on administrative leave.

“We'll make sure that the threat that was made that it's not carried out, to figure out if it is a viable threat or if it was someone just upset at the end of the day,” said Chief Deputy Rob Streck with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  “If that occurs and we find out that it was a viable threat, then yes they could be facing charges.”

Streck added the threat that was said to have been made was not made against the school, students, teachers or staff.


A Horizon Science Academy staff member has been placed on administrative leave for making threats against the school, according to school officials.

The employee, who has not been identified, made a comment to another staff member threatening the school, according to a statement from spokesperson Christopher Murphy.

>> Student arrested for making threats at Springfield H.S. charged with felony

“HSA takes the safety of and security of our school very seriously, and the staff member was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” Murphy said.

Local authorities were contacted, according to the school.

Details of the threat have not been made public.

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