Man evades capture after multi-jurisdictional manhunt called off in Xenia

Published: Saturday, January 06, 2018 @ 12:22 PM

Search for man in Riverside criminal case spreads to Xenia

A man wanted for questioning in regards to a gun-related incident in Riverside was able to evade capture during a manhunt that led into Xenia Friday night. 

The last reported sighting of 33-year-old Charles Dameron was around 7 p.m. Friday in Xenia, when he ran away from officers after being spotted hiding behind a shed on Berwald Drive. 

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Dameron has a felony warrant out for his arrest for drugs and weapons related charges out of Warren County, according to Xenia Capt. Steve Lane.

Dameron was also reportedly involved in a shooting or a shots fired incident in Riverside early Friday morning. 

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Dameron may still be in the Xenia area, but he is not believed to be a danger to the general public, Lane said.

"We don't believe Dameron to be a threat to the general public. He is known to carry firearms and because of the incident that Riverside police is investigating, we believe he's willing to use that firearm," Lane said. 

Riverside police did not respond to a request for information on Saturday. 

There was not an active search for Dameron among law enforcement going on Saturday, but that wasn't the case Friday night when he allegedly fled from an attempted traffic stop on U.S. 35 East. 

Xenia police said their officers were contacted around 6 p.m. after Dameron fled from a Greene County Sheriff’s deputy on U.S. 35 East and was heading into the city.

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A short time later, the vehicle that Dameron was driving was found idling with no driver on North Richard Drive. A child, who is not Dameron’s, was inside the vehicle and unharmed. That child was returned to the parents, according to Xenia police.

Capt. Lane said it's believed the child's parents entrusted Dameron to care for the child, who happened to be in the vehicle when Dameron fled from the deputy. 

Dameron could face additional charges because of the child's involvement, Lane said. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter unit and a Beavercreek K-9 unit assisted in the search for the suspect after he ran from officers on Berwald Drive in Xenia. 

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Residents who live in the area were told at the time to “shelter in place” as officers searched the area. 

Several people commented on Xenia police’s Facebook post about the incident. Many commented about seeing the helicopter flying above the neighborhood and not knowing why officers were searching the area.

Dameron was last seen wearing dark blue jeans and a dark colored jacket with a fur-lined hood. 

If you see him, contact Xenia police at (937) 372-9901 or the emergency dispatch center for Riverside police, (937) 233-2080.

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3-time killer suspected of stabbing Ohio prison guard dozens of times

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Casey Pigge is unlikely to serve more time for Springfield man's murder.

Three-time killer Casey Pigge is suspected in a brutal attack on a corrections officer at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, a well-placed source said on condition of not being identified.

Pigge, 30, was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s mother, his cellmate in Lebanon Correctional and another inmate on a prison bus.

Sally Meckling, spokeswoman for the union that represents prison workers, said the guard was airlifted to a hospital in Huntington, West Virginia with several dozen stab wounds.

“It was bad. He is still in the hospital. There were multiple, multiple stab wounds,” she said. Meckling confirmed that the guard is Matthew Mathias.

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10TV in Columbus reported Mathias and inmate were both transported to a local hospital.

The Ohio Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, could not be reached for comment. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction officials could not be reached for comment.

Inmate Casey Pigge appears in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court with his defense attorney Steve Larson on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Pigge pleaded guilty to murdering a fellow inmate on a prison bus on Feb. 1, 2017.

When Pigge appeared in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court in September, he was guarded by three armed SWAT officers from DRC. He was sentenced to 25 years to life for the strangling and beating death of inmate David Johnson, 61, on a prison bus on Feb. 1.

Pigge was on the bus after appearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court where he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 beating death of his cellmate, Luther Wade, of Springfield. He told authorities that he tricked Wade into wearing a blindfold as part of a card game and then used a wall cinder block to beat Wade to death.

After Wade’s murder, prison officials found a hole in the wall between two high-security cells so large that Pigge regularly shimmied through it so he could visit and play cards with the prisoners next door.

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Wade’s family is now suing the state of Ohio in the Ohio Court of Claims.

In November 2009, Pigge pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated arson and other charges and received a sentence of 30 years to life in prison. In that case, he killed his ex-girlfriend’s mother, Rhonda Sommers, and set her home on fire on Sept. 5, 2008.

Luther Wade, of Springfield, was murdered by his cellmate, Casey Pigge, at Lebanon Correctional Facility in February 2016.(Columbus bureau)

A clinical psychologist determined in that case that Pigge is mentally impaired, making him ineligible for capital punishment, court records show.

According to the Wade family lawsuit, Luther Wade was the youngest of three brothers who had a difficult upbringing. He was described as a “sweet, quiet man”

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Dayton Regional STEM students walkout to support gun control

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:12 PM


At least 50 to 60 students have walked out of the Dayton Regional STEM school on Woodman Drive to show support for gun control and to show solidarity with their counterparts in Florida following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas school.

The students left the school around noon Wednesday and were planning to be outside for 17 minutes, representing the number of people killed in last week’s shooting, according to a spokesperson.

The walkout was for students in eighth to 12th grade, the school said.

A spokesperson said the district is supporting the students, however staff will not be participating in the event.

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Do you want to be a speaker at TEDxDayton?

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Have you ever heard of Ted Talks?

After five successful years of sparking energetic curiosity, inspirational conversations and meaningful connections, TEDxDayton is ramping up for its sixth year with big aspirations.

Organizers of the 6th annual TEDxDayton event have announced that they are now accepting applications from speakers who want to give a TED talk at this year’s event on Oct. 12, 2018, at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton.

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The theme for this year’s event is “SHIFT.” 

“We chose a theme that reflects a new era for TEDxDayton,” event co-chair John Owen said in a news release. “We’ve had five strong years, and as we go into our next five, we’re looking for creative ways to change and improve the experience for the audience, while paying tribute to the ideas, speakers and spirit of the events we’ve had up till this year.”


Since the very first licensed TED talk in 1984, TED talks have been a platform for short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that foster learning on a global scale, as well as in local communities.

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“This year’s speakers will be helping us build upon five great years of sold-out TEDxDayton days that have seen the event become one of the most talked-about in town,” said event Co-Chair Ron Rollins. “We’re looking for people who know they have an idea worth sharing that will help the audience see and think of the world in a new and different way.”

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Cory Owen, who is co-chairing this year’s speaker’s committee along with Brenden Wynn and Chelley Seibert, said the committee is looking for speakers who can teach and inspire — speakers who will leave the audience still talking as they leave the theater.


Potential speakers should complete the speaker application on by March 30. 

The speakers committee will review all applications and invite selected candidates to auditions on May 5, 8 and 10, according to a TEDxDayton press release. 

Participants will be notified within a few weeks of auditions if they have been selected to be a TEDxDayton 2018 speaker.

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Rounds of rain, dropping temperatures expected today

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the rain Wednesday and who could see some light freezing rain Thursday.

>> Record-breaking warmth this week 


  • Rain likely today
  • Several rounds of rain continue into weekend
  • Flood threat lingers 

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Rain continues through the afternoon, a bit breezy along with falling temperatures. By the end of the afternoon most will be in the upper 30s to low 40s. Drivers should slow down and watch for pockets of heavy rain that could drop visibility. More rain into the evening and overnight. As temperatures fall into the 30s overnight, a few elevated surfaces may become slick by morning. Areas north of I-70 are in the best position to see any slick spots early Thursday as temperatures fall close to freezing. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Temperatures, especially in the northern Miami Valey, should reach the low to mid 40s. Scattered rain showers in the morning will mix with freezing rain in some spots, however, temperatures will quickly climb to above freezing, limiting any major impact. Road temperature may also stay warm enough to limit problems, but conditions could get slick briefly in some areas. The rest of the day will be dry in most cities as highs reach the upper 40s. 

FRIDAY: Another wave of energy will bring widespread showers back to the Miami Valley. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Rain may fall heavy in some spots, keeping the flood threat elevated for low lying cities, creeks, and streams. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: We’ll see scattered showers at times, especially in the afternoon. A breezy day with highs in the upper 50s. 

SUNDAY: Morning showers come to an end with it being windy and cooler at times as highs peak in the low 50s. These temperatures will drop quickly into the evening. 

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