Man who caused disturbance at Kettering store faces charges

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 3:56 PM

UPDATE @ 2:18 p.m. (March 20)

The man who was arrested during a disturbance at the Cricket store on Patterson Road Saturday is facing charges of obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

Dayton responded to multiple reports from different locations involving the same man — 30-year-old Walter Phibbs III — who was observed walking down the middle of city streets carrying a crowbar, according to the Dayton police report.

Phibbs was eventually located after an employee at Cricket, 2290 Patterson Road, called 9-1-1 to report a man was in the store with a crowbar claiming he had been assaulted and asking for someone who was not at the store, according to the report.

Police said the responding officer observed the man was bleeding from a wound on the neck and he was wearing a torn jacket. The man reportedly told the officer, “They drugged me. They assaulted me and everything else,” according to the report.

Police said Phibbs had a crowbar and what was described as a steering-wheel locking device, but he refused to drop the items, refused to give his identity and fought with the officer before being handcuffed and taken to the Kettering Jail, according to the report.

Kettering police spokesman John Jung said Phibbs does not have any history of confrontations with Kettering police. A check of Dayton Municipal Court records show Phibbs has some traffic violations on file but no criminal history.

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m. (March 18)

Witnesses tell us a man who caused a disturbance at the Cricket store, 2290 Patterson Road, was arrested after several police officers responded to the scene this afternoon.

Police did not provide any information about what happened at the scene.

However, witnesses tell us the man who was arrested went into the Cricket store and was talking about random things and using profanity. The man left and returned to the store carrying a crowbar and a device used to lock steering wheels, according to a Cricket employee.

The suspect was also seen walking down the middle of Patterson Road carrying the crowbar and the other “club.” A driver named Andrew tells us he veered to avoid hitting the guy.

The driver said he turned around and followed the suspect to the Cricket store where he was arrested.


Police responded after a suspicious person was reported at or near Dot’s Market, 2274 Patterson Road.

Officers were notified that a male was on scene with a crowbar around 3:30 p.m.

We’re working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Man shot, killed on Linden Ave. in Springfield identified

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 2:20 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

A Springfield man was shot and killed Friday morning in the city's second homicide of the year, both coming in the span of eight days. Brandon Jamal Dearmond, 30, of Charles St., was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of Linden Avenue.

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Police were initially dispatched to the area of Linden and Rose Street, but could not find a victim, according to a report from the Springfield Police Division. Officers were then given an address in the 1300 block of Linden and found four or five people yelling for help on a porch. 

The victim was located next to a lawnmower, according to the report. Initial reports said as many as 30 shots had been fired. 

Officers began CPR on the porch, then medics arrived and continued to attempt to resuscitate Dearmond. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“Officers spoke with several people at the house as the crime scene unit was called out to collect evidence,” the report says. 

One neighbor said she heard several gunshots fired. 

“I went down there and saw the crime scene tape, people, sirens, police,” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous. 

This is the second homicide of the year in Springfield. 

Jeffery Rife, 36, was shot and killed on March 18 in the 500 block of Clairmont Avenue. 

MORE: Springfield homicide underscores increased gun violence

Another man was shot on Linden Avenue on March 16. Jimmy L. Dornon, 31, was found on the ground with a gunshot wound on his left side, according to a police report, and taken to the hospital. 

He was riding his motorcycle when he was shot by a man driving a white Ford Explorer, police said. Dornon told officers that he had recently sold the SUV to the suspect but didn’t know who he was, according to the report. 

The two recent shootings on Linden Avenue are scary, the neighbor said. 

“This neighborhood used to be a real good neighborhood,” she said. “But it seems like it’s going down.” 

She walks her dog in the neighborhood daily, she said, but now she doesn’t think it’s safe. 

“I know the police can’t be everywhere, but we certainly need them over here now,” she said. 

Police didn’t have any updates on Dearmond’s case as of Friday evening. The investigation is ongoing, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said.

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Dayton Dragons install safety net upgrade, cancel city EMS contract

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 5:21 PM

Dayton Dragons install safety net upgrade, cancel city EMS contract

Thanks to safety upgrades at Fifth Third Field, the Dayton Dragons decided it no longer needed to staff Dayton Fire Department medics at home games.

“They did terminate the contract with the city to provide EMS services this season,” Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey L. Payne said. “That is a direct result of them enhancing their netting in the stadium.”

The protective netting now covers all lower-level seating, and the height of the netting is raised five feet to better protect upper-level club seating and luxury boxes, Bob Murphy, the team’s president and general manager announced in August.

RELATED: Fifth Third Field to install additional safety netting

Dayton medics used to be stationed at the first and third base lines, where fans were more at risk from foul balls and flying broken bats.

“With the netting, hopefully there will be very little that will get through there,” Payne said.

If anyone has a medical issue at the ballpark, the Dragons, which is a Class A Cincinnati Reds affiliate, staff and supply a first aid room.

“And, as always, if there is anything that is beyond their staff to handle, they call 911,” he said, noting that there are procedures so the Dayton medics know the best ways to enter the facility to quickly reach a person in need of help.

A representative of the Dayton Dragons could not be immediately reached for comment.

Three structures involved in Riverside fire

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

UPDATE@ 1:40 p.m.

Three structures were reportedly on fire: Sparky’s Auto Center, a house next to the auto center, and a garage behind the house. Sparky’s Auto Center has sustained tremendous damage and has been reported as a total loss. The house behind the auto center has substantial damage as well. There was one person inside and he was checked out at the scene for minor injuries. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 12:41 p.m.

Riverside police and Riverside fire department are handling the active fire scene at Sparky’s Auto Shop on Valley Pike, not Huber Heights fire crews.

We’ve learned at least one person is being checked out by medics called to the scene.

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m.

Heavy smoke and flames are coming from Sparky’s Auto Center at 2401 Valley Pike. Riverside fire crews are assisting Huber Heights fire department. There are no reports of injuries or cause of the fire at this time. We’ll continue to post updates to this breaking news as details become available.

FIRST REPORT @ 12:11 p.m. 

Huber Heights fire crews are calling for extra help at a structure fire at an auto shop at 2401 Valley Pike. We have crews on the way and will update this story as soon as new information is available.

Rally against heroin held in downtown Springfield

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 11:19 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 5:34 PM

Rally against heroin held in downtown Springfield


Residents rallied outside the Springfield Police Division and Clark County Jail to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic Friday.

In Clark County about 500 people have died from drug-related overdoses since 1998. Last year 79 people died from drug overdoses in Clark County, a record number. There has been 32 suspected drug overdoses through February of this year, 12 of them confirmed as drug deaths and the others awaiting toxicology results.

>>RELATED: Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number

The small group that formed Friday included former users as well as family members who lost loved ones to drugs. They carried home-made signs that said "Stop the Silence," "Stop the ODs; Quit Selling Dope" and "Life has Hope."

One of the organizers said they came together because the community needs to stand up and help those struggling with addiction.

Kelly Wise, a former addict at the rally, wanted people in Clark County to know there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

>>READ MORE: Clark County to charge addicts who OD, don’t seek treatment

“A doctor prescribed pain pills," she said. "I was on pain pills for about two or three years and I couldn’t find a Percocet one day … and somebody said I have this and it was shot full of heroin and that is how I got started.”

Wise was addicted for six years.

“It’s immediate relief, it’s like if you are sick from no pills," she said. "It takes all of your feelings away, you’re lifeless. You are completely lifeless, it’s like you are zombie walking around.”

That wasn't appealing, Wise said, but once you start it’s hard to stop. She attended seven rehabilitation centers during that time. She kept going because she had friends around her who had been sober for at least 15 years. That gave her hope.

“It took me seven treatment centers to stop … and I’ve been clean eight months,” Wise said.

The group collectively said they're tired of overdoses and they want people to know help is available to those who seek it.

“My kid has seen a lot of things and to hear her say she is proud of me today, that’s a big deal,” Wise said.