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3 men charged in Middletown arson will face grand jury

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 7:22 PM

three suspects in a Middletown arson fire on Woodside Boulevard appeared in court.

A Butler County grand jury will now consider the cases of three men facing multiple charges in connection with a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged three houses on Woodside Boulevard.

Trevor Skief, 19, and Wesley Hudgel, 19, both of Woodside Boulevard, are charged with three counts of aggravated arson, one count of arson, one count of disruption of public services, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of intimidation. James Thompson, 19, also of Woodside Boulevard, is charged with three counts of arson, arson and disrupting public services.

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The men shot a flare gun into the window of the garage in the 1203 block of Woodside Boulevard on July 5, according to a police report. 

During Monday’s preliminary hearing in Middletown Municipal Court, Police Detective Steve Winters testified there had been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood involving racial slurs directed at Jacqueline Moore, the owner of the residence where the garage was destroyed.

“There was an ongoing situation in the neighborhood with people picking on her,” Winters said.

A previous case is pending against Hudgel for allegedly breaking into Moore’s house and stealing a vehicle title and air conditioning unit, according to Winters.

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Hudgel was interviewing for a job at a Franklin business on July 5 when Skief and Thompson stole three flare guns from a nearby Walmart, Winters said.

“We pulled the tape from the store,” Winters said.

He said the video was also posted on a neighbor’s Facebook page, but has since been taken down.

The detective said the three men planned for the flare to be shot through a window of Moore’s house, “but Thompson refused to fire into the house.”

Hudgel, who was driving the van, then backed up, and Thompson fired the flare into the garage, Winters said.

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Visiting Judge Hal Suderman found sufficient evidence to bind the case over to a grand jury for consideration.

Moore and her family attended the hearing and said afterward that the violence has to stop.

She said some of those involved have harassed her for about a month.

Moore has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years.

She added adults in the area had their children make racial slurs against her and her friends.

“Little bitty kids, probably don’t even know their ABC’s …. I just want it to stop. This is crazy. It needs to be stopped.”

Dayton child, 3, dies in drowning at Georgia pool

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:15 PM

A 3-year-old Dayton girl has died after family members found her underwater in a backyard pool at a vacation home in Hall County, Georgia near Atlanta.

Kenlee Ward died from her injuries after being transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston on Monday following the incident, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Wilbanks said Ward was pulled from the water, given CPR and someone called 911.

No other information was immediately available.

Summer-like conditions expected through weekend

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:17 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Slight chance of a shower may bubble up this afternoon.

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  • Hot and humid today
  • Slight chance of a shower this afternoon/evening
  • Summer-like through the weekend
(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7



Partly cloudy, hot and humid today with an isolated chance of a shower or storm this afternoon and early evening. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s, but feel like the lower 90s due to the increased humidity. Any shower or storms will end tonight and skies clear. Staying mild and muggy with lows in the upper 60s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)


Another summer-like day with highs into the upper 80s, but feeling like the lower 90s. Ironically, fall officially begins at 4:02pm. Typical highs should be in the lower 70s. Staying dry through the day with lots of sunshine. A warm evening for Touchdown 7 Football games. Mainly clear and warm with temperatures falling into the 70s by the last play of the game.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

SATURDAY: A nice start to the first weekend of fall. It will be hot and humid though, with a high around 87. We’ll experience plenty of sunshine.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

SUNDAY: Another great day with highs in the upper 80s and sunny.

MONDAY: Warm and muggy to start the new week. Highs will be in the mid 80s, with sunshine and scattered clouds. 

Police: Man found dead in backyard victim of homicide

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:49 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:05 PM

Dayton police are investigating a shooting

UPDATE @ 1:05 p.m. 

A man found dead behind a house on 5 Oaks Avenue in Dayton is believed to be the victim of a homicide that occurred sometime overnight, according to Dayton police. 

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Officers were first dispatched to the first block of 5 Oaks Avenue around 10:40 a.m. Thursday on initial reports of a person down. Dayton police Sgt. Jeffery Spires said when they arrived on scene police found an man deceased from an apparent homicide. 

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Spires would not say if the man was shot, but it ‘appears there was some violence involved.’ Initial reports indicate the victim was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound. 

Investigators also believe the incident that led to the man’s death occurred sometime around midnight Thursday. 

The identity of the victim was not yet available. 

Spires said there was no signs of drugs or illegal activity when the found the deceased man. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dayton Police Department at 333-COPS. 

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirms they’ve been requested to the scene on 5 Oaks Avenue in Dayton. 

Initial reports indicate a person was found in a yard suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Our crew is on the scene and we’re working to learn more. 

Neighbors report hearing gunshot 12 hours before the victim is spotted


Police and medics have been dispatched on reports of a person shot on 5 Oaks Avenue in Dayton Thursday. 

Emergency units were first dispatched to the first block of 5 Oaks Avenue around 10:40 a.m. on initial reports of a person suffering an unknown problem behind a home. The report was later updated to a report of a person shot. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Kettering volleyball player sings national anthem after pre-recording fails to play

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 8:41 AM

A Kettering Fairmont student sang the national anthem after the normal audio system failed to work

A Kettering Fairmont volleyball player is garnering local attention after she stepped up to the microphone after a pre-recorded version of the “Star Spangled Banner” failed to play prior to the Springboro-Kettering match last week.

Bob O’Brien posted the video of Mikayla Morris performing the national anthem prior to the game.

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“With all the hoopla out there in the media, this is what it should be about,” O’Brien said in a Facebook post.  “Very proud to know this outstanding student athlete.  Way to represent yourself, your team and community.”

The video has been shared on social media over 1,700 times.