Missing 13-year-old boy found dead near Ohio home

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:46 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:45 PM

Authorities in Ohio say a 13-year-old autistic boy who was reported missing in Hardin County has been found dead.

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office says Friday night the body of Samuel Rowold was recovered from a pond a short distance from his home in Ada. He was last seen Friday afternoon.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office had issued a missing child advisory saying Samuel had autism was non-verbal.

No further information about the case was released.

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Family pleas for help finding teen missing since father’s shooting death

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:29 PM

Ex-wife, 5 others indicted in 2017 killing of Beavercreek man

The family of a man killed in front of his three sons is asking for help to find one of those boys - who is now missing.

Federal prosecutors said Robert Caldwell was fatally shot as he left a counseling session in Riverside last August.

Investigators said Robert Caldwell was gunned down in this parking lot and all three of his sons were very close to him.

Their grandmother, Caldwell’s mom, took emergency custody that night and has custody now.

But she’s asking for help to find Jacob, who has been missing since the night of his father’s funeral.

RELATED: UPDATE: Ex-wife, 5 others indicted in 2017 killing of Beavercreek man

“It’s extremely frustrating and frightening, it’s frightening,” said Sally DeThomas, mother of Robert Caldwell.  “I’m very concerned about his safety, physical safety, I’m concerned about his emotional and mental health.”

DeThomas is now raising her son’s three children, but only two of them are currently living with her, as Jacob Caldwell has been missing for months.

Riverside police investigators identified his ex-wife’s boyfriend, Sterling Roberts, as a person of interest due to surveillance video in the area.

Roberts was arrested in South Carolina a few days after the killing.

Earlier this month, federal prosecutors announced murder charges against him and Robert Caldwell’s ex-wife, Tawnney Caldwell.

Four other people also face charges connected to the death. 

Jacob’s aunt, Cindy Caldwell, also says she just wants the 14-year-old home.

“As far as Jacob, we don’t think he’s even going to school, getting the healthcare he needs,” Cindy Caldwell said.

Sugarcreek Twp. police, where DeThomas lives, are investigating the missing persons case for Jacob.

Sugarcreek Twp. police said they’ve had very few solid leads and that if someone were harboring Jacob they could face charges, felony charges if they’ve taken him out of state.

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Oakwood students provide support dog for injured Kettering wrestling star

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:13 PM


Injured Kettering wrestling star Ahmad Doucet, now a senior at Fairmont High School, was in Oakwood Thursday to meet his new furry friend.

Members of the Oakwood High School student group Pups for People raised money to provide the labradoodle, part Labrador retriever and part poodle, to serve as Doucet’s emotional support dog.

>> Injured Kettering wrestling star ‘had a great day’ back at school

Pups for People formed in 2016 as a project for a Destination Imagination challenge.

The group’s founders set out to raise money to provide a service dog for fellow OHS student Ally Moran. They met their goal, and Moran and her dog Cooper are now in training.

>> Injured Fairmont wrestler communicating with family, doctors

This year, the student group decided to help Doucet, now a senior, who suffered a stroke in 2015 during a wrestling practice. This led to Locked-In Syndrome, which means he has no motor function except for his eyes.

>> Year later: Former Fairmont wrestler ‘trapped inside his own body,’ mother says

Doucet and his family have not chosen a name yet for their dog.

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Women fighting to clean up Dayton neighborhood win award

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

            Victoria McNeal, president of the Riverdale Neighborhood Association and fellow neighborhood activist Lynn LaMance, of the Five Oaks neighborhood, patrol the alley between W. Hudson and Marathon streets in Dayton. The two women pick up trash, report open vacant structures, paint over graffiti and try to get property owners to take care of their property. STAFF Byron Stirsman
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Victoria McNeal, president of the Riverdale Neighborhood Association and fellow neighborhood activist Lynn LaMance, of the Five Oaks neighborhood, patrol the alley between W. Hudson and Marathon streets in Dayton. The two women pick up trash, report open vacant structures, paint over graffiti and try to get property owners to take care of their property. STAFF Byron Stirsman(Byron Stirsman)

Two women who are fighting to take back their neighborhood from drug dealers and to clear away dumped garbage and dilapidated housing are being honored tonight by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.

Victoria McNeal and Lynn LaMance, both of Dayton, were highlighted this month in Dayton Daily News stories about five mysterious deaths of women whose bodies were found in yards and alleys of neighborhoods off North Main Street in Dayton.

RELATED: The deaths of five women in Dayton linked by drugs, possible foul play

“We are going to give them the Jo Columbro Environmental Award, which we hope will help them with the work they are doing in their communities,” said Susan Hesselgesser, league executive director. “These women are a ray of hope (and) maybe our award will lead to more support for them in the future.”

McNeal and LaMance patrol the neighborhood and alleyways, picking up trash, reporting open vacant buildings that need boarded, painting over graffiti, and talking to prostitutes about getting help for drug addiction. LaMance regularly emails property owners about dilapidated buildings needing repaired.

RELATED: Vacant houses add to blight, slow recovery efforts

“I saw the vacancy and I saw the blight. I kept looking for someone to do something,” said LaMance. “I looked around at the city, then I looked around at my neighborhood association. And I didn’t see anybody doing anything. So I said I can do these things.”

The Dayton Daily News investigated the deaths of five women, four of whom were found within blocks of each other on Ernst, Hudson and Norman avenues, and the fifth on Superior Avenue, between June 2017 and January 2018. The coroner declared three of them to be homicides, one an overdose and one an undetermined cause of death. Dayton Police continue to investigate and Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information .

RELATED PHOTOS: The bodies of five women. Four found in a drug-infested neighborhood. Dayton struggles for answers

The League will honor McNeal and LaMance at its annual Dangerous Dames of Dayton fundraiser, which will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail Kettering.

This year the Dangerous Dames award will be given to Deborah Feldman, president and chief executive of Dayton Children’s Hospital and former Montgomery County Administrator, and Lucinda Williams Adams, an Olympic gold medalist and retired teacher and administrator for Dayton Public Schools.

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CareSource: Downtown Dayton construction fire ‘no reason to delay’ completion of new offices

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

The new CareSource building under construction caught fire sending up black smoke that could be seen miles from Dayton

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. (March 22):

A CareSource spokeswoman said the organization does not anticipate today’s fire at the new CareSource building to delay the completion or opening of the new building.

“The new CareSource office location is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019 and at this time there is no reason to delay the completion and opening,” said Fran Robinson, spokeswoman for CareSource.

>>WHAT HAPPENED: CareSource building under construction catches fire on the roof

Robinson said the fire at the construction site at First and Jefferson streets did not effect operations at any of its other four office locations in downtown Dayton.

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“At no time was the fire a danger to any downtown office location or staff,” Robinson said.

Robinson said approximately 2,000 staff work in Dayton for CareSource.

>>NEW DETAILS: What is the new CareSource building under construction? 


The spokeswoman for CareSource spoke with our team about how Thursday’s downtown Dayton fire at the new CareSource construction site on Jefferson Street is impacting the company’s operations.

Fran Robinson said, “We want to let people know that our operations are not affected. Family and friends of those who work in our four CareSource buildings in downtown Dayton should know that the fire did not approach any of our other buildings.”

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“Our support lines are open and operational.” added Robinson.

“I think that the official word of what happened to cause the fire at the new construction site will have to come from the Fire Chief,” said Robinson.

>>NEW DETAILS: What is the new CareSource building under construction? 


The new building is still set to open in the spring of 2019 and is expected to house 650 employees.

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