Monument for Erica Baker to be dedicated

Published: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 @ 11:35 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

The family of Erica Baker will host a monument dedication ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. for the Kettering girl who disappeared in 1999 while walking her family dog and never came home.

“The rest of the family has wanted to do this for several years, but I refused until now. To me, I felt like it would mean I would be giving up,” said her mother, Misty Baker. “But I shouldn’t look at it that way. That isn’t true.”

Erica was a 9-year-old third-grader at Indian Riffle Elementary School in Kettering when her family last saw her on the afternoon of Feb. 7, 1999.

Investigators believe she was struck and possibly killed by a van on Glengarry Drive, then removed from the scene.

The driver, Christian Gabriel, told police in 2004 that he disposed of the girl’s body after striking her, but has never said where her remains were taken. He said he was driving with a suspended license and had just stolen merchandise from a nearby store.

Released in 2011, Gabriel served more than five years in prison for gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

A passenger who was in the van with him died in 2001.

Erica’s mother said the monument is for both Erica and her.

“I chose a monument that has flying butterflies on it. The purple one is for Erica. The blue one is for me. Mine is covering hers.”

She said the ceremony will be “a way for people to honor her and to say goodbye. I will have photos of her there. We picked David’s Cemetery because it’s in Kettering.”

Other family members including Erica’s father, Greg Baker, and her three brothers — Jason Sponaugle, 31; Gregory Baker , 27, and Logan Baker, 26, will attend.

“Everyone is welcome — friends, family and the community,” Misty Baker said.

The cemetery is at 4600 Mad River Road, just off West David Road, west of Far Hills Ave.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 4:05 AM

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 


  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Nightly Lane closures February 28th – March 4th 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions until June 15th. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 


  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville - St. Johns Road, road closure January 16th – March 17th. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721


  • SR 362 between Fort Loramie Swanders Road and Canal Road, road closure February 16th through March 3rd. The official detour is: SR 362 to SR 66
  • Fair Road Ramp to I-75 south, scheduled ramp closure March 13th – 20th. The official detour is: I-75 north to SR 47 to I-75 south.

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New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:42 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Oakwood's nearly completed Lane Stadium is now open for team practices as construction continues on the new $4 million stadium complex

The stadium hosted Oakwood High School's girls and boys lacrosse team practices Monday in the complex's first official use, Oakwood school district spokeswoman Traci Hale said. 

She said a March 11 dedication is on schedule as construction crews work to install a regulation eight-lane track and press box. 

The track at the stadium located in the Old River Sports Complex is scheduled to be installed during the first week of April during Oakwood school's spring break. 

Hale said a press box is due for completion at the end of March. 

The mostly privately funded complex will seat about 700 when completed and will serve as home to Oakwood school's field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and track and field teams.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: The lights will remain on through the end of the day Tuesday, Hale said. That’s because when they are turned on for the first time, they have to remain on for 48 hours.

Shootings in Dayton, Trotwood likely connected, police say

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:04 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:47 PM

DAYTON -- A shooting in Trotwood that left a man dead and a second in Dayton that left a child wounded are likely connected, police said:

  • A 9-year-old child was struck by gunfire that hit a house in the 1100 block of Dennison Avenue in Dayton
  • A woman and two other young children in that home were not hit by gunfire
  • Police believe the Dennison Avenue shooting is connected to a deadly afternoon shooting in Trotwood 
  • Trotwood police have a man in custody in that shooting, which occurred on Autumn Woods Drive

UPDATE @ 9:17 p.m.:  The 9-year-old child shot in the leg, hit by a bullet that bored through the door of a home in the 1100 block of Dennison Avenue, is in stable condition, Dayton Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

Police believe tonight's shooting likely is related to the deadly shooting at a Trotwood apartment on Autumn Woods Drive this afternoon.

RELATED: Shooting in Trotwood leaves 23-year-old man dead

Officers escorted a woman and two more young children from the house and to a police cruiser.

Police were dispatched to Dennison Avenue about 7:45 p.m. on a report of a shooting. They found shell casings in the street. They wrapped crime scene tape around an SUV parked in front of the house as well as the house.

Dayton and Trotwood detectives are comparing notes tonight and will continue to confer with each other Tuesday.

"Obviously a child has been injured here and that's quite tragic. Any loss of life is tragic like what happened in the city of Trotwood today," Ponichtera said. "The fact that a child was injured makes this an especially dangerous situation for the neighborhood."

Ponichtera said police have no information on who fired the shots and he declined comment on what type of weapon was used. 

Police don't know who the target was or why shots were fired into the home, he said.

"We know that people in this home are related in some manner to the individuals involved in the Trotwood incident today,"  the lieutenant said.

If you know anything about either shooting, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP or Dayton police at 333-COPS. You may remain anonymous.

Driver in vehicle crash escapes injury, suspected of OVI

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:21 PM

Driver in vehicle crash escapes injury, suspected of OVI

WASHINGTON TWP. -- The driver of a vehicle that crashed at Clyo Road and Ramblingwood Lane was not injured but was being investigated for a possible OVI.

A Montgomery County sheriff's deputy and a medic unit were dispatched to the intersection about 9:45 p.m. for a vehicle accident that left the vehicle on its side. 

The accident was dispatched as an injury crash. 

The male who had been driving was tested at the scene for suspected OVI. 

No other details were released.