breaking news

breaking news

Mother describes tragic account of 2-year-old’s drowning

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

2-year-old who drowned on Easter Sunday identified

UPDATE @ 12:48 p.m. (April 17):

A Preble County couple is still trying to comprehend the death of their two-year-old son after he was found submerged in the family’s pool on Easter Sunday.

“I guess Nathan had got outside and we didn’t notice.  The back door was open,” said Jennifer Melton, mother of Nathan Melton, 2.  “I just went back to the pool and I found him underneath the water.”

Nathan Melton was transported to a local emergency room where he was pronounced dead, the Preble County Coroner’s Office said.

Jennifer Melton said the Preble County Sheriff’s Office told her they’re still investigating the incident.

According to the boy’s mother, the family had gathered at their home in the 4600 block of Ohio 503 North between West Alexandria and Lewisburg Sunday around 10 a.m. to celebrate Easter.

She said Nathan Melton “was so sweet” and “you could never be mad at him.”

Jennifer Melton had one warning for other parents who may have a swimming pool on their property.

“If you have a pool, make sure you have a gate around it,” she said.

The family is still in the process of making funeral arrangements.

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m. (April 17)

This child has been identified as Nathan Melton, according to the Preble County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is being conducted but the office said the presumed cause of death is drowning.


The Preble County Coroner’s Office is investigating after a 2-year-old boy died in a suspected drowning, officials said this morning.

Investigators said they recovered the boy’s body at a residence in the 4600 block of Ohio 503 North.

The circumstances surrounding the child’s death were not immediately released and his identity also has not been released.

The coroner’s office said the death happened sometime Sunday and an autopsy will be performed to determine an official cause and manner of death.

We’re working to learn more information.

OSP: Pilot forgot to use landing gear prior to crash

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 4:53 PM

The roof of a police patrol car at night, with the blue and red lights flashing.
kali9/Getty Images/iStockphoto
The roof of a police patrol car at night, with the blue and red lights flashing.(kali9/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

UPDATE @ 12:49 p.m. (Nov. 20):

A pilot forgot to initiate his landing gear when he crashed his airplane at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana Sunday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The airplane crashed at 3:30 p.m. and had originated from Trumbull County Airfield in northeast Ohio, troopers said.

No injuries were reported and the FAA was called to conduct an investigation, however so far no citations have been issued, the patrol said.

The airplane was a Cessna 310, OSP said.


State troopers are investigating a plane crash that occurred at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana Sunday afternoon. 

TRENDING: Local business owner fires at would-be robbers, thwarts phone store robbery

Investigators were dispatched to the airport around 3:30 p.m. Sunday after the incident was reported. 

>>Latest local headlines

Dispatchers said the incident was ‘minor’ and no injuries were reported. 

Additional details, including possible factors were not immediately available. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as details become available. 

3 arrested following drug-related search warrant in Sidney

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 11:48 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 1:35 PM

Danielle Lyons (L), Daniel Boyd (C), and Bryan Simms (R). (Contributed Photos/Shelby County Jail)
Danielle Lyons (L), Daniel Boyd (C), and Bryan Simms (R). (Contributed Photos/Shelby County Jail)

Three people were arrested after Sidney police executed a search warrant at a home Monday morning.

TRENDING: Police investigate 2 restaurants with stolen food orders

Officers from both the Sidney and Piqua police departments served the search warrant at the home in the 600 block of Lynn Street in Sidney around 8:30 a.m. Monday. 

TRENDING: Business owner uses AK-47 in exchange of gunfire with burglars

Investigators located drugs and drug paraphernalia during the search, according to a release from the Sidney Police Department. 

Police arrested Bryan Simms, 50, and Daniel Boyd, 33, on counts of drug trafficking. Danielle Lyons, 27, was also arrested at the house on a probation violation charge. 

All three have been booked into the Shelby County Jail.

Police said the warrant was executed after receiving complaints from citizens. Sidney police encourage citizens who suspect drug activity to contact the department at 937-498-8777, or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477. 

Storm Center 7: Thanksgiving travel weather outlook

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about travel in and outside of the Miami Valley.

If your family is staying in or leaving the Miami Valley here's what you can expect on the roads. 

Tuesday night a cold front will sweep through from the northwest to the southeast. There isn't much moisture with it but some showers will be possible in northern Ohio/Indiana by late afternoon. The showers will move south and east through the evening commute. Eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania might get some rain and snow showers at night so watch for any isolated slick spots. 


Wednesday looks quiet across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania. 


Thanksgiving day will be chilly in the morning. Temperatures across the Miami Valley will be in the middle 20s with some frost. Traveling around the Miami Valley during the day and evening we will see dry roads. Quiet conditions win out across most of the eastern United States. If you want warmer weather though and head to Florida they will see some scattered showers. 

Dayton business owner uses AK-47 in exchange of gunfire with burglars

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

STORE SURVEILLANCE: Fix or Cell Now robbery

A 22-year-old Dayton business owner fired an AK-47 at burglars breaking into his cell phone store early Sunday morning.

Dayton police were dispatched to Fix or Cell Now at 619 Watervliet Street around 5:09 a.m. after the business owner called to report the attempted robbery. 

According to a police report, owner Adam Seaton was blocks away when he received a notification on his phone from the store's security system. 

The owner of Fix or Cell Now says he fired shots at potential robbers.

>> Belmont Market manager holds would-be robber at gunpoint

As he arrived to the store, Seaton told Dayton police he saw two men running from the store. Seaton said one of the men then stopped, pulled out a gun, and pointed it in his direction. 

According to police, Seaton then grabbed an AK-47 from his passenger seat and fired at the men. Seaton told our breaking news team he believes one of his bullets hit a suspect, but he cannot be sure. 

"Typically robberies at the store are done in 20 to 45 minutes, but I happened to be in the right place at the right time," Seaton said. 

>> Circle K on Watervliet Ave. is robbed of cash

Seaton told police the would-be-thieves wearing black masks fled on foot after he fired shots. He said he followed the two men in his truck as they made their way into a running getaway truck parked in the 2500 block of Mundale Avenue. 

Seaton continued to follow the suspects in his truck. That's when he says the suspects began firing shots at his vehicle out of a driver side window. 

Police said Seaton ended his pursuit at the intersection of Smithville Road and Linden Avenue before returning to the store to alert police. 

>> Can you ID CLark’s Pharmacy robbers in Brookville

Seaton is calling for stricter punishment for robbers targeting area phone stores. 

“Give these guys [robbery suspects] punishment. They’re just stealing them [cell phones] and the courts just let them out the next day,” Seaton said. 

"“It’s not the police it’s the justice system. The police arrest them and the courts just let them out the next day." 

Seaton said this is the fourth robbery - and the first he's successfully stopped, since opening his store in December. 

As for what other business owners can do to prevent robberies, Seaton advises they purchase a folding security gate. 

"Just had my security gate save my inventory from getting stolen so invest in one of those," Seaton said.

According to the report, officers reviewed store surveillance which showed one suspect throw a brick through a security-gate reinforced window while another stood watch outside of the store. 

GOT A TIP? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to