Murder charges approved for father accused in son’s homicide

Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 8:45 AM
Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Man in jail accused of killing his own son

UPDATE @ 3:24 p.m. (June 13):

Aggravated murder, murder and tampering with evidence charges were approved today for Gabriel Schaaf, who is accused of killing his son Jonathan Schaaf last December, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.:

A father in jail accused of killing his son in December told detectives he used a hatchet to kill him during an altercation, according to court records.

According to a search warrant affidavit, deputies returned to the home of Gabriel Schaaf, 58, on Thursday for a follow-up interview in the killing of Jonathan Schaaf.

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Deputies had considered Gabriel Schaaf the prime suspect, according to the affidavit.

DNA results revealed investigators found DNA from Gabriel Schaaf under the fingernails of Jonathan Schaaf, according to the court documents.

Deputies in Preble County have released a 911 call after a man called in late December 2016 and said he found his son dead inside their house. However, that caller, Gabriel Schaaf was just arrested in connection with his son's death.

Gabriel Schaaf also said that Jonathan Schaaf was holding a Mauser rifle when he was killed, according to the document.

UPDATE @ 11:20 a.m. 

A Preble County father has been arrested and charged in in connection to the death of his son in December 2016. 

Deputies said 58-year-old Gabriel Schaaf was interviewed and arrested Thursday. He is accused of killing his son, Jonathan Schaaf, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Investigators said on Dec. 27, 2016, Gabriel Schaaf called 911 and said he found his son Jonathan Schaaf dead inside their home in the 3900 block of Sonora Road.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determined Jonathan Schaaf’s cause of death to be multiple sharp and blunt force injuries, deputies said.

“Over the course of nearly six months, investigators have continued their investigation and processed numerous pieces of evidence through the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab in Dayton,” Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said. 

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Gabriel Schaaf remains booked without bond in the Preble County Jail on suspicion of murder.

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Preble County deputies have arrested a man on the same road where his son was killed in December, according to jail records.

Gabriel Schaaf was arrested in the 3900 block of Sonora Road Thursday evening, the same location of the December homicide, and is booked on a preliminary charge of murder, jail records indicate.

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On Dec. 27, Jonathan Schaaf was found dead by his father, who identified himself as Gabriel Schaaf in a 911 call, in their home in the 3900 block of Sonora Road and his death had been ruled a homicide.

According to a search warrant affidavit, deputies had responded to the Schaaf residence “approximately two to three times in reference to domestic violence calls between Mr. Gabriel R. Schaaf and Jonathan Schaaf.”

Deputies said the two men are known to get highly intoxicated and have made threats of killing one another, the affidavit read.

The cause and manner of Jonathan Schaaf’s death were not immediately released.

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Record-breaking warmth today; widespread showers expected overnight

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Record-breaking warmth today
  • More showers, storms tonight through Wednesday
  • A wintry mix early Thursday

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Early dry time with temperatures in the 60s. We’ll see broken clouds through the day with highs peaking in the low 70s. The record for the day is 69 degrees, set back in 2016. Expect wind gusts through the day between 20 to 30 mph. We can’t rule out a passing shower or storm during the day across the northwest, but most will stay dry during the day. However, tonight showers and storms become more widespread overnight. 

WEDNESDAY: Temperatures start in the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and storms during the first half of the day with rain possible falling heavy at times. Temperatures will drop during the day and hit 30 degrees by nighttime with us also experiencing gusty winds. Any lingering showers could fall as a wintry mix or freezing rain.

THURSDAY: Morning showers will be a wintry mix. Cooler temperatures for the day in the mid-40s. Some dry time returns during the day into the evening. 

>> School, Business Closing and Delays

FRIDAY: Widespread rain will begin to fall again, heavy at times. A flood threat continues with highs in the upper 50s.

>> The Ohio River is rising, prompting flood warnings for some areas

SATURDAY: Rain continues through the day, again heavy at times. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Flooding is possible with rain totals for the week ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 inches. 

Great Miami in Troy and Dayton will get close to the flood stage. Some low lying spots along the river could see minor flooding.

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Officials continue to investigate pedestrian strike in Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:44 AM

Pedestrian strike in Trotwood

Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.

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The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.

A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck. 

Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive was blocked off during the investigation for around two hours, but has since reopened. 

We’re working to learn more details on the ordeal and will continue to update this story as they become available. 

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Expect wet week to continue and increase threat of flooding

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:28 PM

A few showers are expected in the Dayton area today, with more rain expected later this week.


  • Showers stay mainly north tonight
  • Record-breaking temperatures expected Tuesday
  • Heavy rain threat to end the week 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Overnight:  Expect variable clouds through the night as weather stays mild, with temperatures holding near 60 degrees.

Tuesday:  Expect a mix of sun and clouds and unseasonably warm temperatures during the afternoon. It will be windy at times with temperatures pushing to record levels, in the lower 70s. Showers and even a few thunderstorms will move into the Miami Valley Tuesday evening.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Rain will be likely through the day. A few thunderstorms will be possible in the morning. It will be breezy with falling temperatures. Early highs in the lower 60s are expected.

Thursday: Expect a brief period of freezing rain or a wintry mix mainly north of I-70 in the morning. There will be the chance of rain showers in the south with temperatures starting the day in the lower to middle 30s and rebounding into the middle 40s. Expect a break in the precipitation during the afternoon and evening.

>> 5-day forecast

Friday: Rain will return along with a chance for a few thunderstorms. The rain may get heavy at times late. This will increase the threat for flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Saturday:  Rain will be likely. The rain may be heavy at times and could lead to localized flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:38 AM

FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water
FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents 

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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