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Murder indictment handed up in Ronnie Bowers shooting case

Published: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 1:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 2:35 PM

Indictment handed down in Ronnie Bowers shooting case

UPDATE @ 2:36 p.m.

Kylen Gregory’s attorney said his client did have a gun and did pull the trigger, but that there was no plan to injure anyone let alone result in a death.

“We believe that Kylen is innocent of the (major) charges in the indictment,” Jon Paul Rion said. “There was no intent to cause any physical harm to any person in this case. It is a definite tragedy. It clearly involves a lack of judgment, but it’s not murder.”

Rion said he believes his client has been overcharged.

“The law requires an amount of intentionality when it comes to felonious assault and murder charges,” Rion said. “There’s no evidence of that, in fact there’s evidence that there was no intent.”

Rion said his client will plead not guilty during the Thursday arraignment and that he will seek a jury trial.

UPDATE @ 2:13 p.m.

Ronnie Bowers was shot the evening of Sept. 4, 2016 following the Alter Fest event. He died from his injuries Sept. 6, 2016.

In July of this year, the juvenile court judge granted a motion for the transfer of Kylen Gregory’s case to adult court. 

All of Gregory’s count include three‐year firearm specifications, according to the prosecutor's office. 

Gregory has a $1 million bond at the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center.

"This was a tragic and senseless shooting. Ronnie Bowers, a completely innocent victim, was killed because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got caught in someone else's fight,” said Prosecutor Mat Heck in a release.


The suspected shooter in the killing of Kettering teen Ronnie Bowers has been indicted on murder and other charges.

Kylen Gregory, 17, was indicted by a grand jury today and remains in custody, according to court records.

RELATED: Teens in Kettering shooting death plead guilty to related charges

Gregory was indicted on two counts of murder, five counts of felonious assault and a single count of discharging a firearm at or near a prohibited premise, according to the indictment.

RELATED: Mom: ‘Perfect match’ found for Ronnie Bowers’ organs

Gregory is expected in court Thursday for his arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Flooding and high waters affect roads across area

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Many rivers in the Dayton area are in flood stages due to all the rain that we've gotten over the last few weeks.

Flooding overnight is still affecting the area with road closures due to high water.

>> Trooper: Turn around when water covers roadway

  • Central Avenue is closed at the city limits of West Carrollton and Miamisburg
  • Part of Treibein Road in Beavercreek is closed
  • State Route 725 is closed between Penewit and Lower Bellbrook roads in Spring Valley
  • Lower Springboro Road is closed from Pioneer Boulevard in Springboro to Fourth Street in Franklin
  • Franklin-Trenton Road is closed from Martz-Paulin Road to the city of Franklin
  • The 200 block of Corwin Avenue is closed in Wayne Twp.
  • The 5000 block of Middletown Road at the covered bridge is closed in Wayne Twp.

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NEW DETAILS: Source of loud booms in Middletown identified

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.:

The mystery of what caused loud booms Saturday night in Middletown has been solved.  

Large rainfall during the removal of hot slag from the AK Steel plant caused “a louder than usual noise,” said Douglas Huffnagel from Stein.

Slag is a byproduct of the steelmaking process and can be extremely hot. When moisture hits slag, it can cause a loud noise.

Huffnagel said no one was injured and no equipment was damaged. 

For more than 60 years Stein Inc. has been providing slag processing and steel mill services, according to its website.

UPDATE @ 1 a.m.

There were numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night, but Middletown police said on social media they were not aware of any explosions and had not responded to one.

Middletown residents reported the blasts were believed to have come from AK Steel Corp., but the company told Middletown police they were fine.


There have been numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night at AK Steel Corp.  

Middletown dispatch confirmed they received reports of a possible explosion, but said they are not aware of the cause of the noise reported, nor where it may have occurred.

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Witnesses said the blasts happened sometime around 11:20 p.m.

We are working to learn more about what happened, and whether there were any injuries.

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Area rivers in flood stage due to recent rain

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Many rivers in the Dayton area are in flood stages due to all the rain that we've gotten over the last few weeks.

Many rivers are in flood stages due to the recent rains, which included a record-breaking day for Dayton, which saw 1.84 inches of rain Saturday to surpass the old daily rainfall record of 1.63 inches set in 2016.

>> Weekend rain sets record; how much did you get?

With all the rain, the Great Miami River in Dayton is expected to crest around 7 p.m. today at 32.2 feet, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

>> High water blocks some roads; troopers urge driver safety

Other rivers are considered in minor flood stage, such as the Mad River near Springfield, the Little Miami River near Spring Valley in Greene County and the Great Miami River near Middletown in Butler County. These rivers are expected to recede heading into Monday.

The Great Miami River near Sidney is expected to crest in minor flood stage early Monday, then recede, Collar said.

There are flood alerts over the next couple days.

By Riverscape and whitewater chute
  • Flood Advisory until 6 p.m. for Champaign and Clark counties and 6:15 p.m. for Clinton, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties
  • Flood Warning through 6 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties
  • Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Butler County near Middletown

>> Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.2 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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Dry time to start the week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

Dry conditions are expected in the Dayton area to start the week.

Partly cloudy skies are expected this afternoon. It will be dry with highs in the upper 40s. Some spots may get into the lower 50s. It also will be breezy with winds gusting over 25 mph at times, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.


  • Flood Advisory until 6 p.m. for Champaign and Clark counties and 6:15 p.m. for Clinton, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties
  • Streams, creeks and rivers may still rise through today
  • More sunshine to start the week
  • Rain returns Wednesday and Thursday

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Tonight: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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