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Published: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 11:40 AM
New Carlisle — A New Carlisle man has been charged with two counts of child pornography.
Dalton Konat appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday morning. He pleaded not guilty to the charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.
Konat is accused of setting up a camera inside a private bathroom where a juvenile female was showering.
Konat was being held in the Clark County Jail Monday on $30,000 bond.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:28 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
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.
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.
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.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:37 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
LEWISBURG, Preble County — UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.: A trucker on his way from Lewisburg to Middletown to pick up a load of steel swerved on state Route 503 North to avoid several deer to end up stuck in the mud off the right side of the highway, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
The semitrailer hit utility poles and trees, and brought down phone and cable lines on its way to its muddy resting place in Preble County between West Alexandria and Lewisburg.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: 2 men found dead of apparent gunshot wounds
The trucker, who owns the rig, was not injured.
Wreckers are on scene to pull the rig out of the muck. A trooper tells us the state patrol has not decided whether to cite the man on a traffic violation.
The trooper said the road, which has been closed between Pyrmont and Falls roads, will be partially opened while the wreckers work to free the rig.
UPDATE @ 7:54 p.m.:
State Route 503 is closed between Pyrmont Road and Falls Road after a semi turned over in a ditch in Lewisburg.
A part of State Route 503 is blocked after a semi turned on its side in a ditch, hitting a fence in Preble County Monday around 6:50 p.m..
A phone line is down, according to Preble County Sheriff’s Department.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
— New research has revealed a disturbing link between teens with smartphones and depression, even suicide. The author of the study, Dr. Steven Scholzman, says cellphones may be contributing to a mental health crisis among adolescents.
"What we know is that if a kid has a cellphone there seems to be a greater association with the likelihood for depression," said Scholzman, a child psychiatrist.
The study appeared in a recent issue of "Clinical Psychological Science." It found that teens who spent time on non-screen activities such as sports, exercise or reading print materials, were less likely to report mental health issues than those spending time on devices with screens like smartphones. The study also said rates of depression among teenagers started going up as smartphone ownership rose.
How might smartphone use lead to depression? Dr. Schlozman said it may have to do with communication or rather, the illusion of communication that many teens have.
WARNING SIGNS: How to tell if your teen or child is depressed
"So we are wired to understand what each other are saying through these very nuanced communications, eyebrows going up or down, blinking, changes in facial expression," said Schlozman.
What we are not wired for, he said, is texting. Texting is primarily how teens communicate.
"It's like the only way to communicate," said Juliana Troland, a high school freshman.
"If I don't text, they won't talk to me," said Shelly Sullivan, a parent of two teenagers. "If I call, they won't answer."
Texting may be fast and easy, but research shows that a lack of face-to-face communication contributes to isolation and loneliness. Dr. Schlozman also pointed out the permanence of nasty things that are said online.
"Kids are more impulsive than adults, so they're more likely to send those texts or emails or Istagrams or Snapchats and they can't take it back," Schlozman said, which then leads to anxiety.
For many parents, taking the smartphone away is neither an option nor a desire since they do serve a useful purpose. However, experts say parents who place limits can see benefits.
Juliana Troland said she used to sleep with her phone nearby and that meant a lot less sleep. Now, her parents have asked her to put her phone down in the kitchen before she goes to bed.
"It improves my focusing," said Troland. "I can pay attention more for a longer period of time and I can get more work done at school."
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:49 PM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m.: Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.
Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.
“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”
In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.
The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.
At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.
“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.
The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.
Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.
Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.
UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.:
Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said.
The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims.
Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry.
It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business.
Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said.
The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.
Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon.
Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound.
Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership.
Additional details were not available.
We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.