Officials: No smoke detectors in Ohio deadly home fire

Published: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 9:42 AM

            Kyle Otto of J. Bowers Construction boards up a burned home in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 after a deadly fire. (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)

No smoke detectors were found in an Ohio house where a fire killed two adults and two young girls in Akron, officials said as an investigation continued into what started the deadly blaze.

The early Saturday fire killed a man and a woman and two girls, ages 8 and 9. A 12-year-old girl was rescued and a woman escaped by jumping from an attic window in the three-story house.

Media reports said the girls were the daughters of the couple that died. reported that the 12-year-old was the deceased woman's daughter. Authorities haven't identified the victims.

Neighbors told the Akron Beacon Journal that nearby security cameras showed smoke coming from the house around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, nearly an hour before the fire was reported.

Investigators say the blaze appeared to start on the first floor.

The Rev. Zach Prosser, pastor at Celebration Church that the victims attended, called them "a great family." A vigil was scheduled at the church Sunday evening.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James announced on Twitter that the girls who died were members of his foundation's educational program. The program focuses of getting Akron schoolchildren to graduate from high school and go on to college.

"Unbelievably saddened to hear the news. My heart hurts," the Akron native wrote.

The girls attended Akron City Schools, and the district said counselors would be available this week.

Clarence Tucker, sworn in as Akron's new fire chief just two days earlier, has said he wants to make sure every home in the city has smoke detectors, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The fire department has worked with the American Red Cross for several years to provide smoke detectors to people who can't afford them, fire department spokesman Mike Brooks told the paper.


Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 3:49 AM

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Major Highway Incidents

  • I-75 south near Wagner Ford exit. Left, center and right lanes are blocked, but vehicles are able to get through a small section of roadway.  

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.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street
  • 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.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official ODOT 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 (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures April 9th – 29th between 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between SR 201 and SR 235, road closure April 26th – May 3rd. The official detour is: SR 55 to SR 589 to US 36 to SR 235 to SR 55
  • SR 41 between SR 201 and SR 235, road closure April 24th – May 1st. The official detour is: SR 41 to SR 201 to SR 571 to SR 235 to SR 41
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • 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. 


  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • I-70 at I-675 overpass, Daily lane closures April 25th – May 23rd between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm. Two 12’ lanes will remain open in each direction.


  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 571 between Culbertson Road and Harzell Road, bridge closure March 8th – May 23nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The official detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.


  • SR 66 between Enterprise Drive and Greenback Road, road closure April 24th – May 23rd. The official detour is: SR 47 to I-75 to SR 29 to SR 705


  • SR 196 between Sunrise Drive and Fairmount Roadroad closure April 24th – 28th. The official detour is: SR 117 to SR 67 to SR 196

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Drunk driving checkpoint tonight in Butler County

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

            A drunk driving checkpoint will be set up April 28 in Liberty Twp. STAFF FILE PHOTO

There will be a drunk driving checkpoint in Liberty Twp. tonight.

An OVI checkpoint will be held at 9 p.m. on Ohio 4 near the intersection of Kyles-Station Road in Liberty Twp., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

CLOSER LOOK: The goal of OVI checkpoints? Answer from police may surprise you

Members of the Butler County OVI Task Force, Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will staff the checkpoint as well as have nearby saturation patrols.

The state patrol warns if you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements prior to drinking.

“Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired,” the state patrol said in a statement.

OVI checkpoints are funded by federal grant funds and are designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Police: Dayton man whose body is found by teacher is possible homicide victim

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 8:53 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 3:45 PM

UPDATE @ 9:00 a.m. (April 28):

The cause and manner of death of a man found near the Richard Allen Academy is listed as pending by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, according to a spokesperson.

Claude Williams, 50, was found dead near a fence close to the school by a teacher, police said.

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (April 27):

Dayton police are investigating as a homicide the death of a man whose body was found this morning by a teacher when she arrived at a local school.

The man was identified as 50-year-old Claude Williams of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. A Dayton police spokeswoman confirmed the case is a suspected homicide, but said she could not provide details on why it is suspected. An autopsy will provide more information, she said.

A teacher at Richard Allen Academy in the 100 block of Salem Avenue discovered Williams’ body around 7:15 a.m. in an alley near the school, according to police.

"He's on the other side of the fence where I park," the teacher told 911 dispatchers. "His phone's lying next to him."

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m.:

The man found dead this morning by a teacher has been identified as 50-year-old Claude Williams of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

No cause or manner of death was available as autopsy results are not in yet, the coroner’s office said.

UPDATE @ 9:03 a.m.:

A teacher at Richard Allen Academy discovered a man’s body in an alley near the school when she arrived in the parking lot this morning, according to police.

“He’s on the other side of the fence where I park,” the teacher told 911 dispatchers. “His phone’s lying next to him.”

Police said they are considering the death suspicious, however are working to determine how the man died.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office will determine the man’s cause and manner of death following an autopsy.


A body was found in an alley near the Richard Allen Academy school on Salem Avenue this morning.

Police responded to the 100 block of Salem Avenue around 7:15 a.m.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office removed the body from the scene, police said.

We’re working to learn more.


Reports: Kettering graduate killed in ISIS Afghanistan battle

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 9:33 PM

One of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan this week is believed to be a 2012 Kettering Fairmont High School graduate.

Several social media posts expressed condolences and sadness about the death of Cameron Thomas, a U.S. Army Ranger. 

A Facebook message read: “Rest in Peace Cameron Thomas. You are a hero and will truly be missed.” 

A tweet read: “RIP Cameron Thomas an Army Ranger from Kettering that was KIA in Afghanistan last night. Thank you for everything you have done for us.”

RELATED: 2 U.S. troops killed, 1 injured in Afghanistan

Kettering City Schools spokeswoman Kari Basson confirmed Thomas was a Fairmont grad and said tonight that district administrators were just finding out about his death.

Department of Defense officials indicated they will release the names and hometowns of the soldiers sometime Friday.

Fairmont Principal Tyler Alexander said he has not received official notification, but students have been talking about Thomas and staff have asked him about the alum.

“I have had nothing official come to me from the family,” Alexander said. “I would offer my condolences to the family.”

While in high school, Thomas was an athlete, notably a swimmer.

“It’s sad,” the principal said. “But we respect what he chose to do to fight for our country, to provide us with an opportunity to have what we have.”

The Military Times is reporting that according to U.S. military officials, the soldiers were killed and a third was wounded while battling Islamic State loyalists in eastern Afghanistan. 

This brings to three the number of Americans killed in action in Afghanistan this year, according to the Military Times.

The soldiers were taking part in a lengthy raid supported by airstrikes from U.S. warplanes and targeting the Islamic State group in Nangarhar province, Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told the Associated Press.

A number of Islamic State fighters have been engaging in a long-running battle with Afghanistan security forces in the Achin district.

(Dayton Daily News reporters Lynn Hulsey and Barrie Barber and News Center 7 reporter Kate Bartley contributed to this report written by Breaking News Staff Writer Jen Balduf)

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