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OVI driver who hit Sidney natural gas line appears in court

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 11:56 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 5:57 AM

Ryan Cathcart not guilty plea Sidney Municipal Court.

UPDATE @ 10:51 a.m. (April 18)

In Sidney Municipal Court today, Ryan Joseph Cathcart pleaded not guilty to an OVI charge. He was released on his own recognizance. 

UPDATE @5:57 a.m. 

Ryan Joseph Cathcart is being held at the Shelby County Jail on driving under the influence charges related to the crash. 

UPDATE @ 3:05 a.m.  

A suspected intoxicated driver slammed into a natural gas line and a building on North Ohio Avenue in Sidney, sparking a large fire that destroyed the structure.  

Police and fire crews were first dispatched to the 100 block of North Ohio Avenue around 11 p.m. Monday on reports of a vehicle slamming into a building. 

Sidney Fire Deputy Chief Cameron Haller said a pickup truck went off the road, struck and broke a natural gas line in front of the building. The crash sparked a fire that quickly spread though all three floors of the structure. 

Sidney police Sgt. Warren Melerine said part of the building was occupied by a ceramics business. Other parts of the building were used for storage of items used for a dance recital coming up in a few weeks. 

The driver, whose identity was not available, was pulled from the crash by bystanders and was not injured. Melerine said the driver was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail. The possible charges the driver may face were not available.

Firefighters in Sidney are battling a building fire on Ohio Avenue after a vehicle reportedly slammed into the building and burst into flames.

“We have something that could have been so easily prevented with a designated driver,” Melerine said. “All family, friends, taxi service here in town; Any of those could have prevented a lot of people from being placed in a great deal of harm.”

Haller said the fire has caused the roof of the building to collapse and firefighters are now working defensively to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby structures. 

All departments across Shelby County sent crews to battle the blaze, something Haller said he hasn’t seen since a large warehouse fire in Sidney in the early 2000s. 

Firefighters are expected to be on scene through the overnight hours. 

UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. 

Firefighters are continuing to battle flames from a building on North Ohio Avenue in Sidney after a pickup truck slammed into the building and caught fire. 

We’re told crews are working to assess the damage to the structure. 

We’re working to find out if anyone has been injured in the incident. 

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters in Sidney are battling a building fire on North Ohio Avenue after a vehicle reportedly slammed into the building and burst into flames. 

Callers into this newsroom indicate a pickup truck crashed into a building in the 100 block of Ohio Avenue around 11 p.m. and immediately burst into flames. 

It was not clear if there were any injuries. 

Dispatchers declined to release any details. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Ryan Joseph Cathcart

Local groups hold vigil for victims of gun violence

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:54 PM

Local groups hold vigil for victims of gun violence

The Organizing for Action and Dayton Indivisible For All is hosting a candlelight vigil To End Gun Violence in remembrance of the those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. 

The event is being held today at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton. Thursday, Dec. 14 marks the five year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school massacre in which a gunman killed 26 students and adults in Newtown, Ct. 

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OFA and DIFA are partnering with the Newtown Foundation and other gun violence prevention organizations in a nationwide tribute to end gun violence. 

The vigil will also be a tribute to the more than 500,000 victims and survivors of gun violence since Dec. 2012, including the 58 Las Vegas concert-goers who were gunned down in October. More than 500 people were also injured during the Las Vegas shooting.

Report: Baseball club robbed overnight

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:04 PM

The Miami Valley Wolverines Baseball Club was robbed overnight of approximately $1,650, according to a Dayton police incident report.

According to the report filed Wednesday, the suspect or suspects broke into the club by creating a hole in a wall that measured 2 feet by 3 feet. 

>>$5,000 in merchandise stolen from local auto shop

The club is at the East Town Bingo Center on Falke Road. 

If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP. 

Have a tip? Call our monitiored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

$5,000 in merchandise stolen from local auto shop

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 8:52 PM

An estimated $5,000 in tires was stolen from Main Auto and Tire, according to a Dayton Police incident report.

According to the report filed Wednesday, the store manager notified police when he arrived for the morning shift and noticed the alarm key pad, which is monitored by ADT, was beeping. 

Also, the outside security lights were flashing. 

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The security company never notified Dayton police of the break in, according to the report. 

As many as 30 tires were reported missing. According to the store manager, this is the second time the shop has been broken into in a little over a month. 

No arrests have been made. 

If you have any information about the incident, you are asked to call Miami Valley Crime stoppers at 937-222-STOP. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

Miami County man on trial again, accused of sexual abuse of a child

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:47 PM

Miami County man on trial again, accused of sexual abuse of a child

A 14-year-old girl told a Miami County jury she was repeatedly abused sexually before disclosing the claims to friends in Piqua earlier this year.
She testified Wednesday in the retrial of Charles Hiser, 37, of Troy, who is charged on eight felony rape counts.
His first trial in Common Pleas Court ended in a mistrial in October after some jurors said they had seen media accounts of the case.

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Hiser, who remains in jail on $550,000 bail, is charged with eight felony indictments of rape accusing him of sexual contact and sexual conduct with a person under age 10 and then under age 13 between February 2012 and late 2016 in Piqua and Troy.

The jury selection process took up most of the day Tuesday. 
In opening statements, Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, told the jury they would not hear testimony from a lot of people but would hear from the girl.

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"She is worth listening to," Parker said.
Public defender Steve Layman said Hiser talked with police voluntarily. He said there was not an objective fact-finding process followed in the investigation. 

"Charles' guilt was presumed the moment of disclosure," Layman said.
The girl said the abuse took place repeatedly beginning in 2012 and ended after she told friends, who encouraged her to approach a school counselor. The counselor, in turn, notified police. 
On cross examination, Layman questioned the girl's accounts of what she said occurred, when and where.
The state also called Brenda Miceli, a pediatric psychologist at Dayton Children's Hospital, who testified about research on child sexual abuse. 

She did not testify specifically about the Hiser case.
Miceli said each victim's response to abuse is different based on personality, ways they cope and other factors. "Research shows there are no outward indicators (that abuse is occurring) in a lot of children," the psychologist said.

The jury is expected to get the case Thursday.