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Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 7:43 AM
FOREST PARK, Ohio — A Cincinnati-area toddler is safe after being kidnapped late Monday night, but a K-9 officer collapsed and died during the search for the child and suspects.
Three men carrying guns robbed cash from a mother of three young girls at a home on Kemper Meadow Drive in Forest Park around 10 p.m. Monday, Forest Park police told our our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. The station reports the suspects took a 15-month-old child and fled in a white SUV.
Police said the suspects and victims didn’t know each other, but investigators believe the house was targeted for the crime.
Officers in Forest Park, located about 20 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, requested assistance from neighboring agencies, including Green Twp., who responded with a K-9 officer.
After locating and pursuing the SUV, four occupants fled from the scene on foot.
After a search, the 15-month-old child was safely located, along with a fourth suspect, who police identified as 19-year-old Anquan Williams. The station reports police are still looking for three suspects.
Police said Williams has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated burglary.
Green Twp. Police Chief James Vetter told WCPO that Dino, the K-9 officer collapsed and stopped breathing just before midnight as he was starting to track the suspects. Vetter said Dino’s unexpected death was due to a medical event.
"He had a reputation as an outstanding police canine and very much loved his work. He will be sorely missed," Vetter said in a media release.
Dino was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois/Shepherd mix trained in tracking and narcotic detection that had been with Green Twp. Police Department since 2011. Ohio State's Veterinary Medical Center will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:54 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:42 AM
— Heavy rains made for tough driving conditions Saturday, but high water remains a concern through the weekend.
Lower lying and more rural roads are at a greater risk of flooding, such as Ohio 68 in Beavercreek, and Ohio 725, which is closed until further notice between Peniwit and Lower Bellbrook roads.
“We just want motorists to take a little extra time in planning where they want to go,” Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
Anyone planning to head out this morning should be aware of potential flooding that could block your way.
If you see standing water in the roadway, turn around, even if the water appears shallow.
“It’s not worth the risk. It’s better to just safely turn around and find another way,” Murphy said.
On wet roadways another concern is hydroplaning, when tires lose their grip on the pavement. Motorists in that situation are advised to “just let off the gas, slow down, and try to get to a safe area,” Murphy said.
Late Saturday and early Sunday there were reports of flooding throughout the Miami Valley.
3:27 a.m.: High water reported at Wilson Road between Fenner Road and OH-55.
3:05 a.m.: South Valley at US-35 is shut-down due to high water.
1:45 a.m.: April Lane at New Germany Trebien Road and Beavery Valley Road closed.
12:00 a.m.: Upper Bellbrook Road reported having high water.
12:00 a.m.: High water on US-68 and North at Sutton Road caused a vehicle slide off and a police cruiser was damaged.
11:30 p.m.: Hebble Creek was out of its banks in Fairborn in Greene County
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:46 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:21 AM
BEAVERCREEK — UPDATE @ 3:20 a.m.:
Power was restored to the Beavercreek area, according to the DP&L Outage Map.
It is not known what caused the outage.
DP&L crews are working on restoring power to over 2,500 customers Sunday.
A mainline feeder de-energized and locked out, forcing several in Beavercreek, Research Park area and customers off North Fairfield Road to lose power around 12:30 a.m., according to Director of Operations for DP&L Kelly Milhouse.
Crews are working to identify the cause. There is no estimated time for when customer’s power will be restored, Milhouse said.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM
— As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”
There are flood alerts over the next couple days.
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.
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 32.3 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.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:55 PM
— The heavy rain threat will come to an end overnight as the storm system moves to our east, but a few lingering showers will be possible through daybreak Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be steady in the middle to upper 40s overnight.
Sunday: A pre-dawn shower is possible early, but aside from that clouds will decrease to allow for some afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 mph at times.
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.