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Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 1:40 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
DAYTON — Update@6:09 p.m. (Jan. 8):
A person of interest in the December Caliph Court murder was arrested Monday on unrelated charges, Dayton police announced Monday.
Anton Hurston Jr., 19, was being held in the Montgomery County Jail Monday evening after being arrested Monday morning. He’s being held on probation violation charges.
Dayton police homicide detectives said they will meet with prosecutors this week regarding potential charges in the murder of Dauntiaunna Brown, 18. She was gunned down in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue in December.
“I mean honestly, if that's the right person who actually did it, then it's a good thing because nobody deserves to lose a child and the person just go free,” neighbor Mynia Daniels said of Hurston’s arrest.
Brown's friends and family have kept balloons up and candles burning at her unused apartment ever since her death, they said.
UPDATE @10:30 a.m.
A SWAT standoff related to a fatal shooting where an 18-year-old woman was killed has ended.
Four people were in the home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue when police made entry. The shooting suspect was not inside, but one person was arrested on an unrelated traffic incident, police said.
UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman killed in an overnight shooting on Caliph Court as Dontiaunna Brown, 18, of Dayton.
Brown’s cause of death has not been officially ruled and an autopsy is scheduled for later today.
Dayton police and SWAT continue to surround a home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue where investigators said a suspect is believed to be barricaded inside.
We’ll update this page as we learn more.
UPDATE @ 8:20 a.m.
Police and SWAT have surrounded a home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue in Dayton where an overnight shooting suspect is believed to be barricaded inside, according to Dayton police.
Officers have blocked off the area and are demanding the occupants to exit the house, according to our crew on the scene.
Police confirmed to our crew the subject of the SWAT callout is connected to the overnight shooting on Caliph Court where an 18-year-old woman was killed.
We’ll update this page as we learn more.
UPDATE @ 3:05 a.m.
An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed inside an apartment on Caliph Court early Saturday morning, according to Dayton police.
The woman was found suffering from a gunshot wound to her neck around 1:25 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Dayton police Sgt. Theodore Trupp.
Trupp said it was too early in their investigation to determine what led to the shooting and police do not have any suspects.
Additional details about the investigation were not available.
The identity of the woman has not been released, pending notification of family.
Police and medics have responded to a report of a person shot on Caliph Court in Dayton early Saturday morning.
Emergency crews responded to the 5000 block of Caliph Court around 1:25 a.m. after the incident was reported.
Officers are reportedly looking in the area for at least one suspect and have requested a K9 officer to the scene, according to initial reports.
The condition of the victim was not immediately known.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:15 PM
— UPDATE @ 2:07 p.m.:
Judge Richard Skelton said he is willing to work with the building owner to avoid kicking residents out of their homes.
But he said he wants to know how quickly owner Howard Heck can acquire infrared heaters for the 18 residents who remain in the building.
About seven residents have moved out owing to the vacate order.
Heck’s attorney at first said his client would order the heaters on Amazon, but Skelton said he wanted a quick and definite plan for obtaining the heaters.
Skelton took a short recess in court to allow Heck time to try to figure out how he could get the heaters quickly.
The roughly 50 residents of a downtown Dayton apartment building who were ordered to vacate by Tuesday if the heating system was not repaired were awaiting the results of an emergency hearing this afternoon
Last week, city of Dayton housing inspection officials issued an emergency vacate order to residents at the Newcom Building, located at 255 N. Main St.
The building’s boiler was shut off because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can cause deadly poisoning.
Dayton crews discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the boiler room after responding to a medic call at the Newcom building.
The city told the building’s ownership it had to repair or replace the boiler by Tuesday or the building would be boarded up and all residents would be required to leave.
The building is not safe to live in because it does not have a functioning heating system, officials said, and the especially cold weather poses a threat to residents.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:42 PM
Local agencies battling homelessness are set to receive almost $9.5 million in federal grant awards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced.
The annual HUD grants to the Dayton-Kettering-Montgomery County Continuum of Care (CoC) are the largest single funding source for local projects designed to move people from homelessness to housing, said Kathleen Shanahan, Montgomery County’s Housing and Homeless Solutions Program Coordinator
“It really is targeted to getting people out of shelters and into stable housing,” she said. “So most of the funding is used for housing.”
HUD increased the amount awarded to area CoC recipients this year by about $568,000. Across the country, about $2 billion is going into 7,300 programs.
“These Continuum of Care program grants are a great example of communities embracing the strongest practices and transforming how they respond to homelessness,” said Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.”
Of the 29 grants awarded to the local CoC, 16 will go toward housing programs that provide safe, affordable housing with supportive services to disabled homeless persons. Combined, the programs provide supportive housing to more than 1,000 formerly homeless households annually.
Shanahan said projects eligible for renewal are reviewed each year to make sure they are meeting performance targets. Some may get phased out while others get new funds, she said.
One newly-funded project is the county’s coordinated entry process, sometimes called “front door,” which will receive $112,320, according to HUD.
In 2010, Montgomery County was among the first communities in the country to implement the entry program, which is now a HUD requirement, Shanahan said.
“There is a coordinated approach to solving homelessness,” she said. “Instead of people showing up in multiple places and put on multiple waiting lists, it is s a more efficient way of organizing the system.”
Locally, the entry points to the system for those experiencing homelessness are the Daybreak youth shelter, PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) outreach, St. Vincent de Paul Gettysburg Gateway for Men, St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Families, and the YWCA of Dayton’s domestic violence shelter.
In 2016, 3,509 households in Montgomery County spent at least one night in shelter or living unsheltered. An annual state count in January 2017 showed 382 households in Montgomery County had no home. Altogether, 500 people were counted, 53 of whom were unsheltered.
Volunteers will again make the mandated point-in-time count for Dayton and Montgomery County next week, Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.
Organizations receiving HUD grant funding include: City of Dayton, Daybreak, Eastway, Homefull, Miami Valley Housing Opportunities, Montgomery County, PLACES, and St. Vincent de Paul.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 12:44 p.m. (Jan. 16):
Steven Piersall, 33, of Middletown, said he was driving on Tuesday morning when he saw “a bunch of black smoke” coming from a Young Street residence.
He quickly pulled his car off the road and ran to the front door. He heard women screaming and called 911 to report someone may be trapped inside the burning home.
Instead, he learned later, the screams were coming from neighbors who also saw the home at 1113 Young St. on fire. Piersall tried to knock the front door down, but was unable, he said.
He said the front room was “fully engulfed in flames” when he arrived. When two police officers knocked the door down, several dogs, all smelling of smoke, ran out of the residence.
Piersall put some of the dogs in his car to protect them from the freezing temperatures.
UPDATE @ 11:06 a.m. (Jan. 16):
No people were home when a duplex on Young Street caught fire Tuesday morning.
Firefighters responded to the residence in the 1100 block shortly before 9:30 a.m.
Several cats and dogs were rescued from the house and the American Red Cross is assisting the residence.
A cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Temperatures and icy conditions made a “tough job tougher,” said Middletown Deputy Fire Chief Dave Adams.
UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (Jan. 16):
Firefighters rescued at least two dogs from a duplex on Young Street after fire damaged the upper level of the building, according to officials.
It’s unknown if any injuries were reported.
A fire has been reported at a residence on Young Street in Middletown this morning.
Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Young around 9:25 a.m.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:27 AM
RELATED: Closings and Delays
TODAY: A very cold afternoon with highs around 11 degrees; wind chills near or below zero all day. Partly cloudy skies with a few flurries possible into the evening. Scattered clouds linger into the night and cold again with lows near 5 degrees. Wind chills again fall below zero, but not as bitter as early Tuesday.
RELATED: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar
WEDNESDAY: Another cold morning with temperatures starting in the single digits. It won’t be as breezy, so wind chills will be below zero, but not low enough for another advisory. Expect sunshine and scattered clouds as high reach in the low 20s.
RELATED: 5-Day Forecast
THURSDAY: A cold and quiet start to the day with sunshine and a few clouds. Highs peak in the upper 20s.
FRIDAY: It’ll start to her a little warmer as temperatures climb to the mid to upper 30s as clouds increase through the day.
SATURDAY: The weekend starts with quiet weather as temperatures peak in the mid-40s. Moisture starts to increase with the possibility of some drizzle or light rain showers arriving in the evening hours.