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Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 10:11 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 12:51 PM
DAYTON — A threat by a Belmont High School student who was taken into custody by police outside of school early Wednesday spiraled into rumors of an armed student in the school later in the morning, panicking students, prompting a lockdown and worrying parents with yet another report of a firearm in an area school.
UPDATE@4:16 p.m.: The student taken into custody has been charged with making terroristic threats, and was booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, Dayton police said.
UPDATE @ 11:24 a.m.:
Dayton police tweeted that threats had been made between two students outside of the school. It was then circulated rumors of that a weapon had been it into the school that prompted a lockdown Wednesday, according to police.
Nothing was found in the building during a sweep.
#BelmontHS Maj. Wiesman on threat at school: There were threats between 2 students outside of school which was taken care of by DPD. Rumors of these threats regarding weapon made it into school causing lockdown. Building was checked, nothing was found.— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) March 7, 2018
Dayton police Major Joe Wiesman said the department was prepared to respond to a situation like this and were at the building within seconds. They met with parents and students in the school’s auditorium before sending students back to class.
Weisman said everything they planned for was well executed. He also echoed the department investigated the initial text message exchange and made an arrest in that case.
Students were unaware that the text message issue was resolved, so someone called police to report a possible person with a gun in the building.
UPDATE @ 10:45 a.m.:
Dayton police said a report of a student with a gun at Belmont High School was unfounded, according to a tweet posted around 10:40 a.m.
Police added that “everyone is safe.”
We received a report of a person with a gun at #BelmontHS. DPD personnel responded and the school was cleared. The call/information was unfounded. Everyone is safe.— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) March 7, 2018
“A rumor began circulating there was an active shooter at Belmont,” Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman Marsha Bonhart said in a emailed statement. “Because any threat is taken seriously, Dayton Police and (Dayton Public Schools) safety and security brought students to the exterior grounds of the building as an investigation continued. There is no indication of an active shooter.”
Bonhart said a one-call was sent to parents alerting them of the situation.
A second, separate incident happened Wednesday morning before the gun threat, where one student texted another, asking if it was true they were going to shoot-up the school, Bonhart said. The student responded “no” but the responding student was arrested for the incident.
We’ll continue to update this page as details become available.
UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m.
Dayton police are currently investigating a report of a student that might have brought a gun to Belmont High School.
The investigation and evacuation of the school are not connected to an earlier investigation of a possible threat at the school, according to a Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman.
Medics have been sent to the scene to stage in the area, but there have been no reports of injuries initially, per scanner traffic.
Some parents have arrived at the school to pick up students, according to the Dayton schools spokeswoman.
We’ll continue to update this page as details become available.
We’re working to learn more about an active investigation at Belmont High School in Dayton Wednesday morning.
Police responded to the high school at 2615 Wayne Avenue around 10 a.m. on reports of a threat at the school, according to initial reports.
Our crews on the scene report the school has been evacuated and students are outside the school.
Dispatchers said police responded to reports of someone in the school with a gun.
Earlier this morning, this newsroom received tips a threat was under investigation at Belmont High School, but a Dayton schools spokeswoman was not able to confirm threats were under investigation.
There have been no injuries reported, but multiple officers have responded to the scene.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:44 AM
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Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5:37 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.
A electrical fire that started in the basement of a residence on Pinehurst Avenue has been extinguished, according to Dayton District Fire Chief Adam Landis.
No injuries were reported. He estimated the damage at $10,000.
Landis also said the cause of the fire is under investigation and the residents will be able to stay in their house.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
HUBER HEIGHTS — A 32-year-old Huber Heights man was arrested Wednesday on a charge accusing him of committing a hate crime when federal authorities said he attacked a man outside a Cincinnati restaurant because the man identified himself as Jewish.
Izmir Koch -- also under indictment in Montgomery County involving a June 2016 fight on Valley Street in Dayton -- remains in federal custody following his arrest on one count of committing a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Koch already has appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
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According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Koch was outside a restaurant with others on Feb. 4, 2017, when he allegedly yelled out asking if anyone outside the restaurant was Jewish.
A victim responded that he was Jewish and it is alleged that Koch then ran to the man and punched him in the head. When the victim fell to the ground, Koch and others continued hitting and kicking him.
The victim suffered injuries from the attack, including rib contusions and a fracture of his orbital floor - the bottom portion of an eye socket.
"Physically attacking someone because you think he's Jewish or Christian or Muslim or any other religion is a federal crime," U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in the prepared statement. "This office prosecutes hate crimes."
According to one Cincinnati media report, the victim was not actually Jewish, Glassman said at a news conference.
KOCH INDICTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
A check of Montgomery County online court records shows that Koch was indicted in July 2016 on two counts of felonious assault (deadly weapon and serious harm). The status of the case is labeled "reopened" and a motion in the case was filed Tuesday.
In that motion filed by the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, Koch and at least five other men accused of assaulting a man in a fight and stabbing June 7, 2016, outside SMS Trucking, 1602 Valley St., are claiming self-defense.
The fracas involved men of Russian descent, police have said.
One of the co-defendants claimed to a police detective that they committed the assault because the man "made disparaging comments about their mothers, and their culture does not permit such comments."
The co-defendant also told the detective they all fought with the man because "they were not scared of him and they needed to handle the situation on their own."
The prosecutor's office has asked the trial judge to compel the co-defendant to testify as to those statements.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
— Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.
A clipper-type system looks to spread snow into the region this weekend, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
The storm system looks to arrive late Friday night or into Saturday morning. The current forecast track would bring snow across much of the Miami Valley during the day Saturday.
“Snow accumulation, perhaps heavy, would be likely along and north of the Ohio River should the current forecast track hold,” Elwell said, “but a lot can still change.”
If the system adjusts north, then the threat will be for more of a mix or perhaps even more rain than snow, Elwell said.
However, the system could escape to the south with little to no local effect.
“We’ll know a lot more on the potential threat of this system by late Thursday. Stay tuned!” Elwell said.