Police: Man charged after assault videos posted on Facebook

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:07 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

Authorities say an Ohio man has been charged criminally after using Facebook Live to record a beating.

The Marion Star reports 30-year-old Thomas Patton, of Marion, was indicted Wednesday on one count of felonious assault.

Marion police say Patton was arrested after officers found video posts on his Facebook page that included the beating and one in which he says he'd punch the first person he saw walking down the street.

Police say officers responded Sept. 20 to a call about a 21-year-old man who said he'd been assaulted by a stranger. An affidavit says the man was punched in the face several times and received treatment for a broken nose.

Police say Patton admitted to the assault after being arrested.

Court records don't indicate whether Patton has an attorney.

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Information from: The Marion Star, http://www.marionstar.com

Historic Lebanon church hit by fire seeks help for children’s pageant, ministry

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

Lebanon church fires causes patrons grief

A historic church known for its good deeds in the community is now asking for the community’s help to continue its ministry.

Bethel AME Church was hit by a devastating fire early Wednesday that severely damaged the sanctuary and community room.

Worship services and a children’s Christmas Eve pageant are short essential items.

“We are grateful for the kindness our community has shown in the hours since the tragic fire,” the Rev. Karen Schaeffer, pastor of Bethel, stated in a Saturday news release.

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“After a prayer service that evening, the church met and made a plan to get us through the next couple of weeks,” Schaeffer said.

For Bethel’s worship services, the church, at 111 N. Cherry St., is in need of 20 children’s Bibles, 25 NRSV study Bibles, communion trays and supplies; altar vestments, clergy robes, advent supplies, rolling suitcases and plastic totes.

The church fire destroyed the sanctuary along with the costumes and props for the children’s program. The Lebanon Theatre Company at 10 S. Mechanic St. has opened its doors to Bethel so the church can use its space for rehearsals and the Christmas Eve performance, Schaeffer said.

Costume List: children’s choir robes; 2-3 sheep (toddlers, preschool); 3 angels (first- and third-graders); 3 Pharisees (medium-sized boys); Mary and Joseph (children) and shepherds (2-3 adults).

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Props List: Christmas tree; scrolls; manger; baby Jesus doll; shepherds crook or staff; stick horse; fireplace background; and poster board for signs.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1858 and its church building dedicated in 1861.

Check and cash donations are being accepted at Sharefax Credit Union in the name of the Bethel Fire Donation Fund at 1550 Genntown Drive, Lebanon, 45036.

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

Christmas toy giveaway marks 10th anniversary in Middletown

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Local event marks 10th Anniversary

Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the annual Christmas Toy Giveaway in Middletown.

The Louella Thompson Dream Center Feed the Hungry Project organization will host the annual Christmas giveaway from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the YMCA Middletown Branch, 1020 Manchester Ave.

More than 530 children have pre-registered to participate in the event, according to Deborah Patterson, the project’s executive director.

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Patterson developed the original concept when she was the organization’s president. With the assistance of various community volunteers, they were able to make 100 children happy on Christmas in 2007. The event was located at the Louella Thompson Dream Center, but after its sixth year the event outgrew the Dream Center and partnered with the Middletown YMCA.

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Bridget Kinney, the project’s chairwoman, said since moving to the YMCA, the event has grown exponentially to more than 500 children including parents. She said the event includes various activity stations, pictures with Santa, dancing and food.

As of Saturday, Kinney said the organization is still in need of toy donations for this year’s event.

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“We have 531 children that have registered and we do not want to disappoint them,” Kinney said.

Event sponsors include Walmart, Meijer, Middletown Firefighters Local 336 and Gold Star Chili, Kinney said. In addition, there are a number of volunteer sponsors including Bethel AME Church’s Youth Ministry; and Nettie Dupee and the Gift Wrap Committee.

For more information about the organization’s programs, call 513-423-0433.

Suspect throws rock into $1.00 Store in attempted break-in

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

Dayton $1.00 store attempted break-in

A man riding a bicycle threw a large rock into the $1.00 Store this morning after he attempted to break in.

Police were dispatched at 6:15 a.m. Saturday to the store at 3846 Linden Ave. after the store’s alarm sounded.

According to the incident report, video surveillance showed a man approach the back of the store on a bicycle and try to gain access through the back door. 

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The suspect threw the rock through the glass at the front of the store after failed attempts to enter the back door. He then immediately took off on his bicycle, according to the report. 

The bicycle is described to have several reflectors on it. 

If you have any information on this incident, please call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.

Crews battle fire in Dayton home; 1 injury reported

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:06 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:50 AM

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire.

UPDATE @9:51 a.m.

Fire officials said a child escaped injury and a woman suffered burns to her feet in a Dayton house fire.

The fire in the first block of South Westview Avenue was contained to a bedroom, according to officials. The cause is under investigation.

The woman and two-year-old child were in the front lawn when they arrived on scene.

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FIRST REPORT

At least one person has been injured after a fire broke out in a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire. 

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First units on scene said one person inside the home was injured and requested to a medic to the scene. The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

Firefighters also reported smoke showing from the structure when they arrived, according to initial reports. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as we learn more.