Police ID shooting victim in Springfield’s first homicide of year

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 3:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 7:50 PM

Detectives in Springfield are working to locate a suspect in a shooting overnight that left one man dead and another man wounded.

  • 2 men shot, one fatally, in 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue
  • Jeffery Rife, 36, was killed and Ronald McElroy, 43, wounded
  • No suspects named and no arrests announced

Springfield’s first homicide of the year occurred early Saturday when two Springfield men were shot, one fatally, in the 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue. Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the double shooting.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.

Jeffery Rife, 36, and Ronald McElroy, 43, both of Springfield, were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center. Rife succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

McElroy suffered one or more gunshot wounds, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

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UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.

Residents in the normally quiet neighborhood were awakened by the gunfire.

"I heard a loud noise, wasn't really sure what it was, heard it again and then recognized it as gunshots. ... There were several, at least eight that we had initially heard," said Carlisa Parker, a longtime resident.

Police told nearby residents the shooting was believed to be an isolated incident, but many said they were left in fear and are concerned for the safety of police officers and others in the community.

"It's very shocking and it's very scary and it's extremely unusual for something like that to happen in this neighborhood," Parker said. "We've been here for 22 years and nothing like this has ever occurred here."

UPDATE @ 8:29 a.m.

Springfield police have left the scene of a Saturday morning shooting on South Clairmont Avenue.

Dispatchers said police are in the process of combining notes to craft a report. 

No additional information is available at this time.

UPDATE @ 6:26 a.m.

One person is dead following a Saturday morning shooting in Springfield, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said two people were shot following a report of shots fired in the 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue. 

The second victim was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center in an unknown condition.

Springfield police continue their search for a suspect while detectives and a crime scene unit remain in the area, dispatchers said. 

South Clairmont and Windsor avenues remain closed at their intersection for the investigation.

UPDATE @ 5:27 a.m.

Springfield police have placed crime scene tape around the intersection of South Clairmont and Windsor avenues as they continue to investigate a shooting. 

Scanner traffic indicates police are collecting evidence near the intersection and at a home in the 2200 block of Windsor Avenue. 

Two people were reportedly shot in the area following a report of shots fired around 3:40 a.m. 

INITIAL REPORT (March 18)

Springfield police and medics are responding to a reported shooting in the city Saturday morning. 

Crews were sent to the 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue around 3:40 a.m. on a report of shots fired. 

Initial reports indicate at these two people may have been shot in the area of South Clairmont and Windsor avenues. 

Kettering police investigate robbery at CVS store

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:10 PM

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Police in Kettering are responding to a reported robbery at CVS, 1785 Woodman Drive.

Officers responded to the call around 2 p.m.

Scanner traffic indicated a K-9 unit was requested to the scene in an effort to track the robber’s whereabouts after leaving the store.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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Drivers take note: Hollywood comes to Dayton, closing some streets

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

Hollywood is showing Dayton some love, but that means downtown workers, residents and visitors face minor traffic disruptions as stars of the silver screen shoot a new crime movie.

Scenes from the “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Academy award winners Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, will be filmed Monday and Tuesday at multiple downtown locations.

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The movie’s production crew will film at the Liberty Savings Bank building on West Second Street, which will be closed between Ludlow and Wilkinson streets starting at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Second Street from Main to Ludlow streets also will be shut down from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Film crews will have vehicles, lights and boom lifts parked on Second Street over those two days, according to FilmDayton.

Though road closures create a minor traffic inconvenience, the movie will be a jolt in the arm for the local economy, said FilmDayton, a local nonprofit dedicated to building the region’s filming community.

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The film is working with a variety of local businesses and groups, including 1st Financial, Table 33, Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, the Arts Garage and Key Bank.

“Old Man and the Gun” is directed by David Lowery, whose credits include the 2016 Disney film “Pete’s Dragon,” and the upcoming spine-tingler “A Ghost Story,” also starring Affleck and Rooney Mara.

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The film is based on a New Yorker story about Forrest Tucker, a real-life career stickup man who robbed a bank at age 78, according to the magazine.

The crew filmed in Hamilton earlier this week.

I-Team: Funeral home violations

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 2:12 PM

When you lose a loved one, the last thing you want to worry about is losing your money too.

See how some funeral homes violate the law, and who’s working to catch them.

The I-Team investigation is Monday beginning at 5 p.m. on News Center 7.

Fairborn police searching for missing elderly man

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

Fairborn police are requesting the public's help in finding a missing man.

Alfred Henry, 75, was last seen yesterday around 9 a.m. driving a maroon Chevy Lumina with license plate number CA37ED. 

Fairborn police said Henry recently suffered a stroke and does not have his needed medication. 

Anyone with information on his location is encouraged to call Fairborn police at 937-754-3000 option 2.