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. 

Dayton Shell robbery suspect arrested, police say

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

Update@4:56 p.m. (March 28):

The suspect accused of robbing the Shell gas station is 16 years old, and is being held in the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, according to Dayton police.

First report:

DAYTON - Dayton police have arrested the man they believe robbed the Shell on North Main Street Sunday night.

Officers responded to the business, 3613 North Main St., after the male suspect was accused of putting a gun in the clerk’s face and demanded money.

The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect they arrested Monday.

I-75 ramp to U.S. 35 to close Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to close the northbound Interstate 75 ramp to eastbound U.S. 35 Tuesday night for a project that will keep the ramp closed for six months.

The $1.8 million project is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., when ODOT is expected to close the ramp to repair the ramp’s bridge deck.

The work had been scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed for a day, the department said.

ODOT recommends drivers use a detour that would have drivers exit I-75 north to U.S. 35 west and exit onto James H. McGee Blvd., before reentering the highway onto eastbound U.S. 35.

Brookville woman faces charges after pets found in ‘poor health’

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

A Brookville woman is in jail on suspicion of animal cruelty as two dogs and four cats receive treatment at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

Kathleen Cummins, 24, of the 500 block of Adrian Court, is being held on $2,500 bond after Brookville police found her pets alone and in cages and they appeared to be in poor health, according to the arrest report.

VIDEO: Pets now at Animal Resource Center

Police responded to the home Monday afternoon on a criminal trespass complaint and found the two boxer-type dogs confined to a cage covered in feces in a small bedroom and there were four cats in another bedroom with no food or water, according to the report.

Brookville Major Tom Simon said officers responded to a burglary complaint and the resident Cummins let the officers inside. There was no indication of a break-in.

Simon said there was pet food in the house but for some reason the suspect was not feeding them.

An ARC officer responded to the home and the animals were taken in to be examined and treated.

Bob Sexton, ARC supervisor, said a veterinarian is examining the animals today. He said the dogs appeared to be “extremely emaciated.”

It’s too early to tell whether the animals will be available for adoption.

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Driver caught after pursuit leads to crash on U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m.

The suspect who police say led them on a pursuit that ended in a crash has been identified as Roderick Boyd, 21, of Dayton. He’s being held in the Montgomery County Jail on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, possession of drugs and some other traffic offenses.

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.

A driver was arrested after he allegedly was speeding on U.S. 35 East and fled from an attempted traffic stop, then caused a crash that slowed traffic in the westbound lanes.

All but the left westbound lane was closed on U.S. 35 West just after the North Smithville Road on-ramp.

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According to the patrol, the driver lost control on wet pavement when he tried to exit U.S. 35 East onto Smithville. The vehicle spun around and was facing the wrong way before it crossed the median, crashed through a guardrail and struck a westbound vehicle.

The suspect driver bailed from the vehicle and ran away but he was caught a short time later.

RELATED: Suspect in custody following 2nd pursuit in Dayton

The driver whose vehicle was struck suffered minor injuries, according to the patrol.

EARLIER

We’re working to learn more about a pursuit in Dayton involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post.

Emergency police scanner traffic indicates the pursuit occurred on U.S. 35 and a crash occurred on the westbound side west of North Smithville Road.

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

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