Police: Woman shot after refusing demands to get into SUV

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 8:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

Detectives with the Aragorn Police department are looking for clues in an early morning shooting.

UPDATE @ 2:50 p.m. 

A woman is now in stable condition after she was shot by a man who attempted to force her into his SUV, according to Dayton police. 

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The victim was walking in the area of North Main and West Helena streets around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday when an SUV pulled up next to her, Dayton police Major Brian Johns said during a media availability. When the woman refused to enter the vehicle, the man pulled out a gun and shot her at least one time. 

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The victim was only verbally ordered to get in the vehicle, and a gun was not displayed during the demand, Johns said. 

After the shooting, the victim walked a short distance to a convenience store for help, but the store was closed. She sat in front of the store until a customer of the store found her around 6 a.m. and transported her to Grandview Hospital. 

The woman is now listed in stable condition, Johns said. 

Police do not believe the woman and the suspect have any connections to each other. 

“We have our entire homicide unit investigating this right now,” Johns said. “We just can’t stand for this.” 

Johns described the suspect as an older, light skinned black male, with a Afro-style haircut. The vehicle he drove away in was described as an older-model maroon SUV. 

Police are reviewing nearby businesses that might have captured the shooting on surveillance video.  

Anyone with information is urged to contact Dayton police at 937-333-COPS or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP. 


A woman was shot while walking on North Main Street early Wednesday morning, according to Dayton police. 

Around 6 a.m., police responded to Grandview Hospital on reports of a shooting victim that arrived at the hospital. 

The victim told investigators a car drove up next to her while she was walking and shot her. 

The victim remains hospitalized with unknown injuries and her condition was not available. 

Homicide detectives are on the scene investigating the incident, and said they are checking surveillance video from businesses nearby the intersection of North Main Street and West Helena Street captured the shooting. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more.  

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Huber Heights man accused in federal hate crime case

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

Huber Heights man accused in federal hate crime case

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. 


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.

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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. 

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Clipper-type system could bring snow to area this weekend

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM

Another storm system will threaten the Miami Valley with more snow as we head into the first weekend of Spring. It is too early to know the exact impact, or how much snow will fall, but our Storm Center 7 meteorologists say there is a chance for accumulation late Friday night into Saturday.

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.

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“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.

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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.

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‘This is on my bucket list!’ says top winner of Dayton Dragons National Anthem tryouts

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:32 PM

The singer chosen to lead “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Dayton Dragons Opening Day game can check one big item off her bucket list.

“I always wanted to sing the national anthem at a sporting event at a big level,” Yolanda Drake of Jefferson Twp. said. “This is on my bucket list!”

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More than 200 people auditioned to perform at one of 70 home games. Drake took the top spot on Opening Day and will sing the national anthem in front of a sell-out crowd April 7 at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons will host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7 p.m. as they open their 19th season in Dayton. The Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Drake isn’t new to winning singing contests. She also won the Dayton Soul Singer search and performed in January with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

On most weekends, Drake performs alongside her husband, Lamar “Marty” Drake in their band LYD, which stands for Live Your Dream. They sing at festivals, top restaurants and private functions across the country, and have opened for musical legends including Chuck Berry, Sister Sledge, Alex Bugnon and a host of others, she said.

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She has experience singing the national anthem. She was often asked to perform before football and basketball games, and even graduation, for Jefferson Township High School, where her three sons graduated.

“Music is a universal language,” Drake said. “I’m going to do it as long as I can do it, as long as I’m able.”

Look for a more in-depth interview with Drake closer to the Dragons Opening Day. 

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Dayton firefighters rescue person trapped in house fire

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:50 PM

Person rescued from Dayton house fire

One person rescued after being trapped in a house fire has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton District Chief Adam Landis said. 

Investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire.

Crews dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to a 2 1/2-story wood frame home in the 1300 block of Amherst Place found heavy fire on the first and second floors, he said. 

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Firefighters found the victim on the second floor. The condition of that victim is not known, District Chief Landis said. 

He estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $10,000. 

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