Police: 81-year-old woman stabbed to death

Published: Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 10:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 @ 3:18 PM

The 81-year-0ld woman killed Monday in her West Carrollton home died as the result of “multiple sharp force injuries,” the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office found, ruling the death a homicide Tuesday.

Investigators had not identified any suspects in the death of Edith R. King, who lived at 341 Windsor Court, and don’t know why she was killed, Deputy Chief Doug Woodard said earlier Tuesday.

Police were still searching Tuesday for King’s missing silver 2005 Hyundai Elantra, the only thing known to be missing. Earlier, police believed some other items might have been missing, but Woodard said those items had been found in the house.

There were no signs of forced entry to the home, police said Monday.

About 7:30 p.m., King’s daughter arrived at her mother’s home. The call originally came in as a dead body, and when police arrived they were unsure of whether it was a suicide or homicide, Woodard said.

“It’s an emergency,” the daughter said, according to the 911 recording. “I need a squad over at my mom’s right away. I think she’s dead.”

The daughter told the dispatcher that she went there because “I’ve been trying to get hold of her. It looks like her throat’s cut.”

“Did it look like anybody entered the house without permission?” the dispatcher asked.

“I can’t tell,” the daughter responded. “There’s a towel that was stuck in the door and I never got the door open.”

King had been dead “at least several hours” when she was found but was known to be alive earlier Monday, Woodard said.

“Someone did talk to her yesterday earlier in the day,” Woodard said. “She was still with us yesterday.”

There was no history of incident reports or police-related events at King’s home. Woodard said the only thing police found was an open door call last year, when King called police and said she forgot if she left her door open when she’d left home.

King lived alone, but was “very capable, independent,” Woodard said. Despite her age, she still mowed her own lawn, he said.

“She was a very spry 81,” he said.

The slaying shocked neighbors, many of whom had known King for years. King lived at the house for more than 50 years, said one neighbor, who wished not to be identified by name. He called her “one of the nicest women I’ve ever met” and “very down to earth.”

Tim Day, who lives down the street from King, said she was “bubbly, always had a nice smile.”

Day said the neighborhood was “close-knit,” and “everybody pretty much knows everybody.”

Anyone with information about King’s death or the location of her car is asked to call West Carrollton Police at (937) 859-3688.

Moraine police shooting vigil: Jamarco McShann’s death ‘senseless’

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

Vigil for Jamarco McShann ends with balloon release

Community members and family gathered tonight for a candlelight vigil to remember a man shot and killed Friday in a Moraine police shooting.

Local activist, the Rev. Jerome McCorry, spoke at the vigil and said he represents the family of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann.

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“This was senseless,” he told the crowd in the Pinnacle Park lot that marked the spot where McShann was shot and killed.

Moraine police said he pointed a gun at them, which family members dispute.

Jamarco McShann

A large photo of McShann was held up at the vigil, which ended with a balloon release and a vow from organizers to seek justice.

“It’s about a bunch of scared cops who use the excuse ‘I feared for my life,’ ” McCorry said. “In the name of Jamarco a federal lawsuit will be filed.”

Pumpkin glow highlight of ‘Saturday Nightmare’ in Germantown

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.
DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF
There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

There were 1,000 carved pumpkins alight during the “Saturday Nightmare” in historic downtown Germantown.

The second annual event began at 3 p.m. with activities for all ages, including a car show featuring 300 to 400 hot rods, carnival rides, games for children, Halloween costume contest, beauty pageant, food, beer truck and live entertainment.

“It’s nice for us to be able to give back to our community we love,” event co-organizer Dave Eshbaugh said.

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The highlight of the “Saturday Nightmare” is the pumpkin glow, which this year featured 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns.

The festivities mark the final of four Saturday Night Out events, held the third Saturday of the month in June, July, August and October. Local businesses, sponsors and the city helps make the events a success, Eshbaugh said.

The summer events draw 2,500 each. But in October, the crowd is easily 5,000, he said, after one car show organizer came up with a Halloween theme.

“It became our flagship event,” he said. “It’s phenomenal for our community.”

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Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred said he opens the firehouse to the community and serves popcorn. It’s also an opportunity to interact with kids and teach fire safety.

“We think it’s great to have an event like this,” he said.

Homeless pets find families at SICSA’s free adoption event

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:26 PM

VIDEO: Dog is adopted during SICSA event

Free adoptions on Saturday helped give homeless pets find a furr-ever home.

The SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering partnered with Wagner Subaru for the “Wagner Subaru Loves Pets” free adoption event.

(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Wagner Subaru and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsored adoption fees of all animals.

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals is the area’s first no-kill shelter that has served companion animals for more than 40 years.

(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

More than 1,500 dogs and cats were adopted through SICSA in 2016, in addition to 3,400 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, the agency reported.

The adoption center is open seven days a week at 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering

WB U.S. 35 reopens following crash; CareFlight call canceled

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.

Westbound U.S. 35 has reopened following a crash involving a car and semi, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a call to CareFlight was canceled and the severity of the victim's injuries remain unknown.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT

U.S. 35 westbound near Jamestown is closed following a reported crash involving a semi Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 35 and Old U.S. 35 in Greene County just after noon. 

Initial reports indicate a person is injured after a crash involving a car and semi. 

CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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