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.

Flurries ending this evening

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:07 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 5:00 PM


  • Flurries coming to an end this evening
  • Cold tonight with wind chills in the teens
  • Rain chances return next week

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Flurries will come to an end this evening and clouds will break some more overnight tonight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. With the clouds breaking some, it will be getting cold. Temperatures will fall into the lower 20s, but with winds still high, wind chills will be in the teens.

Sunday: More sunshine is expected, with a few passing clouds from time to time. Highs will be in the lower to middle 40s.

Monday: More clouds return and a few light showers also are possible. Highs will be in the upper 40s.


Tuesday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with the chance for rain. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Wednesday: Rain showers are on tap with highs in the upper 50s. With a cold front moving through, there also is the chance to see a few thunderstorms.

Thursday: Behind the cold front, temperatures will be falling. Highs will be in the middle 40s shortly after midnight. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 30s. There is the chance to see a few passing flurries.


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2 gunshot victims dropped off at Dayton hospital; police say shootings linked

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.

Dayton police were called to Good Samaritan Hospital around 2:15 p.m. today for a shooting victim, when a second gunshot victim was dropped off at the hospital.

The shootings possibly happened at or near College Hill Park, but Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said the victims were not really forthcoming. Dayton police also notified the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office about the shootings, which may have happened in their jurisdiction.

Both victims were brought to the hospital by friends or relatives and later were transferred to Miami Valley Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The second man had to be taken by CareFlight medical helicopter to the second hospital, Coleman said.

“That victim told us that they were in a truck and somebody jumped in the back of that truck bed and began shooting,” Coleman said.

The first victim gave multiple versions, but also indicated it may have happened at College Hill Park. Witnesses told police they heard three gunshots, however, Coleman said police did not find a scene, no shell casings.

“We do know something happened at the College Hill Park. At this point in time we are going to turn everything over to the detectives and hopefully they can get some more information from these two victims,” Coleman said.

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Police in Dayton responded to Good Samaritan Hospital after reports of one or more shooting victims arriving at the emergency room. 

Police were notified around 2:15 p.m. 

The initial reports indicate there were two victims from two separate shooting incidents. 

Police were working to determine where the shootings actually happened. 

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

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Cause of fire at vacant apartment building under investigation

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

UPDATE @ noon

The cause of a fire that started on the second floor of a vacant apartment building in Dayton is under investigation.

No one was injured in the fire on Mumma Avenue near Riverside Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the second floor.

Dayton Power and Light was called to ensure power was off to the building.


Crews in Dayton encountered heavy smoke at an apartment fire at Riverside Drive and East Helena Street.

Smoke was pouring from the second floor of the apparently vacant structure at 10:20 a.m.

We’re on scene working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Power restored to most in Miami Valley following Friday storms

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 8:06 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

UPDATE @ 5:15 a.m. (Feb. 25)

Power has been restored to the majority of Miami Valley homes that experienced outages due to last night’s severe weather.

High winds and hail were responsible for thousands of power outages first reported Friday evening.

According to the Dayton Power and Light online outage map, a smattering of homes in Montgomery, Preble and Miami counties are still without power.   


Power outages are being reported as a result of the storms crossing through the region tonight. 

According to the Dayton Power & Light online outage page: 

At 11:30 p.m., there are 123 outages in Miami, 90 in Auglaize, 74 in Logan, 52 in Greene, 33 in Preble, 26 in Montgomery and scattered elsewhere (4 each in Clinton and Union, 2 in Darke and 1 each in Mercer and Champaign)