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Report ranks Springfield 5th highest in the country for burglaries

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 9:17 AM

Springfield Police/Staff Photo
Springfield Police/Staff Photo

A new report ranks Springfield as a city with one of the highest burglary rates in the country but local police say break-ins have dropped significantly in recent years.

The report released by ADT Security Services this week uses FBI crime statistics from 2015.

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Springfield is listed as the city with the 5th most burglaries per 1,000 people in the country. But the ranking doesn’t reflect the trend in local burglaries, Springfield Police Division Capt. Mike Varner said, which have been steadily declining.

“From 2011 through 2016, over the last five years, burglaries have been going down,” Varner said, “and in fact, from 2011 to 2016 burglaries are down 40 percent.”

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In 2011, the city saw 1,615 break-ins, according to data from the Springfield Police Division. That number has been declining since 2011. In 2016, Springfield reported about 960 burglaries.

The break-ins are likely motivated by drugs, Varner said.

“A lot of burglaries are related directly to drugs,” he said. “Persons who are out trying to fund their drug habits.”

For the full story, go to SpringfieldNewsSun.com.

Local police meet with religious groups after Texas church shooting

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:14 AM

Couple with local ties dies in Texas church shooting

Springboro Police met with local church pastors to discuss any potential safety issues surrounding the local faith community after a recent church shooting in Texas left 26 people dead.

Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff hosted a meeting of local church pastors to discuss “the concept of church security and safety,” the city posted on its Facebook page. “With the recent church shooting in Texas, the chief felt it was a good time to gather the pastors to discuss the issue of keeping people safe while attending services and also wanted to take the time to discuss the role of the churches when a tragedy strikes a community,” the post stated. 

» RELATED: Couple with local ties dies in Texas church shooting

The shooting at a church in Sutherland, Texas left 26 dead including several children. Authorities say Devin Patrick Kelley entered the Texas church and killed members of the congregation in the attack, including the unborn baby of one of the women slain.

Springboro police said they are willing to meet with any local groups that might have concerns about safety. Read the post below:

DP&L, Duke customers reporting power outages; Winds to blame?

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:04 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:49 AM

As of 7:50 a.m., Thursday,  Dayton Power and Light is reporting the following outages:

Miami: 11

Montgomery: 53

As of 3:10 a.m. Thursday, Dayton Power and Light is reporting the following outages:

Miami: 177

Darke: 60

Montgomery: 138

Greene: 2

Clinton: 63


Duke Energy is reporting the following outages:

Butler: 17

Warren: 2

Nearly 1,600 customers were without power in Miami County Wednesday evening, but power has since been restored to hundreds.

High winds lead to downed trees, poles 

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 2:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:51 AM

Downed power line on Westwood Avenue cuts power to 40 houses

High winds are believed to be responsible for downed poles and trees Thursday morning.

In Spring Valley, a downed tree was reported on Spring Valley Paintersville Road between U.S. 42 and State Route 380. The road was reportedly blocked.

In Dayton, a power pole and wires came down in the 100 block of Westwood Avenue around 1 a.m. About 40 houses lost power.

A wind advisory was in effect when the pole came down.

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In Clayton, a tree fell onto a shed in the area of Cheryl Court and Thelma Avenue, leading to about 50 outages.

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No word on when power will be restored. We will continue to monitor. 

Strong winds cause Dayton house fire to become unmanageable 

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:12 AM

SCENE: Flames roar from windows at vacant Dayton house

UPDATE @ 6:36 a.m: Wind caused flames to spread at a vacant house fire that occurred in Dayton early Thursday morning, according to fire crews. 

>> Family of 6 loses everything in fire that leaves woman critically hurt

Officials say the fire was manageable when they were dispatched on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street around 3:45 a.m., but the strong winds caused it to get out of hand, eventually burning through the roof. 

The wind-driven fire caused crews to be pulled from inside the residence to prevent injury, in which they had to simply wait for the fire to burn out rather than fight it. 

The fire is being labeled suspicious and investigators are on scene.

Fire crews believe they know where the fire may have started, but will not say until an investigation confirms. 

There was damage to nearby homes, but both were vacant as well.

UPDATE @6:10 a.m. A vacant house was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning.

Crews responded around 3:45 a.m. and were able to quickly put the fire out, but it reignited shortly before 5 a.m. Flames could be seen shooting from the second floor of the house.

We are working to learn what caused the blaze.

UPDATE @5 a.m. A fire has reignited at a vacant house.

Crews remain on scene. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m: Fire crews continue to battle a structure fire that occurred on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street early Thursday morning

The residence is vacant, according to officials.

We’re working to learn more details on the fire. 

INITIAL REPORT

Units are on scene of a structure fire on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street that was reported in Dayton early Thursday morning.

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The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m., according to initial reports. 

Flames are reportedly showing from the structure. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update as additional details become available.