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Springfield man charged in connection with shooting at Wayside Tavern

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

Corey L. Ames.
Staff Writer
Corey L. Ames.(Staff Writer)

A Springfield man faces multiple felony charges in connection with a shooting at a bar earlier this year that left one person injured.

Corey L. Ames, 33, of 414 W. Euclid Ave., has been charged with improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, having weapons while under disability and carrying concealed weapons.

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He was arrested by Clark County deputies about 4:45 a.m. Thursday. Ames is expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies and medics responded about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 29 to the 2200 block of South Yellow Springs Street on the report of several gunshots fired outside the Wayside Tavern.

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After the incident, deputies viewed surveillance video that captured the incident, according to court records. Ames allegedly can be seen on the video pulling a firearm out of his sweatshirt, according to court records, and shooting it from the building toward South Yellow Springs Street and homes on the other side of the street.

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Children injured in crash involving RTA bus remain in critical condition

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:19 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

'Critical' next few days for kids hurt in RTA crash

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.:

The two children injured in a car crash involving an RTA and four other vehicles Tuesday remain in critical condition Saturday, according to a Dayton Children’s Hospital representative.

Emmanuel Caldwell, 6, and Eric Caldwell, 7, of Harrison Twp. were in the backseat of the bronze 1998 Cadillac Deville that struck an RTA bus causing a chain reaction into a parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street, according to a crash report.

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The driver of the Cadillac, David L. Gregory, 39, of Harrison Twp. was taken to Grandview Medical Center where his condition is not known.

He is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the crash report stated.

Eric E. Caldwell, 32, of Harrison Twp. was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. His condition has yet to be released.

No one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, the crash report stated.


Two children injured after a crash Tuesday afternoon involving four vehicles and an RTA bus have been on ventilators since the crash, and family said the next few days are critical to their survival. 

The siblings, Emmanuel, 6, and Eric, 7, are best friends, according to family. The family said they've been told by doctors that Emmanuel, especially, may not survive.

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Both children are being watched for fevers and additional swelling on the brain after they sustained "horrific" injuries.

“It breaks my heart, you know,” said Ryan Morgan, a police officer and the boys' uncle. "They're my nephews. I was there when both of them were born. I deal with this type of stuff all the time, but when it's your own family, it hits you especially hard." 

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Deputies said they believe the driver of the vehicle the boys were in was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Preliminary indicatations are that the two men in the Cadillac with the children are their father and uncle. 

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Both men remain hospitalized. Neither they nor the children were wearing safety belts, according to a traffic crash report. 

The Cadillac struck an RTA bus, setting off a chain reaction crash that ended in the parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street. 

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Soggy St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

There will be a wintry mix this morning followed by scattered showers this afternoon.

Clouds will linger through the day with a few breaks possible late morning/early afternoon. Scattered showers may redevelop for the afternoon, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Some spots far north may see a light max initially, then change to rain. Temperatures will slowly climb into the lower 40s. Skies then begin to clear overnight and temperatures will fall back below freezing. Some isolated slick spots are possible with any damp roads from earlier precipitation.

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  • Chance of showers this afternoon
  • More sun and milder for Sunday
  • Rain/snow possible mid-week


Tomorrow: There will be sunny skies and it will be warmer with highs into the lower 50s.

>>What is freezing rain and how is it different from snow and sleet?

Monday: Some morning sun will give way to more clouds through the day. There will be a chance for a few showers towards the evening. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with a few rain or snow showers early. It will be mostly cloudy for most of the day. A few more rain/snow showers may return into the night. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: There will be a chance for a few passing snow showers and chilly with highs in the upper 30s.

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‘A whole new life’: Local people share their addiction recovery stories

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 6:42 PM

            Amber Hartman Ortez talks about past life of drug addiction, sex trafficking and abusive relationships during an interview at the Safe Harbor House in Springfield. She’s now more than four and a half years clean. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Amber Hartman Ortez talks about past life of drug addiction, sex trafficking and abusive relationships during an interview at the Safe Harbor House in Springfield. She’s now more than four and a half years clean. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

From a mother of two who overcame a decade of being sex trafficked, to a young man just out of jail for what he hopes will be the last time, local people who have come out the other side of the opioid epidemic are telling their stories.

No two recovery stories are exactly alike, but for each of the people interviewed here substance abuse was a symptom of larger issues of trauma, isolation and loss. Although at various stages of recovery, each expressed a desire to help others find their way out of addiction hell. And that includes sharing their story publicly.

It used to be very rare to see someone step in front of their church congregation or civic organization — let alone television cameras — and tell their story of addiction and recovery, said Greg Delaney, a pastor and outreach coordinator for Woodhaven Recovery in Dayton.

But this month he shared his story of long-term recovery at the White House.

“The climate has changed,” he said. “The narrative has changed.”

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Slick road conditions throughout Miami Valley

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:02 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

What is the difference between rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow? Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs has the answers.

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow will fall causing slick road conditions for Saint Patrick’s Day morning, according to StormCenter 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

Roads will be icy especially on bridges and overpasses, so be sure to use caution during your commute.

>>Winter weather advisory until noon Saturday

A two vehicle injury accident was reported on West Dorothy Lane and Encrete Lane around 7:40 a.m. with heavy damage.

A van was found in a field with down power lines on 49 Gettysburg-Pitsburg Rd. in Arcanum around 7 a.m., according to scanner traffic. It is not known if road conditions were a cause of the accident.

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