Suspect in two Dayton car thefts appears in court

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

News Center 7 aids police in car theft investigation

UPDATE @ 2:44 p.m. (April 24):

Jason Bishop was arraigned by video in Dayton Municipal Court on two counts of grand theft auto. No plea was entered. The judge set $10,000 cash or surety for bond.

Bishop will be due back in court April 28.

UPDATE @ 12:28 p.m. (April 24):

The man accused of stealing a woman’s car before witnesses chased him and held him down until police arrived is now facing charges.

Jason Bishop, 39, is charged with two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

One of those counts stems from Friday’s incident, where he is accused of stealing Kelsey Puterbaugh’s vehicle while it was left running in a driveway on Pleasant Avenue in Dayton.

According to a court affidavit, Puterbaugh and several other people went out looking for the vehicle and located in approximately an hour and a half later.

Witnesses were able to detain Bishop until police arrived on South Gettysburg Avenue, where the vehicle was located.

Bishop also is accused of stealing a vehicle at another location on Stanley Avenue in Dayton, according to court records.

The 39-year-old is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Monday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court.

UPDATE @ 4:21 p.m. (April 21):

Police have identified the man taken into custody during this morning’s incident as Jason Bishop, 39.

Bishop was taken to a local hospital following his arrest and was released and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a parole violation, police said.

We’re working to learn what charges may come from today’s incident.


News Center 7 was on the scene as a man was seen running from a crashed vehicle and several other people were chasing after him.

A woman standing near the crashed vehicle said the vehicle had been stolen earlier in the morning.

“It got stolen this morning before I went to work,” Kelsey Puterbaugh told News Center 7’s Adam Marshall. “This my only car,” she said.

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Dayton police confirmed that they believe the vehicle involved in the crash had been stolen by the man police took into custody following the incident around 9 a.m.

We’re working to learn if that man will be facing any charges.

Puterbaugh said they had been driving in the area searching for her car and recognized the vehicle and began following it before the crash happened on South Gettysburg Avenue near Lakeside Drive.

Citizens chase down suspected car thief

Our crew was there as the man witnesses said was driving the crashed vehicle jumped into a nearby body of water. The man then exited the water and walked down Gettysburg Avenue appearing to leave the scene of a crash.

Bystanders tackled the man and held him down until police arrived and detained him.

The man told News Center 7 crews that the people that were chasing him had been following him for no reason and that he didn’t steal the vehicle.

We’ll have the full break down of the events and where the investigation stands today on News Center 7 at noon and 5 p.m.

Local post office drop box fire being investigated as arson 

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The Bowersville Post Office on the 3000 block of Maysville Street required a heavy fire response Monday night. According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office a juvenile has been questioned and the fire is being investigated as an arson. 

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The Post Office lobby is open 24 hours and the fire was reported in the overnight drop box. It is unclear at this time what was put in the drop box to start the fire and officials from the State Fire Marshall’s Office have been called in to investigate. 


We reached out to the post office to find out the extent of the damage and if hours would be affected, but received no response. We will continue to update you with the latest details in this developing story.

City to assess future of Dayton Convention Center

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

The Dayton Convention Center sits on Fifth Street between Main and Jefferson Streets.  LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Dayton Convention Center sits on Fifth Street between Main and Jefferson Streets. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The city of Dayton announced plans to create a task force to assess the future of the Dayton Convention Center Tuesday.

The task force will evaluate the current condition of the facility, its financial situation and the potential for future development on the site, according to the city.


“This effort is on the heels of a feasibility study conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services of Tampa, Fla., which indicated the facility needs major renovations that could cost millions,” the city said in a prepared statement.

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said the task force will provide an analysis of the facility and its impact on the community.

The task force is made up on 21 members of local businesses and other local organizations.

Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:42 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the impacts the snow & wind will bring today.

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  • Strong wind gusts 30-40 mph today
  • Snow squalls possible late morning through afternoon
  • Temperatures drop through the day w/ single digit wind chills

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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TODAY:  Temperatures are at or above 32 degrees with mist and drizzle across the area, but as temperatures drop, slick spots could develop, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Snow is set up off Lake Michigan in northern Indiana. That snow, along with colder air, will arrive later this morning. Winds are already begun gusting between 25-35 MPH, which could produce some issues for the morning drive. As wind flow becomes more favorable off Lake Michigan, some lake effect snow bands are expected to develop. 

A look at conditions along I️-75 in Butler Twp.Tuesday morning

Active snow will likely start later this morning. There’s a chance for snow squalls during the day, and they will gradually turn northeast as the winds shift late afternoon. One to two inches of snow is possible in the bands. Outside of bands, it will be cloudy with flurries, but less than half an inch is expected. 

Rapid drops in visibility and slick roads are the main concern if caught in one of these bands, called a snow squall. The bands will be thin with strong winds on the road. Temperatures will fall through the day and wind chills will drop to the single digits by about 4 p.m. Any snow ends into early evening. Tonight temperatures drop into the teens with wind chills in the low single digits.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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WEDNESDAY: Not much of a break. Isolated slick spots on the roads possible and BITTER cold with temperatures in the teen and wind chills in the single digits in the morning. Another quick system will aproach Wednesday. Temperatures climb into the low 30s during the day. Breezy with scattered snow showers in the afternoon. More scattered snow showers at night. Accumulation should stay light around 1” but temperatures drop to the upper teens overnight so that will keep roads snowy by Thursday morning.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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THURSDAY: Slick roads early and COLD. Mostly cloudy day but quiet. Highs in the upper 20s which is colder than normal.

FRIDAY: Another cold morning in the upper teens. Mostly cloudy with some passing snow showers possible mainly north. Highs in the upper 20s.

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SATURDAY: A better start to the weekend. Temperatures improve to around 40 during the day with partly cloudy skies.

Crashes reported as snow, gusty winds create slick conditions

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75

Slick roads are being reported across the area this morning.

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On Austin Boulevard in Miami Twp., an injury crash was reported just before 6:30 a.m. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Shroyer Road, east of Far Hills in Kettering, crash reported at 7:30 a.m. Possibly weather-related.
  • On southbound Interstate 75 at the West Milton exit, two cars collided and were in the right-hand shoulder as of 6:30 a.m.
  • On Dayton Springfield Road at Haddix Road in Clark County., two vehicle crash reported at 6:45 a.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503


  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202


  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.