Teen went missing days after seeing father fatally shot in Riverside

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 3:28 PM

Jacob Caldwell is missing from Sugarcreek Twp

Sugarcreek Twp. police Chief Michael Brown held a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the status of missing boy Jacob Caldwell. 

Brown says they have exhausted all leads trying to find Jacob and now they are asking for help. 

He stated the boy’s mother has been uncooperative in the ongoing search for her son, and police believe there is someone helping Jacob Caldwell stay hidden.

If you have any information on the location of Jacob you are asked to call 937-848-6161. 

FIRST REPORT

A 14-year-old male who witnessed the fatal shooting of his father in Riverside ran away from home days after the incident and he has not been seen since.

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Sugarcreek Twp. poilce are looking for Jacob Caldwell, the son of Robert Caldwell, who was fatally shot the afternoon of Aug. 15 outside an office building at Linden Avenue and Woodman Drive.

Jacob is listed as an “endangered runaway” missing since Aug. 21 on Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s website.

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The blond-haired, blue-eyed teenager, along with his two brothers, witnessed the fatal shooting. The suspect in the case, Sterling H. Roberts, 34, is in custody awaiting extradition from South Carolina, where he fled from Ohio authorities.

Sugarcreek Twp. Detective Lesley Stayer said they are concerned for Jacob’s welfare because he was a witness to his father’s slaying and it’s not known how he is processing that event.

Custody of Caldwell’s children was given to the grandparents, who reported that Jacob ran away Aug. 21.

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Jacob’s mother, Tawnney Thomas, has raised $1,245 toward a $5,000 goal through an online fundraiser titled “Find Jacob and get boys home.”

Detective Stayer said Thomas lost custody of her children prior to the fatal shooting and she is not cooperating with their efforts to find Jacob.

Sugarcreek Twp. police Chief Michael Brown saidthey have exhausted all leads trying to find Jacob and now they are asking for help. 

He stated the boy’s mother has been uncooperative in the ongoing search for her son, and police believe there is someone helping Jacob Caldwell stay hidden.

This news organization is working to get in touch with the mother for comment.

A member of the Caldwell family said they are not willing to speak publicly about the case at this time.

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If you see Jacob or can help in the investigation, call Detective Stayer at 937-310-3200.

Jacob Caldwell is missing from Sugarcreek Twp

Fights, arrests reported after Wilberforce, CSU basketball game

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

CSU's Chris Scott scored a game-high 26 points despite fouling out with more than four minutes to go in the game. Contributed
CSU's Chris Scott scored a game-high 26 points despite fouling out with more than four minutes to go in the game. Contributed

Fights reportedly broke out in Wilberforce Thursday night after the men’s college basketball game between the Wilberforce University Bulldogs and the Central State Mauraders.

Emergency scanner traffic shortly after 10:30 p.m. indicated medics and several area police agencies responded to assist campus police at Wilberforce University, after the Bulldogs upset the Mauraders 83-70.

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A man who said he worked security at the game Tweeted that it was “absolute chaos” with many fights and arrests.

Final score at Wilberforce University Jan. 18, 2018.

CSU trailed WU at halftime by 22 points and could not make up the difference as the Bulldogs converted 10 of 22 three-point shots, according to a game summary report from CSU.

A heated rivalry exists between the two HBCU schools, which are separated by a few hundred yards and U.S. 42.

WU improved its record to four wins, 13 losses, according to the report.

CSU has six wins, 12 losses on the season and is tied for first place with Kentucky State in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference West Division, according to the report.

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This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Threat of government shutdown wearing on workers

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:00 AM


            In this file photo from June 2017, Brent Sullins, a meteorologist with the 88th Operations Support Squadron Base Weather Station at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base prepared a weather briefing for 445th Airlift Wing crew. The base faces the prospect of a partial government shutdown midnight Friday. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
            Ty Greenlees
In this file photo from June 2017, Brent Sullins, a meteorologist with the 88th Operations Support Squadron Base Weather Station at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base prepared a weather briefing for 445th Airlift Wing crew. The base faces the prospect of a partial government shutdown midnight Friday. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO(Ty Greenlees)

The specter of a partial federal government shutdown looms at midnight Friday, but many federal employees feel “immune” to the threat of being sent home in a repeated cycle of last-minute stopgap spending measures to avert a shutdown, union leaders say.

“I think employees are actually getting immune to it,” said Troy Tingey, president of the American Federal of Government Employees Council 214, which represents several thousand employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

But many also have lost patience.

“A lot of them are starting to look for other career fields in the private sector,” he said in a telephone interview Thursday from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. “They’ve had about enough of this.” And some are rethinking who should represent them in Congress, he added.

Congressional leaders are faced with the prospect for the fourth time since September voting for a short-term spending measure – called a continuing resolution – to avoid a government shutdown through mid-February. The consequences of a shutdown would likely furlough thousands of civil service workers at Wright-Patterson, as it did in 2013.

The House passed a stopgap spending measure in a 230-to 197-vote late Thursday. The bill now heads to the Senate where its fate was uncertain Friday.

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President Donald Trump injected confusion by tweeting Thursday that a children’s health care program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement. The White House quickly said Trump indeed supports the House GOP measure, which would extend the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, for six years and keep the government’s doors open through Feb. 16.

Waiting for word

Although a base spokesperson said Wright-Patterson has not received instructions to prepare for a shutdown, the last time a closure happened some civil service employees, such as police, fire, and medical workers, or those who were involved with the protection of life and property, were exempt. Military personnel stayed on the job.

Even so, when they report to work, they would likely not be paid until a funding deal was reached, two Wright-Patterson firefighter union leaders said.

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“There is some stresses for some of our guys because they aren’t sure what’s going to happen,” said Brian Grubb, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local F88 at Wright-Patterson.

“I think for some of the newer employees that haven’t had to navigate this or just not knowing how long this potential shutdown could be …. there’s that uncertainty,” said Steven E. McKee, Local F88 secretary-treasurer and a firefighter.

“I can’t imagine a Google, Facebook or Ford Motor co. … running as inefficiently,” McKee said, adding “it’s a huge impediment, a hindrance and it’s not right. It’s not fair to either the federal worker and or the citizen.”

Tingey said many members have lost confidence in Congress and the White House.

“When we get out there and we talk to (employees), they just have lost all confidence and respect in not only in (the) House and Senate, but in the administration as a whole,” he said.

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Congressional vote

U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, indicated Thursday they would vote for stopgap funding to keep the government open.

“We’re in the sad position of having to vote for another continuing resolution which shortchanges our military and our men and women in uniform,” said Turner, who has Wright-Patterson in his congressional district. “I believe that will pass the House … and then the Senate will be in a position to on a short-term basis continuing funding the government.

“The Senate has to stop holding the budget deal hostage,” Turner added. “They refuse to negotiate and discuss the budget deal until immigration is resolved and the government hasn’t been funded since the end of September. These are unrelated issues. They need to proceed in a decoupled fashion and it’s doing real damage to our military that Senate Democrat leadership continues to take that stand.”

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Democrats are demanding a deal on legislation to offer protection from deportation to younger immigrants who were brought to the country as children and now are here illegally as a prerequisite for any longer-term government funding agreement. They say the four-week duration of the House continuing resolution is too long and would take the pressure off of immigration negotiations.

“We can’t keep careening from short-term CR to short-term CR. If this bill passes, there’ll be no incentive to negotiate and we’ll be right back here in a month with the same problems at our feet,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.“Eventually, we need to make progress on the biggest issues before us.”

Wenstrup said lawmakers were “diligently” trying to prevent a shutdown.

“I think we’ll get there, but I’ve been wrong before,” he said.

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Funding the military is the highest priority with the threats the United States faces around the world, he said.

“Although a CR likely will not have what we want in terms of funding our military fully, a CR is probably our least bad option and closing down the government is an even worse option,” said Wenstrup, who added a shutdown would mean training for National Guard and reserve troops would stop.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has not indicate how he will vote on a short-term funding measure. He is waiting to see what is in the legislation before making a decision, his office said Thursday.

“There is no reason for a government shutdown,” the senator said in a statement. “Congress needs to come together and do its job.”

A spokeswoman for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Portman would vote yes on a short-term spending resolution.

“Rob believes both parties have a responsibility to keep the government funded and ensure safety and stability for all Americans, especially those serving in our armed forces,” spokeswoman Emily Benavides said in an email. “He will certainly vote to keep the government open.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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4 jailed suspects did Facebook Live during standoff in Dayton

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:57 AM

WATCH: Facebook video shows men inside house during SWAT standoff

UPDATE @ 6:45 a.m. (Jan. 19):

Four people remain in Montgomery County  Jail in connection to a SWAT standoff in Dayton Thursday. 

Around noon Thursday, Justin D. Simmons, 23, was taken into custody for aggravated burglary; inducing panic;  and various warrants for traffic and parole violations, according to the jail website.

Also arrested with him were Nichole Floyd, 22, for inducing panic; Eric Simmons, 24, for inducing panic; and Jordan L. Simmons, 23, for inducing panic and parole violation, according to the jail website.

Police were called to the home for a suspicious vehicle believed to have been involved in a burglary on Valerie Arms Drive.

Police had a search warrant for the apartment on Elsmere Avenue.

Justin D. Simmons, Montgomery County Jail

UPDATE @ 4:22 p.m. (Jan. 18):

Dayton police said they believe a Facebook Live video posted during the standoff involved the people they were trying to get to come out of the Elsmere Avenue home.

In the video you see the suspects walking throughout the home and you can hear police banging on the door, asking the suspects to come out.

“You’re ordered to leave the apartment now; come out the front door with your hands up,” hostage negotiators said, at one point using a bull horn.

“Told you, we’re not leaving,” one suspect said during the Facebook Live. 

The names of the suspects have not been released.

Eric Simmons, Montgomery County Jail

UPDATE @ 12:55 p.m. (Jan. 18):

Four people have been detained following a SWAT standoff on Elsmere Avenue in Dayton, police said.

The standoff stems from a robbery at an apartment, where a gun was used, officers said.

The girlfriend of the suspect came to the scene and was able to verify the suspect was in the apartment, police said.

Jordan L. Simmons, Montgomery County Jail

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m. (Jan. 18):

Four people have been placed in handcuffs following a SWAT situation at an apartment on Elsmere Avenue in Dayton, according to our crew on the scene. 

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Additional details about the standoff are not available. 

During the standoff, at least one of the people inside the apartment was broadcasting on Facebook Live, according to Dayton police scanner traffic. 

Nichole Floyd, Montgomery County Jail
Four in custody after standoff on Elsmere Ave.

FIRST REPORT

We’re working to learn more about police activity at an apartment building on Elsmere Avenue in Dayton Thursday morning. 

Multiple Dayton police officers and SWAT members have responded to the 1900 block of Elsmere Avenue and have surrounded the building, according to our crew on the scene. 

Initial reports indicate a man is inside one of the apartments who has an outstanding warrant for his arrest. 

Your guide to Good Samaritan Hospital closing

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:27 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:02 AM

Good Samaritan closing its doors after decades of service

Premier Health announced Wednesday it will cease operations at Good Samaritan Hospital by the end of the year.

About 1,600 jobs will be moved to other positions within the company, and satellite locations in Englewood and Huber Heights will stay open.

Major services will be moved to Miami Valley Hospital, with the goal of avoiding duplication of services.

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