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. 


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

4 detained after SWAT surrounds Dayton apartment building

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

Police standoff on Elsmere Avenue

UPDATE @ 12:55 p.m.:

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.

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m. 

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. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.


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. 

Additional details are not available. We’ll update this page as we learn more.

Reports: Multiple armed men rob Springfield Verizon store

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

Verizon store robbed (Springfield)

Multiple armed men have reportedly robbed a Springfield Verizon Wireless store Thursday morning. 

Officers responded to the location at 1780 North Bechtle Avenue around 10:30 a.m. after the robbery was reported. 

Reports indicate at least four men entered the store with guns, according to dispatchers. Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Meet the 2017 winners of Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton poll

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:56 AM

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We know you’ve been waiting. 

After thousands of nominations, even more votes, and careful tallying, winners of the Dayton.com Best of 2017 poll were announced at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

With more than 100 categories, you’ll find winners from Best Burger and Best Pizza to Best Happy Hour and Best Bar Bathroom.

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

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>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation

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>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Shopping & Services

Questions? Thoughts? Email Dayton.com editor Ashley Bethard at ashley.bethard@coxinc.com.

Xenia Council taps Scrivens to fill vacated seat

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:37 PM


UPDATE @ 11 a.m. Jan. 18

This news organization is working to learn more about past criminal cases in Xenia Municipal Court in which Thomas L. Scrivens was the defendant.


The man whom Xenia council members picked to fill a vacated seat said he worked on John Glenn’s unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Presidency in 1984 and has a history of community service. 

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Council members voted 4-2 in favor of Thomas L. Scrivens, who is to be sworn in at council’s next meeting Jan. 25. Scrivens was chosen to fill the seat vacated by Sarah Mays, who ran unopposed to serve as mayor in November. 

 “I am a citizen of the city of Xenia and I’ve been involved since 1988 in terms of volunteering and working behind the scenes for the betterment of the city,” said Scrivens, 69, a former Greene County health inspector and local realtor. 

As a council member, Scrivens will earn an annual salary of just over $4,000 and is eligible for the city’s health insurance. 

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The other two candidates who were considered were Matt Bennett and Billie Carrico, who was the third top vote-getter in November’s election, edged out by Levi Dean and incumbent Wesley Smith. 

Dean and Councilman Dale Louderback voted against Scrivens’ appointment. 

Louderback said he supported Carrico for the seat because she took the initiative to campaign and run in November’s election. 

“I thought that since voters have already spoken, that she should be the choice,” Louderback said. “Nothing against Mr. Scrivens. I went to school with him. I liked all three candidates, but two of them didn’t take the initiative to run for office. When someone puts their hat in the ring, it’s not only time-consuming, it’s expensive.” 

The city’s charter does not require that a vacant seat go to the next top vote-getter, said Councilman Wesley Smith, who cited Scrivens’ knowledge of city operations and “his long history of serving on boards and commissions” to justify the vote. 

“Mr. Scrivens quite simply had the best interview,” Smith said. “His energy and passion for the city of Xenia will be welcomed.” 

Scrivens said he’s no stranger to politics, recalling his time as deputy campaign manager in John Glenn’s bid for the U.S. presidency. Glenn came in third for the Democratic nomination, behind Walter Mondale and Jesse Jackson. 

Scrivens said he sees three priorities for him on council: Get a grocery store in at the Xenia Towne Square; keep an eye on public monies and avoid “frivolous spending”; and get streets resurfaced. 

“I just want all the citizens to know I’ve been the same all my life and I will still be the same on council. People who know me will tell you that,” he said. 

There are two more years left on Mays’ vacated council seat and Scrivens will need to win the election in November if he wants to finish the remainder of the term, according to Xenia spokesman Lee Warren. Providing he wins in November, Scrivens will then need to run for reelection in 2019 if he wants to serve for the next four-year term.