VERDICT IN: School bus child rape, kidnapping case

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

Man convicted of bus stop sex assault

UPDATE @ 1:36p.m.:

Guilty on all counts. That’s the verdict the jury reached in the kidnapping and rape trial of registered sex offender Randy Stanaford. The victim was an 11-year-old girl. 


A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

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Clayton chief seeks to reassure community after Florida shooting

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:54 PM

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With the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week that left 17 students and staff dead, Clayton Police Chief Matt Hamlin wants to reassure his community that they are taking precautions to keep residents, students and teachers safe.

After many concerned parents asked what the school district protect their children, Hamlin offered an overview of the steps the two school resource officers (SRO) and local law enforcement take.

Northmont High School has resource officer in the building for 40 hours a week. The officer is trained in the Active, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate program, called ALICE.

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For three days per week, the middle school has one resource officer.

The officers are always ready and on alert, the chief said.

The resource officers conduct a safety meeting with area law enforcement and Northmont staff—usually reviewing and discussing any concerns every month. Yearly training sessions, with local law enforcement, are conducted in Quick Uniform Attack on Drugs (QUAD) and active shooter drills.

Local law enforcement agencies also conduct five regular firearms training sessions per year that focus on firearms, shot placement, and retention. LasorShot and Simulator Training are training tools used to prepare for active shooter events, traffic stops and other potential deadly encounters.

For additional information, contact Hamlin at (937) 836-5000.

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Record-breaking warmth today; high wind levels throughout area

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:40 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about which days will have the hardest commutes because of the weather.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Few PM showers North
  • Record warmth & windy 
  • Rain/Storms Overnight
  • Flooding potential remains 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Few passing showers possible far north early in the afternoon. These showers will lift out of the area by the evening commute. Everywhere else seeing partly sunny skies. Record breaking warmth into the middle 70s. The previous record high was 69 degrees set in 2016. We've already broken the record as of 11am for Dayton with a temperature of 70 degrees. This will change by the end of the day as temperatures continue to rise. A wind afternoon with wind gusts over 30mph out of the southwest. This will have an impact on commuters, especially anyone traveling east-west or south. Rain and storms move through the Miami Valley after midnight bringing gusty winds and heavy rain. Threat for severe weather is very low. Temperatures tonight will fall through the 60s.

Windy day in Dayton

WEDNESDAY: Temperatures start in the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and storms during the first half of the day with rain possible falling heavy at times. Temperatures will drop during the day and hit 30 degrees by nighttime with us also experiencing gusty winds. Any lingering showers could fall as a wintry mix or freezing rain.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

THURSDAY: Morning showers will be a wintry mix. Cooler temperatures for the day in the mid-40s. Some dry time returns during the day into the evening. 

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FRIDAY: Widespread rain will begin to fall again, heavy at times. A flood threat continues with highs in the upper 50s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> The Ohio River is rising, prompting flood warnings for some areas

SATURDAY: Rain continues through the day, again heavy at times. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Flooding is possible with rain totals for the week ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 inches. 

Great Miami in Troy and Dayton will get close to the flood stage. Some low lying spots along the river could see minor flooding.

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New record high temperature set at Dayton airport

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:51 AM

Windy day in Dayton

A new record high temperature for Feb. 20 was set this morning at Dayton International Airport breaking the previous record set in 2016.

The temperature reached 70 at Dayton International Airport around 11:30 a.m. and could rise into the afternoon.

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Storm Center 7 Meteorologists are forecasting temperatures to peak in the low 70s.

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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

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UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20): 

The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.

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Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.

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Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.

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UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.

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Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.

“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”

In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.

The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.

At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.

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“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.

The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.

Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.

Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):

Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said. 

The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims. 

Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry. 

It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business. 

Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said. 

The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.

Shooting North Dixie


Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

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

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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