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Volunteer Franklin Twp. firefighter suspended amid alleged racist comments

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 10:31 PM
Updated: Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

Franklin Township officials have suspended volunteer fire fighter Tyler Roysdon. He has a disciplinary hearing in two weeks.

A volunteer Franklin Twp. firefighter has been indefinitely suspended pending a disciplinary hearing by the Board of Trustees for conduct unbecoming a township employee after posting a racially charged comment on Facebook.  Tyler Roysdon, 20, was suspended without pay Tuesday by Fire Chief Steve Bishop after Bishop learned about Roysdon’s post.  According to a statement from Township Administrator Traci Stivers, “Fire Chief Steve Bishop immediately contacted the firefighter and directed the comments be removed.”  Stivers said in an email that she did not know how Bishop learned of the online comment on Tuesday or how long the post was online before he was informed of it.

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Roysdon indicated in the post that if he had to choose between saving a dog or a black man from a burning building that he would save the dog first because “one dog is more important than a million” and then used a racial slur.  

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Stivers said that Bishop took the most aggressive step he was legally allowed to take as he does not have the authority to terminate employees. She said any terminations require a vote by the trustees.

Volunteer Franklin Twp. firefighter accused of making racist Facebook comments

“This is not acceptable behavior for a township employee,” she said in the statement. “As a rule all employees are given a closed-door disciplinary hearing that gives them a chance to provide witnesses or evidence providing their innocence.”  

On Wednesday, the trustees voted to set the disciplinary hearing for 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Franklin Twp. Administration Building to address the allegation of conduct unbecoming a township employee. Roysdon was informed that the hearing will not be postponed or rescheduled for any reason other than a emergency, which requires an excuse from a doctor, hospital or funeral home.  

He has the right to question any witnesses called on the township’s behalf. However, if he elects to attend the hearing, the Trustees will ask him to respond to the allegations of misconduct. Failure to respond or not respond truthfully may result in further disciplinary action, including possible termination.  

Bishop was on vacation and could not be reached for comment. A message seeking comment was left for Assistant Chief John Daly.  

Trustees President Brian Morris said he was informed of the incident just before Wednesday’s meeting started.  

“He blatantly said on social media that he wouldn’t do that,” Morris said. “Even if you take race out of it, it still would be wrong. I’m disgusted in what he said. There is no reason for him to say that anytime, anywhere … That should never be said.”  

Morris said based on Roysdon’s comments, it’s questionable if Roysdon should be a Franklin Twp. firefighter.  

“I want people to realize this is only one man’s comment,” Morris said. “We have a great group of men (firefighters) and disgusting comments from one individual does not represent the entire fire department.”

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He noted one selfless firefighter who recently returned from helping with hurricane relief.  

Most of the reaction by some residents to Roysdon’s post was surprise and dismay. Nearly all people who were shown the post said the suspension was warranted but stopped short of termination.  

“I don’t think that’s right,” said Tyler Marinelli of Franklin. “I think honestly that people are more important than pets and it doesn’t matter if they’re black or white.”  

Others said Roysdon’s online post was very disrespectful, heartbreaking, appalling and not representative of Franklin.  

Franklin resident Teresa Lynch said in the Franklin community, “anybody would do anything for anybody.”  

Reporter John Bedell contributed to this report.

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Winter Weather Advisory continues, Winter Storm Warning issued for some

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:04 AM

Here is the latest look at timing and totals of the snow.


  • Winter Storm Warning issued for Butler and Warren Counties
  • Mix of rain and snow changing to snow overnight
  • 3 to 5 inches possible through this morning
  • Weekend storm could bring rain or snow

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TODAY: Snow continuing this morning, tapering by noon, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Total accumulations of about 3 to 5 inches expected with isolated areas picking up higher amounts. Gusty winds, creating blowing snow, will continue especially early in the day. High temperatures will hold in the mid-30s.

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THURSDAY: Skies will become mostly sunny, with high temperatures in the low 40s.

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FRIDAY:  Sunny skies to start the day. Clouds will increase in the afternoon. Highs in the low 40s.

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SATURDAY: There is a chance of snow in the morning, possibly mixed with rain. A wintry mix or rain will linger into the afternoon. Highs will top out near 40.

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SUNDAY: Skies are expected to clear, with highs in the lower 40s.

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Dayton police investigating shots fired into Haberer Avenue residence

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 9:30 PM

From the scene: Dayton police respond to shots fired call

Police have called an evidence crew to the 2900 block of Haberer Avenue, as someone has fired a weapon at the residence where children were inside.

Dayton police tell us none of the children -- or anyone else -- was hit by the gunfire.

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Police were dispatched to the address about 8:45 p.m. initially on a report of a possible shooting.

We have a crew on scene and we will update this report. Stay with for breaking news.

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Murder suspect tells police his dad hit him with a fireplace poker, so he cut the man’s throat

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 9:12 PM

A 54-year-old man is charged with murder and felonious assault after he told police “he used a knife to cut his father’s throat,” according to court records.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m.: A 54-year-old Beavercreek man is charged with murder and felonious assault after he told police “he used a knife to cut his father’s throat,” according to court records.

David Simpson was booked into the Greene County Jail on Tuesday afternoon after being discharged from Soin Medical Center, jail records show.

David Simpson is accused of killing his father, Ora Simpson, 85, of Beavercreek.

A Greene County coroner’s investigator said Ora Simpson “sustained injuries on his neck consistent with that of a knife or a sharp edged instrument,” records showed.

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The coroner’s investigator also said Ora Simpson had numerous cuts, evidence of blunt force trauma and defensive injuries, police wrote in a statement of facts filed in Fairborn Municipal Court Tuesday morning.

According to the court records, David Simpson reported he found his father unresponsive in the garage of a home in the 3000 block of Felton Drive on March 18 around 3:45 a.m.

Officers contacted David Simpson at the front door “and saw that he had blood on the front of his sweater,” court records showed.

After searching the home, police found blood on the carpet leading from the kitchen into the living room, as well as on a recliner and other items, according to the documents.

David Simpson told police “he had a verbal argument with his father, and claimed that (his) father struck him,” the statement of facts read.  

“He further stated that he passed out and approximately eight to ten hours later, he found his father in the attached garage when he was taking the trash out,” court records showed.

Police wrote in their statement of facts, while David Simpson was being evaluated for some facial injuries, he made comments to police “that he used a knife to cut his father’s throat and stated this happened after his father struck him with a metal fireplace poker.”

David Simpson’s first court date has not been announced.


Beavercreek police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder and felonious assault.

David Simpson was booked into the Greene County Jail on Tuesday about 2:30 p.m., jail records show.

We’re working to learn more.

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At least 2 injured in vehicle accident on South Edwin C. Moses in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 8:42 PM

FROM SCENE: At least 2 injured in vehicle accident on South Edwin C. Moses

Two people were reportedly injured in a two-vehicle accident at South Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street on Tuesday night.

Dayton police and fire/medic crews were dispatched about 8:18 p.m. on a report of an entrapment crash. There was no trapped victim, but a second medic unit was dispatched.

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The injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Traffic at the intersection was shut down for a time.

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