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Warren Co. indicts man in Craigslist scam

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 3:43 PM

A Dayton man who fled police after allegedly stealing a car and nearly hitting a state trooper could be looking at 22 years in prison if he is found guilty.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell says Trevon Broomfield’s high speed chase was eerily reminiscent of the chase that killed Warren County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Dulle in 2011.

“The Broomfield chase was extraordinarily frightening in how similar it was to the Marcus Isreal chase,” he said. “Everybody who was part of the pursuit and has been part of the investigation was very grateful that the injuries to the trooper were not as severe as they could have been. She came within literally a foot of losing her life.”

A Warren County grand jury indicted the 21-year-old on felonious assault, grand theft, failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, theft from an elderly person and receiving stolen property.

Broomfield was allegedly running a Craigslist scam, where he would answer ads and then steal the person’s car during the test drive, according to Fornshell. He said Broomfield would tell the owner he heard a suspicious engine noise and then would ask the person to get out and listen. Once the person exited the vehicle he would take off.

He allegedly stole a 2005 Nissan Sentra from West Chester Twp. on Jan. 15 and led police on a high speed chase — rocketing up Interstate 75 at 110 to 120 m.p.h. — and ended up crashing the vehicle on Ohio 63 at Markey Road, where Ohio State Patrol Trooper Sharese Williams was deploying stop sticks.

The trooper suffered a minor finger injury and her patrol car was totalled after Broomfield crashed into it. Broomfield was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown after he was ejected from the vehicle.

Fornshell said his arrest led police to solve at least one other Craigslist car theft. Broomfield allegedly stole a car from an 80-year-old man who met Broomfield at St. Suzanna Catholic Church in Mason. The seller shot three times — and missed — at the fleeing vehicle, according to Fornshell. Broomfield allegedly then sold the car and when the new owner tried to get the title, the car was flagged as stolen.The buyer was able to identify Broomfield.

Fornshell said police in Franklin are also investigating a case that fits Broomfield’s alleged scam, Fornshell said.

‘Free Heroin w/ Speedy Rewards’ Speedway sign stirs controversy

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:19 PM


A sign reading “Free Heroin w/ Speedy Rewards” at a Dayton Speedway store has prompted the company to investigate the incident.

“It was found on Saturday, Oct. 14, and was immediately removed,” said Speedway spokesperson Stefanie Griffith.  “We apologize to those who may have seen this sign and are currently investigating how this occurred.”

The photo was taken of the sign at the station on the corner of Smithville Road and Huffman Avenue.

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Preliminary reports from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office indicated there have been 512 accidental overdose deaths so far in 2017.  It’s not clear how many of those accidental overdose deaths are directly contributed to heroin.

Dayton and Montgomery County have been plagued by heroin related deaths for several years.

FREE PIZZA: Kettering restaurant offering special deal this week

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:09 PM

Pizza wars rage on throughout the Miami Valley

The Dayton area’s only PIZZAFIRE restaurant will offer free pies as part of “Customer Appreciation Free Pizza Day” this Friday, Oct. 20.

Those who follow PIZZAFIRE on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram can obtain a free pizza with up to 3 toppings between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, according to a spokeswoman for the fast-bake pizza chain. The restaurant is located at 4325 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in Kettering.

>> New pizza chain to launch its first Dayton-area location in Kettering (March 2016)

The Kettering PIZZAFIRE opened on Aug. 30, 2016.

>> Pizza wars poised to re-ignite with ‘fast-casual’ chains eyeing SW Ohio (October 2015)

Cleveland-based PizzaFire has a fast-serve, built-to-order service line similar to Chipotle and Subway, offering diners the choice of 40 toppings, six sauces, and five cheeses on a pie that is placed into an 800-degree and cooked in three minutes.

>> RELATED: PizzaFire sets opening date for Kettering restaurant

The concept is similar to Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza — which launched in late 2015 and now has multiple locations throughout the Dayton area — and Seattle-based MOD Pizza, which has opened its first two Dayton-area locations in Englewood and Centerville.

Dayton: Get a light or risk getting a ticket

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:48 PM


Riding a bicycle at night without a light isn’t just dangerous — it’s against the law.

Since 2015, about 125 people have faced charges in Dayton Municipal Court for not having the proper bicycle signaling devices, which includes lamps mounted on either the front of the bike or its operator, according to court data.

But bicyclists can obtain free front and rear bike lights between 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday during the “Lights on Bike Night” event to be held at the Wright Stop Plaza Link Station at 1 S. Main St. and RiverScape MetroPark.

The program is intended to increase the awareness about the need for bike lights. It is being put on by Bike Miami Valley, the Dayton Police Department and the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Dayton. Lights will be provided by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Dayton likely to ask for ‘Dreamers’ program to continue

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:22 PM

            A group of supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rallied outside of the Rep. Mike Turner’s office and the federal bankruptcy court building. JIM OTTE / STAFF
A group of supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rallied outside of the Rep. Mike Turner’s office and the federal bankruptcy court building. JIM OTTE / STAFF

The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday will vote on an informal resolution that declares support for continuing a program that shields from deportation people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

There are 800,000 people living in the United States who received protections from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump has threatened to repeal.

More than 9,350 people living in Ohio have been approved for DACA, federal data show.

Ohio’s 10th Congressional District, which includes Montgomery and Greene counties, is home to about 200 dreamers, and 700 in total were eligible for the program, whose removal would result in the loss of $11 million in contributions to the local economy, according to a study released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a group in favor of keeping the program.

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DACA’s repeal would reduce the nation’s gross domestic product by $433.4 billion over the next decade, including by $250 million in Ohio alone, the city’s informal resolution states, citing estimates by the Center for American Progress.

The proposed resolution states the city opposes any federal action that rescinds or “degrades” the program, and the city supports giving “Dreamers” permanent protection and a path to permanent legal status through the proposed DREAM Act.

If approved, a copy of the resolution will be sent to U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and U.S. Rep. Michael Turner, R-Dayton, who represents the 10th District.