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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.

Quiet, mild tonight; fog may affect morning commute

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:26 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 5:30 PM


  • Overnight temperatures dip into low 40s
  • Areas of fog possible by Monday morning
  • Showers return early in the week

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Tonight: Skies will become partly to mostly cloudy with areas of fog likely after midnight. Temperatures will dip into the lower 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

Monday: Low clouds and/or fog will be likely in the morning before burning off by late morning. Temperatures will be cool to start the day in the 40s but climb into the 60s as sunshine returns in the afternoon.

Tuesday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with some showers developing. Temperatures will remain unseasonably mild in the lower 60s.


Wednesday: Mostly sunny skies will return by afternoon with unseasonably high temperatures in the middle 60s.

Thursday: Clouds will move back in with breezy conditions developing. A few showers will be possible. Temperatures will top out in the middle 60s. 

Friday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with gusty winds at times. Temperatures will climb into the middle to upper 60s before a strong cold front arrives late in the day. Showers and thunderstorms will develop along and ahead of the cold front. A few storms could become severe with damaging winds the primary threat. Colder air will usher back in behind the front Friday night.


Patrol investigating fatal plane crash in Clark County

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 4:17 PM

UPDATE @ 5:18 p.m.

The small plane that crashed in a field near I-70 in Harmony Twp. and resulted in a fatality this afternoon is registered to a Springfield resident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Information connected to the plane’s tail number is registered with the FAA. The registration information indicates the plane was homemade in the 1970s and was considered an experimental aircraft.

UPDATE @ 4:58 p.m.

At least one person was killed in a small plane crash in Clark County this afternoon, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on the scene.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a small plane crash in Clark County has resulted in at least one fatality.

Emergency crews and the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post are on scene, which is in a field not far from I-70 in Harmony Twp.

Emergency dispatch centers are unable to confirm the number or severity of injuries that are being reported frrom the scene.

According to emergency scanner traffic, CareFlight was called for one person who had suffered a head injury. A short time later, emergency scanner traffic indicated an official at the scene reported to dispatchers the incident has resulted in a fatality. The medical helicopter was then canceled.


The Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post is responding to the report of a small plane crash near South Charleston.

The crash was reported in a field near the 600 block of Fletcher Pike.

Early reports indicated emergency crews were responding to an area west of I-70.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Vandalia council rejects fairgrounds proposal a 2nd time

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Vandalia council rejects fairgrounds proposal a 2nd time

City Council in Vandalia has voted yet again to reject a proposal to relocate the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Webster Street, the city’s Vice Mayor David Lewis has confirmed.

Council members met for a work session Saturday and the relocation of the fairgrounds was at the top of a short agenda.

“It was a general consensus of the council that while the fair board made a very strong and cogent presentation before, our general thoughts were it wasn’t so much about the Montgomery County Fair as it was about having a convention center,” Lewis said. “That’s what they were proposing, based on 52 weeks a year, as opposed to just one week for the use of the fair. “ 

Fair board has not submitted a formal request for zoning change, but looked to council for input on the potential fairgrounds site. 

Lewis said council members would give “different consideration” if the fair board presented a scaled-back plan that didn’t include what Lewis described as a “convention center.”

Council members first rejected the plan in December, but agreed to another presentation from the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, which happened Thursday.

Vandalia council to reconsider fairgrounds relocation

Council members voted unanimously to reject the proposal, citing in-part the continuous changes being made to the project.

Church burglarized, but police not called because of false alarms

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

Church burglarized, but police not called because of false alarms

An inside motion alarm went off at a Dayton church early Friday morning, but the church administrator ignored the notification because of previous false alarms that resulted in fines.

This time the motion sensor had picked up the movements of a burglar inside the Debre Hail Kidus Gebriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, 300 Maryland St., according to the Dayton police report.

Someone had used a large rock to break glass and gain entry. Once inside, the burglar grabbed a 42-inch Samsung flatscreen television and fled, according to the report.

The victim told officers he didn’t think to call police when the alarm went off because the church had been previously fined nearly $1,000 for false alarms that police were called to check, according to the report.

An evidence crew processed the scene. No arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon.