Funeral services for 6-year-old who fell into creek set

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:21 PM
Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 1:05 PM

News Center 7's Sean Cudahy has the latest status on a recovery effort in Shelby Co. after a 6-year-old boy fell into a creek.

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m. (Feb. 28):Funeral services for the 6-year-old boy found dead in a Shelby County creek have been set.

Services are set for Rylan Ferguson at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home in Sidney.  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, according to his obituary.

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Family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral

UPDATE @ 12:41 p.m. (Feb. 26):

A resident called Shelby County authorities around 10:30 a.m. to report they had found the body of the missing boy who was swept away in a creek Sunday afternoon around 5:50 p.m.

Rylan Ferguson, 6, had been playing with a friend outside with Nerf guns and a portion of the ground under him gave way and he fell into the creek, deputies said.

The parents of Ferguson positively identified him after authorities pulled him from the creek this morning.

Ferguson’s body was located about two miles from where he disappeared, deputies said.

Ferguson was a student at Fairlawn Elementary School.

UPDATE @ 12:26 p.m. (Feb. 26):

Shelby County authorities confirmed that the body of a missing 6-year-old boy has been found in a creek in the area of Knoop-Johnston Road.

UPDATE @5 a.m.

Teams will reconvene this morning at the Sidney Fire Department as they renew their search for a 6-year-old boy who was swept away in a creek.

Crews called off their search around 9 p.m. Sunday, citing the rough terrain and the strong current.

The boy is feared dead, and officials said the search is now considered a recovery operation.

>> Man freed from Greenville creek with garden hose

UPDATE @9:04 p.m.

Deputies said search efforts for a 6-year-old boy who fell into Mosquito Creek have been to no avail and is now considered a recovery.

Rescue crews will reconvene on scene in the morning to continue looking for the boy, who has not been identified.

Shelby County Sheriff Sgt. Aaron Steinke said the search entailed boats in the water and a helicopter using infrared to search for body heat. He said due to the rough terrain and the strong current, search crews are being called off for the night.

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Deputies will remain on scene through the night, and the road will remain closed. Other crews will return in the morning to continue the recovery effort.

The area was not under a flood warning from recent rains, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

A 6-year-old boy fell into the Great Miami River this evening while he was playing with a friend along the riverbank, Shelby County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Steinke said.

Crews were called around 5:45 p.m. to the river behind the Pasco trailer park in the 5000 block of state Route 29. Rescuers have boats in the water, and have every bridge covered south from Sidney to the Miami County line, the sergeant said.

Joining search efforts will be a helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which has night-vision equipment to help search from above.

The recent rains and swollen river poses a challenge to rescue personnel, Steinke said.

UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.

Additional rescue crews from area departments have been called to join the search along the banks for a young boy who may have been swept up in the swollen Great Miami River.

According to scanner traffic, the 6-year-old boy was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.


Rescuers were called this evening to a mobile home park for a possible water rescue in the Great Miami River involving a child in the village of Pasco east of Sidney.

According to initial reports, a 6-year-old boy was wading but had not been seen in awhile. It is not confirmed that the boy has come to any harm.

The trailer park was in the 5800 block of Ohio 29, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

Icy conditions expected for early St. Patrick's Day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through noon. Mixed precipitation with ice accumulation up to one-tenth of an inch is expected. Be prepared for slippery roads.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


    • Increasing clouds, freezing rain and sleet develop after midnight
    • Icy early St. Patrick’s Day
    • Clearing, milder to end the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


Overnight: Expect freezing rain/sleet to become widespread after 3 or 4 a.m. with slick spots developing. Up to one-tenth inch of ice accumulation is possible by morning, creating for slippery travel conditions. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Saturday: A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet will be likely in the morning. As temperatures climb, precipitation will change to just rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. It will remain mostly cloudy as we dry out late in the day. Highs will reach back into the lower 40s.

Sunday: Sunny skies will end the weekend with milder temperatures reaching into the lower 50s.

>>Look for Venus, Mercury in the March evening sky

Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. There will be the chance for a few showers toward late evening or into the night. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with rain showers during the day mixing with or changing to snow showers late in the day or evening. Highs will be in the lower 40s but fall into the 30s with blustery conditions.

Wednesday: Snow showers will be around, possibly mixed with rain. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

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Car overturns in 3-vehicle crash in Trotwood

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 10:52 PM

Car overturns in 3-vehicle crash in Trotwood

One car landed on its top in a three-vehicle crash tonight on Olive Road at Bradfield Drive.

The crash was reported at 10 p.m.

The overturned vehicle was headed south on Olive Road when the driver hit other vehicles. In the overturned vehicle, one of the two occupants was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Trotwood police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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2 killed in crash north of New Carlisle

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

Injuries reported in accident north of New Carlisle

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Two people succumbed to their injuries in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon north of New Carlisle.

Vickie Owens, 46, of Springfield, and Roger Littlejohn, 75, of New Carlisle, were identified as the two drivers. They both were trapped and flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where they died of their injuries, the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

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According to preliminary investigation, at around 2:20 p.m. Owens was headed south on Ohio 235 in her 2012 Hyundai when she went left of center. She struck a 2010 Toyota Tacoma headed north, driven by Littlejohn. A passenger in the Tacoma, Harvey Zimmerman, 87, of Christiansburg, was taken by squad to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol stated. 

Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered to be factors in the crash that remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.

CareFlight has been dispatched to the scene of the accident, we will update you with the latest details. 


Multiple people are reportedly trapped and possibly injured in a crash on North Dayton Lakeview Road this afternoon.

The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of North Dayton Lakeview.

A medical helicopter was reportedly placed on standby for the crash.

We’re working to gather additional information on the crash.

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Horizon Science Academy staff member fired over threat

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 7:33 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:45 PM

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UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.:

Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School fired a long-term substitute teacher who admitted to threatening the school, spokesman Christopher Murphy stated in a release issued Friday night.

Murphy identified the staff member as Shari Gann-Spearman, an employee since October 2017. He said Horizon administrators were alerted to a comment reportedly made by her to another staff member threatening the charter school at 250 Shoup Mill Road.

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According to the release: “HSA takes the safety and security of our school community very seriously, and as a result of the school’s internal investigation, where Spearman admitted to threatening the school, Spearman has been terminated effective immediately.”

HSA collaborated with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Dayton police, Murphy said.

UPDATE @ 12:43 p.m.:

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday they are investigating an alleged threat made by a Horizon Science Acadamy staff member, who is now on administrative leave.

“We'll make sure that the threat that was made that it's not carried out, to figure out if it is a viable threat or if it was someone just upset at the end of the day,” said Chief Deputy Rob Streck with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  “If that occurs and we find out that it was a viable threat, then yes they could be facing charges.”

Streck added the threat that was said to have been made was not made against the school, students, teachers or staff.


A Horizon Science Academy staff member has been placed on administrative leave for making threats against the school, according to school officials.

The employee, who has not been identified, made a comment to another staff member threatening the school, according to a statement from spokesperson Christopher Murphy.

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“HSA takes the safety of and security of our school very seriously, and the staff member was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” Murphy said.

Local authorities were contacted, according to the school.

Details of the threat have not been made public.

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