Police have suspects in West Carrollton group home death investigation

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 10:56 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

2 caregivers have been removed from a group home following the death.

UPDATE @ 3:33 p.m.:

West Carrollton police say they have suspects identified in connection to a death investigation at a West Carrollton group home on Redbluff Drive, but no arrests have been made as an investigation is ongoing.

West Carrollton police say they have suspects identified in connection to a death investigation at a West Carrollton group home on Redbluff Drive. Staff photo


Two caregivers are no longer employed at a group home, where West Carrollton police are investigating the death of a man who lived there, a spokeswoman said.

Jerrold Duskey, 65, of West Carrollton, died around 11:15 p.m. March 5 at Kettering Medical Center, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

The cause and manner of Duskey’s death were listed as pending, the coroner’s office said.

Police said they have an active investigation at Duskey’s Redbluff Drive residence involving an incident Feb. 14, however have not confirmed if Duskey’s death is connected to that incident. Investigators expect to release additional information at a later time.

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A residential manager at the group home reported to police possible physical abuse involving one of its residents on Feb. 14.

“We have reason to believe a resident has been abused,” the manager told 911 operators, adding that it’s not known how the resident sustained the reported injuries.

ResCare, Inc. manages the group home on Redbluff. A spokeswoman for the organization said two caregivers, who were working at the time the incident occurred, have been removed from employment.

“We continue to work closely and in cooperation with law enforcement and with external investigators. After conducting our own internal investigation, following our policy and protocol, we separated two caregivers from employment who were working during the time the incident occurred,” said Kristen Trenaman, spokeswoman for ResCare.

ResCare Residential Services provides support to adults and children who need assistance with daily living due to a developmental, cognitive or intellectual disability. Programs offered include a range of services, including: community living, behavioral health support, in-home pharmacy solutions, TeleCare and supported employment, said Trenaman.

Trenaman said, “We are heartbroken to learn that one of the individuals we supported passed away while hospitalized.”

The injuries that led to Duskey’s death were sustained at his residence on Redbluff, the coroner’s office said.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued: Accumulating snow, high winds expected

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the timing and totals.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for entire region from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Snow accumulates Tuesday night to Wednesday

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>>UPDATING: School and business delays and closings


TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for the entire region starting at 8 p.m. tonight. 

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Temperatures will improve during the day by climbing to a high the low 40s with some dry time expected in the middle of the day. 

Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m.

Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result. 

>> Don’t deflate tires to drive on ice, snow

WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. It’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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Residents displaced, units damaged after Fairfield apartment building fire

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:07 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Apartment building building destroyed by fire in Fairfield

UPDATE @ 9:53 a.m.: 

Investigators are now at the scene of an early morning fire trying to figure out where and why a fire destroyed at least one apartment unit.

Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive after being dispatched at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday after a resident smelled something burning and reportedly found a fire in a utility room.

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“We don’t have a cause at this time,” said Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Tom Wagner. “Fire investigators are on the scene now digging through the debris, so we don’t have a definitive cause at this time of what started it.”

Building 1450 appears to be close to a total loss, Wagner said, as the roof is completely off the building. 

Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive in Fairfield just after midnight Tuesday. A resident smelled something burning and reportedly found a fire in a utility room.(NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

“The roof is burned away, and there’s about a foot of water (in building 1450),” Wagner said. “We immediately had to go a defensive position because it was through the roof when we go there.”

As a precaution, evacuated building 1452, shut the power was shut off at the building and removed the ceiling on the third floor to ensure the fire did not spread to that building. Wagner said the fire was contained to building 1450.

Wagner said the Red Cross had taken care of the displayed residence but did not know the exact number of residents living in the 24 total units in the two buildings. Colerain and Forest Park fire departments responded to mutual aid.

UPDATE @ 5:50 a.m: 

About 35 people were displaced and two dozen apartment units were damaged after a fire occurred at an apartment complex in Fairfield Tuesday morning, according to our partners at WCPO. 

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Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive around 12:30 a.m. after a resident smelled something burning and found a fire in the third floor utility room.

A total of 24 units were impacted, 12 as a result of the fire, and the other 12 due to utilities in the complex being shut off, according to the American Red Cross, who assisted the displaced residents. 

Fairfield firefighters worked to control the heavy fire for over 2 hours with assistance from Forest Park and Colerain Township Fire Departments. 


Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.

Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.

We will continue to update this story as additional details become available. 

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Winter storm: Freezing rain, sleet and snow taking aim at region

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

Spring may be about to arrive, but winter will not give up without a fight. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for all of the Miami Valley at 8pm Tuesday and continue through much of Wednesday. A wintry mix Tuesday will change to snow by evening and increase in coverage and intensity Tuesday night. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches will be likely, with isolated higher amounts.

Spring will officially arrive at 12:15 p.m. today, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region starting this morning.

RELATED: Winter Weather Advisory in effect 

Precipitation is expected to develop early today across the far southern Miami Valley and spread northward toward I-70 by daybreak. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but as temperatures drop toward daybreak, a band of freezing rain is possible.

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The morning commute may not be too bad, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

"The last few days of mild temperatures has helped push road surface temperatures well above freezing. That means that main roads should just be wet early Tuesday," he said. "However, elevated surfaces like cars, bridges and decks could become slippery."

SEE: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

But the wintry weather won't be over yet. 

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. tonight and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A break in the precipitation is expected midday today before returning in the evening. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity tonight, Elwell said.

"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.

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This is something we'll have to watch closely as new model data comes in." 

Motorists should prepare for a slow morning commute Wednesday with improving conditions in the afternoon, he said.

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At least 1 in custody following crash, foot chase

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:19 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Man apprehended on Cherry Street

UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m. 

At least one, possibly two, suspects have been taken into custody following a crash at the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and Catalpa Drive in Dayton. 

Initial reports indicate at least two people fled from the scene after the crash, prompting a foot pursuit by deputies and officers. 

At least 2 vehicles have collided at the intersection of Hillcrest and Catalpa

One person is in the back of cruiser at the scene of the crash. A second person was reportedly taken into custody on Cherry Street, according to scanner traffic and our crew in the area. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

One man was taken into custody on Cherry Street in Dayton following a crash and foot chase. A second person was reported in custody at the scene of the crash on Catalpa and Hillcrest. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)


Police are searching the area of Hillcrest Avenue and Catalpa Drive in Dayton this morning after at least one person fled from a vehicle police were following, according to initial reports.

There is a crash in the area as well involving multiple vehicles.

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The incident was reported around 10 a.m.

We’re working to gather more information and will update this story as details emerge.

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