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Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 9:57 AM
DAYTON — A woman was found dead in the backyard of a house on Otterbein Avenue in Dayton and now police are investigating what led to her death, according to dispatch records.
Dayton police responded to the 3600 block of Otterbein around 1:30 p.m. Sunday and discovered Valentina Thornton, 51, dead, according to a Dayton police report.
According to the report, Thornton’s death is being investigated as a homicide, however the coroner’s office has not yet ruled on the cause and manner of her death.
We’re working to learn more about this investigation.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
— Beavercreek residents can expect to see some significant road construction projects this year.
City leaders announced they have budgeted about $5.8 million in road construction improvements for the year.
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Major thoroughfares that are slated to get improvements include National, Indian Ripple, North Fairfield and Shakertown roads.
Work to widen Dayton-Xenia and Shakertown roads is ongoing and expected to be wrapped up by the summer.
In addition, officials said the city is aiming to beat last year’s record total of “16 centerline miles” that were resurfaced.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:43 AM
MASSIE TWP. — The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.
Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer force resigned too.
“They left us with a skeleton crew,” Trustee David Crisenbery said this morning.
The township, home to about 1,500 residents, is on the south side of Caesar Creek Lake. The department handles emergency calls from the lake.
Since Hines’ resignation, fire and emergency calls are being handled by the remaining department along with mutual aid from fire departments in Wayne Twp., Warren County, and Chester Twp., Clinton County.
The trustees are also weighing creating a joint fire district with Chester Twp. with new levies supporting the operation.
“That is the goal,” Trustee Daryl McKinney said.
A larger district qualifies for more grants, McKinney said.
The Massie Twp department operates on a $92,000 budget from two levies.
Crisenbery said the township could seek an additional local levy to fund part-time paid firefighters. Also, Hines’ replacement could be picked, Crisenbery added.
“Anything’s possible tonight,” Crisenbery said. “All options, I feel, should be on the table.”
Hines could not be immediately reached.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:42 AM
UNION, Montgomery County — Two men who were wearing surgical masks are wanted after they attempted to rob the CVS Pharmacy on South Main Street in Union Monday night.
Officers responded to the business at 124 S. Main St. around 9 p.m. after the suspects entered and passed a note to a pharmacy worker demanding prescription drugs, according to Union Police.
The first suspect was described as being in his early 20s with a grey zip-up sweatshirt, dark pants, black winter hat, a white latex glove and blue surgical mask, investigators said.
The second suspect, also in his early 20s, was said to have been wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black winter hat and blue surgical mask, police said.
Police said the men threatened to shoot the worker if they didn’t hand over the drugs, however a gun was not scene.
Both men fled the store before getting the items, police said.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 11:06 a.m. (Jan. 16):
No people were home when a duplex on Young Street caught fire Tuesday morning.
Firefighters responded to the residence in the 1100 block shortly before 9:30 a.m.
Several cats and dogs were rescued from the house and the American Red Cross is assisting the residence.
A cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Temperatures and icy conditions made a “tough job tougher,” said Middletown Deputy Fire Chief Dave Adams.
UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (Jan. 16):
Firefighters rescued at least two dogs from a duplex on Young Street after fire damaged the upper level of the building, according to officials.
It’s unknown if any injuries were reported.
A fire has been reported at a residence on Young Street in Middletown this morning.
Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Young around 9:25 a.m.