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Woman found floating in river identified

Published: Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 5:05 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

The identity of a woman found floating in the Great Miami River Monday afternoon has been released by officials.

The victim is 57-year-old Shelby Ryczek of Gordon Smith Boulevard in Hamilton, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Ryczek’s death is being investigated as an accident or a suicide, according to sheriff’s detectives. An autopsy is being performed today at the Butler County Morgue. Cause of death will be released by the county coroner’s office.

Rycek’s fully-clothed body was discovered Monday afternoon floating in the river just south of the low level dam along Neilan Boulevard in Hamilton by people walking along the bike trail.

Her car, a Hyundai Sonata found parked in the lot of Kevin M. Lodder Park, was towed by authorities.

ODOT asking motorists to use extra care Memorial Day weekend -- especially in work zones

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:33 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation is encouraging motorists to be extra careful this Memorial Day weekend.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking motorists to be aware, especially in and around construction work zones, as traffic is sure to pick up for the Memorial Day weekend.

We’re well into Ohio’s road construction busy season as the holiday weekend signals the unofficial start to summer.

Traffic can increase to upwards of 14 percent on Ohio roadways during the holiday weekend. That makes it the fourth highest traveled holiday of the year.

Last year, there were 6,041 work zone crashes resulting in 28 deaths.

"Drivers need to slow down and be alert, especially in work zones," Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray said in a prepared statement.

"Even though we do what we can to make them as safe as possible work zones can be a dangerous place." 

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This year is not expected to be any different, as AAA is already predicting 1.4 million Ohioans will drive more than 50 miles from home during the holiday. That’s an increase of 2.2 percent from last year. 

With these increases coming about, ODOT is working to reduce the size and impact of work zones as much as possible during the holiday weekend.

Motorists can plan ahead by following their social media accounts and downloading the OHGO app for traffic alerts and more than 600 live traffic cameras. 

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Of the 15 traffic deaths during the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year, four victims were not wearing a seat belt.

That is why ODOT will be working with the Ohio Highway Patrol to encourage those traveling by vehicle to buckle up. There will be more than 130 digital highway message boards will display "Click it or Ticket" and "Buckle up Buckeyes."

Wright State Police K-9 retiring from duty

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Wright State Police will honor police K-9 Galli during a special ceremony at the university’s Hearth Lounge in the Student Union Wednesday.

K-9 Galli will be retiring from the department and served the Wright State Police Department as the first explosive detection canine for the university.

Sgt. Kurt Holden is K-9 Galli’s handler.

“She was highly requested to assist other agencies and universities,” according to a statement from the university.  “In addition, she was requested to assist the FBI and Secret Service on multiple occasions for low-level and high-level Homeland Security operations.”

The ceremony is being held between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.


2 psychologists offer court different assessments of teen charged in fatal Kettering shooting

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:53 AM

UPDATE @ 4:52 p.m. (May 24):

A psychologist hired by Kylen Gregory's attorney said the teenager could be helped by juvenile court treatment. 

Dr. Michael Williams said the teen shows signs of "emotionally cognitive and behavioral dysfunctions." 

Williams said Gregory shows signs of hostility and rebellion.

UPDATE @ 12:36 p.m. (May 24):

Montgomery County Juvenile Court psychologist Dr. Laura Fujimura testified for more this an hour, saying her investigation has shown several counseling attempts dating back to 2012 have failed.

Since being charged in Bowers' shooting, his lack of willingness to work with juvenile court counselors has continued.

She said Gregory has expressed a sense of entitlement, which she called "a relatively consistent theme" with him.

"An individual who has an air of entitlement doesn't readily accept the consequences or punishment" for their actions, she said.

Fujimura was one of three witnesses to testify for the prosecution this morning.

Fairmont High School Unit Principal Andrew White told the court Gregory was put into a special program at the school, initially because of academic issues.

The teen later experienced behavioral issues, he said.

But White said Gregory was not in a situation where expulsion was considered.

UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m. (May 24):

A woman who lives on the street where a Fairmont High School student was fatally shot Sept. 4 today described hearing what sounded like s gunshot that night.

Colleen Mallory of Willowdale Avenue testified she called 911 shortly after seeing a girl running from a car driven by Ronnie Bowers.

Mallory said she went out to the street and called 911 after hearing a "boom and a bang."

"It was very quick," she said.

Mallory said she later went to the drivers side of the car, saw blood and glass on Bowers, and touched his neck to check for a pulse.


A hearing is scheduled today that will decide if a 17-year-old will be tried as an adult on murder and other charges in the death of a Kettering Fairmont High School student.

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Prosecutors are seeking to try Kylen Jamal Gregory as an adult in the Sept. 4 shooting death of Ronnie Bowers.

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Kettering Police Dept. awards $1K scholarships to 2 area high school seniors 

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman and scholarship award winners Amanda Fanz of Fairmont high and Faith Stuart of Alter high. (Courtesy/Kettering Police Department).

Kettering Chief of Police Chip Protsman presented two high school students with this year's John Shryock scholarship today.

The recipients are seniors Amanda Fanz, of Fairmont High School, and Faith Stuart, of Archbishop Alter High School. 

The Chief John R. Shryock Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to one or two students who submit an essay showing that they exemplify their ability to strive in the academic field, as well as, giving back to the community. 

Chief Shryock was Kettering's first chief of police in 1955 and served 20 years.

This award, given every year in memory of Shryock, is intended to reward students who demonstrate the standard of excellence and abundance of service the chief expected from his staff. 

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The Kettering Police Department believes Fanz and Stuart will carry on his legacy. 

Fanz plans to attend Taylor University in Indiana, where she will study elementary education. Stuart plans to attend Ohio Northern University, where she plans to study pharmacy.