32-year-old man found dead at Kettering home fire

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 10:30 PM

UPDATE @ 4:19 p.m. (March 11)

The man who was found dead inside a home that caught fire on Horlacher Avenue in Kettering Friday has been identified.

The body of Anthony L. Morgan, 32, was found inside his home in the 1600 block of Horlacher, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Autopsy results for preliminary findings on cause and manner of death were not available.

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m. (March 10)

A man was killed in a fire tonight at his home in the 1600 block of Horlacher Avenue in Kettering.

The man, who was not identified, was found on the first floor. His wife and children were away, said Jon Durrenberg, battalion chief of the Kettering Fire Department.

The fire was reported shortly before 9 p.m. When crews arrived, “they had fire venting out of the first floor,” Durrenberg said.

The fire was contained to the first floor, and when crews entered the home they found the man, deceased, inside, he said. He was the only person home and no pets were found inside either, the battalion chief said.

“The crews didn’t find any evidence of working smoke detectors, but that will be looked into more as they investigate,” Durrenberg said.

The state fire marshal’s office also will assist Kettering crews in their investigation.

“We have no idea what started the fire,” Durrenberg said, but he noted it is not believed to be suspicious.

No firefighters were harmed, and a family dog was believed to have been outside at the time of the fire.


There were reports of two explosions before a Kettering house caught fire.

Kettering police put up yellow crime tape around the home in the 1600 block of Horlacher Avenue. It’s not clear whether there are any injuries, nor what caused the fire, which was reported shortly before 9 p.m. According to initial reports, smoke was showing when firefighters arrived.

Dayton Shell robbery suspect arrested, police say

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

Update@4:56 p.m. (March 28):

The suspect accused of robbing the Shell gas station is 16 years old, and is being held in the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, according to Dayton police.

First report:

DAYTON - Dayton police have arrested the man they believe robbed the Shell on North Main Street Sunday night.

Officers responded to the business, 3613 North Main St., after the male suspect was accused of putting a gun in the clerk’s face and demanded money.

The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect they arrested Monday.

I-75 ramp to U.S. 35 to close Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to close the northbound Interstate 75 ramp to eastbound U.S. 35 Tuesday night for a project that will keep the ramp closed for six months.

The $1.8 million project is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., when ODOT is expected to close the ramp to repair the ramp’s bridge deck.

The work had been scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed for a day, the department said.

ODOT recommends drivers use a detour that would have drivers exit I-75 north to U.S. 35 west and exit onto James H. McGee Blvd., before reentering the highway onto eastbound U.S. 35.

Brookville woman faces charges after pets found in ‘poor health’

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

A Brookville woman is in jail on suspicion of animal cruelty as two dogs and four cats receive treatment at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

Kathleen Cummins, 24, of the 500 block of Adrian Court, is being held on $2,500 bond after Brookville police found her pets alone and in cages and they appeared to be in poor health, according to the arrest report.

VIDEO: Pets now at Animal Resource Center

Police responded to the home Monday afternoon on a criminal trespass complaint and found the two boxer-type dogs confined to a cage covered in feces in a small bedroom and there were four cats in another bedroom with no food or water, according to the report.

Brookville Major Tom Simon said officers responded to a burglary complaint and the resident Cummins let the officers inside. There was no indication of a break-in.

Simon said there was pet food in the house but for some reason the suspect was not feeding them.

An ARC officer responded to the home and the animals were taken in to be examined and treated.

Bob Sexton, ARC supervisor, said a veterinarian is examining the animals today. He said the dogs appeared to be “extremely emaciated.”

It’s too early to tell whether the animals will be available for adoption.

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Driver caught after pursuit leads to crash on U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m.

The suspect who police say led them on a pursuit that ended in a crash has been identified as Roderick Boyd, 21, of Dayton. He’s being held in the Montgomery County Jail on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, possession of drugs and some other traffic offenses.

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.

A driver was arrested after he allegedly was speeding on U.S. 35 East and fled from an attempted traffic stop, then caused a crash that slowed traffic in the westbound lanes.

All but the left westbound lane was closed on U.S. 35 West just after the North Smithville Road on-ramp.

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According to the patrol, the driver lost control on wet pavement when he tried to exit U.S. 35 East onto Smithville. The vehicle spun around and was facing the wrong way before it crossed the median, crashed through a guardrail and struck a westbound vehicle.

The suspect driver bailed from the vehicle and ran away but he was caught a short time later.

RELATED: Suspect in custody following 2nd pursuit in Dayton

The driver whose vehicle was struck suffered minor injuries, according to the patrol.


We’re working to learn more about a pursuit in Dayton involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post.

Emergency police scanner traffic indicates the pursuit occurred on U.S. 35 and a crash occurred on the westbound side west of North Smithville Road.

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

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