Man, 21, charged in Hamilton police pursuit caught on video

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:45 PM
Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 5:38 PM

A 21-year-old Hamilton man Friday was charged with multiple traffic and criminal charges after a Thursday night police pursuit.

The chase started on Hamilton’s Main Street and ended about eight miles away in Fairfield after the man rammed two police cruisers in an attempt to elude capture.

Emery Herzig, of Fairborn Court, was taken to Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital to be evaluated for medical conditions apparently unrelated to the pursuit, according to Sgt. Ed Buns, a spokesman for Hamilton Police Department. Herzig remains hospitalized there as of Friday morning and his condition is not a result of any aspect of the pursuit.

He has been charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, and reckless operation. More charges may be filed against Herzig upon completion of the investigation into the facts of the nearly 30-minute pursuit, which never exceeded 45 to 50 mph, Buns said.

“We don’t normally have pursuits that last that long,” he said. “However, given some of the information that the on-duty supervisor had, and the speed of the car … he continued to let the pursuit go.”

Additional charges against Herzig may be filed by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfield Police Department for actions committed against deputies and officers.

At 7:06 p.m. Thursday, police attempted to stop a Honda Civic on the west side of Hamilton that was operating erratically and nearly hit several oncoming vehicles.

Police officer Pete Gibbons signaled the driver to stop in the area of Main and F streets. Herzig pulled to the side of the road, but drove off when Gibbons got out of his cruiser.

He then traveled east on Main and across the High Main Bridge, refusing to stop after driving across tire-deflating stop sticks that damaged some of his tires.

Herzig made a U-turn in the area of High Street and Fair Avenue, then headed west on High across the Great Miami River and out Main Street to the city limits.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office units deployed stop sticks a second time, deflating the remainder of the car’s tires.

Herzig continued west on Main, pulled off another u-turn, turning into the Meijer parking lot and almost striking several citizens and the police cruisers pursuing him.

He then headed east on Main and High streets, turning south on Ohio 4. At Laurel Avenue he sideswiped a Hamilton police cruiser blocking the intersection to protect traffic, causing the cruiser’s side mirror to fall off.

Herzig continued south into Fairfield where he went left of center into opposing northbound traffic and pulled into the lot of a Performance Honda dealership at 5760 Dixie Highway, where police said he intentionally rammed a second Hamilton police cruiser that blocked the exit from the lot.

Herzig’s car, damaged and with all four tires deflated, finally came to a halt in the middle of Ohio 4 at 7:33 p.m.

Hamilton and Fairfield police, along with sheriff’s deputies, exited their cruisers and drew their weapons, with at least one officer giving verbal commands, according to reports.

Herzig reportedly sat motionless in his seat and did not react to the commands, so officers and deputies removed him from his seat via the car’s window

Seven injured in ‘accidental’ fire in Dayton high rise

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 6:07 PM

            A fire in an eighth-floor apartment Saturday scorched the side of Park Layne Apartments in Dayton and injured several firefighters and residents. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF

A blaze in an 11-story Dayton high-rise building injured at least five firefighters and two others and forced the evacuation of dozens Saturday at Park Layne Apartments near the Dayton Art Institute.

At least 60 firefighters dispatched on four aerial ladder trucks and eight fire truck pumpers and an array of support vehicles arrived to battle the blaze and evacuate residents as smoke billowed out of an eighth-floor window, scorching the side of the building just before noon Saturday.

Police officers and firefighters helped dozens of residents — many elderly or disabled — out of the high-rise complex in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter across the street at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, said Bryan J. Adams, a Dayton Fire Department firefighter and public information officer. Dispatchers sent firefighters to the scene about 11:47 a.m.

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Fire investigators initial findings determined an accidental cooking fire started in the kitchen of an eighth-floor apartment, he said.

A damage estimate wasn’t immediately available, but smoke damage to the upper floors was expected to be “fairly extensive,” Adams said. Residents remained outside the building for hours Saturday waiting to return to their apartments. Authorities did not have an exact number of how many people the blaze forced out.

Park Layne resident Lucas Bechtel, 28, heard the fire alarm go off sometime after 11:30 a.m.

“It’s always one of those, ‘Is this the real one?’” he said. “We had one earlier this year that was just like a small cooking fire, no big deal.”

This time, he and his roommates learned it was serious.

“We get everything together, we came downstairs, we look up and we saw smoke billowing out of the eighth-floor apartment there,” he said. “It’s like, yeah, it’s a good thing we got going there because it was definitely pretty serious.”

Fellow roommate Laura Davidson, 25, quickly left her ninth-floor apartment.

“Basically, I heard the alarms go off and the first thing I did was grabbed my pet rabbit and stuffed him into his carrier and grabbed my purse and got ready to head downstairs,” she said, standing on a sidewalk as a parade of fire trucks formed a blockade and fire hoses snaked through the neighborhood. “I’m really happy that all of us are out. That’s all that really matters.”

One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation, another an arm injury and three more had heat exhaustion, Adams said. Three firefighters were transported to Miami Valley Hospital.

The extent of residents’ injuries were not immediately known, but none were apparently life threatening, officials said. One elderly woman wearing an oxygen mask was put on a stretcher and transported by ambulance for medical treatment.

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One man who identified himself as a son of a resident said he was told his mother had been cooking when apparently a grease fire started in her apartment. She evacuated safely, he said.

Dayton Police Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman said authorities went door-to-door to get residents out. When he arrived, he said he carried a woman who uses a walker down five flights of stairs.

“I wanted to make sure I could get to as many people as possible to make sure I could evacuate as many people as possible, and again, when that lady could not walk it was good I was there because we do not know what would have happened,” he said.

So many firefighters were at the scene off-duty Fire Department personnel were called in on standby at some city fire stations, Adams said.

A message was left Saturday with F&W Properties, which manages the high-rise building.

Staff writer Richard Wilson and Cox Media Group Ohio videographer DeAngelo Byrd contributed to this story.

Memorial Day 2017: Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohls and other deals  and sales

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017, photo, shoppers holding bags from Macy's wait to cross an intersection in New York. Macy's Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Memorial Day, the day set aside to honor those who died in military service to the United States, is Monday.

The practice of taking a day to honor the war dead began after the Civil War. More than 100 years later, “Decoration Day” became an official federal holiday known as Memorial Day in 1971.

The day also marks the unofficial start of summer, and retailers are offering those first summer sales. 

Memorial Day ads

Here are links to some in-store and online retail ads. (Click on the store name to see the ads and their expiration dates).


Best Buy

Big Lots

Home Depot

J.C. Penney






Rooms to Go

Sam's Club



Stein Mart



Good deals

Here are a few deals available to shoppers during the Memorial Day weekend:

Amazon - Up to 70 percent off select items

Best Buy - Up to 50 percent off phone cases and screen protectors 

Bed Bath and Beyond – 20 percent off one item in-store

Columbia – 25 percent off select items

Dick’s - Up to 50 percent off select outdoor equipment

Gymboree - Entire store is $12.99 and under

Home Depot - Up to 15 percent off grills and smokers

JCPenney -- Take 40 percent off appliances

Kmart – Up to 50 percent off select patio furniture, plus other deals

Kohls - 12' x 30 Steel Pro Pool - $149.99 

Lowe's - 30 percent off appliances

Macy's – 20 percent off Memorial Day sale, plus free shipping at $49

Old Navy - Up to 50 percent off tees, shorts and active wear

Pier 1 Imports - Desk chairs on sale - $44.98

Rack Room -- Buy one, get one free for sandals

Sam’s Club - Night Therapy 12" Classic Green Tea memory foam full mattress and bi-fold box springs. - $299 w/free shipping

Sears -- Up to 40 percent off appliances 

Target - Stok Drum Charcoal Grill - $99

Walmart - Costway 4 PC Patio Rattan Wicker Chair Sofa Table Set - $199.98 

Memorial Day 2017: Quotes about patriotism, freedom

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 1:12 PM

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country. 

Here are a few quotes about patriotism and freedom.

  • "A hero is someone who has given his of her life to something bigger than oneself." -- Joesph Campbell 
  • "A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." -- George William Curtis 
  • "All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can't do anything about it... Then you understand the horror of war." -- Norman Schwarzkopf 
  • "Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war." -- Otto von Bismarck 
  • "I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. " -- Bob Riley 
  • "Only the dead have seen the end of war." -- Plato 
  • "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." -- Mark Twain 
  • "The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain." -- George McGovern 
  • "The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth." -- Stonewall Jackson 
  • "The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's Tree." -- Thomas Campbell 
  • "These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror." -- Michael N. Castle 
  • "They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation." -- Henry Ward Beecher

Video shows naked man wandering Miami airport

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 5:24 PM

Miami International Airport.   (Photo: John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)
John W. Adkisson/Getty Images

A naked man was caught on camera Friday wandering around Miami International Airport. 

Someone filmed the incident on their phone and posted it to Twitter, showing the man walking around the terminal wearing only black socks as he waved to passersby.

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A woman told WPLG she saw the man starting to take his shirt off and she “got scared.” 

Police officers detained the man and took him to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, WPLG reports.