Middletown may restart Citizen Police Academy

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:52 PM

            Participants in Hamilton Police Department’s Hispanic Police Academy learn about firearms safety. The Middletown Police Department is planning to restart its Citizen Police Academy in 2018. CONTRIBUTED

A Facebook post that inquired how many people in Middletown would be interested in participating in a Citizen Police Academy has already resulted in more than two dozen people interested in signing up.

Lt. Jimmy Cunningham said police Chief Rodney Muterspaw posted the inquiry last week on the Middletown Division of Police’s Facebook page.

“It’s going to happen in early 2018,” Cunningham said.

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He said the last time Middletown police hosted a citizen police academy was about 10 years ago. Since then, he said budget cuts and lack of community interest were two reasons why the department has not hosted an academy.

“It shows transparency and gives the community an idea of what goes on in the police department,” he said.

Cunningham said the program runs six to eight weeks on a weeknight and those who participate learn more about police procedures, policies and tactics as well as going on a ride-along with a patrol officer and spending some time at the police shooting range getting familiar with weapons. Participants will also learn about making traffic stops as well as how evidence is collected and how criminal investigations are handled.

He said the department’s instructors teach the various classes during the citizen police academy.

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Cunningham said about 20 people are accepted in a class, but that the details and participation costs are still being worked out. He said more information will be coming later this year.

“It’s a great community tool and gives police a chance to give back to the community,” he said.

Other area communities such as Trenton, Monroe, Hamilton, Fairfield Twp., and West Chester Twp. have hosted citizen police academies in the past several years.

2 safe after Dayton water rescue 

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

UPDATE @ 2:04 p.m.:

Dayton crews have rescued two kayakers from the Great Miami River. Both a male and female kayaker were ejected into the river and required assistance. Both are on land and in good condition with no reported injuries. 


Dayton Police and Fire crews have been dispatched to the 1300 block of Siebenthaler Avenue in Dayton for a potential water rescue. 

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch reports that two kayakers were caught in a line of trees and debris on the Great Miami River. 

They lost control of their kayaks and were tossed into the river needing assistance. 

One person has been rescued and they are attempting to rescue the second passenger. We will update you with the latest in this developing story. 

Reports: Comey knew Clinton email info was fake, created by Russia

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

FILE- In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey's memo relating President Donald Trump’s request to shut down an investigation of his ousted national security adviser is a powerful piece of evidence that could be used to build an obstruction of justice case against the president. But criminal charges of interfering with an investigation are difficult in ordinary circumstances, several former federal prosecutors cautioned Wednesday, May 17, 2017, a day after word of the existence of the memo broke. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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CNN is reporting that former FBI Director James Comey knew that some information about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server was created by Russian intelligence, but did not disclose that fact when he declared that the investigation into Clinton’s activities was over last summer.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the FBI received a Russian intelligence document saying the Clinton campaign had an understanding with the Justice Department that Clinton would not be prosecuted over the email inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.

According to the Post story, Comey made his decision to end the investigation in part on the basis of that memo.

According to the CNN story, Comey did not consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he decided to make a public announcement that the investigation was over. In the July 5 hearing, Comey did say that while Clinton was secretary of state, she had been “extremely careless” when she set up a private email server in her home in New York.

The CNN story claims that the FBI knew that piece of the investigation was fake and that the bureau was not deceived. According to the story in the Post, it was not until some time later that the bureau learned the information was fake.

According to CNN, Comey was not as concerned about whether the information was fake, but about whether the report was going to be released by the Russians. If it had been, sources close to Comey told CNN, the FBI could not refute it without compromising intelligence sources and methods.

For the full story, see CNN and The Washington Post.

Homicide victim found in field suffered multiple gunshot wounds

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

The city of Dayton’s most recent homicide victim died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to preliminary findings at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The body of Davionte Lavon Jones, 22, was found Thursday evening lying in a field in the 3500 block of Dorham Place.

We’re working to gather more details about the investigation.


A 22-year-old man is listed as a victim in Dayton’s latest homicide.

Next-of-kin has been notified about the death of Davionte Lavon Jones and an autopsy is underway today, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Officers were called Thursday evening to the 3500 block of Dorham Place, according to the Dayton police report.

The police report lists two vehicles that are part of the investigation, a tan 2005 Chevy Impala and a black 2006 Kia Sorrento.

Further details, including the cause and manner of Jones’ death, were not immediately available.

We’re working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Troopers: 15-year-old driving at time of crash that killed 17-year-old

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:27 AM

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m. (May 26)

From the 9-1-1 call

“He's 17. He flew through the roof," according to a 911 caller. 

The driver, Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children's Hospital South Campus in Springboro.

"I don't know the address. We're in the middle of nowhere," the caller told a 9-1-1 operator. "Please help me, I'm so scared," the 911 call continued. 

A woman, who saw the crash while visiting a nearby creek at the Sycamore Reserve Park with her husband and two children, took over the call and reported the other boy at the scene, apparently Mousa, was walking around "kind of out of it."  

From the Ohio Highway Patrol

On Friday, Lt. Chuck O'Bryon of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said there was no indication that alcohol or drug use were involved, but investigators were awaiting toxicology tests.

O'Bryon said it appeared the crash was the result of a combination of driver inexperience, high speed and failure to wear a seatbelt.

It was unclear why Mousa was driving. "It's a tragedy," O'Bryon said.

Mousa was identified as the driver after conflicting reports at the scene, O'Bryon said.

O'Bryon said the case will be presented to the Warren County prosecutors and that could take several weeks.

UPDATE@11:10 a.m.

A 17-year-old Springboro boy died in a crash Thursday night in Warren County, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Springboro, was a passenger in a car driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Centerville, that crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Township, according to a press release.

Preliminary investigation determined Mousa was driving a 2013 Honda Accord eastbound on Springboro Road, when he lost control, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned several times. 

The accident occurred on a very winding section of the road, just south of Springboro, according to authorities. The car’s speed at the time of the crash is undetermined, but speed and no seatbelt are listed as contributing factors.

Theiss, the right front passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. A rear passenger, Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center.

Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro. 

It was unclear if Mousa had been charged.

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m. (May 26) 

A 15-year-old was driving a vehicle that crashed in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old male from Springboro Thursday night, according to state troopers. 

Around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, state troopers and medics were dispatched to a reported single-vehicle, rollover crash on Springboro Road, near Red Lion-Five Points Road. 

A 2013 Honda sedan, driven by a 15-year-old male from Centerville, was traveling east on Springboro Road when the car, lost control, struck a utility pole, and overturned several times, state troopers said in a media release. 

The crash ejected the front-seat passenger and was later pronounced dead at the scene. State troopers identified the victim as 17-year-old Noah Theiss of Springboro. 

The driver was transported to Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus and was treated and released. 

A back-seat passenger, a 16-year-old female from Springboro, was also injured and transported to Atrium Hospital where she was also treated and released.  

State troopers said speed and no seat belt use are contributing factors in the crash. 

Investigators did not indicate if the 15-year-old driver was licensed with a temporary permit. 

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ site, a driver can be issued a temporary instruction permit identification card starting at age 15 years and six months.  The temporary permit must be held for at least six months, among other requirements that must completed, before a drivers’ license can be issued. 

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (May 25)

One juvenile was killed and two others injured tonight in a rollover crash on Springboro Road in Clearcreek Twp.

“Upon arrival there was one fatality,” Sgt. Bryan Cook of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

There were three youths in the car. The other two were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as not life-threatening, Cook said.

>>VIDEO: Trooper gives update on crash

The age and identity of the juvenile killed has not been released.

“We’re in the process of notification of next of kin,” the sergeant said.

The names and ages of the two injured juveniles also were not released.

The crash happened just east of Red Lion Five Points Road, Cook said.

A crash reconstruction team is investigating the crash, which appears to be a single-vehicle crash. It is not clear whether speed or alcohol were factors, Cook said.

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

A crash with ejection tonight on Springboro Road turned deadly.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is on scene.

There was at least one other injury reported in the crash.


Crews were called to a serious injury crash tonight in Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. on Springboro Road near Red Lion 5 Points Road. The road is closed in the area of the crash.

One person was reported ejected, and there was at least one other injury, with CareFlight initially placed on standby.

We have crews on the way and will update this report.