Middletown police: Man killed in wrong-way crash was not being chased

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 4:24 PM

Other driver received non-life threatening injuries.

A Middletown man killed Monday evening in a wrong-way crash was not being chased by officers at the time of the crash as some had speculated, according to police.

Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the wrong way — on Verity Parkway at 5:30 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control of his car and hit a Dodge Avenger near Eldora Drive.

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The driver of the other car, Michael Lidstone, 45, of Franklin, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Johnson was pronounced died at the scene by the Butler County Coroner’s Office, according to the patrol. He was speeding in the 35 mph zone, but his speed hasn’t been determined, the post said.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the investigation is being handled by the state patrol, but said that Middletown police officers were not chasing Johnson.

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The incident began after a Middletown police officer noticed Johnson’s window tint was non-transparent and the officer couldn’t see inside the vehicle, according to the police report.

Johnson allegedly was driving erratically on Verity Parkway, nearly striking other vehicles, the report said. Johnson lost control of his car and it stopped near the Parkway Inn, police said.

The officer walked toward the car and drew his weapon and yelled for Johnson to show his hands, the report said. Johnson then drove his car to the Shell gas station at the corner of Verity Parkway and Germantown Road, the report said.

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Johnson started to drive again, weaving between parked cars in the gas station, police said. That’s when the officer deactivated his emergency lights and stopped following Johnson, the report said.

Another police officer said he observed the crash, then activated his lights.

The officer and witnesses removed Lidstone from his vehicle and laid him on the grassy median. Johnson had an warrant for felony domestic violence and was on parole, police said.

The road was closed during the investigation and a “one way” sign was partially torn down Tuesday in the median that separates the east- and west-bound lanes of Verity Parkway.

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Coming Sunday: I-Team investigates sex offenders on college campuses

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

An I-Team investigation uncovered information about sex offenders taking classes at area colleges.

In recent years, this news organization has shined a light on the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses.

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Now, we are taking a look at how many registered sex offenders attend area colleges and what those schools are doing to protect students.

Look in the Sunday and Monday newspapers for full coverage on this important story.


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Slick spots possible as temperatures drop overnight

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks into what other problems you may deal with Wednesday and Thursday on the roads.

Skies will clear with temperatures dropping into the lower 20s overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Some refreeze of slushy areas likely, which could lead to some slick spots.

>> Clipper-type system could bring snow this weekend


  • Skies slowing clearly, cold overnight
  • Sunshine to return rest of week
  • Weekend storm could bring accumulating snow
Five Day Forecast


>>How much snow did your area receive?

Thursday: Sunny skies will return with unseasonable temperatures holding in the lower 40s.

Friday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.

>> Remember these things when driving in the snow

Saturday: Snow will push across the Miami Valley. The snow may mix with rain in the afternoon, especially south. Some snow accumulation will be possible. It will become blustery with highs holding in the upper 30s.

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Sunday: Skies will clear with highs in the lower 40s.

Monday: Sunshine is expected to start the day with increasing clouds late. It will be milder with highs in the upper 40s.

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FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

What You Need To Know: Jeff Sessions

The FBI investigated U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible perjury last year amid allegations that he misled lawmakers about his contacts with Russians ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to multiple reports.

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The investigation into Sessions started before the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is tasked with probing Russian efforts to meddle in the election and possible ties to President Donald Trump and his campaign officials, Sessions’s lawyer, Chuck Cooper, told The New York Times. The investigation into Sessions has since been closed, Cooper said.

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“The special counsel’s office has informed me that after interviewing the attorney general and conducting additional investigation, the attorney general is not under investigation for false statements or perjury in his confirmation hearing testimony and related written submissions to Congress,” Cooper told the Times in a statement.

Sessions told lawmakers during his January 2017 confirmation hearing that he had no communications with Russians during Trump’s campaign for the White House, but he faced criticism after it was reported by The Washington Post that Sessions met twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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Sessions claimed he didn’t remember meeting with Kislyak, according to Bloomberg News. He emphasized in a statement released after the Post’s report that he “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign.”

Unidentified sources told multiple media outlets, including the Times, Bloomberg and ABC News, that Sessions was unaware of the investigation when he announced the decision Friday to fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

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McCabe authorized and oversaw the federal criminal investigation into Sessions, according to ABC News. The news network was the first to report Wednesday on the investigation.

The FBI frequently launches perjury investigations based on congressional referrals, according to the Times, though it’s rare for such investigations to lead to charges.

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Mueller’s team interviewed Sessions in January. Cooper told the Times that officials with the special counsel’s office have since told him that the attorney general was considered a witness in the case.

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Dog found burned to death, humane society asks for public’s help

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

Dog set on fire in Dayton

A dog was found to be set on fire, causing the animal’s death, and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is hoping someone has information on how the incident happened.

“Due to the time and location of this incident, authorities are confident there are witnesses to this crime and/or those who possess knowledge about it,” the Humane Society of Greater Dayton said in a prepared statement.

A humane agent responded to the 1000 block of Kammer Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Monday after police and fire officials responded to a fire call.

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“Upon arriving at the scene, the police and fire departments discovered a dog that had been bound and set on fire,” the humane society said.  “The dog was pronounced deceased at the scene. An arson investigator responded to conduct a preliminary fire investigation.”

According to a Dayton police report, the dog appeared to have been hogtied and burned.

Anyone with any information can contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937-262-8091.

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