Safety, crime in Middletown neighborhoods to be discussed

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:00 AM


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All Middletown residents are invited to a Neighborhood Watch Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Connections, 3907 Central Ave.

Middletown’s Neighborhood Watch program, directed by Middletown Division of Police and led by Identification Officer Vince Lovejoy, will meet to review information about safety and crime in Middletown’s neighborhoods.

Guest speaker Mike Soule of Soule Solutions will discuss computer fraud that targets older adults.

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Three people hit by train since its debut last week

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 6:39 PM

A group of boys trespass along railroad tracks next to a Brightline train station, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Brightline train will begin introductory service on Saturday, with round-trip fares starting at $20 between its Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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A group of boys trespass along railroad tracks next to a Brightline train station, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Brightline train will begin introductory service on Saturday, with round-trip fares starting at $20 between its Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)(Wilfredo Lee/AP)

For the third time in the week since the Brightline train started its service from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, a person has been hit by the passenger train, according to Fort Lauderdale police.

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Detective Tracy Figone, public information officer for the police department, said a pedestrian attempted to cross the train tracks at Northeast Third Avenue and North Flagler Drive when the gates were down. The person’s injuries are not life-threatening, according to Figone.

Four people have been hit and killed by Brightline trains since it started testing service. 

Friday night, a Brightline spokesperson reiterated the message from a press conference earlier that day: Safety.

“Today, we joined with partners in South Florida to stress our top priority - safety. Incidents like these can be avoided and train warnings need to be treated exactly like red lights, stop signs and crosswalks,” the spokesperson said.

On Friday, Brightline officials announced newly planned safety and public education initiatives in the wake of two fatal accidents in the last week.

On Wednesday, 51-year-old Jeffrey King was hit and killed by a northbound Brightline train when he pedaled his bicycle around the gates near the Florida East Coast Railway crossing about 4:30 p.m. on Ocean Avenue. Last Friday, 32-year-old Melissa Lavell was hit and killed near the intersection of Northeast Sixth Avenue in Boynton Beach. Witnesses told police she attempted to beat the train when the gates were down.

An 18-year-old who jumped in front of the train while it was making  a test run in July was ruled a suicide, officials said. The November death of a woman on the tracks was ruled an accident.

During the press conference, Brightline’s President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Goddard said they plan to implement electronic signs as well as put employees at busy intersections as extra warnings of passing trains.

“We offer our deepest sympathy to those affected by the recent incidents,” Goddard said at a news conference to announce the new safety measures. “The fact that these incidents are completely avoidable is what makes them so tragic.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Man shot in leg in drug deal outside Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 4:54 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 6:28 PM



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UPDATE @ 5:55 p.m.:

Police are looking for the suspect who shot a man during a drug deal around 3 p.m. Saturday at a Walmart parking lot in Fairfield Twp.

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According to Sgt. Brandon McCroskey of the Fairfield Township police, the suspect shot the victim in the leg during the drug deal while the victim was in his vehicle. The victim then accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a cart corral.

The suspect fled the scene on foot. Police believe the suspect was picked up by the same vehicle that dropped him off: a red 2007 Toyota Camry reported stolen Friday with license plate number 423XVA.

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The victim in his late teens was taken to the West Chester Hospital. His injuries are not life threatening, McCroskey said.

The incident remains under investigation.

According to McCroskey, the suspect is in his late teens to early 20s with a goatee.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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FIRST REPORT:

Police are investigating after a reported shooting outside a Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

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Fairfield Township Police were called at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday to the Walmart at 3201 Princeton Road.

According to scanner traffic, a person was shot in the leg during the incident.

Initial reports may have been drug related.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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Gradual weekend warm-up; Possible light showers to cause slick roads

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

A mild evening is expected in the Dayton area, with rain returning Sunday & Monday.

Increasing clouds are expected this evening. Overnight we’ll keep an eye out for a few light showers as rain chances increase, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will drop into the middle to upper 30s. 

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  • Warmer finish to weekend
  • Wet Sunday into Monday
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Sunday: We’ll experience cloudy skies with a chance for drizzle and fog. A few light showers will be possible as temperatures climb into the mid 40s.

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5-Day Rain Chances(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Monday: It’ll be mainly dry to start the day, but rain chances increase late morning into the afternoon. Gusty winds will be likely as temperatures soar into the lower 50s. 

Tuesday: A colder, blustery day with the chance for a few passing snow showers or flurries. Highs will be in the mid-30s, but will feel like the teens and 20s. 

5-Day Temperature Trend(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Wednesday: Some sunshine make a return, but it will still be breezy and cold in the upper 30s. 

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Thursday: Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s under partly cloudy skies. 

Florida group raffles off rifle to benefit children's program

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:50 PM

An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children. (Photo: WFTV.com)
An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children. (Photo: WFTV.com)

An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children.

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Channel 9 found out that phone calls to buy tickets for the raffle go to three Central Florida county jails.

The flyer advertising the raffle was created by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency.

It advertises a chance to win an AR-15 rifle. There are phone numbers on the flyer to buy $20 tickets.

Every one of the numbers directs the caller to someone's desk at the Orange, Seminole and Osceola County jails.

Some were perplexed by the offer.

“Probably a good value, but it’s very bizarre and counterintuitive,” said Andrew Shure.

Information on the raffle to win the $1,200 gun was tweeted by the St. Cloud police.

The local Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency chapter said the $6,800 or so raised would be used for community projects, like buying gifts for underprivileged children.

“They could raffle off a car or something other than a gun. That doesn’t make sense to raffle off a gun,” said Laura Stephenson.

Officials in Orange and Seminole counties seemed surprised that calls for information about the AR-15 raffle were going to county jail offices.

There is an asterisk on the flyer that said the winner must comply with applicable laws and background checks.

A member of this organization said that they won't really be handing over a rifle to the winner, but instead a certificate they can use to pick up the gun.