State to look at cases of 6 missing women, including 4 from Middletown

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

4 women are missing from Middletown

Police are taking a closer look at the cases of six women, including four from Middletown, who have been reported missing in the past year.

“We are going to ask (the Bureau of Criminal Investigation) to come in and take a look, do some analysis to see if there is any connection at least in the Middletown women,” Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve told this news outlet. 

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The six missing women all live within a 35-mile radius from cities along Interstate 71/75.

They are: 

  • Amber Whitmer, 30, missing June 6, 2016 from Springfield
  • Amber Flack, 30, missing Sept. 1, 2016 from Middletown
  • Melinda (Oney) Miller, 47, missing Feb. 19 from Middletown
  • Michelle Burgan, 47, missing May 16 from Middletown
  • Chelsey Coe, 25, reported missing in August from Miamisburg
  • Reeve said he has talked with a detective from Miamisburg about Coe, but at this point the department is not actively working with other police agencies.

    That’s because other than the proximity there does not seem to be a solid connection, he said.

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    “Other than them just being in the same general area that’s about it for a connection. Some of the women who are missing we heard rumors that they are associated with different incidents, but it is just rumor,” he said. “Until we find them though, we really can’t dismiss anything. That is the frustrating thing, when somebody has rumors or they start a rumor. Can’t prove they are interrelated until we find them”

    Reeve said all the women are adults with a history of drug abuse, and some were homeless and had a history of prostitution.

    “It’s possible they moved on,” Reeve said. “Because they have drug backgrounds it is very possible they overdosed, but because the are getting into cars with strangers, we can’t say that anything bad didn’t happen to them.”

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    Detectives said it is possible English’s disappearance could be related to Lindsay Bogan, who went missing from Middletown two years ago and whose skeletal remains were found more than a year ago in a field on a Madison Twp. farm.

    English made it known to others she was helping police in their investigation of Bogan’s death, police told this news outlet last October. There have been no sightings of English since her disappearance.

    Crews respond to 2 fires this week at same Miamisburg house

    Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
    Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

    FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

    UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Oct. 21)

    The Miami Valley Fire District responded twice this week to fires at the same East Central Avenue address in Miamisburg.

    A kitchen fire reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. brought crews Friday night. A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution because she was light-headed, battalion chief Glenn Jirka said.

    >>Flames shoot from vacant house in Dayton

    The property owner said there was a fire earlier this week to the detached garage, but that she did not want to provide further details about that incident.

    Jirka said all fires are considered suspicious until a cause can be determined.

    “There was a fire at this same address early this week,” Jirka said. “We’ll be taking a look at that but right now we don’t have any connection; we don’t have any reason to believe there is a connection.”

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    The tenants who live in the two units are displaced because of the damage to the dwelling, Jirka said.

    UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

    A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

    The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detached  garage, though she would not provide further details about that incident.

    The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.


    Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

    The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

    According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

    We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

    1 drug arrest but none for OVI at Dayton checkpoint

    Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
    Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

    (Nick Graham/Staff)

    UPDATE @ 1:45 a.m. (Oct. 21)

    An OVI checkpoint Friday night led to one drug arrest but no arrests for impaired driving.

    Dayton conducted two checkpoints, with a combined 251 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, according to a release sent early today by the Dayton Police Department.

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    At the checkpoint at East Third and Terry streets, of the 137 motorists there were 11 diverted. Citations issued include six with a suspended license and eight with no driver’s license. In patrols around the checkpoint, there were five traffic stops that led to the drug arrest; one driver with no license and another with a suspended license.

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    At the checkpoint at South Keowee and East Fifth streets, of the 114 motorists there were seven diverted. Citations issued include three for a suspended license; two for no driver’s license and one driver with temps who did not have a licensed driver in the car. Patrols around the checkpoint led to one stop with a misdemeanor warrant arrest, the release stated.


    OVI checkpoints will be held between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in two Dayton locations.

    Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

    State law requires law enforcement to announce sobriety checkpoints ahead of time.

    The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. 

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    According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

    Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

    The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends

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    Massachusetts man arrested for dragging badly beaten dog

    Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:40 AM

    Pit bull.
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    A Massachusetts man accused of beating a dog so severely it was coughing blood and limping was arrested for animal cruelty, authorities said. 

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    Police say, Mark Rodney Hurd, 22, of Everett left the dog in critical condition Friday. Officers said they arrived at a home to find Hurd dragging the pit bull down the driveway after the abuse had been reported to them. 

    “It's extremely disappointing to see this type of violence perpetrated on an animal especially a domesticated pet,” Everett police Chief Steven Mazzie said. “The Everett Police Department takes these cases seriously and would like to remind the public to report abuse of this type if they witness it.”

    Neighbors said the dog, Chance, is “docile and friendly.” Others said they were awakened Friday morning by the commotion at the house. 

    Chance was rushed to a veterinary hospital for emergency treatment, police said.

    Hurd is being held without bail as the abuse charges have been added onto a probation violation. 

    Cedarville HS band plays Greenon fight song in honor of student killed in crash

    Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

    At tonight's Greenon vs Cedarville game, Cedarville's band played Greenon's fight song to honor Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, who died in a car accident on Sunday (CONTRIBUTED/Mariah Gossett).

    The Cedarville High School marching band tonight played the Greenon High School fight song in honor of the marching band member killed in a weekend crash.

    The Cedarville band faced Greenon fans when they played the fight song.

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    It was in tribute of 16-year-old Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a Greenon  junior who was a passenger in a car that crashed Sunday afternoon on Fowler Road in Clark County. He was a member of the marching band and on the swim team.

    The musical tribute happened during the football game at the Cedarville stadium, which Greenon’s varsity team won with a score of 7-6. Video above was contributed by student Mariah Gossett.

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    The driver of the car was a fellow Greenon student, 16-year-old Andrew Scott, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

    DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a crash this academic year.

    A crash in August killed David Waag and Connor Williams.