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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.

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    NEW DETAILS: Police report Fuyao worker killed after cutting strap holding glass

    Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 8:47 AM
    Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

    911 call: Fuyao death

    UPDATE, 12:19 p.m.: The Fuyao Glass America Inc. employee killed Tuesday in a workplace accident at the Moraine plant was crushed by a ton of glass after he cut a strap, freeing the product to fall on him, police records show.

    Forklift operator Ricky Patterson of Dayton died within minutes shortly after 5 a.m. after he was trapped between his machine and a pallet holding more than 2,000 pounds of glass, according to Moraine Police Division records.

    EARLIER: Fuyao plant workers consider union

    Police records indicate the moments leading to death of Patterson, 57, were captured on company video at the Chinese automobile glass manufacturing plant, Moraine’s largest employer with about 2,000 jobs.

    “The video shows the pallet of glass shifted forward,” according to Moraine police records. “Patterson then walks in between the forklift and the glass, grabs a strip cutter, and cuts the west side strap, causing the glass to crush him in the forklift.”

    The police report said the footage seen on the video, with time codes, is as follows:

    “-5:10,16: Patterson cuts straps on glass, causing it to crush him.

    -5:14.57: Lawson sees Patterson wedged between forklift and glass;

    -5:15.10: A second forklift and safety officer arrive;

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    -5:16.10: Multiple employees check on Patterson;

    -5:22.10: Second forklift is tied to glass;

    -5:23.54: Second forklift attempts to pull glass from Patterson.”

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    EARLIERREPORT: A 911 caller from Fuyao Glass America Inc. told dispatchers early in the conversation Tuesday morning that he thought a forklift operator had died.

    The 10-minute call at 5:13 a.m. from the Chinese automobile glass manufacturing plant on Stroop Road in Moraine indicates that when Ricky Patterson of Dayton was discovered, it was too late to save him, records show.

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    “I think this guy might be dead,” the caller told a dispatcher.

    The caller later added to others in the vicinity “I think the guy’s dead….I think the glass fell on him.”

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    The 57-year-old Patterson died after being crushed between a forklift and more than a ton of glass, Moraine police records show.

    The accident that killed Patterson was captured on video by the company that supplies about 2,000 jobs in the city, the Moraine Police Division incident report states.

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    Patterson was found “wedged in between” the industrial machine and a pallet of glass, which had a tag indicating it weighed 2,097 pounds, the report states.

    Patterson died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck in what was ruled an accident, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the issue.

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    Who is Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin bomber?

    Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
    Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

    Austin Package Explosions: Suspect Dead

    The suspected Austin serial bomber who apparently killed himself early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, local and federal law enforcement sources told the American-Statesman and KVUE.


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    TIMELAPSE: Snowy morning commute; how much snow did you get?

    Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
    Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

    Hyper-lapse: Morning drive from Miami to Montgomery county

    The morning commute was snow filled across the region.There were dozens of slide offs but no life threatening injury accidents.

    >>Live Doppler 7 Radar

    Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.

    >>Stay informed of approaching storms with free WHIO Weather App


    >>Share your snow day pictures with us

    Overall snow totals are expected to be between 3 and 5 inches, with some areas seeing closer to 6 inches. Butler and Warren counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, while the rest of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory.

    >> Winter Weather Advisory in effect; 3-5 inches of snow expected as gusts cause blowing, drifting

    Here are current snow totals received by this news organization from NWS trained spotters:


    Oxford:  4 inches

    Fairfield: 1.9 inches


    St. Paris: 5 inches


    Springfield: 1.2 inches


    Arcanum: 3.5 inches

    Greenville: 5 inches

    Bradford: 3.4 inches


    Bellbrook: 2.5 inches

    Fairborn: 2.5 inches


    Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches


    Celina: 3 inches


    Troy: 5.5 inches

    Piqua: 1.5 inches


    Dayton Airport: 1.7 inches

    Centerville: 2.5 inches

    Kettering: 2.2 inches

    Miamisburg: 2.5 inches


    West Alexandria: 4.5 inches


    Sidney: 7 inches

    Botkins: 3.3 inches


    Lebanon: 2 inches

    Maineville: 2.9 inches


    Richmond: 2 inches


    >> How the winter storm will continue to impact travel plans

    >> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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    Lawsuit alleges Moraine police conspired in Dayton man’s deadly shooting

    Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:44 AM
    Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

    Moraine police shooting: 1 man fatally shot

    UPDATE @ 12:02 p.m. 

    Family of Jamarco McShann holding a press conference about his death.

    Rev. Jerome McCorry, of the National Congress on Faith & Social Justice, said: "We will fight for justice until justice is done.”

    According to McCorry, other mothers of Ohio men shot and killed by police are at the press conference.

    “These mothers are the leaders,” he said. 

    The family’s attorney called it “unacceptable” that the Moraine officers are back on the job.


    A wrongful death civil lawsuit has been filed in the October Moraine police officer-involved fatal shooting of a Dayton man.

    The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the estate of Jamarco McShann alleges a conspiracy and misconduct involving several Moraine police officers.

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    “Defendant Officers John Howard, Jerry Knight, Michael Cornely, Justin Eller, Brian O’Neal, and unnamed officers willfully and maliciously shot Jamarco Dewayne McShann to death, and/or failed to intervene to prevent the use of deadly force against him despite the duty and the opportunity to do so,” the lawsuit states.

    Morraine Shooting Presser RECAP OF EVENTS

    Attorneys for the McShann family said they have scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. today.

    We are seeking response from the city and will update the story.

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    “The defendant officers otherwise acted both willfully, wantonly, recklessly, negligently, intentionally, and with malice and willful indifference in committing the acts alleged in this complaint, which resulted in the wrongful death of Jamarco McShann,” according to the suit.

    The 23-year-old McShann, died from “multiple shotgun and gunshot wounds” after a confrontation with Moraine officers John Howard and Jerry Knight in the early-morning hours of Oct. 20, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

    The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation oversaw a probe into the matter at the request of the Moraine Police Division. That has been forwarded to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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    The defendants “together with their unnamed co-conspirators, reached an understanding, engaged and continue to engage in a course of conduct, and otherwise jointly acted and/or conspired among and between themselves to unreasonably stop, seize, shoot, and kill Jamarco McShann in violation of his constitutional rights, complete false, inaccurate, and misleading reports, and to make false statements to superior officers in order to conceal their wrongdoing,” according to the suit.

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