Train came to ‘screeching’ halt in Miamisburg pedestrian fatality

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 11:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

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A Norfolk & Southern train that struck and killed a 16-year-old pedestrian Friday night in Miamisburg hit the brakes quickly before striking the boy, according to one nearby resident.

“The train just came to a SCREECHING halt,” South Fourth Street resident Niki Arnold posted on Facebook. “It stopped quicker than I have ever seen it stop. I pray no one is hurt.”

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Arnold noted “tons” of fire and EMS crews responded to the scene just after 7:40 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the 400 block of East Linden Avenue.

Authorities have not released the name of the victim - who was pronounced dead at the scene – pending notification of family.

The victim’s name may or may not be released today, according to the city. But police have said the death is not believed to be a suicide.

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This news organization has requested copies of the police report and the 9-1-1 calls.

After the accident, several streets were blocked off the train did not move until about 12:30 a.m., Arnold said in a message this morning.

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“When it occurred, my daughter and I were in the back yard painting. It is normal for us to hear trains and at first we didn’t think anything of it,” she said.

“Then there was a loud screeching noise from what I assumed was the conductor hitting the brakes,” Arnold added. “After that there were several loud clanks that were the cars running into each other because the train had stopped. Initially we thought the train had come off the tracks.”

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Neighbors - including Arnold - came to the scene to offer support for friends and family of the victim.

“Our hearts and our prayers are with them and I don’t think any of us can truly say we understand what they’re feeling but that doesn’t mean that our hearts and our prayers won’t be with them,” said Glenda Mesta of Miamisburg.

The teen’s body was taken by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Teen held in slaying of Dayton mom in front of two kids

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

Connected to Lorenz Avenue homicide

A 17-year-old male accused of fatally shooting a Dayton mother in front of two young children will remain in custody following a detention hearing this morning.

The teen, who was arrested and placed in detention Friday, is suspected of killing 22-year-old Keyona Murray, who was shot in the head in a home on the 100 block of Lorenz Ave. in Dayton on Feb. 16.

Neighbors and a 911 caller who reported Murray’s shooting said the gunfire occurred outside the home, around back in an alley.

The teen denied a charge of murder and felony burglary at today’s hearing at Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

The teen will appear in court for a preliminary conference on the morning of March 9 before Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi.

Police said the suspect was taken into custody after being found at a residence on Gard Avenue in Dayton.

Janice Meadows, who has lived on Lorenz Avenue for 30 years, called 911 on Feb. 16 after hearing gunshots outside.

“I knew the gunshots were close from how loud it was,” she said. “I thought someone was shooting toward my house — it sounded that close.”

Meadows lives a couple doors down from where Murray was shot. Murray moved into the rental home around the end of summer, she said.

“We’re really sorry we didn’t have time to get to know them,” she said. “It’s such a tragedy.”

Meadows says its a safe neighborhood because the residents know each and most have lived there for many years. Sometimes small groups hang out on the streets or corners, but the neighbors will call the police if there’s too much activity, she said.

“We’ll call because we’ve got children and grandchildren,” she said.

A candlelight vigil was held for Murray earlier this week outside the site of the shooting.

The suspected shooter, who lived in the northwest part of the city, has a substantial criminal record, according to court officials.

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EARLIER REPORTS

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (Feb. 23): A 17-year-old male has been arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary charge of murder in the Feb. 16 shooting of 22-year-old Keyona Murray, Dayton police said.

The teenager has a criminal history, according to investigators.

Court officials said he has been in trouble before on charges that include delinquency by reason of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, delinquency by reason of breaking and entering and delinquency by reason of burglary.

Officials said he had recently completed probation.

INITIAL REPORT

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Feb. 16.

Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after medics took her from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton where she had been shot in the head, according to police.

Murray was sitting in a bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous times into the house.

Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.

“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement.

“Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”

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

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Power outage reported in Wapakoneta

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

A report of a power outage has left people without power in Wapakoneta Saturday.

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One person reported that it appeared the whole city was out of power. 

Wapakoneta was not available to provide details but confirmed there was an outage. 

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

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Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:11 PM

Britney Spears’ Ex-Husband K-Fed Wants an Increase in Child Support

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support.

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Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from her for their two sons, Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11. 

Married from 2004 to 2007, the former couple decided on that amount after Spears lost sole physical and legal custody over the children and was placed in a still-ongoing conservatorship under the care of her father during their highly-publicized 2008 divorce. However, now that her residency has grossed over $137 million in four short years, Federline is looking to cash in, believing the success of her show was “in part because the boys have been in her life.”

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“Kevin has always been supportive of Britney’s recovery and has always recognized what a great mother she has been,” a source familiar with the situation told US Weekly. “Britney’s entire world are the boys, period. She just lights up when she is with them.”

However, Federline additionally feels he’s entitled to an increase in child support in order to “recognize the sacrifices he has made because he has gone above and beyond what most people would do in this situation.”

Both Spears and Federline are reportedly hoping to reach an agreement outside of court, with the insider adding, “Britney won’t be involved with any of the legal discussions regarding the increase request. She will let her dad, Jamie, and the lawyers hash it out. However, Jamie isn’t just going to fork over what he would consider an outrageous demand.”

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Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at crowded market

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:38 PM

Dogs Parted at Adoption Randomly Find Each Other

A couple strolled through downtown Seattle’s iconic, bustling Pike Place Market food stands on a clear winter Saturday when their dog started running through the booths

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"We noticed a puppy who looked very similar in age and appearance to [our dog] Maui, and once they saw each other they got really excited and started playing together," owner Kaitlyn Hawkins told KIRO 7. "After chatting with the other owners we realized that the dogs are siblings."

The 11-month-old dogs rolled around, embracing each other in their coincidental reunion. 

Maui and her sister Juniper were adopted from Russia. They were flow to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last May as puppies.

The two dogs recognizing each other nearly a year later has made them an internet sensation. With more than 15 million visitors exploring the historic district annually, people find the encounter quite remarkable. 

A worker at the Pike Place Market captured the moment in a video, and nearly 3 million people have watched it on Facebook

"I witnessed the coolest thing," the Facebook post said. "They even had identifying tattoos that confirmed it. This joyful reunion went on for over a half an hour, in fact they were still at it when I left the market." 

After the two families chatted, they realized they briefly met while picking the dogs up at the airport. They've exchanged phone numbers and plan to meet again soon for a play date at a dog park. 

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