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WHIO Reports: Oval of Honor

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 4:47 PM

This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on the Oval of Honor to discuss the event that honors local veterans.

Guests are Jim White, Dealer Principal at White’s Auto Group and Director of the Dayton Area Ford Dealer; Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Attractions Operations, Air Force Museum Foundation; Roger Doctor, Vectren Dayton Air Show. 

WHIO Reports airs at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18.

Clark County 11-year-old charged with unruliness, inducing panic

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 9:36 PM

UPDATE @ 11:24 a.m. (June 23):

Perry Beller has been charged with being an unruly juvenile and inducing panic, said Major Chris Clark, Clark County Sheriff’s office. The child will appear in juvenile court Friday.

UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m. (June 22)The Clark County Sheriff's Office is considering pressing charges in the Perry Beller missing child incident and has discussed with the family ways to prevent the boy from running off. 

"We have discussed that with the family," Maj. Chris Clark, operations commander with the sheriff's office, said of the recommendations offered. 

Perry is the son of a Clark County sheriff’s deputy.

Perry was located in downtown Christiansburg, Champaign County, by a member of the Region 3 Rescue Strike Team and a bystander. The boy's family and medics will determine whether to send him to a hospital. 

"We don't know the path that he took," said Michael Guadagno, strike team coordinator. He estimates the boy was missing more than 14 hours and covered roughly 5 miles from his home in Pike Twp. 

>>VIDEO: Boy 'very outdoorsy’

"He could have taken many paths back and forth. We assume he was wearing what he left the house in." 

Well more than 100 personnel from fire/EMS, law enforcement, seven to 14 search teams with multiple members as well as multiple K-9 teams from four counties joined in the search, Guadagno said. 

Maj. Clark said drones from the Ohio Bureau of Investigation and the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, as well as aircraft from the Ohio Highway Patrol and a private citizen pilot were part of the search effort as well. 

"It was a long, painstaking search and we're just really happy it ended successfully," Maj. Clark said. "It's a huge relief."

UPDATE @ 8:38 p.m.: Searchers have located Perry Beller. 

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m.: We’re told the Perry Beller case has been elevated to an alert because of the length of time he has been missing, the fact that he has presumably been without food and water and because he is believed to be wearing little to no clothing.

UPDATE @ 7:35 p.m.: The search for Perry Beller has been elevated to an endangered missing child alert, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

The alert describing the 11-year-old was released minutes ago. He is 4-foot-2 inches tall, about 70 pounds and was possibly last seen in the village of Christiansburg in Champaign County. 

We're working to determine what led the sheriff's office to elevate this incident.

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.: More than 40 firefighters, EMTs, police, deputies and at least two K-9 units have launched the search for 11-year-old Perry Beller. 

The group is leaving from the Pike Twp. Fire Department, where officials briefed reporters on the boy described as very intelligent and knowledgeable about the outdoors. 

Jacob King, Bethel Twp. fire chief, said Perry “is a very avid, strong young man. He is very outdoorsy. 

"He does not mind running through fields, climbing trees, running in springs. He's very intelligent on the foods of the land. 

"He knows what berries, what type of fruits are grown in the area that he can eat…he is very outdoorsy and can move and navigate through this area very well. "

The search group intends to cover an area that includes Pike and Harmony townships, along the Clark/Miami county line.

If you see him, you are asked to call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 937-328-2561.

UPDATE @ 4:36 p.m.:  The public is being asked to check their properties -- trees, sheds, barns and the like -- for Perry Beller, described as a very strong boy who is “very outdoorsy” and likes to travel shoeless.

The boy is the son of a Clark County sheriff’s deputy.

He has some disabilities and officials believe those disabilities are driving him to run. One official calls it a “defiance disability.”

(NEW) Perry is believed to have oppositional defiant disorder, a mental impairment that affects children, generally in adolescence. While it is normal for a child to go through some level of disobedience in their youth, ODD goes beyond normal disobedience and often rise to a level that requires professional help, according to an article posted to disabilitysecrets.com.

Children with ODD do not see their behavior as defiant. They feel as though others are putting unreasonable demands on them when asked to behave properly.

Some children are diagnosed with ODD because they are explosive and angry, but they are just easily frustrated and inflexible; these children may not be disobeying authority on purpose.

Officials said the boy has built a club house. He likes to be outside. He doesn’t mind being out in the fields or wooded areas.

This is not the first time he has left home, one official said. Perry ran away to North Hampton on Memorial Day, ending up at a relative’s home. That’s about five miles from his home in Pike Twp.

The last reported sighting was at 10 am. in Christiansburg in Champaign County.

People living in the areas of North Hampton, New Carlisle and Christiansburg are urged to be on the lookout for the boy.

Officials are ruling out any abduction or family member taking him.

If you see him, you are asked to call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 937-328-2561.


Clark County law enforcement officials will hold a news conference this afternoon to notify the community about 11-year-old Perry Beller, who is said to be missing. 

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Officials told this news outlet Beller has been missing since this morning. Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way to the news conference and will update this page as we learn more. 

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Suspect named in pursuit, crash and fire in Sidney

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 5:19 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 1:53 AM

UPDATE @ 11 a.m. (June 23):

Officers have identified the man who led officers on a chase a short time before he crashed causing a power outage and fire at the Shelby County Board of Elections Thursday afternoon.

Dante Bradford, of Cincinnati, was charged with failure to comply and additional charges are expected to be reviewed by the Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office.

UPDATE @ 1:54 a.m. 06/23/17

The Board of Elections had a power surge which caused a power outage in the building and surrounding street, according to Cameron Haller, the Sidney Fire Department deputy chief.

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Haller said the surge caused a short in the attic leading to smoke filling the room, and coming out of the building. 

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Crews were on scene at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday fixing street lights and installing a new electric pole when they saw the smoke and went into normal structure fire response, Haller said.

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The fire crews went into the building and were able to put out the fire without issue or damage and were also able to salvage the voting machines, Haller said.

The fire, for the size of the building, was minimal, according to Haller. 

The vehicle pursuit crash caused power lines to come down on top of another car trapping the two people inside until Dayton Power and Light was called to remove wires, Haller said. The two people that were trapped were transported to the hospital. 

UPDATE @ 6:50 p.m.

The pursuit this afternoon that led to a small fire at the Shelby County Board of Elections began as an attempted traffic stop for a minor violation on Interstate 75, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said.

The deputy called off the pursuit due to unsafe speeds, but then it resumed after the motorist drove at another deputy, according to the sheriff’s office.

The driver, who was injured and flown to Miami Valley Hospital, has not been identified. More information about the incident is expected to be released by the sheriff’s office.

The crash in Sidney is under investigation by the Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

UPDATE @ 6 p.m.

Sgt. Joshua Divens, Sidney police, said the board of elections fire relates to an earlier pursuit and crash. 

The pursuit started prior to 3 p.m. with Shelby County deputies. The pursuit went off Interstate 75 south and onto Fair Road in Sidney.

The pursuit ended in the area of Miami Avenue and Court Street — taking down wires and a power light. 

Divens said while Dayton Power and Light crews were fixing the damage, smoke was noticed from the Shelby County Board of Elections.

Divens said the driver in the pursuit did flee on foot before being caught. He was injured and flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Two others were injured from a second vehicle, Divens said.


Crews were called this evening to a fire at the Shelby County Board of Elections.

The board is located at 230 E. Court St. in Sidney.

We are working to learn more about this developing story.

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Location of OVI checkpoint Friday in Dayton announced

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 5:04 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m. (June 23)

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will conduct an OVI checkpoint in the area of North Gettysburg Avenue and Kings Highway starting at 9 p.m. Friday. 

The location of the checkpoint was announced in compliance with state law. 

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A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted Friday in Dayton by the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Friday.

The checkpoint and enhanced patrols during the weekend are an effort of law enforcement agencies to deter and apprehend impaired drivers. The majority of deadly crashes occur on weekends, according to the task force.

Ohio law requires police agencies to announce OVI checkpoints and locations in advance.

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Stuffed cow prevents serious injuries for 2-year-old boy who fell from window

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Less than 24 hours after plunging 16 feet out of a second story window, Eduardo Jose Luis Gomez arrived home Thursday from the hospital in good health and good spirits.

The 2-year-old was carried upstairs by his mother, who then snapped photos of her son’s reunion with the stuffed cow credited with saving his life.

"It’s just a miracle it’s a miracle,” neighbor Julia Sandoval said.

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Eduardo’s family is convinced it’s divine intervention. Several neighbors who watched the little boy as he was taken away on a stretcher while wearing a neck brace Wednesday night seem to agree.

"That was god that was with the baby,” neighbor Teresa Vega said.

Police said Eduardo’s mother was out shopping when he fell out this window. His adult cousin and uncle were in the other room of the apartment as he and his 12-year-old sister bounced around on a bed.

The sister told investigators her little brother was clenching onto the stuffed cow when he somehow bounced right out the window.

Police believe the toddler would’ve landed directly on the concrete, but somehow his favorite stuffed animal broke the fall.

"I was thinking the worst I was thinking the baby wasn't going to make it,” Vega said.

His family said Eduardo only has bumps, bruises and a sprained ankle. He was kept overnight at Mass. General Hospital for observation before returning and giving this neighborhood a glimpse of an incredible outcome that some say defies explanation.

A family friend told Boston25News.com that Eduardo carries the stuffed cow around with him everywhere and will likely continuing doing so for the foreseeable future.