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Butler County’s unsolved homicides get new attention

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 3:59 PM

Hope Dudley and Sheriff Jones talk with families on homicide victims

Hope Dudley’s son was killed in a drive-by shooting in Hamilton County 10 years ago. On Friday, the 66-year-old marked her son’s unsolved homicide by helping grieving families in Butler County.

“Helping them helps me,” Dudley said standing in the lobby of the Butler County Sheriff’s office preparing to hang a poster titled “Butler County Unsolved Homicides: Can you help find who killed me?”

Dudley became an activist for her son’s death as well as others in Hamilton County, founding the group U-Can-Speak-For-Me. The group uses posters, flyers and playing cards depicting victims that are distributed in prisons and jails, along with any public location that might catch the eye of someone with information.

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This year, after meeting victim’s families at a Butler County candlelight memorial, Dudley decided to develop a poster featuring unsolved cases in the county.

The poster features 20 Butler County cases, but Dudley said there is room for more if police agencies or family members want to call her to be included.

About 20 family members of victims gathered at the the sheriff’s office Friday to see the posters.

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“Everybody in this room, you have my compassion and my prayers are with you. … I think it is a brilliant idea to put these posters up and have them up in the jail,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones told those gathered.

There are about 1,000 prisoners in the Butler County Jail, according to Jones, and “everyone is connected to everyone …. people in jails and prisons know lots of things, they know lots of people and people talk. Anywhere we can put these posters up we will. And if it helps with one (unsolved homicide), we have done wonderfully.”

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Dudley said she is hopeful someone will come forward in all the Butler County cases featured on the poster.

Dudley said families wanting their loved ones included can give her a call at 513-404-3063.

Cases included on Butler County unsolved homicide poster:

  • Calvin Simmons Jr., killed Sept. 16, 2016 on University Boulevard, Hamilton
  • Jaylon Knight, killed March 11, 2016, 200 block of Charles St., Hamilton
  • Christopher “CJ” Sandle, killed Jan. 13, 2016, 400 block of Millville Ave., Hamilton
  • Eric A. Givens II, killed July 5, 2016 on Walnut St., Hamilton
  • Anthony Broadus, killed June 3, 2015, East side of Hamilton
  • Broderick McGee, killed March 16, 2013, on Central Avenue in Hamilton
  • Chelsea Johnson, killed April 15, 2012, found next to a creek on Fairfield
  • William “Billy” DiSivestro, missing on Feb. 7, 2011, last seen on Hamilton’s Westside
  • Katelyn Markham, August 2011 disappeared from her Fairfield home. April 2013, remains found in Cedar Grove, Ind.
  • Frenchman Minnifield, killed on Jan. 8, 2004, on South Second Street, Hamilton
  • Eric “Josh” Bruce, killed on April 22, 1997, at William and Neilan Blvd., Hamilton
  • Robert Leon Johnson, killed on June 16, 1996, on South Monument Street, Hamilton
  • Richard Mincher, killed on Aug. 20, 1993, on Dixie Highway, Hamilton
  • Nancy Abrams, killed March 10, 1985, King Kwik Store at 1422 S. Breiel Blvd, Middletown
  • Alana “Laney” Gwinner, Dec. 10, 1997 disappeared from Gilmore Bowling Lanes. On Jan. 11, 1998, her body was found in the Ohio River near Warsaw, Ky.
  • Christina L. Carnes, killed on Jan. 20, 1994, on Mack Road, Fairfield
  • Joseph W. Oakley, killed on Aug. 30, 2012, on Pleasant Avenue, Fairfield
  • Damien T. Taylor, killed on March 15, 2012, on Winton Road, Fairfield
  • Robert Fields, killed on July 14, 1997, on Village St., Hamilton
  • Bryant Johnson, killed on April 27, 2013, on 12th Street, Hamilton
  • Also included is Corey Mitchell, killed on May 29, 2010, on Paul Lawrence Dunbar in Dayton

Anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-352-3040. or text “cintip” plus your message to “274637.” All callers remain anonymous.

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Teens who laughed, recorded man drowning won’t face criminal charges 

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:41 PM

Teens Accused of Laughing, Recording Drowning Man Won't Face Criminal Charges

Four teenagers and one adult who recorded a man’s drowning and laughed as it happened will not be criminally charged, the State Attorney’s Office announced Friday. 

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Jamal Dunn, 31, of Cocoa, Florida, died in July 2017.

A passerby found Dunn’s body in a pond at Bracco Pond Park days after he died, investigators said.

 

In the two-and-a-half-minute video, the teenage boys can be heard yelling, “We’re not going to help you and you never should have gotten in there.”

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There is no Florida law that requires a person to provide emergency assistance.

Prosecutors had considered charging the group with failing to notify a medical examiner of a death, but said they could not appropriately apply it in Dunn’s case without new legislation. 

At the time the video was taken, the group ranged in age from 14 to 18.

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After the incident, a Florida state legislator crafted a good Samaritan bill that would have made it a crime not to assist someone in need, but lawmakers rejected it.

“I know that everyone was sickened by the callous disregard for human life exhibited by these young people. We can only hope that this was an isolated and rare circumstance that will never happen again,” State Attorney Phil Archer said. 

“Unfortunately, Florida law does not address this behavior and we are ethically restrained from pursuing criminal charges without a reasonable belief of proving a crime beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.”

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Swimmers find rattlesnakes living in pool noodles

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:33 AM

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With temperatures consistently reaching over 100 degrees, snakes in Arizona may try to find respite from the heat in any way possible. A family in Buckeye, Arizona are now warning pool users to check their noodles before jumping into the water.

According to the Buckeye Fire Department, the unidentified family left two noodles against a wall and found rattlesnakes inside them. The fire department posted the warning over the weekend on Facebook, but did not say when the homeowners found the snakes.

But they said that it is not uncommon. They have found other reports of snakes that lay eggs, depositing the eggs in pool noodles that have been left outside.

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A snake expert told KNXV that the snakes are looking for a hiding place because of the high summer temperatures and the best way not to be surprised by a snake in pool toys is to not leave them out.

“Anything that a snake or a rodent can hide under, try to eliminate it,” Greyson Getty, a snake relocater told KNXV. “Try to keep everything neat and tidy.”

He added that snakes are looking for dark areas, so keep pool toys in a container that can close or on a shelf, KNXV reported.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:27 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On northbound Interstate 75 at U.S. 35 in Dayton, a crash reported around 7:20 a.m. is blocking the left lane. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road and Upper River Road, ROAD CLOSURE the week of June 25 due to a railroad tie replacement project. The project is expected to last 2 - 3 days. Detour signs will be posted at the site.
  • Bellefontaine Road between Chambersburg Road and Taylorsville Road, ROAD CLOSURE Jun 25 - 26 for installation of a new water main. The official detour is: Brandt Pike. More information is available here. 
  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west
  • I-75 between Northwoods Boulevard and the Miami County Line, Nightlylane closures June 4 - July 9 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.

GREENE COUNTY

  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

WARREN COUNTY

MIAMI COUNTY

  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - August 31. 

DARKE COUNTY

  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - August 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lighsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 722 between Gordon-Landis Road and SR 49, Dailylane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - August 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

MERCER COUNTY

  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 29 between SR 274 and Pleiman Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 66 between SR 47 and Russia Houston Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.  

CLARK COUNTY

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 
  • US 42 between Bershet Street and Short Street, ROAD CLOSURE July 9 - 13. The official detour is: SR 72 to I-70 to SR 41.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - August 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.

LOGAN COUNTY

  • SR 347 between Rogers Road and C - 154, ROAD CLOSURE June 29 - July 7. The official detour is: SR 347 to US 33 to SR 739 to SR 347.
  • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
  • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

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Paint Creek firefighter killed after station accident in Highland Co. ID’d

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 5:28 AM

Firefighter's body escorted to morgue

UPDATE @ 5:45 a.m: The Paint Creek firefighter killed after a tragic accident that occurred while at the district’s station has been identified as Joe Patterson.

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The Paint Creek Joint EMS & Fire District posted the message to their Facebook page: “It is our sad duty to report the Line of Duty Death of Fire Fighter Joe Patterson of the Paint Creek Fire District in Highland County Ohio. Fire Fighter Patterson lost his life in a tragic accident at the fire house on the afternoon of June 24, 2018. Memorial details will be announced as they are finalized.”

Patterson was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the them. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.

Local police and firefighters helped escort the fallen firefighter to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed later today, according to the coroner’s. 

INITIAL REPORT

Local Dayton police and fire departments helped escort a fallen firefighter/EMT from Kettering Medical Center to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Sunday night.

The firefighter died early Sunday, according to officials. 

He was a firefighter/EMT with the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District and lost his life after an accident at the district’s station near Rainsboro, according to a local news journal.

Firefighter escorted to morgue after accident

The firefighter was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the cylinders. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.

The name of the firefighter will be released once his family has been notified. 

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