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Cold Case detective joins search for woman who vanished while pregnant

Published: Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 5:30 PM

            Nikki Forrest hasn't been seen since September 2010. SUBMITTED.
Nikki Forrest hasn't been seen since September 2010. SUBMITTED.(Submitted)

It's been almost five years since 19-year-old Nikki Forrest vanished without a trace in Miami County. At the time, Forrest was halfway through a high-risk pregnancy that required her to take injections twice daily.

Tammy Weddington of Piqua said her stepdaughter was very excited about having a baby and they talked on the phone or texted almost daily. She vividly remembers their last conversation.

"She said she was going to go to another state with a boyfriend and start a new life with him and we didn't hear from her after that," said Weddington. She said she tried to talk Nikki into staying in Piqua, where she had family and friends to help her with the baby.

»FROM 2013: 'We would like to talk to the people who found the bag'

The boyfriend told police that he last saw Nikki Forrest the night of September 25, 2010 when she showed up at his home on Croydon Rd. in Troy.

"The story we have received is that there was an argument and he placed her baggage outside his house and some unknown person came and picked her up and drove off with her and she's not been seen since," said Tom Christy, Piqua Deputy Chief of Police. "That was the dispute that night, whether he was the father or not."

»FROM 2012: Woman had arguments on the day she disappeared

Nikki was never seen or heard from again. Police said she never used her cell phone again or picked up her last paycheck. Days after she was reported missing, an elderly couple came into the Kroger Pharmacy on Covington Rd. in Piqua with Nikki's bag that contained her medication. They said they found the bag along Eldean Road. However, they did not tell the pharmacist exactly where the bag was found and they did not give their names.

"We've reached out to the people who found this bag and we have yet been able to talk to them, " said Deputy Chief Christy. "Our interest in talking to them is merely to find out where this bag was found."

»FROM 2010: 'Things got off on a bad foot that night'

Now, almost five years after Nikki vanished, a cold case investigator from the Montgomery County Coroner's Office is joining the case. Glen McIntosh said it appears that something tragic happened to the pregnant teenager.

"Somebody knows what happened to her or somebody knows if somebody did something tragic to her and we need those people to come forward," said McIntosh. He will be going over the case files and interviewing family members and friends in hopes of finding new evidence. 

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When to spot International Space Station flyover in Dayton this week

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:28 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tells you where to look to see the ISS.

There will be several chances to see the International Space Station fly over Dayton this week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Clouds should be decreasing this evening, giving viewers a clear shot of finding the station. The ISS will appear in the southwest sky and drop below the horizon in the east/northeast sky around 9:30 p.m. It will take about six minutes and reach 59 degrees above the horizon which should be high enough to see above the treeline.


Facing north help you see the ISS when it is highest in the sky. 

Wednesday morning, if you wake up early, you could find the ISS in the sky around 4 a.m. This time the ISS will appear in the northwest sky and disappear in the east/southeastern sky. It will reach it's highest point above the horizon hitting about 64 degrees. Facing the eastern sky may help you find it.

>> Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

The International Space Station will look like a bright star or plane moving across the sky except it won't flash or blink. 

The clouds should break even more by Wednesday morning so get out and take a photo.

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Maryland police officer killed; 1 suspect arrested, authorities say

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 8:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 8:03 AM

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Police are searching for multiple suspects after a Maryland police officer was killed during a traffic stop in Baltimore County.

Here is the latest on this developing story:

Update 7:57 a.m. EDT Tuesday: A 16-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a Baltimore County police officer, authorities said early Tuesday.

The suspect was not immediately identified. 

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According to WBAL, police were seeking three more suspects.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A Maryland police officer was killed Monday during a traffic stop in a neighborhood in Baltimore County, Maryland, according to news reports.

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The four-year female veteran of the force was responding to reports of a “suspicious vehicle” Monday afternoon when she was fatally injured,” WJZ-TV reported.

It’s unclear whether she was shot or run over or both, but police are searching for those responsible, who they consider “armed and dangerous.”

Authorities said they won’t know for sure how the officer died until an autopsy is performed, but she was wearing a body camera and police are reviewing the tape, according to WJZ-TV.  

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan did say in a tweet the officer was shot.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County police officer after she was shot in the the line of duty,” Hogan said on Twitter.

“Our prayers got out to this brave officer’s family, Baltimore County police and fire and the Baltimore County community,” he said. 

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks wrote in a Twitter post that the officer was shot in Perry Hall, near Belair and Lausmier roads.


Police had warned residents to shelter in place as a manhunt got underway Monday afternoon. 


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3 Middletown residents to plead guilty to plotting $1.2M jewelry heist

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2:50 AM

Middletown residents plead guilty plotting jewelry heist

Three Middletown residents accused of stealing $1.2 million in diamonds and jewelry during a 2016 heist will plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati today, according to our partners at WCPO.

Amit “Alex” Patel, 28; Mimi Chang, 42; and Danny Ray Horne, 28, are charged with conspiring to rob two New York salesman after a jewelry show in Pennyslvania.

>> 5 Middletown residents indicted in million-dollar diamond robbery

The salesman stopped at a restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., after a show on April 2, 2016. One of the salemen went into the restaurant while the other stayed in the car with suitcases of jewelry, according to WCPO.

The robbers punched the victim waiting in the car, grabbed the suitcases and took off running. 

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Two others, Andrea Mullins, 35; and Deanna “Dee Dee” Williams, 36, have already pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit the robbery, according to WCPO.

Patel has been charged in two other jewelry robberies.

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Crews battle massive flames from two vehicle fires in Dayton 

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2:37 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

Crews fight car fires on Dayton street

Dayton fire crews were able to quickly extinguish two vehicle fires in Dayton early Tuesday morning. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Motorcyclist injured in rear-end collision with sedan in Riverside

The fires were reported around 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Niagra Avenue. A car and SUV were both fully involved when fire crews arrived. 

It’s unknown what caused the fires to start.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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