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Cold case: Nikki Brooks

Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

There are still many unsolved investigations in the area.

A popular Dayton disc jockey was dead in her Harrison Township apartment. Now, 17 years later, many have been questioned, but the case remains unsolved. On the radio, she was Nikki Brooks, but to her family and friends, she was Kelly Dee Wilson. 

"Finally she was getting to do what she loved to do," said Kelly's sister, Jamie Powell. 

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Kelly, as Nikki Brooks, had the number one show on the radio Friday, from 6 until 10 at WROU FM

"Everybody loved her. A smile that we could actually hear on the radio," said Ro Nita Hawes-Sanders, of Hawes-Saunders Broadcasting Properties Inc. "She was not an African-American announcer, but she immediately related to the audience and connected to our music and connected to our listeners." 

Jamie Powell discusses her sister's death.

Family and friends are still uncertain about all the details of that tragic weekend in March, 2000, when Kelly died. They do know she attended a picnic and then had some friends over to her apartment. On March 27, Kelly did not show up for work. That was very unusual so her co-workers called the Montgomery County Sheriff''s office to have a deputy do a welfare check. Kelly was found dead slumped over the bathroom tub. 

"She was very intoxicated," said Ken Betz, of the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. " Leaning over a tub, an obstruction of the airways may have caused the death."

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However, Kelly's death was ruled a homicide.

"We can only speculate that whoever was with her at that scene, did they do harm to her or not? Or were they helping her and panicked? That's up to the investigators, " said Betz. 

"The ultimate thing is it's never going to bring her back no matter what you do," said Kelly's brother Craig Powell. 

The family is holding out hope that either new technology or a witness, will come forward and help solve this case. 

If you have any information about the death of Kelly Dee Wilson, also known as Nikki Brooks, please call CrimeStoppers at 222-STOP. 

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Ohio Rep: ‘I’m asking all county sheriffs to completely ignore this executive order’

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

            Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown
Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown

A Butler County state lawmaker is asking county sheriffs “to completely ignore” Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s executive order signed Monday to get an update on weaknesses in the state’s gun background-check system.

The order directs the Office of Criminal Justice Services to work with Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Ohio Supreme Court to update a 2015 study that found reporting gaps in the system. Kasich is also asking the state auditor to examine and publish a review of how well the local authorities are reporting the required information.

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Failure by local courts and law enforcement to send timely data to the state, which forwards it to National Instant Criminal Background Check System, could mean guns are being purchased by people who are ineligible to do so.

“There is just no excuse for this data not being sent and I can’t figure it out,” Kasich said.

Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, said the executive order appears to be infringing on a person’s 2nd Amendment rights.

“I am astonished at this action and disappointed that our governor has no seeming knowledge or understanding of our U.S. Constitution, and our right to carry without infringement from government of any type,” Keller said. “I’m asking all county sheriffs to completely ignore this executive order. Executive orders are not a law-making tool. We have an un-infringed right to carry. Executive orders are not a tool to make law. It is only tool to enforce the existing law. That is why it’s called an executive order.”

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But Ohio Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., said legislators “expect” the governor to enforce laws already on the book, which appears to be the case with Kasich’s executive order.

“We’re always happy when the administration enforces laws that we have passed,” he said. “That’s what we expect. We have laws on the books relative to people being disqualified for certain reasons. We in the legislature expect that to be enforced. So the fact they have been laxed about enforcing it, now they’re going to enforce it, I think it’s a great thing.”

Butler County’s top cop said Kasich’s action is nothing more than a stunt to raise his national profile for another run for president.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said his department is in compliance with state laws “as far as I know.”

Monday’s executive order “is just to help (Kasich’s) political campaign to be president of the Untied States,” Jones, an ardent President Trump supporter said.

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Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, said Kasich’s executive order announcement “was more about being in front of the cameras and appearing to do something.”

“The executive branch is charged with enforcing the laws. The governor should already have answers as to why this data isn’t being reported and what is needed to correct it,” Retherford said. “Instead he just wants reports and recommendations.”

Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., said, “it’s nothing new.”

“It is what is supposed to be getting done anyway,” he said.

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Second Wright State provost candidate drops out; new applicant to visit

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

A second candidate for the Wright State University provost job has withdrawn her name from consideration.

Jennifer Bott, dean of Ball State University’s college of business, will not visit campus today and Thursday as initially planned, the university announced today.

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Bott becomes the second provost candidate in a week to pull her name from consideration at last minute. Wayne Vaught, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was also a finalist for the job but he also withdrew from consideration on the day he was scheduled to visit.

Bott is also a finalist for the provost job at Western Michigan University, according to an announcement on the school’s website made Friday.

Another candidate will visit Wright State on Thursday and Friday. Joshua Powers, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of higher education leadership at Indiana State University will be the last finalist now, according to WSU.

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Previously at ISU, Powers served as the chairman of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations. Powers has also served as special assistant to the chancellor of Indiana University-Bloomington and assistant director for operations for the University of Virginia’s Newcomb Student Union, according to Wright State.

Outgoing Wright State provost Tom Sudkamp has said he plans to step down from his role in June but has not said whether he will return to a faculty position, retire or seek other job opportunities.


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Itchy eyes? Dayton ranks in worst cities in nation for allergy sufferers

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:16 AM


Pollen counts are spiking this week in Dayton, which was ranked one of the worst cities in the United States for allergy sufferers.

Pollen counts in Dayton will be high from Wednesday through Sunday, ranking 9.8 and higher. Pollen counts between 9.7 and 12 tend to affect most individuals who suffer from allergies to the pollen types of the season. Symptoms may become more severe during days with high pollen counts, according to Storm Center 7.

It’s not uncommon for allergy sufferers to experience harsh symptoms in the region. Dayton ranked No. 7 for the most challenging places to live with spring allergies in 2018, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The rankings are based on pollen counts, use of allergy medicines and availability of board-certified allergists.

In 2016, Dayton ranked No. 11.

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“This report helps people in these areas be more aware of what may contribute to their allergy symptoms so they can work with their health care providers to get relief. With the right treatment plan, seasonal allergies can be managed for better quality of life,” said Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of AAFA.

Why is spring such a bad time for allergies? Tree pollen is highest in the spring. It can even start as early as January or February in parts of the country. Grass pollen also starts to appear later in the season. Symptoms can include sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes and a runny nose. Those with allergic asthma might also have asthma flare-ups.

To reduce your exposure to seasonal allergens, use an air conditioner and a dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry; stay indoors, especially in the morning when pollen counts are highest, and on windy days; keep windows closed in your home and car; and shower after spending extended periods of time outdoors.


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SWAT on scene of standoff at same Perry Twp. home as March standoff

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Swat on standby Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.:

SWAT crews have arrived at the scene of an apparent standoff at a Perry Twp. home Wednesday morning. 

The standoff is currently occurring at the same house as a previous standoff on March 31, according to dispatch records. 

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Two people were arrested in the March 31 incident, however, it was not clear if Wednesday’s incident is connected to the previous incident. 

Several officers continue to block both directions of South Wolf Creek Pike near Keener Road for the incident. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 


South Wolf Creek Pike is currently blocked in both directions between Keener and Air Hill roads in Perry Twp. due to police activity. 

Reports multiple deputies and officers are currently blocking the road, but additional details about the incident were not available. 

Wolf Creek Pike shut down

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