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Chief: Springfield Twp. firefighter who lost leg to come back stronger

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Updated: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

David Noble is retired from the Air Force. Contributed photo
David Noble is retired from the Air Force. Contributed photo

A friend of the firefighter whose leg had to be removed after he was hit by a car said he’s in good spirits as he gets treated in the hospital.

David Noble, 72, was responding to a crash at the intersection of U.S. 68 and Fairfield Pike when he was struck and pinned against a car. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and his leg had to be amputated. He remained in critical condition as of Friday afternoon.

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“It affects everybody. It affects all the members,” former Springfield Twp. Fire Chief John Roeder said.

Roeder still volunteers as a firefighter and was chief when Noble was sworn in as a firefighter about two years ago. The crash has been hard on all the firefighters, Roeder said, but he’s confident Noble will recover quickly.

“It’s life altering. No one’s going to say it’s not,” Roeder said. “But I think with his attitude, his mentality, that he’ll probably come back stronger.”

Troopers said Noble responded to the crash in his personal vehicle and was the first on scene. It’s no surprise to Roeder that Noble stopped to help. Noble is also retired from the Air Force and an experienced rescue diver.

“If there was an accident and no one was there yet, he would stop and offer assistance,” he said. “Just like any of us would. That’s what we’re trained to do.”

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The fire department and township communities have come together to support Noble, Roeder said. People have dropped off cards and flowers to the hospital.

“The support will be there because that’s just what we do,” he said.

A spot for Noble will be open in the fire department when he’s ready to return, Roeder said.

A neighbor near the intersection of U.S. 68 and Fairfield Pike who didn’t want to give her name said the high speed on U.S. 68 has caused many crashes. She has seen many speeders in the area and said she would like to see the intersection redone.

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Data from the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee shows that since 2007, there have been 29 crashes near that intersection.

Of those crashes, 14 involved injuries. That’s a high number of injury crashes, according to TCC Transportation Director Scott Schmid, but it’s probably because of the high speeds on U.S. 68.

Fatal accidents have happened in the area in the past, Schmid said, but not close enough to the intersection to be counted in the crash data.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash to determine if the driver who hit Noble was distracted and if the weather contributed to the accident. Investigators don’t suspect drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, according to Lt. Brian Aller, Springfield Post Commander.

The driver may face charges, Aller said.

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Police, medics called for stabbing victim in his late 70s

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

Police, medics called for stabbing victim in his 70s

Springfield police are investigating after a 79-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday evening.

The incident was reported around 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Gerald Drive. The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital.

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According to his neighbors, he was alert and talking to medics following the incident, and he said he was stabbed by a relative.

Everyone knows the victim, neighbors said. They described him as a nice man who is quick to help out his neighbors.

According to initial reports, the victim suffered wounds to the chest and leg.

Springfield police Lt. Jeff Williams said detectives were at the scene and that no further information would be released until Wednesday.

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The incident remains under investigation and no one is in custody, Williams said.

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Arrest made after man shot in head in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:46 AM

Man shot in Dayton

UPDATE @5:43 a.m.

An arrest has been made after a man was shot in the head Tuesday evening.

Marcus Antonio White, 21, was arrested in the 200 block of Cherrywood Avenue at 2:37 a.m., according to a Dayton police report and Montgomery County Jail records.

He was booked into jail on a charge of felonious assault.

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A man who was shot in the head Tuesday night drove to a Speedway gas station for help.

The victim was shot through his vehicle’s window in the 100 block of Huffman Avenue near Jersey Street. The shooting was reported just before 10 p.m. after the victim drove himself to Speedway, 1556 Huffman Ave., to get help, police said.

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According to a 911 call from the store, the victim went into the store and said he was shot while inside his car by another man driving a maroon vehicle.

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, Dayton police said. His name, age and condition were not immediately available.

Huffman Avenue at South Smithville Road is blocked as police investigate.

Police have not released any suspect information or whether anyone is in custody.

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Grand jury next for Springboro arrest streamed live on Facebook

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Springboro Sgt. Randy Peagler was questioned about a police stop streamed on Facebook Live.

A Warren County grand jury will review the case against Samuel Ronan, the former political candidate arrested earlier this month after a struggle with Springboro police.

Judge Gary Loxley bound over the case against Ronan, 28, of Springboro, after ruling there was probable cause to indicate he obstructed justice on June 9.

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Loxley ruled immediately after a hearing on Tuesday in Warren County Court.

During the hearing, Assistant County Prosecutor Amy Gill and defense lawyer James Calhoun questioned Springboro Sgt. Randy Peagler, the officer who reportedly pulled over Ronan after observing him in a road-rage incident.

Peagler told Gill he followed Ronan for about 0.3 miles after turning on his lights and sirens and that Ronan went back to his car and began walking toward him with a blue bag and his cellphone, flash on and recording for Facebook Live.

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Peagler said he hurt his foot and suffered road rash wrestling with Ronan, who recently contested the re-election of Congressman Steve Chabot in the May primary.

Calhoun established that Ronan, a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, never put his hands on Peagler during the altercation and that Ronan, although permitted to carry a concealed weapon, was apparently unarmed.

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Calhoun also emphasized that Ronan said he didn’t see Peagler’s police cruiser until he pulled into the parking lot of his apartment complex and said there was no “overt act” that supported the felony charge.

Calhoun said Ronan was within his rights to ask why he was being arrested before getting on the ground as ordered repeatedly by Peagler, with his gun and then a stun gun drawn.

But Loxley agreed with Gill, who argued Ronan “absolutely” obstructed justice by resisting being taken into custody by Peagler and another officer who assisted in handcuffing him.

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In addition to the felony, misdemeanor charges of resisting arresting and failure to comply with an officer were also bound over for presentation to the grand jury by county prosecutors.

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Ex-political candidate free after alleged Springboro road rage

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

Springboro Sgt. Randy Peagler was questioned about a police stop streamed on Facebook Live.

A former political candidate was released from the Warren County jail today on his own recognizance in a case also prompting a press release from Springboro police.

A police report released today shows the incident resulting in the arrest of Samuel Ronan, 28, of Springboro began after a patrolman observed as a “road rage incident between two vehicles.” It also indicates dispatch advised the patrolman that Ronan had a “concealed weapon license” and that Ronan began recording with his cellphone as he exited his car also carrying “a medium-size blue bag in his left hand.”

The report indicates Ronan was arrested after a struggle with police in a parking lot near his home.

A police report released today shows the incident resulting in the arrest of Samuel Ronan, 28, of Springboro began after a patrolman observed as a “road rage incident between two vehicles.” It also indicates dispatch advised the patrolman that Ronan had a “concealed weapon license” and that Ronan began recording with his cellphone as he exited his car also carrying “a medium-size blue bag in his left hand.”

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Court records indicate that during today’s arraignment, Judge Gary Loxley set a trial for for June 19 on charges Ronan resisted arrest and failed to comply with the order of a Springboro police officer early Saturday.

Loxley also scheduled at the same time on June 19 a preliminary hearing on a charge of obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony.

Ronan’s case was referred to the public defender, although he is employed and a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, according to a docket entry in Warren County Court.

However, Ronan might not be able to afford a lawyer, prompting the court to assign it to the public defender, according to the entry filed after his appearance via video link between the jail and court in Lebanon.

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Also today, Springboro police issued a press release concerning the case.

“Mr. Ronan was observed, by a Springboro police officer, operating his vehicle in an unsafe manner. The Springboro police officer attempted to stop Mr. Ronan, for the traffic violation, by activating his overhead lights. Mr. Ronan ignored this signal to stop and continued to drive. The Springboro officer then activated his siren. Mr. Ronan ignored this attempt to stop him and continued to drive. Mr. Ronan then led the Springboro police officer on a brief pursuit, turning into an apartment complex.

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“Mr. Ronan stops his vehicle and immediately exits. Mr. Ronan refuses to comply with verbal commands and is reaching into his pocket. Mr. Ronan then points an object at the Springboro officer, which is in his right hand. Mr. Ronan continues to ignore verbal commands and begins walking toward the officer. Mr. Ronan is taken into custody and charged with failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

“The Springboro Division of Police is aware a small portion of this encounter has received significant exposure on social media. While some of the exposure has been negative, we would like to convey our appreciation to many of our residents and those who have expressed their support of the division until ALL facts are reviewed and decided in a court hearing to be held at a later time,” a press release issued by Lt. Dan Bentley said.

Locally, Ronan ran against Congressman Steve Chabot in the May Republican primary, and two years ago as a Democrat, he contested the election of State Rep. Scott Lipps.

Ronan also ran for Democratic National Committee chairman in 2017 and gained attention in appearances on CNN.

He was booked into the county jail at 2:46 a.m. Saturday by Springboro police.

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