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Woman, 71, shot in head in crossfire of Dayton shootout drives self to hospital

Published: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 5:06 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 8:40 PM

Police looking for shooters after 71-year-old woman is caught in crossfire, drives herself to hospital

UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.

A 71-year-old woman drove herself to the hospital this evening after she was shot in the head, caught in the crossfire after two cars were involved in a shootout.

“She was struck in the head one time with a bullet as she was driving down the street, minding her own business," Dayton police Lt. Steven Bauer said.

The woman initially was considered critically injured, but now is expected to survive and is making a recovery at Miami Valley Hospital, Bauer said.

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A 911 caller reported at 4:37 p.m. the occupants of a vehicle, possibly a black Monte Carlo, were shooting at another car as they headed west on West Third Street in the area of the VA Hospital.

“Two cars just went by me, a black car and a white car. The black car was shooting like crazy at the people in the white car,” the woman said.

The woman who was shot was driving a red Buick. Miami Valley Hospital police said there was a bullet hole through her windshield.

Dayton police shut down a portion of West Third Street between Mia Avenue to just past Elmhurst Road for at least a couple hours as they investigated.

The white and black cars involved in the shootout remain at large, and there are no suspects, Bauer said.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.

A 71-year-old woman who was shot when the occupants of two cars were involved in a shootout is expected to survive.

The woman, whose name was not released, underwent surgery and is recovering at Miami Valley Hospital. Initially, her condition was described as critical after she was brought to the hospital in a red vehicle.

The two vehicles involved, a black Monte Carlo and white sedan, remain at large, police said.

UPDATE @ 7:25 p.m.

West Third Street is back open following a police investigation into a shooting earlier this evening that left one person in critical condition.

UPDATE @ 6:50 p.m.

A woman was critically wounded this evening when she was caught in the crossfire on West Third Street as two vehicles were involved in a shootout.

The woman was riding in a red vehicle that was not involved in the shootings. She was brought in that red car to Miami Valley Hospital, where police said she was in surgery after she suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Her name has not been released.

West Third Street is shut down in the area of Mia Avenue and Elmhurst Road near the VA Hospital. Police tape is up around the street, and homicide detectives have been called, as is procedure with serious shootings.

According to initial reports, occupants of a black Monte Carlo and white sedan were shooting at each other when the woman in the red car was struck. It’s not clear whether anyone else was injured.


A gunshot victim showed up early this evening at Miami Valley Hospital.

Police first received reports shortly before 4:40 p.m. that occupants inside a black Monte Carlo were shooting at a white sedan in the area of Third and Infirmary streets, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

By 4:45 p.m., hospital staff reported that a gunshot victim was in their emergency room. 

The victim’s name, age and condition was not available.

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Arrest made at scene where multiple vehicles were hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 9:49 AM

Multiple vehicles hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Nearly 20 motorists pulled over Saturday night in Dayton after their vehicles were struck by rocks while they were traveling west on U.S. 35.

Dayton police arrested one male juvenile at the scene, who admitted throwing rocks according to a Dayton police report. The boy was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center, where he was booked on several counts of vandalism. He said he had an accomplice, another male juvenile, but it was not clear whether that youth was arrested as well.

Thomas Acco of Jefferson Twp. and his girlfriend had just dropped off their children and were headed home when a rock came through the front of the windshield.

“I was in shock that someone would play with someone’s life like this,” he said.

“Glass just flew everywhere. We had a little swerve contest with the car in front of us — their windshield got hit also. We just pulled to the side and it was like 15, 20 cars lined up to the side all with damage.”

Motorists line up along westbound U.S. 35 May 26, 2018, just before the South Smithville Road exit after their vehicles were struck by rocks.(JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF)

Dayton police Lt. Chris Malson said there are no suspects, but plenty of victims.

“We got a report of multiple cars, approximately 18 of them, that were hit with rocks as they were driving westbound on U.S. 35 near Woodman (Drive),” he said. “All the calls came within about five minutes of each other.

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center said they received starting at 10 p.m. The last one received was at 10:29 p.m.

One of the victims was Susan Myers of Lima who was headed back home with her husband, riding in the front passenger seat.

“We heard a loud bang and looked up and saw the damage on the windshield,” she said. “We immediately pulled over and noticed that there were several cars ahead of us also pulled over with their hazard lights on.”

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There are no reports of injuries, but Myers said they were shaken and now have to deal with broken glass inside the car and their insurance company.

Tony Gerardi of Xenia said he was driving home from visiting friends in Dayton when his car was struck.

“I hope police get them. I’m safe, thank God,” said Gerardi, “I don’t know why someone would do something like that.”

Earlier Saturday, around 4:45 p.m., another two motorists, one from Illinois and one from Dayton, reported their windshields were struck by rocks. At least one of the windshields shattered just when they went under a bridge. They told police the rocks appeared to come from the north side of the highway but were not able to see the culprits. Police officers found a pile of rocks laying on the side of the highway before the South Smithville Road exit, according to a Dayton police report.

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Naked man spotted walking along Heincke Road in Miamisburg

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

A naked man was spotted this afternoon walking along Heincke Road.

Police were alerted around 2 p.m. to the report of the streaker by two 911 callers.

“I’m on Heincke Avenue in front of the post office in Miamisburg and there is a pedestrian walking totally naked up the sidewalk,” said one caller who said the man appeared to be in his 40s or 50s.

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“We have on Heincke Street in Miamisburg just across from the Wendy’s, we have a butt-naked man walking down the sidewalk,” a second 911 caller said.

We are working to find out from Miamisburg police whether the suspect has been arrested and what charges he faces.

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MUST-SEE VIDEO: ATV bumps cruisers during chase on Ohio highway

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:43 PM

VIDEO: ATV hits police cruiser during chase on Ohio interstate

Troopers chased down and boxed in a fleeing ATV with two riders illegally driving on the interstate.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol posted a video of the incident Friday on its Facebook page.

The video shows the ATV bumping one cruiser before finally stopping when it backed into another cruiser.

Once the ATV stopped, troopers said the driver fled but the passenger surrendered. 

The driver was apprehended a short time later and was charged with fleeing and eluding and for not having an operator’s license, the highway patrol said.

The three-mile pursuit started May 21 on Interstate 277 and ended when the ATV ran into the back of a cruiser on Interstate 76, according to reports.

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Here's why you should never use your hazard lights while driving

Published: Saturday, January 09, 2016 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Monday, June 06, 2016 @ 10:20 AM

How Not to Use Your Hazard Lights

A Georgia police department is advising drivers to not use hazard lights while driving, even in the rain.


In some states, the use of hazard lights is permitted while driving.


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The metro Atlanta police department warned that using hazard lights may actually signal to other drivers that you are stopped or stalled on the road, and the lights can reduce the ability to see if the vehicles ahead are braking.


Hazard lights also "turn off your ability to use your turn signals," the police department wrote in its Facebook post.


Instead of using hazard lights while driving, consider not driving at all until road conditions improve.


"If you cannot see, pull over to a safe place and wait (until) driving conditions are better," the department wrote. "Your flashers should only be used while your vehicle is stopped or disabled on the roadway or shoulder. This is a sign for emergency services that someone is in need of assistance."


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