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Police: Man charged in Riverside bomb squad incident said explosive was stolen

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 8:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

Linden Ave shut down in Dayton

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m. (Dec. 24): 

A 38-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he was found with an explosive device and multiple stolen items from a business on Saturday, according to Riverside police. 

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Rodney K. Allen has been charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a stolen ordnance, and inducing panic, Sgt. David Crigler said Sunday. 

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Allen told investigators he stole the explosive device, Crigler said, which prompted a response by Dayton Police Bomb Squad and shut down a portion of Linden Avenue for nearly five hours Saturday. The ordnance, described as an explosive used by construction companies, was removed by the bomb squad and later safely detonated.  

Allen was also found with several items that were stolen during a break-in at a Dayton business. 

He remains booked in the Montgomery County Jail. 

Rodney Allen (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (Dec. 23):

A portion of Linden Avenue tonight was shut down for nearly five hours ... after police found an explosive device inside a hotel room.

A call made around 5 p.m. about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Riverside, 4500 Linden Ave. led officers to stolen goods, and then the explosive.

Police found items inside the vehicle that came from a burglary in Dayton, Riverside police Sgt. Mike Safriet said.

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Inside the suspect’s hotel room, police found a 12-inch long cylindar, which Safriet called a “manufactured explosive” that is the type used by construction companies. It was not clear how the suspect obtained the item.

The Dayton Bomb Squad was called, and the hotel and a nearby restaurant were evacuated. Linden Avenue was shut down for nearly five hours between Spinning Road and Quinby Lane.

The bomb squad took the device and planned to detonate it in a remote area of a park.

FIRST REPORT (Dec. 23)

A portion of Linden Avenue in Riverside is shut down tonight and the Dayton Bomb Squad was called to assist police there.

Police have been on scene since around 5 p.m., and Linden Avenue is closed between Spinning Avenue and Quinby Lane. According to initial reports, the incident may have to do with stolen goods. 

>> Armed robber targets Food Time Market in Dayton

It is not clear why the bomb squad was requested to the scene, but crews appear to be focused on the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Riverside, 4500 Linden Ave. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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HOT CAR WARNING: How quickly heat can kill your child or pet

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:35 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about how to keep your pet safe in the heat.

A Heat Advisory has been issued for the Miami Valley Monday from noon until 8 p.m.

Temperatures will be in the low 90s with heat index values reaching 100 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

The heat index is a “feels like” temperature.

High heat, humidity and sunshine can allow your car to rapidly heat up. At 93 degrees, in about 15 minutes, the inside of your car can get to about 110 degrees.

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Heat inside cars can be deadly to both pets and children within a matter of minutes. 

In 2016, Governor Kasich signed a law protecting good samaritans who need to smash a car window to rescue a child or pet in a hot car. 

A child dies in a hot car every 9 days according to kidsandcars.org, and organization aimed at raising awareness to prevent more tragedies. 

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Ways to help you prevent hot car incidents: 

 

  • Put something in the back seat so you have to open the back door when leaving the vehicle - cellphone, employee badge, handbag, left shoe, etc.  
  • Every time you park your vehicle open the back door to make sure no one has been left behind. "Look Before You Lock."  
  • Ask your childcare provider or babysitter to call you within 10 minutes if your child hasn't arrived on time.  
  • Keep a stuffed animal in your child's car seat and move it to the front seat to remind you when your baby is in the back seat.  
  • Focus on driving and avoid cellphone calls and any other distractions while driving. 

If you discover a pet or child trapped inside a hot car, call 9-1-1. If a child is in imminent danger, break a window.

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Woman trapped in vehicle for over an hour after Oakwood crash critically injured

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 1:33 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Injury crash reported in Oakwood

UPDATE @4:40 a.m. 5/18/18 

Ra Shonda M. Fears, 46, of Dayton, remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

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UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 5/17/18

Ra Shonda M. Fears, 46, of Dayton remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after a vehicle crash Friday morning left her trapped for over an hour in Oakwood.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m. 6/16/18 

The Dayton woman trapped in her car for more than an hour after she hit the center concrete island and overturned on Far Hills Avenue at Old River Trail is fighting for her life.

The driver, identified as 46-year-old Ra Shonda M. Fears by the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post, remained in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

The crash is under investigation and Fears has not been cited, troopers said.

UPDATE @ 5 a.m. 6/15/18

A woman was headed north on Far Hills Avenue when she hit the center concrete island early Friday and flipped her vehicle onto its top at Old River Trail in Oakwood.

She was trapped for almost an hour, and crews had to use a wrecker to life the car and free her.

The woman was in critical condition when she was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post is investigating the single-vehicle crash reported around 1:15 a.m. Troopers said speed in this 35 mph zone may have played a factor.

The crash shut down Far Hills Avenue in both directions, but southbound lanes were opened at 3 a.m. and all lanes were open at 5 a.m.

UPDATE @ 3:01 a.m. 6/15/18

A woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries considered life-threatening following a crash in Oakwood early Friday.

Troopers said speed appears to be a factor in the single-vehicle crash. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol played a part.

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Southbound Far Hills Avenue is now open. Northbound lanes remain closed.

UPDATE @2:25 a.m. 6/15/18

A driver that was trapped for over an hour in an overturned vehicle has been extricated.

A wrecker had to lift the car so crews could free the driver, according to our crew on the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

FIRST REPORT

Crews are working to extricate a woman trapped in a car following a crash in Oakwood.

The crash was reported around 1:15 a.m. in the area of Old River Trail and Far Hills Avenue. The car is upside down, and crews have been unable to make contact with the trapped female driver.

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Far Hills Avenue is closed in both directions.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Secret shopper scam leaves local man out almost $12,000

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:00 AM

If you've got some spare time, there's a new free iPhone app that will let you earn a couple bucks here and there by being a secret shopper.

While secret shoppers are a real job, a man was bilked out of almost $12,000 when he tried it using his West Chester Twp. bank account.

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A 43-year-old Kentucky man signed up to be a secret shopper and was told to deposit checks in his account, keep a certain amount for himself and put the rest in another bank account, according to township spokeswoman Barb Wilson.

She said the man is now out $11,700. The incident was reported to West Chester police June 7.

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Motorcycle rider transported by medical helicopter after Middletown crash

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:42 PM


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A wreck in Middletown on Sunday afternoon sent a motorcyclist to the hospital via helicopter.

Officials were not immediately able to provide many details about the crash, which happened at Grand Avenue and Burton Road, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher. The patrol was assisting Middletown police at the scene.

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Officials believe it involved a collision with a vehicle, and the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, a dispatcher said.

The man was flown by CareFlight at 4:05 p.m. to Miami Valley Hospital. No information was available about his condition.

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