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$1 million bond set for Brittany Russell murder suspect

Published: Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 4:30 PM
Updated: Monday, March 07, 2016 @ 2:45 PM

            $1 million bond given to man accused of Brittany Russell murder
$1 million bond given to man accused of Brittany Russell murder

A Dayton man has been charged in the shooting death of Brittany Russell in early February.

Curtis Howard Burdette, 37, is charged:

  • One count aggravated murder (prior calculation and design)
  • One count murder (purposeful)
  • Two counts murder (while committing felonious assault)
  • Two counts felonious assault
  • One count having weapons while under disability (prior offense of violence)
  • One count endangering children, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Bond set at $1 million




UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m.:

Bond was set at $1 million for Curtis Burdette in court today and his next court date was scheduled for March 14 at 2:30 p.m.

A plea was not entered by the judge or the suspect and a pubnlic defender will be appointed for him.


Russell, of Middletown, was found shot to death Feb. 10 inside her car in an apartment parking lot in Dayton. Her 6‐month‐old daughter, who was alive, was also inside the vehicle.

All of the counts, except for having weapons while under disability and endangering children, have three‐year firearm specifications attached.

Burdette remains in Montgomery County Jail where he’s been since Feb. 12.

The case is ongoing and remains under investigation. The case will be presented to the Montgomery County grand jury at a future date.

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Centerville High School student charged with sexual imposition

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:14 AM

Centerville police say a sexual imposition charge against a 16-year-old boy from Washington Twp. stems from an incident that happened at Centerville High School.

A 16-year-old Washington Twp. boy has been charged with sexual imposition as a result of an ongoing investigation by Centerville police after an alleged incident at Centerville High School.

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John Davis, community relations officer with the Centerville Police Department, confirmed the investigation began on May 5 after an incident on the grounds of the high school.

“The suspect and victim are both juveniles, therefore, the details that I can provide are very limited,” Davis said.

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The suspect is a Centerville student, and the matter is now juvenile court.

School officials say that allegations involving sex crimes are taken seriously, and the police were notified immediately.

“We cannot go into much detail since the student involved is a juvenile,” said Sarah Swan, community relations specialist for the school district. “There were school consequences for the student, and the police were notified.”

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We are working to learn more about the case and will update this story.

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Downtown Springfield pizzeria closing

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza.  The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week.  JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
Jeff Guerini
Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza. The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Jeff Guerini)

Bada Bing Pizzeria in Springfield will close on Sunday, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page. 

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The post reads in part, “Thank you all for your support over the last few years. We have been blessed beyond measure. What’s next? Stay tuned.”

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The restaurant is located at 40 N. Fountain Ave.

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Alert canceled: Missing endangered Butler County man found safe

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:05 AM

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m. (June 21):

A missing endangered alert has been canceled after a 78-year-old Fairfield man was found safe, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.


A Missing Endangered Adult Alert has been issued for a 78-year-old Butler County man.

John Scott was last seen driving from his Fairfield residence around 3:30 p.m. in his 1995 green Chevrolet S10, Ohio plate number AG28BG.

Scott stands 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 110 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a large beige brim hat.

Police say he suffers from diabetes and may be in need of medical attention. 

Anyone with information on Scott’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit at 1-866-693-9171. 

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Case dismissed against pair accused in Dayton burglary, pistol-whipping

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:21 PM

Couple arrested after burglary, pistol whipping in Dayton

Criminal charges were dismissed Wednesday against a Dayton woman and her boyfriend accused of breaking into a man’s home and demanding money at gunpoint.

A Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict Jake Abston, 30, and Sara Rhoades, 23, and their cases in Dayton Municipal Court were dismissed, online records show.

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They were arrested June 11 on suspicion of aggravated burglary following an incident on Philadelphia Drive in Dayton involving Rhoades’ estranged husband, according to a Dayton police report.

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