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Police: Boy found crawling outside with car seat strapped to him

Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 2:42 PM



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Police arrested a man after witnesses saw his 3-year-old son crawling with a child car seat still strapped to him in a Texas grocery store parking lot, an arrest affidavit said.

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Troy Anthony Smith, 57, of Round Rock, was charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He was also charged with possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor.

Police were notified at 12:18 p.m. Monday about a small child who had been left alone in a car and had fallen out of the Kia sport utility vehicle with the child seat still attached to him, the affidavit said. The incident happened in the parking lot at the H-E-B grocery store at 250 University Blvd. in Round Rock, the affidavit said.

One of the two witnesses was holding the boy when police arrived, according to the affidavit. Authorities said the witnesses heard a car alarm going off, and when they looked in the direction of the vehicle, they saw the boy outside the SUV crawling with a child seat strapped to him.

The witnesses were not able to unbuckle the boy from the car seat and called 911, the affidavit said. A man — later identified as Smith — walked up to the Kia SUV pushing a grocery cart and told police the child was his son, according to the affidavit.

Authorities said more than 10 minutes had passed between the time police received the call about the child and when Smith arrived at the vehicle.

Smith said he had made a mistake by leaving his son in the vehicle by himself, the affidavit said. He said before he went inside the grocery store the boy had been buckled in the SUV, the document said.

Smith’s car was parked 300 feet from University Boulevard, which is a connector road to Interstate 35. The affidavit also said it was 55 degrees when the boy was found, and there was slight rain with fog.

Police found marijuana inside Smith’s vehicle, the affidavit said.

Smith was released from the Williamson County Jail Tuesday after posting bail set at $10,000.

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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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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

UPDATE @ 9:37 a.m.:

Police arrested one male juvenile at the scene where rocks were being thrown onto vehicles traveling westbound on U.S. 35.

The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center where he was booked on several counts of vandalism, according to a Dayton police report.

According to a report, the suspect admitted to throwing rocks at vehicles on U.S. 35.

It was not confirmed if anyone else was involved but the suspect told police another male juvenile threw rocks as well.

FIRST REPORT (May 26):

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

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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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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