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UPDATE: 2 dogs shot in Springfield in ‘great condition’

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:02 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

            Springfield police are investigating the shooting of two dogs.
Springfield police are investigating the shooting of two dogs.

Update 5 p.m. Dec. 15:

The owner of the dogs who were shot this week in their own backyard said the dogs are in “great condition.”

Jarrad Flowers declined further comment but did tell a reporter that his dogs are recovering.

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First report:

Two dogs were shot in Springfield, one of them in the chest.

Police responded about 6:45 p.m. Monday to a home in the 100 block of West Parkwood Avenue where they found the dogs named Diamond and Deuce in the kitchen, according to a police report.

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“(The owner) advised that he heard three gunshots to the rear of his residence and when he went out to his backyard, he found that his two dogs had been shot,” the report says.

Diamond was shot twice, once on her left hip and the other on her back leg, the report says, and Deuce was shot once in the chest.

The dogs were still alive when police got there and the owner was seeking medical care for them, the report says.

“Diamond was alert, while Deuce was very sluggish,” the report says.

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Their conditions are unknown. The Springfield News-Sun left messages were for the dogs’ owner and police seeking an update on their conditions.

A neighbor told police she saw two men walking in the direction of the dogs before they were shot but was unable to give police a description of the men, the report says. A possible motive was not listed in the report.


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Preble County woman still reported missing 

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:26 PM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 7:30 AM

Laura Patterson
Laura Patterson

The Preble County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a West Alexandria woman reported missing.

Laura Patterson, 52, left her home on foot sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday. It appears she took nothing with her, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Patterson works in the Monroe area, but her employer has not heard from her.

She is considered an endangered missing adult because of medical issues. The sheriff’s office did not provide any information about her height, weight, hair and eye color, and deputies said it was not known what she may have been wearing.

Anyone who sees Patterson or who has spoken to her since Thursday is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 937-456-6262.

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Shooting victim says he was shot by a food vendor near Brown St., police report says

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 10:39 PM

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m. (July 21):

Police found a victim with a gunshot wound near the Oregon District early Saturday morning after crews responded to the 110 block of Brown Street.

Crews were originally called out to an area on Pine Street around 3:00 a.m., but when police didn’t find anyone there, dispatch contacted them about a person with a gunshot wound on Brown Street.

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A Dayton police report states what the victim said and what at least one witness saw. One person who flagged down officers said they saw three men fighting and a handgun was seen before two men started chasing a third man through a parking lot on Pine Street. 

Police found who they believed was that third man alive with a gunshot wound to his right leg who told police that he was shot by another person on E. Fifth Avenue. 

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“Every time I’ve been here it’s been so calm. There never seems to be anything out of the ordinary,” said Emily Hanrahan of New Carlisle. 

The man was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital where police further interviewed him. He said he had gotten into an argument with the owner of a food vendor and claimed the owner had punched him once, then again, and ‘knocked him out’ before pulling a gun. The man ran away to hide in a nearby dumpster and realized he’d been shot, stated the report.

Vending carts and food trucks were all packed up by the time police responded. 

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News from this incident didn’t stop people from enjoying their Saturday night. “I only go places where I know that I’m going to have a good time and not have to worry about that. If I’m going to the Oregon District, I don’t have to worry about that,” said Phil Crisp of Springfield. 

There are currently no leads on suspects or other witnesses at this time. 

UPDATE @ 5:15 a.m.:

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed officers did not log any reports after being called to the scene of a reported shooting in Dayton.

The incident was initially reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday near the 110 block of Brown Street. Scanner reports indicated a medic was requested for a shooting victim at the location.

The county dispatch confirmed officers were called to that location and were then moved to the 320 block of E. 5th St., but did not confirm whether or not a victim was found.


Police crews and a medic are en route to a reported shooting in the 110 block of Brown Street in Dayton, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed.

The shooting was reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday.

Scanner reports indicated there has been at least one victim, injuries unknown.

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

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No arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Butler County

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 7:08 PM

UPDATE @ 7:00 p.m. (July 22):

No arrests were made during an OVI checkpoint Saturday night in Fairfield.

98 cars passed through the checkpoint between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., and was conducted in the northbound lane of U.S. 127 at Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road, according to Butler County OVI Task Force Coordinator Pete Reising. Five cars were diverted for further investigation, but there were no arrests.

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Checkpoints and saturation patrols are continuing efforts by the task force to reduce OVI related crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. 


An OVI checkpoint will be held in Fairfield Saturday night by the Butler County OVI Task Force. 

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The checkpoint will be conducted in the northbound lane of US 127 at Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road from 11 p.m. to no later than 3 a.m. 

Checkpoints and saturation patrols are continuing efforts by the task force to reduce OVI related crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities.

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West Chester man arrested after standoff with police

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Rahoul Jones
Rahoul Jones

A West Chester Twp. man barricaded himself in his home briefly before he was arrested on weapons and domestic violence changes.

Rahoul Jones, 38, was arrested at his home on Crescentville Road at around 4:30 a.m. July 15.

Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said Jones was alone in the house when police arrived, but he did have weapons.

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“They initially called SWAT out for the call but a negotiator got him out before SWAT ever got to the scene,” Wilson said.

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Jones allegedly struck and choked the victim.

He was charged with domestic violence, receiving stolen property (a handgun), having weapons under a disability, obstructing official business and telecommunications harassment.

The case was bound over to the grand jury from Area III Court on Thursday. As of Friday he was still in the Butler County Jail.

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