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What police are saying about local monkey sightings

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

            This Facebook page shows an image of what reports say are monkeys in trees in Lebanon.
This Facebook page shows an image of what reports say are monkeys in trees in Lebanon.

Local police said they were not investigating reports of monkeys in trees in Lebanon.

“We never got a call for service,” Capt. Dave Gehringer said Monday as the story was reported by The London Daily Mail.

Police learned of the story from a report on WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, displaying cellphone pictures of monkeys in a tree and an interview with a woman named Amber, posted on the Let’s Talk Lebanon Facebook page on Friday, according to Gehringer.

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Officers did check the area, but found nothing, Gehringer said.

On Monday, The Associated Press picked up the story, citing the WLWT report.

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“Lebanon police say they’re aware of the reported monkey sightings and are investigating. Residents suspect the monkeys were pets at some point,” the story said. “Residents say the monkeys haven’t been spotted since being photographed several weeks ago but can still be heard.”

However Gehringer said, “We’ve not verified that they even exist.”

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Sandy’s Towing to match donations to fix vandalized Riverside concession stand

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:18 PM

A concession stand was vandalized in Riverside this week.

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.: Sandy’s Towing will match, dollar for dollar, any donation up to $1,000 to help the Riverside Amateur Baseball Association clean up the damage to its concession stand this week from vandalism, towing company co-owner Doug Thoma told News Center 7’s John Bedell. 

UPDATE @ 3:09 p.m. (July 19):

Two juvenile males were taken into custody Thursday afternoon in a breakingand entering at a Riverside baseball league’s concession stand.

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The two were booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of breaking and entering, according to Riverside police.

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Mad River Local School employees identified the juveniles after viewing surveillance footage, according to police.

More than $2,000 in damage was done to the Riverside Amateur Baseball Association concession stand on Monday night.

UPDATE @ 4:32 p.m. (July 18)

A group of teenagers reportedly is responsible for more than $2,000 in damage done to a Riverside baseball league concession stand.

The suspects squeezed though a ceiling vent to break in to the concession stand Monday night, according to Amanda Edens, Riverside Amateur Baseball Association vice president.

“Just pure devastation,” she said. “Completely — everything’s just demolished. It’s horrible.”

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“They had taken ketchup, mustard bottles — squirted everything everywhere. They dumped the drawers. They broke into the safe.”

Surveillance cameras mounted to neighboring Beverly Gardens Elementary School reportedly helped police identify the suspects as they made off with boxes of candy.

Police have yet to make any arrests, but Edens said she recognized the teens.

“They come here; they play basketball,” she said. “We feed them; they purchase things here. They’re probably here all the time.”

Edens noted that the incident was “completely senseless.”

“I don’t understand it, and I hope these kids have some kind of punishment that equals the damage they have created.”

However, multiple people have rallied around RABA and have offered their help.

“We’ve had several parents reach out to us, wanting to do some fundraising,” Edens said.


A Riverside concession stand was vandalized with multiple items stolen.

The Riverside Amateur Baseball Association’s concession stand had an estimated 50 Blow Pops and $50 worth of Fricker’s coupons taken, according to a Facebook post by RABA.

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Images posted to the page showed food smeared on the door and various items strewn across the concession stand.

Riverside police are investigating. 

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Man accused of killing 8-month-old child in Colerain Twp.

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 6:49 AM


A 32-year-old man is behind bars, accused of killing an 8-month-old child.

Crews were called around 11:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a child not breathing in the 3300 block of Struble Road in Colerain Twp. in northwestern Hamilton County.

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Colerain Twp. police arrived first, and attempted life-saving measures until medics arrived but the child was pronounced dead at the scene, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

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Police told WCPO there were “suspicious circumstances surrounding the death” and that a man confessed to police during an interview the news station reported.


Domynyk Gilliam was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati on suspicion of murder, felonious assault and felony child endangering.

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Jury convicts teen who says alternate personality killed his dad’s girlfriend

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 1:21 AM

It only took three hours of deliberations Wednesday for a jury to convict a 16-year-old Champaign County boy in the stabbing and shooting death of his father’s longtime girlfriend.

Donovan Nicholas was found guilty of aggravated murder and murder, the Columbus Dispatch reported, in the death of 40-year-old Heidi Fay Taylor in April 2017. He will be sentenced Tuesday.

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He was tried as an adult in Champaign County Common Pleas Court and took the stand during his trial this week, maintaining that an alternate personality inside him called “Jeff” killed Taylor, the Dispatch reported.

Nicholas was 14 and an eighth-grader at Graham Middle School when he stabbed Taylor more than 60 times and then shot her at their home. She was his father’s live-in girlfriend and a mother figure to the teen, according to previous court testimony.

Defense attorney Darrell Heckman said it’s believed Nicholas’ alleged split personality “Jeff” is a character from an internet horror series “Jeff the Killer,” who is known for fictitious brutal killings on the shows.

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In the 911 phone call obtained by this news organization, Nicholas told dispatchers that another personality killed Taylor.

“I just killed my mother,” Nicholas said. “It wasn’t me who, who, it wasn’t me who killed her. It was Jeff. Jeff. I’m sorry. This is going to be really hard to explain but I kind of have another person inside me,” Nicholas said.  

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A forensic psychologist, Daniel Hrinko, testified a year ago in Champaign County Family Court that Nicholas suffers from a dissociative disorder. He originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Woman wounded in Butler Twp. stabbing across from Van Atta Park, police say

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 1:20 AM

Stabbing in Butler Township

UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m: A 53-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after being found with a knife wound to the arm in a Butler Twp. parking lot, police say.

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According to a press release, officers responded to the lot across the street from Art Van Atta Park at 8:45 p.m. for a felonious assault.

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The victim, whose name was not released, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital.

A suspect was later apprehended by Dayton police, the release stated. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office will determine if charges will be filed. 

The incident remains under investigation by the Butler Twp. police department. 

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.: Butler Twp. police are interviewing people in their investigation of a stabbing in the 3100 block of Benchwood Road, across from the entrance to Art Van Atta Park. 

The scene of what police believe was a felonious assault is a parking lot behind a business, Mortgage 1 Dayton, which is in the 7800 block of North Dixie Drive at the intersection of Benchwood Road. 

The victim is believed to be a woman.


Butler Twp. police are investigating a stabbing at an apartment building across from Art Van Atta Park, in the 3100 block of Benchwood Road. 

The incident was dispatched about 8:48 p.m. and we're hearing the suspect took off in a vehicle. The victim has been taken to a hospital. The condition of that victim is not known.

We're also hearing police are focusing on a person of interest and have issued a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) for a maroon Chevrolet Lumina. 

We're working to bring you more details about this incident. Stay with for breaking news. 

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