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Fairfield Twp. searching for Walmart shooter

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:18 PM


            Fairfield Twp. police are looking for the suspect who shot a teenager in his leg Saturday after they met up for a drug deal in the Walmart parking lot. The 17-year-old male was shot around 3 p.m. Saturday while he was in the driver s side of a car in the lot, 3201 Princeton Road. The suspect fled in a car that was stolen out of Cincinnati on Friday. CONTRIBUTED
Fairfield Twp. police are looking for the suspect who shot a teenager in his leg Saturday after they met up for a drug deal in the Walmart parking lot. The 17-year-old male was shot around 3 p.m. Saturday while he was in the driver s side of a car in the lot, 3201 Princeton Road. The suspect fled in a car that was stolen out of Cincinnati on Friday. CONTRIBUTED

Fairfield Twp. police are continuing their investigation of a drug deal that resulted in a teenager getting shot in the leg Saturday afternoon in a Walmart parking lot.

Capt. Doug Lanier told this news outlet that detectives are working to piece together surveillance video of the parking lot at the Walmart, 3201 Princeton Road. Lanier said detectives have also been in contact with the 17-year-old male and his family in gathering information.

Lanier said the teenager was shot after meeting the suspect for the drug deal in the parking lot. Police said the male then accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a shopping cart corral. The victim was taken to West Chester Hospital with non life threatening injuries, Lanier said.

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The suspect was described as a male aged 16 to 19, between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 7 in height and weighed about 135 pounds and has black curly hair and a black goatee. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket and dark sweatpants as he fled the scene on foot.

Police believe he was picked up by the same vehicle that dropped him off: a red 2007 Toyota Camry with a sunroof reported stolen Friday from Cincinnati with Ohio license plate number 423XVA.

Anyone with any information should call Fairfield Twp. detectives at 513-785-4178, or reach out to CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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Kil-Kare rezoning vote results change, but recount awaits

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 5:12 PM


            Contributed photo by Greg Billing
Contributed photo by Greg Billing

Results are still too close to call from the May 8 election on the Kil-Kare Speedway rezoning request referendum in Xenia Twp.

After more ballots were counted, results show voters supporting the zoning change 617 to 614, according to Greene County Elections Director Llyn McCoy.

That’s a different result from election night when the final, unofficial tally showed the zoning change being rejected by voters by two votes.

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Seven more votes were added to the count for the Xenia Twp. issue, four valid absentee ballots and three valid provisional ballots, McCoy said

The Greene County Board of Elections met Tuesday todayto certify the results from the May 8 election.

The marginal difference between those who support the Xenia Twp. zoning decision and those who oppose it is less than half of 1 percent, which triggered an automatic recount under state election law.

McCoy said the recount, which involves 5 percent of the ballots being counted by hand, will happen May 30.

Marshall Foiles, partner to Kil-Kare Owner David Coterel, was excited about the change in the results.

“We are going to build some nice store and lock buildings,” he said.

Xenia Twp. Administrator Alan Stock said if the recount is completed on May 30, the elections board is expected to vote to certify the results at 4 p.m. If the recount is not completed that same day, the results would be certified at the same time the next day.

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“The Greene County BOE meticulously follows careful procedures to be accurate and impartial,” Stock said. “Xenia Twp. residents can be sure whatever the outcome that their vote counted.”

Unofficial results from election night showed the rezoning issue was rejected by the voters by a margin of two votes.

Voters were asked to approve or reject township trustees’ decision to rezone nearly 23 acres near Kil-Kare Speedway. Residents cast 613 no votes and 611 yes votes, according to final, unofficial results.

If the Xenia Twp. issue somehow wound up in a tie, Xenia Twp. Administrator Alan Stock said the trustees’ vote of 2-1 in favor of the zoning change last August would stand.

David Reed, the attorney representing the group who oppose the zoning change — “Xenia for Smart Growth” — could not be reached for comment.

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Police apprehend 1 of 2 juveniles accused of taking car, cell phone, purse at gunpoint

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 5:11 PM

Police apprehend 1 of 2 juveniles accused of taking car, cell phone, purse at gunpoint

One of two juveniles accused of taking a car at gunpoint is in custody after an alert Dayton police detective chased him down. 

The foot pursuit occurred Tuesday afternoon in the area of Burwood Avenue and Germantown Street, Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman said, when the detective saw the two juveniles and the car that was stolen earlier in the day. 

Police also recovered a gun the juvenile is believed to have thrown to the ground during the foot chase, Sgt. Coleman said. 

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In the robbery that occurred just before 2 p.m., Coleman said, a woman was parked in front of her house when the juveniles approached and asked to borrow her cell phone. 

When she refused, the juveniles brandished handguns and took her cell phone, her purse and the car. 

"They used guns to intimidate this lady," Sgt. Coleman said. "She was parked in front of her own house, minding her own business." 

About 3 p.m., the detective, who had been driving around looking for the stolen car, saw it and the juveniles on Burwood Avenue. They ran. He gave chase and caught the one, who was being interviewed late Tuesday afternoon by the police department's Violent Offenders Unit, Coleman said. 

The woman was not injured, he said, but she was frightened. 

Sgt. Coleman cautioned people to be aware of their surroundings and to be vigilant at all times. 

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

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BREAKING: Both Dayton-area Zoup! restaurants shut down abruptly

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 3:53 PM

Franchise owners of Zoup locations at Cornerstone of Centerville and next to Whole Foods confirm restaurants are permanently closed.

Both Dayton-area Zoup! restaurants have shut down permanently, its franchise co-owner told this news outlet today, Tuesday May 22.

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Zoup franchise owners opened their first Dayton-area restaurant adjacent to Whole Foods on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp.,  and opened its second location at 5235 Cornerstone North Boulevard in the Cornerstone of Centerville development in Centerville just four months ago. Initial plans called for the franchise owners, Kevin Forrer and Brian Wood, to open two more Dayton-area locations.

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But Forrer said today the Cornerstone of Centerville location “just never took off from day one. We depended on it being an A-plus location, and it just wasn’t.”

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Sales also slowed down significantly at the Miamisburg-Centerville Road location, and the franchise owners were facing a major increase in rent and tax costs at that location, Forrer said. Those financial setbacks led to the decision to close, he said.

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A screen-grab image from Zoup's web site today, May 22.

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Body of man found in Springfield park identified

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 1:29 PM

Police and Ohio BCI units were called to the area of West Rose Street and Iowa Avenue.

A man found dead in a Springfield park today has been identified as the father of one of two teenage boys who were tied up in a Huber Heights home invasion early this morning, according to public records and the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

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Springfield and Clark County officials say they are investigating the suspicious death of Cedric Holt Jr., a man public records and a 911 call indicate is the father of one of the teens in the Huber Heights home.

Coroner’s officials confirmed Holt’s suspicious death today.

UPDATE @ 3:04 p.m.:

A park worker mowing grass at Virgil Mabra Park in Springfield found a vehicle with the doors open and a person inside near the walking trails at the park, according to a 911 call.

"My partner and I are over here mowing grass at Mabra Park on the south end off of Oakley,” the caller said.  "There is an automobile tucked all the way in the back by the walking trails by the Boy Scouts bridge. Doors are open, someone's in there."

The condition of the person reportedly found has not been released by police, however the coroner’s office responded to the park earlier today.

A call to the Clark County Coroner’s Office has not been returned.

Springfield police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were on the scene into the afternoon, however police have released no additional information other than an investigation was ongoing.

UPDATE @ 12:31 p.m.:

The coroner’s office has arrived on the scene of a police investigation at Virgil Mabra Park.

Police have yet to release any details on the investigation.

 

UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m.: 

Springfield police have closed off Virgil Mabra Park on West Rose Street in Springfield for an active investigation involving the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 

Additional details about the nature of the police investigation have not been released. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

A police investigation is underway in the area of West Rose Street and Iowa Avenue this morning, according to Springfield police.

Police said officers were in the area around 10:15 a.m.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also on the scene.

Details on the investigation were not immediately available.

We’re working to learn more.

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