Do you recognize armed man who robbed Clayton Dollar General?

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

Clayton police are investigating a robbery at the Dollar General on North Main Street

UPDATE @ 3:07 p.m. 

Clayton police Detective Shawn Schutte released photo of an armed suspect who robbed the Dollar General there today. If you recognize him, call Clayton police at 937-836-3500, ext. 119.

The suspect is described as a black male, standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall; weighing 160 pounds; and having dread locks to his chest. The suspect was wearing all black clothing; black work gloves; and a blue baseball-style cap with red bill, red trim and white triangle logo. 

He ran out the door.

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Armed man robs Clayton Dollar General location. Contributed photo

UPDATE @ 2:25 p.m. 

A Dollar General store in Clayton currently displays a sign informing customers they are closed following a report of an armed robbery Tuesday afternoon. 

Clayton police declined to provide additional details at the scene. 

About an hour after the robbery was reported, a store in Dayton was also robbed at gunpoint. It was not immediately clear if the two incidents were connected. 


Police have responded to reports of a man who robbed a dollar store in Clayton Tuesday afternoon. 

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Officers were dispatched to the Dollar General at 8126 North Main Street in Clayton around 12:50 p.m. when employees reported the robbery. 

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Reports indicate a man entered the store and displayed a gun before fleeing the area. The employees locked the doors of the business after the robbery, according to dispatch records. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Crews battle huge barn fire in Mercer County 

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:09 AM

Fire consumes barn in Mercer County

Flames from what was reported as a massive barn fire in the 4000 block of U.S. 127 spread to a second barn. 

The multi-tanker response continued into Wednesday night. Crews were initially dispatched about 9:10 p.m. 

What's in the barns is not clear. A firefighter with the Coldwater Fire Department said there has been no report of animals being in the barns. 

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The multi-tanker response was triggered by the fact that the property is in rural Mercer County, south of Montezuma and east of Coldwater. 

There are fire crews from several jurisdictions there to bring water to the scene. They include Montezuma Volunteer Fire Department, Coldwater, Celina, Chickasaw, New Bremen, Osgood, St. Henry and Fort Recovery, 

We will update this developing report. 

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Police: Knife-wielding man robs 2 Dollar General stores less than 2 miles apart

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:27 AM


The man armed with a hunting knife who robbed a Dollar General in West Carrollton of cash is believed to have also robbed a Dollar General less than two miles away in Miamisburg. 

Police believe the robber hit the West Carrollton location, 25 W. Alex Bell Road, and the Miamisburg store, 33 W. Alex Bell, about 10 to 15 minutes apart, West Carrollton Police Sgt. Alex Flynn said. 

Police were dispatched to the West Carrollton location about 9:53 p.m. , he said.

The suspect is described this way, Flynn said: 

  • He is in his 50s, about 5 foot 5 and of large build 
  • He was dressed in camouflage, from head to toe 
  • He wore a white mask or sheet over his face 
  • He is believed to have left the scene in a vehicle 

Flynn said police are still working to determine whether the man threatened a clerk at the West Carrollton store. 

Because the descriptions of the suspect in both robberies are similar, Flynn said, "there is a likelihood they are connected."


Police are responding to a report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General, on West Alex Bell Road in West Carrollton. 

The incident was dispatched about 9:45 p.m. and there are no reports of injury. 

We're hearing the suspect was dressed in camouflage clothing wore a mask. He also is said to have been armed with a knife. 

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We're also hearing he was last seen on foot, headed toward a McDonald's on East Dixie Drive just off West Alex Bell. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news. 

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Brand new IHOP has everything but employees, customers and an unlocked front door. What’s the holdup?

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Miller Lane IHOP breakfast restaurant on Benchwood Road near York Commons has not opened, and its potential customers want to know why.

The parking lot is striped, the brand-new chairs are neatly stacked atop the brand-new dining tables, the occupancy permit has been obtained. The only things missing are employees, customers, an unlocked front door — and a short stack of pancakes or two. 

The IHOP restaurant that was built last fall and this winter at 3324 Benchwood Road near the Miller Lane/York Commons development in Vandalia is all revved up and ready to go, but it still has not opened. And no one is saying exactly why. 

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Messages were left with a spokeswoman for IHOP corporate, the CEO of the company that is acting as area developer for IHOP in the region and with a franchise owner-operator of the Dayton-area IHOP restaurants in Beavercreek, Huber Heights and Springfield. Those messages have not been returned. 

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A spokeswoman for Las Cruces, New Mexico-based PDG/Prestige Development Group, the development company that has overseen development of the other three Dayton-Springfield IHOPs, told this news outlet in January that the restaurant was scheduled to open in early February. In late January, the spokeswoman revised the opening date to mid-March. Last week, on April 13, the same spokeswoman said, “I don’t yet have a date” for the restaurant’s opening.

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Rich Hopkins, a spokesman for the city of Vandalia, said there are no hangups from the city’s perspective, and city officials have not been notified of the reasons for the delay. In fact, the restaurant received its occupancy permit from the city — usually the final or nearly final bureaucratic step necessary before a retail establishment’s opening — on Feb. 2.

Potential customers are getting curious and a bit impatient.

“I get inquiries on it all the time by community members and business people,” said Will Roberts, president and CEO of the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. An employee of the Frisch’s restaurant across the street said she is asked about the dormant-but-brand-new restaurant by many of her customers. 

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If or when the restaurant does open, IHOP will have doubled its Miami Valley footprint since last summer as part of the chain’s re-entry into the Dayton-area market. An IHOP opened Sept. 5, 2017 at 7611 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights.  

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IHOP opened the first of what had been projected to be as many as seven IHOP locations in the region in October 2015 on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, and the second one in October 2016 on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.

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The region had multiple IHOP locations in the 1970s and 1980s, including one near Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall and one on Shiloh Springs Road near the former Salem Mall, but those restaurants closed nearly three decades ago.

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Vandalia police chief’s funeral today

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:35 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:29 AM

Vandalia chief honored with wreath

Vandalia residents and city staff are paying tribute to Police Chief Douglas Knight, who died Friday.

Knight had announced just weeks before that he would be retiring at the beginning of June.

“As a person, as an organization, as a community, we are heartbroken,” said Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey. “Doug fell in love with the people of Vandalia, and he made it his life’s work to serve and protect them.”

Funeral services will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Christopher Catholic Church. 

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There will be marked police vehicles and representatives from other police agencies will stage their vehicles for the procession in the Vandalia Municipal Building parking lot on James Bohanan Drive, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

Englewood, Butler Township and Huber Heights have offered their police departments to handle calls during the funeral service.

A Vandalia fire engine will present the United States Flag and will be posted at the south side of National Road at Perry Street.

The Dayton Police Department Honor Guard members are coordinating part of the funeral and organizing the formation of uniformed officers at St. Christopher Parish and Polk Grove Cemetery, according to Hopkins.

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The Kettering Police Department Honor Guard will perform the firing battery, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard will play Taps, and the Brookville Fire Department will provide the bag piper. All of that will take place at the cemetery Thursday.

Vandalia Police Department officers will honor Chief Knight and perform the flag folding and presentation to the Knight family at the cemetery.

The city has placed a wreath at the Justice Center on James Bohanan Drive and placed an unmanned police cruiser at the corner of National and Bohanan to honor the chief.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Colleen, his children Steven and Erin, and the rest of the Knight family during this very difficult time,” Crusey said.

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