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WATCH: 1 of 2 indicted for stolen school bus pursuit 

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 5:22 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

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UPDATE @ 10:42 a.m. (March 29):

Dalton Knisley remains in the Montgomery County Jail Thursday with a $10,000 bond, according to officials.

Knisley was indicted earlier this week on grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply charges.

His next court date is scheduled for April 10, according to jail records.

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UPDATE @ 2:56 p.m. (March 26):

A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted one of two suspects arrested after a school bus was reportedly stolen and involved in a chase with police.

Dalton Knisley, 20, was indicted on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply, according to records.

Knisley is due in court for his arraignment on March 29.

UPDATE @ 12 p.m. (Feb. 14):

Two people were arrested and booked into jail on receiving stolen property charges following a pursuit involving a stolen Twin Valley South school bus, police said.

Dalton Knisley, 20, and Calvin Keener, 20, both of Eaton, were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges and authorities said additional charges might come out of Preble County, where the bus was stolen.

A Brookville officer initially spotted the bus on Arlington Road and thought it was suspicious for the bus to be out around 3 a.m. and followed the vehicle, investigators said.  After attempting to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation, the suspects took off, police said.

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Brookville police said Knisley and Keener told them they had been sleeping in the school bus when they decided to drive off with it from the Twin Valley South parking lot.

“They indicated that they were sleeping in the bus early this morning and one of the suspects wanted to go to Walmart,” said Maj. Tom Simon with Brookville police.  “We don’t know how they obtained the keys, we just know they were in the bus when we found it.”

Simon said Brookville officers called off the pursuit, however the vehicle was found crashed in front of a Trotwood residence a short time later.  The suspects fled the crash scene, but eventually approached a Trotwood officer on the scene and were arrested, Simon said.

Twin Valley South school officials declined to release any surveillance video showing the theft, citing that “it contains information directly used for protecting or maintaining the security” of the school district, said Superintendent Bob Fischer.

Fischer said the district keeps the buses in a parking lot at the district’s main building and added that this is the first time something like this has happened.

The bus is currently out of service until the Ohio State Highway Patrol can inspect the bus.

According to police, speeds in the pursuit reached 54 mph.

Fischer said the buses are equipped with a piece of technology that limits how fast the bus can drive, which he said for Twin Valley’s buses limits speeds to between 75-85 mph.  Police have not been able to investigate that side of the case to determine if that piece of equipment was operating properly, Simon said.

Knisley was charged and pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges in connection to a missing 16-year-old from Eaton who was later found safe in Florida, according to Eaton police. 

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Knisley pleaded guilty to the charge of interference with custody and was sentenced to three years of probation, according to online court documents. He also served about 12 weeks in prison following two probation violations, court records indicate. 

Brookville police are planning to consult with prosecutors today to determine if any additional charges may be filed in the case.

Calvin Keener (L) and Dalton Knisley (R) Contributed Photos

INITIAL REPORT:

A Twin Valley school bus was stolen and ended up in Trotwood after a pursuit early Wednesday.

Officials say the pursuit started in Brookville around 2:50 a.m., and speeds during the pursuit reached 54 mph.

The bus reportedly blew through red lights and stop signs.

One parked car was hit on Wolf Creek Recreation Trail and Oak Street in Trotwood. 

Authorities are still investigating when the bus was stolen and if it is from Twin Valley Middle School or Twin Valley High School, both of which are in West Alexandria. 

One person was arrested in this incident. No word on injuries.

We’re working to learn more on the arrested person as well as further details on the ordeal.

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

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3 Middletown residents to plead guilty to plotting $1.2M jewelry heist

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2:50 AM

Middletown residents plead guilty plotting jewelry heist

Three Middletown residents accused of stealing $1.2 million in diamonds and jewelry during a 2016 heist will plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati today, according to our partners at WCPO.

Amit “Alex” Patel, 28; Mimi Chang, 42; and Danny Ray Horne, 28, are charged with conspiring to rob two New York salesman after a jewelry show in Pennyslvania.

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The salesman stopped at a restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., after a show on April 2, 2016. One of the salemen went into the restaurant while the other stayed in the car with suitcases of jewelry, according to WCPO.

The robbers punched the victim waiting in the car, grabbed the suitcases and took off running. 

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Two others, Andrea Mullins, 35; and Deanna “Dee Dee” Williams, 36, have already pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit the robbery, according to WCPO.

Patel has been charged in two other jewelry robberies.

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Crews battle massive flames from two vehicle fires in Dayton 

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2:37 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

Crews fight car fires on Dayton street

Dayton fire crews were able to quickly extinguish two vehicle fires in Dayton early Tuesday morning. 

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The fires were reported around 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Niagra Avenue. A car and SUV were both fully involved when fire crews arrived. 

It’s unknown what caused the fires to start.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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Wet roads expected for morning drive; isolated severe storms this afternoon

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 3:26 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at when more storms arrive Tuesday and if they will be strong.

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  • More showers, storms today
  • Warmer than normal all week
  • Unsettled holiday weekend

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TODAY: Early morning showers fizzle with some dry time with lingering wet roads, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A Flash Flood Watch has been canceled. A little breezy heading into the afternoon as highs reach around 80 degrees.

After lunch, showers and storms begin to redevelop with activity sticking around through the afternoon and for the drive home. 

“Isolated severe storms are possible with wind and small hail being the main threat”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Storms shift southeast into the evening with it turning dry overnight. 

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WEDNESDAY: A dry start to the day as clouds continue to decrease. Not as muggy for the afternoon with sunshine and highs in the upper 70s. 

THURSDAY: A great day with it being dry from start to finish. Plenty of sunshine with highs in the low 80s. 

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FRIDAY: Another dry day with temperatures heating up again in the mid-80s. Expect sunshine and very few clouds. 

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds for the day that’s expected to muggy and very warm. Highs reach in the middle to upper 80s. A passing shower or storm is possible. 

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Ohio man calls police to report he’s being followed by a pig 

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 12:54 AM

Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department 
Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department 

A man in Ohio realized the downside of bringing home the bacon when a pig wouldn't stop following him on his way home this past weekend.

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Officers in North Ridgeville, Ohio, received a call from a man who said while walking home from an Amtrak train station, a pig started following him, and he didn't know what to do, according to our partners at WCPO. 

Thinking he had just left the bar in Elyria named the Train Station, police went out to pick up the caller, who they believed was drunk. 

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When officers arrived, they found the man stone-cold sober, complete with his four-legged stalker in tow.

In the end, the pig named Zoey, was very cooperative and placed in the back of a police cruiser and taken to the station. Police made the animal feel at home for a bit inside the department's dog kennels until the owner was notified, and it was picked up.

Authorities didn't say if the owner was cited for having a pig on the loose.

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