Arson investigator called for fire in vacant house on Dayton’s east side

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 11:36 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 11:47 PM

Fire reported at vacant Dayton house

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.: A Dayton fire crew on a medic run smelled smoke and found the house on North McGee Street burning from the basement to the second floor, District Chief Barry Baldwin said. 

Crews searched the house and found no one and also two people leaving the scene. That prompted the call for the arson investigator. 

"Somebody started it. There are no utilities to the property," Baldwin said. "It looks to us like it was obviously an arson."

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Crews dispatched to North McGee Street on the report of a structure fire found at least two fires in the vacant house.

A Dayton Fire Department arson investigator has been requested to investigate the cause and origin of the fire, which was dispatched just before 11 p.m.

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No injuries have been reported.

We’re hearing that crews arrived to find flames on the first and second floors of the house. 

We’re also hearing that witnesses are reporting seeing one person, and perhaps two people, running from the scene before fire crews arrived.

We will update this report as necessary. Stay with for breaking news.

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Gravesite for ‘Buckskin girl’ to get new headstone with her name

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:46 PM

Miami County sheriff identifies cold case victim 37 years later

A young woman found dead in a Miami County ditch known as the “buckskin girl” will finally have a headstone bearing her name.

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New genetic genealogy tools through the nonprofit DNA Doe Project led to the discovery of the woman’s identity: 21-year-old Marcia L. King of Little Rock, Arkansas, the Miami County sheriff announced in April.

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King was found in April 1981 in a ditch along Greenlee Road west of Troy. She was dubbed “buckskin girl” for the jacket she was wearing. Her homicide remains unsolved.

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Now that King’s body has finally been identified, her burial site at Riverside Cemetery in Troy will now reflect that.

Her family is expected to travel to Miami County for a brief memorial on Friday when a new headstone with her name will be placed on her grave.

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Romance scams: How to spot, avoid a costly relationship

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

A man from the Miami Valley got himself caught up in an online romance scam. News Center 7's Consumer Reporter Rachel Murray reports.

“She said all the right things. I’m an older man, kind of lonely. I was looking for a change and she hit me at just exactly the right time.” 

A Centerville man thought he found love, but now he knows it was a lie. He lost $800 in a romance scam and wants to warn others. 

He requested to be known only as “Joe” to protect his identity out of fear of losing his job and reputation. 

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Joe said it started when a woman he didn’t know sent him a message on Twitter and then she requested they start chatting on Google Hangouts. 

“She then started getting into, ‘Oh, I want to be married and I want to have children,’” Joe said. 

They exchanged revealing pictures. The trap was set. 

“She requested at first $600 for food for her and her dog and I said no,” said Joe. “She kept badgering and finally I went ahead and did something stupid. I transferred a $150 via Western Union.” 

She also told Joe she needed money to help get her gold bar inheritance and cash for her kidnapped brother in Ghana. 

“That was a huge trigger,“ Joe said, “Bottom line: it was totally a scam.” 

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The amount of money lost in romance scams like this is staggering, according to Better Business Bureau Vice President of Communications Sheri Sword. 

“It’s estimated that over the last three years there have been a million victims and over a billion dollars lost. The problem is it is just the tip of the iceberg because many people don’t report these scams,” Sword said. 

Here are the red flags to watch out for, according to the BBB: 

  • Requests for wired money, gift cards, prepaid cards.  
  • Pleas for money for an emergency.  
  • Misspelled words and bad grammar.  
  • Using pet names or declarations of love. 

Joe hopes others learn from his mistakes. 

“Delete them, block them, run away.”

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Strong storms spawn several Iowa tornadoes; workers hurt after factory hit

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 7:57 PM

A video captures two tornadoes forming during a storm outbreak in Iowa during the afternoon of Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Multiple funnel clouds formed this afternoon as powerful storms passed over the Central Plains.

The harest hit was suburban Des Moines, Iowa, where two tornadoes developed at the same time near Marshalltown and several workers were injured when a twister hit the Vemeer Corp. plant in Pella.


Pella Police Lt. Shane Cox told KCCI-TV, a CBS affiliate, that he didn’t know the extent of injuries or the number of people hurt at the facility, which manufacturers industrial and agricultural equipment. He said crews were working to get inside the building.

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Tornado on the ground in Iowa

According to reports, there was metal torn from the building that landed across the parking lot, where overturned cars were piled.

According to the National Weather Service, the historic Marshall County Courhouse’s tower was damaged by the tornado, which also toppled numerous trees and overturned cars there.

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Springfield man, 74, missing since Monday is found alive after search

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

First responders are searching for a missing Springfield man.

UPDATE @ 2:02 p.m.:

A 74-year-old missing Springfield man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease has been found alive and is being provided medical attention after being found in a wooded area where police have been searching for him since this morning.

Jack Dietsch’s vehicle was found around 8:15 a.m. abandoned in a field in the area of Titus Lane in Springfield Twp., Clark County.

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Multiple officers from different Clark County agencies responded. An airplane, a drone and K-9 units initially were used to try to find Dietsch, authorities said, but were unable to do so. Officers began a ground search this afternoon, which led to Dietsch.

UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m.

A black Chevrolet Cruze owned by Jack W. Dietsch, a missing 74-year-old man from Springfield, was found Thursday morning in Springfield Twp.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Dietsch has not been located and an extensive search of the area with a K-9 unit is planned to take place.

Dietsch, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, was last seen Monday and does not have medications on him, according to authorities.  

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Officers are reportedly searching in the area of a vehicle found abandoned in the area of Titus Lane in Clark County, according to initial dispatch reports.

Initial reports indicated officers may be looking for a person who was reported missing to authorities.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol also was contacted to possibly provide an aircraft to assist with the search, reports indicated.

We’re working to learn more and have a crew on the way to the scene.

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