Banned from the library

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 5:50 PM

Tim Kambitsch talks about what happens when people do bad things at the library.

Your local library may be quiet and full of resources, but it is safe? We tracked a growing number of disturbing incidents at Miami Valley libraries and looked at the changes that have been made to keep neighborhood crime from coming inside their walls. 

"When you're inviting in a cross section of society then things can happen or trickle in, that we don't want," said Allison Peck of the Clark County Public Library. 

TIMELINE: 35 people removed from Dayton Metro Library Main Branch in 2017

When a crime is involved, Peck said security guards are there to handle it. 

"Those are taken care of if not through our security personnel, then we will call the police out to handle those," Peck said. "So we really don't want to bar people. That's the last thing we want to do."

Keeping the library open for everyone, yet safe, is a delicate and difficult balance said Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director of the Dayton Metro Library. He showed us why the Metro Library's new Main building in downtown Dayton is so open and full of windows and glass.

"We wanted to make certain that as we designed the building we would do things like make certain our service desks and where are guards are positioned can visually cover larger spaces," said Kambitsch. 

RELATED: Man accused in alleged sex act at Oakwood library indicted

Last year at this facility alone, we learned that the library removed 279 people. Another 35 were charged with trespassing and banned from entering the library. 

"When they are trespassed out they cannot come back in," said Kambitsch. "If they do come back, then we will call the police and they will end up getting arrested."

RELATED: Dayton man banned from public library for indecency arrested again

For example, Matthew Rhinehart was caught exposing himself to people in the Dayton Metro Library and a homeless, convicted sexual predator, Joseph Cagle, was caught there and arrested. In Springfield, Crista Heckman was caught shooting up heroin a library restroom. Police said she put the heroin in her mouth and tried to swallow it when they arrived to arrest her. The restroom is also where Stephanie Parker was found overdosed and with a needle stuck in her arm. When she was revived, she was banned from the library.

"When you have an environment where people can come and go at will and there's no point-to-point accountability once they enter, then you're going to ask for people who are coming in to do nefarious things," said Craig Hoschouer, President of PLE Group in Kettering. 

So what can you do to keep your family safe? Security expert Craig Hoschouer said you need to stay alert.

"Once you go into a library you need to be looking at your environment and if you see something that causes you concern, then you need to being it to the attention of library people," Hoschouer said. "You need to keep an eye on your child. Not only to make sure he's not misbehaving and causing a disruption to other patrons there, but that he doesn't get pulled into a bathroom by a sexual predator." 

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

Icy conditions expected for early St. Patrick's Day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through noon. Mixed precipitation with ice accumulation up to one-tenth of an inch is expected. Be prepared for slippery roads.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


    • Increasing clouds, freezing rain and sleet develop after midnight
    • Icy early St. Patrick’s Day
    • Clearing, milder to end the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


Overnight: Expect freezing rain/sleet to become widespread after 3 or 4 a.m. with slick spots developing. Up to one-tenth inch of ice accumulation is possible by morning, creating for slippery travel conditions. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Saturday: A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet will be likely in the morning. As temperatures climb, precipitation will change to just rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. It will remain mostly cloudy as we dry out late in the day. Highs will reach back into the lower 40s.

Sunday: Sunny skies will end the weekend with milder temperatures reaching into the lower 50s.

>>Look for Venus, Mercury in the March evening sky

Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. There will be the chance for a few showers toward late evening or into the night. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with rain showers during the day mixing with or changing to snow showers late in the day or evening. Highs will be in the lower 40s but fall into the 30s with blustery conditions.

Wednesday: Snow showers will be around, possibly mixed with rain. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

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Car overturns in 3-vehicle crash in Trotwood

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 10:52 PM

Car overturns in 3-vehicle crash in Trotwood

One car landed on its top in a three-vehicle crash tonight on Olive Road at Bradfield Drive.

The crash was reported at 10 p.m.

The overturned vehicle was headed south on Olive Road when the driver hit other vehicles. In the overturned vehicle, one of the two occupants was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Trotwood police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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2 killed in crash north of New Carlisle

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

Injuries reported in accident north of New Carlisle

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Two people succumbed to their injuries in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon north of New Carlisle.

Vickie Owens, 46, of Springfield, and Roger Littlejohn, 75, of New Carlisle, were identified as the two drivers. They both were trapped and flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where they died of their injuries, the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

>> Truck strikes SUV, killing Celina man in Mercer County

According to preliminary investigation, at around 2:20 p.m. Owens was headed south on Ohio 235 in her 2012 Hyundai when she went left of center. She struck a 2010 Toyota Tacoma headed north, driven by Littlejohn. A passenger in the Tacoma, Harvey Zimmerman, 87, of Christiansburg, was taken by squad to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol stated. 

Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered to be factors in the crash that remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.

CareFlight has been dispatched to the scene of the accident, we will update you with the latest details. 


Multiple people are reportedly trapped and possibly injured in a crash on North Dayton Lakeview Road this afternoon.

The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of North Dayton Lakeview.

A medical helicopter was reportedly placed on standby for the crash.

We’re working to gather additional information on the crash.

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Horizon Science Academy staff member fired over threat

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 7:33 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:45 PM

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UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.:

Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School fired a long-term substitute teacher who admitted to threatening the school, spokesman Christopher Murphy stated in a release issued Friday night.

Murphy identified the staff member as Shari Gann-Spearman, an employee since October 2017. He said Horizon administrators were alerted to a comment reportedly made by her to another staff member threatening the charter school at 250 Shoup Mill Road.

>> Student arrested for making threats at Springfield H.S. charged with felony

According to the release: “HSA takes the safety and security of our school community very seriously, and as a result of the school’s internal investigation, where Spearman admitted to threatening the school, Spearman has been terminated effective immediately.”

HSA collaborated with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Dayton police, Murphy said.

UPDATE @ 12:43 p.m.:

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday they are investigating an alleged threat made by a Horizon Science Acadamy staff member, who is now on administrative leave.

“We'll make sure that the threat that was made that it's not carried out, to figure out if it is a viable threat or if it was someone just upset at the end of the day,” said Chief Deputy Rob Streck with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  “If that occurs and we find out that it was a viable threat, then yes they could be facing charges.”

Streck added the threat that was said to have been made was not made against the school, students, teachers or staff.


A Horizon Science Academy staff member has been placed on administrative leave for making threats against the school, according to school officials.

The employee, who has not been identified, made a comment to another staff member threatening the school, according to a statement from spokesperson Christopher Murphy.

>> Student arrested for making threats at Springfield H.S. charged with felony

“HSA takes the safety of and security of our school very seriously, and the staff member was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” Murphy said.

Local authorities were contacted, according to the school.

Details of the threat have not been made public.

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