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Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 3:21 PM
BUTLER TWP., Montgomery County — UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. (Nov. 29):
An arrest warrant has been issued for a 26-year-old man police said was involved in a theft and pursuit from the Walmart store on York Commons, according to police.
Tylor Allen Hamm is wanted on charges of theft and felony failure to comply and police said additional charges will be reviewed by a grand jury.
Police said Hamm was the driver in the chase.
Anyone with information on Hamm’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 937-223-2080.
A male and female, both 26, will likely face several felony charges for damaging two police cruisers while trying to elude capture for being suspected of shoplifting from a Walmart Superstore, Butler Twp. Police Chief John Porter said.
Porter said the irony is that had they cooperated after being accused of taking "less than $100 worth of miscellaneous items," they probably would have been given summonses to appear in court. Now, the potential stakes are much higher because they triggered a police pursuit that endangered lives, he said.
"They escalated into a very, very potentially dangerous situation in a short amount of time," Chief Porter said. The entire incident -- from fleeing the store lot to the crash -- lasted about two minutes, he said.
How the Incident Began
Porter said the pursuit began in the parking lot of the Walmart Superstore at North Dixie Drive and York Commons Boulevard, when the man jumped behind the wheel of a blue car and sped off through the parking lot just after 5:15 p.m.
Butler Twp. police were approaching the car because they had been called to the store on a theft-in-progress call, the chief said.
The driver sideswiped the first police cruiser while trying to get out of the parking lot, then backed into a second cruiser after crashing into a Dumpster behind a Hooter's restaurant on Miller Lane. He fled onto York Commons, then onto Benchwood Road as police pursued the car onto Autumn Ridge Drive.
The male and female were taken to Grandview Medical Center after suffering non-life threatening injuries when they crashed in a wooded area behind a home on Autumn Ridge Drive, which brought the pursuit to an end.
The officers were not injured, Power said, and the cruisers will have to be repaired.
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A couple returning to Canada suffered minor injuries when their vehicle was rear-ended in the area of Miller Lane during the incident, Porter said. Police interviewed them, had them checked out medically and released them.
About the Suspects
Porter said police believe the male was under the influence of drugs because of his behavior in speeding away from the Walmart.
It's too early to say whether the drugs were opioids, the chief said, but police also found drug paraphernalia on the female. Police found no weapons, he said.
Porter said criminal charges could include anything from robbery to felony fleeing and eluding.
Police Pursuit Policy
Porter said the incident fit the police department's pursuit policy because the male purposefully hit two police cruisers.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:51 PM
SUGARCREEK TWP. — The 22-year-old victim of a Feedwire Road fatal accident was “a real good kid” who “everybody loved” according to the mother of a close friend.
Tracey Hogan, mother of Josh Hogan, recalled Evan Henry-Singleton’s positive nature and constant smile.
The Centerville man’s life was cut short early Monday morning after he drove into a tree and ended up in a culvert.
“It’s hitting hard,” said Hogan. “It’s hitting all the kids hard.”
Hogan’s son knew Henry-Singleton from high school, and she described him as “a very loyal friend.”
“He never met a stranger ... He was good to everyone and he introduced a lot of people,” she said. “He brought people together.”
Hogan called Henry-Singleton’s death a “tragedy.”
“They’re just 22. Their life is just beginning and it’s so full of promise,” she explained. “To have it cut short like that, it’s a tragedy. You don’t know what to say. It’s hard.”
Hogan said she talked to her son about mourning and how to cope with the loss of a friend.
“He’s gotten together with friends,” she added. “I know that a lot of them are trying to get together and maybe put together a memorial. Something where they can come together, honor [Henry-Singleton] and grieve together.”
Sugarcreek Twp. police are reportedly exploring all factors that might have played a role in the crash, but haven’t released any information yet.
“The kids seem to think he had a problem with his brakes; the brakes locked up,” said Hogan. “It was a tragic accident.”
Hogan said her heart goes out to Henry-Singleton’s entire family.
“When something like this happens, it just brings it home,” she said.
“Just cherish your children, every moment you have with them, because you don’ t know. We’re not promised tomorrow. We all think we have a long life, but you never know.”
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:53 p.m. (July 17): Niguel Hamilton’s family has retained the services of civil right attorney Ben Crump.
Crump, who has represented the family of Trayvon Martin and taken on other high profile cases, was retained by the Hamilton family to “pursue justice,” according to a statement issued Tuesday.
“They don't understand how you have three certified swimming instructors and only four children in the pool, and yet you lose one of them,” Crump said of the family. “They're heartbroken, and they just are searching for answers.”
The Hamilton family was paying for swimming lessons a Lohrey Recreation Center to prevent exactly this kind of tragedy, Crump said.
The attorney was in town Tuesday and he said he’s helping the Hamilton family plan Niguel’s home-going celebrations this weekend. He said he also plans to push the city for an explanation of how the boy could have died.
“The family has gotten no answers at this point,” Crump said.
Niguel’s parents released a statement for the first time Tuesday: “No parent should ever have to endure such a preventable loss, and we want to make sure no other parents suffer a loss like this."
Crump added: "He had his whole life ahead of him. He never ever, ever, ever should have been taken this soon."
Services for Niguel are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton.
The 6-year-old pulled from a Dayton pool last week has died, according to the coroner’s office.
Niguel Hamilton died at the hospital Sunday night, officials said.
Hamilton was pulled from the indoor pool at Lohrey Recreation Center in Dayton on July 12.
The city released a statement Friday afternoon: “A thorough investigation is underway. Out of respect for the family involved, we will not be making additional comments at this time.”
A Dayton Police Department detective also has been assigned to the case.
Niguel Hamilton was one of about four children in the indoor pool for swim lessons at the center, the boy’s grandfather, Willie Hamilton said.
“He’s happy, full of life, loving, smart,” his grandfather said Friday. “Niguel is a good kid. He is a loving kid. Everybody who meets Niguel loves him.”
The last thing Hamilton remembers of Niguel’s swim lesson is that he saw him with his class in the deep end, and that Niguel, who is 6 but small for his age, had just gone off the diving board with his instructor’s assistance.
Shortly after that, a lifeguard said they didn’t see Niguel in the water and asked if he had seen him, whether he had gone to the restroom.
“I got up, went to the bathroom and looked around and couldn’t find him,” Hamilton said.
The lifeguards then got everyone out of the pool and searched again, in vain.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:35 PM
MORAINE — UPDATE @ 6 p.m.
A neighbor spotted a fire coming from a garage and alerted a man and his grandson to get out of the house.
The occupants had to rush out and leave their pets behind, but Moraine firefighters were able to rescue two dogs, two cats and five kittens.
Damages were extensive to the home and garage.
UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.
Moraine fire crews rescued kittens from a house fire and reunited them with a little girl.
Fire and heavy smoke are reportedly coming through the roof this afternoon of an attached garage.
Crews were called around 4:15 p.m. to a single-story home the 5000 block of Lauderdale Drive in Moraine.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:35 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:44 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: Bystanders are being credited with rescuing a man and woman who were struggling in the Mad River at Eastwood MetroPark, Dayton Fire District Chief David Wright said.
The man and woman were wading near the shoreline, near water features on the river at Eastwood Lake, when the man apparently suffered a medical issue and stumbled into deeper water, Chief Wright said. The woman was trying to save the man when she got hung up on rocks.
"They both should be OK," Wright said. "Thanks for the quick action of some bystanders and first responders, we were able to get them out of the river."
Both people have been taken to a hospital.
Dayton fire/rescue crews were dispatched just before 4:30 p.m. on a report of two people struggling in the water, he said, noting that neither of them was wearing a life vest or personal flotation device.
"From my understanding, he took on mouthfuls of water," the district chief said. "He was in what we call the pre-drowning mode. He was starting to swallow water, which starts the drowning process."
Wright urged people to wear life vests or use personal flotation devices whenever they are in any body of water.
A water rescue is underway for two people reported to be in Eastwood Lake at Eastwood MetroPark.
The dispatch was made about 4:20 p.m. Fire and medic units are on scene.
We have a crew on the way and we will update this developing report.
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