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68-year-old man, 2 dogs killed in Trotwood house fire on Azalea Drive 

Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 5:05 PM
Updated: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 8:09 PM

The fire took place in Trotwood Monday afternoon.

A 68-year-old man and two dogs were victims in a fatal fire that occurred in Trotwood Monday afternoon.

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A primary search of the single-story residence revealed that Eugene Bennett was in one of the bedrooms of the home and the two dogs were underneath a bed in a back bedroom.

Trotwood Fire Department responded to the home in the 1600 block of Azalea Drive around 4:50 p.m. after reports of heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure.

Eugene Bennett (Courtesy/Family)

Fire Chief Richard Haacke said the fatalities could have been prevented had there been working smoke detectors in the home.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation with assistance from a state fire marshal’s investigator.

Bennett’s family members identified him as the brother of the homeowner.

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Miamisburg officer who shot man in April ID’d after criminal charges cleared

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:25 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Two officers were involved in the April 3 shooting of a Dayton man at Miamisburg's Red Roof Inn.

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.:

The Miamisburg police officer who shot a suspect April 3 has been identified as Officer Joshua Kohlrieser.


Two Miamisburg police officers involved in the shooting of a Dayton man wanted on federal charges will not be charged criminally, a grand jury has ruled.

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The officer who wounded Indiana robbery suspect Jeremy Watson April 3 outside the Byers Road Red Roof Inn remains on restrictive duty while the other – who did not fire a shot – returned to regular duty, but both remain consulting with a “practitioner,” Miamisburg Police Chief John Sedlak said.

Sedlak has said he does not think it is at this point “appropriate” to name the officers, although he indicated the one who wounded Watson in the left leg was male. 

Sedlak said the identities will come after the case goes to a grand jury, which will follow an investigation by the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit. The unit, a coalition of eight south suburban cities that includes Miamisburg, responded to the shooting scene.

Both officers were placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting, which happened after Indiana authorities requested Miamisburg’s help capturing Watson, a suspect in an April 2 armed robbery of Dollar General near Rising Sun, Sedlak said.

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Dayton woman killed in hit-and-run motorcycle crash; man arrested

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

Robert Butt (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Robert Butt (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m.: 

A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connected to a fatal hit-and-run motorcycle crash that killed a Dayton woman, according to a police spokeswoman. 

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Robert Butt was arrested Tuesday morning on preliminary charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident, according to police and jail records. 

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Butt remains booked in the Montgomery County Jail, however he has yet to be officially charged, according to investigators.  

Butt is accused of leaving the scene of a crash in the 3300 block of Needmore Road Sunday that killed 49-year-old Lynn Goss. 

Additional details were not available. 


A 49-year-old Dayton woman was killed in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning on Needmore Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

Lynn Goss was pronounced dead at Grandview Hospital after being transported from the crash in the 3300 block of Needmore around 2:30 a.m., the coroner's office said. 

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Goss' death was ruled an accident and she was a passenger on the motorcycle, officials said. 

We're working to learn more information and whether any charges or citations have been issued in connection to the incident.

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Nearly $4K of meth seized in Miami County traffic stop

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:41 PM


Nearly $4,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized during a traffic stop on I-75 in Troy Saturday and a man is now facing felony charges.

Brian Roose, 36, of Edgerton, was arrested near the Ohio 55 exit on I-75.

Roose allegedly had 74 grams of meth,a scale, packaging materials and other pieces of paraphernalia in his possession when troopers pulled him over around 11:25 a.m., troopers said.

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Roose also allegedly had a loaded rifle and a handgun in the vehicle, troopers said.

The suspect was booked into jail on multiple drug and weapons charges, however was not listed as an inmate Wednesday.

If convicted troopers said Roose could face up to 31 years in prison and a $42,500 fine.

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Military base water safety questions remain as fight for study continues

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 5:29 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

            Congressman Mike Turner
Congressman Mike Turner

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers have called on the U.S. EPA leader to release a chemical pollution study that reportedly shows lower threshold levels for groundwater contamination that could impact more than a hundred military bases, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but the head of the agency said he doesn’t have the authority to release the study.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, in his own letter this month, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from California to Massachusetts in a separate letter, urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to release the study after Politico, citing newly released emails, reported the White House and the EPA had sought to block the public release of the U.S. Health and Human Services report because “it would cause a public relations nightmare.”

But in a response to Turner’s letter and the other congressional leaders, Pruitt wrote this week the Health and Human Services agency had the right to release the research findings, but “the EPA does not have the authority to release this study.”

Turner now has urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar to release the report.

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Chemical substances known as perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been found in the groundwater at Wright-Patterson and near a Dayton firefighting training site on McFadden Avenue. The material, commonly found in many household items, also was found in an old formula of firefighting foam sprayed at both sites.

Authorities say the water in the Dayton distribution system is safe to drink, and the substances have not been found in water delivered to consumers.

“Administrator Pruitt’s letter made it clear that the EPA is not currently blocking the release of the study on PFAS, although it did not indicate whether it had sought to block this release previously,” Turner said in a statement.

“The release of this study is a public health and safety issue for every community with a military installation, including mine,” Turner, whose district includes Wright-Patterson, wrote to Azar. The EPA has set a lifetime health advisory exposure level of 70 parts per trillion.

“If this study finds, as reported, that this is no longer an accurate level of safety for our water, Congress and our constituents need to know immediately so we can begin to address it,” Turner added.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement Wednesaday to this news outlet: “Keeping information from people about the health and safety of their water is disgraceful. The EPA and HHS must release this report immediately and work with the Air Force and the city of Dayton to ensure the water is safe.”

A representative for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was contacted for comment.

The EPA was part of a national leadership summit Tuesday that sought to address PFAS concerns around the nation. The federal agency reportedly barred some members of the press while Pruitt was speaking.

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In a May 18 letter, 13 House representatives on both sides of the political aisle from California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington state, had asked Pruitt to release the report. The lawmakers noted studies have linked the substances to cancer, thyroid disease, increased cholesterol, and fertility issues, among health concerns.

The group also sent a letter to Azar, according to U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, who was among those who co-signed the document.

“It’s a little hard for me that (Pruitt) won’t act to have the report released when he seems to have the authority to block the report,” he said Wednesday, referring to published reports. State policy makers especially could use the data to set contamination threshold levels, Kildee said.

“It ought to be out there,” he said. “We’ve seen this happen too many times.”

His district includes Flint, which has faced an ongoing drinking water crisis related to lead contamination.

The Department of Defense has identified 126 military installations that showed the chemical substances in excess of the EPA’s lifetime exposure advisory threshold where the firefighting foam was sprayed, lawmakers said.

The Health and Human Services study, known as the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “concluded that PFOS and PFOA can cause human harm at a much lower level of exposure than previously acknowledged by EPA,” the lawmakers said.

City of Dayton officials have urged Wright-Patterson to take more aggressive action to prevent tainted groundwater migrating off base and potentially threatening groundwater pumping wells along the Mad River. Base authorities say they have installed monitoring wells to track where a contamination plume is headed and have pointed to the city’s firefighting training site as a possible source of contamination.

As a precaution, the city of Dayton closed several production wells along the Mad River.

Wright-Patterson built a $2.7 million groundwater treatment plant to reopen two drinking water production wells that had been closed because they had exceeded health advisory levels.

Brown’s office said the senator will offer an amendment to an upcoming defense bill for the Air Force to reimburse the city of Dayton for costs incurred with dealing with tracking and dealing with the potential contamination.


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