West Carrollton couple found dead appears to be murder-suicide

Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

West Carrollton

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m. (Jan. 2, 2017):

The shooting deaths of John and Alma Smelko appears to be the result of a murder-suicide.

Alma Smelko, 83, of West Carrollton, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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John Smelko, 83, of West Carrollton, died of a gunshot wound to the torso and his death has been ruled a suicide, the coroner’s office said.

Police said there are no suspects in the case and the added the public does not have any reason to be concerned following the shooting.

INITIAL REPORT (Dec. 31, 2017):

Two people were found dead in a home on Enxing Avenue in West Carrollton Sunday night and police are saying there is no immediate cause for concern for residents in the area, according to David Wessling, Deputy Chief of the West Carrollton Police Department. 

John and Alma Smelko, of West Carrollton, were removed from the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and autopsies are scheduled for the two victims Tuesday, the coroner’s office said. 

Wessling said the department is not searching for any suspects in the case, however stopped short of saying what led to the deaths of the 83-year-old victims. 

Officers responded to the 300 block of Enxing Avenue around 10 p.m. after dispatchers received a call from a relative of the victims saying he discovered them unresponsive, according to dispatch reports. 

According to initial reports, the person who reported the incident said they found a handgun on the scene. 

“He has located a handgun on the floor,” dispatchers told officers responding to the scene.

Wessling could not confirm whether a gun was recovered on the scene, however said he would hopefully be able to release more information on Tuesday after speaking with detectives investigating the case.

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Fog this morning; showers, storms to return today

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

The chance for more showers and storms continues today in the Dayton area.


  • Few evening showers and storms today
  • Chances for rain/storms continues into weekend
  • Little relief from the heat/humidity

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Today: Some areas could wake up to some fog this morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The chance for showers and storms returns today, with the best chances later this afternoon and evening. While we’re not anticipating this rain to be as widespread as yesterday, most areas will stand a decent chance to see rain today. Some heavy downpours will be possible with these showers and storms. Highs today will be in the lower to mid 80s.

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Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade away past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.

Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.

Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. 

>> Cloudy with a chance of podcast

Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Woman, 87, killed in fatal wrong-way downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning.

The victim killed in a wrong-way crash Tuesday morning in downtown Dayton was identified as 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Officers were dispatched to a report of a crash with one person trapped near the intersection of West Fifth Street and South Perry Street around 9 a.m. 

According to a crash report, a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian F. Traylor, 67, was traveling westbound in the wrong direction on West Fifth Street.  At the intersection of W. Fifth Street and S. Perry Street, Mr. Traylor crashed into Mrs. Clouse’s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole.  

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Ms. Clouse was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead, the report states.

Mr. Traylor was not injured in the crash. 

Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets. 

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“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said.  “I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.” 

The preliminary report does not show Mr. Traylor to be charged or cited in the crash, however, the crash remains under investigation. 

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Dayton police arrest man, 19, on suspicion of murder 

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:58 AM

Photo: Montgomery County Jail
(Photo: Montgomery County Jail)

A 19-year-old man has been arrested by Dayton police on suspicion of murder, according to online jail records.

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Carlos Blanton Jr. is currently in Montgomery County Jail on charges including aggravated murder and obstructing justice. 

He was arrested at the City of Dayton Safety Building, 335 W. Third St., and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court, jail records say.

It is not immediately known which crime Blanton’s arrest is connected to. 

We’re working to learn more and will update this page as new details become available. 

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Man hears ‘boom, boom, clack’ before tree falls on vehicle in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:55 PM

A large tree has fallen on top of a Jeep on La Belle Street in Dayton after a batch of heavy rain moved through the area Tuesday afternoon.

Two large trees were apparently struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon as a batch of heavy rain moved through the area.

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A large tree fell on a Jeep on La Belle Street in Dayton, and across town, a branch believed to weigh 2,000 pounds landed atop a vehicle in the 100 block of Five Oaks Avenue in Dayton.

A 2,000-pound branch fell from a tree during heavy rain Tuesday, June 19, 2018, on Five Oaks Avenue in Dayton.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

Sidney More was headed to the store this afternoon, driving on Five Oaks Avenue.

“I stopped at the stop sign and I heard a big boom, boom clack! And then I see a big light come down and then hit this tree.

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“There was like a little fire when it hit the tree and then the tree fell,” he said. “That’s when it hit the street. It fell  hard and fast.”

More said he backed up and went back home. “I did not go to the store. I did not want to take no chances.”

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Lightning is reportedly the reason the tree on La Bell Street toppled.

Crews were working to remove the tree from the road. 

No injuries were reported in either incident.

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