Local man accused of stealing ambulance indicted on charges

Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 8:49 AM

CRUISER CAM: Local man steals ambulance with medic, patient inside

UPDATE @ 3:41 p.m. (Nov. 9):

Jeffrey Brown was indicted Thursday on two counts of kidnapping, grand theft and failure to comply.

He’s scheduled in court for his arraignment on Nov. 14.


Cruiser camera video released today shows a 44-year-old Dayton man accused of stealing an ambulance with a medic and patient in back fleeing from police.

Within an hour of driving off with the Dayton Fire Department life squad, the suspect — identified by police as Jeffrey Lamar Brown — was behind bars.

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The ambulance was taken around 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 after medics responded to a call in the 400 block of Salem Avenue. The keys were in the ignition when the suspect took off, according to a Dayton police report.

Dayton police finally were able to stop the ambulance in the 2100 block of West Riverview Avenue, about a mile and a half from where it was stolen.

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Brown was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail. He’s charged with grand theft, failure to comply and abduction. A grand jury is now reviewing the case, according to court records.

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Details emerge about suspects accused in ramming of sheriff’s cruiser

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:20 PM

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More details came to light Tuesday stemming from the ramming of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser on Monday at a gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive:

  • A 15- and 16-year-old accused in the case are due in court again May 3 
  • Suspect Nikeas Jones, 20, was released from prison in February on stolen vehicles convictions 
  • Suspect Sha’ King Jones, 19, has 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (April 24): The 15- and 16-year-olds were in Montgomery County Juvenile Court on Tuesday, where Judge Anthony Capizzi told them additional charges are likely, especially if investigators determine that one of them was driving a stolen Toyota Carolla involved in the incident.

A stolen car was used to ram a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser in the parking lot of a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive. 

As deputies approached the stolen vehicle, parked in the lot of the Valero, the driver noticed the deputies, got back in the vehicle and sped off, striking the patrol vehicle, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Sha'King Jones

There were no injuries reported. 

Capizzi entered denials on their behalf and announced their appointed defense attorneys. 

Family members were in court for the 15-year-old. Capizzi said that teenager already was in treatment court and has a record. 

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No one was there for the 16-year-old, whom Capizzi told, "Your record is only 13 pages long. Congratulations." 

The judge said, "This was a very serious case. It's not just stealing a car. … Someone stole a car, tried to escape, drove in to a police cruiser to escape and then hit a bunch of over cars. 

“You know that's going to mean a lot more charges against somebody,” he said. “I don't know who the driver was."

Five arrests have been made, including Sha’King Jones, 19, and Nikeas Jones, 20. Both remain in the Montgomery County Jail. Sha’King Jones is being detained on suspicion of felonious assault. Nikeas Jones is being detained on suspicion of obstructing official business.


Sha’ King Jones had just been released from Pickaway Correctional Institution on Feb. 13, according to Montgomery County court records. He had been sentenced to 18 months for robbery, grand theft and receiving stolen property, all involving stolen vehicles including a 2009 Volvo XC90, a 2003 Buick Century and a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. 

He has no felony criminal record in Montgomery County as an adult, but 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile.

Nikeas Jones, in a January 2017 pro se motion for judicial release, wrote, "I understand and I'm truly sorry for the mistakes that I have made. I acted out of immaturity and was lead[sic] down the wrong path by engaging in activities with the wrong crowd." 

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He said in the letter he was in a drug/alcohol program, that he planned to get his G.E.D and seek gainful employment to become self-supportive. 

"I have challenged myself to use the tools that I have acquired, the knowledge and experience I have obtained to improve on the nature of my character and become a productive citizen of society." 

Judge Mary Katherine Huffman denied Nikeas Jones’s motion. It was "untimely filed," she said.

There is no information about the fifth person arrested.

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Passing showers, fog tonight

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 3:36 AM

Storm Center 7's Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs talks about what to expect today and tomorrow.

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Showers taper off with fog possible tonight
  • Clouds to slowly break late Wednesday
  • Drying out, mild for the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


THIS EVENING:  Skies will remain cloudy with passing showers or drizzle. Temperatures will hold in the lower to middle 50s.

TONIGHT: Clouds will linger with a chance for fog. Temperatures will drop into the upper 40s.

WEDNESDAY: Patchy areas of fog will be possible in the morning along with some light rain or drizzle. Conditions will dry out in the afternoon with clouds slowly breaking late in the day. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Skies will be partly cloudy with highs in the lower 60s.

FRIDAY: Clouds will be on the increase. There will be a chance for some passing showers, mainly late in the day. Highs will reach back into the middle 60s.

SATURDAY: Skies will become mostly sunny with highs in the lower 60s.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies will end the weekend. Temperatures will make it back into the lower 60s for highs.

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Former Middletown police chief dies at age 80

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:12 PM

            Former Middletown police chief Russell Dwyer died Monday night. He was 80.
Former Middletown police chief Russell Dwyer died Monday night. He was 80.

A former Middletown police chief has died.

Russell Dwyer, who served as police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St. Burial in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Born Jan. 31, 1938 to Lillian and Lawrence Dwyer in Warren County, Ohio, Dwyer graduated from Franklin High School, attended Miami University, and was later awarded the Bishop Medal and a graduate of the FBI Dignitary Protection Academy.

Dwyer retired after 27 years of service from the City of Middletown/Division of Police where he served as police chief for 13 years. He was involved with many organizations and held various positions within the Middletown community; secretary/treasurer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police; secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police; founder of the Narcotics Division for the City of Middletown; founder of Safety Town; founding committee for the All American Weekend; member of the Chamber of Commerce; member of the Rotary Club; director of safety at Bob’s Truck Service; director of safety and vice president for Excel Trucking; news director for WPFB radio; and a member of the Madison Athletic Boosters.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Dwyer; children Anthony Dwyer (Molly), Robert Dwyer, Dennis Cox (Kathy) and Dana Stephens (Matt); sisters Norma Baird and Crystal Harsha (Ron); brothers Roger Dwyer (Kathy), Ralph Dwyer (Joyce) and Paul Dwyer (Marty); eight grandchildren, Russell Dwyer, Anthony Dwyer, Dylan Dwyer, Brandon Dwyer, Ashley Cox, Allison Cox, Alex Cornele and Lucas Cornele; four great grandchildren, and a very special caregiver, Mariah Smith.

Middletown police department’s Facebook page read: “With sad hearts we inform you that former Police Chief Russell Dwyer passed away last night. He was the Chief from 1975 -1987 and served the City of Middletown for over 30 years. MPD’s thoughts are with his family today.”

Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief, said he met Dwyer after he had left the department. Every time, Muterspaw said, Dwyer took “a real interest” in his career.

“Always came up to shake my hand and said, ‘hello,’ which meant a lot to me as a new officer,” Muterspaw said.

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3 NEW reasons to hang out in Xenia 

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Devil Wind Brewing gears up to open in Xenia

We see you over there, Xenia. 

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Some great places to explore have opened in Greene County’s county seat in the last few years. 

Here are a few reasons to visit Xenia soon. 


You have to try One Bistro's super buttery toast.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Spots like Nick’s Restaurant have long been go-to places, but there are a few relatively new kids on the block. 

One Bistro, 87 E. Main St., has great food — and you can help those in need. 

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Pizza is on the menu at One Bistro in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

As with the Miamisburg location, the Xenia restaurant has suggested prices on its meals ranging from $6 to $9, but people can also pay what they can afford. 

Paying a little more than the recommended amount “pays it forward” and helps feed needy people.

Other options include Tables of Contents Cafe, 30 S. Detroit St., and 5 Points Cafe. That breakfast and lunch spot is located at 51 E. Main St.

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Devil Wind Brewing recently opened at 130 S. Detroit St. in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Downtown Xenia is the home of one of the Miami Valley’s newest breweries. 

Devil Wind Brewing recently opened its doors in a 3,000-square-foot space at 130 S. Detroit St. It is just steps from the bike path. 

The 90-seat brewery gets its name from historical reports that the Shawnee Indians that inhabited Greene County referred to the Xenia area as “Land of the Devil Wind.”

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Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles recently opened in Xenia.(Photos: Amelia Robinson)

Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles is a nerd paradise. 

Located at 68 S. Detroit St., the recently opened shop has both vintage Star Wars and Star Trek toys and tons of other vintage toys that will take you back to your childhood. 

Devil Wind Brewing recently opened at 130 S. Detroit St. in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

You have to try One Bistro's super buttery toast.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles recently opened in Xenia.(Photos: Amelia Robinson)

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