DASH CAM: Dancing Dayton cop arrested on suspicion of OVI

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Cruiser cam: 'Dancing' cop arrested for suspected OVI

UPDATE @ 2:59 p.m. (Jan. 23):

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released dash cam video Tuesday that shows the questioning and arrest of Dayton police officer Jermar Rayford for suspicion of OVI in Fairborn on Jan. 12.

In the video, Rayford denies having consumed any alcohol prior to the traffic stop for speeding.

“I’m a Dayton police officer...I’m not going to jeopardize my career,” Rayford tells troopers.  “I ain’t been drinking though.”

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The trooper told Rayford he smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, which Rayford said was a rental car.

“There ain’t nothing to it bro,” Rayford said.

Rayford declined to take a breathalyzer test on the scene after being asked multiple times if he would be willing to and was taken into custody.

“I don’t have to do a breath test,” Rayford said.  “... This is so beyond crazy.” 

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):

Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.

The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.

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Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District.  Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.

INITIAL REPORT:

Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12. 

According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek. 

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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test. 

Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning. 

He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.

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The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media. 

Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.

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At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.

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Victim identified in fatal crash, car fire in Trotwood

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 4:08 PM

Crash, car fire fatal in Trotwood

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.

The victim in a deadly early Friday morning crash in Trotwood has been identified as Antwahn Swain, 35, of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

No preliminary information was available on Swain’s cause and manner of death.

FIRST REPORT: 

The Montgomery County coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.

The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

Bike rider killed.

UPDATE @ 3:20 p.m.

The bicyclist who was hit and killed by a sport-utility vehicle was traveling west in the curb lane when he ended up in the path of the oncoming SUV and was struck, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.

The accident remains under investigation, and the victim’s name has not been released.

UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m.

A bicyclist was fatally struck just before noon in Troy.

According to police, the man rode his bike into the path of an oncoming car.

Both directions in the 900 block of West Main Street, near Madison Street, were shut down while Troy police investigate the man’s death.

The Miami County coroner was called to the scene.

FIRST REPORT

A pedestrian was struck and killed today in Troy.

The crash was reported just before noon in the 900 block of Main Street.

According to a witness, a man was struck by a vehicle and then thrown into the path of a second vehicle.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office dispatch confirmed the accident was a fatality.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will update this report.

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Community celebrates honorary street naming for Dean Lovelace

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:45 PM



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The family of Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton city commissioner, celebrated an honorary street renaming for him Saturday.

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Dean Lovelace Drive was unveiled at 11 a.m. at Madden Hills Drive in Dayton.

The ceremony also included a balloon release in memory of the late commissioner who died last year on Memorial Day weekend at the age of 71.

Dean Lovelace

He served as commissioner for 22 years and left the commission in 2016 for health reasons after finishing his sixth term.

Lovelace was described by friends and peers as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy residents of Dayton.

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How to keep yourself and others safe at the pool over the summer

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:31 PM


            Head Lifeguard Morgan Avers holds pages of a checklist as she monitors lifeguards treading water as they are being trained at the Miamisburg pool in preparation for the summer swimming season in 2015. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Head Lifeguard Morgan Avers holds pages of a checklist as she monitors lifeguards treading water as they are being trained at the Miamisburg pool in preparation for the summer swimming season in 2015. JIM WITMER/STAFF

With Memorial Day right around the corner, several area pools will be opening their doors in the coming weeks.

Pools are a community gathering place, so officials recommend you take some steps to keep them clean and yourself safe while you’re there.

Here’s what you can do to ensure a safe experience at the pool this summer:

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Keep it clean

While most public pools are chlorinated or filtered, safety officials still recommend you take a shower before you enter the pool to keep bacteria out. They also stress following general cleanliness best practices and not throwing trash in the area around the pool.

If you can’t see the bottom, don’t swim.

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Watch your children

Children should never be left unsupervised or allowed to swim alone.

All public pools are required to have certified lifeguards, but it’s recommended that you still keep a phone nearby to call for help if it’s needed.

Montgomery County Public Health Spokesperson Dan Suffoletto said parents should be sure to give their kids sunscreen and adequate bathroom breaks in addition to keeping a watchful eye on them.

The American Red Cross recommends learning CPR and first aid to help ensure everyone’s safety at the pool.

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Keep your body healthy

Safety at the pool means more than just swimming carefully and abiding by the rules — it’s also important to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.

Suffoletto recommends using waterproof sunscreen if you plan on swimming, and reapplying it when you get out of the water.

It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the summer heat — but Suffoletto said it’s a bad idea to drink pool water.

Of course, it’s not always sunny. Suffoletto said it’s important to monitor the weather and avoid swimming when thunderstorms are in the area

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