Dayton business owner uses AK-47 in exchange of gunfire with burglars

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

Police in Dayton said the owner of a local cell phone chased after what he called four men who broke into his store. The owner said he managed to chase the men away before they took anything.

A 22-year-old Dayton business owner fired an AK-47 at burglars breaking into his cell phone store early Sunday morning.

Dayton police were dispatched to Fix or Cell Now at 619 Watervliet Street around 5:09 a.m. after the business owner called to report the attempted robbery. 

According to a police report, owner Adam Seaton was blocks away when he received a notification on his phone from the store's security system. 

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The owner of Fix or Cell Now says he fired shots at potential robbers.

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As he arrived to the store, Seaton told Dayton police he saw two men running from the store. Seaton said one of the men then stopped, pulled out a gun, and pointed it in his direction. 

Authorities have released a 911 call where you can hear shots being fired.

According to police, Seaton then grabbed an AK-47 from his passenger seat and fired at the men. Seaton told our breaking news team he believes one of his bullets hit a suspect, but he cannot be sure. 

"Typically robberies at the store are done in 20 to 45 minutes, but I happened to be in the right place at the right time," Seaton said. 

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Seaton told police the would-be-thieves wearing black masks fled on foot after he fired shots. He said he followed the two men in his truck as they made their way into a running getaway truck parked in the 2500 block of Mundale Avenue. 

Seaton continued to follow the suspects in his truck. That's when he says the suspects began firing shots at his vehicle out of a driver side window. 

Police said Seaton ended his pursuit at the intersection of Smithville Road and Linden Avenue before returning to the store to alert police. 

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Seaton is calling for stricter punishment for robbers targeting area phone stores. 

“Give these guys [robbery suspects] punishment. They’re just stealing them [cell phones] and the courts just let them out the next day,” Seaton said. 

"“It’s not the police it’s the justice system. The police arrest them and the courts just let them out the next day." 

Seaton said this is the fourth robbery - and the first he's successfully stopped, since opening his store in December. 

As for what other business owners can do to prevent robberies, Seaton advises they purchase a folding security gate. 

"Just had my security gate save my inventory from getting stolen so invest in one of those," Seaton said.

According to the report, officers reviewed store surveillance which showed one suspect throw a brick through a security-gate reinforced window while another stood watch outside of the store. 

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Middletown police warn of impersonators pulling people over

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:03 PM



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Middletown police are warning residents about a group of teens pulling people over impersonating police officers.

Police made the public warning on its Facebook page on Sunday evening.

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Police said four white teens are driving around Middletown in a blue or gray convertible that has a light on the dashboard as well as a loud speaker and air horn.

Anyone with any information about these people or who may have seen this vehicle are asked to call police dispatch at 513-425-7700, option 0.

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New Ronald McDonald Family Room opens inside Dayton Children's Hospital

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 8:51 PM

The Ronald McDonald House now has a new family room after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday afternoon.

The new and spacious family room opened up inside the Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to a release.

The room is in the west wing of the hospital and has computers, napping pods, a kitchen, laundry, and shower facilities. It’s also furnished with a La-Z-Boy, along with staffing and resources provided by RMHC Dayton.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton and Dayton Children’s Hospital held the opening for the new 2,500 square foot family room on the fourth floor, which was moved from the second flour.

In partnership with Dayton Children’s Hospital, this new Ronald McDonald Family Room was designed with the specific needs of families with impatient children in mind. These spaces help parents to stay close to their sick children.

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Kettering Medical Center hosts reunion for NICU babies and families

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 7:50 PM

NICU babies reunited at Kettering Medical Center

More than 300 people celebrated a reunion for children born in a NICU and their families Sunday afternoon in the Nelson Conference Center located at 3535 Southern Blvd. 

Kettering Health Network hosted their third reunion for children who were patients in the hospital’s Level III B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), according to a release.

Kettering Medical Center’s Level III B Maternity Unit and NICU provides advanced care in one location for patients coping with high-risk pregnancies and fragile infants. The NICU serves all Kettering Health Network maternity centers. 

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Today was a chance for families and health care providers to check-in on how those graduate children and their families were doing, and included babies born from 2015 to 2017.

Jackie and Danny Milling welcomed their twin daughters Bexley and June into the world last October. “I carried them to 35 weeks pretty good for twins. They still had a lot of things they needed help with,” said Mrs. Milling.

She credits the care she received at the NICU for helping her family get to a healthy start. “The NICU here at Kettering helped out little girls thrive and survive and become just as healthy as they can be.”

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This reunion was a second chance for the Millings to meet with what they call their second family. “They get to see our kids grow so much even though they’re still little. It was I think just brought up a lot of fond strong memories,” said Mrs. Milling.

“This is what fills our bucket and brings us back to our home away from home here in the Kettering NICU,” said Clinical Nurse Manager for the NICU Ginny Dalton.  

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Guest speaker Judge Hatchett spoke about Women’s Day at church in Dayton

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 6:35 PM

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News Center 7’s Letitia Perry introduced TV personality Judge Glenda Hatchett Sunday morning as a guest speaker at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church located at 2262 N. Gettysburg Avenue. 

This service was the culmination of a month’s long celebration of activities focused on women called, “The Queen in You.” “I am inviting all women to join me this month as we celebrate women exuding Christian values,” said First Lady of St. Luke Baptist Church Jasmine Allen.

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Judge Hatchett spoke for a Women’s Day Service to inspire women of the community, according to a release. She spoke about empowering and encouraging the women of the community to be their authentic selves and to utilize power within.

This event featured a 50-voice women’s choir, and the St. Luke’s Praise Dance Ministry. 

Pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church Rev. Renard D. Allen Jr. said the church was excited about bringing Judge Hatchett to the Dayton community because she is a perfect representation of this year’s Women’s Day theme.

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“Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, Judge Hatchett is an elegant and electrifying speaker with an ability to reach people across racial, gender, political, and even religious lines,” said Rev. Allen. “She uses her faith, knowledge, experience, and enormous success to inspire others to seize one of life’s greatest opportunities: to make a difference in the world from where we are. We expect the women of St. Luke and the city of Dayton will never be the same after hearing Judge Hatchett speak!”

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