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. 

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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Police: Miami Twp. officer hit on SB I-75 ‘awake but very sore’

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:47 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:20 AM

A crash involving a police officer on Southbound I-75 in Miami Township closed the interstate late Saturday, April 21, 2018.

UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m. (April 22)

The driver of a white pickup truck that struck a Miami Twp. officer is suspected of driving while impaired, said Sgt. Frank Edward Simmons Jr. of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Traffic is moving on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75, and is expected to be totally reopened within the next hour.

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.

The Miami Twp. police officer who was struck by a pickup truck while outside his cruiser tonight most likely will be staying the night at Kettering Medical Center, police said.

A police source at the hospital said the officer, who was not named, “is awake but very sore.”

Southbound I-75 remains shut down at Ohio 725, and the backup at one point extended to the Dryden Road exit in Moraine.

It is unclear how much longer the highway will remain closed, or when one lane will be opened to traffic, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.

A Miami Twp. police officer was struck by a truck tonight while outside of his cruiser at a crash scene.

All southbound I-75 lanes are shut down just before the Ohio 725 exit.

The officer, whose name and condition was not immediately available, was taken from the scene to Kettering Medical Center.

There was a series of three crashes tonight on the highway, the last involving the officer, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center:

At 9:20 p.m., a red sedan hit a pole, then at 9:22 p.m. a blue Subaru Forester crashed in the same area of near the Ohio 725 exit.

At 9:29 p.m. the officer who responded to the first crashes was struck by an early 1990s Chevrolet truck, gray or silver. Troopers were with the truck at the 44 mile marker.

All three crashes remain under investigation.

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Quiet Sunday, rain returns next week

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

A dry day is expected Sunday in the Dayton area, with rain returning on Monday.

Partly cloudy skies are expected overnight as temperatures drop to near 40 degrees, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Because of the few clouds sticking around, it may be difficult to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower overnight and early Sunday, but with a few breaks you may be able to see some.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds may keep us from seeing Lyrid Meteor Shower tonight
  • A quiet day Sunday 
  • Chance for rain Monday-Wednesday 

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Sunday: We’ll see a little bit more sunshine, but once again passing clouds and filtered sun is expected. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Monday: A dry start is expected, but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and the evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

>> WHIO Weather App

Tuesday: A few scattered showers are expected. It won’t be a wash-out, but you’ll want to keep the umbrella handy. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of the day. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Thursday: It should be a dry day with partly sunny skies and highs near 60 degrees.

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Miamisburg HS uses national pastime to honor America’s heroes

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8:02 PM



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At Miamisburg High School, the national pastime also is an opportunity to honor America’s heroes.

The varsity baseball team on Saturday held its annual Veteran Appreciation Game, this time when they played Bellbrook High School.

Both teams started by shaking the hands of veterans across different generations, followed by a 21-gun, salute, then a rendition of taps.

“It’s just a way for us to honor people that don’t normally get enough credit,” said Miamisburg head coach Steve Kurtz.

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After the national anthem, professional skydivers from Team Fastrax brought down the ball for the first pitch, thrown by a Gold Star father, Paul Zanowick.

“It was an honor I think our son was smiling down,” he said.

He and his wife, Nanette, lost their son, Marine Cpl. Paul “Rocky” Zanowick II, almost seven years ago in Afghanistan. 

“I’m very touched and very proud of this community and what we do for the veterans and they honored our son today to make it extra special,” Nanette Zanowick said. 

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“Not everywhere in the country is there so much care and concern for the military, but it is here,” Paul Zanowick said. 

Veterans are the real winners of the game, with proceeds from T-shirt sales benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Kurtz said he’s glad to support the veteran community. 

“It’s good to see that they smile and they know that we do care and we are extremely grateful for what they’ve done for us,” he said.

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Volunteers help at Five Rivers MetroParks 31st annual Adopt-a-Park

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31st annual Adopt-a-Park cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day. 

Volunteers of all ages helped remove trash, plant trees, repair trails, and prepare flower beds at more than 2 dozen sites. 

Volunteers received a free lunch at Riverscape and a T-shirt for their efforts. 

"We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers. 

“The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn't be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians,” Kepler said. 

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Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 65,000 pounds of trash, 32 miles of river ways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed, according to a press release. 

"I think the success of this event reflects the community's support of MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage," said Kepler. 

Adopt-a-Park is sponsored by Vectren and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. 

To find out more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log on to www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

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