Dayton mailman receives Hero of the Year award after rescuing young girl 

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

WATCH: Dayton postal worker honored in DC for heroic actions

UPDATE @ 5:15 PM:

Donte Cotton was in Washington D.C. Wednesday to receive the National Association of Letter Carrier’s 2017 Central Region Hero award. Cotton spoke about how honored he was to receive the award and how being celebrated like this was, “Unimaginable.” 

Cotton detailed what transpired the day he saved a young girl from a car wreck by crawling on broken glass. “It was a typical work day and I was outside when I heard a bang. My co-worker and I were greeted by a vehicle that was lying on its roof,  I then saw a little girl and my father instincts kicked in.” 

Crawling through a tapestry of broken glass Cotton layed on his back to proceed to get the girl out of the broken window. 

The youngster and her mother were later taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Donte, who also recently received media attention for attending to a woman on his new route after she was beaten during a break-in at her home, doesn’t think his actions were a big deal. 


“I wouldn’t call myself a hero,” the second-year letter carrier said.

The judges weren’t the only ones impressed. Just last week, congressman, Mike Turner of Dayton, took to the House floor to praise Donte’s, “Acts of true heroism.”

Cotton also thanked all of his fellow employees, the voters, judges and everyone who put the story together. “It is truly a blessing and I thank everyone for sharing this honor with me,” Cotton said as he fought back tears. 


A Dayton postal worker who crawled through broken glass to rescue a baby girl from a car that flipped onto its roof has been named Central Hero of the Year. 

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On April 5, 2016, Donte Cotton and a supervisor were outside their post office when they noticed a vehicle lying on its roof after hearing a loud sound. The car had hit a pole, causing the transformer to malfunction and spark and a woman exited the car appearing concerned about something in the back seat,  according to the National Association of Letter Carriers. 

“I realized there was a toddler in the rear of the vehicle moving around”, Cotton said.

According to Cotton, his fatherly instincts kicked in and by crawling through broken glass on the passenger side of the vehicle, he was able to get the little girl out of the car through the broken window. 

The young girl and her mother were taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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That is not the only act of bravery that Cotton is being praised for. He also made media attention for attending to a woman on his new route after she was beaten during a break-in at her home.

Cotton doesn’t think his actions were a big deal and said that he wouldn’t call himself a hero, but The Heroes of the Year judges thought otherwise, marveling at how the carrier put himself in danger to help others. 

He will be among several letter carriers honored today in Washington D.C. by the National Association of Letter Carriers. 

Letter carriers who rescued a young man from a house fire, helped police defuse a tense standoff with an armed man, and raised money for a disabled-accessible van for a young girl will be among others and five fellow honorees that represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 155 million households and businesses six or even seven days a week, but often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises.

Due to the specific circumstances of Cotton’s rescue of the young girl, including the car probably having fluids leaking, and him going into an unknown situation to rescue a baby, he will be named NALC’S 2017 Central Region Hero. 

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1 injured when Jeep rams into house on South Bird Road in Clark County

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:36 PM

1 injured when Jeep rams into Clark County house

UPDATE @ 1:27 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital after a Jeep rammed into a house on South Bird Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. 

According to the preliminary investigation, a female was driving north when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and rammed the front of the house, where the resident was asleep. 

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That resident has been taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, suffering from minor injuries. The driver was not injured, according to troopers. 

South Bird Road will be shut down at Laybourne Road in both directions until further notice.


Police, sheriff’s deputies, OSP and the gas company are on the scene of a car into a house in the 200 block of South Bird and Laybourne roads in Springfield Twp.

The incident occurred moments ago. Unknown on injuries.

We will update this developing report as we get information.

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UPDATE: Gun powder in homemade bottle bomb found along MetroPark bike path

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (June 20): Red Dot gun powder has been identified by Dayton Bomb Squad members as the substance in the bottle bomb found Tuesday, said Mark Hess, Five Rivers MetroParks public safety chief.

Investigators have no additional information or suspects, Hess said.

Alliant Red Dot gun powder is the brand name for a smokeless powder used primarily for light and standard 12 gauge target loads, but can be used in some handgun loads, according to (Midway Arms, Inc.)


MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning. 

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Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field about 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, said Lt. Mark Arendt, Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division. 

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The device was found partially burned and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said. 

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Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated. 

“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.” 

The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said. 

No injuries were reported. 

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Father indicted on charges in shooting death of 2-year-old son

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

Jamahl N. Evans

The father of a 2-year-old who investigators said was fatally shot by his 13-year-old brother will face criminal charges, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Jamahl Evans, 34, was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Wednesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, 10 counts of having weapons under disability, possession of marijuana, and a drug paraphernalia charge, according to a grand jury report.

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Evans is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges June 26, records indicate. 

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Evans’ 13-year-old son is accused of playing with a loaded gun June 4 when the gun discharged, striking and killing 2-year-old J’veontae Johnston. 

The teen is also facing charges of reckless homicide in Montgomery County Juvenile Court. 

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Chance for showers and storms tonight, into start of weekend

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

Heavy downpours and gusty winds are possible Wednesday.


  • Passing showers and storms this evening
  • Temperatures cool a bit Thursday
  • Increasing rain chances late Thursday into Friday

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Today: Passing showers and storms are possible through the afternoon and into the evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Most shower and storms should dissipate after dark, Elwell said. 

Temperatures will hold into the 80s before falling to a low in the middle to upper 60s overnight. 

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Thursday: Partly cloudy skies and a break in humidity to start the day. However, a front will quickly return to the area, bringing the threat for more showers and storms by the afternoon and into the evening. Highs will reach the upper 70s. 

Friday: Mostly cloudy skies with numerous showers and storms likely especially in the afternoon. A few storms could be severe, along with locally heavy rainfall. Highs will be near 80 degrees. 

Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds to start the weekend with a passing shower or storm possible, especially in southern counties. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.  

>> Cloudy with a chance of podcast

Sunday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with another changer for a shower or storm, mainly in southern counties. Highs will be in the lower 80s. 

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies return with highs reaching the lower 80s. 

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