Dayton police officer: ‘I bleed just like you’

Published: Friday, July 08, 2016 @ 12:09 PM
Updated: Friday, July 08, 2016 @ 4:31 PM

            Dayton officer speaks about police community relations
Dayton officer speaks about police community relations

Hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed, a Dayton police officer issued an emotional plea to the Dayton community: “I pray to God that I don’t become a victim. And I pray to God that none of the others become a victim.”

Jermar Rayford, a 24-year-old Dayton police officer, was reacting to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both shot and killed by police this week.

“I’m absolutely hurt and I’m disgusted by what’s going on in America today, especially when it comes to our citizens and law enforcement,” Rayford said in the video. “I am here to protect and serve my community, but please don’t take that away because of what some others are doing.”

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Rayford said he experienced discrimination by police when he was growing up. His response was to become an officer. “I did this job to be the change in my community,” he said.

“The minute you start threatening to take our lives will be the day you start killing innocent people trying to make a change in the world. I am one of those officers who take pride in my job. I love my job. I am here to serve and protect my community.”

Rayford garnered attention for his dance moves at The Taste of Oregon event last June.

His latest video follows a video posted by Warrensville Police Officer Nakia Jones that has received national attention.

Rayford posted the video following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

His video follows a video posted by Warrensville Police officer Nakia Jones that has received national attention

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Rayford is asking the community to join police and realize the “good” he says they are doing.

“I wear clothes just like you. I bleed just like you. I have a home. I come to a family. I bleed just like you,” Rayford said. “How about thanking some of us. How about praying for us. How about you be a change and join the good.”


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Historical caboose vandalized in Xenia, costly repair bill expected

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Spray-painted graffiti scrawled on the side of the historical red caboose in Xenia will cost thousands of dollars to repair, said Ronald Goble, president of the Greene County Historical Society.

Spray-painted graffiti scrawled on the side of the historical red caboose in Xenia will cost thousands of dollars to repair, said Ronald Goble, president of the Greene County Historical Society.

The vintage, steel-sided, Baltimore & Ohio caboose in the city park at South Detroit Street and South Miami Avenue is on display to the public and can be opened for tours free-of-charge.

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The spray paint used on the train car “ate all the way through the protective coating and down into the base coat,” said Goble, who unlocks the caboose for tours by appointment or on busy days at the park.

“We’ll have to have a professional painter take a look at it,” he said. “It will have to be stripped, sanded and repainted.”

The cost will be significant. Ten years ago the caboose was painted at a cost of $5,000, paid for through a local foundation’s fundraising, Goble said. He said the historical society relies on volunteers and donations and doesn't have a reserve to cover such high costs.

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Goble said the caboose was also hit by vandals last spring, resulting approximately $4,000 of work to replace windows that were busted out. 

Xenia Police Detective Matt Miller is investigating the May 12 incident. Other businesses and organizations were reportedly struck the same weekend.

Similar graffiti was found on a wrecked semi-trailer that’s been parked at Moorman’s Towing for about two months, said Moorman’s Towing employee Ryan Arnett.

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“We just don’t see that kind of stuff around here,” Arnett said. “I remember about five years ago we had an issue. They caught those kids doing it. It’s only a matter of time before they catch these (vandals) too.”

If you can help in the investigation, call Det. Miller at (937) 376-7209.

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Isolated storms, strong winds to develop today

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

More showers and storms are expected later this Monday in the Dayton area.

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  • Showers and Storms Develop this Evening
  • Heavy rain , hail and damaging winds the main threat
  • Isolated spin-up tornado possible 

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THIS EVENING:Partly cloudy, warm and muggy to start the evening, then scattered showers and storms are expected to develop. One or two storms could become intense with heavy rain, hail and strong winds. There is also a minor threat for an isolated spin-up tornado. Areas north of I-70 would be in the best position for the tornado threat as a warm front will be pushing north through the Miami Valley. Storms that form along or ahead of the front will likely be the strongest. It will be an evening to watch closely and how quickly the front moves. Once the sun sets and the front moves out of the area, the threat for severe weather will decrease. Storms are still possible until about 2am, then some lingering showers after that with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures this evening will fall through the 70s, then to a low in the middle 60s overnight.

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TUESDAY: Partly sunny, warm and muggy again with the chance of a few passing showers or storms, mainly during the peak heating of the day. Severe threat is low, but areas to the south and east of Dayton could see an isolated strong to severe storm with gusty winds and hail the main concern. Highs for the day climbing to around 80 degrees. A cold front will pass and high pressure settles in for the night. Skies will clear, humidity will drop and temperatures will fall into the upper 50s.

WEDNESDAY: Finally a dry and comfortable day with a mixture of sun and clouds and a high in the upper 70s. 

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THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice with highs in the lower 80s.

FRIDAY: A great way to finish the week with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Highs in the middle 80s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and a more humid. Chance of a few pop-up shower or storms into the afternoon. Highs in the middle 80s

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WATCH: Demolition starts on downtown theater

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:18 PM

Crews are knocking down the exterior bricks walls of the former Studio Theater on Central Avenue in Middletown. The 90-year-old building has been vacant for more than 30 years.

Ninety years of Middletown history isn’t standing a chance this afternoon.

Large equipment from Vicker’s Demolition is knocking down the exterior brick walls of the former Studio Theater on Central Avenue. Motorists are being cautioned to slow down in the area.

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City leaders have said they’re unsure how long it may take to demolish the building. Crews will have to be careful because there are occupied buildings in the area. The theater has been vacant for more than 30 years.

Earlier this month, city leaders said miscommunication about a bidder’s position resulted in that bidder not receiving the contract to demolish a downtown Middletown building and increasing the costs of the project by more than $150,000.

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The former theater has been on borrowed time since 2009, when it was originally scheduled to be demolished before a lack of funds postponed it. City officials said the building was deemed inappropriate to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and cleared for demolition in 2009 by the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office.

According to local historian Sam Ashworth, the downtown theater opened as the Strand Theater in 1929 with 1,800 seats and closed in 1959. It was remodeled and reopened July 16, 1964 as the Studio Theater with seating capacity reduced to 1,000 seats. The theater closed on April 24, 1984, but the office space on the second floor continued to be occupied until 1988. The building been vacant since.

Jennifer Ekey, city economic development director, said the city acquired the title to the 30,000-square-foot Studio Theater property in 2014.
The former Studio Theater on Central Avenue in Middletown Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.

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Student brings loaded gun to Moraine school, police say

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine Monday morning.

A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine this morning, according to Moraine police.

The incident was reported around 8 a.m. and no injuries were reported, police said.

Officers responded to the school on Kettering Boulevard after becoming aware of the incident, Sgt. Jon Spencer with the Moraine Police said.

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According to Spencer, the student was taken into custody and the weapon was recovered by staff members.

Police said the student was allegedly carrying the loaded weapon in his backpack when it was discovered.

A motive for why the weapon was brought to school is still under investigation, Spencer said.

Staff members were notified of the weapon, which prompted the investigation, Spencer said.

The student was transported to the juvenile detention center and could face charges of a CCW violation, illegal conveyance of a weapon and inducing panic, Spencer said.

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