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Published: Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 12:11 PM
UPDATE @ 1:14 p.m.
Officials in Sidney tell us a man who was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital for a drug-related incident ran out of the emergency room and stole the Sidney Fire and EMS life squad.
The suspect, a man in his 20s, was taken to the hospital for treatment of a drug-related issue but he refused treatment, according to a Sidney fire official.
The suspect left the emergency room and got into the Sidney EMS life squad, where he ransacked the inside, apparently looking for drugs, according to the official.
The suspect then got into the driver’s seat and sped away, subsequently crashing into a pickup truck at Vandemark Road and West Michigan Street.
The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening. The driver’s wife, who was in the passenger seat, was not injured.
Authorities said after the crash the suspect ran away and tried to carjack a woman at Applebee’s, but citizens intervened and held the suspect until officers arrived.
The suspect was taken back to Wilson Memorial to be checked out before being taken to jail.
Police and emergency personnel are responding to a crash involving a life squad that was reportedly stolen from a local hospital.
The incident happened around 11:45 a.m. reportedly in the 2100 block of West Michigan Street.
WHIO’s Steve Baker is working to find out more.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:10 PM
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m.: The on-ramp has reopened.
UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m.:
One lane on the ramp to I-675 North and South, from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area B, has reopened.
Three people have been taken to a hospital following a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-675 near Col. Glenn Highway, according to the Ohio Highway State Patrol.
All three victims have been taken to Miami Valley hospital. The driver is in serious condition. The condition of the two passengers is unknown.
Both the northbound and southbound ramps to Col. Glenn Highway are shut down.
The vehicle crash was reported about 2 p.m., according to scanner traffic. Speed and alcohol may have played a factor in the crash, according to OSP.
We are working to find out more information. We will update this developing report.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
— Two Butler County law enforcement agencies have released lip sync challenge videos this week. Now the question is: Who is the better performer — the Middletown Police Department or the Butler County Sheriff's Office? And will any other departments take on the challenge?
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said numerous people, after watching other public safety departments post lip sync videos, encouraged Middletown to create their own music video.
“Hopefully it made somebody’s bad day a better day where they could laugh a little bit,” he said.
In the video that was released today on the department’s Facebook page, the officers poked fun at themselves by eating doughnuts. The video to Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” features officers upset that there are no doughnuts left in the break room.
Among the video's highlights: Maj. Leanne Hood throws a bagel against a wall and Maj. David Birk sings to a picture of a doughnut on his desk.
The video also features Officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.
The video ends with Muterspaw being told that one doughnut is left in the break room — only to find that a canine officer has found the doughnut first.
The Middletown Police Department has challenged the Fairfield Police Department to create their own lip sync video.
Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said, “If I can get enough interest from my staff we certainly will.”
On Monday, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office released its answer to the lip sync challenge with a featuring “The Final Countdown” by Europe, which was recorded in the Butler County Historic Courthouse; a dispatcher belting out “One Call Away ” by Charlie Puth; and Sheriff Richard Jones dancing to “Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice with several sheriff's office employees.
“You have to be able to laugh at yourself,” Jones said, noting he failed at doing the flossing dance but he keeps trying.
The sheriff said the videos humanize law enforcement to the community as well as build morale within the ranks.
“(Officers) have difficult, dangerous jobs. It is good for everyone to have a chance to laugh,” Jones said. “And I hope people are watching it and laughing their (expletive) off.”
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
RIVERSIDE — UPDATE @ 4:32 p.m.:
A group of teenagers are reportedly responsible for more than $2,000 worth of damage to a Riverside baseball league concession stand.
The suspects squeezed though a vent in the ceiling to break in to the concession stand Monday night, according to Riverside Amateur Baseball Association Vice President Amanda Edens.
“Just pure devastation,” she said. “Completely — everything’s just demolished. It’s horrible.”
“They had taken ketchup, mustard bottles — squirted everything everywhere. They dumped the drawers. They broke into the safe.”
Surveillance cameras mounted to the neighboring Beverly Gardens Elementary School reportedly helped identify the suspects as they made off with boxes of candy.
Police have yet to make any arrests, but Edens said she recognized the teens.
“They come here; they play basketball,” she said. “We feed them; they purchase things here. They’re probably here all the time.”
Edens added that the incident was “completely senseless.”
“I don’t understand it, and I hope these kids have some kind of punishment that equals the damage they have created.”
However, multiple people have rallied around RABA and have offered their help.
“We’ve had several parents reach out to us, wanting to do some fundraising,” Edens said.
A Riverside concession stand was reportedly vandalized with multiple items stolen.
The Riverside Amateur Baseball Association’s concession stand had an estimated 50 Blow Pops and $50 worth of Fricker’s coupons taken, according to a Facebook post by RABA.
Images posted to the page showed food smeared on the door and various items strewn across the concession stand.
The Riverside Police Department is investigating the incident.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:01 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:01 p.m. 7/18:
The nine cats rescued from a North Smithville Road storage unit are receiving medical care at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
The case is still under investigation, and it is not yet known whether or not charges will be filed, according to the Humane Society.
UPDATE @ 3:27 p.m. 7/17:
About a dozen cats were rescued from a Dayton storage unit Tuesday afternoon.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton removed the cats from the North Smithville Road storage unit, which had some food but no ventilation.
The cats were reportedly in small carriers and cages.
All the cats are alive and receiving medical treatment.
INITIAL REPORT @ 2:44 p.m. 7/17:
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is responding to a cruelty and neglect case at a Dayton storage unit.
The Humane Society is reportedly removing nine cats from a North Smithville Road storage unit.
The condition of the cats is not known as of this time.