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Published: Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 10:03 AM
One person was arrested and at least two people are sought after a methamphetamine lab was found at Buck Creek State Park in Clark County Saturday night.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Public Information Officer Eric Heis said the lab was neutralized after two nearby campsites were evacuated as a safety precaution.
Crews were dispatched to the campground around 6:30 p.m. after a nearby camper called police to report suspicious activity. When police arrived they discovered at least three people at the raided campsite had outstanding warrants.
When officers returned to make the arrests, only one person remained at the campsite. That suspect’s identity has not been released.
Heis said the lab did not pose a serious problem as only one chemical was found at the site, but said campers were evacuated for four hours while crews responded.
The neutralization of the lab required an assessment of the chemical to ensure no explosions were possible, according to Heis.
One person remained at the suspect campsite when police arrived. That suspect’s identity has not been released.
In July of 2014, a duffel bag containing ingredients to make meth was removed from the same state park. Former Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said at the time that the large wooded area near the park likely tempts meth makers.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
— Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures holding in the lower 80s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Tonight: Skies will become partly cloudy as increasing humidity arrives. Temperatures will rise overnight, holding in the middle 60s.
Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with scattered thunderstorms developing by afternoon. Highs will climb into the lower to middle 80s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy skies and humid conditions are expected with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s with a heat index in the lower 90s.
Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine is in the forecast for Monday but it will remain hot and humid. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees.
Tuesday: Expect partly cloudy skies with muggy conditions and a high near 90 degrees.
Wednesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms developing. Highs will drop back into the middle 80s.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
DAYTON — The family of Sherrell Wheatley is frustrated that Dayton police have not given them any new information about the drive-by shooting that left the 62-year-old woman dead.
As many as 60 family members and friends turned out Friday evening to remember Wheatley, who was felled by gunfire the evening of May 19.
Homicide investigators have offered no public statements about a suspect or person of interest in the slaying.
Wheatley was struck down in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue as she was walking near a home police believe was targeted in the gunfire.
At the vigil, family and friends were given the chance to share their memories of Wheatley and several people took the opportunity to speak, said Janett Jones-Gilliard, a cousin.
"We have no idea," she said, when asked about where the investigation is at this point.
"Haven't heard a word" from police about the case, she said.
"We miss her. We love her," Jones-Gilliard said of Wheatley.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:43 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:43 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The Senate Armed Services Committee has set aside $116 million for a National Air and Space Intelligence Center complex expansion at Wright-Patterson, millions less than a House version in a defense bill, but a spokeswoman says U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will advocate for the full amount.
The $182 million project would vastly expand NASIC, add new computer labs and equipment and relieve overcrowding as the agency has grown to more than 3,000 workers over the past 15 years, authorities have said. The secretive intelligence agency provides assessments of air, space and cyber threats to national political and military leaders.
“This is important for the political and national security work done at NASIC and good for the base,” Portman said.
In a House version of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, the authorization bill combined what had been two years of funding for the project — $116 million one year, and $66 million for the next — into one year.
Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said Friday while the Senate version wasn’t expected to impact construction, the senator would advocate for the full amount when it takes up the issue in June.
The Air Force had initially asked for the funding in two separate amounts over different years.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, whose district includes Wright-Patterson, had advocated for the funding in one year in the House legislation.
The House Armed Services Committee member said in an interview sit was a “big win” for the base “which gives us the assurance this is a project that will go forward.”
As national decision makers and others have demanded more intelligence, NASIC’s workforce has increased by about 1,500 employees, or 100 a year between 2000 and 2015, according to the agency.
The building would bring employees in six different locations into one facility. An expansion would add 900 seats to house intelligence analysts and engineers and add labs.
NASIC expects the Army Corps of Engineers to award a final contact by 2020 with a 2½-year construction schedule. Total funding in future years will determine the size of the expansion, however the Air Force has said NASIC has a deficit of 255,000-square-feet, she said.
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Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
DAYTON — A Montgomery County grand jury Friday indicted 53-year-old James Freshour of Dayton stemming from an attack earlier this month during which he used pruning shears to stab a man.
Freshour was arrested at the scene.
He remains in the county jail on two counts of felonious assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 31, according to online court records.
The 55-year-old victim was taken to a hospital from the incident, which occurred May 1 at a rooming house on Clover Street, Dayton police said.
We checked with Miami Valley Hospital on Friday evening, and the victim is no longer listed as a patient.