Beavercreek police, sheriff’s office see uptick in thefts from cars

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m.

Beavercreek police are continuing to investigate 21 incidents of thefts from vehicles that have been reported since Sept. 1, according to Capt. Chad Lindsey.

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“It is believed that multiple people are involved, but it is unknown if any of thefts were committed by the same group or a different group each time,” Lindsey said.

All the vehicles that were entered were unlocked, and stolen items include purses, computer equipment and prescription medications, according to Lindsey.

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In some incidents, gasoline was siphoned away and catalytic converters were cut off, Lindsey said.

Locations where multiple thefts were reported are Stonebridge Apartments (Sept. 5); Enclave Apartments (Sept. 9); Shakertown Road and Talowood Drive (Sept. 26) and Hunter’s Ridge/Hunter’s Pointe (Oct. 4), according to police.

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The sheriff’s office is advising residents to lock their vehicles to avoid becoming a target for the thieves.

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Law enforcement agencies in Greene County have gotten dozens of reports in recent weeks of thefts from vehicles, and the sheriff's office is advising residents to lock their vehicles.

The sheriff's office has received more than 30 reports of thefts from vehicles over the past two weeks, and that number does not reflect reports taken by other agencies, including Beavercreek and Jamestown police departments, according to Capt. David Tidd. 

The uptick prompted a sheriff's office advisory being sent out this morning that states "Most victim vehicles were left unlocked."

"Just locking their cars would deter most of the thefts," Tidd said. "We have not taken any complaints where windows were broken out or doors forced open." 

Tidd said among the cases that the sheriff's office is investigating, all of the vehicles were parked in driveways. Mostly loose change was taken, but some electronic devices have been stolen as well, Tidd said. 

This news organization is looking into how many similar reports have been filed with other law enforcement agencies in the county.

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Complimentary laundry services offered to Dayton residents Saturday

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:04 PM



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A non-profit is offering complimentary laundry services to lower-income Dayton residents on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

This service will be held At Your Service Coin Laundry located at 4755 Airway Road in Riverside, according to a release.

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The Laundry Project brings renewed hope to thousands of people nationwide by providing the funds and items necessary to wash and dry clothes and linens. Fees are paid for while volunteers assist with laundry services, entertain children, and create a caring space at the laundromat.

Members of the community may donate much-needed supplies including detergent, bleach, quarters (rolls of $10), one-gallon Ziploc bags, garbage bags, coloring books, crayons, fabric softener, and laundry baskets.

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With the average cost of eight loads of laundry nearing $35, many families are forced to choose between paying bills and washing their clothes. To ease this expense, Currents hosts its Laundry Project to lift a burden many families experience regardless of location. In 2017, this project positively impacted 1,161 families by washing 12,442 loads of their laundry for free.

For more information about Current of Ohio or past Laundry Projects, visit www.CurrentOfOhio.org.

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Armstrong Air & Space Museum to celebrate 49th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum will celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing Saturday and Sunday with NASA astronauts Don Thomas and Robert Springer, as well as other guests and weekend long activities. 

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Saturday, the astronauts will kick off the festivities by declaring the start to the annual Run to the Moon 10k, 5k, and 1 mile runs beginning at the museum at 8:00 a.m. Springer will give a presentation in the museum's Astro Theater at 2:00 p.m., followed by Thomas at 3:30 p.m. Autograph sessions with both astronauts will be held in between presentations in the Modern Space Gallery, located in the south wing of the museum. 

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Saturday's events also include the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Animals Alive! program, Imagination Station: Extreme Science Demos, Star Wars characters, the Lost in Space robot, Moon Pie eating contest, and kids trivia. 

Sunday, the Toledo Zoo will feature their Zooper Challenge program, followed by Magician Russo's Bent Reality show. Inside the Astro Theater, Thomas will have a second presentation at 1:00 p.m. The festival will come to a close with the Lima Area Concert Band in the pavilion at 7:00 p.m. 

Both days of the festival will include rocket launches by local clubs of the National Association of Rocketry, science demos by the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, outdoor inflatables, face painting, a DJ, LEGO building and a mini golf course. 

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Visitors will have the opportunity to share their stories of inspiration by space exploration through participating in the oral history project. 

For the full schedule, visit armstrongmuseum.org/armstrong_events.

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Washington Twp. apartment complex fire caused by lightning strike

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:47 PM

Storms roll through Miami Valley; lightning major cause of damage

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.:

Some of the biggest damage caused by today’s storms was from lightning, including the apartment complex on Seabreeze Court who saw the most damage due to lightning igniting parts of the roof.

“It’s indescribable. I mean it was really really loud you just heard it sounded like a crash,” said a neighbor.

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10 fire trucks and two ambulances were called out to this apartment building around noon on Friday.

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“Me and my boyfriend smelled all the smoke coming through our windows, ran downstairs and saw that the backside of this building caught of fire,” said a resident.

Fires happening due to lightning was the story of the day in most of the Miami Valley.

“These thunderstorms intensified very quickly. They were producing a lot of lightning in particular a lot of cloud to ground lightning,” said Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Lightning caused a lot of damage, however, the Miami Valley was able to avoid the worst of the storms because of rain early in the afternoon.

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“It was an incredibly close call we had the instability at least higher up in the atmosphere but because we stayed in the mid-60s through the day we were lucky we did not get the severe weather to the west,” said Elwell.

FIRST REPORT:

Firefighters are on the scene of a fire reported at the Chesapeake Landing Apartments in Washington Twp. Friday afternoon. 

LOCAL WEATHER: Strong to severe storms expected today; tornadoes, high winds, and hail possible

Crews responded to the 1600 block of Seabreeze Court around 12:30 p.m. and reported a working fire in the structure. 

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Initial reports indicate the fire might have been caused by lightning that struck the building. 

There are no reports of any injuries, however firefighters did have to rescue a dog from one of the buildings, firefighters said.

A second alarm has been requested to help fight the blaze, emergency scanner traffic indicates. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Gravesite for ‘Buckskin Girl’ gets new headstone with her name

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Marcia Sossomon King was found dead in Miami County 37 years ago. She was known as the 'Bucksin Girl' until her remains were recently identified.

It took nearly 37 years before a positive ID was made of Jane Doe whose body was found along a Miami County road, but only a short time for donations and creation of a new stone marking her grave in Troy.

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Marcia Sossomon King of Arkansas, who was 21 when she died in 1981, was remembered Friday with the placement of the stone and a memorial service at Riverside Cemetery. The name Sossomon, her father’s last name, was added at the request of her family.

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The body of the Jane Doe, also known as “Buckskin Girl” for the jacket, was buried at the city cemetery weeks after its discovery with a marker identifying the grave as Jane Doe’s.

Nine members of King’s family attended the Friday service.

“Words don’t describe the feelings we have for all of you, how you have loved her and taken her in your arms,” said her stepmother Cindy Sossoman.

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She said King’s father, John Sossomon, died in January, a few months before she was identified. Cindy Sossomon said King was very trusting and obviously fell into the wrong hands. However, thanks to Miami County investigators and the community, she soon “was in good hands ... in the loving hands of people here.”

King’s identity was confirmed this spring thanks to new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with ID confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.

She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. She had no socks, shoes, bags or any form of ID. She did have a buckskin jacket, which was shown in efforts to find out her name and led to her being known as the Buckskin Girl.

“We are grateful this day has come, that Marcia has a name other than Buckskin Girl,” said the Rev. Greg Simmons, chaplain of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

The stone was the result of a private fundraising effort led by retired Piqua police officer Paul Sullenberger with assistance from the FOP lodge. He asked the some 50 people gathered to say King’s full name aloud.

“Her name is written in stone and etched in our hearts and minds,” Sullenberger said.

“I just can’t thank people enough,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said of the efforts to provide the stone.

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Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Lord said the investigation into who killed King continues with a focus on establishing a timeline for the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.

“She has been placed in Louisville, Kentucky, approximately 14 days prior to her being found,” he said. “We continue to seek the assistance from anyone that may have had contact with her in April of 2014 in Ohio or Kentucky.

Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s tip line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contactus-1.

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