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UPDATE: Ex-wife, 5 others indicted in 2017 killing of Beavercreek man

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 12:49 PM

Six people have been indicted on charges connected to the August 2017 killing of Robert Caldwell, of Beavercreek, who was killed in Riverside in front of his three children.

One of the man’s children, Jacob Lee Caldwell, is missing and the FBI today announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to his recovery.

UPDATE @ 3 p.m.

Those indicted in connection to Robert Caldwell’s death include Sterling H. Roberts, 34, and Tawnney M. Caldwell, 33, of Centerville, both charged with murder. Also charged are:

  • Chance P. Deakin, 25, of Dayton; 
  • Christopher C. Roberts, 30, of Dayton; 
  • James T. Harmon, 55, of Burlington, Ky.; and
  • Chandra D. Harmon, 54, of Burlington, Ky., according to a media release. 

One of the Caldwell’s children, Jacob Lee Caldwell, is missing. There’s a $15,000 reward to locate Jacob Lee Caldwell. Call 937-310-3200 or visit online at tips.fbi.gov if you have information on his whereabouts.

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The FBI believes Jacob Lee Caldwell might not be in Ohio, and he may have a new look and identity. They believe someone knows where he is.

Jacob Caldwell(HANDOUT)

Sterling H. Roberts and Tawnney M. Caldwell are charged with death penalty-eligible crimes, according to the FBI.

Tawnney Caldwell is Robert Caldwell’s ex-wife and mother of his three children, who all witnessed the shooting death of their father.

“According to the six-count indictment, from August 1 to August 5, Sterling Roberts cyberstalked Robert Caldwell via cell phone through the assistance of Tawnney Caldwell,” reads the press release.

The firearm used in Robert Caldwell’s murder was possessed illegally by Sterling Roberts, who “traveled interstate to stalk and murder Robert Caldwell,” according to the FBI.

Sterling Roberts

The charges against Tawnney Caldwell, Deakin, Christopher Roberts and James Harmon relate to aiding and abetting the illegal gun possession.

Tawnney Caldwell is also accused of destroying contents and data of a cell phone.

“Tawnney Caldwell and Chandra Harmon also allegedly conspired to intimidate and threaten witnesses related to the case in November 2017,” reads the FBI media release.

Other charges in this crime include stalking, with a potential sentence of up to life in prison; discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, death penalty or life in prison; tampering with evidence, up to 20 years in prison; and tampering with a witness by intimidation, up to 20 years in prison.

Sterling H. Roberts has been in custody in South Carolina since August 2017. The others were arrested in late February 2018.

EARLIER REPORT

The six individuals, who have not been identified, were indicted by a grand jury, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The shooting death happened at the Claypool Building on Linden Avenue on Aug. 19.

Robert Caldwell’s son Jacob Caldwell has been missing in the days following the shooting. Sugarcreek Twp. police had said the boy’s mother had been uncooperative in their investigation.

RELATED: Teen went missing days after seeing father fatally shot in Riverside

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced an afternoon press conference, where additional details are expected to be released.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Warren Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

Motorcycle ax

UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m:

The motorcycle crash that occurred earlier today was fatal, Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

A 40-year-old was believed to be traveling northbound on Riley Street near Van Horne Street. He was possibly racing a vehicle before losing control, hitting a curb, and being thrown from his motorcycle--Sgt. Wolf of Franklin confirmed. He was also believed to be wearing a helmet.

The vehicle he was racing is unknown, and no one else was injured.

FIRST REPORT: 

Emergency crews are on scene of a reported accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Franklin.

According to dispatchers, crews are at the scene of North Main Street at North River Street.

The crash reportedly occurred around 3:20 p.m.

We are on the way to the scene to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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Miamisburg opened a time capsule from 1968 to celebrate its bicentennial. Here’s what was inside.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

A report card from Sinclair Community College, an annual report for the Huffman bicycle company and a Bible with a bit of history were among the items discovered in a time capsule opened in Miamisburg on Saturday.

“Fifty years ago this time capsule was buried in Veterans Park with memorabilia from 1968,” the emcee announced to the crowd gathered at the beginning of the city’s weeklong bicentennial celebration.

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The white container, with “Miamisburg Area Sesquicentennial 1818 - 1968” on the side, was unsealed and broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page.

Many who watched the ceremony remembered the stores, barber shops and other establishments represented in the container that have long closed, such Mobley Cafe, Arcade Cafe and the Riviera Lounge.

RELATED: This weeklong party is one of the biggest in Miamisburg’s 200 years

A letter to the mayor at the time from then-President Lyndon B. Johnson was included in the container.

An annual report for the Huffman Manufacturing Company states the company made more than $42 million in sales in 1967, netting $1.5 million.

Old newspapers provided a somber reminder of the Vietnam War. At the top of a Miamisburg News broadsheet was a report on the death of Cpl. William Ebright, who was killed in action.

A man told the crowd about the Bible that was pulled out of the time capsule. He said he was there when his mother placed the Bible in the container.

The Bible had been given to Mark Dennis before he was deployed to Vietnam, the man said.Dennis was also killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter he was riding in, and though his remains were never found the Bible was returned to the family, the man said.

READ THE EMOTIONAL STORY OF MARK DENNIS: Miamisburg man's death in Vietnam, questioned for decades, now has closure

More activities are planned today through next Sunday as the city celebrates its 200th birthday.

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One person taken to hospital after apartment fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:18 PM

One person was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and one was treated at the scene of an apartment fire in Dayton Sunday.

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Crews were called to the first floor apartment fire in the 1600 block of Bancroft Street around 11:30 a.m.

No one was in the apartment where the fire started but the flames did run up to the outside of the second floor apartment, according to Dayton fire official Brad Baldwin.

Everyone evacuated the building with help from neighbors.

Two of the four apartments in the building are uninhabitable at this time because of damages, according to Baldwin.

The cause of the fire was not yet determined.

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Family displaced after house explosion in Miami Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:40 PM

Gas leak house explosion in West Milton

UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m.:

A propane gas leak caused an explosion in the basement of a home in West Milton Sunday morning.

Larry Jinkins said he was asleep when the explosion happened in his home this morning.

Jinkins, his wife, five kids, and three dogs were in the home during the time of the explosion. 

He said the fire department told him they were very lucky they were not hurt. 

Jinkins rented the house that is now inhabitable and said they had a temporary line due to a former gas leak that needed to be put underground.

UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m.:

The family of five that were at the house during the time of an explosion were displaced and are being aided by the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

FIRST REPORT:

An explosion occurred at or near a house in West Milton Sunday morning.

The explosion was reported around 8:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of Iddings Road.

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It’s not yet known what caused the explosion or the extent of damages, but DP&L was called to the scene, according to Deputy Adams of Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Two adults and three children were at the home but not injured, said Adams.

West Milton Fire Department is on scene.

We are working to learn more and will update this story as information becomes available. 

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