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Jury convicts defendant in Sidney homicide; Sentencing is next

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 5:55 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 9:48 PM

Police capture Sidney homicide suspect

UPDATE @ 9:38 p.m. (Sept. 13): Troy McRae Jr. will remain in the Shelby County Jail until his sentencing on one count of aggravated murder in the slaying of a Sidney man in his apartment this spring. 

A county Common Pleas jury of six men and six women deliberated about two hours in returning the guilty verdict in a case that did not include the death penalty. 

Trial started Monday in the courtroom of Judge James Stevenson. 

McRae, 34, could be sentenced to life in prison without parole in the March 12 stabbing of Lance Johnson.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Johnson likely was stabbed multiple times during a robbery at his apartment on North Miami Avenue, which was ransacked.

There were signs of a struggle, according to a Sidney police incident report. 

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Johnson was found March 14 by a friend who looked through the window and saw the body on the floor. 

An arrest warrant was issued for McRae. Police arrested him in Lima on March 23.

A witness told police McRae, seen shortly after the slaying, had his left hand bandaged. Police also said McRae confided to the witness that he stabbed Johnson.

As of Wednesday night, no sentencing date had been set.

Troy Delano McRae Jr. / Sidney Police Department

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New ice cream shop opening in former Dairy Queen to hold hiring event this weekend

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

The Sweet Retreat to replace DQ on Smithville Road in Belmont.

A new independent ice cream shop coming to a former Dayton Dairy Queen is gearing up for opening with a hiring event this weekend.

The Sweet Retreat plans to open in the next few weeks and will hold open interviews on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interviews will take place first come, first served. 

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The shop will offer employment opportunities in both back and front of the house as employees are needed for food operations and as cashiers.

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The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The ice cream shop coming to 2613 S. Smithville Road in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood is the brainchild of Simon Wiley and Chris Tobias, who attended the same grade school and high school.

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The Sweet Retreat plans to offer more than two dozen soft serve flavors:

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The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The Sweet Retreat will replace the former Dairy Queen on Smithville Road in Belmont. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER/STAFF)

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Gates open at 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show: What you need to know about today

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

The gates have opened for the 2018 Dayton Air Show.

Gates are now open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Blue Angels show off jet at Air Show

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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2 planes at Dayton Air Show fly across world to help in disasters 

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

A giant Orbis jet arrived at the Dayton Air Show on Wednesday for its only air show appearance in 2018

Two different aircraft on display at the Vectren Dayton Air Show are helping people across the world in disaster zones and third-world countries.

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital 

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is unlike any aircraft you’ve seen before. The plane is  “a state-of-the-art teaching facility complete with operating room, classroom and recovery room - this amazing aircraft has been an example of the marriage between medicine and aviation since 1982.”

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital will be visiting the Vectren Dayton Air Show for the first time in June of this year. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Air show spectators can take a look inside of the plane this weekend to learn more about the missions the team takes across the world. The plane has a space to train doctors, nurses and medical technicians. 

“Volunteer Faculty train local doctors both on board the aircraft and at the local hospital, providing education that is both high-quality and practical for when the Flying Eye Hospital departs,” according to the organization. 

The plane is flown by FedEx pilots who volunteer their time to maneuver the Orbis to countries around the world, a spokeswoman told this news organization. 

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief 

Since 1975, Samaritan’s Pursed has used an aircraft to transport doctors and relief workers along with tons of food, medicine, shelter materials, blankets and other items to aid victims of natural disasters, war, famine and other emergencies. Pilot George Kalbfleisch, director of flight operations and captain for Samaritan’s Purse, said the one-of-kind plane has completed 94 missions since its inception in April 2016. 

Last year with several natural disasters and hurricanes, the aircraft completed 44 missions in 90 days. From Iraq to Ecuador, the team mobilizes with an inflatable hospital and drops equipment and products needed after a country or town is destroyed. 

“The importance of the plane is that we can immediate deploy tons of cargo, and transport the doctors and relief workers at the same time. It puts the help directly into the hands of people in need,” he said. 

Follow reporter Kara Driscoll for live updates at the Dayton Air Show. 


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Burnt car found on bike path in Miamisburg

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:58 AM

A severely burned vehicle was found on a bike path in Miamisburg Saturday morning.

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The call came in around 6:50 a.m. by a passerby who noticed the 2003 Honda Civic on the Medlar Bikeway. 

The car appeared to have been there for several hours, according to Sgt. Terry Boshears of Five River Metro Parks.

Police do not know who owns the car or what caused the fire.

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It’s unclear why the car was on the bike path.

The investigation is pending, said Boshears.

The car has since been moved and the scene is clear, Boshears said.

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