Kindergarten student brings loaded pistol to local school

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

Kindergarten student brings loaded gun to Timber Lane Learning Center in Harrison Twp.

A kindergarten student brought a loaded pistol to class Tuesday, but investigators determined there was a “lack of criminal element” and decided no charges would be filed against the student’s mother or her boyfriend who owns the gun, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s report. 

Deputies responded to the Timberlane Learning Center in Harrison Twp. at around 10 a.m. after the student found a loaded pistol in his backpack while taking out his homework, a sheriff’s office report showed.

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“Oh, no my dad left his gun in my bag,” the child told his teacher, according to the report, which describes the gun as a Ruger LCP .380 caliber pistol with one magazine inserted.  

Deputies spoke to both the mother and the man who drove the boy to school. The man said the child had his book bag under the seat of his pickup where he typically puts his gun when he goes to-and-from work. He “must have pushed it into the open/unzipped backpack,” the report read. 

The man has a valid CCW permit and neither he nor the boy’s mother have a criminal history, according to the report.

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David Jackson, superintendent of Northridge Schools, said it was the first time in his 17 years with the district a gun was discovered in one of the schools. He said the issue is something the district prepares for but at no time Tuesday were students or staff in danger.

“He did the right thing, reporting it to his teacher right away,” Jackson said. “With the culture and climate of our world, at any time a handgun is in the building it’s a huge concern.”  

The boy was allowed to remain in school Tuesday after the incident but will not be in class until the district fully examines its policies, Jackson said.  

“We do have zero-tolerance policies and board policy about disciplinary actions … that I am reviewing and looking at and working through right now,” he said. “Those decisions will be made, but haven’t been made at this point.”

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Jackson said an automated call went out to parents during the afternoon followed by another notification in the evening after the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded. 

A deputy visited the family’s home and found it neat and clean, according to the report which mentioned the man’s hunting gear was secured in a safe manner.

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Victim identified in fatal crash, car fire in Trotwood

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 4:08 PM

Crash, car fire fatal in Trotwood

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.

The victim in a deadly early Friday morning crash in Trotwood has been identified as Antwahn Swain, 35, of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

No preliminary information was available on Swain’s cause and manner of death.

FIRST REPORT: 

The Montgomery County coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.

The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

Bike rider killed.

UPDATE @ 3:20 p.m.

The bicyclist who was hit and killed by a sport-utility vehicle was traveling west in the curb lane when he ended up in the path of the oncoming SUV and was struck, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.

The accident remains under investigation, and the victim’s name has not been released.

UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m.

A bicyclist was fatally struck just before noon in Troy.

According to police, the man rode his bike into the path of an oncoming car.

Both directions in the 900 block of West Main Street, near Madison Street, were shut down while Troy police investigate the man’s death.

The Miami County coroner was called to the scene.

FIRST REPORT

A pedestrian was struck and killed today in Troy.

The crash was reported just before noon in the 900 block of Main Street.

According to a witness, a man was struck by a vehicle and then thrown into the path of a second vehicle.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office dispatch confirmed the accident was a fatality.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will update this report.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Community celebrates honorary street naming for Dean Lovelace

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:45 PM



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The family of Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton city commissioner, celebrated an honorary street renaming for him Saturday.

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Dean Lovelace Drive was unveiled at 11 a.m. at Madden Hills Drive in Dayton.

The ceremony also included a balloon release in memory of the late commissioner who died last year on Memorial Day weekend at the age of 71.

Dean Lovelace

He served as commissioner for 22 years and left the commission in 2016 for health reasons after finishing his sixth term.

Lovelace was described by friends and peers as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy residents of Dayton.

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How to keep yourself and others safe at the pool over the summer

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:31 PM


            Head Lifeguard Morgan Avers holds pages of a checklist as she monitors lifeguards treading water as they are being trained at the Miamisburg pool in preparation for the summer swimming season in 2015. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Head Lifeguard Morgan Avers holds pages of a checklist as she monitors lifeguards treading water as they are being trained at the Miamisburg pool in preparation for the summer swimming season in 2015. JIM WITMER/STAFF

With Memorial Day right around the corner, several area pools will be opening their doors in the coming weeks.

Pools are a community gathering place, so officials recommend you take some steps to keep them clean and yourself safe while you’re there.

Here’s what you can do to ensure a safe experience at the pool this summer:

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Keep it clean

While most public pools are chlorinated or filtered, safety officials still recommend you take a shower before you enter the pool to keep bacteria out. They also stress following general cleanliness best practices and not throwing trash in the area around the pool.

If you can’t see the bottom, don’t swim.

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Watch your children

Children should never be left unsupervised or allowed to swim alone.

All public pools are required to have certified lifeguards, but it’s recommended that you still keep a phone nearby to call for help if it’s needed.

Montgomery County Public Health Spokesperson Dan Suffoletto said parents should be sure to give their kids sunscreen and adequate bathroom breaks in addition to keeping a watchful eye on them.

The American Red Cross recommends learning CPR and first aid to help ensure everyone’s safety at the pool.

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Keep your body healthy

Safety at the pool means more than just swimming carefully and abiding by the rules — it’s also important to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.

Suffoletto recommends using waterproof sunscreen if you plan on swimming, and reapplying it when you get out of the water.

It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the summer heat — but Suffoletto said it’s a bad idea to drink pool water.

Of course, it’s not always sunny. Suffoletto said it’s important to monitor the weather and avoid swimming when thunderstorms are in the area

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