Local officers gather for procession to funeral for slain Westerville officers

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:52 AM
Updated: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

The lights are on in preparation to go to Westerville

Area law enforcement officers gathered in Dayton Friday morning before embarking to Westerville, Ohio for the funerals of two slain officers. 

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Police, deputies, and state troopers from multiple Miami Valley jurisdictions met at the Dayton Airport Expo Center around 8 a.m., before making the trip to the Columbus suburb. The convoy was organized jointly by the Miami County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said Tuesday. 

Westerville Police Department is escorted to the funeral service.

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“We realize it could be any one of us at any time and so no matter who’s in the car traveling, we realize that could be any of us,” Ponichtera said. “Any call that we go on is extremely dangerous if someone is bent on criminal intent towards a police officer; that’s very difficult to mitigate.”

Several Butler County agencies also joined other jurisdictions Friday morning for their procession from Southwest Ohio. 

A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon for Westerville police officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville, followed by the funeral at 1 p.m., according to a report from the Associated Press. 

Officers receive instructions before heading to Westerville for the funeral of two officers killed in the line of duty last Saturday. (Jarod Thrush/Staff)

Morelli and Joering were gunned down when they responded to a 911-hang up call around noon on Saturday.  Quentin L. Smith, 30, has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder. 

Gerald A. Lawson, 30, is also facing charges in the incident for allegedly buying the gun used by Smith in the shooting. 

Staff writer Laura Bischoff and the Associated Press contributed to this story. 

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Two Dayton rec centers host world’s largest swimming lesson

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:05 PM

Dayton rec centers hold world's largest swimming lesson

Two Dayton recreation centers hosted the 2018 World's Largest Swimming Lesson this morning. 

The Greater Dayton and Lohrey Recreation Centers taught basic water safety reminding everyone that learning to swim helps prevent drowning. More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for children ages one to four, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for children ages one to 14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors. 

"The earlier you introduce kids to the water, the greater chance of survival," said Ian Morgan, the Head Life Saving Instructor for the City of Dayton. "When you enter a kid into water and teach them swim lesson one through four, you reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent." 

In a 2014 survey completed by the American Red Cross, results indicated 54 percent of Americans either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills. 

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Other results show parents do not recognize that supervision is key. 

According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicated they remain within arms' reach of their child in the water.

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Miamisburg Bicentennial events canceled for Thursday evening 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:12 PM

All activities related to the Miamisburg Bicentennial have been canceled for Thursday night due to inclement weather.

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The schedule for Friday remains unchanged at this time.

For updates, please visit the Miamisburg 200th Facebook page.

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Potential for flooding remains; flood advisory for some in effect

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Multiple chances for showers and storms today in the Dayton area.

FLOOD ADVISORY issued until 1:45 a.m. Friday for Champaign and Logan counties. Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses will occur. also, farmland near creeks, streams and drainage ditches will experience minor flooding.

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  • Lingering showers possible overnight
  • Storms Friday could be strong
  • Rain chances decrease by Sunday

>> 5-Day Forecast


Overnight: Expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance for lingering showers. A rumble of thunder is possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 60s.

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Friday: Partly sunny skies are expected to start the day with scattered thunderstorms developing. While the overall severe weather threat is low, one or two storms could become severe with isolated wind damage or even a tornado possible. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds and a chance for a few passing showers or storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

Sunday: Partly sunny skies will end the weekend with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Highs will reach back into the lower 80s.

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies will start the new week with highs in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s.

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Suspect in Seattle-area homicide arrested in raid on Dayton home

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:59 PM

A 25-year-old man arrested Wednesday in a raid on a home in the 1700 block of Xenia Avenue in Dayton is wanted in the killing of a motel clerk in a Seattle suburb.

Dayevion Royalston was apprehended on a parole violation and a detainer from the King County Sheriff's Office. 

King County sheriff's detectives will travel here for an extradition hearing to return Royalston to SeaTac, an inner-ring suburb of Seattle. 

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Several members of the Dayton Police Department, FBI, Safe Streets Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office descended on the home, with weapons drawn, late Wednesday afternoon. 

Sheriff Phil Plummer said King County sheriff's officials called his office to relay information that the suspect had associates in Dayton. That information pointed local authorities to a woman living at the Xenia Avenue address, Plummer said. 

Royalston is wanted in the shooting death of a motel clerk in the city of SeaTac early on June 16.

According to The Seattle Times and other news reports in that area, a shuttle driver pulled up to the America's Best Value, south of the Sea-Tac Airport, and found the 40-year-old clerk on the floor and bleeding about 11:15 p.m. 

The sheriff's office has not released any information about what led to the killing.

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