Off-duty Springfield officer says he’s no hero after rescuing teen from burning home 

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:03 PM

Off-duty Springfield officer recalls rescue of teen from burning home

An off-duty Springfield police officer who rescued a teenage boy from a house fire in Bethel Twp. Wednesday is dismissing hero claims and says he was simply at the right place at the right time.

“I was just lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time and happened to be paying attention,” said Officer Jason Bryon.

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Fire departments from Bethel Twp and Wright Patt battled a fire on Dogwood Road in the Crystal Lakes subdivision Wednesday.

Byron made the initial 911 call when he saw black smoke and flames coming from the back of the Dogwood Road house.

“Honestly, anybody that’s in the public safety profession — EMTs, firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies — anybody else that would’ve saw those flames like I did would’ve done the exact same thing when presented with the same scenario,” he said.

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However, he initially didn’t think anyone was home.

“There were no cars in the driveway,” Byron said. “I started pounding on the door [and] didn’t get an answer...I honestly thought somebody was at work.”

But in a bedroom was a sleeping teenager who was unaware of the fire.

Byron kicked in the door and announced himself as he made his way through the home.

“I don’t know if it was me kicking the the door or actually announcing myself, but at some point he woke up and came out kind of disoriented,” Byron said.

“I think I was just as surprised to see him come out as he was to see me.”

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The boy didn’t even realize the house was on fire until they were outside in the driveway and could see flames.

“I think he was a little bewildered at first,” Byron said. “But when we got outside in the driveway and he could actually see the house I think he was totally shocked. He immediately pulled out a cell phone and started calling family members.”

While Byron has not met the teen’s parents, he said family members have reached out to him on social media and thanked him for his actions.

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Byron added that a second man noticed the flames and entered the residence shortly after him.

“I don’t know where this other guy came from or who he was but...maybe he could’ve gotten to [the teen],” Byron said.

He also gave credit to the fire departments from Bethel Township and Wright-Patt battlefield for saving the home.

“I honestly thought the house would’ve been a total loss,” Byron said. “The back of the house was fully engulfed in flames. I was surprised that they saved it. They did a tremendous job because it’s still standing.”

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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.

>>Severe weather down trees, ignite fires in Miami Valley

“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.

>>Showers, storms taper off tonight

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.

SCENE: Washington Twp. fire possible started by lightning strike

“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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Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit helps make arrests

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:26 PM



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In an effort to reduce drug sales, gun crimes, and traffic pursuits in the City of Dayton, officers utilize the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) aircraft to track vehicles who fail to comply with traffic stops. These air patrols are helping to catch drivers in pursuit from police cruisers.

On Thursday, four arrests were made in two different incidents with the help of the OSP aviation unit, according to Dayton police reports.

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Ahlea Graham-Johnson, 23, was charged with obstructing official business and a parole violation. Charles Warren, 28, was charged with obstructing official business and was later released. James Mitchel, 39, was charged with obstructing official business, failure to comply, improper use of CCW fire arms, carrying concealed weapon, and having weapons while under disability. His next court date is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Ahlea Graham-Johnson, 23

Graham, Warren, and Mitchel were all passengers of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala while traveling at an excessive rate of speed with a loud exhaust when they failed to comply to a traffic stop initiated by a cruiser illuminating their overhead lights and sirens. 

James Mitchel, 39

An OSP aircraft was hovering above when they took over the pursuit and followed the Chevy for about 15 minutes before it parked in the rear of 749 Taylor Street. Three individuals fled from the vehicle, and were then caught and arrested.

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During a different incident, Marcus Blackwell, 22, was arrested and charged with obstructing official business and failure to comply with order. His next court date is set for Monday at 1:45 p.m.

Marcus Blackwell, 22

Blackwell was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger with excessive tint when he failed to comply to a traffic stop when a cruiser activated their emergency lights.

An OSP aircraft took over the pursuit by keeping visuals on the Charger. Blackwell turned onto Stormont Drive, parked, and started walking down the sidewalk before police showed up and arrested him.

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

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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.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit helps make arrests

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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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