Overdoses likely cause of death of Centerville couple

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 8:53 AM
Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 8:10 AM

Their deaths could be drug related.


A couple identified as Brian J. Halye, 36, and Courtney A. Halye, 34, were found dead in their Centerville home after two children in the home called 9-1-1 saying their parents were unresponsive Thursday morning. 

  • The county coroner says deaths appear to be accidental overdoses; heroin-fentanyl-related
  • Brian Halye was a Spirit Airlines pilot
  • Two children in the home called 9-1-1 and reported their parents wouldn’t wake up                

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UPDATE @ 3:02 p.m. (March 17)

Two of the four children who found their Centerville parents dead in their bedroom of apparent drug overdoses attended Spring Valley Academy. 

Friday the school released a statement regarding the tragedy.

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"Spring Valley Academy learned yesterday morning that the parent and step-parent of two of our students passed away. We are still learning the details of the tragedy and don't want to engage in speculation and certainly want to respect the privacy of these students and their families. At the same time we are doing all we can to provide all appropriate support for them and all their classmates who are affected by this heartbreaking loss. As a Christian community we take comfort in the promise of ultimate healing, restoration, and resurrection but at the moment we are deeply grieving with our students and their families."

UPDATE @ 9:37 a.m. (March 17)

Montgomery County Coroner's Office Director Ken Betz said the examinations on the Halye couple have been completed but a final determination on the cause and manner will take six weeks until toxicology reports are completed.

Betz said "preliminary indication is probable accidental drug overdose.”

Betz added that since Jan. 1, 2017, Montgomery County has had 155 accidental drug overdoses. He said the current fatal mix of drugs most seen is heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil. 

Overdoses likely cause of death of Centerville couple

UPDATE @ 8:10 a.m.

Jacob Castor, the former husband of Courtney Halye, died in Aug. 2007 from an accident drug overdose, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

The preliminary cause of death for Brian and Courtney is still unavailable from the coroner’s office. 

Cause of death

Autopsies have been completed on the Halye, but their preliminary cause of death is not available and still under investigation, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office early Friday. 

Additional details could be released later Friday, according to the coroner’s office. 

The deaths of the Centerville couple may be related to fentanyl, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Director Ken Betz told this news organization. 

“From what I gather from Centerville Police, it could be consistent with what we’re seeing with fentanyl products in our community,” said Betz. 

Their deaths appear "drug related due to paraphernalia found at the scene," according to Officer John Davis, the Centerville Police spokesman.

Courtney Halye was convicted of a drug possession charge that was later expunged in 2010, according to police records.

A full medical exam will be performed on Friday. 

Commercial airline pilot

On Thursday, Spirit Airlines confirmed Brian Halye was a pilot working for the company. 

“Captain Hayle served at the airline for just over nine years,” Paul Berry, the company spokesman said. “Our hearts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Captain Halye.”

Halye flew his last flight March 10, according to Spirit Airlines.

Federal Aviation Records reviewed by this news organization show Brian Halye had an airline pilot's certification with commercial privileges. The records additionally show Halye had a flight instructor certificate and ground instructor certificate.

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9-1-1 call

Centerville Police Department released two 9-1-1 calls made by two children in the home where Brian and Courtney Halye were found dead Thursday morning.

A 13-year-old boy told the dispatcher, "my two parents, I just woke up, and my parents are on the floor. My sister said they are not waking up." 

His sisters found their parents dead on the floor of their bedroom upstairs.

He said his parents had been fine the night before.

The dispatcher determined the four children were in the home were ages 13, 11, 10 and 9. 

One of the three girls also called 9-1-1 and said to the dispatcher, “my mom's on the floor and my stepdad, ... they're not waking up ... we just woke up for school.”

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Police, medics respond to scene in Centerville

A blended family 

The Halyes were a blended family, according to Centerville police. Brian and Courtney each had two children from previous relationships.

Brian Halye’s two daughters were picked up by their mother from the scene Thursday morning, according to Centerville police.

Courtney Halye’s son and daughter were likely taken in by family members. Their father, Courtney’s former husband Jacob Castor, died in 2007 at age 27.

The Halyes purchased their home on East Von Dette Circle in summer 2013. The neighborhood, Pellbrook Farm, is just southwest of the Ohio 725-Wilmington Pike intersection. The quiet suburban cul-de-sac features homes valued around $150,000 to $225,000.

Warren County Court records show Brian Halye was divorced in 2011 in a shared parenting case.

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At least one of the children attends Centerville City Schools.


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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


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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Bicyclist struck, killed in Troy; coroner called to scene

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

Bike rider killed.

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.


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.

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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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Suspected marijuana, smoke pipes, cash seized in Clark County drug raid

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:18 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:14 PM

Suspected marijuana, smoke pipes, cash seized in Clark County drug raid

UPDATE @ 6:08 p.m. (May 25): Complaints from people living along Johnson Road in Clark County led to the search warrant that turned up suspected marijuana, smoke pipes, a handgun and nearly $900 in cash. 

The fruits of the warrant search are likely to include at least three or four arrests, Lt. Rusty Garman, operations commander, German Township police officer, told News Center 7's Mike Campbell on Friday. 

German Twp. police executed the warrant Thursday afternoon and on Friday displayed for the public what they seized from the home, which had its own specialized smoking room -- complete with a sign on the door announcing the room's purpose. 

This handgun and items used in the consumption of drugs were among the items German Twp., Clark County, police seized in a raid this week. (Darrin Pope/Staff)(WHIO)

Police said the suspected marijuana will be sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations, in London, Ohio, for testing. 

Police also found three people and two pit bulls at the house. No arrests were made during the execution of the warrant. 

Garman said the arrests likely will come after all the evidence from the four-month investigation has been gathered, evaluated and cataloged.


A drug-related search warrant was served this morning on Johnson Road, however no arrests have been made, according to police.

Officers were at the home around 11 a.m.

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Police said they were at the home to gather evidence, however didn’t disclose any other details immediately.

The township’s police chief said more information could be released later this afternoon.

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