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OVI driver who hit Sidney natural gas line appears in court

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 11:56 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 5:57 AM

Ryan Cathcart not guilty plea Sidney Municipal Court.

UPDATE @ 10:51 a.m. (April 18)

In Sidney Municipal Court today, Ryan Joseph Cathcart pleaded not guilty to an OVI charge. He was released on his own recognizance. 

UPDATE @5:57 a.m. 

Ryan Joseph Cathcart is being held at the Shelby County Jail on driving under the influence charges related to the crash. 

UPDATE @ 3:05 a.m.  

A suspected intoxicated driver slammed into a natural gas line and a building on North Ohio Avenue in Sidney, sparking a large fire that destroyed the structure.  

Police and fire crews were first dispatched to the 100 block of North Ohio Avenue around 11 p.m. Monday on reports of a vehicle slamming into a building. 

Sidney Fire Deputy Chief Cameron Haller said a pickup truck went off the road, struck and broke a natural gas line in front of the building. The crash sparked a fire that quickly spread though all three floors of the structure. 

Sidney police Sgt. Warren Melerine said part of the building was occupied by a ceramics business. Other parts of the building were used for storage of items used for a dance recital coming up in a few weeks. 

The driver, whose identity was not available, was pulled from the crash by bystanders and was not injured. Melerine said the driver was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail. The possible charges the driver may face were not available.

Firefighters in Sidney are battling a building fire on Ohio Avenue after a vehicle reportedly slammed into the building and burst into flames.

“We have something that could have been so easily prevented with a designated driver,” Melerine said. “All family, friends, taxi service here in town; Any of those could have prevented a lot of people from being placed in a great deal of harm.”

Haller said the fire has caused the roof of the building to collapse and firefighters are now working defensively to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby structures. 

All departments across Shelby County sent crews to battle the blaze, something Haller said he hasn’t seen since a large warehouse fire in Sidney in the early 2000s. 

Firefighters are expected to be on scene through the overnight hours. 

UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. 

Firefighters are continuing to battle flames from a building on North Ohio Avenue in Sidney after a pickup truck slammed into the building and caught fire. 

We’re told crews are working to assess the damage to the structure. 

We’re working to find out if anyone has been injured in the incident. 


Firefighters in Sidney are battling a building fire on North Ohio Avenue after a vehicle reportedly slammed into the building and burst into flames. 

Callers into this newsroom indicate a pickup truck crashed into a building in the 100 block of Ohio Avenue around 11 p.m. and immediately burst into flames. 

It was not clear if there were any injuries. 

Dispatchers declined to release any details. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Belmont mother’s threat complaint 1 of 18 police responses to the school this year

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

Police responded at Belmont High School after a mother says a video shows a teacher threatening a student.

Video a Belmont mother said shows a teacher threatening her son at the high school Wednesday led to a police response to the school, one of 18 so far in 2018, according to records.

The mother said the dispute began over her son playing music on a computer inside the school and then escalated.

Since Jan. 1, Dayton police have responded to the high school 18 times, several which included assaults and fights, according to records.

Belmont mother’s threat complaint 1 of 18 police responses to the school this year

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Dayton Public Schools has made changes in the wake of the numerous incidents at the school.

“Because of this type of behavior occurring regularly at Belmont, the district took strong action and adjusted that building’s disciplinary support,” a statement from the district read.

Belmont is now managed by a team of 11 Dayton Public Schools staff members, who daily, carefully monitor the details of academics and discipline, according to the district.

We’re working to learn whether a school investigation is underway into the Wednesday video, a police report indicates no criminal activity occurred during the incident.

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Child inside vehicle involved in St. Marys pursuit, arrest made

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:08 PM

Child inside vehicle involved in St. Marys pursuit, arrest made

A man was arrested following a pursuit across two counties Thursday night that ended with his vehicle in a field.

Christopher Thornton, 38, of Phillipsburg, was arrested on suspicion of failure to comply, child endangering, theft of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, according to St. Marys police.

St. Marys police were responding to the report of a stolen vehicle spotted in the Auglaize County city near a gas station on the corner of Main and South streets around 10 p.m., according to police.

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That triggered the pursuit that continued into southern Auglaize and ended, after stop sticks were used to deflate tires, in a Mercer County field in the 1100 block of Goettmoeller Road. 

A child related to Thornton, whose age was not released, was in the stolen vehicle, police said.  The child’s condition was not released.

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Auglaize County and Mercer County deputies and New Bremen Police were involved in the pursuit.

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Bomb squad called to Union home

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Bomb Squad

The bomb squad is on the scene at a home on Laurelgrove Drive in Union this afternoon.

The incident has been going on since at least 3:45 p.m., according to a witness.

Police seem to be centering their investigation in the backyard of a home in the first block of Laurelgrove.

We’re working to learn more.

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Shooting at vet clinic near Yellow Springs investigated as self-inflicted fatality

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:16 PM

Greene County sheriff removes body from vet clinic near Yellow Springs

UPDATE @ 8:01 p.m.: The shooting at the Hosket Veterinary Services on Thursday is being investigated as a self-inflicted fatality, Greene County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Brown said.

Deputies dispatched about 11:20 a.m. to the business, 4450 U.S. 68 North, found an individual who had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Chief Deputy Mike Brown said. He declined to release any more information, saying the case remains under investigation. 

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A Greene County coroner’s investigator has removed the body.

Community members and friends who went to the business said they are stunned that something like this happened here.

“I mean, this is so devastating. It’s hard to even talk about it,” said Pamela Davis. 

People who had come to the business for appointments found deputies engaged in their investigation of the incident.

“My sympathy is to the family. All we can do is lean on each other and be supportive of them,” Kathy McConehea, of Yellow Springs.

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