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Springfield murder-suicide: Man shot wife, stepdaughter, then himself, chief says

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:28 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

Springfield Police say 56-year-old Eric Sirons shot and killed his wife, 49-year-old Jennifer, and his step-daughter 21-year-old Andrea Heiser before turning the gun on himself in their home on Quinlan Court Tuesday night.

The triple homicide that stemmed from the Tuesday night shooting on Quinlan Court has been ruled a murder-suicide, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said Wednesday:

  • Eric Sirons shot his wife, Jennifer, and stepdaughter Andrea Heiser before shooting himself 
  • A handgun used in the killings was found in the home 
  • The couple was going through a divorce 

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.: The deceased are Eric Sirons, Jennifer Sirons and Andrea Heiser.

Eric Sirons was pronounced dead at the home in the 1300 block of Quinlan Court. Heiser was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Jennifer Sirons was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she died Tuesday night, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said.  

Police were dispatched just before 10 p.m. on a report of a shooting at the address. A Springfield police sergeant said there were “multiple” victims.

Chief Graf, at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, said the investigation is continuing.

WHO ARE THE VICTIMS?

Jennifer Sirons, 49, was chief financial officer for the Clark County Juvenile Court since 2011.

Judge Robert Vaughn and the county commissioners released statements Wednesday expressing condolences.

“Jen was not only a very gifted and devoted employee here at the court, she was also a very sweet friend to many of us,” Judge Vaughn said.

“We are all heartbroken, and we grieve deeply for her family. We ask that the public join us in praying for her daughters and extended family for the terrible loss and pain they are experiencing.”

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The commissioners, in their statement, said: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a talented county employee. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends, including the many people she worked with at the Clark County Juvenile Court.”

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Andrea Heiser, 21, was an undergraduate student at Wright State University majoring in statistics. 

“Wright State University community members are mourning the loss of student and friend Andrea Heiser,” the university said in a statement. “Counseling and Wellness Services are being made available to any and all from our community that are impacted by this tragedy.”

Eric Sirons, 56, was employed by the Springfield News-Sun for several years.

He left in 2012 to work for the Chamber of Greater Springfield, where he was employed at the time of his death. The organization sent the following note to members on Wednesday: 



The mother of Eric Sirons said he was a giving person who was active in the community. She declined to comment further.   

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Police find man with gunshot wound to the head in Dayton home

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

UPDATE @ 7:15 a.m.:

A 38-year-old man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after police found him with a gunshot wound to the head in a home in Dayton, according to Sgt. Thomas Schloss of Dayton Police Department.

The man was found lying on the floor in the home on Brooklyn Avenue, Schloss said.

Homicide detectives were called out to the scene and are investigating, said Schloss.

It’s not known how the man was shot and his identity was not released.

FIRST REPORT:

Emergency crews are on scene of a shooting in Dayton.

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The shooting occurred in the 200 block of Brooklyn Avenue around 5:50 a.m. Sunday, according to initial reports.

Police have the road between West Second Street and Edison Street blocked off with crime tape.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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More showers and storms likely to start the week

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:50 AM

More showers and storms are likely through the weekend in the Dayton area.

The first part of your Sunday should be dry, but there is a slight chance for an isolated shower, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The better chances for more showers and storms returns for the second half of the day. Some of the storms towards evening could be strong to severe with the biggest concerns being strong winds and some hail. Highs today will be in the lower 80s.

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Few P.M. showers and storms today
  • Some could be strong with gusty winds, hail and heavy downpours
  • Dry time returns by Wednesday

DETAILED FORECAST:

5-Day Forecast

Monday: More showers and a few storms are likely to start the work-week. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers, maybe a few storms are likely for the first part of your day. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Wednesday: It looks like we finally dry things out on Wednesday under partly cloudy skies. Highs again will be in the lower 80s.

Thursday: A little bit more sunshine returns for your day with highs in the lower 80s.

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Two people ejected from motorcycle in Shelby Co. crash

Published: Sunday, May 06, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:25 AM

UPDATE @ 4:25 a.m. (May 20):

Michelle S. McNamara, 28, was listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being ejected from a motorcycle in Loramie Twp. May 6.

The driver of the motorcycle, Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, was no longer listed as a patient at Wilson Memorial Hospital. His condition was not known.

FIRST REPORT:

Shelby County deputies and the Russia Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the intersection of Russia Houston Road and Russia Rd. early Sunday morning. 

Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, and Michelle S. McNamara, 28, were ejected from a black 2016 Kawasaki motorcycle traveling eastbound in the 1000 block of Russia Houston around 12:18 a.m. 

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Vennemeyer over corrected when traveling off the right side of the roadway and then crashed. 

McNamara was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital and is in critical condition. 

Vennemeyer was transported by rescue squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital 

The extent of Vennemeyer's injuries is unknown.

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Abandoned car fire under investigation in Montgomery Co.

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 2:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:00 AM

UPDATE @ 4 a.m.:

An abandoned vehicle found fully engulfed in a gravel lot near the Great Miami River Recreational Trail is under investigation, according to Lt. Nick Carpenter of Bethel Twp. Fire Department.

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A call from a passerby came in around 2:10 a.m. that a Hyundai Veloster was on fire at Old Springfield Road at Old Canal Road.

Bethel Twp. fire along with Vandalia fire and Metro Park Police handled the incident.

Flames were able to be extinguished quickly and the vehicle was towed, according to Carpenter. 

FIRST REPORT:

Emergency crews are responding to a report of a vehicle fire in Vandalia Sunday morning.

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Initial reports state the vehicle is fully engulfed at Old Springfield Road and Old Canal Road.

It’s unknown if the vehicle is occupied at this time.

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