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Student charged for making threats at Belmont High School

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 10:11 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 12:51 PM

Belmont high school students outside after being evacuated

A threat by a Belmont High School student who was taken into custody by police outside of school early Wednesday spiraled into rumors of an armed student in the school later in the morning, panicking students, prompting a lockdown and worrying parents with yet another report of a firearm in an area school.

  • Police responded to school about 10 a.m. Wednesday
  • Report of a gun was unfounded, police said
  • 30-40 police units, and fire medics, part of response
  • Classes resumed at 11:13 a.m.

UPDATE@4:16 p.m.: The student taken into custody has been charged with making terroristic threats, and was booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, Dayton police said. 

UPDATE @ 11:24 a.m.:

Dayton police tweeted that threats had been made between two students outside of the school. It was then circulated rumors of that a weapon had been it into the school that prompted a lockdown Wednesday, according to police. 

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Nothing was found in the building during a sweep.

Dayton police Major Joe Wiesman said the department was prepared to respond to a situation like this and were at the building within seconds. They met with parents and students in the school’s auditorium before sending students back to class.

Weisman said everything they planned for was well executed. He also echoed the department investigated the initial text message exchange and made an arrest in that case.

Students were unaware that the text message issue was resolved, so someone called police to report a possible person with a gun in the building.

UPDATE @ 10:45 a.m.:

Dayton police said a report of a student with a gun at Belmont High School was unfounded, according to a tweet posted around 10:40 a.m. 

Police added that “everyone is safe.” 

“A rumor began circulating there was an active shooter at Belmont,” Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman Marsha Bonhart said in a emailed statement. “Because any threat is taken seriously, Dayton Police and (Dayton Public Schools) safety and security brought students to the exterior grounds of the building as an investigation continued. There is no indication of an active shooter.” 

Bonhart said a one-call was sent to parents alerting them of the situation.

A second, separate incident happened Wednesday morning before the gun threat, where one student texted  another, asking if it was true they were going to shoot-up the school, Bonhart said. The student responded “no” but the responding student was arrested for the incident. 

We’ll continue to update this page as details become available. 

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. 

Dayton police are currently investigating a report of a student that might have brought a gun to Belmont High School. 

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The investigation and evacuation of the school are not connected to an earlier investigation of a possible threat at the school, according to a Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman. 

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Medics have been sent to the scene to stage in the area, but there have been no reports of injuries initially, per scanner traffic. 

Some parents have arrived at the school to pick up students, according to the Dayton schools spokeswoman. 

We’ll continue to update this page as details become available. 


We’re working to learn more about an active investigation at Belmont High School in Dayton Wednesday morning. 

Police responded to the high school at 2615 Wayne Avenue around 10 a.m. on reports of a threat at the school, according to initial reports. 

Our crews on the scene report the school has been evacuated and students are outside the school.

Dispatchers said police responded to reports of someone in the school with a gun. 

Earlier this morning, this newsroom received tips a threat was under investigation at Belmont High School, but a Dayton schools spokeswoman was not able to confirm threats were under investigation. 

There have been no injuries reported, but multiple officers have responded to the scene. 

We’ll update this page as details become available. 

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Missing adult alert for Hamilton Co. man canceled

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 8:14 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

UPDATE @ 10:39 a.m.:

The missing adult alert issued for James Marques was canceled. 


A statewide missing adult alert has been issued by Colerain Township police for a 79-year-old man.

Police say James Marques was last seen leaving his residence for a trip to the store in a light blue 2007 Ford Focus, Ohio plate DXZ4199.

Marques was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a blue windbreaker jacket.

Marques is 5’10’’, 150 pounds, has gray/brown hair, hazel eyes and suffers from dementia.

Police have reason to believe he may be in Indiana.

If you have any information on Marques or his whereabouts, please call 911 or 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred to the investigating law enforcement agency. 

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Injuries reported in 2-vehicle crash involving motorcycle in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

Police and medics were on scene of a crash that involved a motorcycle and a black Pontiac Grand Prix in Dayton this morning.

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The accident occurred at South Smithville Road and Oakdale Avenue around 9:55 a.m., according to dispatchers.

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

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Live updates from the 2018 Vectren Air Show: Flying acts take to the air

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

Blue Angels at the Air Show - June 23, 2018

UPDATE @12:19 p.m.

The flag taken up by the Redline Circle of Cincinnati has dropped, and the Vectren Dayton Air Show is starting up. 

Lead pilot of Redline Ken Rieder knew he was going to be a pilot almost his entire life.

He went to his first air show in Waynesville when he was 5 years old.

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“My dad was driving up to Columbus for something. We saw it as we were driving by and I was excited, so he pulled in.”

At a young age, Rieder started building model planes, joined the Civil Air Patrol at 12 years old and eventually got his pilot’s license at age 21.

“From there on it was everything I could do to get flying,” Rieder said.

The Dayton Air Show is particular important to Rieder as the first large air show he had ever attended. He said he never imagined he’d be flying in the Dayton Air Show when he was younger.

Now he’s not only flying in the show, but he built the planes he and partner Ron Thocker are flying today. The team will be back later in the show. 

UPDATE @11:50 a.m.

Flying acts will begin soon. 

Watch live coverage of the acts here.


Gates are open for the last day of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m. Gates close at 6 p.m.

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Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

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Author of national best-seller stops in Dayton for book tour

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 7:37 AM

Fans of author Joshua Pollock have the opportunity for a meet and greet during his national book tour for The Heartfulness Way today and Monday. 

Since its introduction to the U.S. market on June 1, the book, written by Pollock and Kamlesh D. Patel, leader of the Heartfulness Institute, has quickly become a national best-seller at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. 

The two-day area Meet and Meditate event begins today from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton Natural Path Meditation Center on 3153 Lantz Road in Beavercreek. 

Monday, Pollock fans can attend from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dayton International Peace Museum on 208 West Monument Avenue. 

Pollock will sign books, answer questions and hold a spiritual meditation. 

To register for the event, click here.

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