Police ID shooting victim in Springfield’s first homicide of year

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 3:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 7:50 PM

Springfield's first homicide of 2017

Detectives in Springfield are working to locate a suspect in a shooting overnight that left one man dead and another man wounded.

  • 2 men shot, one fatally, in 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue
  • Jeffery Rife, 36, was killed and Ronald McElroy, 43, wounded
  • No suspects named and no arrests announced

Springfield’s first homicide of the year occurred early Saturday when two Springfield men were shot, one fatally, in the 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue. Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the double shooting.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.

Jeffery Rife, 36, and Ronald McElroy, 43, both of Springfield, were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center. Rife succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

McElroy suffered one or more gunshot wounds, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

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Springfield police investigate a double shooting, in which one man was killed, early Saturday, March 18, 2017, in the 500 block of Clairmont Avenue. The death marks the city’s first homicide of the year. JORDYN HUFFMAN / STAFF

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.

Residents in the normally quiet neighborhood were awakened by the gunfire.

"I heard a loud noise, wasn't really sure what it was, heard it again and then recognized it as gunshots. ... There were several, at least eight that we had initially heard," said Carlisa Parker, a longtime resident.

Police told nearby residents the shooting was believed to be an isolated incident, but many said they were left in fear and are concerned for the safety of police officers and others in the community.

"It's very shocking and it's very scary and it's extremely unusual for something like that to happen in this neighborhood," Parker said. "We've been here for 22 years and nothing like this has ever occurred here."

UPDATE @ 8:29 a.m.

Springfield police have left the scene of a Saturday morning shooting on South Clairmont Avenue.

Dispatchers said police are in the process of combining notes to craft a report. 

No additional information is available at this time.

UPDATE @ 6:26 a.m.

One person is dead following a Saturday morning shooting in Springfield, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said two people were shot following a report of shots fired in the 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue. 

The second victim was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center in an unknown condition.

Springfield police continue their search for a suspect while detectives and a crime scene unit remain in the area, dispatchers said. 

South Clairmont and Windsor avenues remain closed at their intersection for the investigation.

UPDATE @ 5:27 a.m.

Springfield police have placed crime scene tape around the intersection of South Clairmont and Windsor avenues as they continue to investigate a shooting. 

Scanner traffic indicates police are collecting evidence near the intersection and at a home in the 2200 block of Windsor Avenue. 

Two people were reportedly shot in the area following a report of shots fired around 3:40 a.m. 

INITIAL REPORT (March 18)

Springfield police and medics are responding to a reported shooting in the city Saturday morning. 

Crews were sent to the 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue around 3:40 a.m. on a report of shots fired. 

Initial reports indicate at these two people may have been shot in the area of South Clairmont and Windsor avenues. 

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Truck cab fire causes delays on NB I-75 in Miami County

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:55 PM



Wende Gard / Contributed
(Wende Gard / Contributed)

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

Traffic is moving but motorists should expect delays due to a truck cab fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A.

No one was reported injured in the fire dispatched sometime before 7:45 p.m.

(Wende Gard / Contributed)

FIRST REPORT

Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a semi truck caught fire, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatch.

The incident was reported shortly before 7:45 p.m. at exit 69, near Tipp City.

Fire and EMS is on scene, but it’s not clear what led the vehicle to ignite.

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Boil advisory lifted for Franklin Twp.

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9:50 PM

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (May 26)

The Warren County Water and Sewer Department lifted a boil advisory Saturday morning for affected residents on Pekin Road and Honeytree Lane.

FIRST REPORT

A boil advisory has been issued for some residents of this Warren County township.

The affected areas include Pekin Road addresses 2895-3209 and all of Honeytree Lane. 

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Residents in these areas are advised to boil water for two minutes over the next 24 hours.

Anyone affected can call Warren County Water & Sewer for further details at (513) 695-1377. 

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All eyes on the Tropics and Alberto; remnants could reach Miami Valley

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:30 PM

Saturday evening update on Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it continues to move over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines Monday afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

The forecast track then indicates the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here on Wednesday and Thursday. The main threat for this area would be some decent rain; however, there could be a few storms as well, Collar said.

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It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.

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Car fire shuts down Warren County highway for 2 hours

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9:06 PM


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State troopers are investigating a car fire late Saturday afternoon in Warren County that closed Ohio 63 for about two hours.

Dispatchers at the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said the car was reported to be engulfed at 4:56 p.m. on Ohio 63 in front of the Warren Correctional Institution in Turtlecreek Twp.

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The driver of a Toyota SUV told troopers that he was struck by another car, according to the dispatcher. Troopers said that no one was injured.

The eastbound lane was reopened at 6:15 p.m. and troopers cleared the scene at 6:41 p.m.

No other information was available from the highway patrol.

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