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Roadway to be dedicated in honor of fallen Kirkersville police chief 

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 6:52 PM

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario and his wife Aryn Disario in an undated photo (Contributed)
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Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario and his wife Aryn Disario in an undated photo (Contributed)(Staff Writer)

Washington Court House City Schools (WCHCS) will dedicate campus road "Steven Eric DiSario Way" to the fallen Kirkersville Chief of Police in a ceremony on May 18. 

Chief DiSario graduated from Washington Senior High School in 1997, and tragically lost his life in the line of duty. DiSario was killed by a single gun shot while exiting his cruiser behind the alley of the Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home last May. 

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"Eric exemplified the values taught at Washington and carried those values into adulthood,” Fayette County Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth said. "Eric's dedication led to his service as a police officer and to his ultimate sacrifice in his attempt to intercede in a violent situation," Sheriff Stanforth said. 

“As the former D.A.R.E. Instructor for the Washington Court House City Schools, I had the honor of instructing Eric. As a parent of Eric’s classmate, I had the privilege of Eric visiting my home on many occasions, “ Sheriff Stanforth said.

The roadway begins at the main entrance of Washington High School, Washington Middle School, and the Washington Athletic Complex, and runs through the heart of the campus. 

"Chief DiSario continued to live by the values instilled in the Blue Lion Family every day of his life, and we are honored to have such a man be raised in our great community,” said WCHCS Superintendent Tom Bailey. "The dedication of this roadway that is used daily by over half of our district is a small gesture in comparison of the ultimate sacrifice that Chief DiSario gave, but honoring him in this way will keep the story of his bravery alive for generations to come." 

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In addition to DiSario Way, the Washington Court House Police Department and the Class of 1997 have prepared annual scholarships in Eric DiSario's name, both of which will be presented at the ceremony. 

WCHCS will also honor the Washington Court House Police and Fire Departments, Fayette County Sheriff Department, and Fayette County EMS personnel. 

"With International Firefighters' Day, National Police Week, and National EMS Week all taking place in the month of May, our students are also excited for the opportunity to honor all of our local first responders," Bailey said. "We want everyone who puts their life on the line for our safety and well being to know that the Blue Lion Family appreciates your service and are truly thankful for all that you do to keep our community safe." 

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DiSario's mother Robin, wife Aryn, their six children, and approximately 10 to 15 other family members will attend the ceremony, along with Ohio Senator Bob Peterson, Kirkersville Mayor Terry Ashcraft, local first responders, government officials, and students. 

Friday's ceremony will begin at 1:00 PM at the Veteran's Memorial in front of Liberty Hall.

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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.


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


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


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.


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.

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. 


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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