Shots fired during burglary, suspect charged

Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 1:48 PM


UPDATE @ 10:57 a.m.:

Deputies have identified the man accused of breaking into a Clifton Road home, where the homeowner fired shots to scare him off.

Devan Leon Eugene Mercer was arrested and charged with felony burglary, authorities said.

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Devan Mercer

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“I just know him. I’ve known him for years,” the 911 caller said after firing three shots to scare him off. “He just ran.”

Mercer was released from prison last October after serving nearly five years for a burglary and attempted burglary conviction, also in Greene County, according to state records.


A man was arrested following a short pursuit after a report of shots being fired during a reported burglary on Clifton Road this afternoon, deputies said. 

Deputies responded to the home in the 1700 block of Clifton around 12:30 p.m. 

After responding to the burglary report, a short pursuit of a suspect vehicle occurred, which ultimately ended in an arrest on Radar Street in Xenia, deputies said. The suspect had his dog with him during the chase.

Deputies have not released the suspect's name and are still investigating whether any shots were actually fired during the reported burglary.

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Dayton Air Show attendance rebounds with Blue Angels visit

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

            Spectators enjoy the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show on Saturday, June 23. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Spectators enjoy the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show on Saturday, June 23. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

This year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show attracted an estimated 62,000 spectators, a number event organizers said was greater than last year’s show.

Good weather and the Navy’s Blue Angels attracted crowds to the show, said Roger Doctor, the air show’s public safety director.

“The show went off without a hitch,” Doctor said, noting there were only two medical-related spectator removals.

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An estimated 44,000 people attended the show in 2017, a decline from 2016’s attendance of about 51,000. Organizers blamed low attendance at last year’s air show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act due to a crash and record rainfall that caused parking delays.

Military jet teams like the Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are the biggest draw for the air show and organizers bank on their appearance to bring tens of thousands to the grounds at Dayton International Airport. The show can draw as many as 65,000 or more spectators when the teams fly, officials say.

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Doctor credited the police departments that assisted with traffic for a mostly safe traffic situation in 2018. He said the parking lots cleared just an hour after the show.

“I did not receive a single negative comment,” he said.

The show generated an estimated $3.2 million in local revenue, said Scott Buchanan, United States Air and Trade Show chairman.

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Hepatitis A outbreak in Ohio: What’s really going on?

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:41 AM

Thirty one cases have been reported in Ohio.

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health  declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A Friday evening, with 79 hepatitis A cases associated with the outbreak so far this year.

As of June 1, there were 11 cases of hepatitis A in Montgomery County. In 2017 there was one case, and none were reported in 2016, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County reported. Here are questions answered for you about the hepatitis A outbreak in Ohio:

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1. What is hepatitis A? 

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person. Hepatitis A also can spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex, according to the ODH.

2. What are the symptoms of hepatitis A? 

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools and jaundice. People with hepatitis A can experience mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

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3. How can you prevent the spread of hepatitis A? 

“Good hand-washing and vaccination are the best ways to prevent hepatitis A in at-risk individuals,” said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist and chief of the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases. “If you or someone you know has one or more risk factors for hepatitis A, call your local health department to see about getting vaccinated.”

ODH has provided more than 5,000 doses of hepatitis A vaccine to local health departments.

4. How does contact occur with hepatitis A? 

According to Greene County Public Health, hepatitis A contact can occur by:

• eating food made by an infected person who did not wash his or her hands after using the bathroom

• drinking untreated water or eating food washed in untreated water

• placing a finger or an object in your mouth that came into contact with an infected person’s stool

• having close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill

5. Who is at increased risk for acquiring hepatitis A?

• Persons with direct contact with persons who have hepatitis A

• Travelers to countries with high or intermediate rates of hepatitis A

• Men who have sex with men

• Users of injection and non-injection drugs

• Persons with clotting factor disorders

• Household members and other close contacts of adopted children newly arriving from countries with high or intermediate hepatitis rates.


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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Police seek missing Springboro teen

UPDATE @11:30 a.m. 

Frista Gibbons, 15, remains missing, according to Springboro police.

She was last seen Friday afternoon.

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Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

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Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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Propane gas leak causes explosion at West Milton home

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:40 AM

Gas leak house explosion in West Milton

A propane gas leak caused an explosion in the basement of a home in West Milton Sunday morning.

Larry Jinkins said he was asleep when the explosion happened in his home around 8:20 a.m. in the 400 block of Iddings Road.

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Jinkins, his wife, five kids, and three dogs were in the home at the time of the explosion. 

He said the fire department told him they were very lucky they were not hurt. 

Jinkins rented the house that is now uninhabitable. He said they had a temporary gas line due to a former gas leak that needed to be put underground.

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The family is being aided by the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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