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Teen arrested on drug trafficking charges after search warrant

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Contributed Photo/Kettering Police
Contributed Photo/Kettering Police

An 18-year-old man is facing drug trafficking charges after police executed a search warrant at at Kettering home Thursday morning.

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Officers executed the search warrant around 8:30 a.m. at a home in the 3100 block of Sudbury Drive in Kettering.

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Dylan Scott Sontag, 18, was arrested at the scene on a preliminary charge of drug trafficking, according to Kettering police and online jail records. 

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It was not immediately known what was found in the house during the search. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Investigation underway after woman is shot in Dayton 

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:24 AM

SCENE: Woman reportedly shot in Dayton

UPDATE @ 1:35 a.m: Dayton police are investigating after a woman was shot in Dayton early Wednesday morning.

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Crews were dispatched to the 500 block of Bentley Street around 1 a.m. on a person shot, per initial reports.

Officials told this news outlet that they are working to learn if the woman was shot at the dispatched address or another location.

A 911 caller stated they heard at least two gunshots in the area of Bentley Street and Bickmore Ave.

“I heard screaming and yelling. A girl was screaming and yelling”, the caller said. 

The woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

There are no suspects at this time. 

INITIAL REPORT

Officials are on scene in the 500 block of Bentley Street after a person was reportedly shot early Wednesday morning.

The incident was dispatched around 1 a.m. with a woman reportedly shot in the side, per initial reports.

We are on our way to the scene and will continue to update this story with more details. 

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Smoking blamed for Dayton house fire, arson investigator determines

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 10:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 11:45 PM

Dayton crews were dispatched just before 10 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire in a one-story, single-family residence.

UPDATE @ 11:40 p.m.: Smoking is to blame for the house fire on Elliott Avenue that has displaced three occupants, a Dayton arson investigator said. 

The occupants have made living arrangements because they cannot go back into the home, the investigator said. 

The fire is not believed to be suspicious, the investigator said. 

He could not yet estimate the dollar loss on the structure or its contents.

INITIAL REPORT

An arson investigator has been called to a house fire in the 4400 block of Elliott Avenue, near Hearthstone Drive. 

Dayton crews were dispatched just before 10 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire in a one-story, single-family residence. 

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All of the occupants were able to get out without injury, we're hearing. The fire was deemed under control about 10:20 p.m., fire officials said. 

We have a crew on scene and we'll update this developing report. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Teen bound in Huber Heights, father’s body found 19 miles away in Springfield park

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 8:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 7:25 PM

Timeline of Huber Heights teens found bound; father found dead in Springfield

A father was found dead in a Springfield park Tuesday after his ex-girlfriend called 911 to report their son and another boy were bound with zip ties by unknown intruders at the father’s Huber Heights home.  

The 911 caller said her 14-year-old son said his father left the Shull Road house in Huber Heights around 11 the night before and didn’t return. 

Hours later the woman said her son and the other boy were tied up by two men — one with a mask, one without — around 4 a.m.  

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The boys broke free around 8:30 a.m., uninjured except for marks on their skin where the zip ties were fastened.  

“The house is a mess,” the woman said in the 911 call. “They untied themselves and called me.”  

Around 9 a.m., about 19 miles away, groundskeepers found the father, Cedric Holt Jr., 34, of Huber Heights, in Springfield’s Virgil Mabra Park.  

Cedric Holt Jr. (Courtesy/Springfield Police Division)

“My partner and I are over here mowing grass at Mabra Park on the south end off of Oakley,” the caller said. “There is an automobile tucked all the way in the back by the walking trails by the Boy Scouts bridge.

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Doors are open, someone’s in there.”  

The death is considered suspicious, the coroner’s office said. The cause and manner of death were not yet determined. 

Timeline of Huber Heights teens found bound; father found dead in Springfield

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to assist in Springfield police’s investigation.  

In her 911 call, the boy’s mother gave dispatchers her son’s name and date of birth — details this newspaper checked against a database of Ohio birth certificate data to determine Holt is the boy’s father.  

Law enforcement officials and Holt’s attorney declined comment Tuesday afternoon.  

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Ohio birth records show the Huber Heights 911 caller and Holt had four children together. Tuesday’s incident is not the first time Holt and his children were the subject of law enforcement inquiries, according to archival news coverage and court records.  

In 2013, Holt was playing dice in Virgil Mabra Park — also known as Rose Park — when two men pulled up to his car, pointed a semi-automatic weapon at him, handcuffed him and made him get in the back of their car, police said at the time.  

Police said during that incident, one of Holt’s children walked home from school to find Holt being held with a gun to his head while the men demanded money. The boy said his father told him to run after the men pointed a gun at the boy, then the men forced Holt back into their car, according to police.  

Holt then took the men to a storage unit, where he told them he had some money stored, according to police. Investigators said the men took thousands of dollars from the storage unit then abandoned the man.  

This year, Holt was found guilty of a January domestic violence charge involving his 16-year-old son, according to an affidavit. A child endangerment charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.  

In that incident, Holt was accused of repeatedly punching his son’s body while filming the incident on the boy’s Snapchat.  

A Springfield man who declined to give his name but said he knew Holt described a generous man.  

“Cedric is a good dude, he would give you the shirt off his back,” the man told News Center 7. “He is the No. 1 dad … he never left his kids home alone.”

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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UPDATE: 1 stabbed during fight between 2 males in northern Warren County

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 11:13 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 11:22 PM

UPDATE @ 11:20 p.m.: One male was stabbed in a fight with another male, who suffered facial injuries in the fracas, Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman said in a prepared statement.

Both males have been taken to an area hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, the chief said. 

Police and medic units were dispatched to the 100 block of East Bryant Avenue about 9:45 p.m. on a report of two males injured while fighting.

There was no word on what prompted the fight. The investigation is ongoing, the chief said, and no charges have been filed at this time.

INITIAL REPORT

Police are investigating a stabbing reported Tuesday night at a residence on Bryant Avenue in Franklin. 

One person has been injured, we're hearing, but there has been no word about the victim's condition. 

Police were dispatched just after 10 p.m., we’re hearing. 

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We are working to learn more about the incident. We will update this developing report. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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