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Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 3:14 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:28 PM
UPDATE @ 12:32 p.m. (April 20):
A trial for a man accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend to death last August that was scheduled to begin earlier this week was continued, court officials said.
A new trial date has not yet been set.
INITIAL REPORT (April 16):
The murder trial for a Dayton man who is accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend back in August 2017, was scheduled to start today.
Keason Herron was indicted on multiple charges including murder, reckless homicide, and felonious assault after his former girlfriend, 37-year-old Leanette Newton, was found dead inside his home in the 800 block of Blanche Street.
In a 6-minute 911 call, Herron told dispatchers that he had been trying to revive Newton, who he claimed broke into his house the night before, and they got into a fight.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s office said Newton died from multiple blunt force injuries with strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide.
At the arraignment, Herron pleaded not guilty to all charges and a bond was set at $1 million.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:23 PM
DAYTON — University of Dayton and Deca High School students joined together today for the annual Five Oaks neighborhood cleanup in recognition of Earth Day weekend.
Located on the UD campus, Deca High is a preparatory school dedicated to helping students achieve their goal of graduating college.
Bill Marvin, presdient of the Five Oaks Neighborhood Association and UD philosophy professor, said approximately 80 to 100 students came out to help clean up the neighborhood, around 20 of them Deca students.
"Five Oaks is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city," Marvin said. "A lot of good people come together and it's really good for the community."
Members of the community also participate, helping the students with trash pickup, weed pulling, and tree plantings.
"The more we take care of our common space, the better it is for everybody because we are all in this together, " said Marvin.
Dona, a junior at Deca, sees the cleanup as an opportunity for herself and her classmates to come together and do something that benefits their community.
"We don't have to come here, said Dona. "But we are tired of seeing trash everywhere and the neighborhood looking bad. We came here for our younger kids so we could show them that we can do things together that don't just benefit us."
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:40 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:07 AM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 8:52 a.m.:
Deputies have located the missing child at the Dollar General in the 5200 block of North Dixie Drive, according to reports.
Sheriff’s deputies are reportedly looking for an 8-year-old child who is said to have been missing for about an hour.
Officials were searching the area of Kildare Avenue in Harrison Twp. around 8:30 a.m.
We’re working to learn more.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM
DAYTON — Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31st annual Adopt-a-Park cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day.
Volunteers of all ages helped remove trash, plant trees, repair trails, and prepare flower beds at more than 2 dozen sites.
Volunteers received a free lunch at Riverscape and a T-shirt for their efforts.
"We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers.
“The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn't be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians,” Kepler said.
Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 65,000 pounds of trash, 32 miles of river ways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed, according to a press release.
"I think the success of this event reflects the community's support of MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage," said Kepler.
Adopt-a-Park is sponsored by Vectren and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Tex-Mex restaurant Casa del Sazón notified its patrons via their Facebook page they have resumed normal operations after a fire was put on the premises Friday evening.
The fire department was dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m., after a cigarette was thrown on mulch outside the building.
Restaurant manager Armando Soto said no one was hurt, and the only damage caused was to the sidewalk next to the mulch.
"Thankfully we caught it in time and it only damaged the sidewalk," said Soto.
"The fire department came quickly and everything is OK,” Soto said.
The restaurant resumed normal business hours this afternoon.