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Woman arrested for pepper spraying a cat

Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 2:35 PM

A woman was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after she allegedly pepper sprayed a cat inside a Dayton apartment Sunday.

Police were called to the 400 block of Winters Street around 7 p.m. on reports of a woman damaging the inside of an apartment, according to a Dayton police incident report. 

First officers on the scene found a man yelling for his cat Diamond claiming a woman, later identified as Ashley Matthews, 28, had used pepper spray on the animal. 

"The cat was whining and crying loudly. It stopped in an alley way, sat back on its haunches and began wildly pawing at its face," the officer said in the report. 

The officer was able find and pick up Diamond and held it "like a small child" to check on the animal. 

"I immediately recognized the distinguishable odor of (pepper spray), due to repeated exposures throughout my career," the officer said. 

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Diamond jumped from the officer's arms and ran away, running a few feet, pawing at its eyes and hissing, the report states. The officer was not able to locate or help the cat, and it was not known if Diamond was later reunited with his owner. 

During their investigation, officers located a small, keychain-style can of pepper spray that the man said Matthews used to spray Diamond. 

Matthews was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail.

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Storm Center 7’s Kirstie Zontini to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

Kirstie Zontini prepares to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Storm Center 7 Daybreak meteorologist Kirstie Zontini is scheduled to fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Wednesday afternoon.

Zontini will be meeting with the team early this afternoon and will be going through a training program to learn how the team’s F/A-18C Hornet aircraft perform and what she should expect during her flight.

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Zontini is scheduled to fly with the team this afternoon around 4:30 p.m.

The Blue Angels are making their first appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show since 2014.

The fastest speed the team reaches during its performances is about 700 mph.

News Center 7 will bring you the behind the scenes look at the team and Zontini’s flight throughout the day Wednesday.

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Showers, storms to return today

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

The chance for more showers and storms continues today in the Dayton area.


  • Few evening showers and storms today
  • Chances for rain/storms continues into weekend
  • Little relief from the heat/humidity

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Today: Another hot and humid day is expected. Highs will be in the lower to middle 80s but with the humidity, it’s going to feel more like the upper 80s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The chance for showers and storms returns again this afternoon into the evening. These storms could give way to gusty winds and heavy downpours at times.

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Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade away past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.

Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.

Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. 

>> Cloudy with a chance of podcast

Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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NEW DETAILS: Woman, 87, killed in wrong-way downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning.

The woman killed in a wrong-way crash Tuesday in downtown Dayton is 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Police were dispatched on a report of a crash with one person trapped near West Fifth and South Perry streets about 9 a.m. 

Opal Clouse (Courtesy/Family)

According to a Dayton Police Department traffic incident report, a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian Traylor, 67, was traveling west in the wrong direction on West Fifth. At the intersection of South Perry, Traylor’s vehicle crashed into Clouse’s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole.  

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Clouse was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the report. Traylor was not injured. 

Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets. 

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“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said.  “I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.” 

The preliminary report does not show a charge or citation for Traylor. The crash remains under investigation, according to police. 
Marshall Gorby/Staff

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No criminal charges for Miami Twp. officer in 2017 fatal shooting

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

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A Miami Twp. police officer who shot and killed a 33-year-old man in December 2017 will not face criminal charges, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. 

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A Montgomery County grand jury returned a no true bill to criminal charges for Miami Twp. officer James McCarty, according to a report released Wednesday morning. 

McCarty shot and killed Robert Edwards after officers were dispatched to Edwards’ home Dec. 20. on reports of a suicidal person.

Police said earlier Edwards confronted officers while holding a what appeared to be a handgun and refused to drop it after police gave him several commands. 

The weapon Edwards was carrying was later found to be a pellet gun, investigators said. 

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