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Xenia officer honored for life-saving actions caught on body cam

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 1:34 PM

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For his quick actions in saving a life at a crash in January, Xenia Officer Patrick Walsh has been awarded the Casey Elliott Memorial "City's Finest" Award.

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The Casey Elliott Award, named after a former patrolman and captain who served the Xenia community for 35 years, is the highest honor in the Xenia Police Division and was recently presented to Walsh as part of the division's 26th annual awards ceremony. 

Walsh was one of the first on-scene of a single-vehicle crash the afternoon of Jan. 2. He found an unconscious passenger inside a burning vehicle. Body cam footage shows Walsh's actions, as he pulled the man from the vehicle and assisted emergency medical personnel in reviving the man with Narcan. 

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Xenia Police Chief Randy Person said in a prepared statement that "Officer Walsh exemplifies the dedication and selflessness that we expect from the officers of the Xenia Police Division.” 

Walsh, a 19-year veteran of the Xenia Police Division, was among several Xenia officers who were recognized for service. 

Communications Operator of the Year Award 

Jillian Pollock 

Leadership Awards 

Detective Marc Margioras, Sgt. Jeff Osborn, Sgt. Scott Beegle 

Silver Shief Commendation (highest level of overall patrol operations) 

Officer David Elliott 

Community Policing Award 

Officer Rudy Jones, recognized for maintaining close ties between police and the community 

Meritorious Service Awards 

Officers David Elliott, Chad Shelley, Tony Vitale, Ryan Linnell, Rob Swihart and Sgt. Scott Beegle.

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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. 
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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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