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Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 4:29 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Middletown fire investigators have determined last weekend’s fire at the former Middletown Paperboard facility was the result of an intentional act.
The Middletown Arson Task Force said Thursday that a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered through the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this fire.
Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Spaulding said the joint police/fire investigation team has recovered some evidence and is following up on other information that has been gathered. He said some evidence has been sent for criminal analysis.
Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 300 S. Verity Parkway at 11:16 p.m. Friday. Fire personnel arrived at 11:20 p.m. and found a significant portion of the structure on fire and rapidly extending north. Additional firefighters and equipment were requested from Monroe, Trenton, Franklin and Madison Twp.
More than 50 firefighters and 14 fire apparatus fought the fire for more than 14 hours to contain it and prevent damage to neighboring structures and utilities.
Anyone with information related to this fire is asked to contact Detective Brandon Highley at 513-425-7701.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:54 PM
— Two years before a deadly head-on crash last Friday night, Benjamin Harris Rollins had been charged with DUI and lost his license.
So when a witness helped pull Rollins from his 2007 Toyota Camry, which he’d been driving home from Moon Shadow Tavern in Tucker, Georgia, he had something to mention.
“I don’t have a license,” he said, according to arrest warrants.
Then: “I can’t stay.”
He fled Lavista Road on foot, police said. Left at the scene were Edward Freeland Harris, who died in the other car, and Leigh Harris, who was badly injured.
Also, a woman identified in the warrants as Rollins’ ex-girlfriend remained in his car.
By the time police found Rollins later that night, he was injured and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. He also allegedly smelled of alcohol and admitted he’d been drinking.
Police researched further and saw that his license was still suspended from the previous pending DUI case.
He was booked in the county jail the next day on charges that include vehicular homicide, DUI, driving with a suspended license and hit-and-run.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
— Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures holding in the lower 80s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Tonight: Skies will become partly cloudy as increasing humidity arrives. Temperatures will rise overnight, holding in the middle 60s.
Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with scattered thunderstorms developing by afternoon. Highs will climb into the lower to middle 80s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy skies and humid conditions are expected with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s with a heat index in the lower 90s.
Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine is in the forecast for Monday but it will remain hot and humid. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees.
Tuesday: Expect partly cloudy skies with muggy conditions and a high near 90 degrees.
Wednesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms developing. Highs will drop back into the middle 80s.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:53 PM
COLUMBUS — An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Columbus man.
Stanley Lapcynski, 79, suffers from dementia and was last seen around noon Friday when he left his residence but did not return.
He stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a Home Depot shirt and blue jeans.
He is believed to be driving a dark green 2001 Chevrolet Aveo with Ohio plate FFW4599.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
DAYTON — The family of Sherrell Wheatley is frustrated that Dayton police have not given them any new information about the drive-by shooting that left the 62-year-old woman dead.
As many as 60 family members and friends turned out Friday evening to remember Wheatley, who was felled by gunfire the evening of May 19.
Homicide investigators have offered no public statements about a suspect or person of interest in the slaying.
Wheatley was struck down in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue as she was walking near a home police believe was targeted in the gunfire.
At the vigil, family and friends were given the chance to share their memories of Wheatley and several people took the opportunity to speak, said Janett Jones-Gilliard, a cousin.
"We have no idea," she said, when asked about where the investigation is at this point.
"Haven't heard a word" from police about the case, she said.
"We miss her. We love her," Jones-Gilliard said of Wheatley.