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State to look at cases of 6 missing women, including 4 from Middletown

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

4 women are missing from Middletown

Police are taking a closer look at the cases of six women, including four from Middletown, who have been reported missing in the past year.

“We are going to ask (the Bureau of Criminal Investigation) to come in and take a look, do some analysis to see if there is any connection at least in the Middletown women,” Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve told this news outlet. 

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The six missing women all live within a 35-mile radius from cities along Interstate 71/75.

They are: 

  • Amber Whitmer, 30, missing June 6, 2016 from Springfield
  • Amber Flack, 30, missing Sept. 1, 2016 from Middletown
  • Melinda (Oney) Miller, 47, missing Feb. 19 from Middletown
  • Michelle Burgan, 47, missing May 16 from Middletown
  • Chelsey Coe, 25, reported missing in August from Miamisburg
  • Reeve said he has talked with a detective from Miamisburg about Coe, but at this point the department is not actively working with other police agencies.

    That’s because other than the proximity there does not seem to be a solid connection, he said.

    MORE: Middletown woman helping police in Lindsay Bogan case now missing

    “Other than them just being in the same general area that’s about it for a connection. Some of the women who are missing we heard rumors that they are associated with different incidents, but it is just rumor,” he said. “Until we find them though, we really can’t dismiss anything. That is the frustrating thing, when somebody has rumors or they start a rumor. Can’t prove they are interrelated until we find them”

    Reeve said all the women are adults with a history of drug abuse, and some were homeless and had a history of prostitution.

    “It’s possible they moved on,” Reeve said. “Because they have drug backgrounds it is very possible they overdosed, but because the are getting into cars with strangers, we can’t say that anything bad didn’t happen to them.”

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    Detectives said it is possible English’s disappearance could be related to Lindsay Bogan, who went missing from Middletown two years ago and whose skeletal remains were found more than a year ago in a field on a Madison Twp. farm.

    English made it known to others she was helping police in their investigation of Bogan’s death, police told this news outlet last October. There have been no sightings of English since her disappearance.

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    Endangered sea turtle found dead with beach chair around neck prompts viral plea

    Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 5:29 AM

    File photo of a Kemp's ridley sea turtle on the beach.
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    File photo of a Kemp's ridley sea turtle on the beach.(skeeze /

    An Alabama conservation group has issued a graphic warning after an endangered sea turtle was reportedly found dead, tangled in an old beach chair.

    According to WMBBFort Morgan Share the Beach posted a now-viral Facebook photo Saturday of the dead Kemp’s ridley turtle, which washed ashore at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

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    “This makes me so mad,” the post read. “How many hundreds of times do we have to ask people to pick their stuff up? It should just be common decency. I think I am going to print this out and carry it with me next time I have to ask.”

    >> See the post here (WARNING: Graphic photo)

    By Sunday morning, the post had been shared more than 2,700 times, prompting hundreds of comments.

    “Come on, people, if you want to ‘adult,’ then be one and pick up after yourselves,” one commenter wrote. “This is their habitat, be mindful and respect it.”

    >> Read more trending news 

    “Please, please. Only leave footprints,” added another. “How do we make visitors understand this?”

    Read more here.

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    Some rain to start the week

    Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 5:01 AM
    Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:25 PM

    The heat index remains high with rain chances on the climb Sunday and Monday.

    There is a change for a few isolated showers/storms this evening, according to Meteorologist Brett Collar. Rain is more likely to appear on Monday, and it will not be as hot this coming week.

    >>Mercury and Venus visible

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    • Few isolated showers/storms this evening
    • More rain likely Monday
    • Not as hot this week

    >>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

    Tonight: The chance for a few isolated showers or storms will stay with us this evening. While not everyone sees rain, those that do could see some heavy downpours and lighting/thunder. Eventual lows overnight will be in the lower 70s. More dry time is expected overnight.

    Monday: More showers and storms are likely, especially in the afternoon and evening as a cold front moves through. It’ll be warm again with highs in the middle 80s.

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    Tuesday: Aside from maybe a pre-dawn shower, it looks like we should be dry. Decreasing clouds are expected with highs around the middle 80s.

    Wednesday: We top out in the lower 80s under mostly sunny skies.

    Thursday: A nice day is on tap for your day. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the lower to middle 80s.

    Friday: The chance for showers and storms returns with highs around the middle 80s.

    >>County-by-county weather

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    National Ice Cream Day 2018: Deals at Dairy Queen, Carvel, PetSmart and more

    Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 11:17 AM
    Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

    Cool Things You Didn't Know About Ice Cream

    If you are in the mood to scream over ice cream today, you’re in luck.

    Today is National Ice Cream Day (finally), and ice cream joints across the country are offering sweet deals on your favorite flavor. 

    And there are plenty of people who will take them up on the offers. Ninety-six percent of Americans surveyed by YouGov said they regularly eat ice cream.

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    America’s favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate, according to the survey, followed by vanilla, butter pecan, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, strawberry, pistachio, rocky road, chocolate chip and cake batter.

    Don’t see your favorite there? Maybe the deals below can help. Here’s the scoop on freebies and deals being offered to celebrate ice cream.

    (Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local ice cream shops to confirm which deals are available before you go.)

    Baskin-Robbins: Download the Baskin-Robbins app on National Ice Cream Day to get offers such as a buy one, get one free cone, .99 cent sundaes and $2 off a medium milkshake. 

    Bruster’s: Join the new Sweet Rewards loyalty program and get a $3 reward toward your ice cream purchase.

    Carvel: Buy one cup or cone – any size – and get a second one free. 

    Dairy Queen: Get a free small Blizzard treat when you download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account.

    Dippin' Dots: You can get a free mini cup of Dippin' Dots at participating stores and shopping center locations

    Monkey Joe’s: Monkey Joe’s is hosting a special customer appreciation event on Sunday with free ice cream cups for each guest while supplies last.

    PetSmart – Your dog can get a doggie ice cream at PetSmart locations that have a Pets Hotel on Saturday and Sunday.

    16 Handles: You can get the first 3 ounces of yogurt/toppings free from open-5 p.m. Sunday if you download the app. Check out the details of the deal here.

    Sub Zero Ice Cream: Come in Monday for $1 off regular ice creams from 5 to 8 p.m. at all locations. 

    Your Pie: Get free gelato on Sunday at participating restaurants. 

    Yogurtland: Buy one get one free from 1-6 p.m.  

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    Sidney man found guilty in fatal Amish buggy crash in Shelby Co.

    Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 12:27 PM

    Steven Eugene Hunter (Shelby County Jail)
    Steven Eugene Hunter (Shelby County Jail)

    A Sidney man who struck an Amish buggy from behind, killing a woman and injuring three other family members, has been found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide.

    Amish buggy crashes like Friday’s fatal incident not uncommon in Ohio, data show

    The crash happened on State Route 47 at the Shelby-Logan County Line April 20. 

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    On Friday in Shelby County Common Pleas Court, Steven Hunter, 43, entered a plea of no contest to the charge.

    SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

    Killed in that crash was Sarah Schwartz, 23. Her husband, Henry, son, Elmer, and daughter Ester were critically injured but survived. All four were ejected from the buggy.

    Man found guilty in fatal Ohio Amish buggy crash

    Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell said Hunter was drunk and high on marijuana when he drove his SUV into the buggy in April.

    Hunter had no license after a previous DUI conviction. He fled the scene but was later caught about a mile away.

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