Mysterious deaths rock N. Main Street in Dayton

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

The Main Street Murders: 5 women found in dead in same area

Dayton police and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office are investigating the mysterious deaths of five women within the last year. They died at a variety of unknown locations, but their bodies were all dumped in and around alleys along North Main Street in Dayton. So far, investigators have not found any evidence to connect the five cases, according to Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.

"We continue to work leads. We still have people we want to locate and interview. So there's more work to be done but we're far from finished," Biehl said.

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Although the women's bodies were found in different locations on different days, the cases do have some things in common. For starters, the victims are all female. Three of the women were shot to death. All five are believed to have been involved with drugs. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer believes the cases are linked to prostitution and human trafficking.

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"Dayton has stepped up their efforts and my RANGE Task Force has been instructed to clean that up because that's Main Street. That is the main street of the city of Dayton and that should not be going on there," Plummer said.

The Task Force recently made two arrests in drug cases in the North Main area. Plummer expects more to come.

Neighbors like Lynn LaMance and Victoria McNeal are worried about the unsolved cases.

McNeal added, "It was just very sad and it made me really mad because I thought they were murdered."

For several years they have been trying to clean up the area, even walking the streets and alleys to monitor what is going on at vacant houses and report illegal activity and code violations to the city.

"When you look at the area, it looks as though no one cares," LaMance said.

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Jordan Gonzalez said his wife discovered one of the women's bodies wrapped in a sheet in a vacant lot next to his home. He said his neighborhood is no longer safe for his wife and children. Gonzalez wants the city to send more police officers to patrol the area and drive out drugs and prostitution. 

"People out here need protection. At the end of the day, that's what it's about," Gonzalez said.

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New Premier Health Urgent Care locations coming Monday

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 8:42 PM

Huber Heights and Troy announced new Urgent Care Center openings during two open houses earlier today and yesterday, according to a release.

The Premier Health Urgent Care in Huber Heights is located at 8290 Old Troy Pike and the Premier Health Urgent Care in Troy is located at 1843 W. Main Street, with both officially opening on Monday, June 25.

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Each location will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day of the week, and will be staffed by local advanced practice providers.

These two new locations will handle a variety of health care needs from minor illnesses to injuries. Providers will also be able to conduct school and sports physicals, administer vaccinations, diagnostic testing, X-rays, and more.

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Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait in the comfort of their own home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available through the convenient registration at self-check-in kiosks. Individuals who check-in on-site may leave to run errands while they wait for their time to arrive, and be alerted through mobile devices when their appointment is getting close so they don’t risk losing their spot in line.

For more information on Premier Health Urgent Care, visit PremierUrgentCareOH.com.

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American Red Cross on scene of Piqua house fire

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7:40 PM

A two-story house fire left the inside with extensive fire damage, according to the Northern Bureau Chief for WHIO-TV Steve Baker.

Crews were dispatced at 4:50 p.m. to 524 First Street in the Shawnee Section of Piqua.

There are no apparent injuries, but the American Red Cross is on scene to help displace the family.

It is unsure of how many people are being displaced.

The County Fire Investigator is also on scene helping to determine the cause of fire.

The fire damage estimate is unknown.

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Amateur Radio "Field Day" held in Huber Heights

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:19 PM

Members of the Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club are currently participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at Cottonwood Park located at 6000 Fishburg Road. The event lasts until past dark and is open to the public.

Since 1922, ham radio operators across North American have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communication network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

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“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Communications Manager for the American Radio Relay League David Isgur. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

Anyone can become a licensed Amateur Radio operator, and with clubs such as Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club, anyone can get involved right here in the Miami Valley.

For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact larry Sack--N8QNM--at LSACKN8WNM@gmail.com or 937-974-1971, or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or http://www.arrl.org/field-day.

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Bicyclist killed in Middletown accident identified

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:52 PM

Middletown ped strike

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon near Middletown’s Sunset Park.

Paul G. Klein, 66, of Middletown was killed after he failed to stop at a stop sign around 2:20 p.m. as he was traveling east on Fisher Avenue and was struck by a 2017 Jeep Cherokee, according to police.

Klein was struck by the Maroon colored Jeep Cherokee driven by Sharma Finley, 66, of Middletown, who was traveling southbound on Sunset Street approaching the intersection with Fisher Avenue, police said.

Middletown Police and EMS arrived on scene and pronounced Klein dead. Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers arrived on scene for the crash investigation.

Finley was not injured in the crash.

Klein was wearing protective equipment at the time of the crash. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A 66-year-old, male bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Middletown’s Sunset Park, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.(Staff Writer)

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