WATCH: Police are asking you to help ID suspects in armed robbery, carjacking

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 5:54 PM

Dayton police are asking for the public to help them identify the armed man and a woman that was with him at the time of the aggravated robbery.

A man at a BP gas station was threatened by another man with a gun, who stole his car, according to a Dayton police incident report. 

Police are asking the public to help them identify the armed man and a woman who was with him at the time of the robbery. 

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It happened about 4 a.m. on May 6 at the BP in the 500 block of Salem Avenue. 

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Security cameras captured images of the suspects. Police released the video Wednesday.

If you recognize either of these suspects, please call Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

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JUST IN: Famous ‘gas station chicken’ Krispy Krunchy now available in Beavercreek

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:04 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

The famous gas station chicken is flying the coop to its own store in Beavercreek — almost.

The Pita Wrap on Colonel Glenn Highway near Wright State University is now housing its very own Krispy Krunchy Chicken store inside the existing restaurant’s building. That’s right, the Middle East and the South have teamed up to feed every kind of foodie craving in the Beavercreek and Fairborn area.

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Sharing a single space, the Middle Eastern-Greek, family-style restaurant and the nationwide chicken chain are both owned by the Pita Wrap owner. After deciding to purchase a franchise, Pita Wrap began housing and selling Krispy Krunchy just a few days ago.

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Krispy Krunchy’s menu has much more than chicken. The chain’s side menu alone includes Boudin Bites — rice and pork mixed with a blend of Cajun seasonings, rolled and battered to perfection — jambalaya, red beans and rice, mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy and fries — regular, wedge and waffled. 

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Over 2 million views and a shout-out from Lady Antebellum. Middletown Police lip sync challenge video is dominating the Internet

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.
A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.

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Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.

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“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.

Since its posting at noon Wednesday, Middletown Police Department’s lip sync challenge video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.

The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”

The Middletown Police Department's lip sync challenge video features the song "Need You Now" by country music group Lady Antebellum.

Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.

He said it’s important to show police officers are human.

“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.

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In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.

Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.

“We always have them in the break room,” he said.

Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

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9 members of one family among 17 killed in duck boat accident on lake in Branson, Missouri 

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:51 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:51 PM

9 Members of Same Family Among 17 Killed in Duck Boat Accident

A duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, killed 17 people Thursday night, including the boat’s driver and nine members of an Indiana family, according to authorities. Fourteen other people were injured.

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Update 12:50 p.m. EDT July 22: The 17 people killed in the duck boat accident have all been identified, according to The Associated Press. They are:

Indiana family members 45-year-old Angela Coleman, 1-year-old Arya Coleman, 69-year-old Belinda Coleman, 76-year-old Ervin Coleman, 7-year-old Evan Coleman, 40-year-old Glenn Coleman, 70-year-old Horace Coleman, 2-year-old Maxwell Coleman, and 9-year-old Reece Coleman.

Missouri natives 69-year-old William Asher, 68-year-old Rosemarie Hamann, 63-year-old Janice Bright, 65-year-old William Bright, and 73-year-old Bob Williams.

Arkansas natives 53-year-old Steve Smith and 15-year-old Lance Smith.

Illinois native Leslie Dennison, 64.

Update 8:45 a.m. EDT July 21: The Stone County coroner confirmed to KSDK that William Asher, 69, and his girlfriend, Rose Hamann, were among those killed in Thursday night's duck boat accident in Missouri.

The news station reported that the couple lived in St. Louis County, Missouri. They were visiting Branson to celebrate Hamann’s birthday, which was on Monday, according KSDK.

Todd Dennison’s mother, 64-year-old Leslie Dennison, was also killed in the boat accident, the Kansas City Star reported. In an emotional and brief interview Friday, Todd Dennison told the newspaper that his mother was visiting Branson with his 12-year-old daughter, Alicia, and that they were together for less than an hour before they boarded the duck boat.

He told the Star that while in the hospital on Thursday night, his daughter told him that she could feel her grandmother pushing her upward from below while the boat was sinking.
“She said her grandmother saved her,” Todd Dennison told the Star.

Update 1:30 a.m. EDT July 21: Authorities have identified more victims in the duck boat accident.

Steve Smith and his teenage son, Lance Smith, from Osceola, Arkansas, were among those killed in the crash.

Steve Smith was a pastor and Lance Smith was preparing to open his own church in less than a week, according to CNN, first reported by The Christian Chronicle

Steve Smith’s daughter, Loren Smith, suffered a concussion during the accident but survived.

Smith’s wife, Pam Smith, opted to stay behind and was not on the boat.

William and Janice Bright from Higginsville, Missouri, near Kansas City, were also identified as victims in the crash.

WDAF reports that the couple had three children, 16 grandchildren and had been married for 45 years.

“My great nieces and nephews now have no grandparents,” Karen Abbott, William Bright’s sister, told WDAF.

Update 11:00 p.m. EDT July 20: A summer vacation ended in tragedy for nine members of an Indiana family, along with eight other tourists, killed when a duck boat capsized Thursday evening on a lake in Branson, Missouri.

The Coleman family had traveled to Branson for their annual road trip, according to The New York Times, which interviewed Carolyn Coleman.

Coleman said she lost two of her brothers-in-law and that three generations of the family died in the accident, including four young children, the Times reported.

“We just lost some wonderful people,” she said.

The Indianapolis Star reported that the four children killed in the accident were all under the age of 10.

"They were very loved," Ingrid Coleman Douglas said in a telephone interview with the Star.

Coleman Douglas said the victims included two of her uncles, cousins and their children.

"It’s a huge family on all sides. It’s unimaginable. I would never have thought I would have lost this number of people this way," she said.

Members of the Coleman family.(Gary Coleman)

Coleman Douglas identified the victims as her uncles Horace "Butch" Coleman and Irving Raymond Coleman; Horace Coleman's wife, Belinda Coleman; her cousins, Angela Coleman and Glenn Coleman; Angela's 2-year-old son Maxwell; Glenn's two sons Evan and Reece; and his 1-year-old daughter, Arya.

Glenn's wife, Tia Coleman, and Angela's older son, whose name has not been released, survived the accident, the Star reported.

Update 5:15 p.m. EDT July 20: Stone County authorities now say all 17 of the victims in the duck boat accident have been accounted for and that nine of the victims were from the same family, according to Gov. Mike Parson’s office. Two members of the family, identified by local news outlets as the Coleman family, survived. Officials said the victims range in age from 1 to 70 years old.


Meantime, mourners are putting flowers on the victims’ cars in the Ride the Ducks parking lot, and the community of Branson, Missouri, is holding several candlelight vigils Friday night in memory of those killed. 

One of the vigils is scheduled at Table Rock Lake where the accident happened, according to KY3-TV.


Update 4:30 p.m. EDT July 20: Family and friends are mourning the staggering loss of life on Table Rock Lake Thursday evening.

One woman lost nine members of her family, USA Today reported, citing Gov. Mike Parson’s office.


Update 2:20 p.m. EDT July 20: Branson Mayor Karen Best told The Associated Press that Bob Williams, the man who was driving the Ride the Ducks boat that sunk Thursday in a southwest Missouri lake, was a “great ambassador for Branson” who “was at every event.”

Seventeen people died, including Williams, and 14 others were injured Thursday when the duck boat capsized in Table Rock Lake, according to authorities.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said earlier Friday that the boat’s captain survived.

In a statement posted on Facebook, employees of Ride the Ducks Branson said the business would be closed “while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community.”

“This incident has deeply affected all of us. Words cannot convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking,” the statement said. “Thank you for your support, and we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the families during this time.”

Update 11:40 a.m. EDT July 20: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Friday morning that authorities recovered four more bodies after a duck boat capsized in southwest Missouri, KSMU reported, bringing the death toll from Thursday’s incident to 17.


Rader said 14 people were taken to hospitals after the incident. He said the driver of the Ride the Ducks boat died. The captain survived.

Update 11:20 a.m. EDT July 20: Nearly two decades ago, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a warning about boats with overhead canopies like the one that sank Thursday on Table Rock Lake after a deadly accident claimed 13 lives in Arkansas, according to the Kansas City Star.


The Miss Majestic duck boat was carrying 21 passengers when it sank in 1999 in Lake Hamilton, the Star reported. Authorities found seven dead passengers trapped inside the boat when they recovered it, four of which were pinned to the underside of the canopy, according to the Star.

“Contributing to the high loss of life was a continuous canopy roof that entrapped passengers within the sinking vehicle,” NTSB officials said in an accident report.

Authorities continued searching Friday for four people who are presumed dead after Thursday’s accident in southwest Missouri. Officials said 13 other people have been confirmed dead in the incident.

Update 10:25 a.m. EDT July 20: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said divers are going back in the water Friday in search of four people who remain missing and are presumed dead after Thursday’s duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake.

Rader said the search had shifted to “recovery mode for the bodies that are still missing,” at a news conference Friday morning.

"It's been a long night,” Rader said. “It's been a very trying night.”


Rader said the driver of the Ride the Ducks boat died but that the captain survived.

Update 10:05 a.m. EDT July 20: Authorities are expected to provide an update on the investigation into Thursday's deadly duck boat accident in Missouri at a news conference Friday.

Update 9:55 a.m. EDT July 20: President Donald Trump shared sympathies Friday to the families and friends of the people involved in Thursday’s deadly duck boat accident in southwest Missouri.

“Such a tragedy, such a great loss,” the president wrote Friday in a tweet. “May God be with you all!”


Update 8:15 a.m. EDT July 20: Officials with the State Highway Patrol said Friday that two more bodies have been found after Thursday’s duck boat accident in southwest Missouri, bringing the death toll to 13.

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State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace said four other people remained missing.


Original report: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said 14 people were taken to hospitals after the incident. Seven were being treated early Friday, he said.

The boat capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area around 7 p.m. Thursday. Rader said weather “was a factor” in the incident.

Authorities said the boat had 31 people on board, including children, when it capsized. 

The boat had life jackets on board, according to CNN. The news network reported that other boats on the water docked before the bad weather hit.

Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Missouri. Officials said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake. At least 8 people are confirmed dead.(Nathan Papes/AP)

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate and are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward.

A dive team and rescue officials worked through the night to find survivors.

They ended the search around 11 p.m., according to KY3.

Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly boat accident at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018.(Andrew Jansen/AP)

Emergency responders set up a staging area overnight on the lakeshore near the Showboat Branson Belle, local media reported, although the Belle was not involved in the accident.

Branson officials opened an emergency shelter inside city hall for the victims.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 63 mph was measured around 7 p.m. Thursday at Branson Airport. 

“There’s nothing to slow down winds in an open area,” he said.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is watching the developments.


DUKW, known as duck boats, are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War. 

Since then, duck boat tours have become popular and are offered on lakes and rivers around the United States, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Alabama.


Ripley Entertainment acquired the Ride The Ducks in Branson in late 2017 from Ride the Ducks International, a subsidiary of Norcross, Georgia-based Herschend Family Entertainment Corp.

Ride the Ducks International manufactures amphibious vehicles and licenses them for tours at affiliates. It also operates duck tours at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. The company formerly operated tours in several other cities, including Baltimore, San Francisco and Philadelphia. But in recent years it ended operations following deadly accidents. 

In 2015, a Ride the Ducks tour bus collided with a charter bus carrying student on the Aurora bridge in Seattle.

Five students were killed and several others injured.

A charter bus, left, and an amphibious Ride the Ducks tour vehicle collided on the Aurora Bridge in downtown Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.(Elaine Thompson, AP)

The Associated Press and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

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Measurement may decide fate of group home plan in Miami Twp. neighborhood

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:46 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:46 PM

            A house at 2600 Eckley Blvd. in Miami Twp. is where Safe Ward Inc. wants to locate a community-oriented social service facility. Neighboring residents are questioning the proposal. FILE
A house at 2600 Eckley Blvd. in Miami Twp. is where Safe Ward Inc. wants to locate a community-oriented social service facility. Neighboring residents are questioning the proposal. FILE

The fate of a proposed group home for youths in Miami Twp. might come down to a matter of feet.

Residents around the Eckley Boulevard house in which Safe Ward, Inc. wants to operate a residential social service facility for up to six 12- to 17-year-old males contend it would be too close to a nearby facility that performs a similar function.

Among the guidelines set by the township is that “no other community oriented residential social service facility is issued a conditional use certificate within 1,500 feet of the property” at 2600 Eckley Blvd.

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Sean Bohn of Rossini Road said records show the proposed home would violate that guideline. Choices in Community Living owns a property at 2201 Brahms Blvd., about two blocks east of the Eckley Boulevard house, Montgomery County records show.

The Choices in Community Living website indicates the house offers “supervised group home living for up to four individuals in personalized living spaces,” Bohn told the township board of zoning earlier this month.

Measurements record the distance from the Brahms and Eckley properties between 1,426 and 1,438 feet, he said.

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“Placing a foster care center at 2600 Eckley Boulevard will violate the zoning code,” Bohn told the board. “I ask you to consider this fact before rendering your decision.”

Bohn was among about 40 residents at the Board of Zoning Appeals’ meeting on the issue earlier this month. The board is set to revisit Safe Ward’s request next month after determining the distance between the two sites, said BZA Chairman James Hamilton.

Safe Ward is seeking a conditional use permit for the Eckley site, which is east of Ohio 741 near Cox Arboretum. Safe Ward co-operator Rachica Ward said the non-profit corporation that started in 2016 is required to have a residential home for the facility before receiving its Ohio license.

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The distance issue appears to be the only township guideline in question, officials have said.

Safe Ward has provided the township with more than 200 pages of documents outlining policies including admissions assessments, residents’ bill of rights and discharge criteria.

Ward said she and Rakesha Holmes would be administrators in a facility that would “provide both long and short-term care, and the ultimate goal of the facility would be to reunite the children with their families if possible,” township records show.

The home would have full- and part-time caregivers who would work both day and night shifts, records show. They would utilize a current bedroom and would not be permitted to sleep on duty, according to records.

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Three bedrooms would be designated for residents, who would live in “a structured environment with activities for children who would be enrolled in school,” township records indicate.

Residents would not have driving privileges, and they may be placed in the facility from other Ohio cities or from other states, according to records.

Holmes said she “could not guarantee” residents will have no criminal history. She said the home would be operated in “such a way that it would not change the current environment of the neighborhood and that the children would be busy with planned activities and school,” according to township records.


But questions about how the facility will impact the neighborhood are among the issues residents on and around Eckley have with the plan.

Barb Miller, who has an 11-year-old daughter, said she and others don’t want the facility in their neighborhood.

They want the BZA to practice “sound, mindful, thorough and cautious decision-making” but “find the facts in support of denial for the conditional use permit.”

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