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Montgomery County Coroner’s lab granted accreditation

5:58 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Forensic Toxicology Laboratory has been granted a Certificate of Laboratory Accreditation in Forensic Toxicology by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.“Our Forensic Toxicology Laboratory maintains the highest of standards and it is rewarding to be recognized for that through accreditation,” Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent ...
Proposal for halfway house draws backlash

Updated: 9:13 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

A controversial proposal to open a halfway house in Historic South Park for about 40 female convicts faces backlash from some residents.Officials with Alvis, a nonprofit human services agency, want to create a residential treatment center for women on parole or probation for criminal convictions. The proposed site, along Wayne ...
Mom found killed in front seat with baby in back seat

7:24 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

An apartment manager in Dayton found the lifeless body of a Middletown mother slumped over the steering wheel of a car Wednesday. The woman’s 6-month-old daughter, who had been reported missing just hours before, was unharmed in a car seat in the back of the vehicle. The Montgomery County Coroner’s ...
Suspect indicted in New Year’s Day stabbing
Shawn Chism

Updated: 6:13 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m. (Feb. 10): A Dayton man accused of stabbing a good Samaritan with a screwdriver on New Year’s Day was indicted this week.Shawn G. Chism, 44, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday following his indictment for three counts of felonious assault, all with repeat violent offender ...
Woman shot in car with baby inside ruled homicide

Updated: 4:56 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

A Middletown woman was found shot to death inside her vehicle at a Dayton apartment complex and her reported missing 6-month-old child was located inside the car unharmed. Brittany Russell, 29, of Middletown found dead in car in the 4100 block of Free Pike Russell’s death has been ruled a ...
Sheriff: Man hits deputy and cruiser, deputy fires shot

Updated: 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

UPDATE @ 3:42 p.m.: Montgomery County deputies are searching for Michael W. Hall after he is accused of striking a deputy with his vehicle and striking a sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser in the 5100 block of North Dixie Drive this morning. Deputies encountered Hall while investigating a possible stolen vehicle around ...
25 felony charges filed in Vandalia armory break-in
Denard C. Smith

Updated: 2:47 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

UDPATE @ 2:45 p.m. (Feb. 10)Denard C. Smith, 33, has been charged with 25 felony charges of grand theft of a firearm, a first-degree felony, and one count of breaking and entering in connection with the break-in at Vandalia Range & Armory and the theft of 25 guns, according to ...
52 new jobs coming to Kettering
Xerion Advanced Battery Corp. plans to move its operations from Illinois to Kettering, creating 52 full-time jobs in the community. It would move those operations to a 15,000 square foot space at 3100 Research Blvd. in Miami Valley Research Park. Staff photo by Lauren Stephenson

Updated: 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

The developer of a new quick-charging battery plans to move its operations from Illinois to Kettering, creating 52 full-time jobs in the city.Xerion Advanced Battery Corp. plans to spend $1 million to renovate and outfit space in the Miami Valley Research Park.Kettering City Council voted Tuesday night to authorize city ...
Board: Undisclosed third party interested in fairground development
An unidentified third party has contacted attorneys for the Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board to discuss the county fairgrounds’ future.

Updated: 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

An unidentified third party has contacted attorneys for the Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board to discuss the county fairgrounds’ future. “We honestly don’t know who it is,” David Montgomery, an attorney for the board, said after the board met Tuesday evening. The board intends to negotiate with that undisclosed party ...
Two Zika cases confirmed in Ohio
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the Zika virus, is found in the tropics and southern U.S. but it is not established in Ohio. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention photo by James Gathany.

6:48 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Ohio health officials Tuesday confirmed their first two cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and both involved travelers returning from Haiti.Indiana officials also confirmed Tuesday that a case there involved someone returning from Haiti.The two Ohio cases were a 21-year-old Stark County man and a 30-year-old Cleveland woman. Zika is ...
More illegal dumping found on West Carrollton land
More illegal dumping has been discovered at a West Carrollton site.

Updated: 5:36 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Local health officials plan to issue an order to the city of West Carrollton to clean up a site where materials were illegally dumped and buried.The site on Hydraulic Road — land owned by the city near the Great Miami River — has been closed while West Carrollton officials seek ...
Springfield woman killed in single-vehicle crash

4:23 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

A Springfield woman died in a single-vehicle crash Monday.Just after 6 p.m. Monday, Champaign County emergency crews responded to the 7000 block of Zerkle Road in Mad River Twp. to find Paula A. Schofield, 39, dead in the vehicle, said Captain David A. Rapp of Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.Preliminary investigation ...
Future of fairground development up for debate tonight

10:47 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

The Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board could decide the future of the fairgrounds south of downtown in a meeting today where it will discuss next steps for what could be Dayton’s next big commercial/housing development. Executives from developer Miller-Valentine are expected to propose to the board what they called “parallel ...
Schools impacted by latest winter blast

8:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

A snowstorm that hit the southern half of the Miami Valley hardest caused dozens of schools to close Tuesday. Thirteen Montgomery County school districts were closed, while only Brookville and Northmont on the northwest side of the county were on two-hour delays. Oakwood (a compact district that does not have ...
Visionary creates dance company
Jeraldyne Blunded was known to a be dedicated and demanding teacher. A sign posted in her dance studio read, “This is not Burger King. You cannot have it your way.” DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE

6:37 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is Ohio’s oldest modern dance company. It’s mesmerized audiences both local and worldwide, and developed countless dance stars since 1968, and it wouldn’t have happened without the talent and passion of Jeraldyne Blunden. Blunden devoted her life to dance education and performance and provided ...
Trotwood nears city’s 2015 homicide rate
Chester Williams

7:58 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Two gun-related double homicides in less than a week in Trotwood brings this year’s rate to almost the total number of homicides the city had in 2015.But residents should not be alarmed, city officials said.“These were two situations involving known associates,” Trotwood interim city manager and public safety director Quincy ...
Former Teradata exec to build crime data center for sheriff’s office
Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer has hired a former Teradata executive to build a data-focused “fusion center” to track data that can help solve crimes. This is a view of the non-mental health pod at the Montgomery County Jail. FILE

Updated: 11:28 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer has hired a former Teradata Corp. executive to build a Dayton “fusion center” — an office where data is tracked and analyzed in fighting crime.Bruce Langos, former Teradata chief operations officer, said the effort is new in Montgomery County, and he’s building the operation from ...
Hot Head assault suspect turns self in
Laronne Baber Jr.

Updated: 9:35 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

UPDATE @ 9:32 a.m. (Feb. 8):Laronne Baber Jr. turned himself into police Sunday night, according to Huber Heights police.Baber faces charges of aggravated burglary and robbery.Baber is scheduled to appear in court this morning for his arraignment, according to jail records.He remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $50,000 ...
Four killed in Trotwood shootings in past week

6:39 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

The second double-fatal shooting in Trotwood in less than a week left two men dead early Sunday morning in a neighborhood described as quiet and unassuming by neighbors.The two men shot and killed on Devonshire Avenue have been identified as Steven R. Mallory Jr. and Chester R. Williams Jr., according ...
Montgomery County

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

HUBER HEIGHTSDeveloper seeks OK for senior housing planLemmon & Lemmon Inc., is seeking approval on a detailed development plan for a 101-unit senior living facility the company plans to build in the Carriage Trails Development.The company is proposing to build a $13 million complex that would feature independent living, assisted ...
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