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Jury exonerates man in Rave Cinemas sex case

6:33 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015

A man accused of misdemeanor sexual imposition stemming from an incident at the Rave Cinemas last September has been found not guilty by a jury.Aaron Kastein, 34, had been accused of touching a 19-year-old woman as he lay on the floor under her seat, then running from the theater.Defense attorney ...
School bus driver guilty in teen sex case

Updated: 5:20 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015

A Dayton Public Schools bus driver pleaded guilty to a sexual crime involving a 15-year-old girl.KEY POINTS:DPS bus driver James Mays Jr. pleaded guilty to sex crimeVictim is a 15-year-old girl, according to Dayton police reportMays is on paid leave; could now be terminatedMays has been with the district 19 ...
Ohio bill limits when police can seize weapons
State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City.

4:41 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015

A new bill that would limit police authority to seize firearms in Ohio is drawing fire from domestic violence groups who fear it could put more women at risk.State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, is the sole co-sponsor on a bill introduced this week by Sen. Kris Jordan, R-Powell. The ...
The deadliest year
“One of the last things in the world you expect is to lose one of your kids,” said Butch Brown, the well-known Dayton radio broadcaster. He holds a wooden urn containing the ashes of his 28-year-old son Butchie, who died in November of an overdose of pure fentanyl. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

3:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015

Butch Brown and his wife wish it had been heroin his 28-year-old son Butchie injected the day he died last year. If he was using heroin, they figure, he might be alive today. But Manuel “Butchie” E. Brown III died Nov. 1 in his Huber Heights apartment after injecting a ...
2 in jail after Dayton high-speed pursuit

Updated: 10:45 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.: Two of three suspects in the armed robbery that led to a high-speed pursuit that involved at least three law enforcement agencies are in jail and are expected to go before a judge in their initial appearance in court on Friday.Londell Leon Johnson Jr., 19, and ...
Police release dash-cam video of fatal pursuit

6:16 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015

Prior to fatally striking a Trotwood pedestrian last July, Aaron T. Johnson maneuvered his Chevy Impala between two unmarked law enforcement vehicles — dinging one and scraping and denting the other. Dash-cam video obtained Thursday by the newspaper from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Trotwood police shows the beginng ...
Troy man could get 20 years for sex crimes against children
Michael Epley

Updated: 2:48 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Troy man would serve 15 to 20 years in federal prison for child sex and pornography charges if a judge accepts a plea deal struck between prosecutors and the man’s attorney.Michael Epley, 30, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to sexual exploitation of children and coercion ...
Toddler found wandering alone, mom arrested
Kanisha Bayman

Updated: 12:48 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Miami Twp. woman is facing a child endangering charge after her toddler was allegedly found wandering alone by the road.Miami Twp. police arrested Kanisha Bayman, 20, Wednesday morning after receiving a 911 call from a motorist around 9 a.m. that a small child was alone next to the street ...
Riverside police release sketch of suspect in beating

Updated: 1:02 a.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015

UPDATE @ 11 p.m. (April 15): The Riverside Police Department released a composite sketch of one of the suspects in the April 11 attack on 50-year-old Paul Ralston. The suspect is believed to be 16 to 22 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot tall.Anyone with information about the assault, or the ...
3 jailed to end month-long drug investigation
Dewayne Chappell

12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015

A month-long drug trafficking investigation was brought to a close Wednesday afternoon with the arrests of three males on drug charges.The three were arrested during a search warrant-initiated raid at 3451 Haberer Ave., where detectives seized heroin, crack and powder cocaine, marijuana, cash and a firearm, according to a statement ...
Man pleads guilty in fatal Trotwood police chase

Updated: 11:31 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

UPDATE @ 6:05 p.m.: The Dayton man who led law enforcement on a high-speed car chase that ended with the death of a Trotwood pedestrian was convicted Wednesday after reaching a plea deal days before his trial was to start. Aaron T. Johnson, 21, will be sentenced April 29 for ...
 Man dead after shooting that led to standoff

Updated: 6:14 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

UPDATE@6:13 p.m.: A father of six girls has died from injuries sustained in a Salem Avenue shooting Monday morning. Dustin Brooks, 27, of Dayton, was declared clinically dead Tuesday, and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said they expect to complete an autopsy Thursday. Family members agreed to donate Brooks’ organs ...
State clears Horizon in charter probe

6:09 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Ohio Department of Education this week said it found no evidence supporting a slew of allegations made against Concept Schools and Horizon Science Academy charter schools in Dayton and across Ohio.Concept Schools officials say the findings confirm that the criticisms were a politically motivated attack “organized by teachers union ...
Chief: Electrical issue focus of Grafton Ave. fire

Updated: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.: Investigators are focusing on an electrical issue as the possible cause of the Grafton Avenue house fire that caused major damage, an explosion that nearly blew a roofer into the sky and sent three Dayton firefighters to be evaluated for possible injuries. “We had a power ...
Suspected electrical fire sparks blaze in Dayton home

5:47 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Three Dayton firefighters were evaluated for possible injuries after they may have been hit by falling electrical lines while fighting a house fire Wednesday on Dayton’s Grafton Avenue.“We had a power line come down, actually come down proximal to one of our crews that was working in the attic,” said ...
Dayton settles lawsuit over reopening downtown street

4:53 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dayton commissioners on Wednesday approved a $625,000 settlement to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the city of improperly seizing a local company’s property for economic development reasons.The settlement dismisses all claims against the city filed by Dayton Office Properties, which owns a four-story office building at 409 E. Monument Ave.The company ...
Mechanicsburg breeder sentenced for animal cruelty

3:43 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Mechanicsburg man pleaded guilty last week to three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals in connection with a raid at his home last month in which 137 dogs were removed from unsafe living conditions.Keith J. Caserta II, 44, was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs, as ...
State lawmakers to punish Dayton for leaving traffic cameras on

Updated: 11:52 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The city of Dayton would be forced to lose new revenue from traffic cameras as punishment for not following Ohio’s new traffic camera law, under a proposal added to the state budget. The Ohio House added wording to the budget that would take local government funding away from cities that ...
YouthBuild gives opportunity
Twenty-two County Corp members volunteered to clean up three areas this past April 7: Wright Dunbar playground/gazebo, yards of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Laboratory and Neil Armstrong’s home. PAMELA DILLON/CONTRIBUTED

Updated: 11:44 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2015

April 7 was the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. This was perfect timing for 22 County Corp members and three staff members to repair and clean up the playground and gazebo at First and Williams streets in the Wright Dunbar district. This half-day of service also ...
Husband charged in Amber Owens slaying
Dominique Mays

11:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Dayton man has been charged in the disappearance and slaying of his estranged wife about four months after her decomposing remains were found on the side of a road in Trotwood, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday. Dominique Mays was charged with murder, felonious assault, two counts of ...
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