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A woman sitting on the back of a truck was wounded in a drive-by shooting Friday night, May 22, 2015, that Dayton police said appeared to be a random incident. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Woman hit in buttocks in drive-by shooting

A woman was shot in the backside in what police said looks like a random, drive-by shooting.Police and a medic unit were dispatched to the 100 block of Stainton Avenue about 9:41 p.m. on a report that a female had been shot, Dayton Sgt. Brian Hannah said.Investigators aren’t sure how ...

Police: Nude photos of Middletown students possibly posted on Twitter

Middletown’s police chief says detectives and a school resource officer are investigating whether nude photos of high school students were posted by someone on Twitter. Chief Rodney Muterspaw told the Journal-News on Thursday that police are trying to determine who started the Twitter account @noragrets513, which was used to post ...

Stephanie Hartline, right, and her son Michael Barton. (Contributed)

 Father charged with murder in death of son, 5

The father and a friend of his remain jailed in the slaying of 5-year-old Michael Barton, who the Bellefontaine police chief was beaten and then taken to a hospital in Columbus this week.The child suffered multiple blunt force head traumaHe was beaten with a rod, Logan prosecutor saidAnthony Barton, the ...

Riverside police seized this PT Cruiser on Friday evening, May 22, 2015, believed to be the getaway vehicle in a home burglary the day before. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

3 detained, suspected in Riverside burglary

Three people suspected in a home burglary Thursday night have been taken into custody after a police officer on Friday evening spotted the car said to have sped away from the incident.The arrests of the two males and a female occurred not long after a Dayton police officer reported seeing ...

Troopers say westbound U.S. 35 has been shut down following a vehicle chase in Greene County. (Tim Chesnut/Staff)

Greene County IDs man wanted for pursuit

UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (May 22): Jeffrey Allen Ferguson is now wanted on multiple charges related to the pursuit and crash through Clark and Greene counties, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said in prepared statement.According to information the office released, Ferguson is 41-year-old, white, has brown hair and green eyes, ...

Tonisha Harris, Ohio Dept. of Corrections Photo

 Attorney withdraws request to remove Harris’ electronic bracelet

Update@5:45 p.m. (May 22):Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof granted Tonisha Harris attorney’s motion to withdraw her request to be released from electronic monitoring in an effort to find work.Defense attorney Anthony VanNoy made the request to withdraw a day after prosecutors blasted him in memo to Dankof, ...

New Carlisle hires outside investigators to look into fire department

New Carlisle City Council members recently agreed unanimously to hire investigators from Cincinnati to look into allegations levied against Fire Chief Bradley Phillips.The investigation comes after city leaders received a five-page letter believed to be from a group of anonymous New Carlisle firefighters who expressed concerns about safety and morale ...

 Child sex assault suspect gives up therapist license

UPDATE @ 2 p.m. (May 22): Dwight Gehring, accused of being caught on “nanny cam” sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl, has surrendered his massage therapist license today, according to the Ohio Medical Board. Gehring, 66, surrendered it today, according to online records. A spokeswoman for the board said an entry ...

Exterior of De’Lish Cafe Bar and Ultra Lounge at 139 N. Main St. in Dayton. Home of the “Happier Happy Hour,” Cajun, Creole, Southern, Soul inspired dishes and Pub fare. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Dayton restaurant suing over Facebook comments

A Dayton restaurant and its owners are suing a woman for defamation for comments she and others posted on her Facebook page.The De’Lish owners’ lawsuit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court followed a cease and desist letter because of statements Ronnese Wesson allegedly posted.The statements appear to have questioned ...

The home. Staff photo by Drew Simon

Fire set at home under construction in Kettering

Police are still looking for the person or people responsible for setting a fire at a home under construction. Officers noticed the fire at the home in the 2700 block of Circleview Drive as they were responding to a report of a suspicious person on South Smithville Road around 3:41 ...

Man indicted on child sex charges

A 23-year-old West Carrollton man has been indicted on 13 counts of rape of a child and a single count of gross sexual imposition for allegedly having sexual intercourse with two girls.According to a West Carrolton police report, Mason allegedly threatened the girls by saying, “If you tell the cops ...

An officer with the Dayton Bomb Squad puts on his gear to check a suitcase outside Bainbridge Hall on Thursday night, May 21, 2015. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Bomb squad called to site of Dayton trade show

UPDATE @ 11:35 p.m.: The Dayton Bomb Squad detonated what turned out to be an empty suitcase found by a Dumpster outside Bainbridge Hall, said Sgt. Jason Hall, Dayton police and Dayton Bomb Squad.The squad used its robot to check out the suitcase, then opened it remotely and determined there ...

Klint Kuck

Eaton man gets 7 years in Darke County sex case

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (May 21): Klint Kuck, convicted on sex-related charges involving two underage women, was sentenced to seven years in prison.“I didn’t commit these crimes so I really don’t have anything to say,” the 33-year-old Eaton man told Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein at the sentencing ...

The main entrance to the University of Dayton is along College Park Avenue, near the corner of Brown and Stewart streets.

Supreme Court rules private colleges must share police records

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that campus police records at private universities are subject to the state’s public records law. The 4-3 decision likely will pry open police records at the University of Dayton, Wittenberg University and other private institutions that have police forces. The court said that private ...

Christina N. Porter

Area police see rise in number of female robbers

The bank robbery suspect who seemingly started an uptick in the number of alleged area female robbers pleaded guilty earlier this month and will be sentenced next week. Christina Porter, 32, could get from two to eight years in prison on each of two counts connected to robberies in late ...

Ex-treasurer for youth sports group found guilty of theft

The former treasurer of a Covington youth sports organization was found guilty of theft of money from the group after a two-day trial in Miami County Common Pleas Court this week.Jack L. Staudt III, 41, of Covington testified at a trial Tuesday that he was part of a disorganized volunteer ...

Third man charged with murder in Holly Bobo disappearance

A man authorities say was involved in the forcible rape of Holly Bobo on the day she went missing has been indicted on charges of kidnapping and murder. John Dylan Adams was indicted for first degree murder. He is the third person to be charged with murder in the case. Zachary ...

Air Force SSgt. Corey J. Campbell

Air Force recruiter sentenced to 55 months for sexual assault

An Air Force recruiter convicted of sexual assault apologized to the teenage victim and family members Thursday before he was sentenced to 55 months in a military prison.Staff Sgt. Corey J. Campbell, 28, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, also was reduced in rank to E-1, the lowest enlisted military ...

Police said the deceased dog was hanged from the bridge with a metal chain. (Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

Pit bull found hanged from bridge in Georgia

Investigators are asking for the public’s help finding those responsible for hanging a dog from a bridge. The medium-sized, brown and white pit bull mix was found Wednesday morning tied to a metal chain and hanging from a small bridge on Kelly Lake Road in DeKalb County, Georgia, police spokeswoman ...

Police release video from Troy credit union robbery

Troy police released surveillance video from the robbery of Abbey Credit Union. Authorities responded to the business in the 1300 block of Wayne Street around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries. Police said the robber handed the cashier a bag and said “fill the bag.” He did ...

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