1 taken to hospital from illegal Dayton boarding house; city condemns it

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Police find people living in deplorable conditions in illegal flophouse

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UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m. (Aug. 29): A man seen carrying an unconscious woman out the front door of a known illegal boarding house on East Third Street in Dayton prompted a police officer to call for more officers.

That phone call, made Tuesday afternoon about the house at 2300 E. Third St., led to the 27-year-old woman being taken to Miami Valley Hospital, the seizure of suspected heroin and a .45-caliber pistol and the decision to condemn the property, according to a police incident report released Wednesday.

Officer Michael Saylors was in an unmarked cruiser when he saw the man carrying the woman toward the sidewalk, then carry her back inside, about 4 p.m.

"We knew it to be an illegal boarding home and there is constant drug and prostitution traffic in and out of the residence," another officer, William Overholtz, wrote in the report.

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When the other officers arrived, they all went in and saw as many as 14 people in the house, a bag of clear gel caps, a cap full of suspected heroin and the semiautomatic pistol on a bed in the living room. The officers cleared the residence, took all the residents to the front porch and found the woman waking up from an apparent overdose. Her condition Wednesday night was not immediately known.

PHOTO: Jim Noelker/Staff
PHOTO: Jim Noelker/Staff

All of the people in the house -- men and women who ranged in age from 21 to 64 years old -- were nuisance abated from the address, according to the report, and a city housing inspector called to the address immediately determined it to be in unlivable condition and ordered it condemned.

"The inside of the residence was obviously an illegal boarding house with multiple dwellings with letters on the fronts of the interior doors designating unit apartments," the officers said in their report.

The inspector advised there was to be nobody in the residence after 9 a.m. Wednesday. He said the house would be boarded up and there would be multiple signs showing it condemned, the officers said in the report.

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Officer Overholtz, in the report, said he explained the inspector's decisions to everybody on scene and told them they would be arrested if they were on the property anytime after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The WHIO-TV videographer who was first on the scene Tuesday saw police detain as many as three people, but there was no mention of any arrests in the incident report.


Police have arrested at least one person at a suspected illegal boarding house described as being in deplorable condition in the 2300 block of East Third Street in Dayton.

A male has been placed in handcuffs and is in the back of a police cruiser with an adult female. Whether she has been arrested is not clear.

Police are telling us they have found suspected heroin and at least 13 adults and children apparently living in the house. There are babies among the children.

The house, at East Third and Garfield streets, is two-story brick residence.

Police were dispatched to the address about 4:22 p.m.

We have a crew on scene. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

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