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Escaped inmate recaptured in Warren County

WDTN News - 9 hours 26 min ago

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — A man who escaped from a Warren County jail is back behind bars.

Authorities found Mark Hokanson at a gas station in Monroe just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Hokanson’s capture came nearly five hours after he escaped from the Community Corrections Center in Turtlecreek Township.

Authorities say Hokanson jumped a fence and ran away.

Hokanson was in the Community Corrections Center after being convicted on possession of heroin.

Authorities found Hokanson after receiving a tip. He was found at the Shell gas station in the 1200 block of Hamilton-Lebanon Road, where Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies say he was trying to use a phone to call for a ride.

Hokanson is being held in the Warren County Jail on an escape charge. He’s due in court on Wednesday.

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Senate votes down bill to repeal major parts of Obamacare

WDTN News - 10 hours 32 min ago

WASHINGTON (NBC) — Senate Republicans were dealt a blow late Tuesday night when a bill to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act failed.

Just 43 Senators voted for the bill, well short of the 60 required votes to overcome a parliamentary objection.

Nine Republicans voted against the bill, which called for severe cuts to the Medicaid program.

It also included cuts to Obamacare subsidies that help lower income people pay for the cost of health insurance.

This was the first of several expected votes this week which would repeal or replace parts of former President Obama’s health care law.


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Driver flees scene of crash in Dayton

WDTN News - 10 hours 39 min ago

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Police are looking for the person who flipped an SUV on its top in a Dayton neighborhood.

Crews went to the 1900 block of Valley Street around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

When police arrived, they found an SUV flipped on its top in the front yard of a house.

Police found an SUV flipped on its top in the front yard of a house on Valley St. in Dayton.

The driver fled the scene.

The home wasn’t damaged and no injuries were reported.

Police at the scene said they weren’t sure if the vehicle was stolen.

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Faulty AC unit leads to evacuation at Washington Township motel

WDTN News - 10 hours 44 min ago

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — Fire officials say a faulty air conditioning unit led to an evacuation at a Washington Township motel early on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to a fire alarm and a 911 call just before midnight at the Best Western on Old Yankee Street.

When crews arrived, they found smoke in the hallways on the second, third and fourth floors.

Firefighters went room by room, evacuating everyone inside.

After investigating, fire officials say a faulty AC unit on the roof was pumping smoke into the hallways. The unit may have had a bad belt, causing the issue.

Once all rooms were checked, everyone was let back into the hotel. People were held outside for about 45 minute before returning to their rooms.

People wait outside while crews investigate a possible fire at the Best Western on Old Yankee St. in Washington Twp.

There was no damage to the building and no one was hurt.

Fire officials say all rooms at the motel would still have air conditioning, but there would be no AC in the hallways.

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Reds doubled-up by Yanks 4-2

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 23:51

NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier had an unforgettable first at-bat in his home debut at Yankee Stadium, grounding into a rare run-scoring triple play as New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Tuesday night.

Rookie Jordan Montgomery took a no-hit try into the sixth inning, and Didi Gregorius homered to boost the AL East contenders, his third in two games.

Last-place Cincinnati lost for the 10th time in 12 games. Billy Hamilton’s bid for a tying extra-base hit in the eighth was thwarted when pinch-runner Zack Cozart, out of the starting lineup to rest his tender quadriceps, hobbled into third.

Back in the Bronx for the first time since the All-Star break, the Yankees brought along Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, all acquired last week in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Frazier made the two-hour drive from his hometown of Toms River near the Jersey shore, and the veteran third baseman had his own personal rooting section in tow.

With three on and none out in the second inning, Frazier hit a hard grounder up the middle that shortstop Jose Peraza gloved. Peraza quickly stepped on second and threw to first.

Gregorius, who had been on second base, held up when the ball was hit, in case it was caught. He was late to advance, and first baseman Joey Votto’s throw across the diamond caught him in a rundown. Gregorius was called out for running wide of baseline trying to avoid a tag.

“I just tried to get a double play,” Peraza said through a translator.

At least there was some consolation for Frazier — a run scored, rarely seen on a triple play, because Matt Holliday scampered home before Gregorius was trapped.

It was the Reds’ first triple play since 1995, and the first any team has turned against the Yankees since 2011. It was the first time a team scored on a triple play since Seattle against Minnesota in 2006.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi could only hang his head on the dugout railing at the bizarre sequence.

“A strange play,” he said.

Peraza started in place of Cozart. Peraza was part of a three-team trade involving Frazier in 2015.

Montgomery (7-5) held the Reds hitless until Scott Schebler broke an 0-for-20 slump with a leadoff double in the sixth. Montgomery gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Aroldis Chapman closed for his 12th save in 15 chances, giving the Yankees their fourth win in five games.

Rookie Luis Castillo (1-4) gave up three runs in five innings. Despite the loss, he left with a memory, thanks to Frazier’s ball.

“I will never forget that. Triple play, bases loaded, that’s amazing,” he said. “If double plays the best friend of a pitcher, what about a triple play?”


Yankees slugger Aaron Judge lined a foul ball that hit a fan sitting beyond the first-base dugout in the eighth inning. The ball left Judge’s bat at 105 mph, and EMTs attended to the man. After a few minutes, with a bloody bandage around his head, he walked to an exit with help.


Officially, the triple play went Peraza to Votto to third baseman Eugenio Suarez and back to Peraza. This was just the second 6-3-5-6 triple play in major league history, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. The other was on June 6, 1970, when Pittsburgh shortstop Gene Alley, first baseman Al Oliver and third baseman Richie Hebner did it on a ball hit by the Dodgers’ Wes Parker. … There have been 712 triple plays in the majors, 30 by the Reds.


Reds: Cozart grounded into a force play as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He recently came off the disabled list after a strained quadriceps.

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks (oblique) and 1B Tyler Austin (hamstring) are ready to ramp up their hitting activity. No timetable yet for their return.


Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (2-4, 8.56 ERA) won his only previous start at Yankee Stadium in 2012.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (6-4, 3.21) has permitted one run in 14 innings over two starts since making the All-Star team.

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Troy mourns loss of 13-year-old drowning victim

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 23:04

TROY, Ohio WDTN) – It was one week ago that 13-year-old, Lilly May drowned in the Great Miami River at Treasure Island State Park in Troy.

Today, May’s mother, Kate understands her daughters death was an accident. However, she believes this tragedy can bring people in Troy together.

“I enjoyed this environment as a child. It’s time to bring the community together in as a family and let’s heal together as a community. Let’s say this is just a tragedy. It’s just an accident that can happen in a blink of an eye,” said Kate.

Just one week ago, Lilly May was alive and swimming with as much as 10 other children during outdoor movie night at the park.

Her family believes she swam under the dock thinking their were air holes underneath. May drowned shortly after 10:00pm.

“Lilly was one of those kids where you know, it takes a village to raise a child. She was one of those children that was so full of life. She left an impression on the village,” said Kate.

Lilly’s grandfather, Ken Ferree was a part of that village.

“She is in a better place. I know that. I know she is enjoying what she is doing. She’ll be OK,” he said.

At the memorial, those who wished to send one last message to Lilly could do so on homemade butterfly board.

“Write a letter to Lilly and put it right in this treasure chest. As we do this blessing, we would like to lift these up to a higher place with  the flock of butterflies. Lilly’s favorite things were butterflies and the outdoors,” said Kate.

Two trees were also planted in Lilly’s memory at Treasure Island park.


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CNN visits with Montgomery County Sheriff's Office to learn about fentanyl dangers - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:15

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A crash on Salem Avenue sends 2 drivers to the hospital

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 20:47

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Police say a driver failed to yield the right of way to another, which caused the two vehicles to crash.

The crash happened in front of the 3900 block of Salem Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

A 33-year-old was driving a GMC Yukon and a 17-year-old was driving a Nissan

The 17-year-old driver was traveling north on Salem Avenue when the 33-year-old driver pulled out of a parking lot.

The GMC Yukon struck the Nissan and investigators say it looked like the Nissan driver tried to stop before the collision.

Medics removed the 17-year-old from the scene and took him to Grandview Hospital. Officials say the 17-year-old is in serious condition but has non-life threatening injuries.

Medics took the 33-year-old driver to Good Samaritan Hosptial. Officials say this driver is in serious condition but has non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is still under investigation.

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Homicide units investigating shooting on Sixth Street ramp

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 19:34

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – A homicide investigation has closed the Sixth Street ramp to Interstate 75, Cincinnati police report.

The shooting was reported around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday on the ramp from the Sixth Street Expressway to southbound lanes of the interstate, police said.

A driver, male, was taken to an area hospital in serious condition.

Around 7 p.m., police said they expect the ramp to be closed for at least another hour while they investigate.

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Dayton park innovation projects underway

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:51

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Big changes are coming to three parks in the city Dayton this year.

Mallory Park, in east Dayton, is undergoing a $240,000 renovation project which includes a new basketball court, playground equipment and splash pad.

On the other side of town, some improvements are also being made at Walnut Hills Park.  The city spending an additional $270,000 putting in new tennis and volleyball courts as well as adding a splash pad and paving walkways through the park.

One of the bigger projects the city plans to undertake this year is the addition of a mountain bike park in Welcome Park.  It will include large pump track for the advance riders as well as a beginner’s course.  The project would also include resurfacing the basketball courts and other park structures.

The project is currently in the early stages, but city leaders believe it could be another special feature for the city.

“Currently we really don’t have one so this would be new, this would be something unique to the city.  We do think it would be good for the neighborhood, that general area, and we also think this could be a regional draw,” Dayton City Planning & Community Development Acting Director Brian Inderrieden said.

The project would cost anywhere from $250,000 – $300,000, Inderrienden estimated, and will be up for consideration at city commission later this summer.  If approved, construction could begin before the end of the year and completed in 2018.

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President Trump promises jobs, security during speech in Youngstown

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:44

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – President Donald Trump spoke to a crowd in Youngstown, promising that under his presidency, the state of Ohio would thrive.

He promised that he would bring jobs back to the area, telling Valley residents, “Don’t sell your house.”

“I’ll tell ya what, I rode through your beautiful roads coming up from the [Youngstown Warren Regional] Airport and I was looking at some those big, once-incredible job-producing factories,” Trump said in front of a sold-out Covelli Centre. “And my wife Melania said, ‘What happened?’ I said, ‘Those jobs have left Ohio.’ They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back.”

The crowd, heavily pro-Trump, cheered after the remark.

But not everyone inside was a supporter.

During his speech, police pulled out two protesters — one holding a “Trump must go” sign and the other a Russian flag. Prior to his speech, two others were removed from the venue,.

Trump wasn’t phased, however, telling a cheering crowd, “He’s a young one. He’s going back home to mommy. He’s in trouble. And I bet his mommy voted for us, right?”

Trump’s speech was largely like campaign rallies that he has had in the past. He spoke about a variety of issues — from his efforts to repeal Obamacare to increasing security at America’s borders.

“We are keeping our promises to the people, and finally, finally, finally, we are putting America first,” Trump said.

He was introduced by First Lady Melania Trump, who said her husband believes in the American dream.

Trump also criticized the media to chants of “fake news” from the audience and government bureaucracy. He also criticized those who said he say he doesn’t act presidential.

“That doesn’t get it done,” he said.

Trump has visited the Valley a few times before, but this is his first trip to the area as president.

More than 20,000 people registered for his rally, and there was an overflow area with video monitors set up outside for people who couldn’t get a seat.

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Water safety tips for kids

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:34

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Dr. Anessa Alappatt from the Premier Physical Physician Network talks about water safety tips for kids in the summer.

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Dr. Mark Smith talks about the Senate’s health care bill

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:33

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Dr. Mark Caleb Smith from Cedarville University talks about the Senate moving forward on the health care repeal.

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Montgomery county cities one step closer to getting new disaster sirens - WDTN

Local News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:24


Montgomery county cities one step closer to getting new disaster sirens
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) West Carrollton, Englewood and Butler Township are one step closer to getting new disaster sirens. A Homeland Security Grant Program from the Ohio Emergency Management program worth $246,000, will help fund new disaster ...

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Montgomery county cities one step closer to getting new disaster sirens

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:23

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) West Carrollton, Englewood and Butler Township are one step closer to getting new disaster sirens.

A Homeland Security Grant Program from the Ohio Emergency Management program worth $246,000, will help fund new disaster sirens that can also be used for severe weather.

According to Montgomery County Emergency Management, once resolutions from all the jurisdictions who choose to participate pass the number of sirens will be determined.

West Carrollton just passed a resolution last week. The city hopes to replace older sirens that are now in place around the city.

The grant will cover about half the cost of a siren, the other half will have to be picked up by the jurisdiction. If all goes according to plan the sirens could be installed as early as the first quarter of next year.


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Brookville police search for suspects in cigarette carton thefts - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:18

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Investigation into baby remains continues

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:16

CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the skeletal remains of a newborn baby discovered behind a home in Carlisle.

Residents of the tight-knit community say they’re shocked by the news and want answers.

“Your instant reaction is to just be completely shocked and not understanding the story,” area resident Mindy Hill said.

“You don’t know the facts so it’s shocking and overwhelming to hear something like that in the area.”

Prosecutors charged Eighteen-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson with reckless homicide.

Authorities were back at her home Monday evening on a search warrant.

Lt John Faine said Tuesday the search warrant is sealed so he cannot reveal exactly what authorities were looking for or what they found.

Our cameras captured detectives removing several items from the home include brown bags, envelops, a rolled up carpet, and an orange bucket.

Investigators initially believed the remains were of a stillborn, but the prosecutor says the infant was born alive.

The defense says Richardson – a recent high school graduate – is shocked by the “tragic” situation.

Monday’s search was the third time neighbors saw police at the home.

“I can’t fathom the thought. I don’t even understand it,” Hill said.

“I’m a mom, I have one child. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”


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2-year-old found unresponsive, hospitalized for possible opioid overdose

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:01

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A 2-year-old is recovering in the hospital after possibly overdosing on opiates late Tuesday afternoon on Pointview Avenue in Dayton according to Dayton Police.

As of Tuesday night, the child is in serious condition at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Medics rushed the child to the hospital after her godmother called 911.

Caller: “My god daughter just, I don’t know. She’s not waking up. She’s not breathing. She’s not nothing.”

Moments later, the dispatcher tells the caller to put her head near the girl’s mouth to check her breathing.

Dispatch: “Can you feel her breathing?” Caller: “Yeah. She’s breathing. She’s breathing. She’s having a hard time breathing.”

A minute later, medics arrived and rush the child to the hospital. Police say she was in the care of a babysitter at the time and say the initial investigation points to a possible overdose.

“With the height of the opiate epidemic,” Dayton Police Lt. Steven Bauer said. “There’s some suspicion that it might possibly be an opiate overdose.”

First responders were called to a home on Pointview Avenue near Main Street late Tuesday afternoon. Neighbors, like Janae Johnson, say they’re in disbelief.

“It’s sad,” Johnson said. “I mean I just think people should start paying attention to their kids because now that makes me worry about my kids and makes me want to keep my kids in the house.”

Johnson is a mother of 3 kids and says her family spends most of their days outside. She says she always keeps a close eye on her children.

“My kids know what to do and what not to do,” Johnson said. “They know to play in front of the house. They know to keep an eye on each other.”

“It’s just sad,” Neighbor Jade Calloway said. “It’s real sad. I hope whatever happens to the baby, I hope the baby is okay because that is sad. Nobody deserves that. That baby didn’t deserve that.”

Lt. Bauer says what happened serves as a sad reminder that the opioid crisis is getting worse.

“A 2-year-old is an unwilling participant in it,” Lt. Bauer said. “A lot times we see willing participants in it. It’s a very serious problem and it seems like it’s becoming more prevalent.”

We’re working to learn more about the toddler’s parents. Police say they know the mother. As of Tuesday night, Police were actively searching for her.


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Records show escalating domestic violence leading up to Newark shooting

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:55

NEWARK, OH (WCMH) — It was late on a Wednesday night, June 28th, when a neighbor called 911 to report a fight between Sarah Bennett and Phillip Parker.

When the Newark police dispatcher said, “We will have officers en route as soon as we have them available,” the neighbor expressed some concern. “The sooner the better or the Sheriff’s Office or whoever because it’s getting bad,” he reported.

Parker was charged with disorderly conduct. In their report officers indicated that Parker had threatened to kill Bennett that night.

Parker posted bond and was ordered to stay away from Bennett and from the apartment.

But Bennett called police on Sunday to report Parker had again threatened to kill her and that he had a gun. Police say they tried but could not locate Parker Sunday night.

Monday morning, Sarah Bennett was running for her life after being chased and shot at by Parker on North 21st street. Police say Parker accidentally shot himself during the pursuit. He died at the scene.

Kelly Campbell, executive director of the New Beginnings Shelter in Licking County, says the cycles of domestic violence always get worse. “What might start out as verbal abuse or shoving then turns to hitting and punching and then turns into more serious forms of aggression where it’s, ‘I’ve got a weapon and I’m threatening you’,” Campbell said.

And that’s what happened in this case.

For many, Monday’s shooting was reminiscent of a shooting in May in Kirkersville where three people were killed including the gunman’s ex-girlfriend who had obtained protection orders against him.

Kelly Campbell’s first reaction Monday morning was, “Not again.”

“Not that I can’t believe it was happening because I know that it happens. But for it to happen so publicly and so violently is scary and sad.”

“But it sot of reaffirms our mission and philosophy that we need to go out there and just be open to educating people and standing there saying we can help,” Campbell said. “My hope is that out of this situation somebody, somewhere who’s in a similar situation will see this and go, ‘I don’t want to end up like this so where do I need to go for help.”


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Study calls for lower speed limits on highways

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:40

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Speed limits on highways in Ohio can range upwards to 70 miles per hour in some parts, one University of Dayton professor says dropping that number could save lives.

Professor Neeley has spent time looking at crash reports involving cars and trucks in Ohio and around the country.

“If Ohio – which had a 65 mph speed limit for trucks at the time of the study – if they reduced it to 55, it would have saved about nine fatalities,” Neeley said.

His comments come after a one year old and five year old died in Indiana after the van they and their family were traveling in was struck from behind by a semi.

Authorities say the truck failed to slow down when it entered a construction zone.

The family, originally from Beavercreek, was traveling on I-70 outside of Terre Haute.

Figures from Ohio Department of Public Safety shows in 2016 40 people died in accidents caused a truck driver.

Neeley said slowing down semi’s – as well as cars – on state routes would save lives.

“When trucks are involved in fatalities with a car, it’s a very unequal situation,” Neeley said.

“We know that sometimes these things grab news headlines. The question we always want to move beyond is what can we do to systemically to try and save lives in the future?”

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