The Piqua Police Department has asked for the public’s help in identifying two males involved in Monday’s shots-fired incident outside the Walmart on East Ash Street.
Chief Bruce Jamison said that based on store surveillance recordings, police have determined the people involved in the incident had left before law enforcement arrived.
The preliminary investigation reveals a confrontation outside the rear of the store occurred about 2:12 p.m. and one of the people involved fired a handgun toward the other person leaving the dust-up at high speed, the chief said.
Reports of a possible active shooter at the Walmart prompted a large police response from Piqua, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Troy Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Lockdowns were put into place at several schools near the store, Chief Jamison said, including Piqua City Schools (high school and junior high), Upper Valley Career Center and Edison State Community College.
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No one was hit by the gunfire. No injuries were reported.
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The chief said police are still working to determine descriptions of vehicles and people involved in the incident.
Monday evening, the police department released photos of the men and the vehicles believed to have been involved.
If you saw anything or can identify either man or vehicle, you are asked to call 937-615-8477 (TIPS) or you can send anonymous tips via the Submit-A-Tip methods available at piquaohpd.org, Chief Jamison said.
You are asked to refer to “person 1 or 2” or “vehicle 1 or 2” when submitting tips.
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After following more than 850 leads and conducting nearly 500 interviews, the FBI and police in Lumberton, North Carolina arrested and charged a man in connection with the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
Agents announced early Saturday morning that Michael Ray McLellan, 34, was being held at the time of his arrest in law enforcement custody for another attempted kidnapping case.
McLellan is charged with a number of felonies, including first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape and first-degree kidnapping.
Investigators received new test results Friday, which identified McLellan as the suspect in Aguilar's case.
Officials said McLellan will have his first court appearance at 9 a.m. Monday.
Aguilar’s funeral is set for Saturday in Lumberton.
Fairmont police said that on Oct. 15, McLellan pointed a gun at a woman, tried to take her car, and demanded money. He left the scene without hurting the woman. Officials said he turned himself into police Nov. 13, eight days after Aguilar was kidnapped.
A body found in Robeson County was preliminarily identified as Aguilar, investigators said Nov. 27, ending a three-week search involving hundreds of investigators.
“We are absolutely devastated. I wish we had a different outcome for Hania’s family, for the community and for the hundreds of law enforcement officers and searchers who put everything they had into finding her alive,” Lumberton police Chief Michael McNeill said at a news conference.
McNeill told reporters that state crime lab tests indicate the body found was Hania. While a final determination will be made with dental records, investigators believe the body is hers.
"This is the outcome that we all feared," he said. "We did not want to hear this. We wanted to bring Hania back home and bring her back home alive to our community. It hurts."
The chief said Hania's body was found in a body of water in Robeson County about 10 miles south of the mobile home park where she was kidnapped Nov. 5 after going outside to start a relative's SUV before school.
Authorities wouldn't elaborate on whether the body had been concealed, but said it was not visible from the road or obvious to people passing by. Investigators spent Wednesday combing the area in daylight after finding the body the previous night.
The cause of death hasn't been released, pending an autopsy. Investigators would not describe the condition of the body. An FBI official said he did not have any information as to whether Hania was killed where she was found or elsewhere.
Police said a man forced Hania into an SUV and drove off. The SUV was found several miles south of her mobile home park. The body was found a few miles farther away.
McNeill has previously said that a witness saw a man dressed in black with a yellow bandana grab Hania in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton. Police said the eighth-grader had taken her aunt's keys to start the vehicle to prepare to leave for the bus stop. They say the man forced her into the green Ford Expedition and drove off.
The FBI soon joined the search, offering reward money and transmitting her picture around the country. The SUV was found abandoned several days later, but signs of the girl or her remains eluded investigators for several weeks.
Aguilar's mother and other family members gathered at the Lumberton Police Department Tuesday night, waiting on developments in the case. Her mother, visibly distraught, was led away in an ambulance. The FBI said that the last three weeks have taken a toll on the family.
Dozens of residents in the area took congratulated Clifton Mill Monday night on Facebook for winning a national light fight contest.
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill won $50,000 in “The Great Christmas Light Fight” that aired on a national television show.
Springfield resident Scott Vogel said he’s never been inside Clifton Mill and didn’t really know the attractions available there, but now he’s thinking about going in to see what he hasn’t seen before.
“People compete nationwide. There were only four contestants and it was tough competition. I didn’t think they were gonna win at first, but it’s not just based on lights, it’s based on the community, too, and a lot of other factors go into it,” he said. “To beat the others out, yeah I’m happy.”
Vogel said Clifton is a small town that doesn’t have many other attractions to prompt people to visit.
“It’s impressive, too, because that town is only about 150 people I think. If you blink, you’d miss it. People go down there for hiking and camping. There’s no stores or shopping, but only one restaurant and that’s at the mill.”
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This is co-owner Anthony Satariano’s 30th year. He started out with 100,000 lights, and this year’s attraction involved 4 million bulbs. Vogel says that’s what impressed him.
“For the community to pull it off ... it’s not a local show, it’s a national show. Of course I’m proud,” he said. “I think as a whole, Ohio won. I think it’s going to inspire a lot of people who may haven’t known about it. They’re gonna think, ‘now we gotta check that out.’ It could bring people from other states. I just thought it was fantastic. They won, that to me is news.”
UPDATE @ 2:42 p.m. (Nov. 14):
George “Billy” Wagner III waived extradition on the murder charges filed against him during his initial appearance in a Fayette County, Kentucky, courtroom, according to CNN affiliate LEX18.
Extradition is when one law enforcement agency captures a suspect who is wanted in another jurisdiction and returns the suspect to the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed.
George “Billy” Wagner III must be back in Ohio by Dec. 7, however, the deputy Ohio attorney general said he would return well before that, according to LEX18.
George “Billy” Wagner III was arrested Tuesday by Lexington police on Georgetown Road.
According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, he was contacted by the Pike County sheriff a couple days ago and asked if he could house George "Billy" Wagner III in the Butler County Jail in Hamilton. Jones told the sheriff that he would.
“I have heard he has waived extradition, but I do not know for sure if he is coming. I haven’t heard from the sheriff and I haven’t bothered him; he has been busy,” Jones said.
Jones said Pike County prisoners have routinely been housed in the Butler County Jail, as many as 80 at a time.
The four Wagner family members are being held in jails in separate counties.
“I assume that they don’t want them in the same jail (to avoid contact with each other). The grapevine in a jail travels fast,” Jones said.
UPDATE @ 11:04 a.m.:
The mothers of two suspects in the 2016 Pike County killings are scheduled to be in court Thursday for their roles in an alleged coverup.
Fredericka Wagner, mother of George “Billy” Wagner III, and Rita Newcomb, mother of Angela Wagner, are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Pike County, according to a court official.Wagner and Newcomb are charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.
Newcomb also is facing a forgery charge.
George “Billy” Wagner III is scheduled to appear in a Kentucky courtroom a day after he and other family members were arrested in connection to the 2016 killings of eight Rhoden family members in Pike County.
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Billy will appear for an extradition hearing at 1 p.m. in a Lexington courtroom, according to court records.
Billy was arrested in Lexington Tuesday after he and other family members were indicted on several charges connected to the murders of the eight Rhodens.
We are still working to learn when the other members of the Wagner family will appear in Ohio courtrooms. The other family members were arrested in Ohio and are being detained in four county jails -- Pickaway, Franklin, Ross, and Delaware counties.
Tuesday, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office announced the arrests of Billy, 47, Angela Wagner, 48, and their sons George Wagner IV, 27, and Edward “Jake” Wagner after they were indicted on eight counts of aggravated murder, among other charges connected to the killings.
Each count, for each victim, carries a death penalty specification.
Authorities made two additional arrests for the “cover-up” of the crime, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
Fredericka Wagner, the mother of Billy Wagner, and Rita Newcomb, the mother of Angela Wagner, were indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice. Newcomb also was indicted on forgery charges, according to court documents.
The six were indicted in the deaths of Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Dana Manley Rhoden, 37; Hanna May Rhoden, 19; Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Hannah “Hazel” Gilley, 20; Kenneth Rhoden, 44; and Gary Rhoden, 38, all found dead April 22, 2016.
This story will be updated throughout the day with the latest as it becomes available.
Authorities responded to reports of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school Friday morning, WECT reported. But a county commissioner and the county’s emergency director said the noises coming from the Topsail High School campus could have been caused by malfunctioning equipment, the television station reported.
School was not in session at the time, authorities said.
Pender County Commissioner George Brown told WECT that he was not aware of a shooter or whether one has been identified.
Brown told the television station that there is a piece of equipment at the high school that has been malfunctioning in recent days, and when it makes noise it sounds like gunfire.
It is being investigated as a source, WECT reported.
According to Capt. James Rowell of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, there are no reported injuries as of 7:04 a.m.
According to WWAY, a parent said he received a telephone call from the school district Friday morning. He told the television station that all schools in the eastern part of Pender County were on lockdown. Buses are at Lowe's Foods across from the high school as a staging area, and parents were told they could pick up their children there, WWAY reported.
Helicopters were hovering over the school, WECT reported.
Check back for updates to this developing story
They may have missed out on the big prize, but someone in Kettering still had plenty of luck on their side for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing.
Bee Gee’s Minit Market in Kettering sold its first $1 million ticket in the historic Mega Millions drawing, according to an Ohio Lottery spokesperson.
“I got a phone call this morning just after 7,” said Michael Sliger, manager at Bee Gee’s. “It turns out, we had a million dollar winner here in Kettering.”
Though it was the store’s first million dollar Mega Millions winner, Bee Gee’s has sold other winning tickets for even bigger jackpots.
“Actually, we had a $8 million winner at this location in Classic Lotto,” Sliger said. “We’ve had a couple different million dollar winners and hundred thousand dollar winners multiple times.”
Bee Gee’s will receive a $1,000 sales bonus for selling the million dollar ticket and Sliger already has plans for that money.
“Celebrating a little bit,” he said. “Passing on some to the employees. Everybody has been working really hard.”
The mini market is the top cashier of Mega Millions prizes and top-selling Mega Millions retailer in its region, according to Ohio Lottery.
In the last fiscal year, Bee Gee’s reportedly sold $21,350 in Mega Millions prizes and $220,010 in tickets.
News Center 7 was reporting live throughout the day Tuesday at the store as tickets were being sold.
Twelve other million-dollar tickets were sold among the U.S. lotteries, with Ohio selling one ticket that came close.
The winning tickets matched all five numbers without the Mega Ball, securing the $1 million prize. The Ohio winner used auto pick to choose the winning numbers.
Ohioans have won 19 jackpot prizes and secured more than 30 winning tickets of $1 million or more.
Last night’s winning numbers: 5-28-62-65-70 and Mega ball 5.
One winning $1.6 billion ticket was sold in South Carolina.
Six people were shot -- three critically -- near the football stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday.
The shooting happened “outside the stadium footprint” while a game was underway, but did not impact the game, authorities said
Update 5:40 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: Jacksonville police released a photo of the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting Sunday that injured six people, three of them critically.
Investigators believe the suspects were driving a silver grey four-door sedan, and that the victims were intentionally targeted.
Update 3:31 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The shooting occurred on a sidewalk at 12:35 p.m at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Sunday. The victims -- five men, one woman -- ranged in ages from “their 20s to 70s,” the spokesman said. The vehicle carrying the suspect or suspects was a silver gray sedan and possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Authorities said the shots appeared to come from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The spokesman said the shooting could be gang-related.
Update 3:28 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that six adults were shot, with three people in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was driving a gray-silver four-door vehicle.
This is a developing story.
NOAA officials released their winter weather outlook for the 2018-19 season Thursday, predicting a mild winter for much of the United States. The reason: El Niño.
NOAA forecasters say El Niño has a 70 percent to 75 percent chance of developing. While a weak El Niño is expected, it is still likely to influence the weather pattern across the United States.
Typical El Niño winters bring wetter conditions across the southern United States with a warmer, drier pattern for much of the north. El Niño is an ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to periodic warming in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.
Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said the effects of El Niño in the Miami Valley can vary, but typically winters tend to be drier than normal with slightly less than average snowfall.
During the last weak El Niño in the winter of 2014-15, the Miami Valley saw record low snowfall amounts during December, but wound up only slightly below average for the entire winter. The temperature trend saw wild swings from month to month.
February 2015 went in the record books as the fourth coldest in Dayton. Elwell said while the coming winter could trend to be slightly warmer than average overall, it is likely we'll have similar, significant, but perhaps short-lived outbreaks of cold.
Other climate patterns that can affect winter weather are challenging to predict on a seasonal time scale.
The Arctic Oscillation influences the number of arctic air masses that penetrate the South and could result in below-average temperatures in the eastern part of the United States.
The Madden-Julian Oscillation can contribute to heavy precipitation events along the West Coast, which could play a large role in shaping the coming winter, especially if El Niño is weak as forecasters predict.
Elwell said it is important to note that NOAA’s seasonal outlooks give the likelihood that temperatures and precipitation will be above, near or below average, and how drought conditions are expected to change.
The outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations.
Snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance. Even during a warmer-than-average winter, periods of cold and snowfall are still likely to occur.
Freeze warning is in effect from 3 to 9 a.m. Tuesday for Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties.
Overnight: Clouds will slowly break as winds diminish, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the lower 30s. Areas of frost will be possible. A freeze is possible, especially in rural areas.
Tuesday: Morning frost and freeze is possible with a freeze warning in effect from 3 a.m. until 9 a.m. Expect widespread frost in the morning. Otherwise sunny and cool, dry conditions expected in the afternoon with highs in the middle 50s.
Wednesday: Expect mostly sunny skies and cool temperatures hovering in the middle 50s.
Thursday: After another frosty morning, a sunny day is expected with highs again in the middle 50s.
Friday: Clouds will be on the increase with a chance of showers, especially in the evening. Windy at times with highs in the upper 50s.
Saturday: Lots of clouds, with blustery conditions. Highs will be in the middle 50s.
A 9-month-old boy and the 15-year-old girl accused of taking the child from a Dayton residence overnight Monday and prompting an Amber Alert have been found safe, and the teen is in custody, police said.
The baby, I’Zyion Reese, and the teen, who we are no longer naming because she’s in custody, were found in the 1800 block of North Main Street in Dayton around 11:15 a.m.
"There's nothing more traumatic than a child missing. Especially a 9-month-old who has absolutely no way of communicating or caring for itself,” said Lt. Jason Hall with the Dayton Police Department.
The baby’s mother said she has four kids, with Reese being the youngest.
Hall said it is possible the 15-year-old could face charges in the case. The teen was staying at a home in the 3000 block of Haberer Avenue overnight, when she allegedly took the child without the family’s permission around 3 a.m., Hall said.
The mother of the child said she stays at her apartment with her brother and her four kids. She said they let the teen stay with them last night to be nice.
Around 3 a.m., the mother said the teen stole her brother’s cell phone, took the baby and left.
The mother said she wasn’t aware of the baby being missing until she woke up at 7 a.m.
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