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Police say a 12-year-old boy who had a loaded handgun in his backpack at his Moraine school has been taken into custody.

Sgt. Jon Spencer with the Moraine police tells the Dayton Daily News that officers were called to the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine around 8 a.m. Monday. Spencer says staff members were notified of the weapon and recovered it from the student. No injuries were reported.

It is unclear why the student brought the weapon to school.

Authorities said Sunday they were reviewing a Miami Valley community's second fatal police shooting in a year's time after an officer shot and killed a suspect who a 911 caller described attacking a woman as she screamed.

Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said the "violent confrontation" at an apartment in the suburb of Dayton, southwest of Columbus, was reported to police just after 11 p.m. Saturday. He said the officer entered alone and both the suspect and an officer discharged their firearms.

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The city of Westerville is reeling after two police officers were shot and killed responding to a 9-1-1 call over the weekend. On Monday, Gov. John Kasich ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff until the officers are interred.

Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering died after they were ambushed responding to a call early Saturday afternoon.

Struggling to hold back tears, Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer describes the incident.

City of Dayton

Crime rates have fallen significantly in Dayton this year, according to the latest city data. The city’s drop in crime lines up with larger national trends showing overall crime rates at historic lows in many cities.

 

 

The data show Dayton’s crime rate fell by double digits in many areas:  

 

Violent crimes, including murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault, are down 15 percent for 2017. Property crimes, such as arson, residential burglary and theft are down 18 percent.

 

A Cleveland police vehicle. An officer is accused in the shooting death of two unarmed people in 2012.
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A small Ohio news organization says one of its employees has been shot by a sheriff's deputy who they say apparently mistook his camera for a weapon.

The New Carlisle News reports photographer Andy Grimm had left the office Monday night to take pictures of lightning when he saw a Clark County sheriff's deputy performing a traffic stop in New Carlisle, north of Dayton.

Grimm tells the news organization that he decided to take pictures of the traffic stop. He says he got out of his Jeep and started setting up his tripod and camera when he was shot in the side.

Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
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An Ohio sheriff says a suspect in a drug deal struck a police officer with his car while fleeing and was shot multiple times by two officers before crashing his car and later dying at a hospital.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says undercover law enforcement officers witnessed a drug deal Wednesday morning in the Dayton suburb of Harrison Township. He says officers approached the vehicles where the transaction happened, and the suspected dealer fled, striking a Trotwood police officer with his car.

Greater Dayton RTA

Ohio police say one rider was knocked out of their wheelchair and another suffered cuts on their face after a bullet broke the window of a bus.

 Officials say the Regional Transit Authority bus was struck by gunfire Sunday evening in Dayton.

No one was struck by the bullet. Police believe the bus was the unintended target after the occupants of one car began shooting at another car.

The shooting is still under investigation.

Dayton Police say a woman told them she fatally shot her two children to save them from the world's evils.

Detective Rod Roberts wrote in court documents that police interviewed Claudena Helton after the May 18 shooting. Her 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son died Sunday.

Municipal Court Judge Christopher Roberts set bond Monday at $1 million for Helton and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 30. A public defender entered not-guilty pleas for Helton to charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.

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Two brothers accused in a Yellow Springs area double fatal shooting have each been indicted on aggravated murder and murder charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Dustin Merrick and 24-year-old Bret Merrick also are charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault, among other counts, in the indictments filed yesterday in Greene County Common Pleas Court in Xenia. Dustin Merrick also has been indicted on a count of obstructing justice.

Central State is one of two historically black universities in Greene County.
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Two universities in Ohio were placed on lockdown Monday night following reports of an armed robbery and gunfire.

Central State University says one female student was wounded. She was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. It's unclear if she was shot.

The university says it received a report around 8:30 p.m. Monday of an armed robbery in one of the buildings on campus. While investigating, officers heard a gunshot. Central State and Wilberforce University campuses were immediately placed on lockdown. The schools are both located in Wilberforce, near Dayton.

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