Dayton Police Department

Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Fallen Officer Honored With Memorial Wall

Pictured here, the unfinished memorial wall that will honor Dayton Police Officer William 'Steve' Whalen.
Credit Major Brian Johns DPD

This week, City officials will dedicate a mural in honor of fallen Dayton Police Officer William "Steve" Whalen who was killed in the line of duty in 1991 while attempting to stop a vehicle wanted in connection with a shooting at a local hotel.

In the incident, the driver opened the rear window of his truck and fired an AR-15 rifle. Whalen returned fire twice but was struck in the head and killed. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. In 2011, then Governor Ted Strickland, denied the clemency request of Karl Vultee—the man who killed Whalen.

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Crime
6:58 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Dayton Police Drop RTA Bus Driver's Shooting Case

Dayton police have closed the case of RTA bus driver Rickey Wagoner who claimed he was attacked on the job earlier this year, saying the evidence doesn’t support Wagoner’s story.

Wagoner, who is white, told police in February he stepped off his bus in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue in Dayton to investigate a loss of power and was attacked by three black men. Claiming he was shot and stabbed while fighting back, Wagoner said his attackers used racial language. The incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

 

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Statewide News
10:06 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court Case Will Affect Local Traffic Camera Suits

Credit U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

You open your mail and there it is – a picture of your car allegedly speeding through town or sailing through the red light at an intersection. Ready to proclaim your innocence, you wait for your day in court. But, if you reside in any of the 15 Ohio communities that use traffic enforcement cameras, that’s not what you get. In most cases, you’ll get an administrative hearing.

That's the reason traffic cameras are being challenged in courts around Ohio. One case has reached the Ohio Supreme Court and could have an impact on local communities that use traffic cameras.

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Around the Miami Valley
4:29 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Dayton Police Crack Down on Construction Zone Traffic Violations

I-75 as seen from Kettering Tower, 11th floor.
Credit Jerry Kenney

The Dayton Police Department has begun a crackdown on traffic violations in the I-75 construction zone through downtown.  The stepped up enforcement efforts will run through September during periods of heavy traffic.

Police say they’ll be on the lookout for speed, lane change, and tailgating violations.  They’ll also be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.

No warnings will be issued and so motorists need to know the law, according to Sergeant John Ross with the Dayton PD.

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Around the Miami Valley
9:47 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Police Offer Details On Officer-involved Shooting

The Dayton Police Department has released more information about the death of 45-year-old Terry Darnell Heath, who was killed during a confrontation with police on Monday night.

Around 10pm Monday, police responded to a report of an argument and stabbing in the 2300 block of Wyoming Street. They found one of the men involved in that altercation, John Hagen, who was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

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