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Homicide suspect killed by police had history Dubose allegedly killed a woman Cameron Knight


Sparks frequently shower down on the crew as they fire off shells during the fireworks show.

Behind-the-scenes at fireworks a hot spot Colerain Township’s professional grade show is produced by an all-volunteer crew. Jennie Key

It takes months to plan, 12 hours of work from more than 20 people on the day of the show to get ready, and 30 minutes to blow it all up. Colerain Township revived its traditional fireworks show after shutting it down five years ago because of budget issues, and perfect weather brought a full field of fireworks aficionados to the township government complex July 1 for its return. And while the fireworks spectacular started at dark, the setup began at 8 a.m. When township trustees brought the fireworks back, the crew that planned and executed the professionalgrade show was ready to report for duty. The crew, which consists entirely of volunteers, have to have background checks and training to be pyrotechnic assistants. Sponsors Rumpke and Northgate Mall pay for the fireworks themselves, but the setup and firing crew is all-volunteer with years of experience. I joined this year to see how it works. The prep is backbreaking grunt work: bending, stooping and kneeling. Every shell is hand-loaded into a See SHOW, Page 2A

Scott Huber demonstrates how to double fuses, allowing the crew to set off two shells simultaneously.

The man shot and killed July 4 near Dayton after police say he killed a woman in Springfield Township has a history of domestic violence, according to Hamilton County Court records. Dana Du- Dubose bose, 36, was identified as a suspect in the stabbing death of Princess Brown, 32, July 3, according to Springfield Township police. Brown was found inside a residence in the 1200 block of Murat Court just before midnight, police said. About an hour after Brown was found, the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was conducting a traffic stop in Vandalia when Dubose rammed the trooper's cruiser with his white Chevrolet Cobalt, state officials said. The trooper said Dubose got out of his car covered in blood holding a knife. The trooper called for help and told Dubose to stop, but Dubose refused, police said. The trooper fired one round, striking and killing Dubose, according to the highway patrol. The incident is under investigation. Police have not said if Dubose and Brown knew each other. Dubose has a history of domestic violence arrests, at least five since 2001, but most of those cases ended with dismissal. In 2008, he was convicted on aggravated burglary charges and violating a protection order. In 2014, he was indicted on charges of attempted rape, See DUBOSE, Page 2A

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