Car sent crashing into Centerville restaurant

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 6:13 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

            A car crashed into Savona, a Centerville restaurant.
A car crashed into Savona, a Centerville restaurant.

Savona restaurant, significantly damaged Thursday afternoon when a car was sent crashing into a wall of the building, could be partially opened by Saturday.

While workers were busy Thursday night securing the building, 79 S. Main St., it could be days before the damage is repaired, chef-owner Keith Taylor said.

Short term, he said, Savona could be open by Saturday — the bar area, at least — or sometime next week, he’s just not sure.

The collision involving the car and a pickup truck sent the car crashing into the restaurant sometime between 4 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. The impact left a gaping hole in a brick wall of the business.

The restaurant was not open at the time (it opens at 5 p.m., Taylor said), but employees were there preparing for evening diners.

Taylor, who was in the back of the restaurant when the accident occurred, said the impact “sounded like a bomb had gone off. I was startled. I went to the front to assess the situation — it looked like the roof had collapsed.”

He said he heard someone calling for help. It was a young woman believed to have been driving the car. He said she told him she had been hit by another vehicle and knocked off course.

Taylor said he calmed her and noted that she didn’t appear to be severely injured. According to Centerville police at the scene, the 17-year-old driver was taken to a hospital, suffering from minor injuries.

Building inspectors were at the site into the evening, evaluating the structural integrity of the building.

There was a table, complete with a dinner setting, right where the accident occurred, Taylor said.

Had the restaurant been open when the accident occurred, he said, “it would have been bad.”

— Staff Writer Meredith Whelchel, a junior at the University of Dayton, contributed to this story

Dayton fire inspector hurt in crash

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 6:26 PM
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 6:34 PM

A Dayton fire inspector was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon after the department vehicle he was driving was rear-ended.

The inspector, whose name was not released, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital - South following the accident on Shroyer Road at Isaac Prugh Way, police said.

The driver of the Cadillac sedan DeVille, which hit the fire department car, was not injured in the accident reported just before 5:30 p.m.

According to police at the scene, the driver of the sedan will be cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance.

Suspect goes in YMCA after parking lot assault

Published: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

Greenville police arrested a man this morning after he allegedly robbed and assaulted a woman in a YMCA parking lot.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. today. Police said the suspect ran into the Darke County YMCA after the alleged incident, where he was arrested by Greenville police.

The victim’s injuries were not serious, police said.

Vandalia police end search for burglary suspect

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 6:41 PM

Police have called off a search for a man they believe burglarized two homes in the area of West Stonequarry Road on Monday.

In the morning, a resident in one of the residences apparently surprised the violator, whose vehicle became stuck when he tried to flee, Vandalia Lt. Dan Swafford said.

A second burglary was believed to have been committed in the area by the same man, Swafford said.

Police, believing the man was still in the area, and set up a search using K-9 units from Huber Heights, troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol and Miami County sheriff’s deputies along with a OSP airplane. Units tracked a scent to near a creek, said Swafford.

Police then moved the focus of their search to the area of the Stillwater Seventh-Day Adventist church on South Dixie Drive, but were not able to find the man. Police believe he eluded them in a vehicle he stole.

At the scene of the burglary, Swafford said, police did find an acquaintance of the man. An interview with her has led police to believe they know the man’s identify, Swafford said.

“We can get a hold of him,” the lieutenant said.


Missing Clark County man located

Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 6:52 PM
Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 8:34 PM

A 71-year-old man has been located after he went missing from the Pleasant Street area in Springfield.

Authorities in Clark County issued a Missing Adult Alert at 6:23 p.m. Sunday evening. The alert asked to be on the lookout for Frank Troiano, missing since 10 a.m.

Troiano had last been seen leaving his Pleasant Street residence on foot. He suffers from Dementia.

Troiano, however, was found in the emergency room at a local hospital. His medical condition is unknown.