Family buys SUV 2 hours before it catches fire on I-75 South

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 5:47 PM

All lanes of southbound Interstate 75 are open after a Chevrolet Trailblazer caught fire and shut down the southbound lanes in Moraine.

The two adults and three children inside the car were able to get out without injury after the fire broke out about 5:10 p.m.

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Substantial delays remain after the interstate reopened.

The adults say they just bought the Trailblazer two hours ago through a private sale. The woman, who didn’t want to be identified, said she was going to try to get her money back.

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Dayton to spend $30k to move sculpture

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

            The city of Dayton will return this sculpture, “Movin’ Out”, back to the Dayton Art Institute.

The city of Dayton will spend about $30,000 to relocate a sculpture to make way for an outdoor music amphitheater planned for downtown.

The Dayton Art Institute loaned the city Charles Ginnever’s sculpture Movin’ Out for Jesse Owens, which has sat near the southwestern corner of Dave Hall Plaza since 1980.

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The piece, which has linked shapes that resemble Olympic rings, will be moved to the top of the hillside in front of the art institute, along a new pedestrian walkway that extends from Riverview Avenue to the entrance rotunda.

“The sculpture is going to come home to the art institute,” said Michael Roediger, director and CEO of the Dayton Art Institute.

The sculpture will be moving out because Dave Hall Plaza is on track to be transformed into the Levitt Pavilion Dayton, a state-of-the-art amphitheater that will offer at least 50 free concerts every year.

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Pavilion supporters still need to raise more than $400,000 to reach their capital goal of $5 million to build the music venue. But they insist that the pavilion will get under construction this year, with shows kicking off in mid-2018. Dave Hall Plaza is the park just north of the Crowne Plaza Dayton.

Ginnever’s sculpture was shipped to the park in several pieces and was welded on site, Roediger said.

The museum will relocate a few of its pieces to the new walkway up to the rotunda to create a “sculpture walk,” Roediger said.

The art institute a couple of years ago received $2.2 million in funding from an Ohio State Capital Appropriations bill, which will pay for a variety of renovations including the new ADA-accessible pedestrian walkway.

Other improvements include replacing the Shaw Gothic Cloister floor, restroom renovations, window replacements and door updates.

Oxford burglary suspect escapes police

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

            Zachariah Williamson

UPDATE @ 3:40 p.m.:

Police were unable to locate a burglary suspect in the area of Erin Drive today.

During the investigation of a home burglary, a suspect in the theft — identified as Zachariah Williamson — fled from officers on foot.

It was unknown whether Williamson, 29, was armed, according to police.

A foot pursuit ensued involving officers from Oxford, Oxford Twp., Miami University, and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

After a search, which included a police canine from the sheriff’s office, police were unable to locate Williamson.

School officials put Talawanda Middle School on a precautionary lock down.

In addition, the police department stationed an officer at the intersection of Dana Drive and Ohio 732 at school dismissal time to help ensure the safety of students who walked home.

In addition to being a suspect in the theft, Williamson is also wanted by other agencies, according to the Oxford Police Department.


Oxford police are advising residents to avoid the area around Erin Drive due to police activity.

Butler County dispatchers said police are searching for a burglary suspect in that area. The suspect is a white male who has tattoos and was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

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Dispatchers said a resident in the 600 block of Erin Drive reported that a gun had been stolen from his home sometime before 11:36 a.m.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Terrorism expert calls Manchester attack the worst since 2005

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The explosion near Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom where an Ariana Grande concert on Monday is the second most significant attack in the country since 2005, according to Glen Duerr, a Cedarville University professor who has citizenship in the U.K., the United States and Canada.

“The targets really being teenage girls in particular, pre-teen girls and younger kids, so really (it’s) a heinous attack,” Duerr said. 

At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured which has been identified as a terrorist attack carried out by a male suicide bomber. 

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Duerr also noted the attack occurred in the middle of campaign season in the U.K.

“The general election is coming up on June 8,” he said. “The polls are beginning to narrow so there’s real chance to influence the election.”

Toddler suffers severe burn injuries in Greenville

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 11:18 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

UPDATE @ 8:49 a.m. 05/22/17

The 2-year-old boy who was burned on Knisley Road on Sunday was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital where his condition is listed as good, according to a Darke County Sheriff’s Office news release.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office released more details about the events leading up to the child’s injury.

Around 10:48 p.m. on Sunday, Darke County deputies, Union City Fire, Union City Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the 8200 block of Kniseley Road for a child with serious burn injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.
A Greenville man poured gasoline on a bonfire which spread to a container another man was holding, according to the sheriff’s office news release. The man holding the container tripped over the 2-year-old boy, causing him to spill gasoline on the child.

The gas ignited on the boy causing burns to his face and hands, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.

CareFlight has landed in Greenville for the young child who was burned.


A toddler suffered severe burns tonight in Greenville.

A CareFlight medical helicopter is on the way after the child was burned in the 8200 block of Knisely Road, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Police and medics remain on scene, and we are working to find out how the child was hurt.

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