Wilmington man ID’d as person killed in head-on crash on U.S. 68 in Greene County

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 4:23 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 12:04 AM

UPDATE @ 11:22 p.m.: A 65-year-old Wilmington man was identified as the person killed in the three-vehicle head-on crash on U.S. 68 south of Xenia Wednesday, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol post in Xenia.  

  • Killed was Robert Beedle III, who was driving an SUV 
  • Two passengers in the SUV and the drivers of the other two cars were taken to Miami Valley Hospital
  • Beedle's passengers were not wearing seat belts, police said
  • U.S. 68 in Caesars Creek Twp., Greene County, was shut down nearly four hours 

Robert Beedle III was driving a maroon Chevy Tahoe south on 68 that was struck head-on by a blue Toyota Carolla sedan that crossed the center line just after 4 p.m.

“We don’t have any idea why the driver of the blue vehicle went left of center,” said Lt. Matt Schmenk of the OSP Xenia Post.

Salina Leist, 31, of Maineville, who was driving the Toyota, was extracted from the wreckage of her vehicle by mechanical means. Leist suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition, officials said.

Robert Beedle Jr., 89, of Blanchester, and Penny Beedle, 53, of Wilmington, were passengers in the Tahoe. He was the right front passenger and suffered life-threatening injuries. She was the rear middle passenger and suffered minor injuries. 

Neither Beedle III nor Penny Beedle was wearing seat belts, according to the statement issued by the post. 

Amanda Adkins, 26, of Wilmington, was driving a black Ford F-150 pickup truck that rear-ended the Tahoe, forcing it off the road and causing it to overturn. 

All of the injured were taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Neither alcohol nor drug use is being considered a factor in the collision. 

The investigation of the crash continues, according to the patrol.

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About 4:30 p.m., Care Flight landed to ferry at least three victims to hospitals. U.S. 68 has been shut down to accommodate the landing.

Care Flight and medic units have been sent to a reported fatal vehicle accident, with entrapment, in the area of U.S. 68 and East Spring Valley Paintersville Road. 

The accident was reported just after 4 p.m.

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Future of historic brick homes at Wright-Patt under review

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

The future of historic brick homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be under review at public hearings this week at Fairborn High School.

The Air Force is exploring 11 options for the 89 Tudor Revival-style homes in the Brick Quarters Historic District, from partial to total demolition, and from renovation to privatization, to building new homes, or a combination of all of those alternatives.

Since the alternatives were presented to the public in September, an option to use the homes as temporary lodging was dropped because residents objected to the idea, said Michael D. Ackerman, an Air Force Civil Engineer Center planning expert at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Wright-Patterson has existing quarters for temporary lodging.

“The residents of the brick quarters did not want that type of transient housing,” he said Tuesday. “They didn’t want to lose the feel of the residential neighborhood.”

The homes were built in the mid-1930s and are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Air Force says the future of the homes were under review because it needs to offer adequate housing for 30 “key and essential” personnel — senior military and civilian personnel at Wright-Patterson — who officials say must live at the base because of their duties in the event of an emergency.

A major renovation could cost up to $700,000 per home and a less extensive upgrade focused on repairs could reach about $150,000 per house, Ackerman has estimated.

A recommendation on the future of the homes was planned this winter, he said. Whatever option is chosen, 10 government-owned homes built in 1975 along Yount Drive would be demolished, and the Foulois House, built in 1874 and home to a high-ranking general, would be renovated, plans show.

The homes are among the last in the government-owned housing in the Air Force. Fifteen years ago, Wright-Patterson privatized more than 1,500 residences, but an Air Force study concluded those remaining “are not of adequate size and are not close enough” to the key leaders work sites to be considered alternatives.

An environmental review found no adverse or minor impacts to the environment if the brick homes were demolished. But the study noted a “major impact” on the historic district’s “cultural landscape” if the old houses were torn down.

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The Air Force has scheduled an environmental impact hearing at 7 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. An open house is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. An overview of options is set for 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is inside the high school media center, 900 East Dayton Yellow Springs Road.

The public may submit written comments though July 17 on the latest proposal. Comments may be submitted to Wright-Patterson Public Affairs, 5135 Pearson Road, Building 10, Room 235A, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433 or via email at 88abw.pa@us.af.mil or at the website http://wpafbhousingeis.versar.com.

Redstone Arsenal on lockdown after reports of possible shooter

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

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Officials told people at Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal to shelter in place after reports Tuesday morning indicated a possible shooter at the U.S. Army installation.

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Redstone Arsenal officials announced the lockdown on social media around 10:25 a.m. local time.

U.S. to see lowest average Independence Day gas prices since 2005

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 9:39 AM

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Drivers hitting the road for the July 4 holiday weekend may see some of the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005, paying an average of $2.21 per gallon, well under the 10-year average of $3.14, according to GasBuddy.  

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Even though average gas prices are at historic lows, the price variance "spread" in industry parlance in gas prices in any given city on July 4 will be at historic highs,” said Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, in a news release on Tuesday. This means there is a higher chance consumers will overpay at the pump over the holiday weekend.

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SUV drivers can save on average $11 per fill-up by stopping at the favorable end of the price spread while smaller cars can save $6, according to GasBuddy.  

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The spread between the nation's lowest and highest priced gas stations today stands at $1.29 per gallon — sharply higher than the 10-year average of 98 cents per gallon for this time of year. Among gas stations in the same state, the spread stands at 51 cents per gallon.  

"It's thrilling to see gas prices falling just in time for the most traveled summer holiday,” DeHaan said. “Perhaps we can finally get rid of the myth that gas prices go up for the holiday."  

Over the last decade, the national average has been as much as $1.04 per gallon higher on July 4 than New Year's Day, while the average year sees prices 47 cents higher on the holiday, DeHaan said.

"Most importantly, motorists are getting a well-deserved break at the pump after years of high summer gas prices,” DeHaan said. “This is like Christmas in July instead of seeing fireworks at the pumps like we saw just a few short years ago." 

Supreme Court to hear arguments over Trump travel ban

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:33 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

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The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would listen to arguments surrounding President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban during its October sitting.

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