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

FROM THE SCENE: Fatal accident on US 68

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.

PHOTOS: From the scene of accident


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.

1 person dead following U.S.. 68 accident in Xenia

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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Demand in West Dayton for 1,000 housing units, grocery store

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

            DeSoto Bass Courts public housing has about 354 housing units in West Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
DeSoto Bass Courts public housing has about 354 housing units in West Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Greater Dayton Premier Management, the local public housing authority, is working on a plan to improve conditions and the housing stock in a poor part of West Dayton where more than 6,000 residents live.

GDPM is targeting five neighborhoods west of Interstate 75 and south of U.S. 35 that have some rundown and aging public housing facilities and many vacant and abandoned structures.

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There’s demand for up to nearly 1,000 new housing units, including a mix of subsidized, senior, market rate and for-sale units, according to a market study done for the agency.

Residents who live in the area, which is home to the DeSoto Bass Courts and Hilltop Homes, also say they want community gardens, a grocery store, a laundromat and increased police presence and visibility, according to a survey of a public housing residents and some neighbors.

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GPDM’s “transformation plan” will be submitted to the federal government, which in the past has awarded tens of millions of dollars to communities to implement their plans and help pay for new housing, amenities and other investments.

The Trump Administration’s current budget does not have funding for implementation, but even without that money, GDPM hopes to remake this part of Datyon, though likely it would take longer and require some adjustments, agency officials said.

“We have alternate plans for our housing if we are not fortunate enough to receive this Choice Neighborhood funding,” said Jennifer Heapy, CEO of GDPM. “We are still committed to a transformation for that particular part of the city — it’ll just take us longer.”

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Montgomery County joins legal fight against opioid drug companies

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

Montgomery County joins legal fight against opioid drug companies

Following in the footsteps of the city of Dayton and the state of Ohio, Montgomery County plans to sue drug companies or others that county officials allege helped cause the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that has ravaged the Dayton region and communities across the country.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County commissioners announced they have approved an agreement with Motley Rice, one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ litigation firms, to take legal action against “individuals and entities related to the marketing, prescribing, distribution or sale of opioids.”

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Montgomery County has hired the firm to investigate and then litigate claims related to the marketing and overprescribing of powerful opioid medications, said Mary Montgomery, chief of civil division of the Montomery County prosecutor’s office.

She said the goal is to hold those people and companies responsible for the opioid crisis accountable for it and try to recover the costs to taxpayers. That includes drug treatment programs, medical care, hospitalizations, law enforcement, prosecution and incarceration, Montgomery said.

Other costs include caring for the children whose parents have died of a drug overdose or who have lost custody because of their drug use, she said.

“Any money recovered will be for treatment programs as well as to reimburse the county for all of the expenses just mentioned,” she said.

Montgomery County has been particularly hard-hit by the opiate crisis, county officials said, noting that between 60 to 70 percent of the bodies in the county morgue last summer were overdose victims.

In 2016, prescribers in the county wrote almost 93 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents, and there were more opioid prescriptions written each year between 2006 and 2015 than there were people living in the county, said Montomery.

“Nationally, the economic toll of the opioid crisis is estimated to have topped $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017,” she said.

Motley Rice, based in Washington, D.C., is lead counsel in lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical companies by the city of Chicago and Santa Clara County. The firm also represents four states, seven counties and a handful of cities and townships in other opioid-related litigation.

Last year, Santa Clara County, home to Silicon Valley in California, reached a $1.6 million settlement with drug maker Teva over “deceptive” marketing of prescription opioid painkillers, according to Motley Rice.

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Closer to home, the city of Dayton last June announced it was suing more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies, distributors and pain specialists who city officials allege misrepresented the dangers of opioid medications and profited from opioid dependency and use.

This is about basic fairness for Montgomery County taxpayers, and the companies that ignited and fed this deadly epidemic should help clean it up, said Commissioner Dan Foley.

“We believe … that the drug companies have a moral obligation to pay our community back,” Foley said.

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1 officer killed, 2 deputies wounded while serving warrant in Georgia

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

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A police officer was fatally wounded and two sheriff’s deputies injured Friday after they were shot while serving a warrant in Locust Grove. Authorities said the suspected shooter was shot and killed by an officer.

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1 dead in shooting at veterans nursing home in Georgia

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:03 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

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One person is dead after a shooting Friday at a nursing home for veterans in Georgia. 

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Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home around 11:20 a.m. Deputies said that, upon arrival, they found a person dead of a gunshot wound.


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