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.

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.

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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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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2 children, who police say were shot in head by mother, have died

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 8:11 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 3:18 AM

DAYTON — The Helton children, 8-year-old Khmorra and 6-year-old Kaiden, died Sunday night at Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

  • The children were shot at the family’s Lori Sue Avenue home on May 18
  • The children’s 11-year-old sister was at home, but unharmed
  • The children’s mother, Claudena M. Helton, 30, remains in jail

INITIAL REPORT: 2 children shot in the head in Dayton

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed they had the bodies of the Helton children, but they would not release their times of death.

The children’s mother was arrested and has been in the Montgomery County Jail since the shooting on Thursday around 10 a.m. at their home at 3821 Lori Sue Avenue.

Claudena Helton is scheduled to appear in Dayton Municipal Court on Monday. She is charged with two counts of attempted murder and four counts of aggravated assault. We have contacted Dayton Police Department officials to find out whether the charges will be increased now that the children have died.

>>PHOTOS:  First responders arrive; neighbors comforted

>>911 CALLS:  Illustrate chaos in aftermath 

The children’s mother, Claudena Helton, had faced previous allegations involving children before last week's shootings. In March 2014, she was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

At the time of the shootings, an investigation was open and active against Claudena Helton by Montgomery County Children Services.

Reaction from neighbor

John Sanders Sr. has lived in the 3800 block of Lori Sue Avenue — just a few houses down from the Helton home — for 45 years.

"From what I’ve seen and noticed, she and the kids got along fine,” Sanders said. “They were always out in the yard barbecuing, cleaning the car, going back and forth to school. I could see no problem whatsoever. I was very shocked to hear, and disturbed, as to what happened over there.”

Sanders, who has 13 grandchildren, said it saddened him to learn of Khmorra and Kaiden Helton’s deaths tonight.

“I'm sorry to hear that and my prayers go out to the family,” he said.

Sanders said law enforcement should take swifter action if they’re aware of child abuse.

“I’ve always thought and felt if, whenever the authorities know of cruelty ... they shouldn’t wait for an incident such as this to take place in order to take action," he said

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