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Published: Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 5:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 2:04 PM
SHELBY COUNTY — UPDATE @ 2 p.m. 3/24/15:
Julie Meyer, the mother of two boys, was in the middle of the pileup and managed to get through it unscathed.
She has two sons, ages 5 & 6, whom she held tightly when she got home. “I was so thankful, to pick them up,” she said. “I gave them hugs and I was so thankful that they weren’t in the car to witness that.” Right after the massive pileup, she tells us she called her husband. “I called him right away, and I just cried when I was telling him the story, because I couldn’t believe, how thankful I was, that I made it through.”
Meyer has made the commute on that stretch of I-75 for 14 years, back & forth to her job at Trupointe in Piqua. You’ll hear more from Meyer in our follow up today on News Center 7 beginning at 5 p.m.
UPDATE @11:30 a.m. 3/24/15:
Our reporters are learning more about a Monday evening pileup on Interstate 75 in Shelby County.
Hear from a witness to the pileup, and learn what you should do if you find yourself involved in a highway pileup.
UPDATE @ 9 p.m. 3/23/15: The snow showers that marched across the northern Miami Valley caused “whiteout conditions” on Interstate 75 North and led to the chain-reaction pileup involving 15 to 20 vehicles, said Sgt. Vee Witcher Jr., Ohio Highway Patrol post in Piqua.
Four people were injured in the accident that shut down the northbound lanes of the interstate between state Routes 119 and 274 for approximately two hours, he said. None of the injuries was believed to be life threatening.
All of the injured were taken to hospitals.
Witcher said the investigation is ongoing. Drivers and witnesses will have to be interviewed before the highway patrol can entertain the possibility of citing anyone. The sergeant noted that the pileup occurred when one vehicle slowed because of the snow.
At least four commercial vehicles, all believed to be semitrailers, were among the vehicles in the pileup, Witcher said.
All lanes of the interstate were reopened just before 8 p.m.
Officials are responding to a pileup believed to involve 20 to 30 vehicles on Interstate 75 North at the 100 mile marker and just north of the Sidney exit, according to the Piqua Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.
Two minor injuries were also reported. The northbound lane is shutdown and traffic moving slow in the southbound lane, officials said.
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 12:33 PM
— The 14 new City View townhouses have sold out just about 13 months after hitting the market, making it Charlie Simms’ fastest downtown housing project to run out of product.
City View was Charles Simms Development’s sixth downtown housing project. Simms’ first project — the Patterson Square town homes, built in 2011 — took a couple of years to sell out.
Simms Development released pricing of the City View homes in February 2017, meaning it sold out four months quicker than its Brownstones at 2nd project.
“We would consider this a record sellout in all aspects for a downtown development,” said Robi Simms, vice president of sales and marketing with Charles Simms Development.
The homes sold out quickly even though they commanded much higher prices than Simms’ earlier housing.
The Patterson Square townhomes, at East First Street and North Patterson Boulevard, started at about $139,900, or about $100 per square foot. The City View homes, located a few blocks away on South Patterson Boulevard, have been selling for almost $200 per square foot.
The pricing of the Brownstones at 2nd were $200,000 and up range, while the City View homes have sold in the mid to upper-$300,000 range.
The exterior of the City View homes is urban and modern. This was a departure for Simms, whose five previous downtown projects were traditional-style brownstones and brick homes.
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
Satz said he filed a "notice of intent to seek death" in the 17 first-degree murder counts stemming from the Feb. 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 14 students and three adults dead.
Cruz is also charged with attempted murder in the shootings of 17 others who survived.
Cruz is scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday on the murder and attempted murder charges.
Cruz offered to plead guilty to the charges several weeks ago if prosecutors removed the death penalty from the table.
If he does reach a plea deal with prosecutors, the only other option for Cruz is life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Published: Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 11:19 AM
Two well-known pastors have submitted petitions to run for the open Dayton City Commission seat in a special May election.
No other candidates filed petitions by Friday’s deadline.
Daryl Ward, the senior pastor at Omega Baptist Church, and Darryl Fairchild, manager of chaplain services at Dayton Children’s Hospital, filed petitions to try to replace Commissioner Joey Williams, who resigned last month.
To appear on the ballot, candidates needed to collect 500 valid signatures of Dayton electors and submit them to the Montgomery County Board of Elections. The deadline to file was end of business hours Friday.
Ward turned in a petition with 1,441 signatures earlier this month. Fairchild’s petition, which he submitted Friday morning, contained 1,430 signatures.
Ward, senior pastor at Omega Baptist Church, said he feels really encouraged by the amount of support the community has already shown him when he was out collecting signatures and starting to campaign.
“It’s been a wonderful thing, and I’ve already learned things about Dayton I didn’t know,” he said.
He said he believes he can make a difference but will have to show voters that he’s sincere and truly cares about making the community a better place.
Ward said he is looking forward to hitting the streets and talking to people about the challenges facing Dayton and what they think the city can do to improve people’s lives.
“We’ve got to face challenges together — it’s going to take all of us,” he said.
Fairchild said he’s battle tested and has good name recognition since this will be the third time in four years that he has run for a commission seat. He narrowly lost a seat to newcomer Chris Shaw in 2015, but was defeated by a much larger margin by incumbent commissioners Joey Williams and Jeff Mims Jr. last year.
Fairchild, who has known Ward for 30 years and was his student at United Theological Seminary, said he’s a little surprised Ward chose to run against him.
But Fairchild said they are friends and colleagues and he views Ward as a mentor.
“But we’re both athletes too, and we don’t shy away from competition,” Fairchild said. “We value the democratic process, and this is an opportunity for us to share our visions and put out our best ideas for the city and let the voters choose.”
Fairchild said he approved when a friend described him as “a political gym rat.”
Williams decided to step down just four months into his fifth term. Williams said his travel schedule with his new job kept meant he was too busy to give his commission responsibilities the attention they deserve.
Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 10:13 AM
— One of downtown Dayton’s most prolific developers plans to renovate a vacant building in the fast-growing Webster Station neighborhood to create new offices and spaces possibly for retail or dining options.
Woodard Development, one of the developers of the Water Street District, has acquired the former Lotz Paper Co. building at 607 E. Third St., which sits next to the renovated steam plant near the Cannery Loft apartments.
Woodard Development wants to transform the upper floors of the five-story building into unique and “innovative” office spaces, said Jason Woodard, principal of the firm.
“It’s an area we really like,” Woodard said. “It’s right there in the path of growth and innovation.”
Webster Station has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in the region for new housing, but it’s also welcomed some new office product and commercial investment that is helping turn it into an “innovation district,” officials and developers say.
Development and city officials say they hope the new investment continues to spread to other vacant properties in the neighborhood, which had suffered from decades of job losses and disinvestment as heavy industry pulled out or shut down.
Woodard is in negotiations with the city of Dayton for another empty commercial property that is right next door to the building he just acquired.
Woodard Development has taken control of the Lotz paper building next to the former Dayton Power & Light steam plant, which has been renovated into offices and a swanky new event space.
Woodard’s plans are to renovate the vacant building into new office space. The building, which is about 35,000 square feet, will be called the Avant-Garde.