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Driver in crash that blocked I-70 used fentanyl earlier, patrol says

Published: Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 4:48 PM

I70 West at Diamond Mill Overpass crash

A driver involved in a two-vehicle crash that shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Clayton for nearly two hours Thursday night admitted to using fentanyl earlier in the evening, troopers said.

It is the latest traffic accident involving a driver allegedly impaired by opioids.

The driver, identified as Jeremy Hembree, 32, was booked into Montgomery County Jail after the crash.

Troopers said a suspected drug found at the scene will be sent to the crime lab for testing.

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Hembree, who is from New Paris, will be charged with OVI and possession of drugs, troopers said. Hembree was driving with a suspended license.

Drug-impaired driving has for the first time surpassed drunk-driving as the leading factor in fatal crashes, according to a report issued earlier this year by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

About 43 percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, the report said, surpassing the 37 percent who tested above the legal limit for alcohol, according to the report.

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Drugged driving crashes in Ohio increased 25 percent from 2012 through 2016, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. There were 3,574 drugged driving crashes in 2016, which accounted for about 33 percent of all impaired driving crashes, according to state crash statistics.

Recent incidents locally include:

  • Jordan Harville, 25, of Clayton pleaded guilty on Aug. 4 to three felony counts Miami County Common Pleas Court in the death of Anthony Hufford, 28, of Englewood. Harville struck Hufford’s vehicle on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. during a pursuit that began in Miami County. Authorities said Harville told them he had used heroin.
  • In March a driver overdosed and crashed into a tree line along southbound Interstate 75 south of Ohio 725 in Miami Twp. He was revived with Narcan.
  • Also in March, police revived another driver with Narcan after a his vehicle crashed into a wall on Interstate 75 near Tipp City.

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Sgt. Matt Robinson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton post said Thursday’s accident, which happened around 7:40 p.m. just before the Ohio 49 Greenville exit, involved a gold Chrysler Town and Country minivan and another vehicle.

“It looks like one of the drivers is impaired on drugs,” Robinson said. “He was not injured and was driving the minivan.”

The minivan driver “did admit to narcotics use prior in the evening,” the sergeant said.

Robinson also said contraband was found in the car and that the drug “appears to be an opiate of some kind.”

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Robinson said.

A witness, Kevin Crank of Richmond, said he was helping people in a disabled vehicle off to the shoulder on I-70 when the gold minivan moved past him at high speed. Traffic up ahead was slowing because of a construction zone, Crank said.

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He said the minivan hit the other vehicle “full force, about 75 to 80 miles an hour.”

Crank said he ran to the accident and helped the driver of the vehicle that had been hit. The man had some cuts, but seemed OK, Crank said.

“The impact… sounded like a bomb going off… It was the worst sound I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Crank said he is glad he was in a position to help.

“And I’m thankful that guy (whose vehicle was struck) is alive,” he said.

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Staff reporterChris Stewart contributed to this report.

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Loaded gun found in Dayton airport rental car

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:33 PM


            The James M. Cox Dayton International Airport parking garage. FILE
The James M. Cox Dayton International Airport parking garage. FILE

A rental car agent told Dayton police a loaded pistol was found in a returned car Tuesday morning.

Dayton police secured the firearm found at the National Car Rental at the James M. Cox Dayton International Airport and placed it in an airport evidence locker, according to a police report.

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Five rounds were found inside the Derringer .22-caliber pistol, according to the report.

The vehicle’s last renter — whose residence on the report is listed as a Salt Lake City address — had the car for two days and returned it Tuesday just after 8 a.m., according to the report.

The incident was reported to police just after 10 a.m., according to the report. Attempts by police to reach the man by two telephone numbers were unsuccessful.

Miami Valley Hospital nurse reports assault by patient

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

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A Miami Valley Hospital nurse said Tuesday she was assaulted by a patient in the medical center’s bariatric ward, according to a Dayton police report.

The 59-year-old male suspect was told by police he would receive a summons for assault. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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“The incident involving one of our nurses has been turned over to the Dayton Police Department,” said Sharon Howard, the hospital spokeswoman, in a statement. “Any and all further action will occur as a result of their (DPD) internal processes.”

The nurse told police she entered the room to check on the patient and discovered him on the floor of the room with his left arm still secured to the bed by a restraint a previous nurse applied to him, according to the report.

Additional hospital staff entered the room and, in an attempt to place the patient back into bed, released the arm restraint, according to the report.

The nurse told police that the patient “reached up, grabbed the bottom front of her shirt and pulled her down on top of him,” according to the report.

Other staff then freed the nurse from the patient, who the nurse said appeared ready to strike her or pull her hair, according to the report. The staff then placed the patient in a four-point restraint.

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The nurse told police that prior to the incident the suspect said that “he better be released today or he’s gonna do something bad,” according to the report. She also told police that the patient had assaulted a doctor a day prior, but that the doctor did not wish to call police, according to the report.

The suspect told police that he wants to be released from the hospital and did not wish to be there anymore.

Substitute teacher accused of sex with 2 students seeks insanity plea

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Madeline Marx plans to submit motions seeking competency and a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Marx, a former substitute teacher, is accused of having sexual contact with two Kettering Fairmont High School students.

The Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher accused of having sexual contact with two students plans to submit motions to determine her competency and fitness to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Madeline Marx, 23, appeared Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Pending the motions being filed and a doctor conducting the exam, Marx’s scheduling conference was continued until Jan. 31.

Attorney Keith Fricker told Judge Steven Dankof he was going to file the competency and NGRI motions in the next couple days.

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Fricker told Dankof he had arranged for a doctor to do the exam and if prosecutors object, he would work with them to find a replacement.

Before the hearing, Marx was dabbing her eyes and was comforted by a woman who came with her to the hearing. During it, she had tissues with her while at the podium.

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“Ms. Marx, hang in there, OK, you’ll get through this,” Dankof said. “You’ll be all right.”

Marx is charged with two counts of sexual battery. Both counts are third-degree felonies and punishable by sentences of up to 9 to 36 months in prison.

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A 17-year-old student told police he was given oral sex by a teacher July 19 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Wilmington Pike, according to a complaint, affidavit and statement of facts filed in court.

A 16-year-old boy told police he had intercourse with a substitute teacher Sept. 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Smithville Road, according to court documents.

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Marx was removed from Fairmont’s building Nov. 8 by police. Marx admitted to having sexual relationships with multiple students, according to court documents.

Marx also was a substitute teacher for Oakwood schools, but officials there say there hasn’t been any complaints about her.

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Springboro boy sentenced in drug case involving teacher mother

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:38 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:21 AM


            The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. STAFF
The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. STAFF

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.: A Springboro boy was sentenced this morning to 30 days in the Warren County Detention Center, ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program and placed on probation for drug charges in a case also involving his mother, a teacher in the Springboro Schools.

The boy was led out of the courtroom to begin his detention. He was given credit for 15 days already served.

Judge Joe Kirby also fined the boy $250 and ordered him to remain on probation, possibly until he turns 21.

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Prior to sentencing, the teen pleaded no contest to the charges against him, and Kirby found him delinquent.

EARLIER: The 16-year-old son of a long-time Springboro school teacher accused of drug-related charges at their home is to enter a plea and be sentenced this morning in Warren County Juvenile Court.

The case stems from a raid on their home in May by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

The boy, 16, is accused of trafficking in LSD to 25 to 30 Springboro High School students, as well as possession of the hallucinogenic and marijuana.

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Teacher Amy Panzeca allegedly helped her son obtain the online currency Bitcoin used to purchase LSD, and she is charged with child endangering and contributing to the unruliness of a minor.

She is on leave from her job.