Alcohol, speed possible factors in RTA crash; children suffer life-threatening injuries

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:34 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:07 AM

Photos show scene following RTA bus, car crash in Harrison Twp.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in a Tuesday evening crash involving a RTA bus and four other vehicles that left several injured, including two children with life-threatening injuries, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. 

The crash happened around 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the area of North Main Street at Julia Avenue in Harrison Twp.

>>  RTA bus crash: What we know now

According to press release, a preliminary investigation revealed that a Cadillac Deville was southbound on North Main Street when it went left of center in the area of Julia Avenue, striking another vehicle. The Cadillac then struck the RTA bus that was northbound, causing it to veer off the right side of the roadway. The bus then reentered the roadway and collided with a minivan that was also going northbound.

Both the RTA bus and minivan traveled across northbound and southbound lanes, then down an embankment into the lot of an Auto Zone parking lot on North Main Street. The RTA bus then collided with another vehicle parked in the lot before coming to a stop just outside the front doors of the store.

>> PHOTOS: RTA bus crash involves multiple injuries

6 medics called to Harrison Township crash

Multiple injuries were reported as a result of the crash, leaving two children, who were transported to Children’s Medical Center, with life threatening injuries.

Ha’Neisha Wortham said she was among several people who helped injured passengers out of the Cadillac that sustained extensive damage in the wreck.

Then she went inside a nearby KFC where bystanders took the two boys involved in the crash while they waited for medics.

“They barely could breathe, maybe a deep breath every couple seconds, so I was just coaxing the kids, telling them everything was going to be OK,” Wortham said.

Emotions were high, with employees at the KFC even in tears, she said.

“All I could do was cry, honestly, because my heart hurts for those kids.”

The driver of the Cadillac was transported to Grandview Medical Center and the front passenger was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, both with serious injuries. The injured children were also in the Cadillac.

The RTA bus driver, the driver one of the vehicles, and a passenger were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Montgomery Count Sheriff’s Office Traffic Services Unit. 



A car and an RTA bus collided on North Main St. near Julia Ave. in Harrison Twp. Tuesday afternoon, injuring as many as 10 people, including children.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies on scene said six medics were called to the scene to help care for the injured patients. 

A witness told our reporter that a Cadillac pulled in front of the RTA bus. The bus driver tried to swerve out of the way, but then the woman said she heard a big boom. 

>>Snow squalls to impact driving conditions

The woman said witnesses took two injured children inside the KFC close the crash scene while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

>>Other traffic issues in the Miami Valley

The cause of the crash is not known at this time, nor is is clear if weather condition may have been a factor.

We have a crew at the scene and will update this story as information becomes available.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Police: 2 suspected metal thieves caught red-handed at Hewitt Soap Factory

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 11:17 PM

Jacob Schiessler, left, and Scott Schiessler
Jacob Schiessler, left, and Scott Schiessler(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

>>PHOTOS: Fire at Hewitt Soap Factory

A Tipp City man told police he was nearly run over this evening after he tried to confront two suspected metal thieves.

The 56-year-old man dialed 911 to report a theft in progress around 5 p.m. at the old Hewitt Soap Factory, 300 Linden Ave.

He said he was on his way home from work when he saw a red pickup truck on the property. He walked up to the truck to get its license plate number when he spotted a man later identified as Jacob Schiessler come out of a vacant building, and saw another man, later identified as Scott Schiessler, load metal into the bed of the pickup, according to a Dayton police report.

How the wind affected firefighters' job at Hewitt Soap factory

>> Man tells officer: ‘I’ll bite your nose off and spit it in your face’ during arrest

The man said when he confronted the men about the theft, Jacob Schiessler threatened him and he backed away at the urging of the 911 operator.

Then, he said Jacob Schiessler got into the driver’s seat of the pickup, accelerated and tried to run him owner. The victim said he was able to run out of the way to avoid being struck, the report stated.

Police found the pickup at First Street Recycling, 1400 E. First St.

The victim identified Jacob and Scott Schiessler as the men involved in the incident at the Linden Avenue site, the report stated. 

Firefighters continues to douse the hot spots of the old Hewitt Soap Factory fire that erupted early Friday morning.

Both men were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felony breaking and entering, and Jacob Schiessler also faces a felonious assault charge. They are due to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show.

The old Hewitt Soap Factory ceased operation in 2004. It had a massive fire Dec. 22, 2016, that destroyed a building at the facility constructed in 1897. A second large fire erupted Nov. 10, 2017, this time at a three-story building on the site’s northern side.

Got a tip? Call our 24-hour monitored line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

Trending - Most Read Stories

‘I’ll bite your nose off and spit it in your face,’ man tells cop during arrest

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:12 PM

Martin Flemings

A 56-year-old man pinched a Dayton officer and threatened to bite him tonight during his arrest, according to a Dayton police report.

Officers on patrol reported finding Martin Eugene Flemings around 7:20 p.m. inside a garage that was boarded up by the city at 22 W. Hudson Ave.

>> Tipp City student makes threats against 2 adults, school building

According to the report, Flemings, who was possibly intoxicated, became belligerent after he found out his lighter shaped like a handgun would be placed in the property room. He began yelling and told an officer: “I’ll bite your nose off and spit it in your face,” the report stated.

>> Huber Heights man accused in federal hate crime case

Flemings then reached back and pinched the officer in the right thigh, according to the report.

Flemings was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of menacing, resisting arrest and illegal entry into a nuisance premises. He also had a warrant for failing to appear on a drug possession charge, records show.

Got a tip? Call our 24-hour monitored line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

Trending - Most Read Stories

Tipp City: Middle school student made threats against 2 adults, building

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:08 PM

The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools said Thursday that a middle school student faces misdemeanor charges including aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct after he allegedly made written comments threatening intent to harm two adults within the building and to cause building destruction. 

Tipp City police were notified and are investigating the incident. There were no injuries. 

“The Tipp City Police Department does not deem the student to be an immediate threat to students, staff, or the community,” Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said in a written statement.

Kumpf said the district emphasized the police were confident there is no additional threat of harm from the incident. She said the student will remain out of school during the investigation. 

Police said the threats were found in a classroom, turned over to administrators and a suspect identified. The juvenile admitted to writing the threats, police stated.

Police said charges were filed after contact with Miami County prosecutors. The student is charged with two counts of aggravated menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.

The student, a boy, is with parents but that could change, police said Thursday evening.

Parents were notified of the threats via a phone call, Liz Robbins, district community relations director, said.

Got a tip? Call our 24-hour monitored line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

Trending - Most Read Stories

John Crawford shooting: Beavercreek wants separate trial from Walmart

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

John Crawford shooting: Beavercreek wants separate trial from Walmart

The wrongful death civil rights lawsuit brought by John Crawford III’s parents against Beavercreek and Walmart has been scheduled for a February 2019 trial date, according to federal court records.

But the case could be split into two trials, if a federal judge grants a motion from the city of Beavercreek to separate the defendants.

RELATED: Deposition: Williams shot Crawford because he ‘was about to’ point a weapon

Dayton’s U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice scheduled the trial for Feb. 4, 2019 — a day shy of 4½ years after Crawford, 22, of Fairfield, was shot and killed by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams in Walmart.

Beavercreek police responded after lone 911 caller Ronald Ritchie said he saw a black man carrying a rifle and waving it at people, including children. Police said Crawford, who was on his cell phone, didn’t respond to requests by Williams and Sgt. David Darkow to drop the item — a realistic-looking BB/pellet rifle he picked up from an open box in the store.

RELATED: Beavercreek officer who shot John Crawford III back on ‘full duty’

Crawford’s attorneys said Crawford had less than a second to hear and respond to anything officers said. Williams was cleared by a Greene County special grand jury in September 2014, and a federal investigation ended in 2017 without criminal charges.

Beavercreek attorneys filed a motion to split the case. They argued that the Beavercreek defendants are facing civil rights allegations such as excessive force, the police department’s supervision, training and control of its officers in circumstances requiring the use of force.

RELATED: Feds won’t charge Beavercreek officer in Walmart shooting

The Beavercreek attorneys said the Walmart defendants face state law claims involving issues of negligence and premises liability concerning the packaging, storage, shelving and safeguarding of pellet rifles.

“Due to the vastly different sets of facts supporting the claims against these sets of Defendants,” Beavercreek attorneys wrote, “severance of the claims and separate trials are appropriate.”

Rice has not ruled on the motion.

MORE: Read other stories from Mark Gokavi

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Mark Gokavi on Twitter or Facebook

Trending - Most Read Stories