911 caller recalls moments before 2 killed in wrong-way crash

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

DIGITAL 911

A 911 caller can’t stop thinking about what he could have done to possibly stop a wrong-way driver from causing a crash that killed two people Monday night.

“I knew at that point there was going to be a major collision,” said Richard Newland, who described the moments after he saw Melvin Bonie, 69, turn the wrong way onto the ramp from south Interstate 675 to Far Hills Avenue.  “I probably should have pulled in front of him to stop him from going down the ramp.”

Newland was waiting at a red light at the same ramp, when Bonie passed his vehicle at a relatively slow speed, he said.

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Bonie ultimately drove the wrong way down the highway, colliding with another vehicle, killing both Bonie and 19-year-old Kalip Grimm, police said.

Police have not yet determined why Bonie entered the highway driving the wrong direction. However, Newland said from his perspective it seemed he entered the highway intentionally.

“No mistaking that it was deliberate,” Newland said.  “It wasn’t like he was lost.”

Newland said Bonie came within two feet of striking his vehicle.

A final autopsy from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office should reveal additional information into how and why Bonie may have died.

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Suspicious fire damages Dayton house

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 2:27 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

Victor Ave fire

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m. 

Firefighters are calling a blaze suspicious that broke out in a Dayton house Saturday afternoon. 

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Investigators said the fire was located in the kitchen area of a vacant house around 2:15 p.m. Saturday. 

No injuries were reported. 

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews have responded to a house fire in the first block of Victor Avenue in Dayton Saturday afternoon. 

Emergency crews were dispatched around 2:15 p.m. and reported heavy smoke coming from the structure. 

Initial reports indicate the structure is believe to be vacant, and the fire was located in the kitchen area of the house. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Firefighters battle house fire in Franklin

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:38 PM

Franklin house fire

Fire crews have responded to reports of a house fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

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Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the house around 3:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate at least one person might have been injured. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Injured hikers, showing signs of hypothermia, rescued from Caesar Creek State Park

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

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Two hikers, one of which was injured, have been located and rescued at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County Saturday, according to dispatchers. 

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Emergency crews responded to the state park on reports of at least one injured hiker around 1:40 p.m., dispatchers told this news organization. 

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One hiker was found suffering from a hip injury. One, or both of the hikers were also showing signs of hypothermia, according to officials. 

Rescue crews had to use a boat to get the injured hikers to safety. Around 3:15 p.m., scanner traffic from the scene indicated both hikers were off the boat and safely on land at one of the boat ramps with medics tending to them. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Chance wintry mix today; warmer next week

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

Chance wintry mix today followed by a warmer and drier Sunday.

Clouds thicken through the morning with a chance of rain and snow showers to develop from the south. Highs will be in the upper 30s. Rain and snow showers push through during the evening before ending into the night. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Overnight lows fall into the upper 20s. Isolated slick spots possible.

  • Chance for passing rain/snow showers Saturday
  • Sunshine and milder for Sunday
  • Rain, potential for flooding returns next week

Sunday: Becoming mostly sunny through mid-afternoon before clouds return. Highs will be warmer, climbing into the upper 40s. Rain is expected to develop at night.

Monday: Rain showers likely, but mild with highs in the lower 60s. It will be a bit breezy at times during the day.

Tuesday: It will likely rain with a chance for a few thunderstorms. It will be breezy and unseasonably warm. Highs will top out near 70 degrees.

Wednesday: Rain will be likely in the morning and then taper off with lingering clouds. It will turn cooler with early highs in the upper 50s.

Snow at UD

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