WATCH: 2 arrested for stolen school bus pursuit ‘wanted to go to Walmart’

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 5:22 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

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UPDATE @ 12 p.m.:

Two people were arrested and booked into jail on receiving stolen property charges following a pursuit involving a stolen Twin Valley South school bus, police said.

Dalton Knisley, 20, and Calvin Keener, 20, both of Eaton, were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges and authorities said additional charges might come out of Preble County, where the bus was stolen.

A Brookville officer initially spotted the bus on Arlington Road and thought it was suspicious for the bus to be out around 3 a.m. and followed the vehicle, investigators said.  After attempting to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation, the suspects took off, police said.

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Brookville police said Knisley and Keener told them they had been sleeping in the school bus when they decided to drive off with it from the Twin Valley South parking lot.

“They indicated that they were sleeping in the bus early this morning and one of the suspects wanted to go to Walmart,” said Maj. Tom Simon with Brookville police.  “We don’t know how they obtained the keys, we just know they were in the bus when we found it.”

Simon said Brookville officers called off the pursuit, however the vehicle was found crashed in front of a Trotwood residence a short time later.  The suspects fled the crash scene, but eventually approached a Trotwood officer on the scene and were arrested, Simon said.

Twin Valley South school officials declined to release any surveillance video showing the theft, citing that “it contains information directly used for protecting or maintaining the security” of the school district, said Superintendent Bob Fischer.

Fischer said the district keeps the buses in a parking lot at the district’s main building and added that this is the first time something like this has happened.

The bus is currently out of service until the Ohio State Highway Patrol can inspect the bus.

According to police, speeds in the pursuit reached 54 mph.

Fischer said the buses are equipped with a piece of technology that limits how fast the bus can drive, which he said for Twin Valley’s buses limits speeds to between 75-85 mph.  Police have not been able to investigate that side of the case to determine if that piece of equipment was operating properly, Simon said.

Knisley was charged and pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges in connection to a missing 16-year-old from Eaton who was later found safe in Florida, according to Eaton police. 

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Knisley pleaded guilty to the charge of interference with custody and was sentenced to three years of probation, according to online court documents. He also served about 12 weeks in prison following two probation violations, court records indicate. 

Brookville police are planning to consult with prosecutors today to determine if any additional charges may be filed in the case.

Calvin Keener (L) and Dalton Knisley (R) Contributed Photos

INITIAL REPORT:

A Twin Valley school bus was stolen and ended up in Trotwood after a pursuit early Wednesday.

Officials say the pursuit started in Brookville around 2:50 a.m., and speeds during the pursuit reached 54 mph.

The bus reportedly blew through red lights and stop signs.

One parked car was hit on Wolf Creek Recreation Trail and Oak Street in Trotwood. 

Authorities are still investigating when the bus was stolen and if it is from Twin Valley Middle School or Twin Valley High School, both of which are in West Alexandria. 

One person was arrested in this incident. No word on injuries.

We’re working to learn more on the arrested person as well as further details on the ordeal.

Got a tip? Call our 24-hour monitored line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.  

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Stanford students protest school, Brock Turner case

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:13 AM

Group holds protest at Stanford related to Brock Turner case

Students of Stanford University protested the school in connection with the Brock Turner case for the way the school planned to honor the woman he assaulted in 2015.

The group of student protesters read passages from a letter written by the woman known as “Emily Doe” to the court Friday. 

>>More dry time expected to start this week

“You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety.”

A plaque in “Doe’s” honor was to be installed, but the university reportedly refused to use her chosen quotes.

A Stanford University spokesman said two quotes could not be accepted because they would be triggering to survivors of sexual violence.

Turner spent three months in jail for the assault and lives in Greene County as a registered sex offender.

He appealed his conviction and has asked for a new trial.

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High water blocks some roads; troopers urge driver safety

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:54 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 5:43 AM

Flooding causes driving concern in Miami Valley

Heavy rains made for tough driving conditions Saturday, but high water remains a concern through the weekend.

Lower lying and more rural roads are at a greater risk of flooding, such as Ohio 68 in Beavercreek, and Ohio 725, which is closed until further notice between Peniwit and Lower Bellbrook roads.

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“We just want motorists to take a little extra time in planning where they want to go,” Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Anyone planning to head out this morning should be aware of potential flooding that could block your way.

If you see standing water in the roadway, turn around, even if the water appears shallow.

“It’s not worth the risk. It’s better to just safely turn around and find another way,” Murphy said.

Water pushing out of man holes between Xenia Avenue and Pritz Avenue in Dayton Sunday morning.

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On wet roadways another concern is hydroplaning, when tires lose their grip on the pavement. Motorists in that situation are advised to “just let off the gas, slow down, and try to get to a safe area,” Murphy said.

Late Saturday and early Sunday there were reports of flooding throughout the Miami Valley.

3:27 a.m.: High water reported at Wilson Road between Fenner Road and OH-55.

3:05 a.m.: South Valley at US-35 is shut-down due to high water.

1:45 a.m.: April Lane at New Germany Trebien Road and Beavery Valley Road closed.

12:00 a.m.: Upper Bellbrook Road reported having high water.

12:00 a.m.: High water on US-68 and North at Sutton Road caused a vehicle slide off and a police cruiser was damaged.

11:30 p.m.: Hebble Creek was out of its banks in Fairborn in Greene County

11:17 p.m.: A flash flood in Lebanon in Warren County led to multiple road closures throughout the county due to high water, including Morrow-Milgrove Road, Lower Springboro and South Pioneer roads and Corwin Road.

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More dry time expected to start this week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

Counties under flood advisory until 10:30 a.m.:

Butler, Preble, Wayne (In.)

Counties under flood advisory until 10:45 a.m.:

Montgomery, Greene, Clinton, Warren

A pre-dawn shower is possible early today. Aside from that, there will be decreasing clouds and more afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 miles per hour at times.

Quick-Look Forecast:

  • Flood watch continues through 10 a.m. today.
  • More dry time to start the week.
  • Rain returns Wednesday and Thursday.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TONIGHT: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

TUESDAY: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

WEDNESDAY: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

THURSDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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Two vehicle crash in Trotwood

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:23 AM

Trotwood police are on scene of a two vehicle crash that caused a road block at Salem Avenue and Wolf Road around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

>>High water blocks some roads; troopers urge driver safety

The crash was not weather related, according to Trotwood Police. There was no flooding the area.

Police measured that one car slid over 300 feet after impact with the other vehicle. 

The two people involved were not injured.

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