Brookville man dies in Friday night I-75 crash

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 9:35 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 12:20 AM

UPDATE @ 4:22 a.m. (March 18)

A Brookville man is dead following a four-car crash that closed I-75 in both directions in Auglaize County Friday night. 

Dylan Puckett, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Wapakoneta Post. 

Four other people were taken from the scene of the crash to hospitals with non-life threatening injures. 

Troopers said the crash was caused when the northbound car driven by Puckett crossed the median of the highway for an unknown reason and struck an SUV in the southbound lane. 

After crashing into the SUV, Puckett's car hit a tractor trailer that then crashed into another SUV. 

All four vehicles were heavily damaged in the crash, according to troopers, and a cause has yet to be determined. 

Troopers said the crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 12:20 p.m.

One person was killed in a four-vehicle crash Friday night that shut down Interstate 75 in both directions in Auglaize County near the Shelby County line, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Wapakoneta Post.

There was no information on any other injuries reported in the crash, and the highway patrol was expected to release more information.

UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m.

An injury crash involved four vehicles tonight near the border between Auglaize and Shelby counties. The crash is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened in Auglaize County, just past the Shelby County border, which is why initial reports from the scene said it happened near Botkins in Shelby County.

Troopers from the highway patrol’s Wapakoneta and Piqua posts are on scene.

The Piqua Post confirmed there were injuries, but would not give further information about the number or severity of injuries of the crash near the Auglaize and Shelby 

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m.

There were possibly four vehicles involved in a multiple-vehicle crash tonight that led to the shutdown of all lanes of Interstate 75 in both directions near Botkins in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

We are working to find out how many people were hurt and what caused this crash.


All lanes in both directions of Interstate 75 near Botkins are shut down tonight for a multi-vehicle crash with injuries.

The crash was reported sometime around 9:15 p.m. near the 105 mile marker, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional medics have been requested, but there is no word on the number of people injured or the severity of injuries.

Dayton Shell robbery suspect arrested, police say

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

Update@4:56 p.m. (March 28):

The suspect accused of robbing the Shell gas station is 16 years old, and is being held in the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, according to Dayton police.

First report:

DAYTON - Dayton police have arrested the man they believe robbed the Shell on North Main Street Sunday night.

Officers responded to the business, 3613 North Main St., after the male suspect was accused of putting a gun in the clerk’s face and demanded money.

The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect they arrested Monday.

I-75 ramp to U.S. 35 to close Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to close the northbound Interstate 75 ramp to eastbound U.S. 35 Tuesday night for a project that will keep the ramp closed for six months.

The $1.8 million project is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., when ODOT is expected to close the ramp to repair the ramp’s bridge deck.

The work had been scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed for a day, the department said.

ODOT recommends drivers use a detour that would have drivers exit I-75 north to U.S. 35 west and exit onto James H. McGee Blvd., before reentering the highway onto eastbound U.S. 35.

Brookville woman faces charges after pets found in ‘poor health’

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

A Brookville woman is in jail on suspicion of animal cruelty as two dogs and four cats receive treatment at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

Kathleen Cummins, 24, of the 500 block of Adrian Court, is being held on $2,500 bond after Brookville police found her pets alone and in cages and they appeared to be in poor health, according to the arrest report.

VIDEO: Pets now at Animal Resource Center

Police responded to the home Monday afternoon on a criminal trespass complaint and found the two boxer-type dogs confined to a cage covered in feces in a small bedroom and there were four cats in another bedroom with no food or water, according to the report.

Brookville Major Tom Simon said officers responded to a burglary complaint and the resident Cummins let the officers inside. There was no indication of a break-in.

Simon said there was pet food in the house but for some reason the suspect was not feeding them.

An ARC officer responded to the home and the animals were taken in to be examined and treated.

Bob Sexton, ARC supervisor, said a veterinarian is examining the animals today. He said the dogs appeared to be “extremely emaciated.”

It’s too early to tell whether the animals will be available for adoption.

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Driver caught after pursuit leads to crash on U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m.

The suspect who police say led them on a pursuit that ended in a crash has been identified as Roderick Boyd, 21, of Dayton. He’s being held in the Montgomery County Jail on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, possession of drugs and some other traffic offenses.

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.

A driver was arrested after he allegedly was speeding on U.S. 35 East and fled from an attempted traffic stop, then caused a crash that slowed traffic in the westbound lanes.

All but the left westbound lane was closed on U.S. 35 West just after the North Smithville Road on-ramp.

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According to the patrol, the driver lost control on wet pavement when he tried to exit U.S. 35 East onto Smithville. The vehicle spun around and was facing the wrong way before it crossed the median, crashed through a guardrail and struck a westbound vehicle.

The suspect driver bailed from the vehicle and ran away but he was caught a short time later.

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The driver whose vehicle was struck suffered minor injuries, according to the patrol.


We’re working to learn more about a pursuit in Dayton involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post.

Emergency police scanner traffic indicates the pursuit occurred on U.S. 35 and a crash occurred on the westbound side west of North Smithville Road.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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