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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.

Middies’ new ball fields ‘crown jewel’ of community

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 6:39 PM

The Middletown City Schools District unveiled “the crown jewel of the community” Monday afternoon when the MHS softball team opened its season at Lefferson Park, said Athletic Director Aaron Zupka.

The complex includes four ball fields — one for baseball and three for softball — complete with concrete block dugouts and backstops, a concession stand, scoreboards and plans for an indoor complex to eventually to be built on the grounds, Zupka said.

Built for $1.3 million, the ball park is part of the $96 million construction project Middletown voters approved three years ago. The district is renovating the high school and building a middle school on North Breiel Boulevard and used land that formally housed the high school baseball and softball diamonds, Zupka said.

The City of Middletown and the district swapped land: The district received Lefferson Park and the city received the former Roosevelt Elementary School property, said Sam Ison, the district superintendent.

He sees the Lefferson project as more than a sports complex.

It’s a vehicle to “bring the community” together and create activity to the park, which is near Pickleball courts, Elley’s Hope Playground and Berachah Church, Ison said.

“This is progress,” Ison said after the Opening Day ceremonies that were held under threatening skies. “We always talk about Middie Pride. This is Middie Pride.”

The high school baseball team was scheduled to open its season at home Monday, but the field wasn’t “safe” for play after the weekend’s rain storms so the game was moved to Hamilton, Zupka said.

Carmela Cotter, the high school principal, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on the softball diamond. Then Greg Schwarber, the city’s former police chief and father of Chicago Cubs standout Kyle Schwarber, threw out the first baseball pitch.

Zupka said there still is some work to be done. A new scoreboard will be erected at the softball field and there was no flag pole so high school students held an American flag before the national anthem was sung by Middletown senior Zayion Hyman.

Zupka hopes the complex becomes “a breeding ground” for future baseball and softball players.

“To me it’s more about what we can do for our community,” he said. “This will be a central point for building that.”

He said the district has discussed allowing Miami University Middletown, the YMCA and youth groups to also use the facilities.

Significant expansion for Honda supplier in Springfield

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:34 AM

A Japanese auto parts manufacturer will invest $55 million and add 85 jobs at the Champion City Business Park in Springfield, a significant expansion of its original plans for the site.

Topre America first announced in December it would invest $10 million and add 20 jobs to build a Springfield plant to manufacture high-strength steel parts for the Acura MDX.

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Company leaders said Monday they will now make a much bigger investment. Topre will build a 146,000-square-foot facility in the Champion City Business Park, which was once home to an old Navistar factory. The deal announced Monday is contingent on state and local incentives, according to information from the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

“The Springfield community is the perfect strategic location for us to locate and expand our operations,” said Brad pepper, vice president of Topre America. 

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Showers, storm possible this evening

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 5:19 AM

Showers and storms may redevelop this evening and an isolated strong storm is possible south of Interstate 70 as temperatures hold in the 60s, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

  • Showers and storms redeveloping this evening
  • An isolated strong storm possible south of I-70
  • Seasonably mild temperatures through the week

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts  

Tonight: Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms possible. An isolated strong storm cannot be ruled out, mainly south of I-70 before midnight. Temperatures will drop back into the lower 50s by morning. 

Tuesday: Scattered showers will be possible early with lingering clouds slowly breaking in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 60s. 

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Wednesday: Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine and slightly cooler temperatures in the upper 50s. 

Thursday: Showers will redevelop by late afternoon as clouds increase. Temperatures will rebound into the lower 60s. 

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar  

Friday: Expect a good chance for showers and a few thunderstorms. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Saturday: Clouds will linger, but slowly break through the afternoon. Highs will be a bit cooler, topping out in the upper 50s.

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Cincinnati nightclub gives up liquor permit after deadly weekend shooting

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 4:41 AM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 11:27 AM

CINCINNATI — No arrests have been made after 16 people were shot and one person was killed early Sunday in the Cameo Night Club.

  • O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was fatally shot
  • Fifteen others were wounded by gunfire; two people were critically injured
  • Two victims may be from Dayton area
  • Multiple shooters are reported to be involved

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UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. (March 27)

The Cameo Night Club has voluntarily surrendered its liquor permit and the owner vows to remain closed until the conclusion of the police investigation into the shooting that left one dead and 16 others wounded, according to a statement released by the city of Cincinnati.

The statement, signed by Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black, indicates the club gave up the liquor permit and a city official is driving it to Columbus where the state liquor board will complete paperwork.

The club will now have to reapply for a permit if they choose to reopen and serve liquor.

UPDATE @ 11:31 a.m. 

We have confirmed one of the victims, Jarrod Givens, is a Trotwood-Madison High School graduate.

We are also working to confirm a second victim is from the Dayton area. 

UPDATE @10:23 a.m. 

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac confirmed authorities are searching for more than one suspect. 

“I believe by the number of shots fired there was more than one,” he said.

The chief also confirmed that the number of victims injured has grown to 17 after an additional person came forward on Sunday. 

Five victims are hospitalized. Three are reported to be in serious condition. Two are reported to be in critical condition,Isaac said. 

UPDATE @9:37 a.m. 

One of the Cameo Night Club shooting victims is a Trotwood-Madison High School graduate.

We are working to bring you more information about the shooting victims. 

UPDATE @7:55 a.m.

At least two of the victims in the shooting at the Cameo Night Club are from the Dayton area, according to reports.

Multiple posts on Facebook have called for prayers for two men who live in Trotwood.

We are working to learn more about their conditions. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.


A small memorial has formed outside the Cameo Night Club a day after 16 people, one fatally, were shot early Sunday.

As of early Monday morning, five victims remain at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, including two who are in critical condition and three who are in stable condition. Eight victims had been taken to the hospital following the shooting, and victims with more minor injuries were taken to other hospitals.

Police continue to look for the suspects involved. No arrests have been made.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agencies also are involved in the investigation. Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, and Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, released statements and offered their offices’ resources to assist the police investigation.

Witness report of the shooting 

A woman on vacation in Cincinnati from Chicago was outside Cameo Nightclub, just feet away from gunfire inside.

“Twelve to 17 shots, sounded like bombs, said Sherell, who declined to give her last name. “It was just so loud.” 

She and her boyfriend were going to leave after he got “a bad feeling,” but their car was blocked in. Her boyfriend was going to go inside to inform a manager, and “that’s when the bullets rang out, and we were standing right there ... I thought I was going to die.”

She said she dove to the ground, with her boyfriend covering her.

“Everybody was running and diving because the shots kept going, they did not stop,” she said.

The victims

Police said the victims were taken to four area hospitals and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

Multiple gunmen were involved in the overnight shooting of 16 people, including one fatally, at the Cameo Night Club, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the emergency dispatch center began receiving calls that people had been shot at the club. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said a dispute erupted inside the club located at 4601 Kellogg Avenue before shots were fired by multiple suspects.

O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was fatally wounded, according to police. 

Fifteen others were wounded, including at least two people who are in critical condition.

“This is the highest amount of casualties I’ve ever been aware of in a shooting,” said Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Daniel Hils, a lifelong Cincinnati resident who has worked in the law enforcement field for about 30 years.

Eight of the victims were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Other victims with more minor injuries have been taken to other area hospitals, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

The incident was not a terror act, but appeared to involve two groups of people, Isaac said.

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There were four off-duty officers in the parking lot outside when it happened, Hils said.

“These cops, they did what first-responders do,” he said. “There were shots being fired and people were running from this club in fear and our people ran in.”

Hils described the shooters as “cold-hearted” because of the high probability that innocent bystanders would be hit by gunfire in the crowded club.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley asked for prayers for those injured or killed, and said police need the public’s help from the public to solve this crime.

Robert Woods of Fairfield said his daughters have been to the club before, and that he warns his children to stay away from clubs.

“It’s a shame you can’t go out dancing, go out to the club, without there being some trouble,” he said.

Next door to the club at the Hitching Post restaurant, worker Amanda Beck said she was taken aback by news of the fatal shooting.

“In this world we just need to be better people, I think,” she said.

Beck said it is concerning that the suspects are at large, and that at this point police appear to not have names or descriptions of those involved.

“It’s definitely concerning,” she said. “But I know we have great police and everybody’s doing as much as they can so I feel as safe as I possibly can.”

Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or police at 513-765-1212.