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Victims in Greene County double fatal motorcycle crash identified

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

Family, friends talk about fatal motorcycle crash victims

UPDATE@5 p.m.

Tonie Cruea held back tears as she talked about her daughter Monday. 

“She had a heart of gold...she'd do anything for anybody," Tonie Crue said. “I mean, everybody says their child was special and unique but she really was.”

The bodies of Cruea and Fudge were at the Montgomery County Coroner’s office Monday evening. Troopers said it’s too early to determine who’s responsible for the crash. 

The couple was riding on Fudge’s motorcycle toward Xenia when the crash occurred. 

Kyle Minix, a friend of Fudge, said Fudge was always up to help his friends. 

"I'm just mind-boggled right now, I'm in shock that this happened. I considered him my brother," Minix said. 

UPDATE @ 12:42 p.m.

Tonie Cruea, mother to Sherill Cruea, said her daughter and Fudge had been a couple for four years. The two motorcycle drivers had recently started wearing helmets while riding after a friend died in a motorcycle crash a few weeks ago.

UPDATE @11:22 a.m.

The victims in the double motorcycle fatal accident have been identified as Brook Fudge, 23, of Xenia and Sherill Cruea, 25, of Fairborn, according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

The accident happened just before 7 p.m. as Gregory Davidson, 29, of Cincinnati was westbound on West Spring Valley-Paintersville Road. He attempted to turn left on US 42 south, and his car was struck by a motorcycle driven by Fudge, the report said.

Fudge and Cruca were pronounced dead at the scene. 

We are working to get you more details about the accident. 


A man and woman from Greene County were killed after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Dodge Charger in Spring Valley Sunday night, according to troopers.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road. U.S. 42 was closed and reopened just before midnight.

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Troopers said the victims on the motorcycle, both in their mid-20s, were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. An occupant from the Dodge is recovering at an area hospital from non-life-threatening injuries.

The motorcyclist was northbound on U.S. 42 when the driver of the car attempted to turn onto the highway from Spring Valley Paintersville Road, according to a preliminary investigation, troopers said.

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Troopers said at this time speed and failure to yield are being considered as causes, but a definitive answer will not be available until investigators are finished with the investigation.

A crashed motorcycle at the scene of a fatal crash on U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road in Spring Valley Sunday night. DeAngelo Byrd/Staff


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Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County starts Saturday

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Sunshine is expected this afternoon, with snow possible in parts of the Dayton area Saturday.

Clouds will increase overnight, with temperatures falling into the upper 20s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County from 2 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday
  • Scattered snow by late morning, mainly south of I-70
  • Warmer weather pattern next week

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Saturday: Scattered snow will develop in the morning, mainly south of Interstate 70. Snow showers will be on and off into the evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected north of I-70. Accumulation of 1 inch or less is expected across Preble, Montgomery and Clark and Greene Counties. Around 1 to 3 inches will be possible in Butler County along with southern Warren and Clinton counties. Highs will be in the upper 30s with breezy conditions at times.

 >> 5-Day Forecast

Sunday: Clouds will clear with temperatures moderating back into the middle 40s.

Monday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase through the afternoon. It will be milder with highs reaching into the lower 50s.

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Tuesday: More seasonable temperatures are expected but showers will be possible. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers will be likely with highs in the upper 50s.

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Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM

Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C. to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.

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The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m. 

"We want action and we want prevention," said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip. 

Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They'll joine other teens from all over the country in what's being called the "March for our Lives." 

It's a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

"I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved," said Caruso. 

Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip. 

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Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him. 

"I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn't just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can," he said. 

"We want our congressmen to know that we're sick of it, and if they're not going to have any action, we're going to demand it." 

In Dayton, a March for Our Lives event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square downtown.

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Congress OKs $450,000 for Wright brothers factory buildings

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:28 PM

            Wright Airplane Factory buildings were occupied by Delphi until 2009. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
            Ty Greenlees
Wright Airplane Factory buildings were occupied by Delphi until 2009. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO(Ty Greenlees)

The National Park Service will have $450,000 to buy two historic buildings at the former Wright Co. airplane factory site in West Dayton under a $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed Friday.

But the years-long quest to buy buildings 1 and 2, the first factory in the world to produce airplanes, is anything but over, officials say.

“It’s a small, positive step in a long, difficult march,” said Timothy Gaffney, a National Aviation Heritage Alliance spokesman.

The Park Service and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance have longed eyed the buildings in the hope the public would be able to see the site as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

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Kendell Thompson, the parks’ acting superintendent, said Friday he was waiting to determine what the next step is in the process.

The historic buildings are part of a 54-acre parcel, site of the former Delphi Home Avenue plant, that has been put on the commercial market. The historic site at 2701 Home Ave. is between U.S. 35 and West Third Street near Abbey Avenue.

A previous plan to buy the entire site was scaled back, according to Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, who has spent years in negotiations on the future of the historic location.

The complexity of negotiations has been complicated by former owner Delphi’s past bankruptcy, land covenants and environmental liability concerns, Sculimbrene said. Former auto parts production buildings were demolished and the site has been environmentally investigated and remediated under a $3 million Clean Ohio grant, officials said.

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Hull & Associates/Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC purchased the site in 2012 with the intent to remediate environmental issues and sell it. The property is for sale on the commercial market.

Brad White, a managing partner of Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, said the $450,000 appropriation was “good news” because the intent over the years was to sell the historic buildings to the National Park Service.

David Lotterer, vice president of commercial real estate broker JLL, which is marketing the property, declined comment Friday.

While the park service has eyed the two historic buildings, Dayton Metro Library plans to build a $10 million branch library on about seven and a half acres on the site have stalled because officials have not been able to reach a deal, the Dayton Daily News reported this month.

Dayton Metro Library executive director Tim Kambitsch said earlier this month the library did not want to move to the site on its own because of concerns incompatible uses might move in nearby, and it did not want to pay more than the property was valued.

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NAHA’s long-term vision of the property would bring commercial and “complimentary” industrial redevelopment, such as advanced manufacturing, to the former factory site, Gaffney said.

Orville and Wilbur Wright’s airplane factory built 100 airplanes between 1910-1911. General Motors and later Delphi acquired the property, and built new factories to manufacture auto parts for decades. The Delphi plant was demolished in 2013.

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False alarm sends police to Troy Christian Elementary

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

Panic alarm pushed accidentally causing school to go into lockdown Friday afternoon.

A false emergency alarm prompted police to respond to Troy Christian Elementary school, police said.

Officers responded to the school around 1 p.m. and the school was placed on lockdown while police searched the building.

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Police said 16 officers responded.

The emergency alarm button was pressed unintentionally and there is an investigation underway to determine who pressed the button, police said.

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Nothing was found and the school has resumed to normal operation, police said.

The school already was scheduled to dismiss early at 1 p.m.

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