WB U.S. 35 reopens following crash; CareFlight call canceled

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.

Westbound U.S. 35 has reopened following a crash involving a car and semi, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a call to CareFlight was canceled and the severity of the victim's injuries remain unknown.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.


U.S. 35 westbound near Jamestown is closed following a reported crash involving a semi Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 35 and Old U.S. 35 in Greene County just after noon. 

Initial reports indicate a person is injured after a crash involving a car and semi. 

CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

GOT A TIP? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Driver accused of OVI in Mad River Twp. crash that snaps power pole

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 11:08 PM

A 59-year-old Fairborn man has been cited into court on suspicion of OVI after he snapped a power pole before slamming into a tree in the 4200 block of Dayton Springfield Road in Mad River Twp.

Trooper Haley Shreck, Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post, said the man was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center from the accident that occurred just after 6:30 p.m. Monday. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Local teacher arrested in fatal ped strike

The man said he wasn't hurt, Trooper Shreck said, and troopers suspect the drug involved was heroin. Troopers wrote him up on a charge of failure to control as well as OVI. 

According to the preliminary investigation, the man was headed east on Dayton Springfield Road when he drove off the left side of the road, snapped the power pole, continued over a driveway on the left side off the road until striking a tree in the front yard of a home, Shreck said. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: 2 injured in head-on crash on St. Paris Pike

The man was alone in a Mercury sedan and no one else was injured in the accident, which occurred between Sundance and Ashbrook drives, the trooper said. 

According to the Ohio Edison online outage page, fewer than five people reported losing power. Company officials estimate that service will be restored sometime late tonight into early Tuesday morning, according to the website.

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

Little American flags dot Miamisburg yard where Navy vet’s big flag was stolen

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:05 PM

An anonymous donor has planted four small American flags in the yard of a Navy veteran living in Miamisburg who had his large flag and pole stolen a week ago.

There has been no update about the theft of the 5-foot-by-7-foot flag and pole that stood in David Schechter's yard for more than a year. 

RELATED: Navy vet from Miamisburg wants stolen American flag back

But a person wishing to remain anonymous decided to install the four flags in a show of support for Schechter. This past weekend, he took to social media to thank the "the unknown lady in the red van" and everyone else who has shown him support. 

Schechter and his girlfriend checked the recording from a neighbor's surveillance camera, but were not able to get anything off of it. His girlfriend filed a theft report with Miamisburg police last week. 

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

2 arrested after crash ends high-speed bid to elude Butler Twp. police

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 8:51 PM

Police chase

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.: A male and female, both 26, will likely face several felony charges for damaging two police cruisers while trying to elude capture for being suspected of shoplifting from a Walmart Superstore, Butler Twp. Police Chief John Porter said. 

Porter said the irony is that had they cooperated after being accused of taking "less than $100 worth of miscellaneous items," they probably would have been given summonses to appear in court. Now, the potential stakes are much higher because they triggered a police pursuit that endangered lives, he said. 

"They escalated into a very, very potentially dangerous situation in a short amount of time," Chief Porter said. The entire incident -- from fleeing the store lot to the crash -- lasted about two minutes, he said. 

How the Incident Began 

Porter said the pursuit began in the parking lot of the Walmart Superstore at North Dixie Drive and York Commons Boulevard, when the man jumped behind the wheel of a blue car and sped off through the parking lot just after 5:15 p.m. 

Butler Twp. police were approaching the car because they had been called to the store on a theft-in-progress call, the chief said. 

The driver sideswiped the first police cruiser while trying to get out of the parking lot, then backed into a second cruiser after crashing into a Dumpster behind a Hooter's restaurant on Miller Lane. He fled onto York Commons, then onto Benchwood Road as police pursued the car onto Autumn Ridge Drive. 

The male and female were taken to Grandview Medical Center after suffering non-life threatening injuries when they crashed in a wooded area behind a home on Autumn Ridge Drive, which brought the pursuit to an end. 

The officers were not injured, Power said, and the cruisers will have to be repaired. 

A couple returning to Canada suffered minor injuries when their vehicle was rear-ended in the area of Miller Lane during the incident, Porter said. Police interviewed them, had them checked out medically and released them. 

About the Suspects 

Porter said police believe the male was under the influence of drugs because of his behavior in speeding away from the Walmart. 

It's too early to say whether the drugs were opioids, the chief said, but police also found drug paraphernalia on the female. Police found no weapons, he said. 

Porter said criminal charges could include anything from robbery to felony fleeing and eluding. 

Police Pursuit Policy 

Porter said the incident fit the police department's pursuit policy because the male purposefully hit two police cruisers.


Butler Twp. police are preparing to issue a statement this evening detailing a vehicle crash late Monday afternoon that involved at least one police cruiser and a suspect who was trying to elude arrest. 

We're hearing that one person is in custody stemming from a report of a theft from the Walmart Supercenter at North Dixie Drive and York Commons Boulevard. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: I-75 wrong-way driver has previous traffic cases

The driver of the car that sped off from the store and collided with a vehicle -- believed to have been a police cruiser -- on Miller Lane, then west on Benchwood Road before ending up at the Autumn Ridge apartments. 

All of this was occurring about 5:15 p.m. The Ohio Highway Patrol was called to investigate the accident involving the police cruiser. 

We will update this developing report at the conclusion of a news conference this evening. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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

U.S. Marshals Office warns of scam callers asking for fines 

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 7:55 PM

Miami Valley residents receiving scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement are encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service Office and the Federal Trade Commission.

According to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service Office, scammers attempt to coerce people into paying a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses. 

"The U.S. Marshals would never ask for a credit/debit or gift card number or banking routing numbers or ask for funds to be wired for any purpose," said United States Marshal Pete Tobin. 

>> U.S. Marshals Service warns of phone scam circulating in Dayton area

"If the caller is urging you to provide this type of information or any other personal or financial information, hang up and report the call to the Marshals and the FTC. You can even report to both agencies anonymously,” Tobin said. 

Tobin said scammers will try to appear legitimate by providing badge numbers or using the names of actual law enforcement officials. He urges the public to question the validity of any caller requesting payment. 

>> Caller ID spoofing scam: Don’t answer calls from your own number

"The easiest way to do this is to call the clerk of the court's office of the U.S. District Court in your area and verify the court order. If an order does not exist, someone just tried to swindle you out of your hard-earned cash." 

If you believe you were a victim of such a scam, you are encouraged to report the incident to the U.S. Marshals office and to the FTC at https://www.ftc.gov/

GOT A TIP? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com