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Driver critically hurt who slams car into pole in Darke Co.

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:24 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m.

A Greenville driver headed east this morning on Weavers Fort Jefferson Road veered off the roadway and wrapped his car around a utility pole, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, 32-year-old Christopher Elliot, had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was taken by MedFlight to Kettering Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.


A medical helicopter was requested to the scene of a crash on Weaver Ft. Jefferson Road after a vehicle crashed into a pole this morning.

Firefighters responded to the crash in the 4500 block of Weavers-Ft. Jefferson Road around 10:10 a.m.

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One person was transported aboard a medical helicopter to Kettering Medical Center for treatment of injuries, officials said.  The severity of injuries was not immediately known.

Deputies said the driver lost control for an unknown reason and struck a utility pole, bringing down live DP&L wires onto the vehicle.

Power crews had take care of the downed wires before emergency crews could remove the victim from the wreckage.

Wires were brought down when the vehicle hit the pole, officials said.

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Corr put on administrative leave

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:36 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:44 AM

Dayton Public School’s Superintendent Rhonda Corr was placed on administrative leave by Dayton’s school board just before midnight Tuesday after a long executive session.

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Elizabeth Lolli, associate superintendent, has been promoted to acting superintendent.

According to a DPS online video stream of the meeting, the school board approved four resolutions when they came out of closed executive session:

  • Approving a Nov. 21 report and recommendation of compliance officer Beverly Meyer concerning allegations of racial harassment and discrimination alleged against Corr and Lolli.
  • Relieving Corr of her duties as superintendent and placing her on paid administrative leave effective immediately.
  • Agreeing to issue a pre-disciplinary hearing notice to Corr, detailing the reasons for potential discipline.
  • Naming Lolli as acting superintendent, effective immediately, at the salary level set forth in Corr's current contract, but retaining the benefits set forth in Lolli's current contract.

On all four resolutions, the vote was 6-0. Board member Hazel Rountree was absent.

Corr could not immediately be reached by phone for comment.

Reached early Wednesday, school board member John McManus declined to say much.

"We have been advised by (legal) counsel that we are not permitted to comment on a pending matter," he said.

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Corr was hired by DPS in June 2016 to her first full superintendent post after 25 years in Cleveland schools, then brief stints as a high administrator in the Chicago and Indianapolis school districts since 2013.

After Corr was hired, the district had some highlights — escaping the threat of state takeover, solving some long-running busing problems and improving textbooks, computer access and career tech options.

But during that same period, Dayton Public Schools were also put on OHSAA probation for trying to rig a football game, had a long, painful contract fight with teachers that nearly led to a strike and on the most recent state report card, ranked second to last in Ohio on state test scores.

After the teachers' contract fight was resolved, the teachers union issued a vote of no confidence in both Corr and the school board.

Four new school board members were elected Nov. 7 to four-year terms that will start in January. One of those four, William Harris, actually joined the board Tuesday night, appointed to fill the last six weeks of Adil Baguirov's term.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the "yes" votes to put Corr on leave came from four members who will remain on the school board next year -- Robert Walker, Sheila Taylor, John McManus and Harris -- plus the outgoing Ron Lee and Joe Lacey.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:01 AM

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Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east
  • US 35 west ramps to I-75 north and south, RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. - Dec. 1 at 5 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 west to James H. McGee Boulevard to US 35 east to I-75 north and south 


  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Christmas tree farms get healthy on good weather

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:11 AM

The inventory at the Advent Christmas Tree Farm in Englewood is looking good this season for those who want to pick up a live plant for the holiday season.

A wet couple of years damaged Christmas trees at area farms as late as last year, Storm Center 7 Meterologist McCall Vrydaghs said Tuesday. 

SEE: Our list of area tree farms 

The heavy rain caused root rot, which occurs when plants get too much water, and brown spot, a fungus that causes needle drop, she said. 

SEE: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

As many as 900 Christmas trees were lost last year because of brown spot, she said. 

Special fencing at the farm on Haber Road in Englewood -- a series of simple bamboo poles, each one with a plastic shopping bag attached, on the perimeter of the area where the trees are grown -- has helped keep deer away, Vrydaghs said. 

Firefighter injured in blaze that destroys Dayton home

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 9:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 10:51 PM

Couple escape Infirmary Road fire

UPDATE @ 10:40 p.m.: The cause of the fire that destroyed a home on Infirmary Road is under investigation. 

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, Dayton District Chief Cheryl Clark said. The firefighter was treated at Miami Valley Hospital and released. 

The husband and wife, who had been out, said they heard a popping sound when they returned and called the fire department, the district chief said. 

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There are no hydrants in the area, so crews had a bit of a problem, she said. They had to shuttle water to the home, which was at the end of a long driveway. 

Chief Clark said crews arrived to find heavy smoke and some floors already burned through. They couldn't get inside, so they fought the flames from outside. 

"Even with water, we might not have been able to get it out," she said. "It's a total loss." 

Chief Clark said she couldn't yet estimate a dollar loss for the structure and contents.


A couple escaped injury tonight when their house on Infirmary Road, where they have lived for more than 40 years, was destroyed by fire. 

The husband said he heard something "pop" in the basement and saw flames. 

The house sits back from the road and Dayton fire crews had to bring in water and stretch their hoses to reach the flames. 

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The husband said the house was built in 1976. 

Now it's a total loss -- there’s nothing left of the house on their 12-acre property but the chimney. A car that was in the garage has been destroyed as well.

The husband said they have insurance and will be bunking with relatives. 

Dayton crews were dispatched just after 7 p.m. on a report of a structure fire in the 2200 block of Infirmary Road. 

At 8:30 p.m., Infirmary Road continued to be blocked to traffic between Germantown Pike and Derby Road. 

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