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Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 11:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 12:45 PM
— UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m. (Nov. 4)
Grief counselors will be at Graham High School through 2 p.m. after 15-year-old Sara Hess was killed Friday night in a two-car crash on Ohio 235 near Rosewell.
Hess, a sophomore, was pronounced dead at the crash scene near Shanley Road.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school, 7800 U.S. 36. School officials said grief counselors also will be at the school Monday.
Hess was a passenger in a 2005 Honda Accord driven by a fellow Graham student, 17-year-old Gabe Wier. He was taken in serious condition to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, then to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
School officials said this afternoon Weir was in stable condition and that he “wants everyone to know he is OK.” His family asked for no more visitors in the short-term to let him heal.
Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin identified the driver of the 1997 Honda Civic that rear-ended the Accord as 27-year-old Dylan Lambert of St. Paris. Melvin said he and his passenger, 32-year-old Clint Miller of Urbana, were flown to Miami Valley Hospital, where Miller was listed in critical condition. Lambert’s condition was unknown.
UPDATE @ 10:11 a.m. (Nov. 4)
An Urbana teen is dead after the car she was riding in was rear ended on Ohio 235 Friday night, according to the Champaign County Sheriff's Office.
Sara Hess, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash while the 17-year-old driver, Gabe Wier, is in serious condition at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney.
A preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a 1997 Honda Civic rear ended the 2005 Honda Accord both teens were riding in.
According to deputies the driver and passenger in the Civic were flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
A spokesman for Graham High School said Hess and Wier are students at the school.
"We will provide more information and ways you can support these Graham families as we are able to release it," Kirk Koennecke said.
Koennecke said grief counseling will be available at the school from noon to 2 p.m. today.
"Our thoughts are with our families and students at this time," Koennecke said.
Koennecke said the district has been in contact with the families of both students involved in the crash, including Hess' mother is a district staff member.
The school district has canceled all events scheduled for this weekend and a candlelight vigil will take place in front of the high school this evening.
One person is dead and several people were injured late Friday night after a two-vehicle crash in Champaign County.
The crash was reported around 11:10 p.m. on North state Route 235 at the intersection with Shanley Road, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:31 PM
KINGS MILLS, Warren County — Changes are being promised for Kings Schools in the wake of last week’s racist incident that drew national attention, but Tuesday evening district officials said details about those changes will come later.
That was the message from Kings’ leader and school board members, who took the resignation of their board vice president in the wake of some white, local teens wearing basketball jerseys that displayed racist slurs.
The Kings Board of Education voted 4-0 to formally accept the resignation of member Kerry McKiernan, who previously cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings -- from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.
The names on the backs of the jerseys included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team played in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League.
McKiernan, whose son played on the now banned team that used Kings’ facilities, did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting and has not responded to requests for comment.
Last week McKiernan emotionally announced his intentions to resign, citing his failure to stop the team from wearing the jerseys during its first four games.
Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet he will soon be proposing systemic changes design to raise student, school staffers and community members’ awareness of the importance of racial and other diversity for the predominately white Warren County district.
“It’s really important to move forward and sustainable change is extremely important to us so that we can work to create a more loving, acceptable tolerant society,” said Ackermann. “We believe this is a community and societal issue around racism … intolerance, hate and bigotry and we all need to work together to make Kings the best place for all of our kids.”
He declined, however, to give details as to what district efforts are coming, saying the changes are still being studied.
“I don’t want to create something just to create something. Sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Ackermann.
Tom Squires, an African-American parent at Kings, was among the more than a dozen residents who attended the board meeting.
Afterward, Squires said the jersey incident, which has drawn national media attention, was “unfortunate.”
“We didn’t pay that close of attention as parents and we should have. We have to react swiftly and we have to make sure that people understand that this is not a district that condones that kind of thing,” said Squires, who has lived in the Deerfield Twp. school community for more than a decade.
“When you make a mistake you have to make sure you correct that mistake. Sometimes it’s not always fast but we have to make sure we make the right correction,” he said.
“This thing (reaction to the incident) is still evolving so it’s kind of hard for me to be critical of the district. They are still trying to make the correction and I think we should give them the opportunity to do so,” said Squires.
Under Ohio school law, the board now has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new board member and agreed during its meeting to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Applications will soon be available on the Kings Schools website.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:15 PM
— UPDATE @ 3:02 p.m.:
Judge Richard Skelton has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the city of Dayton’s emergency vacate order for the Newcom building.
Skelton said the building owner must purchase infrared heaters today for the remaining 18 tenants in the building. He ordered that the building be available for inspection to the court.
Skelton said he will review the matter every two days and planned to inspect the building tonight. “I will be watching this very closely,” Skelton said.
UPDATE @ 2:07 p.m.:
Judge Richard Skelton said he is willing to work with the building owner to avoid kicking residents out of their homes.
But he said he wants to know how quickly owner Howard Heck can acquire infrared heaters for the 18 residents who remain in the building.
About seven residents have moved out owing to the vacate order.
Heck’s attorney at first said his client would order the heaters on Amazon, but Skelton said he wanted a quick and definite plan for obtaining the heaters.
Skelton took a short recess in court to allow Heck time to try to figure out how he could get the heaters quickly.
The roughly 50 residents of a downtown Dayton apartment building who were ordered to vacate by Tuesday if the heating system was not repaired were awaiting the results of an emergency hearing this afternoon
Last week, city of Dayton housing inspection officials issued an emergency vacate order to residents at the Newcom Building, located at 255 N. Main St.
The building’s boiler was shut off because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can cause deadly poisoning.
Dayton crews discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the boiler room after responding to a medic call at the Newcom building.
The city told the building’s ownership it had to repair or replace the boiler by Tuesday or the building would be boarded up and all residents would be required to leave.
The building is not safe to live in because it does not have a functioning heating system, officials said, and the especially cold weather poses a threat to residents.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:50 AM
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:39 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 10:49 p.m.: Burning embers that jumped from the fireplace onto something combustible led to the house fire on Kensington Drive, Dayton Fire Battalion Chief Barry Rose said.
The resident started the fire and then left the house. He was not injured, Rose said.
Rose estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $10,000.
Crews are on the scene of a house fire in the 1900 block of Kensington Drive in Dayton.
We're hearing there is fire in the attic of the 1-1/2 story dwelling. Crews were dispatched about 9:45 p.m.
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