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Driver ID’ed in fatal crash with tractor in Shelby County

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:02 PM
Updated: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 7:12 AM

Driver dies, 2 kids OK in Shelby County crash

UPDATE @ 7:13 a.m.  (Dec. 22)

The person killed in this crash is identified as Melanie Smith, 36, of Sidney, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Office. She was in the Malibu driving north on Ohio 219 that struck the open cab of a farm tractor, according to a media release. 

Two children, ages 3 and 6, in the backseat were checked out an an area hospital. 

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The farm tractor driver was Leon Hemmert, 62, of Botkins. He was also checked out an area hospital.


The driver of a car with two children inside was killed tonight in crash involving a tractor.

The crash was reported around 7 p.m. on state Route 219 just off County Road 25A, north of Botkins.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the two children in the car were not injured.

The farmer’s condition was not available, the sheriff’s office said.

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Police make arrests, reports from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

Police issued a Public Safety order for people to disperse from the neighborhood on St. Patrick's Day.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration landed on a Saturday, but for many the revelry, and police incident reports, started on Friday.

The most significant incident reported from Saturday started around 4 p.m. on Lowes Street.

Police responded to the report of a large crowd that had gathered in the street in the University of Dayton student neighborhood. Bottles, rocks and firecrackers were reportedly thrown at officers, which forced them to retreat.
Additional officers from UD and Dayton police departments were called. By 6:30 p.m., police dressed in riot gear cleared the streets and ordered students to go inside their homes.

St. Patrick's Day on Dayton 2018(Steve Maguire)

The university reported that no one was arrested during the police action.

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The party started, and for some, ended early Saturday morning.

--- At 2:37 a.m., Dayton officers responded to a home on Illinois Avenue because of a stabbing complaint, according to the police incident report. A person had been stabbed with a knife and an investigation by officers determined the stabbing occurred about 30 minutes earlier at Carmichael’s Pub, 3011 Wayne Ave., according to the report. No further details were immediately available, including the severity of the injuries and whether any suspects have been identified or arrested.

--- A woman, Alecia Swain, 38, was arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance at 3:30 a.m. at a home in the 300 block of Kenilworth Avenue, according to a Dayton police report.

Alecia Swain

--- Police said a man called 9-1-1 to report his neighbor, identified as the suspect, was intoxicated and causing a disturbance at his home. The caller told the dispatcher he was going to shoot the woman if police didn’t get there soon. Police responded and arrested Swain on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct, according to the report.

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A domestic violence incident was reported at 1 a.m. at The Fieldhouse, 1126 Brown St.

A 33-year-old male from Dayton was listed as the complainant. No arrest was reported and no further information was released.

--- Jamaad Gardner, 28, was arrested around 11:35 p.m. Friday near Newcom’s Tavern, 418 E. Fifth St., according to a Dayton police report.

Police said Gardner was kicked out of the bar for causing a disturbance and once outside, he allegedly struck one of the bar’s security guards in the face, breaking his ear piece.

Gardner allegedly resisted officers during his arrest, according to the report. He remained an inmate at the Montgomery County Jail Sunday.

Jamaad Gardner

--- At 8:30 p.m. Friday, an assault was reported at Blind Bob’s Café, 430 E. Fifth St., according to the police report.

Workers there told officers the victim, a 40-year-old man, was standing outside when he was “sucker punched” by another male who then ran away, according to the police report. Police said the victim was lying on the ground and bleeding when officers arrived. The victim was highly intoxicated and apparently did not realize he’d been struck, according to the report.

--- A 29-year-old man from Illinois reported that someone stole his Samsung 8 Plus from his back pocket while he was inside Ned Peppers, 419 E. Fifth St., according to a Dayton police report.

The incident happened around 1:13 a.m. Friday, but the victim didn’t realize he was missing his phone until he called police at 8:22 a.m., according to the report.

The victim told police he was able to track his phone from the bar on East Fifth to the Dayton Towers apartments, according to the report.

Police said no search was conducted because there are multiple apartment units, according to the report.

--- At 6:04 a.m. Friday, police responded to a rollover crash at Home Avenue and College Street.

A black 2018 Cadillac XTS had struck a black 2011 Ford Fusion that was parked, according to the Dayton police report.

The driver of the Cadillac, identified as 38-year-old Devon Lamar Hayes, had apparently crawled out of the broken passenger’s side window and was lying on the ground next to the overturned vehicle, according to the report.

Police said the driver smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, glassy eyes; and officers found a three-quarter-full bottle of Courvoisier was found inside the vehicle.

Hayes was arrested and taken to the hospital to be checked out for injuries, according to the report.

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Sunshine today, rain and snow later this week

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 11:41 AM

Sunny skies are expected today in the Dayton area, with the chance for rain and snow returning later this week.

Mostly sunny skies are expected today, which will be a nice day with highs in the lower to middle 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

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  • Sunny and nice today
  • Rain returns Monday evening
  • Chance for snow Monday night/early Tuesday

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Tonight: A few more clouds are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 30s.

Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

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Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.

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Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

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Car catches fire after rollover crash in Preble County

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

An 18-year-old female suffered minor injuries after her vehicle overturned and caught fire in West Alexandria Sunday morning.

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Crews were requested to the scene at 7 a.m. on OH-503 just south of Enterprise Road.

The driver, who was unfamiliar with the roadway, drove off the right side of the road and struck an embankment before overturning, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Dendler.

The vehicle was a total loss, Dendler said.

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Vehicle drives into unattached garage, drives off in Dayton

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:59 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Car drives through fence, into garage in Dayton

UPDATE @ 9:12 a.m.:

The vehicle that drove into an unattached garage has fled the scene.

>>Vehicle drives into unattached garage in Dayton

The homeowner said the vehicle jumped a curb and drove straight through the garage at an angle. The vehicle then went through a fence and struck a neighbors car in their driveway, according to the homeowner.

Neighbors said speeding in the area is a problem.

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Crews have responded to a call of a vehicle into an unattached garage in Dayton Sunday morning.

The incident occurred around 8:20 a.m. in the 1800 block of Brownell Road.

We have crew on the scene working to learn more.

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