Driver loses control at Mike’s Car Wash in Centerville, lands in ditch

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:02 PM

Car ran through Mikes Car Wash

A car came to rest in a ditch this afternoon after a woman driving the car apparently lost control at Mike’s Carwash.

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The incident was reported around 3:40 p.m. at the car wash, 6250 Far Hills Ave.

A car came to rest in a ditch Oct. 6, 2017, after the driver apparently lost control and went through Mike's Car Wash, 6250 Far Hills Ave., in Centerville.

There were no injuries, and police are not investigating the incident because it happened on private property.

Restaurant employee tied up, has car stolen in Harrison Twp. robbery

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:25 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

Restaurant employee tied up, has car stolen in Harrison Twp. robbery

UPDATE @7:10 a.m.: A man called 911 and reported he has been tied up, hit with a crow bar and locked in a cooler during a break-in early Monday morning.

The man said he had been hit in the kneecap with the crow bar.

UPDATE @6 a.m. The owner of a restaurant where an employee was tied up during a robbery early Monday morning said nothing was stolen from her business.

The owner said when the employee got to work around 3 a.m., he was tied up while the two suspects attempted to get into the restaurant’s safe.

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Nothing was stolen from the restaurant.

The employee was taken to an area hospital. We’re working to learn more about his condition.

UPDATE @ 5:05 a.m: Two masked men fled with an employee’s red Honda CR-V after robbing a restaurant in Harrison Twp. Monday morning. 

The incident occurred at Burkey Family Restaurant just after 4 a.m., prompting police to respond.

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One employee was taken away on a stretcher by an ambulance. 

Officials continue to investigate the details of the ordeal. 


Police are responding to a reported robbery at 670 Shiloh Springs Road in Harrison Twp. early Monday morning.

The incident occurred just after 4 a.m. at Burkey Family Restaurant.

Employees were tied up by individuals wearing masks, per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this page with more details. 

Miami Valley Shooting Grounds will re-apply for Vandalia permit

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:58 PM

            Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight revoked the permit for Miami Shooting Grounds following complaints from a neighbor that bullets from the range were landing on his property. STAFF
Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight revoked the permit for Miami Shooting Grounds following complaints from a neighbor that bullets from the range were landing on his property. STAFF

The Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner will reapply this week with the city of Vandalia for a permit to operate the gun range, an attorney for the business said.

Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight stripped the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds and its owner Dana Tackett of their permit to discharge firearms. The chief made his decision after finding firearms were discharged “in a manner that is not compliant” with the permit, according to a letter.

Instead of appealing the chief’s decision, the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds will begin anew the permit process.

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“There was no appeal filed, rather, the shooting grounds is preparing permit applications to address the chief’s concerns,” said Timothy Rudd, the range’s attorney.

The range will submit an application this week for the indoor range and a separate application regarding the outdoor range will follow, Rudd said.

Last month, the Dayton Daily News and WHIO revealed a Vandalia police officer said he “retreated behind” his cruiser when responding Sept. 7 to a call in over errant bullets from the shooting grounds.

The officer’s superior said it “was obvious … that the shooters were a threat to public safety and not in compliance with the permit” the police chief issued in 2007, according to the officer’s report.

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In his revocation letter, the Vandalia police chief alleged Tackett, the range, and its representatives violated the permit or Vandalia’s ordinances by:

• Discharging firearm(s) from a place other than the permit premises;

• Failing to take all necessary measures and provide supervision sufficient to ensure that projectiles are confined to the property;

• Firing weapons in a direction other than from east to west perpendicular to and using as backstop the 50-foot hill on the western edge of the permit premises;

• Projectiles not being confined to the property;

• Knowingly discharging a firearm in or on a mother vehicle.

Previously, Rudd said the chief’s decision to revoke the permit “has nothing to do with any projectiles” going onto the land of Jamie Spencer, a person who owns property near the range and is suing it and Tackett.

Spencer alleges stray bullets are flying onto his property, according to a Sept. 8 complaint in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Last week, the shooting grounds asked the court to allow a second extension before they respond to the complaint. The 21-day extension would allow two additional defense attorneys on the case to “thoroughly investigate and research” Spencer’s claims.

Springboro staff recommends rejection of Easton Farm development

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

            Residents wait to speak during a meeting on plans to develop the historic Easton Farm in Springboro.
Residents wait to speak during a meeting on plans to develop the historic Easton Farm in Springboro.

The Springboro Planning Commission is scheduled Wednesday to consider rezoning and approval of a plan by HP Acquisitions for 86.7 acres of the Easton Farm, a 101-acre property at 605 N. Main St., Ohio 741 in Springboro.

Staff is recommending denial of the rezoning and the plan.

The staff recommendation notes “the proposed residential development densities exceed those identified in the city’s land use plan and the proposed development is not consistent with development patterns of this portion of the community, specifically the relationship of proposed higher density multi-family residential to existing lower density residential neighborhoods.”

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The new plan reduced the number of residences from 467 to 463, and the number that would be for multiple families from 360 to 356.

The Blue Ash-based developer proposes a mix of commercial, single-family and multi-family residential development.

Ted and Becky Hall would continue to live on 16.1 acres on the west side of the property.

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The developer was sent back to the drawing board on Jan. 11, March 8 and May 10 by the commission.

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The commission meets at 6 p.m. at city hall, 320 W. Central Ave. in Springboro.

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

FROM THE SCENE: Spring Valley fatal crash

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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