Driver ID’d in Warren Co. crash that killed 4

Published: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:07 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

The Ohio Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation has determined Jonathan Kroninger, 21, of Massie Township, was driving at the time of the fatal crash on November 21 in rural Warren County.

Kroninger, 21, of Massie Twp., Benjamin Edwards, 26, of Oregonia, Brittany Gerondale, 26, of Morrow, and Rose Feltner, 22, of New Vienna, were pronounced dead at the scene dead after the northbound 1995 Ford F-250 truck they were in went off the west side of Harveysburg Road in Massie Twp., near I-71 and Caesar Creek Lake.

While awaiting DNA evidence results, troopers released results of the initial crash report and accident reconstruction Wednesday.

All four victims were thrown from the truck, owned by Edwards, apparently in pairs about 75 feet apart, according to investigators. The truck left a trail of evidence, including beer cans and a floor mat found in a tree.

The car apparently initially lost control in a curve just south of the crash site and went off the road in the farm yard. The road, near Interstate 71, was blocked for about six hours at both ends while emergency crews worked.

On Wednesday, Sgt. Charlie Scales, the accident reconstruction expert on the case, said evidence, including clothing samples, pinpointing where they struck the interior of the truck and were ejected was used in reaching the preliminary result.

“Rollover crashes are probably the most difficult to determine,” Scales said.

Investigation continues, while investigators await DNA tests and toxicology results indicating whether drinking contributed to the crash.

The victims had just left a nearby party where Kroninger lived. At least some of victims had been drinking and playing cards, according to witnesses.

“Alcohol is suspected,” Sgt. Charles O’Bryon said.

Kroninger also was driving “well in excess of the speed limit,” Scales said, while still developing calculations of the actual speed.

The fatalities, on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, brought to 13 the number of area traffic deaths in recent weeks.

Teen pleads not guilty in death of half-sister, Carroll HS student

Published: Saturday, July 08, 2017 @ 12:28 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 9:45 AM

Jason Tidwell appeared via video conference during an arraignment hearing in the shooting death of his half-sister Mackenna Kronenberger. (MIke Campbell/Staff)
Jason Tidwell appeared via video conference during an arraignment hearing in the shooting death of his half-sister Mackenna Kronenberger. (MIke Campbell/Staff)

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m. (July 18)

Jason D. Tidwell pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including murder in the shooting death of his half-sister Mackenna Kronenberger, during his arraignment hearing Tuesday morning. 

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Tidwell’s bond was set at $1 million. 

Jason Tidwell appeared via video conference during an arraignment hearing in the shooting death of Mackenne Kronenberger. (Mike Campbell/Staff)

Dylan Angel, a man previously jailed but released and uncharged in this teen’s death, is back in Montgomery County Jail. 

Angel is in Montgomery County Jail on an unrelated charge of possession of drugs, from an incident on Bickmore Avenue in Dayton, according to a police report. No other narrative is available from the July 17 incident report.

UPDATE @ 6:46 a.m. (July 18)

Jason D. Tidwell, the half-brother of a teenage girl shot to death in Dayton, is scheduled to arraigned today. 

Tidwell was indicted in Montgomery County for murder, tampering with evidence, felonious assault, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and weapons under disability.

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UPDATE @ 4:24 p.m. (July 13)

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said a grand jury declined to indict Dylan M. Angel in this case “due to insufficient evidence.” He will be released from jail. 

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“The investigation determined that the defendant (Jason D. Tidwell) had been in a fight with another 18‐year‐old, Dylan M. Angel. Gunshots were fired, and one of the shots entered the home of the victim and killed the defendant’s stepsister,” according to a press release from Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

Tidwell remains in jail on $1 million bond. 

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m. (July 13)

The half-brother of a teenage girl shot to death in Dayton has been indicted in the case.

Jason D. Tidwell was indicted in Montgomery County for murder, tampering with evidence, felonious assault, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and weapons under disability. He will be arraigned July 18.

The grand jury ignored charges against Dylan M. Angel in this case.

This report will be updated.

EARLIER REPORT

The family of a 14-year-old Carroll High School student who was killed by a stray bullet is planning to have a public visitation and private funeral for the slain teen by the end of next week.

Funeral arrangements for Mackenna Kronenberger are being handled by the Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton Xenia Road.

Kronenberger was killed when a stray bullet fired in front of her house struck her while she was inside during the early morning hours of July 5. Police said she was an innocent bystander.

Two males are facing murder charges — Mackenna’s half-brother Jason Tidwell and Dylan Angel, both 18. Police said the pair were fighting in front of the house on Morse Avenue when each fired shots at each other.

A fund to help defray the costs of funeral expenses has been set up and donations can be made by visiting Carroll High School’s website.

House, truck in Montgomery County hit by gunfire; Police investigating

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:44 PM

FROM SCENE: Shots fired on Guenther Ave in Dayton

Police are investigating a report that a home in the 1400 block of Guenther Road has been damaged by a barrage of bullets fired from a passing vehicle.

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Police were dispatched just after 8 p.m. on a report that a house had been hit by gunfire from a passing vehicle. There are no reports that anyone has been hit by the gunfire. 

There are numerous shell casings scattered all over Guenther Road.

Guenther is closed at Fruedenberger Avenue to the south until further notice. 

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Boil advisory issued for Gratis residents

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:02 PM

A boil advisory has been issued in the village of Gratis, according to the village water department.

The advisory affects about 40 people living south of Franklin Street. 

As crews work on water lines, people living on Harrison, Thomas, High, Mack and Saylor streets are advised to boil water before use.

Water department staff said the advisory remains in effect until further notice.

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Slow warming trend to get underway

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 6:45 PM

Warmer temperatures are expected in the Dayton area over the coming days.

Clear skies and seasonably cool weather is expected as temperatures drop into the 50s after sunset, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clear, not quite as chilly tonight
  • Slow warmup over next few days
  • No rain until late Sunday

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Warmer Mornings(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Clear skies are expected with temperatures falling into the lower 40s.

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Wednesday: Expect lots of sunshine. Temperatures will rebound to near 70 degrees by late afternoon.

Long-range Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Thursday: More sunshine is expected through the day. Highs will reach into the lower 70s.

Friday: A few high clouds will arrive, however skies will remain mostly sunny. Highs will reach well above normal, into the lower to middle 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures will start the weekend with highs in the middle 70s. 

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Sunday: Clouds will be on the increase, mainly late in the day. It will become breezy and mild with highs in the middle 70s. There is a chance for showers by late evening or at night.