2 escaped Warren County inmates turn selves in

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 10:52 AM
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 2:35 PM

Two men who escaped from a Warren County correctional facility turned themselves in at the sheriff’s office Thursday night.

Michael Kline, 25, of Cincinnati, and Zacariah Williamson, 25, of College Corner, appeared at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at around 8:15 p.m. Jan. 24 and were booked into the jail. Chief Deputy Sheriff John Newsom said previously the pair might have been sighted in the Dayton area, but that tip didn’t pan out.

“They are in our jail charged with those previous charges of escape,” he said. “They just walked in and gave themselves up.”

Kline’s wife, Suza Kline, 35, of Hamilton, has also been charged with third degree felony escape for allegedly helping the men get away. She was arrested in Middletown at around 6:15 p.m. Jan. 20 after she allegedly picked up her husband and Williamson at the basketball courts on the west side of the Community Correctional Center of Butler, Clermont and Warren Counties, according to sheriff’s reports.

She was arraigned in Lebanon Municipal Court on Jan. 24 and freed from jail. Her next court hearing is Thursday.

Jail records show her husband and Williamson will be in municipal court today. They are also charged with vandalism. Prosecutor David Fornshell said the pair could be looking at three years in prison if they are found guilty.

The two men allegedly used a fire extinguisher to break a window and escape at 6:30 a.m. that day. Police reports show a recorded phone conversation between Michael and his wife at at around 5:45 a.m. revealed the escape plan.

Kline was at the center after he pleaded guilty to several counts of petty theft and breaking and entering in three separate cases in Butler County. Judge Patricia Oney sent him to the center Sept. 24 and ordered he take corrective thinking classes and get drug and alcohol abuse counseling among other services.

She also ordered him to pay $1,359 in restitution to three different Walmart stores in Butler and Hamilton counties.

Judge Keith Spaeth sent Williamson to the center last October after he pleaded guilty to grand theft. He was ordered to get mental health treatment and counseling — among other things — and he was also supposed to enter the drug court program when he left the center.

Both men now face third degree felony escape and fifth degree vandalism charges in Lebanon Municipal Court.

Talbert House runs the correctional center, but spokesperson Teri Nau said because of HIPPA laws she cannot discuss the two men. She said the center is a lock down facility but they do not have armed guards.

Motorcycle crash shuts large section of North Gettysburg Avenue 

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:09 PM

A motorcycle crash in the 1800 block of North Gettysburg Avenue has prompted police to shut down the roadway. 

The accident was reported about 9:40 p.m. 

Police have shut down Gettysburg Avenue from Cornell Drive to North James H. McGee Boulevard until further notice. We’re hearing the shutdown could last “several hours.”

Our crew on scene reports that there is debris scattered all over the road. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available.

1 of 2 killed in fiery I-675 crash in Beavercreek ID’d

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 4:20 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

UPDATE @ 1 p.m. (Feb. 20):

One of two victims in the fatal crash on I-675 Saturday has been identified.

Torre K. Wooten Jr., 21, of Fairborn, was pronounced dead at Kettering Medical Center on Sunday at 5:35 p.m., according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Wooten was transported to Kettering Medical Center following the crash around 4 p.m.

The coroner’s office said they have not yet received Wooten’s body from the hospital following his death.

The other victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has not yet been identified by the coroner’s office.

UPDATE @ 10:28 a.m. (Feb. 20)

We are expecting more information to be released by Beavercreek police today about the double-fatal crash that temporarily shut down the northbound lanes on I-675 Saturday.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m. (Feb. 19)

We just learned tonight that the passenger who was critically wounded Saturday in the fiery crash on Interstate 675 also has died.

The driver died at the scene, and the passenger passed away at Kettering Medical Center, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

Beavercreek police are expected to release the men’s identities and information about what led to the crash Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m. (Feb. 19)

Beavercreek police have not released the identity of a man killed in a fiery crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 675, pending notification of family who are out of town, a sergeant said tonight.

A passenger remains in critical condition at Kettering Medical Center. More information is expected to be released Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m.

All lanes of northbound Interstate 675 are back open following a fiery crash. The highway was closed for about four hours near the Col. Glenn Highway exit for a single-vehicle crash.

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office is on scene of a fiery crash this evening that has shut down northbound Interstate 675 near the Col. Glenn Highway exit in Beavercreek.

Officials have not confirmed a fatality. However, our crew on scene said it appears there is a body covered by a white sheet in the median.

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m.

All northbound traffic on Interstate 675 is being diverted onto Col. Glenn Highway after a fiery crash just past the exit.

All lanes are blocked after Beavercreek firefighters extinguished flames that erupted from a vehicle that reportedly rolled over during the crash.

The left lane on the southbound side also is blocked.

Bill Wabler of Beavercreek didn’t see the fiery crash, but moments before the crash he called 911 to report a dangerous driver.

Wabler said he was traveling north on I-675 to return home when he saw a speeding vehicle come up behind him and pass him on the right at the 15 mile marker.

“The guy was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” which Wabler said he estimated was at least 80 mph and possibly approaching 100 mph. Wabler said he was calling 911 to alert law enforcement about that driver, when he saw brake lights ahead and traffic slowed to a crawl. By the time he reached the 17 mile marker, he saw the same vehicle crashed in the median, he said.

EARLIER

Interstate 675 North is shut down near the Col. Glenn Highway exit after a reported single-vehicle crash.

Beavercreek police and emergency vehicle responded to the crash at approximately 4 p.m.

We’re headed to the scene to find out more.

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Pliers used in armed robbery of Dayton Kwik N Cold

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

Pliers used in armed robbery of Dayton Kwik N Cold

A thief, armed with nothing more than a pair of pliers, robbed a Linden Avenue Kwik N Cold in Dayton Sunday night.

The robber held the pliers over the head of a cashier as if he were going to stab the clerk before running off with cash, according to a Dayton police report.

According to the report, the suspect matched the description of someone who had been in the store with two other people 15 minutes before the robbery.

Police continue to search for the man described as 5’11” with a normal build and wearing a blue stripped shirt wrapped around his head, a gray sweatshirt, black jeans, black tennis shoes and white gloves.

Warm weather spell is concerning to area fruit, vegetable farmers

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

Warm weather spell is concerning to area fruit, vegetable farmers

Area farmers say the financial impact this week's warm weather spell will have on their crops won't be known for months.

Usually at this time of year, farmers are watching their fields until about mid-May, waiting for the final frost of the season. 

This year's turn of weather events has farmers watching their fields, waiting for cold weather to return stay until that final frost. Temperatures in the region are expected to remain in the 60s this week, much higher than normal. 

How much damage -- if any -- will be done to crops won't be known for some time. 

Monnin Fruit Farm is closed for the season, but at least 1,500 fruit trees and plants need to be pruned. 

Weeks-early buds on some fruit trees are causing worry among farmers. 

"We worry about the fruit trees starting to come out and bud early, earlier than what they're supposed to, and how that affects the tree is that once they start to come out, they won't stop," co-owner Glenn Monnin told News Center 7's Natalie Jovonovich on Monday afternoon. 

When temperatures fall again, crops will suffer damage more easily because this week's warm spell has triggered the maturity cycle. 

"The fruit's starting to turn, it's going to start to grow and there's no way to stop it, it could turn cold again, it may slow it down, but they're still going to keep coming out," Monnin said. "We really don't want the warm weather, we enjoy it, but we don't want it. We'd like to see it stay cold for at least another month."