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Fatality ID’d in crash on Old U.S. 35 in Greene

Published: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 @ 5:05 PM

            Greene County crash kills 1, injures 6
Greene County crash kills 1, injures 6

UPDATE @ 5:10 a.m. (June 3):

Troopers have identified the man killed in Tuesday afternoon’s crash as James R. Smith, 49, of Lynchburg, Ohio. Smith was the driver of the red Jeep that ran a stop sign at Rosemoor Road and Old U.S. 35.

Troopers also say Smith and four other passengers in the Jeep were all not wearing seat belts and ejected from the vehicle in the crash.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor at the time of the crash.

UPDATE @ 10:51 p.m. (June 2): All six victims injured in the two-vehicle T-bone accident on Old U.S. 35 are expected to survive, according to a sergeant with the Ohio Highway Patrol post at Xenia. He noted that their conditions were not available.

The names and ages of the victims, including the male who was killed, have not been released, the sergeant said.

He said investigators have determined that the red Jeep, in which the fatality was a passenger or the driver, was at fault because the driver did not obey a stop sign at Old U.S.35 and Rosemoor Road. Rosemoor becomes Bryan Road once a vehicle crosses Old U.S. 35.

UPDATE @ 10:02 p.m.: Old U.S. 35 and Bryan Road have been reopened to traffic following the the two-vehicle T-bone accident that left one male dead and six injured.

UPDATE @ 5:35 p.m.: The fatality in the two-vehicle T-bone accident is a male, but crash investigators with the Ohio Highway Patrol are not yet sure whether he was driving or a passenger in one of the vehicles.

Six other victims — four from a red Jeep that included the fatality and two from a black car — have been taken to hospitals by MedFlight and ground ambulances, said Lt. Douglas Eck, with the OSP post in Xenia. The conditions of the victims are not known.

Eck said investigators are trying to determine which vehicle was in the 7000 block of Old U.S. 35 and which one was on Bryan Road when the accident occurred. The vehicle on Bryan had a stop sign.

Speed and alcohol use are being investigated as a part of the accident, he said.

One of the vehicles hit a power pole, and a Dayton Power & Light crew is on scene to repair or replace the pole. Power in the area had to be shut off in order to get that done.

Eck said U.S. 35 will be closed in both directions at least another hour.


A fatal accident with several injuries has been reported in the 7000 block of Old U.S. 35 in the area of Bryan Road.

The accident was reported about 4:30 p.m. and a dispatcher with the Ohio Highway Patrol tells us the road has been shut down in both directions.

We’re hearing there are as many as four other victims in this accident, in addition to the fatality.

News Center 7’s Kate Bartley and a videographer are on the way to the scene. We will update this report as we get information. We’ll also update this story on our 5 p.m. broadcast.

‘You guys are ruining Christmas,’ theft suspect tells police

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Steven Elzey
Steven Elzey

A theft suspect told police “you guys are ruining Christmas” after he was arrested while police investigated a suspicious circumstance involving copper wire at First Street Recycling, reported by the plant manager.

Steven Elzey, 35, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing official business and falsification at the business at 1341 E. First St. after police said he initially gave them his brother’s information, according to a Dayton Police Department report.

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After determining Elzey’s correct identity, Dayton police learned he had a warrant for his arrest in Clark County.

“I should have ... run. I would have got away,” Elzey told police as they drove him to the Montgomery County Jail, the report stated.

Elzey is next scheduled to appear Nov. 30 in Dayton Municipal Court, and he has another hearing scheduled in January in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for a suspected parole violation, jail records show.

Greenville grad, explosive ordnance disposal tech hit by IED in Syria

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m. (Nov. 17)

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy is at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after he was struck by an improvised explosive device while clearing a hospital in Syria.

The 2002 Greenville High School graduate and father of four is an explosive ordnance technician. He was severely injured while assigned to the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The Navy said they are working to provide further details about how he was injured.

Most of Stacy’s family is in Texas with him, including his wife, Lindsey, who also is a Greenville grad. His mother-in-law works for Greenville schools, but the district said she is with her family in Texas.


A 2002 Greenville High School graduate earlier this month was severely wounded in action in the Middle East.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy was injured by an improvised explosive device, reportedly while clearing a hospital in Syria. 

The explosive ordnance disposal technician is part of Operation Inherent Resolve and is back in the United States receiving treatment. 

Stacy and his wife, Lindsey, also a Greenville grad, are parents to four children. They live in San Diego, Calif., where Stacy is stationed, our media partner the Early Bird Paper reported. 

Vice Chief of Naval Operations  Adm. Jonathan Greenert introduces Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Kenton Stacy as the USO Sailor of the Year at the 2010 USO Gala. (Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/U.S. Navy)

In October 2010, Stacy represented his branch of the military when he was presented with a USO Servicemember of the Year during a USO gala. At the time of his award, he had participated in more than 50 combat missions while deployed in Afghanistan. He destroyed IEDs, trained Afghan forces and U.S. Special Forces on route-clearing techniques. 

Operation Inherent Resolve has suffered 44 deaths, of which 30 were killed in action; and 239 service members were wounded in action, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. It is not clear whether the statistics include Stacy.

8 vehicles, 1 injury in 2 crashes on I-75 South in Dayton during rush hour

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

South 75 at Grand Ave Crash

Two separate vehicle accidents on I-75 South in Dayton during rush hour Friday evening sent one person to a hospital, left eight vehicles heavily damaged and clogged traffic. 

The accidents were reported between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch. 

RELATED: Crashes along I-75 South in Dayton cause delays

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Crash on state Route 741 closes road several hours

The first accident, near the Stanley Avenue exit, involved a semitrailer and three passenger vehicles. No one was injured. 

Dayton police said a lane change apparently triggered the mashup. 

Traffic, at 6:30 p.m., was down to one lane. 

One person was taken to a hospital from the second accident, farther south state Route 4, which involved four passenger vehicles, police said. 

In that accident, the far left lane remained closed at 6:30 p.m.

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Ohio 741 open, crews replace power pole after crash near Springboro

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

Crash closes SR 741 for hours

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.

Ohio 741 near Red Lion-Five Points Road is open to traffic after it was shut down for hours this evening.

A driver only had minor injuries, but the power pole the man hit was damaged beyond repair in the crash that happened around 2:30 p.m. The crash area was shut down while a Duke Energy crew replaced the utility pole. By 11 p.m., the roadway was back open.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the exit for state Route 73 (West Central Avenue) and go right on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

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For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for six to seven hours longer near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was an man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 


State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

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The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 


The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story.