Franklin Twp. Confederate marker to go back on public display

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 10:46 PM

Confederate monument has new home in Franklin

Franklin Twp. trustees said the Confederate marker removed in mid-August will be back on public display in the next few weeks.

Trustees President Brian Morris said that after an agreement is finalized, that the 90-year-old marker honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Dixie Highway will be moved to property owned by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1075 N. Dixie Highway.

Morris told just more than a dozen residents at Thursday’s meeting that the monument will be inside the Franklin city limits and will be 30 to 40 feet away from the roadway on private property.

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“It can’t go back to where it was before,” Morris said.

He said he spoke with the family where the township-owned monument was formally located, and after discussing the options, they gave him full support to move it to the new location.

“At the end of the day, they wanted this (controversy) to end,” he said. “… We tried to handle this in a positive manner.”

The marker has been a source of controversy since August when the city of Franklin removed it from the corner of South Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road. City officials said the monument was removed because it was within the right of way of Dixie Highway.

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Morris said the new location would be lighted and monitored with surveillance cameras. In addition, Morris said the move will not cost taxpayers because most of the services will be donated to move the five-ton stone monument.

While the agreement has not been finalized, Morris said it would be a long-term arrangement, proposed to last for about 100 years.

Trustee Ron Ruppert said the proposed location and arrangements have addressed many of his concerns.

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Trustee Beth Callahan was not at Thursday’s meeting.

Resident Donald Whisman said he was happy that the township did something and that the monument was going back on public display.

Another resident, Candi Bales, agreed that she was glad the monument was going to be displayed, but said she did not like the idea that it would be in Franklin.

“People want to see it on township land,” she said.

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Another resident Wilma Pennington said she did not want the monument going to the new proposed location, adding that this is something that should be voted on. She also questioned Morris about his recent meeting with Corey Andon of the Dayton group Socialist Alternative to get a better understanding of their position.

Morris said he met with Andon to prevent future problems and that no one gets injured if there was a protest. He said they both agreed that there should not be any threats.

Ruppert said the township was not threatened or made a decision based on any threats.

Bales said she did not believe Morris solved anything and that his intentions were good, but she still felt he threw the township under the bus by meeting with him.

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Morris responded by saying he was trying to help and that the township has a lot more important issues to address.

Ruppert said it may not be “a perfect solution” and that he had concerns if the monument was located on residential property. However, the monument is township property and it will be back on public display.

One flown to hospital from scene of Champaign Co. multi-car crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
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Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening.

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Dayton police hoping victim in shooting tells them what happened

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:39 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

Shooting victim shows up at Dayton hospital

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.:  A man wounded by gunfire early Monday is telling Dayton police he was walking on North Main Street when a female in a red car drove up and shot him, police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said, but police can find no evidence at the place where the man said he was shot. 

Police interviewed the 45-year-old victim at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he had been taken by private conveyance. 

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"He was not really forthcoming with a lot of credible information,” Coleman said. “He said he knew her."

Police aren’t sure of the man and woman’s relationship.

The white female who possibly fired at the man was in a red car, the sergeant said. 

Police found no evidence of a shooting at North Main Street at Knecht Drive, where the victim said he was hit by gunfire, Coleman said.

"We're just hoping the victim tells us what happened,” the sergeant said. 

The victim's wounds are considered non-life threatening, Coleman said. 

Anyone who saw the shooting is asked to call Dayton police, 937-333-COPS, or Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, 937-225-4357.

Police were dispatched to the hospital on a report of a male who had been brought in by private vehicle about 11:30 a.m.

Initial reports, via police and fire radio dispatch, that a car with two men arrived at the hospital.

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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

Family, friends talk about fatal motorcycle crash victims

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. 

FIRST REPORT: 

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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Family celebrates birthday of Miamisburg teen killed in wrong-way crash

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 2:49 AM

Family, friends gather to remember wrong-way crash victim

Family members gathered for a birthday celebration Sunday to honor Kalip Grimm, the 2017 Miamisburg High School graduate killed in a wrong way crash Monday night on I-675 in Centerville. 

Grimm would have been 19 Sunday.

Funeral for Kalip Grimm held today

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"It’s the worst feeling to know you're celebrating your son's birthday one day and burying him the next,” Grimm’s mother, Stacey Grimm said.

Grimm was killed when the car he was driving was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver. Family and friends will gather tomorrow for funeral and memorial services.

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A memorial pamphlet honoring Kalip Grimm, a Miaimisburg teen killed in a wrong-way crash on I-675 Monday.

"He was the most compassionate person. It didn't matter time of day, if anybody needed anything he'd be right there,” Stacey Grimm said.

News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy reports hundreds of people visited the family today with some offering kind words and others sporting new tattoos honoring Kalip.

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"I'm at so much peace right now to know how many people's lives he touches,” Stacey Grimm said.

'"I've had several people tell me that when 'I was going through a hard spot Caleb brought me out of it.”

Friends of Kalip Grimm show off new tattoos remembering the Miaimisburg graduate killed in a wrong-way crash Monday. Sean Cudahy/Staff

Family and friends released balloons in the air Sunday after singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in linked arms.

“We had no idea how he touched people outside of our family,” Kalip’s step mother, LeAnn Crone.

Crone said she remembers Kalip as the person who pulled his family together.

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“Anybody that knew him...knew kalip...biggest heart ever...he'd give you the shirt off his back,” Crone said.

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