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Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 9:48 AM
— UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m. (July 26):
Finley and Brennen Bereda, the two children killed in a crash on I-70 last week, will be remembered Saturday at The Church of the Ascension in Kettering during a Mass of Christian Burial, according to an obituary.
The service will be held at the church, 2025 Woodman Drive, at 10:30 a.m.
The family also will receive friends at the Tobias Funeral Home in Beavercreek, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Road, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
“Brennen was such a character, full of joy and loved life. He was kind-hearted and a buddy to all of his friends and cousins,” the obituary read. “He was just like his daddy and loved to dance and laugh. He was the best big brother, and will be forever looking after his sister in Heaven, as he did here on earth.”
According to the obituary, “Finley with her bright blue eyes, was the perfect baby girl her mommy always prayed for. She loved to play with her big brothers, giggle, and snuggle. She brought joy to all that knew her.”
Passing motorists attempted to save two Beavercreek children in the few minutes before Indiana State Troopers arrived at the Interstate 70 crash that killed them Tuesday, a trooper said.
The crash killed Finley and Brennen Bereda, ages 1 and 5, and sent their mother and driver Christina Bereda, 33, and sibling Jordan, 3, to hospitals in Indianapolis. Christina Bereda has been released.
Ascension Church in Kettering, where the Bereda family were parishioners before they moved to Missouri more than a year ago, will have a community prayer service for the family at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, church officials said. The church is located at 2025 Woodman Drive in Kettering.
A semi-truck hit the family’s van on Tuesday, said Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police.
“When the semi-truck hit the van in the rear, it pierced through it and sheered off the right side,” Watts said. “That’s the side that Finley and Brennen were sitting on. When bystanders pulled over to help, they extricated the kids from the car.”
“We had two troopers on the scene within five minutes,” Watts said. He said the two children “appeared to be severely injured and they were unconscious” when troopers arrived.
“There was a physician on the scene and he was working on one of the children.”
According to ISP, the semitrailer failed to stop or avoid traffic approaching a construction zone when it hit the Bereda’s van, about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The semitrailer hit another semi after striking the Ohio family’s vehicle.
The driver of the semitrailer, 62-year-old Amritpal Singh, of Quebec, Canada, was taken to a hospital. The driver of the semi he hit, 57-year-old Russell Sims of Indianapolis, also was taken to a hospital.
According to ISP, prosecutors will review the incident for possible charges. Watts said authorities are running routine chemical and alcohol tests, but there is no indication Singh was intoxicated.
“Right now, we don’t know why he failed to stop,” Watts said.
Watts said the stretch of highway is “very busy” and has had its “share of crashes.”
“There’s been construction in the Terre Haute area for about 5-6 years now,” he said.
But the volume of crashes did not make witnessing Tuesday’s scene any easier for troopers, Watts said.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
FAIRBORN — Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12.
According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek.
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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test.
Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning.
He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.
The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media.
Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.
At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:39 PM
— UPDATE: Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley has confirmed he will run for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.
State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election and will instead run for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Juvenile division judge.
His decision will likely lead to one of the hottest Statehouse races in the region as the Ohio 43rd is one of the most evenly divided politically in the Dayton area.
Thursday night Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley confirmed that he will run for Rezabek’s seat. Foley, a Democrat, had earlier announced that he would not run for re-election but will serve out his term on commission through the end of this year.
Democrat Ralph Dean Brill of Brookville, also took out nominating petitions from the Montgomery County Board of Elections but could not be reached for comment.
On Friday Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning will formally announce he is running in the Republican primary for the seat, and Stephanie Garrett of West Alexandria has also confirmed she is running in that primary.
Foley declined to say more about his candidacy but said he will hold a formal announcement news conference soon.
‘We made an impact’
Rezabek said he wants to use his experience as a lawyer and a legislator to bring change to the juvenile court.
“We made an impact in the legislature,” he said. “But the real impact is directly on the community and directly with those kids and with those families.”
Rezabek, an attorney specializing in juvenile cases, is running for the seat being vacated at the end of the year by Juvenile Judge Nick Kuntz, who cannot run for re-election due to age limitations for judges.
The race for Kuntz’s seat has attracted a lot of attention, with at least five other people taking out nominating petitions.
They include Democrats Julie Bruns of Miamisburg, Greg Scott of Dayton, Steven Wagenfeld of Centerville and Cynthia L. Westwood of Farmersville. Republican C. Ralph Wilcoxson II has also obtained a petition.
Rezabek ran unsuccessfully for the job in 2012. First elected to the Ohio House in 2014, he won a bitter re-election battle in 2016 against David Sparks of Clayton.
Henning said he will make the formal announcement that he is running for the seat at an 11:30 a.m. news conference Friday at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s adult center, 6801 Hoke Road, Clayton.
“I’m 100 percent invested in the community and I want to ensure that our 43rd House district has a strong champion to advocate for the district in Columbus.” said Henning, who is a judicial assistant to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Erik Blaine.
A Clayton native who has served on the council since 2012, Henning said his campaign will focus on farming and agriculture, the concerns of small business owners and trying to restore Local Government Fund revenue slashed by the legislature. He said he also wants to address the opioid addiction crisis.
Garrett is president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau and assistant treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party.
“I wanted to teach my children that they could make a difference. So I got involved in my community and started working with candidates and the Republicans.”
The filing deadline for the May 8 primary is Feb. 7.
Mark Owens, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, said the 43rd House district is about evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans and can be won by a Democrat like Foley.
“If he’s willing to get out and roll up his sleeves and work I think he can win it,” Owens said.
The district covers parts of Englewood, Clayton, Trotwood, western Montgomery County and all of Preble County.
Multiple people have pulled petitions to run for Foley’s county commission seat. Democrats include Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice and Daryl Ward, senior pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton.
Both Rice and Ward have turned in their nominating petitions.
Republicans include former Miami Twp. Trustee Bob Matthews and current Miami Twp. Trustee Doug Barry, both of whom have turned in petitions. Petitions have been obtained but not submitted by Greg Hart and Joshua Smith, both Dayton Republicans.Tweets by @LynnHulseyDDN
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
— Americans are projected to break the record for credit card debt once 2017’s books are closed.
WalletHub projects an increase of $50 billion for last year for a total of $1 trillion dollars of credit card debt.
The finding was a shock to Marie Giffen of Liberty Township- who doesn’t use credit cards.
“I can’t believe that. That is a lot of debt and it is very surprising people are spending that much on credit cards- that’s crazy,” said Giffen.
Trotwood’s James Shells wasn’t surprised.
“I’m an accountant, I see it all the time. People want things and don’t have the cash so they get credit and simply borrow,” said Shells.
WalletHub released its “2018 Cities with the Highest and Lowest Credit Card Debt” analysis today which breaks down median debt for hundreds of U.S. cities.
Darien, Connecticut had the highest median credit card debt at $7,100.
The lowest median credit-card debt was in Forest Park, Georgia, at $1,100.
For cities in the Miami Valley, WalletHub estimates it will take someone in Beavercreek eight months to pay of the median debt of about $2,646, in Miamisburg it would take nine months to pay of the median credit card debt of $2,323 and in Dayton it would take 13 months to pay of a $2,138 debt.
“Credit card companies are there to make a profit and people forget that the profit is at their expense,” said Dolly Warren, a credit counselor with Graceworks in Dayton.
To start paying down those balances, Warren says you should:
-set a goal
-create a budget
-examine your statements
“Snowballing” is the tactic of making the largest payment to your most expensive credit card and once it’s paid off put all the money you were using to pay off that balance toward the next highest card, etc.- until your credit cards are paid in full.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:12 PM
Middletown — UPDATE @ 6 p.m.
According to sergeant Matthew Keener of the Ohio State HIghway Patrol, a white Ford Fusion was attempting to turn left and was struck by a green Buick sending the Buick into a Middletown school bus. Both the driver of the school bus and the driver of the green Buick were sent to the hospital for injuries.
Three children were on the school bus and they were all uninjured. A citation was issued to the driver of the white Ford Fusion for failing to yield while turning left.
UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.
Three vehicles were involved in a crash Thursday afternoon in Middletown, one of the vehicles was a Middletown City Schools bus. Three injuries were reported and one person was transported to the hospital, but no students were injured according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
MIddletown School officials notified parents and at this time we are unsure of how many children were on the bus.
Marlon Styles Jr., superintendent for Middletown, said “It was a bad situation but the good news is no kids are hurt and they are all now in the care of their parents.”
A school bus was involved in a crash at the corner of Dixie Highway and Coles Road according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.