4 injured after crash into Harrison Twp. utility pole ID’d

Published: Monday, January 16, 2017 @ 6:46 AM

RAW VIDEO: Driver crashes into pole; multiple people hurt

UPDATE @ 4:14 p.m. (Jan. 24):

The four people injured in a serious crash on West Siebenthaler Avenue on Jan. 15 have been identified and deputies believe the driver of the vehicle was under the influence.

Veronique Bates, 35, of Dayton, was driving on West Siebenthaler, when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a utility pole, according to a crash report.

Bates was believed to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash, the report indicated.

The other passengers in the vehicle have been identified as Robin Dewberry, 27, of Dayton; Robert Watkins, 48, of Dayton; and Avonee Harris, 33, of Dayton, acccording to the report.

All four people were transported to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries believed to be life-threatening, however were no longer listed as patients Tuesday afternoon.


Four people were trapped and injured in a serious, single-vehicle crash on West Siebenthaler Avenue in Harrison Twp. Sunday night. 

The crash was witnessed by a Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy, who was traveling behind the car when it crashed into a DP&L pole around 9:50 p.m. at West Siebenthaler Avenue near Wales Drive.

Harrison Twp. Fire Battalion Chief Sean McNeil said all four occupants of the vehicle were trapped in the wreckage, before they were freed and transported to area hospitals. 

Three of the occupants suffered serious injuries, but are believed to be non-life threatening, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a media release. The condition of the fourth occupant was unknown, according to the release. 

Deputies said alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash. 


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Area students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM

Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C., to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.

>> Hundreds gather in Dayton for gun violence rally

The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m. They’ll return early Sunday after another overnight bus ride.

“We want action and we want prevention,” said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip. 

Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They’ll join other teens from all over the country in what’s being called the “March for our Lives.”

It’s a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

“I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved,” said Caruso. 

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Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip. 

Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him. 

“I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn’t just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can,” he said. 

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“We want our congressmen to know that we’re sick of it, and if they’re not going to have any action, we’re going to demand it.” 

In Dayton, a March for Our Lives event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square downtown.

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Snow hits Butler County; Winter Weather Advisory in effect

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Snow covers a statue on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Butler County until 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Snow covers a statue on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Butler County until 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 2 a.m. Sunday throughout Butler County, according to the National Weather Service.

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in Butler County

The area is receiving snow right now, but it’s not sticking to most roads. Area police agencies are reporting no major accidents or delays. Traffic along Interstate 75 through Butler and Warren counties was traveling at the speed limit as of noon.

The NWS said wet snow is expected through the region with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.

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Most escape accumulating snow, but not Butler County

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on who could see snow today and how warm we get tomorrow.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 2 a.m. Sunday in Butler County.


  • Few see snow, most stay dry
  • Accumulating snow stays to the south
  • Passing snow showers likely in Preble, Butler, Warren counties

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in area


Today: Highs will be in the low 40s on this mostly cloudy day with gusty winds of around 25 mph. Passing showers move in during the day mixing with snow and possibly some rain in the afternoon. Best chance for this is south of Interstate 70. Snow totals will be limited and MOST of the Miami Valley will see nothing stick today. Butler County is under Winter Weather Advisory where 1 to 3 inches could fall. The Dayton area might see a dusting on grassy surfaces and north of that will have a pretty quiet. Looks like the Miami Valley dodges the heaviest bands of snow, which will stay to our south. Temperatures climb to around 40 degrees. Clouds decrease tonight and we drop to the mid-20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Sunday: It will be a beautiful end to the weekend. We will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. Dry and sunny!

Monday: We see a nice start to the new week with temperatures close to normal with highs in the low to middle 50s. Clouds increase in the evening.

Tuesday: Scattered rain showers will develop with highs in the upper 50s feeling mild and breezy.

Wednesday: Scattered showers continue in the morning. We will see some late day sunshine with highs around 60 degrees.

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Hundreds gather in Dayton for gun violence rally

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Video from courthouse square

A “March For Our Lives - Sister Event” is taking place today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Courthouse Square, 23 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton.

The march in Dayton is one of nearly 800 rallies across the nation Saturday.

March For Our Lives is “created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action regarding the American epidemic of mass school shootings. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are trying to tell us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes that now is the time, and that there is no better way to honor the memories of the fallen students than to make sure that no one else dies from preventable violence.”

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Speakers include Dayton mayor Nan Whaley, Dr. Matthew Noordsi-Jones, Tracy Paschkej (relative of Parkland victim), and teachers and students from local school districts. Also featuring Stivers School for the Arts Chamber Choir.

Rally video 2

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