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Published: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 3:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 11:40 AM
FRANKLIN TWP. — UPDATE @ 11:40 a.m.
Michaela Aregood, 19, of Franklin has been identified as the woman killed in a Warren County crash Saturday morning, according to a release from deputies.
Aregood was driving west on McLean Road when she lost control and struck a tree and culvert before crashing into a creek bed.
Deputies said Aregood was pronounced dead at the scene and the crash remains under investigation.
UPDATE @ 4:38 a.m.
An unidentified woman is dead after the car she was driving hit a tree and crashed into a creek bed Saturday morning in Warren County’s Franklin Twp.
Troopers at the scene told our crew the woman in her 20s was pronounced dead at the scene after several unsuccessful CPR attempts.
A driver travelling in the 3500 block of McLean Road noticed the crash after driving over a detached wheel from the crashed car.
No other people were in the car at the time of the collision, according to troopers, and an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
A portion of McLean Road remains closed as a wrecker works to remove the car from the creek and crews clear the roadway of debris.
UPDATE @ 3:47 a.m.
The Warren County coroner has arrived to the scene of an injury crash in Franklin Twp. Saturday morning.
Our crew at the scene reports a portion of the 3500 block of McLean Road is closed as crews work to remove a crashed car from a creek.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are handling the scene while Warren County deputies offer assistance.
Initial reports indicate a person was trapped in the car shortly after it crashed into the creek just before 2:45 a.m.
Our crew is working to confirm additional details with authorities at the scene.
A person is reportedly injured after the car they were in crashed into a Franklin Twp. creek.
Crews were sent to the 3500 block of McLean Road in Warren County around 2:45 a.m. on a report of an injury crash.
Initial reports indicate a person was briefly trapped in the partially submerged car.
First responders are administering CPR to a victim at the scene, according to scanner traffic.
We have a crew heading to the area to learn more.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:35 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:55 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 9:55 a.m.
Unattended cooking has been blamed for causing a house fire on Iola Avenue in Dayton Friday.
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Firefighters reported flames and smoke coming from the rear of a home in the 900 block of Iola Avenue around 9:25 a.m. Friday.
The home’s occupant left the home, leaving cooking food on the stove, investigators said. The damage to the home will displace the occupant.
Firefighters have not been able to get in contact with the occupant.
No injuries were reported.
Firefighters have responded to reports of a house fire on Iola Avenue in Dayton Friday morning.
Crews were dispatched around 9:25 a.m. to the 900 block of Iola Avenue and reported fire coming from the back of the structure.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:06 AM
TROY – A former deputy director of the Miami County Board of Elections fired in January 2017 is suing the elections board and a former member, claiming violations of open meetings laws and defamation.
Eric Morgan of Tipp City filed the complaint in county Common Pleas Court. He seeks a court order invalidating the board’s vote to terminate him from the position, a return to the position and damages in excess of $25,000 from the board.
The lawsuit alleges the elections board violated Ohio’s public meetings law. The violations allegedly took place in January 2017 to discuss Morgan in a claimed undisclosed meeting and at least one other executive session at which the suit claims the topic of discussion was not disclosed publicly as required.
The failure to follow the meetings law should invalidate the board action, returning him to his former position, Morgan and his lawyer argue in the complaint.
Morgan also requests from former board member Dean Tamplin of Tipp City compensatory and punitive damages of more than $25,000 each as a result of alleged defamation. Tamplin and Morgan are both Democrats.
Morgan alleges he was asked by Tamplin to support Tamplin’s continued work on the board in 2017, but Morgan refused to say if he would. A few days later, on Jan. 24, 2017, he claims the board met in a special meeting, where Tamplin allegedly asked him to resign. When he refused, he was subsequently terminated from the job, Morgan claims.
He claims he was defamed when Tamplin “made statements to the press and other members of the (elections) board that the Democratic Party ‘lost confidence’ in Morgan and that was the reason for his termination,” the lawsuit contends. Morgan claims the statement was harmful to his reputation and his career as an election official.
Tamplin did not respond to a request for comment. The board of elections staff said both the elections director and deputy director were not available for comment.
Morgan was hired as the deputy director in March 2013.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Spc. Trevor Nichols, a soldier from Clark County, is missing from Fort Drum, N.Y., and a national organization is asking for the public's help in finding him.
"I see absolutely nothing that says foul play" or suicide, Brenda Paradise, a private investigator who volunteers for Guardian Search and Investigations.
That organization issued a press release Thursday about Spc. Nichols, 24, of Tremont City, was was last seen Nov. 17, according to Guardian Search and Investigations.
The watertowndailytimes.com is reporting that the specialist left without his driver’s license, military ID card or his cell phone and has not had any contact with his family since being missing.
Julie A. Halpin, Fort Drum spokeswoman, told the news organization that Spc. Nichols was a soldier with the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team as of November. He was listed as absent without leave on Nov. 15 and his status was updated to deserter on Dec. 18.
Paradise, in an interview with whio.com tonight, said the specialist was in basic training in 2012, has served a tour in Afghanistan and just returned from a tour in Iraq last May.
Spc. Nichols is estranged from his wife and they have a son who is just shy of 2 years old, Paradise said. She was living on base with the specialist until recently, Paradise said.
Paradise said the military was transitioning him farther away from his son, and that may have affected the specialist.
The soldier's mother, Erin Nichols, also has filed a missing person's report through the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
"I can't even imagine where he would have gone," she said in a phone call Thursday night.
Mrs. Nichols said her son, the youngest of three boys who grew up in Enon and joined the Army right out of Greenon High School, was to report to Fort Riley, Kansas, on Dec. 7.
She said she also believes that transfer has something to do with her son being missing.
Mrs. Nichols said she last spoke with him by phone on Nov. 14, the day he was trying to move his estranged wife's belongings to storage.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:16 AM
— Fights reportedly broke out in Wilberforce Thursday night after the men’s college basketball game between the Wilberforce University Bulldogs and the Central State Mauraders.
Emergency scanner traffic shortly after 10:30 p.m. indicated medics and several area police agencies responded to assist campus police at Wilberforce University, after the Bulldogs upset the Mauraders 83-70.
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A man who said he worked security at the game Tweeted that it was “absolute chaos” with many fights and arrests.
CSU trailed WU at halftime by 22 points and could not make up the difference as the Bulldogs converted 10 of 22 three-point shots, according to a game summary report from CSU.
A heated rivalry exists between the two HBCU schools, which are separated by a few hundred yards and U.S. 42.
WU improved its record to four wins, 13 losses, according to the report.
CSU has six wins, 12 losses on the season and is tied for first place with Kentucky State in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference West Division, according to the report.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.