Man at garden center dies when backhoe falls

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

A 54-year-old man man was killed at a landscaping center Tuesday morning when a backhoe fell on him while he was changing the tires.

An autopsy is scheduled today for Jeffrey Cranford, of Dayton, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday night.

Moraine fire Chief Anthony Trick said firefighters responded to the Siebenthaler Landscaping center on Cobblegate Drive shortly after 10:30 a.m. when an employee found the man pinned under the equipment.

Owner Robert Siebenthaler said there were no employees of the landscaping center nearby when the backhoe fell, so it is unclear exactly what happened. Trick said when rescuers arrived, “He was trapped under the vehicle.”

“We saw the seriousness of it, we called in additional manpower and equipment and we notified CareFlight,” Trick said.

The medical helicopter was then cancelled after it became clear the man had died, Trick said. The victim was identified as an employee of Grismer Tire.

Grismer manager John Marshall said the employee had been with the company’s commercial department for several years and had worked on that piece of equipment before.

“I’m just heartbroken,” Marshall said. He said they’ve never had an accident like this in their 81 years in business. “We’re just stunned.”

“We have a very long and good relationship with Grismer,” Siebenthaler said. “It’s an unfortunate incident.” He said the thoughts of the Siebenthaler family were with the man’s relatives and the entire Grismer family.

The incident is being investigated by Moraine police and the coroner’s office. An Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator also was called to the scene.

OSP investigates fatal 2-vehicle crash near Ohio Masonic Home

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:10 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:15 PM

Troopers are investigating a fatal crash tonight involving two vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 40 and 68 by the Ohio Masonic Home near Springfield.

A Toyota four-door sedan was headed south on U.S. 68 when it ran a red light. A black pickup truck coming into Springfield on U.S. 40 T-boned the car; the impact forced the car into a railing, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The driver of the car was killed in the crash.

Three children in the pickup were taken to a local hospital with injuries believed to be minor, according to troopers.

No further information was available on the identity of the driver killed, who was the only occupant of the Toyota, nor the conditions of those in the other vehicle.

Vandalia council rejects fairgrounds proposal a 2nd time

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Vandalia council rejects fairgrounds proposal a 2nd time

City Council in Vandalia has voted yet again to reject a proposal to relocate the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Webster Street, the city’s Vice Mayor David Lewis has confirmed.

Council members met for a work session Saturday and the relocation of the fairgrounds was at the top of a short agenda.

“It was a general consensus of the council that while the fair board made a very strong and cogent presentation before, our general thoughts were it wasn’t so much about the Montgomery County Fair as it was about having a convention center,” Lewis said. “That’s what they were proposing, based on 52 weeks a year, as opposed to just one week for the use of the fair. “ 

The fair board has not submitted a formal request for zoning change, but looked to council for input on the potential fairgrounds site. The city first rejected the proposal in December, but agreed to hear a second presentation from the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, which happened Thursday.

Greg Wallace, executive director of the society, said he had no response because he had not received notice from Vandalia. When asked if based on the reaction to their presentation to Vandalia leaders on Thursday he would have expected them to shoot down the project again, he said: “No. All I know is they were going to continue to discuss it at their retreat.”

Lewis said council members would give “different consideration” if the fair board presented a scaled-back plan that didn’t include what Lewis described as a “convention center.”

Vandalia council to reconsider fairgrounds relocation

Council members voted unanimously to reject the proposal, citing in-part the continuous changes being made to the project.

1 killed, 1 critically injured in fiery I-675 crash in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 4:20 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:45 PM

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m. (Feb. 19)

Beavercreek police have not released the identity of a man killed in a fiery crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 675, pending notification of family who are out of town, a sergeant said tonight.

A passenger remains in critical condition at Kettering Medical Center. More information is expected to be released Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m.

All lanes of northbound Interstate 675 are back open following a fiery crash. The highway was closed for about four hours near the Col. Glenn Highway exit for a single-vehicle crash.

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office is on scene of a fiery crash this evening that has shut down northbound Interstate 675 near the Col. Glenn Highway exit in Beavercreek.

Officials have not confirmed a fatality. However, our crew on scene said it appears there is a body covered by a white sheet in the median.

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m.

All northbound traffic on Interstate 675 is being diverted onto Col. Glenn Highway after a fiery crash just past the exit.

All lanes are blocked after Beavercreek firefighters extinguished flames that erupted from a vehicle that reportedly rolled over during the crash.

The left lane on the southbound side also is blocked.

Bill Wabler of Beavercreek didn’t see the fiery crash, but moments before the crash he called 911 to report a dangerous driver.

Wabler said he was traveling north on I-675 to return home when he saw a speeding vehicle come up behind him and pass him on the right at the 15 mile marker.

“The guy was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” which Wabler said he estimated was at least 80 mph and possibly approaching 100 mph. Wabler said he was calling 911 to alert law enforcement about that driver, when he saw brake lights ahead and traffic slowed to a crawl. By the time he reached the 17 mile marker, he saw the same vehicle crashed in the median, he said.


Interstate 675 North is shut down near the Col. Glenn Highway exit after a reported single-vehicle crash.

Beavercreek police and emergency vehicle responded to the crash at approximately 4 p.m.

We’re headed to the scene to find out more.

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OSP: Pilot, 25, killed in small plane crash; Aircraft registered to Springfield doctor

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

UPDATE @ 7 p.m.

A 25-year-old man was killed in a small plane crash this afternoon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The aircraft was registered to a Springfield surgeon, but he was not the pilot. The patrol’s Springfield Post is investigating the crash, but has not released the pilot’s identity, nor the pilot’s relationship to the registered owner.

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spoke to the doctor’s neighbors, Brian and Debbie Miller, who said their neighbor has two hangars and an air strip on his property.

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UPDATE @ 5:18 p.m.

The small plane that crashed in a field near I-70 in Harmony Twp. and resulted in a fatality this afternoon is registered to a Springfield resident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Information connected to the plane’s tail number is registered with the FAA. The registration information indicates the plane was homemade in the 1970s and was considered an experimental aircraft.

UPDATE @ 4:58 p.m.

At least one person was killed in a small plane crash in Clark County this afternoon, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on the scene.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a small plane crash in Clark County has resulted in at least one fatality.

Emergency crews and the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post are on scene, which is in a field not far from I-70 in Harmony Twp.

Emergency dispatch centers are unable to confirm the number or severity of injuries that are being reported frrom the scene.

According to emergency scanner traffic, CareFlight was called for one person who had suffered a head injury. A short time later, emergency scanner traffic indicated an official at the scene reported to dispatchers the incident has resulted in a fatality. The medical helicopter was then canceled.


The Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post is responding to the report of a small plane crash near South Charleston.

The crash was reported in a field near the 600 block of Fletcher Pike.

Early reports indicated emergency crews were responding to an area west of I-70.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.