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.

ID released for Indiana man who never resurfaced at Grand Lake St. Marys

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

The man who went overboard a pontoon boat overnight was identified as 48-year-old Kevin Mann of Portand, Indiana, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The search will resume Sunday for Mann, who apparently jumped from the pontoon into the lake but never came back up, officials said.

UPDATE @ 8:25 p.m.

The search has been called off for tonight, but will resume Sunday to find the man who went overboard from a pontoon boat during the overnight hours.

Authorities said the man is from Indiana, but have not released his name and age.

UPDATE @ 9:51 a.m.

The search continues at Grand Lake St. Marys where a male went overboard from a pontoon boat overnight.

Montezuma firefighters and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are actively searching the lake in the area of Safety Island.

Firefighters got the call at 2:35 a.m. that a male went overboard and needed rescued. Montezuma Fire Chief Ron Schulze said the search for the victim continues this morning.

Celina police and fire, as well as St. Mary’s Twp. firefighters are assisting.

Further details have not been released.

EARLIER

A person has reportedly drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Mercer County, according to officials. 

Authorities tell WHIO's Steve Baker a person drowned in the lake near Montezuma around 2:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a man went overboard while on a boat in the lake. 

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could not be reached for comment. 

Our crew will be attending a news conference in Mercer County scheduled for 9:30 a.m. 

We will continue to monitor and update this developing story.

5 firefighters, 2 residents hurt at high rise apartment fire

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.

Five firefighters were hurt while battling the fire at a high-rise apartment building in Dayton.

The firefighters’ injuries were not considered life-threatening and they were transported from the scene on Belmonte Park North to the hospital for treatment, according to an official at the scene.

Some firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and at least one suffered a shoulder injury, according to Dayton Fire spokesman Bryan Adams.

Two residents were also taken to the hospital for treatment and at least one resident is receiving medical treatment at the scene.

The Red Cross has been called to assist in setting up a temporary shelter for the displaced residents.

The 10-floor apartment building has been evacuated and officials said it will be awhile before anyone can return to their apartments.

A major challenge for the firefighters was getting older residents, some who are disabled, safely out of the building, according to an official at the scene.

Officials aren’t sure yet what led to the fire, but our crew talked to the children of the woman whose apartment caught fire.

They tell us their mother was cooking and the fire started from grease in the kitchen of her eighth-floor apartment.

Dozens of people were standing outside of the building.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a Dayton firefighter was injured while battling a blaze on the eighth floor of an apartment building in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene and many appeared tired and spent after putting the fire out and searching the building for anyone needing help.

According to emergency scanner traffic, a firefighter called for help while inside the building and working to douse the flames.

This newsroom has obtained the 9-1-1 call from a resident who reported the fire to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The caller told the dispatcher there’s a fire in an apartment on the eighth floor and reported seeing a lot of black smoke.

The dispatcher advised the resident to get everyone out of the building.

There have been no reports of injuries to any of the residents. 

EARLIER

Crews in Dayton are working to put out a fire at a building in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

PHOTOS: Black smoke rises from upper floor of Dayton apartment building

Crews were called at 11:47 a.m. and early reports indicated the fire is at an apartment building and some residents may need rescued.

We’re headed to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Another OVI checkpoint tonight in Kettering

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

Sobriety checkpoints are tonight and Saturday night during Memorial Day Weekend in Kettering. The purpose is to deter and to intercept drivers operating a vehicle while intoxicated. TODD JACKSON / STAFF

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (May 27)

The second night of OVI checkpoints is from 9 to 11 p.m. in the north lanes in front of 3018 Woodman Drive and from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the west lanes in front of 2841 E. Dorothy Lane.

Friday night’s checkpoints netted one OVI arrest and multiple citations and court summonses, police said.

Police agencies are required by state law to publicize the checkpoints ahead of time.

UPDATE @ 3:47 a.m. (May 27)

Kettering police made one OVI arrest and issued multiple citations in a moving OVI checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning. 

More than 350 cars passed through the checkpoints in the 3100 block of Woodman Drive and 2800 block of East Dorothy Lane. 

Kettering police said two citations were issued for seat belt violations and one for expired registration. 

Police also said the checkpoints resulted in one summons for open container of alcohol and another for possession of drugs. 

Kettering police and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force teamed up for the sobriety check.

INITIAL REPORT (May 26)

Police are cracking down on drinking and driving this Memorial Day Weekend.

Kettering police officers on Friday will hold two OVI checkpoints and will return Saturday night for sobriety checkpoints to deter and intercept those operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The moving checkpoint is scheduled from 9 to 11 p.m. in the north lanes in front of 3018 Woodman Drive and 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the west lanes in front of 2841 E. Dorothy Lane. These locations are where the highest number of OVI crashes happen in the city, police said.

“We’ll be bringing them into the checkpoint and checking for signs of impairment. Anything from slurred speech to the way their eyes are operating,” Kettering police Lt. Lee Sanders said.

Kettering police want drivers to know they’re watching, and will be out in full force this weekend.

“We want to make sure we’re encouraging people not to drink and drive, make sure they make good decisions,” Sanders said.

Woodman Drive had the most OVI crashes in 2016 in the city.

“If you’re feeling the effects of alcohol you’re likely too intoxicated to be driving,” Sanders said.

Memorial Day Weekend is the busiest road travel weekends in the country.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will nearly double its patrols.

“We want everyone to get from point A to point B safely,” Sgt. Matt Schmenk of the patrol’s Xenia Post said.

Extra patrols, and the patrol’s Click it or Ticket campaign to boost seat belt usage, are part of its effort to prevent deadly crashes.

“That’s the main mission for us,” Schmenk said.

The OVI checkpoints are funded by federal, state and local grants. Police agencies are required by state law to publicize the checkpoints ahead of time.

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Police called to reported shooting in Riverside

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Police in Riverside are investigating a reported shooting that happened this afternoon in the 200 block of Wainwright Drive.

Officers were called to the scene around 3:45 p.m.

According to scanner traffic, a shooting victim arrived at a local hospital.

We’re working to gather more details.