Monument for Erica Baker to be dedicated

Published: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 @ 11:35 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

The family of Erica Baker will host a monument dedication ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. for the Kettering girl who disappeared in 1999 while walking her family dog and never came home.

“The rest of the family has wanted to do this for several years, but I refused until now. To me, I felt like it would mean I would be giving up,” said her mother, Misty Baker. “But I shouldn’t look at it that way. That isn’t true.”

Erica was a 9-year-old third-grader at Indian Riffle Elementary School in Kettering when her family last saw her on the afternoon of Feb. 7, 1999.

Investigators believe she was struck and possibly killed by a van on Glengarry Drive, then removed from the scene.

The driver, Christian Gabriel, told police in 2004 that he disposed of the girl’s body after striking her, but has never said where her remains were taken. He said he was driving with a suspended license and had just stolen merchandise from a nearby store.

Released in 2011, Gabriel served more than five years in prison for gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

A passenger who was in the van with him died in 2001.

Erica’s mother said the monument is for both Erica and her.

“I chose a monument that has flying butterflies on it. The purple one is for Erica. The blue one is for me. Mine is covering hers.”

She said the ceremony will be “a way for people to honor her and to say goodbye. I will have photos of her there. We picked David’s Cemetery because it’s in Kettering.”

Other family members including Erica’s father, Greg Baker, and her three brothers — Jason Sponaugle, 31; Gregory Baker , 27, and Logan Baker, 26, will attend.

“Everyone is welcome — friends, family and the community,” Misty Baker said.

The cemetery is at 4600 Mad River Road, just off West David Road, west of Far Hills Ave.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

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  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 48, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. - Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: I-70 east to Airport Access Road to US 40 to SR 48.
  • I-675 south Ramp to I-75 north, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 27 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is: I-675 to I-75 south to Austin Boulevard to I-75 north.
  • I-75 north Ramp to I-675, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 26 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is I-75 north to SR 725 to I-75 south to I-675.
  • I-75 south between Dixie Drive and SR 725, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 5:30 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 11 p.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 wedt, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-I-75 south to US 35 west.
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November.


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE Sept 11 - Oct. 28. The official detour is: westbound Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.


  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 235 between Dalton Drive and Dille Road, Lane width restrictions Oct. 25 - 26 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. One 11’ lane will remain open in each direction. 


  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

One released from hospital after Champaign Co. multi-vehicle crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 1:24 AM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

UPDATE (10/24/17) @ 1:30 a.m: A woman who was flown to Miami Valley Hospital via Careflight after a multi-vehicle accident in Champaign County, has been released.

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Michelle Phillips, 48, of Bellefontaine, OH, was driving northbound in her 2014 Ford Fusion on South U.S. Highway 68, when she struck the rear dual of a semi-trial travelling southbound, causing her to end up in a ditch with heavy front end damage, according to a press release.

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The incident occurred in the 4000 block of U.S. 68 Monday evening around 6:27 p.m.

Phillips was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital from the scene, and discharged from the hospital a few hours later.

The driver of the semi reported no injuries.

The crash is still under investigation by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. 


A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening. 

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Land owners turn out to hear plans for County Road 25-A area in Miami County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:11 PM

Public meeting planned for developing I-75 interchange

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.): Property owners and interested citizens attended the first of at least two public meetings tonight pertaining to a study being conducted in Miami County. 

The study focuses on the future of an undeveloped interchange off I-75 and County Road 25-A, between Piqua and Troy. 

The area under study includes 3,000 acres. 

Consultants from Burton Planning Services of Westerville, Ohio, will return with their recommendations within the next couple months.

The county contract with Burton Planning was for $48,000. There are seven interchanges on I-75 through Miami County. The one under study is the only exit that remains rural.

Residents and land owners attended a public meeting Monday night about the undeveloped interchange of the interstate and County Road 25-A between Piqua and Troy. (Steve Baker/Staff)


A community meeting on the future of the County Road 25A area between Troy and Piqua will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St.


The Miami County commissioners hired Burton Planning Services earlier this year to help conduct a study of the future of the area bordered to the south by Troy, to the north by Piqua, to the west by Washington Road and to the east by the Great Miami River. 

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The area also includes the undeveloped area near Exit 78 of Interstate 75.

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Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM


A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.