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Drivers killed in fatal Champaign County crash ID’d

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 10:44 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

Fatal crash near Urbana

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m.

The two drivers killed in a four-vehicle crash have been identified as Joseph Brandyberry, 32, of Urbana, and Todd Bayless, 33, of Urbana, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandyberry was driving a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser that went left of center around 10:15 a.m. in front of 1796 U.S. 68 South. His vehicle struck a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by John Keechle, 64, of Springfield.

Brandyberry’s PT Cruiser then struck a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country minivan head-on that was driven by Bayless. The minivan then was struck by a 2008 Honda Accord driven by Lukas McKee, 35, of Urbana, the sheriff’s office said.

Brandyberry was taken to Urbana Mercy emergency room, where he was pronounced dead. Bayless was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.

At least two people are dead following a four-car crash on U.S. 68 in Champaign County, Capt. Carl Loney said. 

Loney told our crew as many as eight people were involved in the crash allegedly caused by a wrong-way driver. 

Witnesses told police a PT Cruiser travelling northbound on the roadway when it went left of center and struck a southbound truck. 

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The truck then hit a minivan with as many as six people in it before another car crashed into the back end of the van, according to Loney. 

The identities of the deceased remain unknown as our newsroom works to learn more from police. 

Deputies continue to investigate at the scene, according to our crew.

UPDATE @ 11:19 a.m.

U.S. 68 is closed in both directions as crews work the scene of a fatal crash in Urbana Twp., according to dispatchers. 

Initial reports indicate the Champaign County coroner has been called to the scene. 

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Dispatchers said U.S. 68 is closed between U.S. 55 and Campground Road outside of Urbana. 

Our crew at the scene reports traffic is not backed up in the area and a truck is in a nearby ditch. 

We will continue to follow updates in this developing story.


Multiple medics and CareFlight crews are responding to a serious crash on south U.S. 68 in Champaign County. 

Crews were dispatched to the multi-car crash in the 1700 block of the highway in Urbana Twp. just before 10:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate one person is unresponsive and trapped in a car at the scene. 

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At least three CareFlight helicopters have been requested to the scene. 

Dispatchers could not confirm how many injuries were reported or how many cars were involved in the crash. 

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more from deputies at the scene.

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Local groups hold vigil for victims of gun violence

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:54 PM

Local groups hold vigil for victims of gun violence

The Organizing for Action and Dayton Indivisible For All is hosting a candlelight vigil To End Gun Violence in remembrance of the those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. 

The event is being held today at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton. Thursday, Dec. 14 marks the five year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school massacre in which a gunman killed 26 students and adults in Newtown, Ct. 

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OFA and DIFA are partnering with the Newtown Foundation and other gun violence prevention organizations in a nationwide tribute to end gun violence. 

The vigil will also be a tribute to the more than 500,000 victims and survivors of gun violence since Dec. 2012, including the 58 Las Vegas concert-goers who were gunned down in October. More than 500 people were also injured during the Las Vegas shooting.

Report: Baseball club robbed overnight

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:04 PM

The Miami Valley Wolverines Baseball Club was robbed overnight of approximately $1,650, according to a Dayton police incident report.

According to the report filed Wednesday, the suspect or suspects broke into the club by creating a hole in a wall that measured 2 feet by 3 feet. 

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The club is at the East Town Bingo Center on Falke Road. 

If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP. 

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$5,000 in merchandise stolen from local auto shop

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 8:52 PM

An estimated $5,000 in tires was stolen from Main Auto and Tire, according to a Dayton Police incident report.

According to the report filed Wednesday, the store manager notified police when he arrived for the morning shift and noticed the alarm key pad, which is monitored by ADT, was beeping. 

Also, the outside security lights were flashing. 

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The security company never notified Dayton police of the break in, according to the report. 

As many as 30 tires were reported missing. According to the store manager, this is the second time the shop has been broken into in a little over a month. 

No arrests have been made. 

If you have any information about the incident, you are asked to call Miami Valley Crime stoppers at 937-222-STOP. 

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Miami County man on trial again, accused of sexual abuse of a child

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:47 PM

Miami County man on trial again, accused of sexual abuse of a child

A 14-year-old girl told a Miami County jury she was repeatedly abused sexually before disclosing the claims to friends in Piqua earlier this year.
She testified Wednesday in the retrial of Charles Hiser, 37, of Troy, who is charged on eight felony rape counts.
His first trial in Common Pleas Court ended in a mistrial in October after some jurors said they had seen media accounts of the case.

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Hiser, who remains in jail on $550,000 bail, is charged with eight felony indictments of rape accusing him of sexual contact and sexual conduct with a person under age 10 and then under age 13 between February 2012 and late 2016 in Piqua and Troy.

The jury selection process took up most of the day Tuesday. 
In opening statements, Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, told the jury they would not hear testimony from a lot of people but would hear from the girl.

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"She is worth listening to," Parker said.
Public defender Steve Layman said Hiser talked with police voluntarily. He said there was not an objective fact-finding process followed in the investigation. 

"Charles' guilt was presumed the moment of disclosure," Layman said.
The girl said the abuse took place repeatedly beginning in 2012 and ended after she told friends, who encouraged her to approach a school counselor. The counselor, in turn, notified police. 
On cross examination, Layman questioned the girl's accounts of what she said occurred, when and where.
The state also called Brenda Miceli, a pediatric psychologist at Dayton Children's Hospital, who testified about research on child sexual abuse. 

She did not testify specifically about the Hiser case.
Miceli said each victim's response to abuse is different based on personality, ways they cope and other factors. "Research shows there are no outward indicators (that abuse is occurring) in a lot of children," the psychologist said.

The jury is expected to get the case Thursday.