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.

EARLIER REPORT

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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Crews respond to 2 fires this week at same Miamisburg house

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Oct. 21)

The Miami Valley Fire District responded twice this week to fires at the same East Central Avenue address in Miamisburg.

A kitchen fire reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. brought crews Friday night. A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution because she was light-headed, battalion chief Glenn Jirka said.

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The property owner said there was a fire earlier this week to the detached garage, but that she did not want to provide further details about that incident.

Jirka said all fires are considered suspicious until a cause can be determined.

“There was a fire at this same address early this week,” Jirka said. “We’ll be taking a look at that but right now we don’t have any connection; we don’t have any reason to believe there is a connection.”

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The tenants who live in the two units are displaced because of the damage to the dwelling, Jirka said.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detached  garage, though she would not provide further details about that incident.

The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

1 drug arrest but none for OVI at Dayton checkpoint

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

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UPDATE @ 1:45 a.m. (Oct. 21)

An OVI checkpoint Friday night led to one drug arrest but no arrests for impaired driving.

Dayton conducted two checkpoints, with a combined 251 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, according to a release sent early today by the Dayton Police Department.

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At the checkpoint at East Third and Terry streets, of the 137 motorists there were 11 diverted. Citations issued include six with a suspended license and eight with no driver’s license. In patrols around the checkpoint, there were five traffic stops that led to the drug arrest; one driver with no license and another with a suspended license.

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At the checkpoint at South Keowee and East Fifth streets, of the 114 motorists there were seven diverted. Citations issued include three for a suspended license; two for no driver’s license and one driver with temps who did not have a licensed driver in the car. Patrols around the checkpoint led to one stop with a misdemeanor warrant arrest, the release stated.

FIRST REPORT

OVI checkpoints will be held between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in two Dayton locations.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

State law requires law enforcement to announce sobriety checkpoints ahead of time.

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends

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Cedarville HS band plays Greenon fight song in honor of student killed in crash

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

At tonight's Greenon vs Cedarville game, Cedarville's band played Greenon's fight song to honor Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, who died in a car accident on Sunday (CONTRIBUTED/Mariah Gossett).

The Cedarville High School marching band tonight played the Greenon High School fight song in honor of the marching band member killed in a weekend crash.

The Cedarville band faced Greenon fans when they played the fight song.

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It was in tribute of 16-year-old Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a Greenon  junior who was a passenger in a car that crashed Sunday afternoon on Fowler Road in Clark County. He was a member of the marching band and on the swim team.

The musical tribute happened during the football game at the Cedarville stadium, which Greenon’s varsity team won with a score of 7-6. Video above was contributed by student Mariah Gossett.

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The driver of the car was a fellow Greenon student, 16-year-old Andrew Scott, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a crash this academic year.

A crash in August killed David Waag and Connor Williams.

New Carlisle news photographer shot by deputy back at work

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:43 PM

New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.
New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.

Andy Grimm, the New Carlisle News photographer shot on the job by a deputy last month, was spotted working today at an accident scene.

News Center 7 photographer Jim Noelker this evening caught up with Grimm today when they both responded to a crash in New Carlisle.

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Grimm showed Noelker where the bullet entered on the left side of his torso and came out on his side.

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He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 by Clark County Sheriff’s deputy Jacob Shaw at a crash scene. Shaw said he shot Grimm because in the dark he mistook the tripod Grimm was carrying for a gun.