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911 caller: Wrong-way driver got on I-675 on highway off-ramp

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:22 AM

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Two people were killed and two people were injured in a three-vehicle, wrong-way driver accident on I-675 South in Centerville Monday evening.

  • 2 deceased identified as Melvin Bonie, 69, and Kalip Grimm, 18
  • Police say Bonie was the wrong-way driver
  • A third victim, taken to a hospital, was reported to be alert, fourth victim suffered minor injuries
  • 911 caller said Bonie drove wrong way on southbound off-ramp from I-675 to Far Hills Avenue

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Centerville police said Tuesday that Melvin Bonie, 69, was driving the wrong way on Interstate 675 South when the crashes occurred.

A 911 caller reported seeing him going the wrong way on the southbound off-ramp from I-675 to Far Hills Avenue.

Bonie glanced off one vehicle and hit a second vehicle head on, Centerville Police Officer John Davis said. 

Kalip Grimm, 18, was in the vehicle Bonie hit head-on. Grimm and Bonnie were killed in the crash, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Around 9:20 p.m. Monday, the first calls about the wrong-way driver began coming into police dispatch, police said. 

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The second victim was in one of the southbound vehicles, he said. A third victim taken to a hospital was alert. A fourth victim suffered minor injuries, Davis said.

Police are speaking with that fourth victim for a witness statement. 

It's too early to speculate whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. 

A Montgomery County coroner's investigator was on scene and a Centerville Police Department traffic accident reconstruction team was on scene for most of the night.

Southbound lanes were shut down during the investigation and were reopened around 3 a.m.

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Clark County fire kills 4-H pigs, destroys barn

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:24 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:23 AM

SCENE: German Twp. barn fire kills several animals


A barn was destroyed and 4-H pigs were killed after an early morning fire in German Twp., Clark County.

Homeowner Theresa Ward said when they discovered the blaze after midnight, they tried with a garden hose to put it out after calling 911. She said it took fire crews about 11 minutes to arrive on scene of the fire in the 4800 block of Troy Road.

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“It was the longest 11 minutes of our lives,” Ward said. “We were trying to save our animals and we just watched [the barn] go up in flames. There was nothing we could do.”

Ward two of her grandchildren participate in 4-H, and the pigs belonged to them. A few pigs did survive.

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The barn was destroyed, and Ward said they did not have insurance on the barn. She isn’t sure how they will rebuild.

Ward was told an electrical problem may be to blame, said said.

This downtown Dayton holiday display could mesmerize you for hours

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 7:56 AM

Virginia Kettering’s model train display, her gift for the community, has been a holiday tradition for more than two decades.

Virginia Kettering’s model train display, her gift for the community, has been a holiday tradition for more than two decades. 

The train and village setup was commissioned by the Dayton philanthropist in 1996. Kettering founded “One World One Christmas,” the annual celebration now called the Dayton Holiday Festival, in 1972.

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Dayton philanthropist Virginia Kettering commissioned this holiday train display in 1996. The gift for the community is displayed in the lobby of the Kettering Tower through Jan. 2. LISA POWELL / STAFF(LISA POWELL)

Kettering and her husband, Eugene Kettering, the son of inventor Charles Kettering, were model train enthusiasts who kept their basement filled with the scaled down replicas. 

“We used to have one on our dining room table,” she told the Dayton Daily News in 1996, referring to a tiny model train that circled the couple’s holiday table delivering relishes to dinner guests. 

Three model trains chug through the scaled-down Christmas village: a trolley on the inner loop, a Christmas train carrying evergreen trees on the middle track and a larger diesel engine runs around the outer track. 

Miniature street lights illuminate buildings with glowing windows. The structures commemorate Dayton landmarks such as Requarth Lumber, the Dayton Daily News and Kettering Medical Center. 

There are countless engaging scenes within the arrangement. A diminutive bride and groom exit a church, a tiny man waits on a bench outside Elder-Beerman and a pocket-size Santa Claus leaves presents under a community Christmas tree. 

The model was refurbished in 2009, and the majority is still original. The only piece missing, a trolley climbing a hill, has been replaced by a train depot. 

Chris Schultz, the owner of Schultz’s Hobbies, and a team of volunteers from the Miami Valley Garden Railway Society, maintain the Virginia Kettering holiday train display and assemble it in the Kettering Tower lobby each year. LISA POWELL / STAFF(LISA POWELL)

Today, Chris Schultz, the owner of Schultz’s Hobbies in Kettering, and a team of volunteers from the Miami Valley Garden Railway Society maintain the display and assemble it in the Kettering Tower lobby each year. 

Schultz, who powered up the train display for the holiday season on Thanksgiving morning, said many people have made an annual pilgrimage to see the model train display a family tradition. 

“It’s really awesome to watch kids stand there for hours watching the trains go around,” he said. “It brings joy to me.” 

HOW TO GO: 

Virginia Kettering’s holiday train display, on view Thanksgiving through Jan. 2, 2018,  is located in the lobby of the Kettering Tower at Main and Second Streets in Dayton. 

Lobby hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The train can be viewed through the building windows at any time.

Driver hospitalized after rollover crash in Trotwood

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 7:38 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 7:55 AM

A driver loses control on Gardendale Avenue and crashes.

UPDATE @ 8:25 a.m. 

A man was taken to Miami Valley Hospital following a rollover crash in a residential area on Gardendale Avenue in Trotwood Friday morning. 

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Officers said a car traveling westbound on Gardendale Avenue around 7:30 a.m. lost control, snapped a pole, rolled, and hit parked car in a driveway. 

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The driver, only identified as a man, was initially trapped inside the car but was freed and transported to Miami Valley Hospital. His condition and severity of injuries sustained was unavailable. 

Factors in the crash were unknown and still under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m. 

At least one person was transported to an area hospital following a crash on Gardendale Avenue in Trotwood. 

One car is on its top after crashing into a parked car and a power pole, severing the pole in half, according to our crew on the scene. 

The condition of the driver was not immediately known. 

We’ll continue to update this page as new information becomes available. 

FIRST REPORT

At least one person is reportedly trapped inside a vehicle following a crash on Gardendale Avenue in Trotwood Friday morning. 

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Police and fire crews were dispatched to Gardendale Avenue near Guenther Road around 7:30 a.m. Friday and reported one vehicle involved was on its side with at least one person trapped inside. 

Additional details were not immediately available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Entertaining guests? Here are some Dayton-specific ideas to enjoy the city

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:31 AM

Millions of colorful bulbs have transformed Countryside Park in Washington Twp. into a holiday wonderland for 25 seasons.

If you have friends and family in town for the holiday weekend, you may be looking for some ways to entertain and show off the Dayton area.

Here are four ideas:

1. Visit a museum: Check out the National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, or the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, or the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, which consists of five different sites around Dayton that tell the stories of Wilbur and Orville Wright and Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

2. Attend a festival: The Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off tonight with the Grand Illumination Christmas Tree Lighting followed by the children’s parade at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. Woodland Lights in Washington Twp. opens tonight, and attendees can see Countryside Park transformed into a Christmas fairyland.

3. Visit a candy shop: There are plenty of local choices to satisfy your sweet tooth, including multiple locations of Esther Price, and the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory, 120 S. Broadway, Lebanon. Check out this list of four candy shops in the Dayton area.

4. Visit a MetroPark: Enjoy the outdoors before temperatures drop at one of several parks managed by the Five Rivers MetroParks. There are 19 parks to choose from where you can work off that big Thanksgiving meal with a long hike.