Police: Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 11:13 PM
Updated: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Hit and Run Pedestrian crash

UPDATE @ 11 a.m. (March 5): 

Dayton police have arrested a woman in the fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash that killed 20-year-old Logan Grimes Jr. on South Smithville Road March 1. 

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The suspected driver turned herself into the Preble County Sheriff’s Office Saturday, shortly after Dayton police located the suspect vehicle in the City of Dayton, according to a release from a Dayton police spokeswoman. 

Stephanie D. Higgins, 41, is currently booked into the Montgomery County on suspicion of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident, according to jail records. The suspect vehicle recovered by Dayton police Saturday was registered to Higgins, according to a Dayton police report. 

Official charges will be presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, police said.  

Stephanie Higgins (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE @ 8 p.m. (March 2): The father of 20-year-old Logan Grimes Jr. wants the person who killed his son in a hit-and-run incident on South Smithville Road brought to justice. 

"He should have never been taken from this world because he was the person that could have made it better," Logan Grimes Sr. told News Center 7's John Bedell on Friday afternoon. Logan Jr. "made it better every day." 

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Dayton police have asked the public for help in locating the suspect vehicle, believed to be a 2002 silver Chrysler Voyager minivan bearing license tag GNS 6346. The minivan likely will have damage to its front end and windshield. 

Logan Jr. died late Thursday night at Miami Valley Hospital, not long after Dayton police and a firefighter/medic crew found him on the ground in the 700 block of South Smithville Road just after 10 p.m. He was not moving and was suffering from what appeared to be a head injury. 

Logan Grimes Jr. (Courtesy/Family)

His family said he was returning from McDonald's, just a few blocks from his home, when he was struck about 9:45 p.m., according to the police investigation. 

"He was a gift send from God," Logan Sr. said. "That's the best way I can put it. He was what everybody should be in this world." 

Robert Stevens said he was waiting for his grandson to come in when he saw the report about the accident during the 11 p.m. newscast. He walked to the scene and there, he said, police told him what had happened. 

"It was unreal," Stevens said. "I was hoping it was just a fender-bender...then come to find out it was my grandson up there. It hurt a lot." 

The family wants answers for the death of their son and grandson who had his whole life ahead of him, his grandmother, Sharon Stevens, said. 

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"What did my grandson ever do to you? Did you know him?" she asked rhetorically. He had lived with her since he was 16, she said. 

“All he did was walk down to McDonald's, coming home and got killed," she said.

"Was you drunk?" Stevens continued to ask rhetorically. "Was you doing drugs? Didn't you even see that child walking? ... I just want to know why? Why did this happen? And turn yourself in."

If you have any information about the incident that would help in the investigation, you are asked to contact police Detective McDonald, 937-333-1141, or call Crime Stoppers, 937-222-7861 (callers can remain anonymous). 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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One in critical condition after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:47 AM

UPDATE @ 3:45 a.m: One person is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning, according to officials.

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The incident occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight, per initial reports.

The suspect vehicle, believed to be a black Lincoln SUV, was towed away shortly after the shooting occurred and one person was arrested while officials were on scene. 

No word on if the person arrested is the suspected shooter or just being taken in for questioning.

We will continue to update this story as details become available. 

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.

Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight. 

The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV. 

The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.


Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.

The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

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West Carrollton police cruiser reportedly hit during pursuit on I-75

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:24 AM

A West Carrollton police cruiser was reportedly hit during a short pursuit on southbound I-75 Friday morning, according to officials.

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The pursuit started around 2:45 a.m. and ended shortly after at the 43 milemarker near the I-675 exit ramp, per initial reports. 

No injuries were reported as a result of the hit and one person was reportedly detained at the scene.

No word on the severity of the damage to the cruiser. 

The Ohio Highway State Patrol are assisting with the incident.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

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  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • US 35 east between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Jefferson Street, Overnight lane closures March 19 at 8 p.m. - March 20 at 6 a.m. Two eastbound lanes will remain open.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
  • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Top AF leader: ‘You have to learn to say, that’s not good enough’

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed more than 240 graduates of the Air Force Institute of Technology on Thursday evening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER /STAFF
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed more than 240 graduates of the Air Force Institute of Technology on Thursday evening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER /STAFF

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.

Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.

“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”

The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.

She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.

Wilson told them they must also be innovators.

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“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.

“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”

The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.

“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”

Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.

“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.

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From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.

“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.

The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.

“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.

“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.

“So choose to ask why, choose to be an innovator, and choose to build strong relationships throughout your professional lives,” she said. “Our nation needs you desperately and future generations are counting on you.”

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