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Piqua man whose conviction was overturned pleads to new charge

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 1:44 PM

Robert Riddle (Contributed Photo)
Robert Riddle (Contributed Photo)

A Piqua man accused of attempting to steal a woman’s car in the parking lot of the Piqua Walmart in 2015, but who had his conviction later overturned, pleaded guilty today to a new indictment in the case.

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Robert Riddle, 38, was sentenced today in Miami County Common Pleas Court to six years in prison.

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Riddle pleaded guilty in October 2015 to felony aggravated robbery and breaking and entering in an Aug. 29, 2015, incident. Piqua police said he fled the parking lot on foot after the woman screamed and fought as he attempted a carjacking. The gun later was found to be a fake, police said. Riddle was found at his trailer following a two-hour manhunt. The breaking and entering charge came from a break-in at a nearby property during the search.

Riddle initially was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The 2nd District Court of Appeals overturned the aggravated robbery conviction earlier this year. The court wrote that the deadly weapon notation of the charge was negated by the statement of facts of what occurred during the robbery and that the lawyer for Riddle gave him ineffective assistance in advising him to plead guilty.

Visiting Judge Timothy Campbell of Greene County heard Riddle's guilty plea. A visiting judge was assigned because the victim was related to a court employee.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend six years in prison. Riddle could have received up to eight years.

Riddle already served 12 months ordered on the breaking and entering charge and remained in prison on a sentence ordered in Shelby County on another case.

Driver trapped after semi overturns in Xenia

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:53 PM

VIDEO FROM SCENE: Semi rollover in Xenia

UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.:

Federal Road remains shut down as a wrecker truck will work to flip the semi that had overturned in Xenia.

The scene will take at least a couple of hours to clear, but State Route 72 is open, OSP said.

According to OSP, the driver, a local man hauling machinery, hit a patch of snow and lost control of the semi. 

He was trapped in the cab but was able to get out prior to the sheriff’s arrival. 

He was not injured and will be cited with failure to control a vehicle, according to OSP.

 UPDATE @ 8:02 p.m.:

Federal Road is shut down at Wilmington Road after a semi rig overturned leaving the driver trapped, according to Greene County Sheriff’s dispatch.

FIRST REPORT:

A semi driver is trapped after the rig overturned on state Route 72 at Federal Road, east of Xenia. 

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According to Greene County Sheriff’s dispatch, Crews were dispatched just before 7:30 p.m.

We’re hearing the driver is not injured, but needs help getting out of the cab.

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

Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be dangerous trick, experts say

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:54 PM

Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be a dangerous trick

Some drivers say they have a trick to keep from slipping and sliding in ice and snow -- they let some air out of their tires. 

Experts say it can help, but it can also be dangerous. 

Ralph Creamer of Dayton said it's a technique he started using years ago on the job. 

"I answered calls and I lowered the tire pressure and that helped me out," Creamer told News Center 7’s Rachel Murray. "It gives you good traction and I would recommend it if the snow is deep enough." 

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Under-inflation works by increasing the surface area of the tire - increasing the area where the rubber meets the road. 

"If you deflate it, the center goes in and it makes the shoulders more pronounced as a footprint on the snow," said Mark Breining, manager of Grismer Tire in Dayton. 

Breining cautions that low tires can be hazardous. 

Low tires create too much tire sidewall flex which makes steering sloppy and it could ruin your tires. 

"If a tire runs consistently below 25 percent of its recommended pressure, it is considered a run-flat over a period of time and should be replaced," said Breining. 

The drag created by under-inflated tires will also hit you in the wallet by decreasing gas mileage. 

If you are considering this tactic check with a professional first. 

Buying quality tires is an even better option than under-inflation, according to Breining.

Bitter cold temperatures to continue

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:27 AM

A cold day with a few flurries possible this evening.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

       
       
    • Wind chills to stay well below zero tonight
    • Slow warming trend begins midweek
    • Chance for rain this weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING:  Lots of clouds with occasional flurries. Little or snow accumulation is expected but a coating can’t be ruled out after sunset. Temperature will be frigid, holding in the single digits. Wind chills will be between 5 to 10 below zero. 

TONIGHT: Some flurries will be around, mainly early. Clouds will break late. Temperatures will drop to between 0 and 5 degrees with well below zero wind chill readings.

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WEDNESDAY: Another cold day is in the forecast although more sunshine is expected. Highs will reach to near 20 degrees.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

THURSDAY: Expect sunny skies with a slow warming trend continuing. However, the slightly warmer temperatures will be tempered by the breezy conditions. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

FRIDAY: Expect mostly sunny skies with some increase in clouds late. Highs will rebound into the middle 30s.

SATURDAY:  Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for a few showers or drizzle late in the day. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

SUNDAY: It will be breezy and relatively mild with highs topping out near 50 degrees. However, there will be the chance for showers.

Woman killed after house catches fire, explodes in Fairborn identified

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:03 AM

Woman who died in Fairborn fire identified

UPDATE @ 10:52 a.m. (Jan. 16):

The woman killed in a Fairborn house fire Monday has been identified as Nola O’Daniel, 71, of Fairborn, according to the Greene County Coroner’s Office.

Nola O'Daniel pictured on the left with a co-worker from the St. Francis Thrift Store at a Christmas party several years ago. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

O’Daniel had worked at the St. Francis Thrift Store in Fairborn for more than a decade, people who knew her said.

“Yesterday, when we heard the news, there was a lot of crying,” said Jackie Fahsnestock, who still works at the thrift store. “She had such a good heart, cared about everyone and she was funny.”

INITIAL REPORT

One woman was killed after her Fairborn home caught fire and exploded Monday morning.

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Firefighters responded to the 400 block of Forest Street around 10:50 a.m. after being flooded with calls about heavy smoke conditions from the fire, according to initial reports. 

Before their arrival, neighbors who heard the explosion and saw the smoke attempted to rescue the woman by creating a human chain to enter the home. 

“Everyone in the neighborhood ran toward the home trying to help the woman and protect her family from this kind of loss”, said neighbor Cathy Sheward.

Unfortunately, their efforts were unsuccessful due to the smoke being unbearable. 

While on scene, fire crews attempted to clear the smoke by cutting holes in the roof which prompted a search confirming the woman was inside the home, per officials. 

Crews did experience another explosion during the search, but there are no reports of injuries as a result. 

The Greene County Coroner’s office arrived shortly after the woman was pronounced dead on scene.

The identification of the woman is being withheld at this time until family has been notified. 

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

Forest Street fire in Fairborn
House fire on Forest Street, Fairborn, Jan. 15, 2018. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF