Police: Ohio man who started fatal fire won't be charged

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:22 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

Police in central Ohio say a man who accidentally caused a fatal fire won't face criminal charges after investigators couldn't determine whether he was impaired by marijuana at the time.

The Westerville police and fire departments issued a joint statement Thursday that says findings from an investigation of the fire that killed 17-year-old Hannah Sarver in September "did not meet the standards for criminal charges."

Sarver's mother, her roommate and the roommate's 20-year-old son escaped the blaze.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Westerville police Lt. Charles Chandler says the fire started after the 20-year-old began cooking french fries in the kitchen and then fell asleep in the basement.

Chandler says that while the man tested positive for marijuana, investigators couldn't show how impaired he was when the fire started.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

I-75 south reopens after earlier car fire near Piqua

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound Interstate 75 between Piqua and Troy in Miami County, all lanes have reopened following an earlier vehicle fire that shut down the highway, state troopers said. There were no reports of injuries. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • Streets to Be Closed for Dayton Holiday Festival:

Closed from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.:  Third Street between Main and Ludlow 

Closed from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Second Street between Perry and Vista View 

Closed from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Wilkinson Street between Second and Third, Ludlow Street between First and Second 

Closed from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Main Street between First and Fifth, Second Street between Jefferson and Perry, Third Street between Jefferson and Perry, Fourth Street between Jefferson and Ludlow,  Wilkinson Street between Maple and Fourth, Southbound Red Cross Lane between First and Second, Southbound Stafford Street between First and Second

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  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour 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
  • US 35 west ramps to I-75 north and south, RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. - Dec. 1 at 5 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 west to James H. McGee Boulevard to US 35 east to I-75 north and south 


  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Need a job? Best time to find one in a decade in Dayton area, report shows

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:58 PM


Employment in the Dayton metro area increased by 2,100 jobs in October, rising to the highest level since January 2008, according to state labor market data released this week.

Hiring has been steady in the region, and the metro area’s unemployment rate remained at 4.3 percent for the second consecutive month, the data show.

The metro area consists of Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties.

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In the metro area, nonfarm payrolls grew to 390,600 last month, which is the highest job total in nearly a decade, according to seasonally adjusted data.

Almost one-third of U.S. metro areas still have not returned to their pre-recession peak employment levels, including Dayton, according to a report released earlier this year by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The Dayton metro area lost 34,600 jobs during the downturn, and it is not projected to reach the pre-recession levels of employment until after 2022, based on the current rate of job growth, the report states.

The metro area employed 394,500 people in March 2007.

Man identified who was found dead in SUV in middle of Dayton street

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 8:58 PM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:20 PM

UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m. (Nov. 24)

The man found dead in an SUV in the middle of a Dayton street is Leith J. Leavell, 28, of Dayton, according to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. They will have to wait about eight weeks for toxicology results before a cause and manner of death will be determined. 


Police are investigating the death of a male found in an SUV in the middle of a Dayton street on Thanksgiving night. 

Dayton police were called to the 1000 block of Wawona Drive just after 6:30 p.m. on a report of a vehicle standing idle in the street. 

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Police discovered the deceased person in the vehicle. 

The body of the male, believed to be in his 20s, has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday to determine a preliminary cause and manner of death. 

BNT is working to find out more about this incident. 

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1 4-H pig dead, barn destroyed after morning fire in Clark County

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:24 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:10 PM

SCENE: German Twp. barn fire kills several animals

A fire tore through a Clark County barn early Friday morning, killing at least one 4-H pig, according to firefighters. 

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No one was injured in the fire in the 4800 block of Troy Road in German Twp., but the barn was a total loss, said Tim Holman, German Twp. fire chief. The fire was not suspicious and no cause has been determined.

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The fire appeared to have started near the middle of the barn, and the structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, according to investigators. Dispatchers began receiving calls at 12:49 a.m., and crews were on the scene 12 minutes later, he said. 

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“When we got there, there just wasn’t a whole lot to save,” Holman said.  

Homeowner Theresa Ward said when they discovered the blaze after midnight, they tried with a garden hose to put it out after calling 911. Holman said firefighters were told one pig was killed in the fire. 

“There were several other pigs there but they were out, so they weren’t harmed,” Holman said. 

“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 said two of her grandchildren participate in 4-H, and the pigs belonged to them. She said an electrical problem may have started the fire. 

Ward said they did not have insurance on the barn and she wasn’t sure how they will rebuild. An estimated cost of damages was not available. 

There was little firefighters could do when they arrived, Holman said. 

“We went ahead and pulled a line and hit the hot spots so it didn’t spread,” Holman said. “We also cooled off the house because it was in close proximity. When a barn goes down you have all the aluminum that comes down on top that comes down and it hides some of the fire, so we had to pull that off to get to the rest of the fire. We kept an engine there till about 3:30 a.m.,” he said.