Preble Co. man gets prison for causing deadly 2016 crash

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

Photo courtesy of Clinton Randall, The Early Bird.

UPDATE @ 3 p.m.

A New Paris man pleaded guilty today as part of an agreement with Darke County prosecutors regarding a deadly crash he caused in June 2016, according to a report from the Early Bird newspaper.

Aaron Holmes, 32, pleaded guilty to felonious assault, aggravated vehicular assault and a misdemeanor intoxicated driving charge, according to the Early Bird’s report.

Investigators determined that on June 28, 2016, Holmes traveled over the center line on Ohio 571 and struck a vehicle driven by a Greenville man who then lost control of his vehicle and careened into the vehicle traveling behind Holmes.

The third vehicle was driven by 61-year-old Linda Stebbins, who was pronounced dead after firefighters worked to extricate her from the wreckage at the scene.

As part of the plea agreement, Holmes will serve two years in prison, with 71 days jail credit, and will be put on community control upon release. A seven-year suspended sentence could be imposed if Holmes violates the terms of his probation, according to the Early Bird’s report.

UPDATE @ 1:00 a.m. (June 2016)

A Greenville woman is dead after a three-vehicle, head-on crash in the 4100 block of Ohio 571 West, the Darke County Sheriff’s Department said in a release.

Deputies said an initial investigation found a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, driven by 31-year-old Aaron Holmes, of New Paris, was traveling eastbound on Ohio 571 when the vehicle went left of center. The Impala hit head-on with a 1999 Chevrolet 2500 pickup, driven by 18-year-old Ryan Sanders of Greenville, who was traveling westbound on Ohio 571.

Deputies said the first collision caused a chain-reaction that sent Sanders’ pickup into the path of a 2002 Toyota Corolla, driven by 61-year-old Linda Stebbins, of Greenville, who was traveling behind Holmes’ vehicle.

Deputies said Stebbins was trapped in her car and was pronounced dead at the scene when crews arrived just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. A front-seat passenger in Stebbins’ car, Jessica Keily, 34, of Union City, was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital and is listed in fair condition.

Sanders was treated at the scene and taken to Wayne Hospital in Greenville. According to police, Holmes refused treatment at the scene, and the reason for his veering left of center is under investigation.

UPDATE@ 8:30 p.m.: One driver is dead after a three-vehicle crash on Ohio 571 West in Darke County, our partner The Early Bird reports.

CareFlight flew a passenger in one of the two cars to Miami Valley Hospital, while another driver has been taken to Wayne Healthcare.

Darke County sheriff’s deputies are questioning a third driver.

The road remains closed for the investigation.


CareFlight responded to a reported crash on Ohio 571 West in Darke County this evening.

The crash was dispatched around 5:30 p.m.

Details surrounding the crash were not immediately available.


Ol’ Lefthander Joe Nuxhall to be featured on newest Hamilton mural

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 10:15 PM

Homegrown baseball hero Joe Nuxhall will be the subject of a mural to be painted on the side of a Hamilton sporting goods store this summer.

Nuxhall, known as the “Ol’ Lefthander,” the beloved Cincinnati Reds pitcher and later radio announcer for the team, became the youngest player in modern Major League Baseball history at age 15 in 1944.

He died in 2007 at age 79, but remains a beloved figure not only in his hometown of Hamilton, but also across the country, where his voice poured through the radio during Reds broadcasts for many years.

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The first people who saw the mural, unveiled during Wednesday’s Hamilton City Council meeting, considered it a home run.

After local artist Jennifer Acus-Smith, a StreetSpark mural organizer, showed images of the the mural, the crowd at Hamilton City Council spontaneously applauded — not a common occurrence during meetings.

Acus-Smith noted the mural’s location, the longtime Clark’s Sporting Goods at 15 S. B St., is visible from the High-Main Bridge.

The dynamic mural, which has a 3-D effect of young Nuxhall extending his left arm toward the viewer with an autographed baseball in his hand, alongside an image of an older Nuxhall, was designed by Paul Loehle, a local artist and Hamilton High School art teacher.

“I’m sure he was in that sporting goods store a few times,” Mayor Pat Moeller said.

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At the McDonald’s across the street from Hamilton’s city building, the Nuxhall mural won approving nods from older Hamilton men, including Charles W. Farthing, 85, a retired automaker who attended the former Wilson Junior High School with Nuxhall.

“He was a better ballplayer than I was — you couldn’t hit his ball,” said Farthing, who was a grade behind Nuxhall and said he faced off against him in gym class.

“It looks alright,” said Glen Bryant, 77, also of Hamilton, who said Nuxhall was “a pretty good ballplayer, and a good announcer. And he spent his life in the ballgame, which you give him credit for. Being a pitcher so young (in 1944). I was just a baby then.”

“That’s great — I like that,” said Charles Tolbert, 64, another Hamiltonian who was sitting nearby. “I like the way it’s in 3D or something like that, the way he’s holding the ball out there like that, Ol’ Lefty.”

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Two other murals to be painted this summer in the city will be images that prominently feature birds.

A second mural will adorn a parking garage above a new downtown pocket park and will depict a person releasing a dove.

Called “Taking flight,” the mural was created by Taylor Welch, an artist and architecture/interiors professional at Community Design Alliance. It will loom above the new Rotary Park at Second and High Street that’s almost ready to open. The mural will adorn a large wall on the city’s McDulin parking garage.

The “Taking Flight” mural “represents our industrial foundation, paper, from which we are taking our next steps for the future of Hamilton,” Acus-Smith said, in reference to the proposed mega-indoor-sports complex, Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill, which will occupy the former Champion Paper property.

MORE: 6 Hamilton parks to get nature-themed murals

A third mural will show various bird images, including origami birds, echoing the city’s proud paper-making past.

The mural design for 212 Main St. was conjured by Canadian Annie Hamel, and features references to light bulbs and paper birds, in a nod to past city businesses and industries. She recently finished a mural project in France.

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The murals were chosen through a blind selection process, with judges not knowing names of those submitting artworks.

“We got 117 designs submitted by 63 artists from three different countries,” Acus-Smith said. “So we were very pleased by this response. We essentially doubled the number of designs that came in last year.”

Painting of murals will start in late May, with some of the work continuing through July. Thirteen artists will do the painting. This year, college students from Miami University, the University of Cincinnati, the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Columbus College of Art & Design submitted entries.

Each mural will have its own dedication.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 3:46 AM

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Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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

Michael Purves is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound I-75 near U.S. 36 in Piqua, the left lane is blocked as of 7:25 a.m. due to a crash.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 


  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 between Dryden Road and SR 4, Nightly lane closures April 25th – 28th between 8 pm and 5 am. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official ODOT detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures April 9th – 29th between 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between SR 201 and SR 235, road closure April 26th – May 3rd. The official detour is: SR 55 to SR 589 to US 36 to SR 235 to SR 55
  • SR 41 between SR 201 and SR 235, road closure April 24th – May 1st. The official detour is: SR 41 to SR 201 to SR 571 to SR 235 to SR 41
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 


  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • I-70 at I-675 overpass, Daily lane closures April 25th – May 23rd between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm. Two 12’ lanes will remain open in each direction.


  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 571 between Culbertson Road and Harzell Road, bridge closure March 8th – May 23nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The official detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.


  • SR 66 between Enterprise Drive and Greenback Road, road closure April 24th – May 23rd. The official detour is: SR 47 to I-75 to SR 29 to SR 705


  • SR 196 between Sunrise Drive and Fairmount Roadroad closure April 24th – 28th. The official detour is: SR 117 to SR 67 to SR 196

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More active weather develops through Thursday, the weekend

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:48 AM

DAYTON — A cold front will pass during the first half of Thursday, but the impacts of showers or storms will be minimal.

Gusty winds through the day may slow some drivers down with high profile vehicles like trucks or semi-trucks. 

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

A bigger punch will come from the showers and storms that become widespread Friday night and early Saturday morning. 

RELATED: Potential wet morning commute, storms ahead this weekend

The Storm Prediction Center said severe storms could spread into southwest Ohio by late Friday. Your Storm Center 7 team is keeping an eye on the potential for strong storms as well Friday night. Despite the timing of storms being late, if enough instability can develop, a few storms may become severe. This weekend system could bring locally heavy rainfall, Elwell said.

The Gulf of Mexico will be open for business," Elwell said, "which will mean any storms could be very proficient at generating heavy rain.” 

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

The weekend storm system is expected to stall to the west of the region allowing storms to briefly diminish Sunday, but return late Sunday into Monday as the system finally lifts northeast into Canada. More heavy rain and strong storms could be likely to end the weekend as the storm system lifts across the Great Lakes, Elwell said.


Man, changing tire, ‘glad to be alive’ after Harrison Twp. crash 

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 3:05 AM

A man said he and three family members are lucky to be alive after a van slammed into the back of their car while he was changing a tire on Catalpa Drive Thursday morning. 

Allen Saunders said he, along with his fiancé, brother, and cousin were on Catalpa Drive just south of West Siebenthaler Avenue in Harrison Twp. around 1 a.m. when their vehicle encountered a flat tire. 

While Saunders was out changing the tire, he said he noticed a van coming towards them at a high rate of speed. 

“I jumped up, told everyone to run because I knew he wasn’t going to be able to stop,” he said. “We had very little time to react, [about] three to five seconds.” 

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The van slammed into the back of the disabled car, sending the car several feet into a yard. Saunders said he saw around six people jump out of the van after the crash and ran away. 

“They didn't say nothing to us; they didn’t see if we was alright, nothing. They just took off, ran down the street right after impact. I don’t even see how they were able to run after they hit so hard."

Saunders said no one was in their vehicle when the crash occurred and were safely off the side of the road while he attempted to change the tire. 

“[We were] Only seconds away from being injured. If we were in the car, we probably all would have made a trip to the hospital.” 

“We’re just glad to be alive,” Saunders said. 

Deputies investigating the crash confirmed Saunders’ account of the incident, but did not release any details about their investigation. It’s unknown if deputies have descriptions of anyone who fled from the van. 

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