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.
(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.


Crews continue to battle a vacant house in Dayton

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:12 AM

Smoky fire at Garfield Avenue house

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m: Fire crews continue to battle a structure fire that occurred on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street early Thursday morning

The residence is vacant, according to officials.

We’re working to learn more details on the fire. 


Units are on scene of a structure fire on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street that was reported in Dayton early Thursday morning.

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The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m., according to initial reports. 

Flames are reportedly showing from the structure. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update as additional details become available. 

Groundbreaking set for first local medical marijuana plant

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:46 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:15 AM

A ceremonial groundbreaking is set to happen today on one of two medical marijuana cultivation facilities to be built in the Miami Valley.

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Cresco Labs Ohio LLC and officials with the village of Yellow Springs will be on hand at the site off East Enon Road near Antioch University, where a 23,294-square-foot steel greenhouse and a 26,445-square-foot processing facility will be built.

The “environmentally sound greenhouse will be built for cultivating and harvesting condition-specific strains of medical marijuana and produce non-invasive medical products for qualified patients,” according to a release from Cresco Labs, which has similar facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

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“With licenses announced just two weeks ago, Cresco Labs is the first to break ground and start construction on their Yellow Springs medical marijuana cultivation facility,” according to the release. “Cresco’s brand name products will be available at dispensaries across Ohio to patients that have been physician-certified with any of the 22 approved medical conditions. All growing will take place in secure, climate-controlled environments that utilize nearly 85% renewable energy.”

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Cresco’s cannabis oil products include pharmaceutical-grad oral sprays, sublingual digestible tablets and transdermal patches.

Cresco has also applied to the state for a dispensary license and is expected to apply for a processing license.

A medical marijuana cultivation facility is also approved in Clark County. Pure Ohio Wellness plans to renovate an existing building at 4020 Dayton-Springfield Road in Mad River Twp., outside of Springfield.

At least 40 houses without power in Dayton after pole is knocked down 

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 2:03 AM

Downed power line on Westwood Avenue cuts power to 40 houses

Officials say close to 40 houses are without power after a Dayton Power & Light pole was knocked down in Dayton early Thursday morning. 

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The pole is down in the 100 block of Westwood Avenue and surrounding Brooklyn Avenue and Huron Avenue are affected as well.

High winds have caused a few outages in the Miami Valley since late Wednesday night.

DP&L have been notified of the incident.

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No word on when power will be restored. We will continue to monitor. 

Vehicle crashes into pond after blowing tire

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:47 AM

SCENE: Vehicle blows tire, lands in Dayton pond

A driver blew a tire, sending the vehicle into a pond, according to Dayton police.

Just after midnight, the car blew a tire on Route 4 just north of Harshman Road, sending the vehicle into the Dayton Well Field pond, according to police.

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The driver, the only occupant, was able to escape and called 911. 

A tow truck was on scene and was attempting to remove the vehicle from the pond.

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