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.


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Injury crash reported I-75 northbound in Dayton

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Crews have responded to an injury crash on Interstate 75 northbound near West Second Street.

The far left lane was shut down around 11:50 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic has slowed in the remaining lanes.

We are on the scene working to learn more.

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Temperatures and rain chances on the rise this week

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

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Clouds will give way to more sunshine this afternoon. It should be a nice looking day with highs in the middle 40s.

  • Dry today, more afternoon sunshine
  • Rain returns tomorrow
  • Flooding a concern this week with the amount of rain 

TONIGHT: Clouds return this evening and overnight tonight with rain arriving towards daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.

TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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OVI crash overnight knocks over AT&T pole, closes part of road

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Wires Down Old Springfield Road

Old Springfield Road at Stillwater River is closed due to an OVI accident overnight. 

>>Eliminations and changes to RTA routes go into effect

The road between State Route 48 and Kley is closed after a vehicle hit an AT&T utility pole Sunday around 2 a.m., according to Butler Township Police.

According to police, AT&T is now at the scene. 

It’s not known if there were any injuries. 

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One person injured following serious crash on I-75 South in Monroe

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:04 AM


UPDATE @ 6:58 a.m.:

One person suffered injuries after a crash on I-75 that involved an SUV and semi-tractor trailer in Monroe Saturday.

According to Ohio State Patrol, the person was transported by EMS to West Chester Medical Center with unknown injuries. 

UPDATE @8:20 p.m.:

All lanes have reopened on southbound Interstate 75 in Monroe and the crash has been cleared.

A video sent to this newsroom showed a red SUV with heavy damage to the front.

Officials said injuries were reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown.

>> 3-car crash reported on northbound I-675


A crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe has slowed traffic.

The crash, involving a semi-tractor trailer and a SUV, was reported after 7 p.m. about a mile south of Ohio 63. Initial reports indicate several lanes are closed.

Injuries have been reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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