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Monroe crash traps truck driver for nearly 2½ hours

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 7:31 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 9:00 PM

CareFlight at night
CareFlight at night

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.

It took nearly 2½ hours tonight to free a truck driver from the wreckage after a crash in Monroe. 

A Monroe police sergeant said the driver was extricated about 8:50 p.m. The crash was reported shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of Todhunter Road near Ohio 4. The driver, whose name, age and condition were not available, was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. 

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A second occupant was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. His name, age and condition also were not released.

Todhunter Road was closed temporarily, and residents reported power outages. 

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The truck in the single-vehicle crash is described as more like a box truck than a semi as previously reported, police said. During the crash, the truck struck a utility pole and Duke Energy crews responded to the scene, police said. 

FIRST REPORT

Two people were injured this evening when a semi overturned in Monroe.

A CareFlight medical helicopter was called to the crash was reported shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of Todhunter Road. According to initial reports, there were two people trapped.

No other vehicles were involved, according to Monroe Police Department dispatch.

Springboro staff recommends rejection of Easton Farm development

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:09 PM


            Residents wait to speak during a meeting on plans to develop the historic Easton Farm in Springboro.
Residents wait to speak during a meeting on plans to develop the historic Easton Farm in Springboro.

The Springboro Planning Commission is scheduled Wednesday to consider rezoning and approval of a plan by HP Acquisitions for 86.7 acres of the Easton Farm, a 101-acre property at 605 N. Main St., Ohio 741 in Springboro.

Staff is recommending denial of the rezoning and the plan.

The staff recommendation notes “the proposed residential development densities exceed those identified in the city’s land use plan and the proposed development is not consistent with development patterns of this portion of the community, specifically the relationship of proposed higher density multi-family residential to existing lower density residential neighborhoods.”

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The new plan reduced the number of residences from 467 to 463, and the number that would be for multiple families from 360 to 356.

The Blue Ash-based developer proposes a mix of commercial, single-family and multi-family residential development.

Ted and Becky Hall would continue to live on 16.1 acres on the west side of the property.

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The developer was sent back to the drawing board on Jan. 11, March 8 and May 10 by the commission.

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The commission meets at 6 p.m. at city hall, 320 W. Central Ave. in Springboro.

Victims in Greene County double fatal motorcycle crash identified

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

FROM THE SCENE: Spring Valley fatal crash

UPDATE@5 p.m.

Tonie Cruea held back tears as she talked about her daughter Monday. 

“She had a heart of gold...she'd do anything for anybody," Tonie Crue said. “I mean, everybody says their child was special and unique but she really was.”

The bodies of Cruea and Fudge were at the Montgomery County Coroner’s office Monday evening. Troopers said it’s too early to determine who’s responsible for the crash. 

The couple was riding on Fudge’s motorcycle toward Xenia when the crash occurred. 

Kyle Minix, a friend of Fudge, said Fudge was always up to help his friends. 

"I'm just mind-boggled right now, I'm in shock that this happened. I considered him my brother," Minix said. 

UPDATE @ 12:42 p.m.

Tonie Cruea, mother to Sherill Cruea, said her daughter and Fudge had been a couple for four years. The two motorcycle drivers had recently started wearing helmets while riding after a friend died in a motorcycle crash a few weeks ago.

UPDATE @11:22 a.m.

The victims in the double motorcycle fatal accident have been identified as Brook Fudge, 23, of Xenia and Sherill Cruea, 25, of Fairborn, according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

The accident happened just before 7 p.m. as Gregory Davidson, 29, of Cincinnati was westbound on West Spring Valley-Paintersville Road. He attempted to turn left on US 42 south, and his car was struck by a motorcycle driven by Fudge, the report said.

Fudge and Cruca were pronounced dead at the scene. 

We are working to get you more details about the accident. 

FIRST REPORT: 

A man and woman from Greene County were killed after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Dodge Charger in Spring Valley Sunday night, according to troopers.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road. U.S. 42 was closed and reopened just before midnight.

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Troopers said the victims on the motorcycle, both in their mid-20s, were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. An occupant from the Dodge is recovering at an area hospital from non-life-threatening injuries.

The motorcyclist was northbound on U.S. 42 when the driver of the car attempted to turn onto the highway from Spring Valley Paintersville Road, according to a preliminary investigation, troopers said.

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Troopers said at this time speed and failure to yield are being considered as causes, but a definitive answer will not be available until investigators are finished with the investigation.

A crashed motorcycle at the scene of a fatal crash on U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road in Spring Valley Sunday night. DeAngelo Byrd/Staff

 

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Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

RANDY STANAFORD
RANDY STANAFORD

A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Commissioners set to name acting Montgomery County court clerk

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

Montgomery County Commissioners are expected to appoint Connie Villelli acting Montgomery County Clerk of Courts. Villelli said she is not seeking the job permanently. The county’s Democratic central committee has a month to name a replacement. SUBMITTED
Montgomery County Commissioners are expected to appoint Connie Villelli acting Montgomery County Clerk of Courts. Villelli said she is not seeking the job permanently. The county’s Democratic central committee has a month to name a replacement. SUBMITTED

Montgomery County Commissioners are expected to appoint Connie Villelli acting Montgomery County Clerk of Courts when they meet Tuesday to accept the resignation of Greg Brush, an elected Democrat. Villelli is currently director of compliance and special projects in the clerk’s office.

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As acting clerk, Villelli will serve for up to 30 days until the vacancy is filled by the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s central committee.

Villelli, 62, of Englewood said her time as clerk will be solely transitional.

“It’s temporary just to hold down the fort,” Villelli said. “I have no interest in pursuing an elected position, so I’m not in the mix. I think that’s why Greg (Brush) recommended me to the county commissioners.”

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Brush is retiring to take a new job which he won’t reveal until he starts it on Nov. 1, he said earlier this month. He was re-elected in 2016 to a term that runs through 2020.

Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens said people have time to reach out to the party and express interest in the permanent clerk’s position before the central committee convenes in mid-November to select a replacement. An election would be held in November 2018 to fill the final two years of Brush’s term.

The clerk oversees a budget of about $7 million and a staff of 92 employees. The office is responsible for receiving, docketing, indexing, certifying and preserving court pleadings, orders and other legal documents, including auto titles.

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Villelli, who also served as the Clerk of Courts chief deputy, has been with the office for 12 years. Prior to that she managed Montgomery County Common Pleas Court processes for 25 years.

Brush’s annual salary was $111,000. Villelli was paid $77,418 in 2016, according to county records.

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The courts and public will see little change in the operation of the office during the time Villelli is acting clerk, she said.

“We have an extremely talented management team that’s very good at handling the day-to-day operations,” she said. “We don’t think there will be issues we have to address. We have to have someone who can legally sign auto titles and legally sign authenticated judgments, so that will be my signature during this interim period.”