2 seriously hurt in first of 2 crashes on U.S. 68

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 4:50 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

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UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

One person suffered minor injuries this afternoon in a three-vehicle crash just north of a crash on U.S. 68 that seriously injured a married Urbana couple.

In the first crash, reported at 3:15 p.m., a 2017 gold Ford Escape turned west from south U.S. 68 onto Hickory Grove Road into the path of a northbound black 2000 Mitsubishi sport-utility vehicle. The Mitsubishi struck the right side of the Ford, causing heavy damage to both vehicles, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the Escape, 60-year-old Janis M. Vincent, and her husband, 63-year-old James E. Vincent, were taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Their conditions were not available tonight. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Taylor A. Gorr, 21, of Urbana, was not hurt, deputies said.

The crash remains under investigation.

The second crash was reported around 4:30 p.m. when a gray 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling south on U.S. 68 did not stop for slowed traffic, according to the sheriff’s office.

The pickup’s driver, 30-year-old Dustin W. Meadows of Cable, Ohio, struck a 1996 green Mercury driven by Robert J. Smith, 74, of Urbana. Smith’s pickup then struck a black 2014 Ford pickup driven by William R. David, 50, of Springfield. Smith was taken by Urbana EMS to Urbana Mercy Hospital with minor injuries, deputies said.

Meadows was cited for assured clear distance, the sheriff’s office said.


Two people were seriously injured in a crash on U.S. 68 and Hickory Grove Road in Champaign County.

Two sport-utility vehicles collided near that intersection. The two injured parties were from the same vehicle. No one in the other SUV was injured.

The injured were flown via CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, according to officials at the scene.

While Champaign County Sheriff’s deputies were working to get traffic moving again, a second crash occurred 
just north of the first crash scene. Three cars were involved and there was one minor injury.

As of 5 p.m. traffic was moving on Hickory Grove Road but not on U.S. 68, which was blocked in both directions. 

Report: Man stabbed multiple times inside Dayton apartment complex

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 1:48 AM

Jim Noelker/Staff

One person has reportedly been stabbed multiple times inside an apartment on Idylwilde Boulevard in Dayton Thursday morning. 

Police and medics were dispatched to the 3400 block of Idylwilde Boulevard around 1:05 am. on initial reports of a man stabbed. 

Initial reports indicate the victim was stabbed multiple times, but his condition was not immediately known. 

A witness who lives in the complex told our crew he heard a disturbance inside the victim’s apartment and a few people leave the scene before police arrived. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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OSP: Motorists need to watch out for motorcycles

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 1:27 AM

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The warmer weather has more motorcyclists out on the roadways, and for new or experienced riders, both bikers and drivers need to be aware of everyone on the road with them.

“I ended up buying one and I’m really happy I did. It’s been a blast,” said Charlie Colucci, who works for a motorcycle dealership and has been a biker for a little over a year.

He said he’s been cut off before from drivers not paying attention.

“It definitely gives you an adrenaline rush because you’re not expecting it,” Colucci said. “You can never assume that they’re going to see you so it’s best to keep as much space as possible.”

Accidents involving motorcycles can happen in a matter of seconds, which means riders need to have their heads on a swivel.

“When you’re riding a motorcycle it’s so much more different that an car because you’re so much more exposed,” said Lt. Mark Nichols of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Nichols said this time of year is when motorcycles return to the roadways, so everyone needs to do their part to stay safe. He suggests motorcycle riders to go over safety tips and refamiliarize themselves with their bikes. Those driving four-wheeled vehicles need to be aware motorcycles are going to be out.

“People are excited to get their motorcycles out, excited to get out on the road,” Nichols said.

Last year, there were 200 deadly crashes involving motorcycles in Ohio, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

This past weekend, there were two fatal motorcycle crashes, though neither crash on Saturday involved vehicles other than motorcycles.

Kelly Ann Morgan, 40, of Dayton, was a passenger on a motorcycle who was killed Saturday evening when two motorcycles collided on Ohio 245 in Champaign County, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Blake A. Daniel, 22, of New Lebanon, was killed Saturday night when he crashed his motorcycle on Ohio 726 in Monroe Twp., Preble County, according to the OSP’s Dayton Post.

Quiet overnight, threat for storms returns late Thursday

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

Clouds will increase overnight with temperatures dropping into the middle 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. There is a chance for a shower by morning, mainly north.


  • Quiet and cool overnight
  • Warm, increasing clouds Thursday
  • Storms return Thursday night; some strong

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar 


Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds is expected with breezy southerly winds. An isolated shower or storm is possible during the day. A round of thunderstorms is expected to arrive late evening into the night. Some of these storms could be strong, possibly severe. Temperatures are expected to climb into the lower 70s during the afternoon, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

RELATED: Strong storms may threaten area Thursday

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Friday: Clouds will linger with a chance for storms in the morning and passing showers into the afternoon. Temperatures will start the day near 60 degrees but fall into the 50s during the afternoon. 

Saturday: Clouds will slowly break for some sunshine with highs seasonably cool, in the middle 50s. 


Sunday: Partly sunny skies are expected with temperatures rebounding to near 60 degrees. There is a chance for a shower by late evening.

Monday: Scattered showers and a thunderstorm is possible, especially by late in the day. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

ATF, Dayton Bomb Squad assist after chemicals turned in to West Milton police

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 8:56 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:45 PM

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m.

Numerous chemicals found in mason jars consistent with fireworks or bomb manufacturing were turned in this afternoon to West Milton police by a resident whose roommate was moving out, police Sgt. Tracey Hendricks said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Dayton Bomb Squad were called to assist West Milton police, and the Dayton squad helped to identify the chemicals and destroyed them in a remote area.

The type and amount of chemicals found was not released. The investigation is ongoing, Hendricks said.


A resident brought homemade explosives to the West Milton Police Department this afternoon, which prompted a response from the Dayton Bomb Squad.

The resident brought the explosives around 3 p.m. to the police department in the Miami County village. Police then requested the Dayton Bomb Squad, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. Information on the type of explosives or how they were found was not immediately available.

Police and the bomb squad later were seen outside a home in the 600 block of Debron Road in West Milton. Miami County dispatchers said police have been at the house since shortly before 7 p.m. However, dispatchers were not able to confirm the Debron Road home was connected to the earlier incident or that any devices were found in the home.