Three vehicle crash shuts down SR 48 in Miami County for over an hour

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

Crash SR 48 north of Covington

A three vehicle crash on State Route 48 north of Covington closed the road for ninety minutes early Wednesday morning. Two people were transported to Upper Valley Medical Center near Troy for minor injuries. 

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The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has re-opened the road and the cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

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Police investigating after bones found behind Dayton home

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

Dayton police are conducting an investigation after bones were found behind a house on Riverside Drive Tuesday afternoon. 

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Riverside Drive around 1:30 p.m. after a caller reported finding four bones while they were removing brush behind a house. 

Police said they are not sure what kind of bones were found, and are working to determine if anything suspicious might have occurred. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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DASH CAM: Must-watch high-speed pursuit shows vicious crash on I-70

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

MUST SEE: Cruiser Cam video released in I-70 pursuit, which leads to crash, deputies say.

UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m. (Feb. 20):

Police dash camera video obtained by this news organization shows the moments leading up to multiple crashes on Interstate 70 in Clark County earlier this month. The dash cam showed the suspect, Gavin Haynes, weaving through traffic before allegedly causing the crashes on the highway.

Haynes was eventually captured.

UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m. (Feb. 14):

Gavin Haynes pleaded not guilty in Clark County court Wednesday.

His bond was set at $36,000.

UPDATE @ 11 a.m.:

Gavin Haynes is expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court this morning. 

He’s facing 11 different charges including aggravated vehicular assault, receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, obstructing official business, escape and resisting arrest. 

After he was arrested, Haynes was being evaluated at the Springfield Regional Medical Center emergency room at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he allegedly attempted to flee, ripping out his IV and heart rate monitors, according to a police report.

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He then ran down the hallway and pushed others out of the way, it said. 

A state trooper then deployed his taser, dropping Haynes to the ground.

Haynes allegedly would not put his hands behind his back and three troopers worked together to restrain him in a hospital bed. Haynes remained abusive towards employees and was never able to be evaluated. 

He was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital, the report said.

UPDATE @ 11:06 p.m.: The man captured in the I-70 West manhunt is accused of stealing his father's Mercedes coupe in London, Ohio, and fleeing from police there before heading west on the interstate at speeds of more than 100 mph, crashing and flipping vehicles before crashing and and trying to make a run for it near Springfield. 

Gavin Haynes, 38, still on parole after an early release from Madison Correctional Institution last Nov. 1, was still in the custody of the Ohio State Highway Patrol late Tuesday night. 

Gavin Haynes (Courtesy/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

Haynes was admitted to prison in March 2016 on a felony charge of harassment by an inmate. He was placed on parole for three years when he was released, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. 

Sometime after 7 p.m., Haynes' father told London police that his son took the Mercedes from their home on Patricia Drive without permission, Sgt. Keith Akers said. 

A London police officer tried to stop the car, on Lafayette Road (U.S. 42), about 7:20 p.m., but the driver -- believed to be Haynes -- sped off on U.S. 42. The officer cut the pursuit because there was too much trafic, Akers said. 

The officer saw the car but did not see who was driving, the sergeant said, explaining that London police passed information about the incident to the state patrol because U.S. 42 leads directly to I-70.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.: 

The speeding driver who was the subject of the I-70 West manhunt was captured around 8:30 p.m. in a barn near Springfield.

The man, whose name was not yet released, wreaked havoc all along the interstate from his home in London in Madison County, said Lt. Brian Aller, commander, Springfield Post, Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Aller said one of his troopers, who had been dispatched on a call, was on state Route 54 looking over onto I-70 West and saw the suspect vehicle traveling at high speed on the berm of the interstate. 

"He saw this vehicle pass him, like crazy," Aller said. 

The trooper, who has not been identified by name, caught up with the suspect vehicle on I-70 West, around U.S. 40, but it continued in the berm passing vehicles at high speed. 

"Unfortunately, a couple of vehicles were actually struck," Aller said. “One actually flipped. The lady in that vehicle suffered minor injures.” 

A woman in this car suffered minor injuries Tuesday night when a man driving at high speed smashed into her on I-70 West in Clark County, the state patrol said. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Another vehicle was forced off the road, he said. A third vehicle is believed to have been struck as well. 

The suspect vehicle traveled another quarter mile, continued off the right side of the interstate and into a fence. He got out and ran north, toward the city of Springfield. 

Where he crashed is where troopers, Springfield police, Clark County sheriff's deputies, K-9 units and the state patrol helicopter began the manhunt. 

Aller said when the state patrol sent units to the man's address, they discovered London police were at his house there and had been involved in an incident with him there. 

“We do know who he is,” Aller said. “We don’t know what the incident was.” 

The man is believed to be impaired, according to London police. 

He's facing charges in London (Madison County) and in Clark County -- at the minimum fleeing and eluding, Aller said. 

There has been no definitive word as to whether the man has been captured, Aller said. 

Two lanes of I-70 West have reopened.

INITIAL REPORT

I-70 West in Clark County is shut down because of a multiple-vehicle accident. We're hearing that as many as five vehicles, including an Ohio State Highway Patrol car, are involved. 

The accident scene appears to be just west of state Route 41 (South Charleston Pike) and east of state Route 72 (Limestone Street). 

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We're hearing that the initial report was for a hit-and-run. We're also hearing that a trooper involved in the accident is OK. 

We have a crew on scene. We will update this developing report. 

Got a tip? Call our 24-hour monitored line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.  

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Drugs, guns recovered in 2 task force raids in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

David Powell (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
David Powell (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and is facing drug charges following two search warrants, executed by the Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force Tuesday. 

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The task force, along with the Dayton Police Narcotics Bureau executed search warrants at two homes, one in the 1700 block of Manor Place, the other in the 600 block of Cambridge Avenue Tuesday, Sgt. Terry Ables said in a media release Tuesday. 

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During the searches, investigators recovered large amounts of fentanyl, crystal meth, marijuana, and four guns, including and AR-15 rifle. 

David Powell, 25, was arrested at the Cambridge Avenue home and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on initial charges of drug trafficking. 

The warrants were the result of a long-term drug trafficking investigation, investigators said. 

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Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:45 PM


            Construction workers on the job in Hamilton. Those in labor jobs, particularly construction, are more likely to die of opioid overdoses than any other profession in Ohio. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Construction workers on the job in Hamilton. Those in labor jobs, particularly construction, are more likely to die of opioid overdoses than any other profession in Ohio. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Opioids — including heroin and fentanyl — killed nearly 1,000 construction workers in the Midwest at a cost of more than $5 billion to the region’s construction industry in 2015, according to estimates in a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute.

The report confirms a trend identified by Dayton Daily News data analysis in December that showed all types of laborers — particularly those in construction — are more likely to die from opioid overdoses than Ohioans in other professions.

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The data analyzed by this newspaper was collected by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and included information on the professions of those who died of opioid overdoses from 2010 to 2016.

“What makes construction so vulnerable to this epidemic is the physical nature of the work,” said Jill Manzo, author of the new Midwest Economic Policy Institute report. “Injury rates are 77 percent higher in construction than other occupations, and the financial incentive to get back to work before their bodies are healed is leading many down a path that can ultimately lead to abuse and even death.”

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The report notes that according to the National Safety Council ’s 2017 Survey on Drug Use and Substance Abuse, 15 percent of construction workers struggle with substance abuse—nearly twice the national average.

And across the Midwest 60 to 80 percent of all workers compensation claims have involved opioids.

The industry cost estimate of $5 billion includes lost production, lost family income, and other costs every year for construction workers and their families.

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The report highlights a range of policy recommendations — from limiting opioid dosage, updating drug testing policies, and promoting treatment in health insurance plans, to educating employees about responsible pain management, temporarily putting injured workers in low-risk positions, and guaranteeing two weeks of paid sick leave — to help employers and policymakers combat the crisis.

“Untreated substance abuse can cost contractors thousands of dollars each year in health care, absenteeism, and turnover costs, while preventing abuse or getting an employee into recovery can ultimately save thousands of dollars,” Manzo added. “Taking tangible steps to combat this crisis is a moral and economic imperative for both industry leaders and elected officials.”

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