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Tipp City man, 66, ID’d as victim of fatal crash on U.S. 35 in Riverside

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 3:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

U.S. 35 westbound closed in Dayton due to fatal crash

UPDATE @ 8:25 a.m. (Sept. 28): 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal, single-vehicle crash on U.S. 35 in Riverside as Lawrence Naas, 66, from Tipp City. 

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The cause and manner of Naas’ death has not been ruled and an autopsy is scheduled to be completed today. 

A woman was also injured in the crash, but her identity and condition have not been released.

UPDATE @ 7:13 p.m.: (Sept 27)U.S. 35 East is now reopened. That part of the investigation into the single-vehicle fatal rollover accident has been completed.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.: (Sept 27) 

Police have put out the call for witnesses to the single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. East that has left one person dead, Riverside Sgt. Angela Jackson said.

A Fairborn city medic unit, in the area at the time of the crash, was first on scene and took the female victim, believed to have been the driver, to a hospital. Her condition is not known. 

Sgt. Jackson said that according to the preliminary investigation, neither drugs nor alcohol is suspected. 

U.S. 35 East, which is backed up as far as Keowee Street in Dayton, to be shut down at least another hour for the accident investigation, she said.

If you saw the accident or have information you think might help in the investigation, you are asked to call Riverside police at 937-233-1801.

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m.: 

The fatality has been identified as a male, who was believed to be ejected in the rollover on U.S. 35 East in Riverside, a Riverside police officer said. 

A female injured in the accident has been taken to a hospital, the officer said. Her condition is not known. 

A police traffic reconstruction unit is headed to the scene as well.

Police in Riverside are investigating a crash that left one person dead on U.S. 35 westbound in Moraine.

UPDATE @ 4:02 p.m.: 

At least one person has been killed in what has been reported as a rollover accident.

The eastbound lanes are shut down until further notice.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: 3 injured in crash of college students still critical


A fatal rollover crash has been reported on U.S. 35 east approaching I-675 this afternoon.

Initial reports indicated a vehicle rolled during a crash around 3:45 p.m.

We’re hearing initial reports of at least one person dead and others possibly injured.

The eastbound lanes of U.S. 35 are closed at Woodman Drive. 

Miami Valley native discusses Alaska earthquake experience 

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

AP Photo Contributed
AP Photo Contributed

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska forced families to evacuate their homes last night around 4:30 a.m. local time. 

News Center 7’s Lauren Clark spoke with a Tipp City native who is now living in Anchorage and felt the effects of the quake in her home.

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“The bed started to move a little bit, and I looked over at my doorway and the door was swinging,” said Miami Valley native Katherine Krupa.

Krupa moved to Alaska three years ago with her husband who is an army Lieutenant General. 

When my husband said, "Oh, we're going to Alaska.”  “I just never thought about earthquakes,” stated Krupa.

Krupa has since learned that earthquakes are a regular occurrence in Alaska, which is located in the Ring of Fire. 

The Krupa’s home was not damaged, but friends of theirs were forced to leave their home and seek higher ground after Tsunami warnings.

Lauren Clark’s full interview with the Tipp City native will be on News Center 7 beginning at 5 p.m. 

Employers to recruit at Springfield job fair

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:05 AM


Local employers like CareSource and Assurant will be recruiting in Springfield this Friday.

CareSource Life Services is holding a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Faith United Methodist Church at 102 W. High St.

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Life coaching, job readiness training and resume support will be available.

Some of the employers who will be there include:



Interim Healthcare

Mama Rosa’s

Ohio State Highway Patrol




The Greentree Group

Klosterman Bakery


Rate of alcohol-related ER visits up nearly 50 percent

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:01 AM


The number of alcohol-related emergency department visits is sharply up over the last decade, driven in part by more women abusing alcohol.

The National Institutes of Health reported that between 2006 and 2014 the number of people annually brought to the emergency room for alcohol-related problems jumped from 3 million to 5 million.

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“These findings are indicative of the detrimental effects that acute and chronic alcohol misuse have on public health, and the significant burden they place on our healthcare system,” stated George F. Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The rate of all alcohol-related emergency department visits increased 47 percent between 2006 and 2014, which is an average annual increase of 210,000 alcohol-related visits.

Emergency visits stemming from short-term and long-term alcohol abuse both jumped, but mostly for chronic alcohol abuse, which saw a 58 percent increase in ER visits. ER visits for acute alcohol consumption rose by 40 percent.

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The Nationa Health Institute said these increases “far outpaced” changes in the number and rate of emergency department visits for any cause during the years studied via data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, the largest emergency database in the U.S.

The rise in visits has been costly. The data also showed that total annual costs of alcohol-related visits increased from $4.1 billion to $15.3 billion during this time.

Although men account for more alcohol-related emergency department visits than women, the rate of visits increased more among women than men. This increase was mostly because of a larger increase in the rate of chronic alcohol misuse-related visits for women than men, with visits from women up 6.9 percent annually versus visits from men up 4.5 percent.

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Aaron White, who led the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism researchers, said men’s and women’s drinking habits are becoming more similar in the U.S.

“The larger increase in the rate of ED visits among females compared to males provides further evidence of narrowing gender gaps in alcohol use and related harms. This trend is concerning given that females appear to be more susceptible to some of the detrimental health effects of alcohol,” he stated.

3 Daytonians win big Ohio arts awards

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:50 PM

DCDC will be performing Shed at the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus concert on June 3. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Staff Writer
DCDC will be performing Shed at the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus concert on June 3. SUBMITTED PHOTO(Staff Writer)

The 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts have been announced, and once again, Dayton is in the spotlight.

This year’s award winners include local arts groups, artists and patrons of the arts. Here are the winners:

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company closes its 48th season with its annual Soulstice fundraising gala Saturday, May 13, at America’s Packard Museum. The gala has a New Orleans theme and will include dance renditions of folklore and fairy tales. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


According to the Ohio Arts Council:

The world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. 

Founded in 1968 by Jeraldyne Blunden, DCDC is one of few American dance companies of international reputation located outside a major U.S. metropolitan area. Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers, the company continues to celebrate dance art around the world. 

Executive Director Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders created collaborative partnerships between the dance company and area universities, and the company delivers extensive education and outreach programs and services to elementary, middle and high schools, both locally and while on tour. 

DCDC is one of three dance companies across the United States tapped to tour internationally through the seventh season of DanceMotion USA, a dynamic cultural diplomacy program run through the U.S. Department of State and Brooklyn Academy of Music. DCDC will travel to Russia and Kazakhstan in May 2018. Historically, this marks DCDC’s third trip to Russia.

>> Dayton dance group wins ‘Oscar’ of the dance world

Oral Funk Poetry and The Human Race Theatre will celebrate the 10 season of the The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show with "What's Your Razzle Dazzle." Pictured: Dayton poet Lucy "Sierra Leone" Owens, Oral Funk's founder.(Submitted)

SIERRA LEONE (Community Development and Participation)

According to the Ohio Arts Council:

Writer Sierra Leone is the president and artistic director of OFP Theatre Company, co-founded with her husband Robert Owens, Sr.

For more than a decade, Ohio has benefitted from Sierra's vision of creative urban arts as a powerful artistic medium to bring communities together across racial, cultural, ideological, and economic divides.

Her project “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” presents a hybrid of urban poetry, music, dance, and visual arts from local, regional, and international talent.

The show later expanded to include an energetic poetry competition called The Last Poet Standing.  Her work with youth arts organizations, schools, and community organizations has been ongoing through her company’s educational arm, Signature Educational Solutions.

Sierra is continuing girls’ empowerment work through the Dayton Public Schools’ Girls Achievement program, and she has written and performed commissioned work for many local and national organizations.

>> Daytonian of the Week: Sierra Leone

Artist, educator and activist Sierra Leone.(Contributed photo)

View from the top of the amphitheater. The Stuart and Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights is in its third season after opening in 2015. The music venue seats 4,200 in a covered amphitheater in Huber Heights. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)


According to the Ohio Arts Council:

From dynamic performing arts centers to rare copies of ancient books, Stuart and Mimi Rose’s support of the arts spans a diverse array of fields.

In May 2015, the city of Huber Heights celebrated the opening of its 4,200-seat covered amphitheatre, named the Stuart and Mimi Rose Music Center in honor of the couple’s generous donation.

In its inaugural season, the center presented 29 performances and welcomed thousands of visitors to the city. Their recent support of The Dayton Art Institute, where Mimi served on the board, pays homage to the museum’s upcoming centennial in 2019, allowing many exciting projects that further strengthen the Institute to take place. 

Other past philanthropic gifts have drawn from Stuart and Mimi’s personal interests.

They recently funded the construction of the 300-seat Stuart and Mimi Rose Theatre at Dayton’s Miami Valley School and the 358-seat Carey Family Amphitheater at Cincinnati Country Day School.

Stuart, a rare book enthusiast, has loaned pieces from his private collection to the University of Dayton on several occasions. In 2014, following the “Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress” exhibit featuring 49 rare books, Stuart surprised the school with the donation of a rare “He” version of the 1611 King James Bible and a colorful, whimsical edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland featuring illustrations by Salvador Dali.