Funeral set for Urbana teen killed in car crash 

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 3:52 AM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

Vigil held for Urbana teen killed in Champaign Co. crash (Photo of Sara Hess courtesy of Graham High School)

UPDATE @ 10:39 a.m. (Nov. 6)

Funeral arrangements are set for an Urbana 15-year-old who was killed in a car accident on Friday night. 

Visitation for Sara Hess, a sophomore volleyball player at Graham High School, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the high school and a prayer service will follow. 

A funeral will take place Friday at Westville Methodist Church. A time hasn’t been announced and Graham Local Schools will be closed that day “to provide respectful observance for our school community,” Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said. 

EARLIER REPORT

A community gathered to mourn the loss of an Urbana teen killed Friday night in a car crash.

Hundreds of people showed up to Graham High School in Champaign County for a candlelight vigil to remember 15-year-old Sara Hess.

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The sophomore died after another car rear-ended the one she was riding in on Ohio 235 near Roswell.

Those in attendance lit candles, prayed, and stood together in silence, remembering the good times with Hess.

“She tripped and fell and giggled, and made everyone laugh, we all had good times”, said vigil attendee Ally Collette.

Family, friends, teachers, and the entire student body are still in disbelief over the loss of a teen many described as being very involved and busy.

“Very actively involved, bright young lady, volleyball player, band member”, said Kirk Koennecke, Graham Local Schools superintendent. 

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The driver of the vehicle Hess was in and fellow Graham student, 17-year-old Gabe Wier, was also on the minds of the huge crowd at the vigil.

Wier is listed in serious, but stable condition at Miami Valley Hospital. At least one of the two people in the vehicle that rear-ended the teen’s car is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital as well. 

Taking the time to remember their friend’s life, Hess’ classmates say the chance to be with one another helps to try and get through this difficult weekend.

“She loved everyone with all her heart, and is just in a better place”, said classmate Nadia Ritter. 

Multiple injuries after two crashes at Dayton intersection

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:39 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 4:05 PM

Jarod Thrush/Staff
Jarod Thrush/Staff

UPDATE @ 4 p.m. 

Two separate crashes at the intersection of South Gettysburg Avenue and Nicholas Road have sent at least four people to area hospitals. 

The first crash occurred between a black sedan and a white SUV. A Good Samaritan pulled over to check on the people involved in the first crash, when a blue Chevrolet SUV slammed into the back of that vehicle. 

Nine occupants were inside the blue SUV in the second crash, including three people sitting on the floor where the third row of seats normally would be. 

One woman has been placed in a police cruiser after she became irate after the crash, police said. The woman will not be arrested or charged. 

The severity of the injuries sustained in the crash was not immediately known. 

FIRST REPORT

Four medics have been requested to a crash at the intersection of South Gettysburg Avenue and Nicholas Road in Dayton Thursday. 

A unit responding to a different call reported the crash at the intersection around 3:10 p.m.

Initial reports indicate occupants of the two vehicles were fighting after the crash. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Reunions, friendships, gratitude highlight 49th annual Feast of Giving

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:09 PM

Feast of Giving held in Dayton

Every year for the past several, Marquita R. Robinson sits at a table at the Feast of Giving inside a massive room at the Dayton Convention Center to have Thanksgiving dinner with several thousand of her neighbors.

It’s also a homecoming of sorts.

“This is the place where a lot of my friends (meet) to see each other and we haven’t seen each other throughout the whole year,” the 32-year-old Dayton resident said before standing up and shouting and waving at a friend.

More than 8,000 people were expected to stream through the convention center’s doors Thursday. Marking it’s 49th year, the Thanksgiving Day tradition draws people of all ages and backgrounds who come together one day as a community, many interacting with strangers they have never met.

Richard C. Jones, 50, of Dayton, stopped in for his first trip to Feast of Giving since moving to the Gem City from Atlanta.

“I didn’t have any plans and I’m relatively new to Dayton,” he said.

Last year, he said he spent Thanksgiving alone. That changed this time once he found out about the dinner.

“I’m hoping to meet some of my Dayton neighbors,” he said as a band played on a stage near his table. “I’m not really an outgoing person. This is like something brand new and hopefully becomes a tradition.”

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The gathering had 500 volunteers — and turned away another 700 — to prepare and serve free meals to throngs of attendees, said Stephen Levitt, one of the event’s organizers.

“There’s always a few hang-ups, but we make it work,” he said.

Stephanie Richardson, 53, of Dayton, and Amy Schmitt, 59, of Beavercreek, set out place mats and prepared decorations in a room set aside for children.

The Thanksgiving spirit of giving “just spoke to me,” said Richardson, volunteering for the first time at the dinner since she recently moved to Dayton from the Virgin Islands.

Schmitt, a self-described “people person” and a public health nurse, wanted to work with children.

“It’s fun,” she said. And it gave her a sense of appreciation. “You come in here and serve today and you walk out with no complaints.”

Carol and Roger Ober of Beavercreek, volunteered for the first time, working as security monitors.

Carol Ober, a 71-year-old retired school teacher, said they wanted “to be part of something bigger than yourself and this is definitely big.”

The community dinner is so big it takes days to cook food for thousands.

Thursday started with a very basic ingredient that was the hardest to manage: Boiling water, said Sous-Chief Andrew Payne.

“Probably close to 1,000 gallons of water we had to get to a boil to be able to make the stuffing, to make the gravy, to make the mashed potatoes,” he said. “It’s constant. We started boiling water at two o’clock this morning.”

Payne also was one of about a dozen who spent seven to 10 hours Monday slicing 3,000 pounds of turkey.

The shopping list this year included 2,600 pounds of mashed potatoes, 2,000 pounds each of green beans and breaded stuffing, and 100 gallons of gravy. For dessert, the feast rolled out 900 pies of all sorts and 8,000 servings of ice cream.

Vanilla is the most popular flavor, said Joe Hartenstein, 62, of Trotwood. The long-time event volunteer and retired school truant officer also hands out chocolate and sherbet ice cream.

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For Robinson, a restaurant cashier, the mashed potatoes are the best on a filled Thanksgiving plate.

“I always get double mash every time I come down here,” she said. “Because it’s all silky. You add some butter to them and they’re awesome.”

Organizers stepped in nearly a decade ago when the Beerman Foundation, which had sponsored the event since 1969, announced plans to end the Thanksgiving tradition in Dayton.

The event costs about $180,000, half of which represent purveyors who donate food and equipment and the rest represents monetary donations, Levitt said.

Escaped inmate found 3 miles from hospital

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Inmate escapes while being treated at Middletown hospital

UPDATE @ 2:11 p.m. (Nov. 23)

Robert Langford was apprehended in the area of Industrial Drive and Shaker Road, about three miles north of Atrium Medical Center. He’s in Warren County Jail now on a count of escape.

Robert Langford, Warren County Jail

UPDATE @ 10:19 a.m. (Nov. 23)

Robert Langford never made it into Atrium Medical Center Wednesday night before escaping corrections custody, a hospital spokeswoman reports. 

Langford was never a patient at Atrium and had never made it inside the hospital before escaping custody, according to the hospital. 

Warren County sheriff’s Sgt. Roy McGill said Langford is still on the loose and being sought by police.

This newsroom is working to confirm how and when Langford escaped custody.

Langford is an inmate at  the Community Corrections Center, which is across the street from the Lebanon Correctional Institute on Ohio 63. That is a different facility from the Warren County Jail in downtown Lebanon.

FIRST REPORT (Nov. 22)

Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office are looking for an inmate that escaped custody of the Community Corrections Center staff late Wednesday night. 

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Robert Langford escaped custody of the CCC staff while in the process of being treated at Atrium Medical Center. He was last seen running north from the Atrium Medical Center in the city of Middletown at 8:08 p.m. in a hospital gown.

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Langford is described as a 31-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. 

He was sentenced to the Community Corrections Center after being convicted of drug offenses.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Robert Langford are urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280 or the Warren County Communications Center at 513-695-2525. 

Booz Allen Hamilton lands $14.7M AFRL deal for combat simulation

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:53 PM


            Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO

A defense contractor has landed a $14.7 million deal to develop virtual combat modeling and simulation technologies, according to the Department of Defense.

The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the five-year deal to McLean, Va.-based Booz Allen Hamilton, the Defense Department said. Three bidders were in contention for the contract.

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The research will be conducted at both Wright-Patterson labs and in McLean, Va., the Defense Department said. AFRL has a worldwide workforce of more than 10,000 employees and is headquartered at Wright-Patterson.