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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. 

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New record high temperature set at Dayton airport

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:51 AM

Windy day in Dayton

A new record high temperature for Feb. 20 was set this morning at Dayton International Airport breaking the previous record set in 2016.

The temperature reached 70 at Dayton International Airport around 11:30 a.m. and could rise into the afternoon.

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Storm Center 7 Meteorologists are forecasting temperatures to peak in the low 70s.

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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

LISTEN: 911 call released in double homicide in Harrison Twp.

UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20): 

The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.

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Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.

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Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.

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UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.

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Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.

“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”

In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.

The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.

At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.

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“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.

The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.

Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.

Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):

Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said. 

The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims. 

Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry. 

It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business. 

Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said. 

The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.

Shooting North Dixie

FIRST REPORT

Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

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

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Record-breaking warmth today; widespread showers expected overnight

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about which days will have the hardest commutes because of the weather.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Record-breaking warmth today
  • More showers, storms tonight through Wednesday
  • A wintry mix early Thursday

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Early dry time with temperatures in the 60s. We’ll see broken clouds through the day with highs peaking in the low 70s. The record for the day is 69 degrees, set back in 2016. Expect wind gusts through the day between 20 to 30 mph. We can’t rule out a passing shower or storm during the day across the northwest, but most will stay dry during the day. However, tonight showers and storms become more widespread overnight. 

Windy day in Dayton

WEDNESDAY: Temperatures start in the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and storms during the first half of the day with rain possible falling heavy at times. Temperatures will drop during the day and hit 30 degrees by nighttime with us also experiencing gusty winds. Any lingering showers could fall as a wintry mix or freezing rain.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

THURSDAY: Morning showers will be a wintry mix. Cooler temperatures for the day in the mid-40s. Some dry time returns during the day into the evening. 

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FRIDAY: Widespread rain will begin to fall again, heavy at times. A flood threat continues with highs in the upper 50s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> The Ohio River is rising, prompting flood warnings for some areas

SATURDAY: Rain continues through the day, again heavy at times. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Flooding is possible with rain totals for the week ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 inches. 

Great Miami in Troy and Dayton will get close to the flood stage. Some low lying spots along the river could see minor flooding.

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Springfield teen pleads guilty to killing younger brother

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

The teenager who was 16 when he killed his younger brother has pleaded guilty to murder, according to court records.

Nicholas Starling, who was accused of stabbing and beating his 14-year-old brother with a baseball bat to death in October 2016, was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in prison, according to court documents.

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Harley was found dead in his bed at his Superior Avenue home on the morning of Oct. 31.

Springfield Police Division Detective Ron Jordan testified in an earlier court hearing that Nicholas Starling admitted he and his brother had been in a previous argument over Halloween candy, according to court records.

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