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18-year-old pedestrian killed in Warren County; driver thought he hit a deer

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:41 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

Skyler Ludington, 18, of Shelby County, dies in hit-and-run outside Springboro

UPDATE, 10:28 a.m.: State troopers are trying to determine what caused the fatal hit-and-run crash Thursday night in Warren County that claimed the life of 18-year-old Skyler P. Ludington of Shelby County.  

The driver suspected in the crash, Robert C. Pietrantonio, 55, was found at his home nearby off Yankee Road in Washington Twp., Sgt.James Sparkman of the Ohio Highway Patrol said this morning.  

“He thought he hit a deer and continued on,” Sparkman said. “He didn’t go very far.”  

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Investigators are working to determine if alcohol was a factor in the accident, seeking results of blood-alcohol tests for Pietrantonio.  

They also are seeking to determine whether Ludington, who was walking near his father’s home on Sycamore Trails Drive in Springboro, was in the road when he was hit on Lytle-Five Points Road, just west of the intersection at Bunnell Hill Road in Clearcreek Twp.  

Ludington lived in the Botkins area in Shelby County but reportedly was visiting his father. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  

His father came to the scene soon after the crash.  

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Toxicology tests on Ludington were also pending, although there was no evidence he was under the influence of any controlled substances, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren county Coroner’s Office.  

Pietrantonio, who was uninjured, called 911 to report apparently hitting a deer, but hung up. He was tracked through a combination of information, including his phone number and GPS coordinates sent to the communications center in Lebanon after the airbag on his 2015 Ford F-150 deployed, according to Sparkman.  

Several witnesses reportedly saw the crash, but it remained unclear if when he was hit, Ludington was in the road, within a narrow section of berm just east or on a wider section where his body was found Road about 10:40 p.m. Thursday nearly three driveways west of the intersection on the north side of Lytle-Five Points.  

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Accident reconstruction is also expected to help determine if Pietrantonio was speeding at the time of the accident.  

“We’re trying to rule out all factors,” Sparkman added.  No charges have been filed. Troopers are expected to present the case directly to the Warren County prosecutor’s Office.

UPDATE @ 5:47 a.m: 18-year-old Skyler P. Ludington of Botkins, Ohio, was the victim in a fatal pedestrian strike that occurred in Warren County Thursday night, according to a release.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Robert C. Pietrantonio, 55, of Dayton was the driver of a 2015 Ford F-150 that struck Ludington around 11:40 p.m.

Pietrantonio was traveling west on W. Lytle-Five Points Road when he struck Ludington who was walking westbound on W. Lytle-Five Points road, according to the report. Pietrantonio left the scene of the crash, but was later located at his residence in Washington Twp., along with the vehicle believed to be involved in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lebanon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, but alcohol is being considered a potential factor in the crash. 

UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m: An 18-year-old male is the victim in a fatal pedestrian strike that occurred in Warren County late Thursday night, according to officials. 

The incident occurred on Yankee Road at Lytle-Five Points Road around 11 p.m.

Warren County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the incident.

We’re working to learn the identity of the 18-year-old. 


Warren County sheriff's deputies have located a white pickup truck they believe was involved in a fatal pedestrian strike late Thanksgiving Night. 

We're hearing that the accident occurred in northern Warren County and a white Ford F150 was driven from the scene headed north on Yankee Street. 

The pedestrian strike reportedly occurred sometime around 11 p.m. 

Deputies located the pickup truck just after 11:30 p.m. at a residence on Redsunset Drive, off Yankee Street in Washington Twp.

We have a crew on scene, waiting to speak with one of the officers. 

We will update this developing report as we get information. 

Stay with for breaking news. 

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Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County starts Saturday

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:35 PM

Sunshine is expected this afternoon, with snow possible in parts of the Dayton area Saturday.

Clouds will increase overnight, with temperatures falling into the upper 20s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County from 2 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday
  • Scattered snow by late morning, mainly south of I-70
  • Warmer weather pattern next week

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Saturday: Scattered snow will develop in the morning, mainly south of Interstate 70. Snow showers will be on and off into the evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected north of I-70. Accumulation of 1 inch or less is expected across Preble, Montgomery and Clark and Greene Counties. Around 1 to 3 inches will be possible in Butler County along with southern Warren and Clinton counties. Highs will be in the upper 30s with breezy conditions at times.

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Sunday: Clouds will clear with temperatures moderating back into the middle 40s.

Monday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase through the afternoon. It will be milder with highs reaching into the lower 50s.

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Tuesday: More seasonable temperatures are expected but showers will be possible. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers will be likely with highs in the upper 50s.

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Congress OKs $450,000 for Wright brothers factory buildings

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:28 PM

            Wright Airplane Factory buildings were occupied by Delphi until 2009. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
            Ty Greenlees
Wright Airplane Factory buildings were occupied by Delphi until 2009. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO(Ty Greenlees)

The National Park Service will have $450,000 to buy two historic buildings at the former Wright Co. airplane factory site in West Dayton under a $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed Friday.

But the years-long quest to buy buildings 1 and 2, the first factory in the world to produce airplanes, is anything but over, officials say.

“It’s a small, positive step in a long, difficult march,” said Timothy Gaffney, a National Aviation Heritage Alliance spokesman.

The Park Service and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance have longed eyed the buildings in the hope the public would be able to see the site as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

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Kendell Thompson, the parks’ acting superintendent, said Friday he was waiting to determine what the next step is in the process.

The historic buildings are part of a 54-acre parcel, site of the former Delphi Home Avenue plant, that has been put on the commercial market. The historic site at 2701 Home Ave. is between U.S. 35 and West Third Street near Abbey Avenue.

A previous plan to buy the entire site was scaled back, according to Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, who has spent years in negotiations on the future of the historic location.

The complexity of negotiations has been complicated by former owner Delphi’s past bankruptcy, land covenants and environmental liability concerns, Sculimbrene said. Former auto parts production buildings were demolished and the site has been environmentally investigated and remediated under a $3 million Clean Ohio grant, officials said.

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Hull & Associates/Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC purchased the site in 2012 with the intent to remediate environmental issues and sell it. The property is for sale on the commercial market.

Brad White, a managing partner of Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, said the $450,000 appropriation was “good news” because the intent over the years was to sell the historic buildings to the National Park Service.

David Lotterer, vice president of commercial real estate broker JLL, which is marketing the property, declined comment Friday.

While the park service has eyed the two historic buildings, Dayton Metro Library plans to build a $10 million branch library on about seven and a half acres on the site have stalled because officials have not been able to reach a deal, the Dayton Daily News reported this month.

Dayton Metro Library executive director Tim Kambitsch said earlier this month the library did not want to move to the site on its own because of concerns incompatible uses might move in nearby, and it did not want to pay more than the property was valued.

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NAHA’s long-term vision of the property would bring commercial and “complimentary” industrial redevelopment, such as advanced manufacturing, to the former factory site, Gaffney said.

Orville and Wilbur Wright’s airplane factory built 100 airplanes between 1910-1911. General Motors and later Delphi acquired the property, and built new factories to manufacture auto parts for decades. The Delphi plant was demolished in 2013.

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False alarm sends police to Troy Christian Elementary

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

Panic alarm pushed accidentally causing school to go into lockdown Friday afternoon.

A false emergency alarm prompted police to respond to Troy Christian Elementary school, police said.

Officers responded to the school around 1 p.m. and the school was placed on lockdown while police searched the building.

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Police said 16 officers responded.

The emergency alarm button was pressed unintentionally and there is an investigation underway to determine who pressed the button, police said.

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Nothing was found and the school has resumed to normal operation, police said.

The school already was scheduled to dismiss early at 1 p.m.

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Did you know that Dayton once had a UNICORN bar?

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.
Source: Shutterstock
This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.(Source: Shutterstock)

Yaaaas, my mystical queen and kings, what you’ve heard is true. 

Downtown Dayton DID have an unicorn bar

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But as co-owner of the Century bar Diane Spitzig remembers, the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge wasn’t exactly firing rainbows from where the sun don’t shine. 

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“It was just a bar,” she recalled. 

The small corner bar was at 100 E. Third St. next to the Century in what has been rebranded downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District

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From what we can tell from a search of state records, it was incorporated in 1984 as Unicorn Lounge. 

Its official closing date is listed as March 9, 2004. 

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The name at least was ahead of its time, as unicorns are all the rage these days. 

Local resident and musician Aarika Voegele hung out at the bar with her brother. 

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“They were always real nice,” she responded on Facebook. “I remember a wooden bar that stretched (through) the place, and it being somewhat packed with regulars. If I remember correctly, there was a jukebox towards the back. It was a very mellow bar, from my experience.”

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As some recalled, the bar owned by John Demetriades had a neon unicorn head in its window.

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Little evidence of the Unicorn could be found in the Dayton Daily News archives. 

Articles uncovered point to difficult times in the Unicorn’s final years.

A 1999 story involved two brothers attacking a bartender. 

In an a 2002 article about the city’s objections to the renewal of its liquor permit and those of about a dozen other businesses, it was reported that the Unicorn’s owner insisted that crimes around the bar were unrelated to the business. 

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The space that formerly held the Unicorn was the site of the Dayton Circus art event in 2009.

Since there is no Unicorn for us to visit today, we can only imagine the shenanigans that could be going down there at this very moment.

The Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge was closed long before this photo was taken, but we have our imaginations.(Photo source: Shutterstock)

The Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge was closed long before this photo was taken, but we have our imaginations.(Photo source: Shutterstock)

This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.(Source: Shutterstock)

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