Names of two killed in I-75 crash in West Chester released

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Traffic backs up due to early morning fatal accident on I-75 in West Chester

UPDATE@12:10 p.m.: The names of the two people killed this morning in a multi-vehicle accident on I-75 in Butler County have been released.

The victims were identified as Rodney J. Bartleson Jr., 34, and Marvin Eugene Hunter, 43, both of Cincinnati, were identified as the victims, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP received a call of a crash on Interstate 75 near mile marker 18 in West Chester Twp. Troopers arrived on scene and were assisted by West Chester Police and determined the crash involved three vehicles and confirmed that two individuals involved had sustained fatal injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Reconstruction Unit.

UPDATE@11:40 a.m.: The West Chester Police Department received at least seven 911 calls minutes after I-75 froze over and several accidents were reported, including a double fatal.

One caller said: “I’m in shock.”

He said there were several accidents on northbound I-75 near the Union Center Boulevard at 5 a.m. today.

“I wasn’t expecting that,” he told the dispatcher.

Another caller said he witnessed the accident and when the dispatcher said it was a fatality, the man said: “Of my God.” Then he started crying.

The callers said the bridge near Union Centre was “a sheet of ice” and cars were spinning out of control.

“It was insane,” another 911 caller said.

Later he added: “I feel like I’m in shock.”


The State Highway Patrol is investigating a double fatal accident this morning on Interstate 75 in West Chester, one of the many accidents blamed on winter weather.

The accident closed northbound I-75 near Union Centre Boulevard around 5 a.m. and the lanes now are reported open.

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The Butler County Coroner’s Office was called to the accident.

Several other accidents on I-75 and I-71 were reported this morning after a burst of scattered showers dumped ice and snow across the region.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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Area students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM

Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C., to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.

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The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m. They’ll return early Sunday after another overnight bus ride.

“We want action and we want prevention,” said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip. 

Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They’ll join other teens from all over the country in what’s being called the “March for our Lives.”

It’s a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

“I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved,” said Caruso. 

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Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip. 

Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him. 

“I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn’t just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can,” he said. 

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“We want our congressmen to know that we’re sick of it, and if they’re not going to have any action, we’re going to demand it.” 

In Dayton, a March for Our Lives event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square downtown.

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Snow hits Butler County; Winter Weather Advisory in effect

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Snow covers a statue on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Butler County until 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Snow covers a statue on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Butler County until 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 2 a.m. Sunday throughout Butler County, according to the National Weather Service.

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in Butler County

The area is receiving snow right now, but it’s not sticking to most roads. Area police agencies are reporting no major accidents or delays. Traffic along Interstate 75 through Butler and Warren counties was traveling at the speed limit as of noon.

The NWS said wet snow is expected through the region with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.

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Most escape accumulating snow, but not Butler County

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on who could see snow today and how warm we get tomorrow.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 2 a.m. Sunday in Butler County.


  • Few see snow, most stay dry
  • Accumulating snow stays to the south
  • Passing snow showers likely in Preble, Butler, Warren counties

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in area


Today: Highs will be in the low 40s on this mostly cloudy day with gusty winds of around 25 mph. Passing showers move in during the day mixing with snow and possibly some rain in the afternoon. Best chance for this is south of Interstate 70. Snow totals will be limited and MOST of the Miami Valley will see nothing stick today. Butler County is under Winter Weather Advisory where 1 to 3 inches could fall. The Dayton area might see a dusting on grassy surfaces and north of that will have a pretty quiet. Looks like the Miami Valley dodges the heaviest bands of snow, which will stay to our south. Temperatures climb to around 40 degrees. Clouds decrease tonight and we drop to the mid-20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Sunday: It will be a beautiful end to the weekend. We will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. Dry and sunny!

Monday: We see a nice start to the new week with temperatures close to normal with highs in the low to middle 50s. Clouds increase in the evening.

Tuesday: Scattered rain showers will develop with highs in the upper 50s feeling mild and breezy.

Wednesday: Scattered showers continue in the morning. We will see some late day sunshine with highs around 60 degrees.

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Police: Mother accused of drinking in car, firing gun while kids in backseat

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Davona Chavez
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office
Davona Chavez(Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office)

A domestic dispute led to a woman's arrest in Albuquerque Thursday, police said.

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Davona Chavez, 21, was allegedly upset because her ex-boyfriend accused her of damaging his girlfriend's car, KOB reported. She allegedly told police that she had a few shots of Hennessy, put her three children in the backseat of her car and drove off. 

At some point, Chavez allegedly stopped the car in the middle of the road and fired a shot in the air, police said. No one was injured. An officer who heard the shot followed Chavez and arrested her, KOB reported. 

Chavez is being held without bond, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office.

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