Prosecutors reviewing Indiana crash that left 2 Beavercreek siblings dead

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 1:35 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

A crash on Interstate 70 in western Indiana left two children from Beavercreek dead. The children were age 1 and 5. Their mother and brother were seriously injured in the crash.

UPDATE @ 9:56 p.m.:  Prosecutors in Indiana are reviewing the investigation of the crash that left a Beavercreek brother and sister dead.

Finley and Brennen Bereda, 1 year and 5 years old, were in a van their mother was driving on I-70 near the Illinois line on Tuesday when a semitrailer hit it, the Indiana State Police said.

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Christina Bereda, 33, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She has since been released. Another son, Jordan, 3, remains a patient at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

ISP said child restraint seats were in use during the family’s drive from Ohio to Missouri.

According to ISP, the semitrailer failed to stop or avoid traffic approaching a construction zone when it hit the Bereda’s van, about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The semitrailer hit another semi after striking the Ohio family’s vehicle.

The driver of the semitrailer, 62-year-old Amritpal Singh, of Quebec, Canada, was taken to a hospital. The driver of the semi he hit, 57-year-old Russell Sims of Indianapolis, also was taken to a hospital.

According to ISP, prosecutors are reviewing the incident for possible charges.

Christina Bereda’s husband, David, was profiled by the Dayton Daily News in 2014 during the Dayton Flyers’ NCAA tournament run. At the time, the University of Dayton grad had been deployed for five months as an Air Force physician and said he would watch March Madness with a group of airmen in Kyrghzstan.

The Bereda family moved to Missouri a little more than a year ago. 

They were parishioners at Ascension church in Kettering, where their youngest was baptized in May 2016.

Father Ed Pratt, Ascension church, said, “We do the best to recognize their grief, comfort them the best we can and just promote faith. 

“Things happen that we can’t understand and we must put it in God’s hands,” he said.

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Lightning strikes house in Clayton

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:20 PM

Lightning struck a house on Allison in Clayton

Crews are waiting on scene for DP&L to arrive to pull the meter on a house that was struck by lightning. 

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Firefighters responded to the lightning strike at the house on the 8000 block of Allison Avenue at 9:20 p.m. Monday.

According to Michael Seagraves of the Clayton fire department, lighting struck the house and back fed through the electrical meter, the panel and through the wires in the attic, causing heavy smoke.

Storms, heavy rain, lighting, hail and winds moved through the Miami Valley Monday, according to Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

DP&L need to pull the meter in the house so that it’s safe for crews to work on the house.

Residents were home at the time of the incident. Seagraves said the early notification saved the house. 

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It is too early to estimate the damages, but the home will need a complete wiring job, Seagraves said.

No one was hurt, but Red Cross may need be notified if the house is unsafe to stay in. 

Fire officials urge that people give them early notification when something like this happens. 

Strong storms have exited region; Showers likely return Tuesday morning

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:30 PM

Falling temperatures and the chance for snow through mid-week.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: The threat for severe weather has ended and the strong line of storms has exited to the east. A few more showers are likely to return by Tuesday morning. As temperatures fall, light snow may mix in by daybreak. Morning temperatures will fall into the upper 30s.

UPDATE @ 9:31 p.m.: 

All severe thunderstorm warnings have expired. A strong line of storms continues to move through the Miami Valley. Although not severe, they can produce heavy rain, gusty winds and hail.

UPDATE @ 9:11 p.m.:

A strong line of storms is moving through the Miami Valley. Heavy rain, lightning, hail and gusty winds are possible. Some storms may reach severe limits with winds reaching 60 mph. Once this line moves east, a few showers may be leftover for the night.

There are reports of small hail in Clayton, Gratis and Englewood. 


  • Showers likely to return Tuesday morning
  • Windy, turning cold
  • Chance rain to snow showers Tuesday

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TUESDAY:  Early scattered rain showers mixing with snow showers during the day, then changing to light passing snow showers before ending into the night. No snow accumulation expected. Temperatures will hold in the 30s through most of the day. Another blustery afternoon with winds gusting as high as 35mph. This will create wind chills in the 20s. Winds relax into the night and clouds break a bit with lows in the middle 20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, blustery and cold for Wednesday with a few flurries possible. Highs in the middle 30s, but feeling like the 20s.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: A pleasant day expected for Thursday with mostly sunny skies and milder temperatures around 40 degrees.

FRIDAY:  Lots of sunshine in the morning will give way to clouds through the day. A mild afternoon with highs around 50 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with the chance for rain showers on Saturday. Breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees.

More than 5,600 still without power in wake of thunderstorms

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:07 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:24 AM

Bellbrook hail

At midnight, there were still more than 5,600 reports of power outages in the region after thunderstorms Monday night boiled up quickly and delivered lightning that left more than 8,400 without power at one point.

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Dayton Power & Light crews will be working through the night to restore power, said Kelly Millhouse, DP&L operations director.

At 12:15 a.m. (Jan. 23), the Dayton Power & Light online outage map was showing the following: 

Darke 1,228 (most south and east of Greenville)

Montgomery 637 (most in the area just north of I-70 West)

Miami 363 (most in the area of the Phoneton community)

Shelby 308 (most just south of Sidney)

Greene 122 (most just south of Beavercreek)

Champaign 70 (most east of Urbana)

Clark and Clinton 2 each

First Energy’s online outage map was showing:

Clark 406

Duke Energy's online outage map was reporting: 

Butler 557

Warren 2,390 

Montgomery 3

Hail was reported in Tipp City, Monroe Twp., Bellbrook, Englewood, Gratis and Clayton.

Hail in Gratis on Monday night, Jan. 22, 2018. (Courtesy/viewer)

12-year-old charged as adult in armed carjacking at Walmart

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:11 PM

12-year-old Shaquille Dixon, far right, is caught on surveillance video with two other suspects carjacking a woman at gunpoint.
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12-year-old Shaquille Dixon, far right, is caught on surveillance video with two other suspects carjacking a woman at gunpoint.(Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

A 12-year-old boy in Lauderdale Lakes has been charged as an adult in a carjacking last week, Broward County Sheriff deputies said Monday. 

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According to the sheriff’s office, Shaquille Dixon is one of three juveniles who carjacked an elderly woman at gunpoint on Jan. 15 in a Walmart parking lot. 

Surveillance video from the store on North State Road 7 shows Dixon and two other suspects following the woman into the store. When she is done shopping the woman is seen walking to her car, with the suspects close behind. 

Once the woman got to her car, two of the suspects walked up behind her and the other suspect walked around to the front of the car, pointed a gun and demanded the car keys. The woman complied and the suspects fled with the car so quickly, they almost hit the victim. 

Deputies took Dixon into custody on Jan. 19 and he’s facing felony carjacking charges.