Teen charged in double fatal crash, victims ID’d

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 3:05 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 8:34 AM

A 19-year-old is facing charges for causing a double fatal crash today in Middletown.

A Camden man is dead and his female passenger, also from the Preble County village, succumbed to her injuries after being flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, according to a release from the Middletown Division of Police.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the victims of the crash as Glenn Pugh, 69, and his wife Elaine Pugh,64. Lt. John Magill said the Camden residents had just left the Kroger store before the crash.

Alex Powers, 19, is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to the release.

The four-vehicle crash at Towne Boulevard and Pendleton Circle happened about 2 p.m. A Warren County Coroner’s investigator was called to the scene within minutes.

Magill said officers received information about a silver Honda driving recklessly in the city just prior to the deadly crash. They were investigating that report a couple miles away when the crash occurred.

The silver Honda, carrying three people aged 19, 18 and 16, hit a green Pontiac Grand Am occupied by the two people from Camden, Magill said. Two other vehicles were also hit.

Police said Powers fled from the scene and reappeared about 60 minutes later with his father.

Police said Powers failed to yield at a red light. All three teens were taken into custody or were questioned by detectives.

Vegetables sold at Walmart, Trader Joe's recalled for Listeria

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 9:43 PM

Mann Packing recalled various vegetable products over Listeria concerns. (Photo: Food and Drug Administration)
Mann Packing recalled various vegetable products over Listeria concerns. (Photo: Food and Drug Administration)

Mann Packing is voluntarily recalling various vegetable products sold at Walmart, Trader Joe's and Target over concerns of Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The company said “a single positive” test result in random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency sparked the decision to issue the recall notice. Listeria infection can cause fever, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms and even miscarriages.

"As an owner of this company and a mom, providing safe and healthy foods to our consumers and their families is always our top priority," Gina Nucci, director of corporate marketing, said in a release.

The recall includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli and vegetable medley products distributed throughout the United States and Canada with “best if used by” dates from Oct. 11 to 20.

Affected items include:

  • Walmart 12-oz. bags of broccoli cauliflower florets, broccoli florets and stir fry medley, 32-oz. bags of broccoli florets, 16-oz. bags of broccoli slaw, 10-ounce bags of cauliflower florets and super blend, 6/16-oz. bags of cauliflower and 2-lb. bags of vegetable medley.

  • Trader Joe's, 10-ounce bags of kohlrabi salad blend.

  • Archer Farms 12-oz. bags of broccoli slaw, broccoli cauliflower florets, broccoli medley and brussels sprouts, 9-oz. bags of shaved brussels sprouts and 10-oz. bags of cauliflower florets.

Aldi supermarkets also issued recall notices for Mann products.

Echoing Reagan, Trump pushes Congress to act swiftly on tax reform

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:05 PM

Pushing the House to take another step this week on the road to major tax reforms, President Donald Trump used an op-ed in USA Today to argue that GOP tax plans will “ignite America’s middle class miracle once again,” as he channeled former President Ronald Reagan, saying with “tax reform, we can make it morning in America again.”

“Revising our tax code is not just a policy discussion — it is a moral one, because we are not talking about the government’s money – we are talking about your money, your hard work,” the President wrote.

Mr. Trump meanwhile used a conference call with House Republicans on Sunday to make much the same argument – that now is the time for action on tax reform.

Here is where things stand on Capitol Hill when it comes to GOP plans to move legislation on tax reform.

1. The budget comes first for the GOP. Before they can focus solely on tax reform, Republicans must approve a non-binding budget outline for 2018, which would authorize expedited action on a tax bill – without the threat of a Senate filibuster. The Senate approved their plan last Thursday, and now the House seems ready to accept that this week, though the budget details are sure to give some GOP fiscal hawks some heartburn, as the plan would not ensure a balanced budget within ten years. But GOP leaders are basically telling rank and file Republicans that now is the time for tax reform, and that there is no use in getting caught up in a battle over budget cuts. Look for the House to vote later this week.

2. But ‘what if’ the House refuses to go along? If enough Republicans refuse to vote for the Senate-passed budget, then there would have to be formal House-Senate negotiations, which could take some time to hash out a deal on the budget resolution for 2018. That would obviously delay work on tax reform, and make it that much more difficult to swiftly get a tax bill moving on Capitol Hill. It seems unlikely that will happen, as more conservative lawmakers have been assured they will get votes on measures dealing with budget savings. But it is safe to say that the ‘normal’ Republican focus on budget deficits has melted away now that the GOP is in charge of the White House and Congress. Here is the sales pitch being made by the Republican Study Group, which says Speaker Paul Ryan has promised votes on some budget-related bills.

3. Let’s assume the House approves the budget – then what? If the House heeds the advice of President Trump, and votes for the Senate-passed budget outline this week, then the focus will shift to the tax-writing committees of the House and Senate – the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee, as they produce an actual tax reform bill. Remember – we don’t have a bill as yet from the White House – just some bullet points. In 1985, President Reagan sent Congress an actual 489 page bill as a starting point. President Trump’s bullet points are just a small piece of a much larger bill that is expected to be released by Republicans, as the scrums of reporters grow each day for key lawmakers, like Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

4. What’s the possible timing on tax reform? Ask veterans of Capitol Hill what they think about a GOP tax plan, and they cannot imagine it getting done this year (or even at all). But the White House and GOP leaders in Congress keep talking about doing it fast, maybe having a vote in the House before a Thanksgiving break, and a Senate vote in December. If we go back and look at the tax reform timeline in the Reagan Administration, it took a lot longer. The House Ways and Means Committee started work on a draft bill in late September 1985 – it took two months to finish. The deal almost fell apart in December, as the House voted to approve that plan just before Christmas. In the Senate, it took six months to get the bill out of committee and to a vote, in June 1986. In other words, Republicans think they can move at legislative warp speed compared to thirty one years ago in the Congress.

5. Remember, there are a lot of details involved. If you are going to do just tax cuts, that’s pretty straightforward. But if you are going to try to do sweeping tax reform – for both the individual and corporate sides – that is very complicated. Just look back at 1986, and you can see that bill is filled with rifle-shot provisions intended to help just one company or group. Back then, there was no way to get this out to the voters. But with the internet and social media, these types of provisions will get a lot of attention and scrutiny.

6. One more thought on timing – from 1986. As I write this on October 22, it is 31 years to the day that President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act into law. But I clearly remembered the final agreement being struck in August – and the vote taking place soon after Labor Day. My memory was correct. So, why did it take another month for the President to sign the bill into law? For one, there were a number of errors in the final agreement, which needed to be fixed. So, on September 25, 1986, the House passed H. Con. Res. 395, to make “technical and clerical” corrections in the final bill. The Senate took that up a few weeks later, and made some changes, which were sent back to the House. The House made a few more changes. But no final resolution was agreed to, as the Congress adjourned for the year on October 18, 1986. So, four days later, the President signed the bill into law anyway. Want to do some more reading about what happened in 1986? Here you go:

And by the way, that explanation of the 1986 Tax Reform Act runs almost 1,400 pages. Happy reading!

Troopers investigating cause of Greene Co. double-fatal motorcycle crash

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 9:17 PM

FROM THE SCENE: Spring Valley fatal crash

UPDATE @ 10:05 p.m.

A man and woman from Xenia were killed after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Dodge Charger in Spring Valley Sunday night, according to troopers.

U.S. 42 remains closed as crash investigators work to learn the cause of the crash and the party responsible, our crew reports.

Troopers said the victims on the motorcycle, both in their mid-20s, were wearing helmets at the time of the crash a third victim in the Dodge is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

A third female victim in the Dodge was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

>>Man in critical condition after motorcycle crash in Greene Co.

A preliminary investigation reveals the motorcyclist was northbound on U.S. 42 when the driver of the car attempted to turn onto the highway from Spring Valley Paintersville Road.

Troopers said at this time speed and failure to yield are being considered causes, but a definitive answer will not be available until investigators are finished.

A crashed motorcycle at the scene of a fatal crash on U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road in Spring Valley Sunday night. DeAngelo Byrd/Staff

UPDATE @ 9:13 p.m.

Two people are dead after the motorcycle they were riding crashed on U.S. 42 in Greene County, according to troopers at the scene. 

Our crew is told both victims were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. 

>>CareFlight called to Greene Co. motorcycle crash

A woman riding in a black Dodge Charger involved in the crash was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

U.S. 42 is closed at its intersection with Spring Valley Paintersville Road as an investigation continues

Our crew remains at the scene and is working to learn what caused the crash.

UPDATE @ 7:58 p.m.

At least one person is dead following a motorcycle crash in Spring Valley Sunday night, according to our crew at the scene. 

A motorcycle and black car can be seen near the intersection of U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road. 

Initial reports indicate a call to CareFlight was cancelled after crews arrived at the scene. 

U.S. 42 has been closed at its intersection with Spring Valley Paintersville Road as troopers investigate.

We are working to confirm multiple details with deputies in this developing story.

EARLIER REPORT

CareFlight has been requested to the scene of a motorcycle crash in Greene County. 

Crews were dispatched on a report of a crash involving a car and motorcycle just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road. 

Initial reports indicate a motorcyclist on scene has been seriously injured. 

We have a crew heading to the scene as we work to learn more.

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Family celebrates birthday of Miamisburg teen killed in wrong-way crash

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:54 PM

Family celebrates birthday of teen killed in wrong-way crash

Family members gathered for a birthday celebration Sunday to honor Kalip Grimm, the 2017 Miamisburg High School graduate killed in a wrong way crash Monday night on I-675 in Centerville. 

Grimm would have been 19 today.

"It’s the worst feeling to know you're celebrating your son's birthday one day and burying him the next,” Grimm’s mother, Stacey Grimm said.

Grimm was killed when the car he was driving was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver. Family and friends will gather tomorrow for funeral and memorial services.

A memorial pamphlet honoring Kalip Grimm, a Miaimisburg teen killed in a wrong-way crash on I-675 Monday.

"He was the most compassionate person. It didn't matter time of day, if anybody needed anything he'd be right there,” Stacey Grimm said.

News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy reports hundreds of people visited the family today with some offering kind words and others sporting new tattoos honoring Kalip.

"I'm at so much peace right now to know how many people's lives he touches,” Stacey Grimm said.

'"I've had several people tell me that when 'I was going through a hard spot Caleb brought me out of it.”

Friends of Kalip Grimm show off new tattoos remembering the Miaimisburg graduate killed in a wrong-way crash Monday. Sean Cudahy/Staff

Family and friends released balloons in the air Sunday after singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in linked arms.

“We had no idea how he touched people outside of our family,” Kalip’s step mother, LeAnn Crone.

Crone said she remembers Kalip as the person who pulled his family together.

“Anybody that knew him...knew kalip...biggest heart ever...he'd give you the shirt off his back,” Crone said.

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