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After Middletown kids test positive for meth, officials warn of access to drugs

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

A Middletown mother is in the City Jail after two of her children, 3 years old and 16 months, tested positive for methamphetamine.

Every day, more than 300 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments, and two die as a result of being poisoned, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The causes include dangerous chemicals, prescribed medications and illegal drugs.

Dr. Mark Gebhart, physician and assistant medical director of Atrium Medical Center’s Level III Emergency Trauma Center, said medications should never be shared, not even among family members. Once the medications have expired, they should be properly disposed. He said most physician offices and local police departments will accept expired medications.

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If someone believes a child may have ingested medications, they should look for warning signs, including a change of skin color, lethargic activity or unusual behavior, he said. If those signs are present, someone should call 911 immediately, Gebhart said.

Recently in Middletown, a mother and her boyfriend were charged with two counts of child endangering after a 3-year-old and 16-month-old in their care ingested methamphetamine after drinking out of a cup that contained the substance, according to Middletown police. The kids’ grandmother and mother transported the children to Atrium Medical Center after they kids acted “very strange” earlier in the day.

The 3-year-old was running around the house and talking incessantly, and the 16-month-old was continually crying and moving around, the report said.

Gebhart said drugs, prescribed and illegal, will impact a 30-pound child differently than a 250-pound adult. Children can lose consciousness and become incoherent quickly if they come on contact with illegal drugs such as heroin, he warned.

“Dangerous situation” is how Gebhart described that scenario.

Drugs are prescribed based on a person’s age and body weight, said Jackie Phillips, Middletown’s health director. Children who ingest drugs improperly are at a high risk for medical emergencies, she said.

“It’s a scary thing,” Phillips said.

Phillips said parents should occasionally inventory their medications and store them in a locked cabinet and away from curious children.

If a parent believes a child has swallowed pills, they should immediately “check the surroundings,” looking for evidence. Typically, Phillips said, pills will be still be near the child.

Key prevention tips

• Lock them up and away.

• Keep medicines and toxic products, such as cleaning solutions and detergent pods, in their original packaging where children can’t see or get them.

Know the number

• Put the nationwide poison control center phone number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every telephone in your home and program it into your cell phone. Call the poison control center if you think a child has been poisoned but they are awake and alert; they can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 911 if you have a poison emergency and your child has collapsed or is not breathing.

Read the label

• Follow label directions carefully and read all warnings when giving medicines to children.

• Don’t keep it if you don’t need it.

• Safely dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and over the counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. To dispose of medicines, mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw them away.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Coroner’s office responds to crash in Dayton

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:07 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:43 AM

Scene of fatal accident on Danner Avenue in Dayton

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office responded to a crash in Dayton early Monday morning.

The crash was reported at 2:50 a.m. at the intersection of Danner Avenue and Richley Drive. 

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Woman trapped in vehicle for over an hour after Oakwood crash critically injured

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 1:33 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Injury crash reported in Oakwood

UPDATE @4:40 a.m. 5/18/18 

Ra Shonda M. Fears, 46, of Dayton, remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

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UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 5/17/18

Ra Shonda M. Fears, 46, of Dayton remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after a vehicle crash Friday morning left her trapped for over an hour in Oakwood.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m. 6/16/18 

The Dayton woman trapped in her car for more than an hour after she hit the center concrete island and overturned on Far Hills Avenue at Old River Trail is fighting for her life.

The driver, identified as 46-year-old Ra Shonda M. Fears by the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post, remained in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

The crash is under investigation and Fears has not been cited, troopers said.

UPDATE @ 5 a.m. 6/15/18

A woman was headed north on Far Hills Avenue when she hit the center concrete island early Friday and flipped her vehicle onto its top at Old River Trail in Oakwood.

She was trapped for almost an hour, and crews had to use a wrecker to life the car and free her.

The woman was in critical condition when she was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post is investigating the single-vehicle crash reported around 1:15 a.m. Troopers said speed in this 35 mph zone may have played a factor.

The crash shut down Far Hills Avenue in both directions, but southbound lanes were opened at 3 a.m. and all lanes were open at 5 a.m.

UPDATE @ 3:01 a.m. 6/15/18

A woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries considered life-threatening following a crash in Oakwood early Friday.

Troopers said speed appears to be a factor in the single-vehicle crash. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol played a part.

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Southbound Far Hills Avenue is now open. Northbound lanes remain closed.

UPDATE @2:25 a.m. 6/15/18

A driver that was trapped for over an hour in an overturned vehicle has been extricated.

A wrecker had to lift the car so crews could free the driver, according to our crew on the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.


Crews are working to extricate a woman trapped in a car following a crash in Oakwood.

The crash was reported around 1:15 a.m. in the area of Old River Trail and Far Hills Avenue. The car is upside down, and crews have been unable to make contact with the trapped female driver.

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Far Hills Avenue is closed in both directions.

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Jay-Z, Beyonce release joint album ‘Everything is Love’

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 6:57 PM

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Nearly a week after Beyonce and Jay-Z began their “On the Run II” tour, the artists released a joint album, sending the internet into a frenzy. 

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Titled “Everything Is Love,” the nine-track recording made its debut on Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal Saturday evening.

The couple released a music video for one of the songs, too. 

Beyonce also took to Instagram posting some album images, including the cover art, which garnered more than 350,000 likes in 30 minutes.

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The release had been heavily speculated about after Jay-Z announced the couple were recording together in November.

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2 in custody after cruiser struck, pursuit in Dayton

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:01 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:12 AM

2 in custody following pursuit in Dayton

A pursuit that started when a pickup truck struck a cruiser ended in Dayton early Monday morning with two in custody.

The pursuit started shortly before 1:30 a.m. in the area of Germantown and Gettysburg when a black Chevrolet Silverado reportedly struck a deputy’s cruiser.

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The pursuit ended around 1:50 a.m. in the area of Gettysburg Avenue and Frytown Road. Two people, a man and woman, are in custody.

No injuries were reported.

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