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OSP to cite driver who reached for cell phone, caused crashes on I-75 in Tipp City 

Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 7:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 1:56 AM

I-75 southbound lanes shut down after accident

A driver troopers said crashed through a barrier wall on I-75 South in Tipp City on Monday night will be cited as the at-fault driver. Here’s the latest:

  • The left lanes on I-75 north and south, in the accident zone, will remain closed overnight
  • The at-fault southbound driver dropped a cell phone, reached for it and crashed near exit 68
  •  A pickup truck headed north on I-75 hit debris from the first vehicle and crashed
  • Both drivers were treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries

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UPDATE @1:57 a.m.: The left lanes on both north and southbound sides will remain closed overnight. Cones are up blocking the lanes, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Crews will be out Tuesday working on repairs.

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.: Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were assisting with directing traffic in the area of the accident, which had the left lanes on north and south I-75 closed. The accident was reported about 7:15 p.m.

Sgt. Vee Witcher said the at-fault driver was traveling at 85 to 95 mph when her SUV crashed through the center of a barrier wall near exit 68 and came to rest on its top.

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Witcher said the state patrol will cite the driver for failure to control for sure, and possibly for speeding and distracted driving. 

The names, ages and hometowns of the drivers were not released.

A Mercury Mountaineer overturned on its top after crashing through a barrier wall on I-75 in Tipp City.(Scott Dammeyer)

The impact left a gaping hole in the barrier wall, which will be repaired by the Ohio Department of Transportation tonight or Tuesday morning, Witcher said. 

A large hole in the barrier wall on I-75 in Tipp City as a result of a 2-vehicle accident.(Scott Dammeyer)

Ironically, the barrier wall may have played a part in saving both lives. 

"The barrier wall did its job trying to maintain that vehicle on its side of the roadway," said Witcher. 

I-75 south traffic had to be rerouted to County Road 25A initially after the accident while the northbound center and right lanes remained open.

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Dayton’s iconic tree tower reopens just in time for summer 

Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 @ 5:55 AM

Five Rivers MetroParks will spend as much as $390,465 to repair a tree tower and observation deck that closed in September after being damaged by fungal disease.

After closing for more than 600 days, one of Cox Arboretum MetroPark’s most popular amenities has reopened.

Reconstruction of the 65-foot-tall tree tower took place over the winter. Here’s what we know about the reopening of Cox Arboretum MetroPark Tree Tower:

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The tower closed in September 2016 after crews found soft spots in the structure’s three support logs. Fungus developed in the wood, and the tower was closed for safety reasons. Engineers determined the logs needed to be replaced. 

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The $475,000 tower, which first opened in October 2012, was funded by the James M. Cox Jr. Arboretum Foundation and Five Rivers MetroParks. The tower’s observation deck provides sweeping views.

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The Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum MetroPark has been closed and awaiting repairs that will start next week. STAFF/BEN McLAUGHLIN(Staff Writer)


“We have worked diligently to restore this iconic structure to its original beauty and ensure that the tree tower can be enjoyed by the public for many years to come,” said Carrie Scarff, MetroParks chief of planning and projects.

Five Rivers MetroParks last June authorized spending as much as $390,465 to repair the tree tower.

Driver falls asleep at the wheel, crashes into another car on Far Hills in Kettering

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

UPDATE @7:28 a.m.:

A woman who fell asleep at the wheel crashed into another vehicle on Far Hills early Saturday morning, Kettering police confirmed.

The woman was traveling southbound in her Mercedes when she struck a driver in a Toyota traveling northbound, police said.

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The driver of the Toyota was taken to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

The accident caused the northbound lanes of Far Hills near Winding Rd. to close, but have now reopened. 


A 2-vehicle crash has the northbound lanes of Far Hills near Winding Road closed.

No injuries have been reported.

We are at the scene and will update with more details as they become available.

Works begins on new downtown Dayton theater

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:46 AM

            Arts Annex rendering
Arts Annex rendering

Construction has begun on a new, 200-seat theater in downtown Dayton that hopes to reach new audiences with interactive and flexible space for shows and other programming.

The new Arts Annex, at West Second and North Ludlow streets, will be a versatile space perfect for events, shows, receptions, meetings, classes and other activities, said Ken Neufeld, president and CEO of the Victoria Theatre Association, which is behind the project.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s “Discovery Series” reaches about 26,000 students each year with programming that directly connects with their curriculum, and starting next year, the Arts Annex will host four shows in the series, in addition to a family series show.

Additionally, two local theater companies have already booked the Arts Annex for their 2018-19 seasons.

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To kick things off later this year, the Playground Theatre will use the space for its production of “The Feast” (Oct. 25 t0 Oct. 28). The Arts Annex will be home to Dare 2 Defy’s production of “Sideshow” (Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17).

“Dare 2 Defy and The Playground Theatre have both quickly outgrown the Mathile Theatre, our black box at the Schuster Center,” Gary Minyard, vice president of education and engagement with the Victoria Theatre Association, said in a prepared statement.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s education and engagement programs are “bursting at the seams,” and the new venue will offer interactive theater experiences, Minyard said.

The Discovery Series shows include “Rosa Parks” (Feb. 7, 2019), “How to Survive Middle School” (Feb. 25), “Hope Takes Flight” (April 10), and “The Young King.” The Young King, by Oscar Wilde, is produced by Slingsby, an Australian theater company. Show times are May 8 to 10, 2019, for the Discovery Series and May 9 to 12, 2019, for the Family Series.

The Victoria Theatre Association has signed a lease for the space, which is in the Courthouse Crossing building.

A grand opening date has not yet been announced, but Neufeld said he’s confident the annex will open in the early fall.

Underground electrical vault near Fairfield Commons Mall blows up, causes outages

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 9:05 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 10:33 PM

Sears stores like this location in the Mall at Fairfield Commons now offer online ordering stations for Sears merchandise as a reaction to market forces.
Staff Writer
Sears stores like this location in the Mall at Fairfield Commons now offer online ordering stations for Sears merchandise as a reaction to market forces.(Staff Writer)

UPDATE @6:40 a.m. 5/17/18: Power has been completely restored, according to the DP&L outage map. 

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m. 5/16/18: Dayton Power & Light crews are continuing to investigate an underground issue in multiple locations near the Mall at Fairfield Commons, DP&L spokesman Rob Beeler said.

Crews will isolate the issue and restore power as soon as possible, he said.

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According to a Beavercreek Twp. fire battalion chief, the explosion in an underground electrical vault sent a manhole cover near Sears flying and filled the parking lot with smoke.

The latest check of DP&L’s online outage map is showing 86 customers without power, down from the earlier report of more than 200 customers in and near the mall reporting outages.

UPDATE @ 9:39 p.m.: 

There is an underground outage at The Mall at Fairfield Commons and DP&L crews are working to “isolate what’s going on,” DP&L spokesman Rob Beeler said. 

There more than 200 customers in and near the mall without power at 9:30 p.m., he said.

There are more DP&L crews on the way and the hope is that the issue will be solved soon, he said.

UPDATE @ 9:16 p.m.:

Beavercreek dispatch has confirmed the Mall at Fairfield Commons has now been evacuated due to gas leaks.

Police are asking people to stay away from the area as Vectren and DP&L crews work to fix the issue. 

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story with more details.


An underground electrical hazard by a manhole near Sears at The Mall at Fairfield Commons has been reported, Beavercreek city dispatch confirmed.

DP&L has sent crews out to fix the issue; fire crews also on scene. 

Fairfield Commons Blvd. is currently blocked off, dispatch confirmed.

A business nearby has reported power outages.

We will update this story with more details as they become available.

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