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Driver in crash that killed Graham student suspected of alcohol use

Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 5:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

Driver in crash that killed Graham student suspected of alcohol use

Champaign County deputies are investigating the possibility that one of the drivers in a crash that killed a Graham High School student might have been drunk.

Sara Hess, 15, was killed Nov. 3. A crash report obtained by the Springfield News-Sun says 17-year-old Gabe Wier, who was driving a 2006 Accord that Hess was in, was attempting to make a left hand turn off of Ohio 235 when his car was rear-ended by a 1997 Honda Civic driven by Dylan Lambert.

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“(Lambert) struck (Wier) in the right rear, forcing (Wier) off the roadway to the left,” the report says. “(Wier) struck a ditch, which caused the vehicle to roll over and came to a final rest on its tires.”

The report says Lambert was trying to pass the Accord at the time of the crash and allegedly crossed a double yellow line to do so. It also says Champaign County deputies allegedly suspect Dylan Lambert, 27, of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

The crash report says Lambert tested at a .232 level of alcohol, which is almost three times the legal limit for driving.

No charges have been filed.

“We are still investigating, it will have to be presented to a grand jury,” Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin said.

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Hess was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the report. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lambert didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Sara’s death hit the Graham community hard, Graham Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said, and will have a lasting impact on the school.

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Students and teachers at the school are still mourning her death, he said.

“If we find there are other new developments in the case where this horrible tragedy could have been avoided, we are going to mourn even more,” Koennecke said. “It will be a senseless loss of life that could have been avoided.”

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Tons of trash, overpowering stench at Moraine site of raid

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Deputies are moving years of waste

Tons of trash dumped in a wooded area off Germantown Pike, which has caused an overpowering stench, is part of a Monday law enforcement raid at the property that led to one arrest.

  • Raid at home, garage in 6700 block of Germantown Pike
  • Tons of trash found dumped in wooded area behind home
  • Man jailed, awaiting formal drug possession charge

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A large law enforcement presence was at a Germantown Pike property all day.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, a special weapons and tactics team and Regional Agencies Narcotics and Gun Enforcement task force members were on scene at a home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and deep into the woods of the property.

Deputies brought a semi and dumpster back into the woods. They were seen moving some of the trash around. They hauled away a backhoe as evidence.

Neighbors said deputies carried piles of items from that wooded area, as well as from a house and garage.

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“They found stuff back there. They’ve carried out huge tubs, looked like it was really heavy. Big boxes of things. They carried out stuff in cloths, white cloths.”

Neighbors said the RANGE task force was ready to break down the home’s front door when one of them offered a key. They said they watched deputies carry out several guns, and then the task force did break a door to get into the garage.

One man was spotted handcuffed in back of a cruiser.

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Logan R. Lucas, 23, was arrested at 2 p.m. during the raid in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, online jail records show. He has not been formally charged.

Deputies removed items from the home and deep in the woods behind the property, but so far have not said what led to the investigation.

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Crews also removed two dogs along with their food and water bowls from the home, Jacobs said.

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Man pleads guilty to tampering with a coin machine, stealing quarters in New Carlisle

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:57 AM


            Jeffrey Hale
Jeffrey Hale

A man pleaded guilty in Clark County court to stealing quarters from a coin machine in New Carlisle, according to online court records.

Jeffrey Hale, 36, of Huber Heights, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with tampering with a coin machine. He pleaded guilty to the charge and his sentence was not immediately clear.

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Clark County deputies began their investigation when they responded to a laundromat in New Carlisle in reference to a theft.

“Upon arrival, the business owner advised he was reviewing his security camera from the weekend and observed a male using a metal wire to remove quarters from the coin machine inside the business,” the report says.

The deputy said he could not identify the man at the time, but did recognize a person with him.

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A few days later deputies say they received a tip from an anonymous source who said the man was Hale.

“I located a social for Jeff and pulled up his BMV picture and was able to positively identify the suspect s Jeff Hale,” the affidavit says.

Hale was later arrested.

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Officers working to determine location of shooting that left 1 hospitalized

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

Officers are working to determine the location of an early morning shooting that left one person hospitalized.

The victim reportedly showed up at Miami Valley Hospital. Crews checked one location in Harrison Twp. and also Weselyn Park in Dayton for a possible shooting scene, but found no evidence of a crime.

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According to initial reports, the gunshot victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The victim’s name, age and condition were not immediately available.

We will update this report as we learn information.

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Driver crashes stolen pickup truck through Huber Heights fence

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:22 AM

Stolen vehicle case crashed through Huber Heights fence

A driver who crashed through a gate to the driveway of a Howland Place home Monday night was involved in crimes across two counties, police said.

Huber Heights police and Greene County Sheriff’s deputies were at the home in the 7200 block of Howland Place, where a stolen black pickup truck was towed from the property.

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It’s not clear whether the driver is in custody.

However, a Greene County deputy said the driver is the suspect in two armed carjackings. He first stole a car in Dayton, then ditched it on Ohio 4 and later stole a black pickup truck at gunpoint, the deputy said.

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The suspect reportedly headed into Greene County before he returned to Montgomery County and ended up on Howland Place, the deputy said.

We are working to learn more information about the incident.

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