Driver that crashed head-on into ambulance to face citation

Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

State troopers say the Lebanon Fire ambulance was taking a patient to Atrium Medical Center with lights and sirens on. A pickup truck coming the other way on State Route 122 went around a car yielding for the ambulance and hit the ambulance head-on. The pickup driver, the car’s driver, two Lebanon medics and the patient on board were all hurt.

The Lebanon man driving the truck that crashed head-on into an ambulance on Friday in Warren County is to face a driving-left-of-center citation, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

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Five people were injured just before 8 a.m. Friday in the town of Red Lion when a pick-up truck crashed head-on into a Lebanon ambulance on Ohio 122 transporting a stroke victim with lights flashing and siren sounding, according to the patrol.

Get a bird's-eye view of the medic-involved crash in Warren County. Video courtesy of WCPO-TV's Chopper 9.

The ambulance wound up on its side and was totaled in the crash.

Marjorie Bottorff, 52, the person being transported at the time of the crash, remained in serious condition on Monday at Miami Valley Hospital.

Jesse Jones, 21, of Lebanon is to be charged with driving left of center today in Warren County Court, Lt. Chuck O’Bryon said Monday.

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O’Bryon indicated he did not expect that other charges would be filed in the crash.

“He wasn’t operating in a reckless manner,” O’Bryon said.

A preliminary crash investigation determined the Ford F-250 truck driven by Jones swerved left of center and side-swiped a silver Infiniti G37 stopped for the ambulance, before crashing into the ambulance about 7:50 a.m.

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Inside the ambulance were four people, including the driver and medic, who were not identified, front passenger Dale Bottorff, 63, of Lebanon, and his wife, the patient being transported after suffering a stroke, according to reports.

Jones was released after being treated at Atrium Medical Center for serious injuries, according to officials.

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Dale Botttorff was no longer being treated at Atrium on Monday.

One of the injured medics had been released Friday afternoon, but the other one was expected to remain in the hospital overnight for a head injury, officials said.

The Infiniti driver, Branden Baker, 17, of Franklin, was uninjured.

Investigation determined Jones was not speeding, driving under suspension or under the influence of alcohol or drugs or otherwise driving recklessly, O’Bryon said.

“There’s nothing additional we can do criminally,” O’Bryon said, “although it caused quite a bit of mayhem.”

The ambulance was on its side after the crash and was totaled, according to officials.

The road was closed, while emergency workers dealt with the three-vehicle crash.

A utility crew was also working near the crash site.

“All I seen was the ambulance hit the truck - I’m not sure which one - but when it hit it, it just kind of went airborne over the side,” utility worker Dustin Williams told News Center 7.

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Here's why you should never use your hazard lights while driving

Published: Saturday, January 09, 2016 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Monday, June 06, 2016 @ 10:20 AM

How Not to Use Your Hazard Lights

A Georgia police department is advising drivers to not use hazard lights while driving, even in the rain.


In some states, the use of hazard lights is permitted while driving.


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The metro Atlanta police department warned that using hazard lights may actually signal to other drivers that you are stopped or stalled on the road, and the lights can reduce the ability to see if the vehicles ahead are braking.


Hazard lights also "turn off your ability to use your turn signals," the police department wrote in its Facebook post.


Instead of using hazard lights while driving, consider not driving at all until road conditions improve.


"If you cannot see, pull over to a safe place and wait (until) driving conditions are better," the department wrote. "Your flashers should only be used while your vehicle is stopped or disabled on the roadway or shoulder. This is a sign for emergency services that someone is in need of assistance."


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Posted by Johns Creek Police Department on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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19-year-old, who ‘didn’t appear she had planned on being in public,’ arrested for felony drug possession

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

A 19-year-old woman is facing a felony charge after police said she was found in possession of 93 sedative pills.
A 19-year-old woman is facing a felony charge after police said she was found in possession of 93 sedative pills.

A 19-year-old woman is facing a felony charge after police said she was found in possession of 93 sedative pills.

A Fairfield police officer pulled a vehicle over on Pleasant Avenue near Hunter Road on May 23 for having no license plate lights. While approaching the vehicle, the officer said he saw the driver “stuffing a bag between her legs inside her pants.”

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The driver, Trinity Gilbert, of Hamilton, was ordered to remove the bag and place it on the seat.

The resealable bag contained 93 alprazolam pills, which often goes by the brand name of Xanax.

Gilbert said the pills belonged to a friend — a person she would not name — that left them in the vehicle, according to a police report.

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“At the time of the stop she was wearing pajama pants and a knit shirt,” according to the officer’s report. “Based on her clothing, it didn’t appear she had planned on being in public.”

Gilbert was charged with possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and issued a summons to appear in Fairfield Municipal Court. She was arraigned in court on Thursday morning and is set to have a preliminary hearing May 31.

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Man upset over 97-cent coffee throws it at McDonald’s manager, police say

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

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Police in Lacey, Washington, are asking the public to help identify a man who they say threw hot coffee at a McDonald’s manager Friday morning. 

Investigators with the Lacey Police Department said a man walked into the restaurant and ordered a cup of coffee, but was upset over the 97-cent price.

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After he received his coffee, the man poured it into his to-go mug and then demanded a refill from the manager. 

Investigators said the manager asked the man to leave after he got verbally abusive about the price of the coffee.

The man then got upset and threw the cup of hot coffee into the manager’s face and fled. 

Police said the manager had burns on her neck. KIRO reported that the manager was being treated for third-degree burns.

The man is being sought for simple assault, according to Lacey Police.

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Endangered Missing Adult Alert for Columbus man, 79, is canceled

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:53 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

Stanley Lapczynski
Stanley Lapczynski

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.: The alert for the 79-year-old Columbus man has been canceled.


An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Columbus man. 

Stanley Lapcynski, 79, suffers from dementia and was last seen around noon Friday when he left his residence but did not return.

He stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a Home Depot shirt and blue jeans.

He is believed to be driving a dark green 2001 Chevrolet Aveo with Ohio plate FFW4599.

Anyone with information is urged to call police or the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit at 866-693-9171.

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