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Alcohol, speed possible factors in RTA crash; children suffer life-threatening injuries

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:34 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:07 AM

Photos show scene following RTA bus, car crash in Harrison Twp.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in a Tuesday evening crash involving a RTA bus and four other vehicles that left several injured, including two children with life-threatening injuries, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. 

The crash happened around 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the area of North Main Street at Julia Avenue in Harrison Twp.

>>  RTA bus crash: What we know now

According to press release, a preliminary investigation revealed that a Cadillac Deville was southbound on North Main Street when it went left of center in the area of Julia Avenue, striking another vehicle. The Cadillac then struck the RTA bus that was northbound, causing it to veer off the right side of the roadway. The bus then reentered the roadway and collided with a minivan that was also going northbound.

Both the RTA bus and minivan traveled across northbound and southbound lanes, then down an embankment into the lot of an Auto Zone parking lot on North Main Street. The RTA bus then collided with another vehicle parked in the lot before coming to a stop just outside the front doors of the store.

>> PHOTOS: RTA bus crash involves multiple injuries

6 medics called to Harrison Township crash

Multiple injuries were reported as a result of the crash, leaving two children, who were transported to Children’s Medical Center, with life threatening injuries.

Ha’Neisha Wortham said she was among several people who helped injured passengers out of the Cadillac that sustained extensive damage in the wreck.

Then she went inside a nearby KFC where bystanders took the two boys involved in the crash while they waited for medics.

“They barely could breathe, maybe a deep breath every couple seconds, so I was just coaxing the kids, telling them everything was going to be OK,” Wortham said.

Emotions were high, with employees at the KFC even in tears, she said.

“All I could do was cry, honestly, because my heart hurts for those kids.”

The driver of the Cadillac was transported to Grandview Medical Center and the front passenger was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, both with serious injuries. The injured children were also in the Cadillac.

The RTA bus driver, the driver one of the vehicles, and a passenger were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Montgomery Count Sheriff’s Office Traffic Services Unit. 

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FIRST REPORT

A car and an RTA bus collided on North Main St. near Julia Ave. in Harrison Twp. Tuesday afternoon, injuring as many as 10 people, including children.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies on scene said six medics were called to the scene to help care for the injured patients. 

A witness told our reporter that a Cadillac pulled in front of the RTA bus. The bus driver tried to swerve out of the way, but then the woman said she heard a big boom. 

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The woman said witnesses took two injured children inside the KFC close the crash scene while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

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The cause of the crash is not known at this time, nor is is clear if weather condition may have been a factor.

We have a crew at the scene and will update this story as information becomes available.

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Motorcycle rider transported by medical helicopter after Middletown crash

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:42 PM


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A wreck in Middletown on Sunday afternoon sent a motorcyclist to the hospital via helicopter.

Officials were not immediately able to provide many details about the crash, which happened at Grand Avenue and Burton Road, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher. The patrol was assisting Middletown police at the scene.

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Officials believe it involved a collision with a vehicle, and the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, a dispatcher said.

The man was flown by CareFlight at 4:05 p.m. to Miami Valley Hospital. No information was available about his condition.

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Police ID man in fatal Springfield bar shooting

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:05 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Fatal shooting at the wagon wheel in Springfield

UPDATE @ 12 p.m.:

Jahream Beard, 35, died at the scene of the shooting outside of the Wagon Wheel in Springfield Sunday morning, according to Springfield police.

UPDATE @ 8:31 a.m.: 

The two male victims injured in the shooting at Wagon Wheel were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with apparent non-life threatening injuries, according to Springfield police.

One man in his 30’s died at the scene, according to officials.

Police confirmed an altercation occurred outside the Wagon Wheel when someone pulled a gun at one point.

It’s not known who fired the gun or how many shots were fired at this time.

The deceased victim’s body was transported to Clark County Coroner’s Office.

South Burnett Road was reopened as vehicles are being towed.

The incident is still under investigation, police said.

UPDATE @ 5:12 a.m.:

Bureau of Criminal Investigation units arrived on scene at Wagon Wheel bar on 1005 S. Burnett Rd. after a fatal shooting left a male dead and two injured. 

The injured victims were transported to an area hospital for unknown injuries. Police confirmed they are both male.

>>PHOTOS: Wagon Wheel fatal shooting gallery 

Police have not released the victims’ identities.

At this time, S. Burnett Rd. has been closed off. 

UPDATE @4:30 a.m.: 

Police have confirmed crime units and an investigator are on scene of a fatal shooting at Wagon Wheel bar in the 1000 block of S. Burnett Road. 

The shooting took place early Sunday around 2:30 a.m. leaving one person, confirmed as a male, dead and two others injured.

Yellow crime scene tape has been placed around the deceased victim’s body that was found laying in the parking lot next to a vehicle.

Police have not released any information on the victims’ identities or if any suspects have been named.

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A Springfield police officer tries to console an emotional female outside of Wagon Wheel bar after fatal shooting.(MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF)

FIRST REPORT:

A fatal shooting at Wagon Wheel bar located in the 1000 block of S. Burnett Rd. has left one dead and two others injured.

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Conditions of the injured victims are unknown. 

The shooting may have occurred some time early Sunday around 2:30 a.m. but is unconfirmed by police at this time. Police have also not confirmed if there are any suspects. 

We are on scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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5 big Dayton-area drug busts that have seized large amounts of heroin, pot and cash

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

RAW FOOTAGE: Bust made by Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force

A major drug bust last week resulted in a seizure of $3.6 million worth of fentanyl in Clark County, which officials said continues the important work of the task force that was involved.

>>A major $3.6M fentanyl bust in the area stung a Mexican cartel. Here’s how it went down.

Following the surveillance of a Butler Twp. hotel, four men were arrested and face conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a count that carries with it a minimum 10-year sentence with conviction.

Observations made by the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force of activities on and near the hotel led to a consented search and retrieval of 50 pounds of marijuana in the garage, nine bricks of fentanyl and U.S. currency in “bands” or “stacks” in a closet. 

A federal prosecutor said additional charges could be added to the 10-year minimum that all four men face. Detention hearings are scheduled for Monday. 

This bust, which was reportedly linked to Mexican cartel activity, is the latest in the Miami Valley.

Here are four more notable stings that have occurred in the Dayton-area within past year:

Drug crackdown sting on Main Street 

March 2018 — A major crackdown was carried out with connections to drug deals along North Main Street in Dayton and into other parts of the county. 

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One of the goals of the operation is to cut down on the drug-dealing that affects both sides of Main Street, officials said. Locations that were raided included a home off Gettysburg Avenue near Hoover Avenue, an apartment in the 4300 block of Old Riverside Drive and a home on Old Riverside Drive.

Montgomery County cocaine and heroin bust

February 2018 — Officials seized more than 50 pounds of cocaine and 1,100 grams of heroin. An undisclosed amount of cash and guns were also confiscated. 

The seizures and arrests were the culmination of an 11-month investigation into a drug trafficking operation in and around Dayton, said Montgomery County Sheriff, Phil Plummer during a news conference. 

The bust involved two operations carried out on two separate days— one resulting in the arrest of two men who had been selling large amounts of meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana throughout the Miami Valley and another with the arrest of four people in possession of 20 pounds of cocaine. 

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Major carfentanil raid following investigation

August 2017 — A sting that occurred in August 2017 was significant due to the potential harm that could have come from a large quantity of carfentanil seized from a home in the 4500 block of Queens Avenue in Dayton, officials said. Detectives found approximately nine ounces of carfentanil, two handguns and about $20,000 cash, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Carfentanil is a synthetic narcotic produced from morphine. It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and had led to hospitalizations for police and paramedics who had come into contact with it while responding to overdose patients.

“A seizure of this quantity of carfentanil has the potential of saving hundreds of lives,” Plummer in a news release. 

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Dayton police arrest five in Dayton home raid

July 2017 — Five people were arrested in Dayton when neighbors complained about drug use and sales occurring at the suspected residence. 

Sgt. John Sillivan from the Dayton Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit said the tips allowed police to get the search warrant that led to the seizure of a large amount of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. 

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Man indicted on CCW charges in Montgomery Co.

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

Kenneth Wilson
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Kenneth Wilson(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A Harrison Twp. man arrested after a shooting last month was indicted Friday on a weapons charge unrelated to the shooting.

Kenneth Wilson, 33, is charged with carrying concealed weapons, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.

RELATED: Deputies: Woman shot at Creekside Townhomes in Harrison Twp.

He is accused of carrying a concealed weapon May 7 when Montgomery County deputies were investigating the shooting of a woman in the 5200 block of Embassy Place in the Creekside Townhomes in Harrison Twp. The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening, deputies said.

Wilson is ordered to appear for arraignment June 28 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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