Warren County teens ranked No. 2 in Ohio for most crashes

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:27 PM


            A memorial in Warren County is dedicated to Noah Theiss, 17, who died in a crash in May on Springboro Road. STAFF
A memorial in Warren County is dedicated to Noah Theiss, 17, who died in a crash in May on Springboro Road. STAFF

Ohio had 140,031 teen-related vehicle crashes in past three years, and 3,316 were in Warren County, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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That means 22 percent of all Warren County crashes involved teen drivers, the second-highest rate in Ohio, according to Matt Bruning, ODOT spokesman. Only Holmes County in northeast Ohio, with a rate of 23.3 percent, ranked higher.

Teens account for 5 percent of Ohio drivers but are involved in 15 percent of the crashes, Bruning said.

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The number one reason teens crash is their lack of experience, according to ODOT.

Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations, ODOT said.

Teens are also more likely than adults to make critical decision errors that lead to serious crashes.

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As part of events planned during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct.15 - Oct. 21, students at Kings High School will hear from Brock Dietrich with Impact Teen Drivers on Friday, Oct. 20.

His daughter, Sydnee Dietrich, 17, of Gahanna, died on Oct. 20, 2013, after a crash in which she was texting while driving. She was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

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Also during the Kings school event, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Friday, the students will have a chance to use ODOT’s distracted driver simulator and participate in other activities to highlight the need to pay attention and buckle up while driving.

The school is at 5500 Columbia Road in Kings Mills in Warren County.

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1 injured in shooting at Florida high school

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:29 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

At least 1 Person Injured in Florida High School Shooting

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

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Hamilton driver admits guilt in pedestrian strike that killed teen

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

The Hamilton man who struck two pedestrians with his truck, killing one, has since admitted guilt in the crash.

A Hamilton man who struck two pedestrians with his truck, killing one, has admitted guilt in the crash.

Steven James Rogers, 59, who has been in the Butler County Jail since the fatal crash on Nov. 9, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

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Six other charges related to the incident were dismissed: aggravated possession of drugs, operating a vehicle under the influence, operation of a motor vehicle under points suspension, failure to stop after an accident, operating a vehicle under the influence of methamphetamine, and operating a vehicle under the influence of cocaine metabolite.

Steven Rogers, left, with attorney Richard Hyde has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for hitting two pedestrians, killing one, in Hamilton on Nov. 9. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

Sentencing was set for May 24 by Judge Keith Spaeth. Rogers faces a total of 13 years in prison.

Three people — a man pushing a baby in a stroller and two women, including 18-year-old Allison Reyes Castillo — were walking west across the 500 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard at about 7:45 p.m. Nov. 9 when both women were hit in the southbound lane, according to police.

Reyes Castillo died a short time later at Fort Hamilton Hospital. The other female pedestrian, Ann Marie Wagers, 38, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

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While officers were at the crash scene, dispatchers received a call about a red truck pulled over near Pershing Avenue with heavy damage.

Rogers was in possession of methamphetamine and suboxone strips at the time of the crash, according to police.

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Missing New York man found in Dayton

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:54 PM

Alan Profitt
Alan Profitt

UPDATE @ 9:15 a.m. (April 20)

According to the Dayton Police Department one of their officers was able to locate New York man, Alan Profitt. He was reported safe and the NYPD has been notified. 

EARLIER REPORT: 

The New York City Police Department is asking for help to find a missing man who may be in the Dayton area.

Alan Profitt, 51, has been missing since September 2017 from Queens, N.Y., and police there believe he may have returned to Dayton.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers, 937-222-STOP(7867) or NYPD detective Frank Acosta at 212-694-7781.

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

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Dayton school aide fired over sex abuse claim sues, calls report false

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Ajilon Harmon sued DPS in civil court.

Former classroom aide Ajilon Harmon has sued Dayton Public Schools, two former DPS employees and the man who accused him of sexual assault, 11 months after the school district fired Harmon about that claim of sexually abusing a student in 1990.

Harmon’s lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court names as defendants the school board, former superintendent Rhonda Corr, former DPS safety director Jamie Bullens, and the former student who years later accused Harmon of abuse.

MAY 2017: School board votes to fire Harmon over abuse claim

Harmon argues the man’s allegations were false and that DPS officials should have known that. This news organization is not naming the accuser, based on its policy for victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Harmon’s claims in the lawsuit include racial discrimination, breach of contract and defamation. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, and he has requested a jury trial.

Current DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said this week she could not comment on the lawsuit. Bullens also declined comment, while Corr and Harmon’s accuser could not immediately be reached.

MARCH 2017: Harmon on leave over allegation of decades-old abuse

The former student, now in his 40s, first told DPS officials and Dayton police in 2007 that Harmon had supplied him alcohol, photographed him nude, then sexually assaulted him at his home in 1990. No action was taken at the time by police or school officials. Harmon’s lawsuit claims both groups said the allegations weren’t credible.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Ajilon Harmon on May 24, 2017.(Staff Writer)

In January 2016, the accuser allegedly assaulted Harmon when he saw him at a DPS sporting event. Questioned about that incident, the man repeated his allegations of years-old abuse by Harmon. Shortly after that, DPS placed Harmon on administrative leave from his job as a paraprofessional at Longfellow School.

DPS’ internal investigation, run by Bullens, found that the former student was “credible and truthful” about the abuse claim.

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Harmon’s lawsuit accuses Bullens of “intentionally conducting a fraudulent, sham investigation” and compiling a report containing “false and scandalous allegations” against Harmon.

The lawsuit says DPS never contacted Harmon to get his account of the case during the 13 months that he was on administrative leave. It also says that his accuser defamed him at Harmon’s April 2017 hearing before DPS officials, saying the accuser knew the allegations he made that day (and previously) were false.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Harmon on May 24, 2017. In his lawsuit, Harmon claims DPS was guilty of pervasive harassment and discrimination against him based on his race, saying DPS treated “similarly situated non-minority employees more favorably” than they treated him.

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