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Accused I-75 wrong-way driver has previous intoxication, wrong-way cases

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 4:46 PM

WATCH: ODOT Camera captures wrong way driver crashing on I-75

A man accused of being under the influence and causing a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 in Dayton on Saturday had an open court case for public intoxication and was cited in 2016 for driving the wrong-way on a one-way street, according to court records. 

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Glenn Ellis, 47, of Dayton, was suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he drove north in the southbound lanes on I-75 on Saturday morning, according to the record. 

Accused I-75 wrong-way driver has previous intoxication, wrong-way cases

Ellis crashed head-on into a car driven by Anthony Revels, 59, of Dayton, near the Ohio 4 exit, according to a police report. Revels and his passenger were injured, but were treated and released from Miami Valley Hospital, the report said. 

On Monday, Ellis was charged with OVI, failure to control a motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, and driving on the wrong-side of a divided roadway, according to online court records. 

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Court records obtained by this news outlet indicate Ellis was cited for public intoxication on in the 400 block East Second Street in Dayton on Oct. 7, 2017.

“[Ellis] was subject of person down call,” according to the Dayton police citation. “He was highly intoxicated, [and] passed out in the rain.” 

The case is still listed as open, according to court records. 

Ellis was also cited for driving without a driver’s license and driving the wrong-way on a one-way street on Monument Avenue at North St. Clair Street in Dayton on Feb. 5, 2016. 

That citation states that Ellis was traveling on Monument Avenue and turned onto North St. Clair Street and didn’t realize North St. Clair was a one-way street. 

Court records indicate the charges were dismissed and Ellis was ordered to pay court costs. 

“There’s a car coming the wrong way!”

On Monday, Anthony Revels of Dayton was at a tow lot retrieving personal belongings and removing the tags from his totaled Prius.

Revels, 59, said he got on the I-75 going south at Wagner Ford Road.

“All of a sudden I looked up and saw a car passing other cars, literally coming at me,” he said

He told his passenger, Michael Jackson: “There’s a car coming in the wrong way! Wrong way!” 

Revels started taking his car right. The other car was still swerving in his direction, he said.

“We’re going to get hit,” he shouted to Jackson right before impact.

 As the cars came to a stop, Revels and Jackson checked on each other’s injuries. 

Neither was seriously hurt. Both were wearing their seat belts and all six of the car’s airbags deployed, Revels said.

At the hospital, Revels spoke with a police officer. 

“He seemed really shocked at the outcome of our accident – a head-on collision and we only had minor injuries,” Revels said.

Anthony Revels inspects the damage to his Toyota Prius on Monday after he and a passenger survived a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 75 early Saturday morning. SUBMITTED(SUBMITTED/SUBMITTED)

Revels said his chest has been sore since the accident in which he also banged up his right hand. He said his passenger also suffered minor injuries to an arm, leg and ribs.

“I went right. I just turned right,” he said. “That’s all you can do.”

Revels said God protected them during the crash.

“After going through this and looking at the car, I believe it,” he said.

Attempts to reach Ellis Monday were unsuccessful. 

ODOT video captures crash

An Ohio Department of Transportation camera, positioned at the I- 75 and Ohio 4 interchange, captured the crash. 

The camera, which was zoomed out, captures the moment a northbound vehicle slams into a southbound vehicle on the highway. 

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Miami Valley looks for ways to beat the heat

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

The Miami Valley is under a Heat Advisory until 8 p.m. Monday. 

With a heat index of 100 degrees outside, it's making any prolonged work outdoors dangerous. 

Little ones and their families at Orchardly Park were staying cool by staying in the water Monday and also remaining hydrated.

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But some people weren't playing in the sun. They were working and working to keep cool. 

Tree trimmers were in Riverside Monday morning, cutting down limbs around the Valley Worship Center on Valley Pike. 

Trimmers started the work at 9 a.m. and planned to be there for five to six hours. 

"We've been working for about an hour and a half now and I'm already hot," said Josh Patterson, tree trimmer for Tackett Tree & Shrub Service. 

Patterson said he's never experienced heat exhaustion on the job. 

"I've been doing it so long, you just get used to it." 

Thankfully, their bosses have seen to it that their coolers are overflowing. They filled coolers with ice and drinks to keep their core temperatures down. 

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But in the ER at Kettering Medical Center, this time of year doctors see an influx of patients suffering from the sun. 

"We see everything from heat-related cramps so severe you can have abdominal pain, cramping, sometimes you'll have severe nausea and diarrhea," said Dr. Nancy Pook, medical director of Kettering Medical Center Emergency Department. "It doesn't make sense right, but when you're body is shutting down sometimes different people act differently." 

Kettering lacrosse players were practicing in the heat from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday. 

Dr. Pook said they're fine as long as they take plenty of water breaks in the shade. 

But in this heat, she said it's better to get all outdoor work done in the coolest parts of the day, either early morning or late evening. 

"People with respiratory problems out in the heat really get into trouble with difficulty breathing," said Dr. Pook. "We watch out for our cardiac patients because lots of them are on diuretics, so pills that decrease their fluids inside anyway." 

Kids under the age of 4 are also at risk because their bodies can't properly regulate their temperature yet. 

Parents at Orchardly Park's splash pad had the right idea, keeping their children in the cool water. 

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The workers at Tackett Tree & Shrub Service said they're going to have to focus on getting their job done as quickly as possible. 

"A lot of times if it's too hot we'll hurry up and finish that job, move on for the day and go home," said Patterson. "But nine times out of 10, you just try to stay positive and push through." 

Dr. Pook also said that you want to take breaks in air conditioning, as you can bring your core body temperature down.

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Troopers ID woman killed in Preble County crash

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:15 PM

Person killed in Preble County crash

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: The woman killed in a single-vehicle crash in the 6000 block of Halderman Road has been identified as 29-year-old Megan Harris of Indiana, Sgt. Frank Simmons of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post said.

“Upon arriving on scene we saw a red Chrysler Pacifica that apparently had gone off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected and went off the left side of the roadway, striking a tree almost splitting the car into two pieces,” Simmons said.


Speed is definitely a factor, but drugs and alcohol are not suspected, he said.

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“Based on our evidence collection and the visual inspection of the vehicle, the damages sustained, she was traveling at a high rate of speed.”

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: Troopers with the state patrol are continuing their investigation of the fatal, single-vehicle accident in the 6000 block of Halderman Road. 

Halderman will be shut down in both directions until further notice.


A crash in the area of Twin Creek and Halderman roads, south of West Alexandria, involves a fatality, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported around 4:20 p.m.

According to initial reports, a vehicle crashed into a ditch in the area, the patrol said.

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SICSA breaking ground this fall on $5 million Washington Twp. location

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:58 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:58 PM

            The SICSA Pet Adoption Center plans a big expansion in Washington Twp. A rendering of the planned facility that will break ground later this year is shown.
The SICSA Pet Adoption Center plans a big expansion in Washington Twp. A rendering of the planned facility that will break ground later this year is shown.(CONTRIBUTED)

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals (SICSA) is looking to break ground later this year and start construction in 2019 on a $5 million new facility in Washington Twp.

SICSA is a non-profit pet adoption center and animal shelter, that has rescued and adopted more than 7,500 animals through the years. The shelter has been part of the Miami Valley since 1974. SICSA has performed more than 6,900 spays and neuters during the last three years.

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The organization is working with the township board of trustees to open a 27,000 square-foot building, proposed on Washington Church Road, north of Lyons Road and overlooking Interstate 675. Trustees approved the plans for the new facility last year, after the adoption center raised nearly 50 percent of the $5 million needed for the development.

Township Development Director Ryan Lee said the board of trustees has approved the final development plan for the proposed location and SICSA. Township trustees approved the preliminary plans last year.

“We are excited to see this property developed and to welcome SICSA to the Washington Township community,” Lee said.

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The facility will house a total of 73 kennels and space for about 100 cats and would be soundproof to protect both the animals and nearby residents.

The agency’s current location, 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, is expected to remain open, according to agency officials, who added that September is the target for the groundbreaking of the new Washington Twp. location.

Nora Vondrell, executive director of SICSA, said the organization currently has 700-800 volunteers. With the addition of the new center, she said “significantly more volunteers will be needed to support both sites.”

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SICSA is a “no kill” facility. In 2016, the center had 1,654 adoptions and just more than 26,000 volunteer hours, according to its website.

According to Vondrell, in Montgomery County, 48 percent of all stray animals are euthanized. About six years ago, the rate was around 65 percent.

SICSA also helps reduce the number of euthanized animals by taking some in from the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

Here are five things to know about the SICSA adoption center:

1. SICSA stands for The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals. The adoption and animal shelter has rescued and adopted more than 7,500 animals through the years.

2. The shelter has been part of the Miami Valley for 43 years, beginning in 1974.

3. SICSA is a “no kill” facility.

4. In 2016, the center had 1,654 adoptions and just more than 26,000 volunteer hours, according to its website.

5. The location for the proposed new 20,000-square-foot building is on Washington Church Road, north of Lyons Road overlooking Interstate 675.

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Humid air puts region at risk for potential flash-flooding

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

The extremely muggy conditions across the Ohio Valley could help contribute to locally heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding over the next few days. A very slow-moving front will slide into the Miami Valley Tuesday and linger into midweek, providing the focus for showers and storms. The humid ...

The summer equinox is upon us, but it appears the hazy, hot and humid weather arrived early. Temperatures soared over the weekend into the 90s as the first heat-wave of the year arrived in time for Father’s Day.

An official heat wave occurs when temperatures soar to 90 degrees or higher for at least three days in a row.

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The Weather Prediction Center has placed much of the Miami Valley in a risk zone for flash flooding through the first half of this week.

As temperatures have climbed, so has the amount of moisture in the air. With the increase in humidity, it becomes quite uncomfortable to go outside for any long periods of time, especially late in the afternoon or early evening. The reason for this is because with more moisture in the air, the moisture your body produces to help you cool doesn’t readily evaporate.

Without that evaporation, your body will sweat easily, making you feel even more uncomfortable. After an extended period of time, serious heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

The good news is as we head through the week, the heat will begin to ease a bit. Temperatures are forecast to drop out of the 90s and hold in the 80s for the next few days. Unfortunately, there will be very little relief in the humidity which will likely lead to a few issues. First, the humid conditions will increase the amount of mold spores in the air. This, in turn, can cause allergic reactions. Also, mosquitoes have been on the increase. Warm and muggy evenings are a favored environment for these pesky insects.

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The biggest concern with the humid air may become the threat for heavy rainfall and an increased potential for flash flooding.

A very slow-moving frontal boundary will be sliding southward across the Miami Valley through the middle of the week. As it does, showers and storms will become more and more widespread across the area. These storms will have plenty of tropical moisture to work with, meaning rainfall rates from storms could become quite high. It is the type of environment that is forecast this week where flash flooding can become an issue. We saw similar flooding happen on June 8 which led to the closure of U.S. 35 of Dayton’s west side.

While forecasting exactly where flash flooding will occur is nearly impossible, this is a good reminder if you are traveling and you drive into an area with extremely heavy rainfall, slow down! Also, be sure you turn your headlights on to help with visibility when driving through rain.

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You will also want to allow an extra 1 to 2 seconds of following time from other cars during heavy rain, just to give you some additional stopping distance if needed. Even if you don’t hydroplane, the cars around you could, so give yourself some space. Interestingly enough, Ohio law says the use of hazard lights on a moving vehicle is illegal except in unfavorable atmosphere conditions. I guess that means it is up to the law enforcement official what “unfavorable” would be. But I would think making yourself as visible as possible when visibility drops would be a good idea. Just remember though if you do you hazard lights, you still must turn them off to signal for turns and lane changes.

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