WATCH: 1 of 2 indicted for stolen school bus pursuit 

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 5:22 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

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UPDATE @ 10:42 a.m. (March 29):

Dalton Knisley remains in the Montgomery County Jail Thursday with a $10,000 bond, according to officials.

Knisley was indicted earlier this week on grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply charges.

His next court date is scheduled for April 10, according to jail records.

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UPDATE @ 2:56 p.m. (March 26):

A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted one of two suspects arrested after a school bus was reportedly stolen and involved in a chase with police.

Dalton Knisley, 20, was indicted on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply, according to records.

Knisley is due in court for his arraignment on March 29.

UPDATE @ 12 p.m. (Feb. 14):

Two people were arrested and booked into jail on receiving stolen property charges following a pursuit involving a stolen Twin Valley South school bus, police said.

Dalton Knisley, 20, and Calvin Keener, 20, both of Eaton, were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges and authorities said additional charges might come out of Preble County, where the bus was stolen.

A Brookville officer initially spotted the bus on Arlington Road and thought it was suspicious for the bus to be out around 3 a.m. and followed the vehicle, investigators said.  After attempting to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation, the suspects took off, police said.

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Brookville police said Knisley and Keener told them they had been sleeping in the school bus when they decided to drive off with it from the Twin Valley South parking lot.

“They indicated that they were sleeping in the bus early this morning and one of the suspects wanted to go to Walmart,” said Maj. Tom Simon with Brookville police.  “We don’t know how they obtained the keys, we just know they were in the bus when we found it.”

Simon said Brookville officers called off the pursuit, however the vehicle was found crashed in front of a Trotwood residence a short time later.  The suspects fled the crash scene, but eventually approached a Trotwood officer on the scene and were arrested, Simon said.

Twin Valley South school officials declined to release any surveillance video showing the theft, citing that “it contains information directly used for protecting or maintaining the security” of the school district, said Superintendent Bob Fischer.

Fischer said the district keeps the buses in a parking lot at the district’s main building and added that this is the first time something like this has happened.

The bus is currently out of service until the Ohio State Highway Patrol can inspect the bus.

According to police, speeds in the pursuit reached 54 mph.

Fischer said the buses are equipped with a piece of technology that limits how fast the bus can drive, which he said for Twin Valley’s buses limits speeds to between 75-85 mph.  Police have not been able to investigate that side of the case to determine if that piece of equipment was operating properly, Simon said.

Knisley was charged and pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges in connection to a missing 16-year-old from Eaton who was later found safe in Florida, according to Eaton police. 

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Knisley pleaded guilty to the charge of interference with custody and was sentenced to three years of probation, according to online court documents. He also served about 12 weeks in prison following two probation violations, court records indicate. 

Brookville police are planning to consult with prosecutors today to determine if any additional charges may be filed in the case.

Calvin Keener (L) and Dalton Knisley (R) Contributed Photos

INITIAL REPORT:

A Twin Valley school bus was stolen and ended up in Trotwood after a pursuit early Wednesday.

Officials say the pursuit started in Brookville around 2:50 a.m., and speeds during the pursuit reached 54 mph.

The bus reportedly blew through red lights and stop signs.

One parked car was hit on Wolf Creek Recreation Trail and Oak Street in Trotwood. 

Authorities are still investigating when the bus was stolen and if it is from Twin Valley Middle School or Twin Valley High School, both of which are in West Alexandria. 

One person was arrested in this incident. No word on injuries.

We’re working to learn more on the arrested person as well as further details on the ordeal.

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:26 PM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital. 

Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation. 

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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. 

The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time. 

Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242. 

The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia. 

Traffic in the area is affected until further notice. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Gravesites overrun for Civil War veterans at Miami County cemetery

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Jackson Cemetery just outside Piqua is home to Civil War veterans and many African-Americans who were born slaves but died free.

The cemetery has been a historical landmark for the last 10 years.

However, of concern to Piqua resident Della Shaffer is that some of these historical gravesites are overrun by brush.

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She knows of nine veterans buried here and has seen at least five headstones in the woods.

“I think it’s very disrespectful and it’s kind of sad to think this is their final resting place after giving service to our country,” Shaffer said.

“We are Americans. These are veterans of the Civil War. These are men that served under Abraham Lincoln.

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“I would love to have this cleared up by Memorial Day out of respect for them. But sometimes things take time,” she said.

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Lights back on after more than 7,800 lose power in Kettering area

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Power has been restored after more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers lost service earlier this evening in the Kettering area due to a “substation event.”

UPDATE @ 8:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 359, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

Power was expected to be restored around 9 p.m., according to the DP&L website.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 4,733, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

At its height, the number without service was more than 7,800 after a malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Crews are working to restore power to more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers without service this evening in the Kettering area, Kelly Millhouse, director of operations, said.

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A malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m. that led to the outages.

Millhouse said service will be switched to other circuits to restore power as soon as possible, and that there should be no other interruption of service as repairs are made to the substation.

FIRST REPORT

More than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening in the Kettering area.

According to the DP&L online outage map, the power failure was reported around 6:30 p.m. and restoration time is expected by 8 p.m. Originally, about 900 outages were reported before that number jumped to 7,882 on the outage map.

We are waiting to hear back from the utility on what led to the outages.

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Collision involving private ambulance, passenger car snarls traffic

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:24 PM

Crash at Linden Avenue involving ambulance

A collision involving a private ambulance and a passenger car on Linden Avenue at East Third Street ended with no injuries, police said. 

The accident was dispatched about 8:15 p.m. 

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The MedPro ambulance was empty and was not on a call, according to police. The other car, a small Saturn, had a small child inside. 

Police tell us they're working to determine the at-fault driver.

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