Champaign County fatal fire victim identified

Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 9:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

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UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m.:

The Champaign County Sheriff has identified the victim in the fatal fire on South Elm Tree Road as Alice Stapleton.

Property records show she was one of two owners of the home.


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UPDATE @ 12 p.m. (Dec. 19):

A 66-year-old woman died in a house fire last night in Champaign County, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy will be conducted in Montgomery County today.

UPDATE @2:35 a.m. (Dec. 19):

One person died in the blaze, Champaign County officials said early Tuesday morning. The victim’s identification is not being released at this time, the official said. 

No other information was immediately available. 

UPDATE @ 10:06 p.m. (Dec. 18)

Crews were dispatched to a Christiansburg house fire at around 8 p.m. and arrived to a fully engulfed structure. 

"I could see some heavy explosions up in the air, some fireballs went up in the air," said Cap. Trent Zerkle of Christiansburg Fire Department.  Explosions reportedly  came from both the house and the garage. 

There were belongings inside the house but there has been no contact with homeowners yet, according to Cap.  Zerkle. 
Christiansburg Fire is currently investigating the cause of the fire and whether or not anyone has been injured. Crews are still on scene putting out hot spots. 


A house on the 3100 block of South Elm Tree Road in Christiansburg has been completely destroyed after a fire Monday evening.

There are Christiansburg fire crews on scene and we are still working to find out if anyone was injured.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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2 in custody after apparent standoff with police at Dayton home

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Marshall Gorby/Staff
Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

Two people, a man and a woman, have exited a Dayton home on Wesleyan Road and have been taken into custody following a standoff with police. 

Police have not indicated the nature of the standoff and additional details about the investigation were not immediately available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

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Multiple police officers have responded to an address on Wesleyan Road and the road is currently blocked in the area.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of Wesleyan around 11:15 a.m. and remained on the scene around noon.

We’re working to learn why police have responded to the area.

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Multiple OVI checkpoints planned for Friday night

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

Monroe police officer Doug Leist works at an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4.
Monroe police officer Doug Leist works at an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4.(Nick Graham/MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL)

At least three sobriety checkpoints are planned for Friday night.

The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting a checkpoint and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Xenia Post announced they will be conducting two checkpoints in Greene County.

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The state and federally funded checkpoints are being held “to deter and intercept impaired drivers,” according to the patrol’s release.

In a prepared statement, Lt. Matt Schmenk, commander of the OSHP Xenia Post, said last year 405 people were killed in 379 OVI-related crashes across Ohio.

“State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers,” Schmenk’s statement reads. “OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

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The times and locations of the checkpoints will be released on Friday.

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Final report reveals cause of local double-fatal plane crash

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

A final report  released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board shows the pilot killed in a plane crash at Camp Kern in Warren County in October 2016 had marijuana and alcohol in his system.

The pilot, who was identified as Eric Hackney, 43, of Punta Gorda, Florida, crashed the plane after it struck a zipline over the Little Miami River in Oregonia on Oct. 16, according to the report.

Hackney had alcohol in his system, the report read.

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“The blood level was below the regulatory limit; however pilots may be impaired below this threshold,” the report read.

Findings during the investigation also “indicated that the pilot had used marijuana sometime before the accident; however, since there is no accepted relationship between blood levels and degree of impairment, whether the impairing effects... contributed to the accident could not be determined,” the report said.

Hackney’s passenger, Jesse Loy, 36, of Punta Gorda, Florida, also was killed.

The report indicated the cause of the crash was “the pilot’s decision to fly at a low altitude, which resulted in the collision with a zipline.”

The plane did not have any other mechanical malfunctions during the crash, according to the report.

The report shows Hackney had a private pilot certificate since September 2008 and had at least 750 hours of flight time.  At least 200 of those hours were logged while Hackney flew an RV-4 plane, which was the type involved in the fatal crash, the report read.

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Local man wins $20,000 in popular ‘HQ Trivia’ game app 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:31 AM

Local man wins $20K from popular phone app

A Miamisburg man won $20,000 after recently playing the popular HQ Trivia game app on his phone.

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Jason Varney answered 15 trivia questions correctly on the app that typically allows people, twice a day, to attempt to get 12 trivia questions right in efforts to win part of a $5,000 jackpot.

In Varney’s case, the prize amount went up to $250,000 as part of a marketing deal between the app and a movie. The increased prize money also called for an increase in the number of questions he had to answer, from 12 to 15.

“When I was getting past question 12, my heart was pumping out of my shirt. I could’t believe what was going. It was visibly beating through my shirt. It was incredible”, Varney said. 

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He said the $20,000 will allow him to fly to Florida to see his great grandmother, who is recovering from a heart procedure. 

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