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Urbana teen killed in Champaign Co. crash on Ohio 235

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 11:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Vigil held for Urbana teen killed in Champaign Co. crash (Photo of Sara Hess courtesy of Graham High School)

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m. (Nov. 4)

Grief counselors will be at Graham High School through 2 p.m. after 15-year-old Sara Hess was killed Friday night in a two-car crash on Ohio 235 near Rosewell.

Hess, a sophomore, was pronounced dead at the crash scene near Shanley Road. 

A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school, 7800 U.S. 36. School officials said grief counselors also will be at the school Monday.

Hess was a passenger in a 2005 Honda Accord driven by a fellow Graham student, 17-year-old Gabe Wier. He was taken in serious condition to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, then to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

School officials said this afternoon Weir was in stable condition and that he “wants everyone to know he is OK.” His family asked for no more visitors in the short-term to let him heal.

Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin identified the driver of the 1997 Honda Civic that rear-ended the Accord as 27-year-old Dylan Lambert of St. Paris. Melvin said he and his passenger, 32-year-old Clint Miller of Urbana, were flown to Miami Valley Hospital, where Miller was listed in critical condition. Lambert’s condition was unknown. 

UPDATE @ 10:11 a.m. (Nov. 4)

An Urbana teen is dead after the car she was riding in was rear ended on Ohio 235 Friday night, according to the Champaign County Sheriff's Office. 

Sara Hess, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash while the 17-year-old driver, Gabe Wier, is in serious condition at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney. 

A preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a 1997 Honda Civic rear ended the 2005 Honda Accord both teens were riding in. 

According to deputies the driver and passenger in the Civic were flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

A spokesman for Graham High School said Hess and Wier are students at the school. 

"We will provide more information and ways you can support these Graham families as we are able to release it," Kirk Koennecke said. 

Koennecke said grief counseling will be available at the school from noon to 2 p.m. today. 

"Our thoughts are with our families and students at this time," Koennecke said.

Koennecke said the district has been in contact with the families of both students involved in the crash, including Hess' mother is a district staff member.

The school district has canceled all events scheduled for this weekend and a candlelight vigil will take place in front of the high school this evening. 

EARLIER REPORT

One person is dead and several people were injured late Friday night after a two-vehicle crash in Champaign County.

The crash was reported around 11:10 p.m. on North state Route 235 at the intersection with Shanley Road, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

The county coroner has been requested to the scene.

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Flash Flood Watch issued for some, isolated storms possible today 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Damaging winds and flooding the main threat.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for some counties in the area until midnight. 

The watch is in effect for Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby counties until midnight. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Mild for the weekend 
  • Isolated flooding and damaging winds possible
  • Few showers and storms into the evening

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING:Partly sunny with a few passing showers or storms into the early evening. Some isolated storms may become intense with locally heavy rain and strong wind gusts. Severe threat is low, but the potential exists that a couple of storms may produce damaging winds. Storms will weaken and taper of into the night. Clouds linger with temperatures falling into the middle 60s late.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

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TOMORROW:  Mostly cloudy, mild and still a little muggy with the chance of a few passing showers or isolated storm. A little bit of a breezy afternoon with temperatures in the upper 70s. Some breaks in the clouds Saturday night with temperatures dropping into the lower 60s.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a passing shower. Most of the area will remain dry with highs in the lower 80s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and comfortably warm for Monday. Temperatures rise into the lower 80s.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and warmer for Tuesday. Highs in the middle 80s.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with showers and a few storms developing. A very warm and muggy day with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s.

 

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BODY CAM: Police, fire rescue trash truck driver after he hit Xenia nursing home

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Xenia Trash Truck Body Cam

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m. (June 22):

Body camera footage obtained through a public records request shows police and fire personnel rushing to help a trash truck driver for Rumpke who crashed into a Xenia nursing home.

Timothy Plemons, 58, of Dayton, suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening, according to a crash report.

PHOTOS: Trash truck crashes into front of nursing home

No citations have been issued in the crash, according to the report.

The report shows that Plemons was driving northwest on a private driveway when he drove of the left side of the road.  Plemons then drove off the right side of the road before he hit a tree and the building, the report shows.

Xenia police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m. (June 21): The Rumpke trash truck has been pulled from the building it crashed into this morning. 

PHOTOS: Trash truck crashes into front of nursing home

The office the Rumpke trash truck hit was the home administrator's office, Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson said. The nursing home administrator was in the front of the building and was not injured. 

"We've had some of these issues before [a car hit the treasurer's office on Main Street some time ago]... I wasn't expecting to see a trash truck actually inside our building," he said. 

This is the damage done to the Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Xenia when a Rumpke trash truck crashed into it Thursday morning. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)

Huddleson said, "by the grace of God, the folks that were in those offices were out in the field or out in other places in the building." 

He noted it's hard to imagine that anyone who would have been in the building could have escaped. 

There are about 50 residents in the building, but the entire wing where the truck hit is all administrative/maintenance offices.

There was some ancillary flooding in the damaged portion of the building, because of the sprinkler system that activated. Otherwise, he said, it's business as usual at the nursing home.

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.: 

A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.

No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m. 

A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

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Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor,  711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Clayton Police need your help identifying break-in suspect

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

The Clayton Police Department is investigating a break-in at Marlyn Jewelers in the 8000 block of North Main Street.

The break-in occurred Friday morning at 2:10 a.m. A dark colored, four-door sedan can be seen backing up to the front of the store and three subjects exiting.

The three subjects eventually gained entry into the business and stole property.

If you recognize these individuals please contact Detective Shawn Schutte at 937-836-3500 ext 119. 

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Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued statewide for northern Ohio man, 83

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for an 83-year-old northern Ohio man who hasn't been seen since he left his residence Friday morning.

Sheldon Kamen was last seen about 10:30 a.m. when he was leaving his residence on Southhampton Drive in Aurora, Portage County. He hasn't been seen since, according to Aurora police. 

He suffers from Alzheimer's. He has gray hair, brown eyes, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. 

He is believed to be driving a black Toyota Rav4 bearing Ohio license tage GLZ 4994.

Sheldon Kamen is believed to be driving a vehicle similar to this one, Aurora (Ohio) police said Friday. (Courtesy/Aurora Police Dept.)

 

Police issued a photo similar to one Kamen is believed to be driving. 

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle.

You can also call the Aurora police, 330-562-8181, the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit, 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

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