Driver ID’ed in fatal crash with tractor in Shelby County

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:02 PM
Updated: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 7:12 AM

Driver dies, 2 kids OK in Shelby County crash

UPDATE @ 7:13 a.m.  (Dec. 22)

The person killed in this crash is identified as Melanie Smith, 36, of Sidney, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Office. She was in the Malibu driving north on Ohio 219 that struck the open cab of a farm tractor, according to a media release. 

Two children, ages 3 and 6, in the backseat were checked out an an area hospital. 

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The farm tractor driver was Leon Hemmert, 62, of Botkins. He was also checked out an area hospital.

EARLIER REPORT

The driver of a car with two children inside was killed tonight in crash involving a tractor.

The crash was reported around 7 p.m. on state Route 219 just off County Road 25A, north of Botkins.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the two children in the car were not injured.

The farmer’s condition was not available, the sheriff’s office said.

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Grass fire in Fairborn Community Park is extinguished

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:03 PM

UPDATE @ 7:02 p.m.: Crews tell us they don’t know what caused the fire in prairie grass at Community Park that burned an area approximately 100 yards by 100 yards.

There were no injuries, officials said.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are dealing with a grass fire reportedly in Community Park, on East Dayon Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn. 

The park is near I-675 in Greene County and there were calls to police dispatch about a grass fire near the interstate. 

The incident was dispatched just after 4:20 p.m. 

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We're hearing that about an acre is burning. 

We have a crew on the way to check it out. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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MetroParks ranger arrests man who takes a swing at him at RiverScape

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:24 PM

MetroParks ranger arrests man who takes a swing at him at RiverScape

A MetroParks ranger was giving a man a ticket involving an alcohol violation Thursday afternoon when the man took a swing at the officer. 

That resulted in the man's arrest, according to a MetroParks sergeant. 

The incident, dispatched about 6:16 p.m., occurred in the 100 block of Monument Avenue at RiverScape MetroPark. 

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No one was injured. 

The man will be charged with the alcohol offense as trespassing and assault on a law enforcement officer. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail.

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Police surround home in Xenia, at least one person in custody

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Police activity in Xenia

Update@5:15 p.m.:

Deputies recovered a weapon while searching the apartment building that the suspect ran into, Sheriff Gene Fischer said. It’s not clear if it’s a pellet gun or a real handgun, but they’re working to confirm, he said.

The sheriff said they think it’s the same weapon that the suspect pointed at the deputy. 

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m.:

One person has been taken into custody according to Xenia Police. 

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.:

We’re hearing reports that someone has been taken into custody after running from the building that was surrounded in the area of East Market Street and North Monroe Drive, according to initial emergency dispatch reports.

INITIAL REPORT:

Police activity has been reported in the 200 block of East Market Street this afternoon after police have reportedly surrounded a home in the area.

Initial dispatch reports indicated a person may have pointed a gun at a law enforcement officer around 3 p.m.

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Running vehicle leads police to apartment drug operation in Dayton

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

An investigation into a vehicle found unoccupied with the engine running on a sidewalk led police to an apartment believed to be used for drug manufacturing, according to a Dayton police incident report. 

Officers patrolling in the 200 block of West Beechwood Avenue in Dayton found a Dodge pickup truck parked over the sidewalk with the engine running around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police attempted to locate the driver of the vehicle, noting the parked car presented a hazard to pedestrians attempting to walk on the sidewalk, officers  said. 

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While checking apartment units for the possible owner of the truck, police found the door to one unit opened with $79 in cash lying on the ground, officers said in the report. There was also a digital scale, which is commonly used to weigh illegal drugs, the report said. 

The officers identified themselves before entering the apartment, but there was no response. Fearing that someone may be injured, they entered the apartment and found additional items that are commonly used for illegals, the report said. 

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The items included a hydraulic press, which drug dealers use to press and compact illegal drugs, several razor blades with what appeared to be cocaine residue on them, several false bottom containers, 404 grams of suspected cocaine, 783 grams of suspected heroine and a semi-automatic handgun, $79 in cash and several other items that indicated the apartment was being used to manufacture and package illegal drugs, the report said. 

The items were taken into evidence, but it’s not clear if anyone was charged. 

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