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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.


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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Storm knocks down large tree on Dayton street

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

A large tree has fallen on top of a Jeep on La Belle Street in Dayton after a batch of heavy rain moved through the area Tuesday afternoon.

A large tree has fallen on top of a Jeep on La Belle Street in Dayton after a batch of heavy rain moved through the area Tuesday afternoon. 

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Crews are already on the scene working to remove the tree from the road. 

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Police scanner traffic indicates the tree was hit by lightning, causing it to fall. 

No injuries have been reported. 

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CareFlight more than an ambulance in 35th year: ‘We have a daughter,’ dad says

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

CareFlight more than an ambulance in 35th year

CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service and will be participating in the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend. 

The service began in 1983 as the first air medical program in the region and the 65th civilian air ambulance program in the nation to fly critically ill or injured patients. 

"We have a daughter today," Buzz Seilhamer told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald on Wednesday. "CareFlight gave us our daughter back." 

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Seilhamer recounted the night when he received a phone call that his daughter had been in a vehicle accident in Jamestown and had to be taken to a hospital by CareFlight. 

She was in a hospital three months, he said, and he believes the air medical service not only saved her life but also served as a wake-up call. 

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"CareFlight brought her into the realm of reality," Seilhamer said, and offered his daughter a look at how serious situations can become. 

The reality of what CareFlight can do quickly becomes evident as its Dauphin helicopters race across the sky. 

The airships have multiple safety features, several technological advances including night vision goggle compatible lighting and weather radar. Each helicopter can move at up to 180 mph. 

"We've transitioned into the kind of aircraft with unique capabilities that no other air medical aircraft service can do, such as transporting two patients at a time," Mandy Via, outreach manager, flight nurse services, told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald on Wednesday. 

CareFlight flight nurses Stephanie Fitchpatrick, left, and Anna Houser return from a mock crash scene flight to Bradford High School which is part of the program's community outreach. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

Via also said that because CareFlight operates as an IFR program, which means the service is flying by instrument. 

"There are times when weather may not allow another air medical provider to go out, but because we are IFR based" (navigating by reference to instruments in the cockpit)... "we can go out and access patients where others can't." 

Via said she estimates that CareFlight has made more than 35,000 patient transports during its 35-year run. 

"We're always looking at how we can improve, how we can deliver the best care for our patients," she said.

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Vandalia’s Air Show parade to honor late police chief

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:19 PM

            The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host a parade on Friday for the Air Show. CONTRIBUTED.
The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host a parade on Friday for the Air Show. CONTRIBUTED.

On Friday, the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host an Air Show parade in honor of this year’s Dayton Vectren Air Show at the Dayton International Airport.

The parade will close a portion of National Road and Dixie Drive from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

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Event organizers had planned for Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight to be the grand marshal for the parade, but Knight died this spring, just weeks after announcing he planned to retire this summer.

Instead, members of the Knight family will will step in as the honorary grand marshals.

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The parade route is James Bohanan Drive at National Road, to Dixie Drive and National Road. Then it continues to North on Dixie Drive to Inverness Drive, according to Hopkins.

For more information about the parade contact Hopkins at (937) 898-5891.

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Jamestown physicians moving, joining with Kettering Health

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:46 PM


A group of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners that had been practicing in Jamestown in rural eastern Greene County are moving and joining Kettering Health Network.

The providers are leaving Jamestown Family Medicine, which is still owned by competing health network Premier Health. The providers’ new practice will be called Kettering Physician Network Primary Care – Jamestown.

Kettering Physician Network Primary Care – Jamestown will have offices in two locations: 4790 Cottonville Road in Jamestown and 50 N. Progress Drive in Xenia.

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“The network’s faith-based perspective and demonstrated commitment to providing exceptional care for the whole person aligns with our practice’s core values,” Dr. Kevin Sharrett, family practice physician who is part of the switch, said in a statement from Kettering Health Network.

Jamestown Family Medicine remains at the same 4940 Cottonville Road medical center as Premier Health’s freestanding emergency center and other Premier-affiliated services.

Several physicians with Premier Health — Dr. Nicholas Davis and Dr. Mark Williams — have relocated and as of Monday started practicing at Jamestown Family Medicine.

Diane Pleiman, president of Premier Physician Network, said network staff were surprised when they received the notice that the providers were leaving and the news “is disappointing to us at Premier because of the commitment we made to Jamestown.”

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Sherrett now owns the building Jamestown Family Medicine is in but Pleiman said he is selling the building.

She said Premier has a longterm lease at the medical center, will continue to have all the same services at the center including primary care providers, visiting specialists, emergency care, imaging and all the same services at the center.

Kettering Health said at the new practice, the nurse practitioners — Susan Jordan, Angelia Mickle, Grenetta Ritenour — will officially join July 9 and serve patients starting that day.

The physicians — Drs. Kevin Sharrett, Thomas Brunsman, Wes Halderman, Brian Jenks and Katherine Schmidt — officially join the new practice Aug. 8 and start serving patients that day.

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