Drunk driving leads to 4 crashes, 2 fatal

Published: Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 7:02 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 8:18 PM

Drunk driving is suspected to have played a role in at least four out of five area traffic crashes involving motorcycles this weekend. Two of those crashes resulted in fatalities.

A 25-year-old man from Carlisle was killed Saturday night when he drove his motorcycle off the right side of Greenbush Road in Preble County and hit a utility pole.

The crash occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday just east of Gratis-Jacksonburg Road.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. David Robison  said Derrick Hamilton was wearing sunglasses while riding in the dark and was believed to be intoxicated at the time of the crash. He was not wearing a helmet and an initial coroner’s report indicates that his spinal cord was severed in the crash.

Robison said investigators are waiting on toxicology test results to determine Hamilton’s blood-alcohol content.

“Our fatalities are really up this year,” Robison said. So far this year, there have been 33 traffic fatalities in the area covered by the OSP Dayton Post, which includes Montgomery, Preble and Darke counties. Six of those crashes have involved motorcycles and six have been alcohol-related. Last year there were only four motorcycle fatalities across the same counties out of 59 total traffic fatalities.

Statewide, fatal crashes are up compared to last year, with 31 more fatalities reported than this time last year.

Robison said a number of factors could be leading to the increase in motorcycle fatalities including an abundance of warm weather days and high gas prices.

Police in Springfield are awaiting toxicology test results to determine if a driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist in that city Saturday night was under the influence of alcohol.

William Parks, 60, of Springfield, was killed and his wife Cindy Parks, 57, was injured when the motorcycle they were riding was struck and run over by a pickup truck on West High Street.

Police suspect that the driver of the pickup truck was intoxicated when he drove left of center through the intersection with South Yellow Springs Street and struck the bike and another car which were stopped at a red light.

Tracy Griffin and her 10-year-old daughter Taylor were in the car behind the motorcycle. She told News Center 7 that the driver of the pickup tried to leave the scene of the accident and appeared intoxicated. According to the crash report prepared by Springfield Police, the driver of the pickup was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol and was tested for alcohol and drugs.

No charges had been filed as of Sunday evening.

William Parks was a retired patrolman with the Springfield Division of Police, Sgt. Scott Woodruff confirmed. Cindy Parks was listed in fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital Sunday. Griffin said her daughter suffered a shoulder injury and was treated and released from Springfield Regional Medical Center.

Saturday’s fatal crash was the second motorcycle fatality of the year in Clark County. There was only one motorcycle fatality in Clark County last year.

The Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said alcohol may also be to blame for two other weekend motorcycle crashes that resulted in injuries.

The first crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Saturday on the entrance ramp from Interstate 675 to Interstate 70. Clifford Combs, 56, of Springfield, drove off the left side of the ramp as he attempted to merge onto I-70 eastbound. He was ejected from his bike and sustained injuries.

The second crash occurred around 4:25 a.m. Sunday on westbound U.S. 40.  James D. Richart, 53, of Urbana, was traveling westbound and attempted to merge onto U.S. 68 north. He failed to negotiate the curve and drove his motorcycle off the left side of the road and through the median. He was ejected and flown to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight helicopter.

Dayton Police are investigating a similar crash that happened early Sunday morning on Ohio 4 near Ohio 444.

A motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve and hit a guardrail, according to police. The motorcycle traveled another 200 to 300 feet before stopping. The rider was transported to the hospital where blood tests were performed as part of standard procedure.

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MUST-SEE VIDEO: Shot fired during Verizon store robbery

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Shot fired in Butler Twp.Verizon robbery

UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m. (April 25): Police have released surveillance video that shows the robbery at the Verizon store on Miller Lane.


Police are looking for as many as five males who discharged at least one firearm when they robbed a person of a purse and a cell phone at the Verizon store on Miller Lane. 

The robbery was reported just after 6 p.m. at the store at 7070 Miller Lane. At least one shot was fired inside the showroom. 

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No one was injured, Butler Twp. Detective Kevin Sink said. 

The car believed to have been used in the armed robbery, reportedly a blue Hyundai Elantra, was located Tuesday evening in the 1500 block of Weaver Street in Dayton. 

Jim, a contractor from Tennessee, said he and a co-worker were in a company van outside the store when a car pulled up. 

This car is believed to have been used in an armed robbery at the Verizon store on Miller Lane, in Butler Twp., on Tuesday afternoon (April 17, 2018). The car was located in Dayton, on Weaver Street. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Three males came runing out and jumped in the car, Jim said, noting that seconds later a fourth male -- who had a dark or black handgun -- came out. He was wearing a hoodie and a white mask, as they all were. He was holding the firearm down at his side, pointed downward. 

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Jim said his co-worker was able to jot down the license plate of the getaway car. Jim said he was getting in position to snap a cell phone photo of the car when he saw the firearm and decided to crouch behind the van. 

"I don't want to get shot," he said. "I'm too close to retirement." 

The robbers looked to be young men in their 20s, Jim said, noting that they dropped a backpack and a blue Walmart bag outside the Verizon store. 

"My life is worth more than a picture," he said. "I'm just glad nobody got hurt."


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DASH CAM: See police bump car of Troy phone store burglary suspects

Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 4:14 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:37 PM

A Tipp City police cruiser was struck by two suspects in the break-in at the Troy Verizon store near Kroger.

UPDATE @ 7 p.m. (April 25): Police have released dashboard camera video from their pursuit of a vehicle believed to have been used as part of a burglary at a Troy Verizon store.

The suspects were able to elude capture when officers lost the vehicle in the area of Dorset and Philadelphia drives.

On April 13, police responded to a Verizon store in the 700 block of West Market Street in Troy about 3:40 a.m. on the report of a break-in. A Kroger employee reported hearing something being thrown through the store’s front glass, police said. 

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A pursuit began when a Tipp City officer noticed the suspect vehicle on southbound Interstate 75.

The suspect vehicle rammed the cruiser on Northwoods Boulevard in Vandalia, Tipp City Sgt. Marc Basye said. The officer was not injured.

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The silver vehicle was occupied by three males, according to reports. What the suspects got away with was not known.

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Kettering Health Network celebrates completion of radiation therapy center

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:48 PM


Kettering Health Network is celebrating the completion of the new radiation therapy center at Soin Medical Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 3 for members of the media.

The public is invited to a community open house for its entire comprehensive cancer services on May 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Kettering Cancer Care is located at the hospital's Ollie Davis Pavilion in Beavercreek. 

Attendees will be able to tour the center and meet oncology physicians. 

According to a press release, the success of the cancer center allowed for an $8 million expansion to cancer services provided at Soin. 

Phase one of the expansion doubled the infusion center in size to 13,000 square feet to accommodate more chemotherapy patients. 

Clinical exam rooms also doubled in size to support the growing on-site medical oncology team. 

The expanded infusion center opened in fall 2017. 

The radiation center was completed in phase two of the expansion.

The 8,300-square-foot radiation therapy center includes a linear accelerator for radiation therapy, as well as a CT simulator and scanner to support the addition of an on-site radiation oncology team. 

Greene Medical Foundation provided a $3 million grant to cover part of the cost. 

Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of 8 hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. 

For more information, visit www.ketteringhealth.org.

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From musicians to medicine: AF Marathon recruiting army of volunteers

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:10 PM

            Air Force Marathon volunteer Brian Childers, of Portsmouth, hangs race day medals at the finish line at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in September 2016. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF FILE PHOTO
Air Force Marathon volunteer Brian Childers, of Portsmouth, hangs race day medals at the finish line at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in September 2016. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF FILE PHOTO

From musicians to people handing out medals, an army of volunteers run the Air Force Marathon.

May 1 is the first day to register to join a horde of 2,400 volunteers needed to jump start the Sept. 15 event that may draw as many as 15,000 runners from all 50 states and around the world to run a 10K, half- and full-marathons at Wright-Patterson. The marathon’s 5K race is set for Sept. 14 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.

Volunteers also help run the Sports & Fitness Expo on Sept. 13-14, which attracts 30,000 people every year to the Nutter Center.

“From pre-race, behind-the-scenes opportunities to race day, finish line jobs, our volunteers are the key toour success — we couldn’t have this marathon without them,” Jeannette Monaghan, a volunteer coordinator, said in a statement.

Entertainers, such as DJs, bands and solo acts, are among volunteers the marathon wants to bring on the course, she said.

Volunteers may check available positions and register online at www.usafmarathon.com.


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