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Fatality ID’d in crash on Old U.S. 35 in Greene

Published: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 @ 5:05 PM

            Greene County crash kills 1, injures 6
Greene County crash kills 1, injures 6

UPDATE @ 5:10 a.m. (June 3):

Troopers have identified the man killed in Tuesday afternoon’s crash as James R. Smith, 49, of Lynchburg, Ohio. Smith was the driver of the red Jeep that ran a stop sign at Rosemoor Road and Old U.S. 35.

Troopers also say Smith and four other passengers in the Jeep were all not wearing seat belts and ejected from the vehicle in the crash.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor at the time of the crash.

UPDATE @ 10:51 p.m. (June 2): All six victims injured in the two-vehicle T-bone accident on Old U.S. 35 are expected to survive, according to a sergeant with the Ohio Highway Patrol post at Xenia. He noted that their conditions were not available.

The names and ages of the victims, including the male who was killed, have not been released, the sergeant said.

He said investigators have determined that the red Jeep, in which the fatality was a passenger or the driver, was at fault because the driver did not obey a stop sign at Old U.S.35 and Rosemoor Road. Rosemoor becomes Bryan Road once a vehicle crosses Old U.S. 35.

UPDATE @ 10:02 p.m.: Old U.S. 35 and Bryan Road have been reopened to traffic following the the two-vehicle T-bone accident that left one male dead and six injured.

UPDATE @ 5:35 p.m.: The fatality in the two-vehicle T-bone accident is a male, but crash investigators with the Ohio Highway Patrol are not yet sure whether he was driving or a passenger in one of the vehicles.

Six other victims — four from a red Jeep that included the fatality and two from a black car — have been taken to hospitals by MedFlight and ground ambulances, said Lt. Douglas Eck, with the OSP post in Xenia. The conditions of the victims are not known.

Eck said investigators are trying to determine which vehicle was in the 7000 block of Old U.S. 35 and which one was on Bryan Road when the accident occurred. The vehicle on Bryan had a stop sign.

Speed and alcohol use are being investigated as a part of the accident, he said.

One of the vehicles hit a power pole, and a Dayton Power & Light crew is on scene to repair or replace the pole. Power in the area had to be shut off in order to get that done.

Eck said U.S. 35 will be closed in both directions at least another hour.


A fatal accident with several injuries has been reported in the 7000 block of Old U.S. 35 in the area of Bryan Road.

The accident was reported about 4:30 p.m. and a dispatcher with the Ohio Highway Patrol tells us the road has been shut down in both directions.

We’re hearing there are as many as four other victims in this accident, in addition to the fatality.

News Center 7’s Kate Bartley and a videographer are on the way to the scene. We will update this report as we get information. We’ll also update this story on our 5 p.m. broadcast.

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Spring is back for the weekend

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

The chance for rain returns early next week.

It will be a chilly morning with temperatures climbing out of the 30s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. There will be some patchy morning frost but will quickly melt after sunrise. Some high clouds build for the afternoon but it will stay dry and mild with temperatures approaching 60 degrees. Clouds will linger through the night but it won’t be too cool. Overnight lows will be near 40 degrees.

5-Day Forecast


  • Patchy morning frost
  • Scattered clouds, still warmer for the weekend
  • Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend


Sunday: It will be partly sunny and mild again with temperatures closer to normal in the lower 60s.

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Monday: Clouds increase with the slight chance of a few showers south, late. Highs will reach into the middle 60s.

Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers. Highs will drop back into the upper 50s.

County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with a high near 60 degrees.

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Victims in shooting outside Dayton club ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m.:

The two victims who died after a shooting in Dayton have been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died at Miami Valley Hospital Saturday morning, according to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.


Two people have died after a shooting in Dayton Saturday.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue outside of Ricky’s Jazz Lab on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

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A 27-year-old male died at the scene and a female was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where she died, Schloss said.

Police found the male and female shot in a blue Ford pickup truck outside of the club, Schloss said.

Further information about the victims was not known.

Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 333-STOP.

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Jungle Jim’s to unveil new attraction: It’s top secret, but here are a few clues

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Several new projects are in the works at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield

Jungle Jim’s International Market will unveil a “sweet” new something on Saturday — but the surprise is staying under under wraps until then. 

The secret-for-now item will become part of the store’s permanent decor on Saturday, which also happens to be National Jelly Bean Day. 

MORE: Jungle Jim’s recognized as ‘one of the best grocery stores in America’

Here’s what the international grocer is revealing:

  • There are only 50 of “it” in the world.
  • “It” was 10 years in the making.
  • “It” had to be delivered by truck from California.

“We’re happy that this will reside amongst all the other wild things to see at Jungle Jim’s,” said Lizz Jungkunz, the Fairfield store’s candy manager and buyer. “It’s a gift to the Jungle, but we also feel like it’s a gift to the community because of its uniqueness and how special it is to Jungle Jim, personally.”

“It’s bigger and better than anything anyone could have imagined and we think the public is going to love it,” she said.

MORE: Company to expand Fairfield workforce with 150 new jobs

To celebrate the addition of the one-of-a-kind “sweet treasure” to the store’s already over-the-top decor, Jungle Jim’s is planning an unveiling event, with store founder “Jungle Jim” Bonaminio on hand to take photos with families next to the new attraction.

Other family activities in conjunction with the event will include a Jelly Belly Beanboozled Challenge, where brave participants will spin a flavor wheel to win coupons and prizes.

The store also will have more than 1,000 Jelly Belly sample giveaways in addition to a “guess how many” contest that will feature prizes.

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Two-vehicle accident sends one to hospital in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

One person was sent to a hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Beavercreek Saturday.

Crews responded to the accident on Dayton Xenia Road near Grange Hall Road around 8:40 a.m.

A Federated Auto Parts van collided with a red SUV, according to Beavercreek police.

The driver of the Federated Auto Parts van was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Both vehicles needed towing.

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