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Trucker, found dead in his semi in Clark County, is 50-year-old Indiana man

Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 10:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 5:39 PM

Man found dead inside semi in Clark Co.; investigation underway

UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m. (Nov. 14): Walter "Butch" Blueher is the trucker found dead in his semitrailer parked at Lineage Logistics in Springfield on Monday night, according to the trucking company. 

Blueher, 50, was last heard from or seen when he clocked out about 12:31 a.m. Monday. He had just dropped off his shipment. 

Walter Blueher (Courtesy/Scott McDaniel Trucking Co.)

Scott McDaniel, who operates Scott McDaniel Trucking in Terre Haute, Indiana, said he last spoke with Blueher about 10 p.m. Sunday. 

"Butch was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back," McDaniel told News Center 7's James Buechele on Tuesday. McDaniel said he began calling authorities in Indiana and Ohio when he hadn't heard from Blueher -- his former brother-in-law -- by noon Monday. 

"I knew there was something wrong when I couldn't get a hold of him because we'll talk two or three times a day," McDaniel said. 

The Clark County Coroner's Office is continuing to establish a probable cause of death.

UPDATE @ 10:45 a.m. (Nov. 14): 

A truck driver found dead inside his semi in Clark County Monday night was a missing Indiana trucker, according to the owner of the semi. 

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Scott McDaniel, from Scott’s Custom Colors in Terre Haute, Ind. told CBS affiliate WTHI-TV their driver was found dead in the parked tractor trailer. 

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McDaniel said in a post his company hadn’t heard from the driver since late Sunday night, and he didn’t make it to his next stop in Grove City, Ohio, just south of Columbus. 

Clark County coroner investigators are still looking into the death of the man and are trying to determine the cause of death. 

Investigators have not released the man’s identity, pending notification to next of kin. 

This news outlet will continue to update this story as information becomes available. 


Clark County deputies are investigating after a man was found dead in a parked semi Monday night, according to our crew at the scene. 

Crews were dispatched around 8:43 p.m. on a report of a deceased man in a semi parked at Lineage Logistics at 1895 Airpark Drive. 

Deputies revealed little to our crew, but report they received a call from the company owning the truck after they became worried about its driver. 

The owner of the truck and whether the deceased man is the driver remain unknown. 

An employee at Lineage Logistics tells our newsroom no staff members are permitted to discuss the investigation.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Warren Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

Motorcycle ax

UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m:

The motorcycle crash that occurred earlier today was fatal, Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

A 40-year-old was believed to be traveling northbound on Riley Street near Van Horne Street. He was possibly racing a vehicle before losing control, hitting a curb, and being thrown from his motorcycle--Sgt. Wolf of Franklin confirmed. He was also believed to be wearing a helmet.

The vehicle he was racing is unknown, and no one else was injured.


Emergency crews are on scene of a reported accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Franklin.

According to dispatchers, crews are at the scene of North Main Street at North River Street.

The crash reportedly occurred around 3:20 p.m.

We are on the way to the scene to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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Miamisburg opened a time capsule from 1968 to celebrate its bicentennial. Here’s what was inside.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

A report card from Sinclair Community College, an annual report for the Huffman bicycle company and a Bible with a bit of history were among the items discovered in a time capsule opened in Miamisburg on Saturday.

“Fifty years ago this time capsule was buried in Veterans Park with memorabilia from 1968,” the emcee announced to the crowd gathered at the beginning of the city’s weeklong bicentennial celebration.

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The white container, with “Miamisburg Area Sesquicentennial 1818 - 1968” on the side, was unsealed and broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page.

Many who watched the ceremony remembered the stores, barber shops and other establishments represented in the container that have long closed, such Mobley Cafe, Arcade Cafe and the Riviera Lounge.

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A letter to the mayor at the time from then-President Lyndon B. Johnson was included in the container.

An annual report for the Huffman Manufacturing Company states the company made more than $42 million in sales in 1967, netting $1.5 million.

Old newspapers provided a somber reminder of the Vietnam War. At the top of a Miamisburg News broadsheet was a report on the death of Cpl. William Ebright, who was killed in action.

A man told the crowd about the Bible that was pulled out of the time capsule. He said he was there when his mother placed the Bible in the container.

The Bible had been given to Mark Dennis before he was deployed to Vietnam, the man said.Dennis was also killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter he was riding in, and though his remains were never found the Bible was returned to the family, the man said.

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More activities are planned today through next Sunday as the city celebrates its 200th birthday.

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One person taken to hospital after apartment fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:18 PM

One person was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and one was treated at the scene of an apartment fire in Dayton Sunday.

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Crews were called to the first floor apartment fire in the 1600 block of Bancroft Street around 11:30 a.m.

No one was in the apartment where the fire started but the flames did run up to the outside of the second floor apartment, according to Dayton fire official Brad Baldwin.

Everyone evacuated the building with help from neighbors.

Two of the four apartments in the building are uninhabitable at this time because of damages, according to Baldwin.

The cause of the fire was not yet determined.

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Family displaced after house explosion in Miami Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:40 PM

Gas leak house explosion in West Milton

UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m.:

A propane gas leak caused an explosion in the basement of a home in West Milton Sunday morning.

Larry Jinkins said he was asleep when the explosion happened in his home this morning.

Jinkins, his wife, five kids, and three dogs were in the home during the time of the explosion. 

He said the fire department told him they were very lucky they were not hurt. 

Jinkins rented the house that is now inhabitable and said they had a temporary line due to a former gas leak that needed to be put underground.

UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m.:

The family of five that were at the house during the time of an explosion were displaced and are being aided by the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.


An explosion occurred at or near a house in West Milton Sunday morning.

The explosion was reported around 8:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of Iddings Road.

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It’s not yet known what caused the explosion or the extent of damages, but DP&L was called to the scene, according to Deputy Adams of Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Two adults and three children were at the home but not injured, said Adams.

West Milton Fire Department is on scene.

We are working to learn more and will update this story as information becomes available. 

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