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Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 12:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 11:15 AM
PREBLE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m. (Dec. 27)
The man killed in this crash is John M. Crank, 33, of Eaton, said Sgt. Chris Colbert, of the Dayton post of Ohio Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from his SUV. The man was not wearing a seat belt.
Colbert said it remains under investigation why the man went off the roadway and then left of center after over-correcting. Weather is not a factor, Colbert said.
UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. (Dec. 26)
The crash that killed a man who was ejected from an SUV in a three-vehicle crash shut down U.S. 127 in Preble County for more than four hours today.
The crash was reported around 10:50 a.m., and the road was not reopened until about 3:15 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post, which is handling the crash.
The victim’s name has not been released.
UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.A man was ejected from an SUV and killed in a three-vehicle crash today on U.S. 127 in Preble County, according to state troopers.
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An SUV and a car were traveling north on U.S. 127 near the Preble County Landfill when the driver of the SUV lost control of their vehicle and went off the right side of the road, investigators said. The driver over-corrected and went left of center, crashing into a semi hauling grain traveling south.
The crash collected the car that was traveling behind the SUV, troopers said.
The driver of the SUV, only identified as a man, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt.
The drivers of the semi and car were not injured.
U.S. 127 is blocked in both directions for the investigation. It is unknown when the road will reopen.
The identity of the man was not released, pending notification of family.
At least one person has suffered serious injuries following a crash south of Eaton in Preble County Tuesday.
State troopers confirmed they are investigating a “serious injury crash” on U.S. 127 between Eaton and Camden.
The crash was first reported around 10:50 a.m., according to dispatchers with the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Additional details were not available.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:20 PM
HARRISON TWP. — More details came to light Tuesday stemming from the ramming of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser on Monday at a gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive:
UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (April 24): The 15- and 16-year-olds were in Montgomery County Juvenile Court on Tuesday, where Judge Anthony Capizzi told them additional charges are likely, especially if investigators determine that one of them was driving a stolen Toyota Carolla involved in the incident.
A stolen car was used to ram a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser in the parking lot of a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive.
As deputies approached the stolen vehicle, parked in the lot of the Valero, the driver noticed the deputies, got back in the vehicle and sped off, striking the patrol vehicle, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
There were no injuries reported.
Capizzi entered denials on their behalf and announced their appointed defense attorneys.
Family members were in court for the 15-year-old. Capizzi said that teenager already was in treatment court and has a record.
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No one was there for the 16-year-old, whom Capizzi told, "Your record is only 13 pages long. Congratulations."
The judge said, "This was a very serious case. It's not just stealing a car. … Someone stole a car, tried to escape, drove in to a police cruiser to escape and then hit a bunch of over cars.
“You know that's going to mean a lot more charges against somebody,” he said. “I don't know who the driver was."
Five arrests have been made, including Sha’King Jones, 19, and Nikeas Jones, 20. Both remain in the Montgomery County Jail. Sha’King Jones is being detained on suspicion of felonious assault. Nikeas Jones is being detained on suspicion of obstructing official business.
Sha’ King Jones had just been released from Pickaway Correctional Institution on Feb. 13, according to Montgomery County court records. He had been sentenced to 18 months for robbery, grand theft and receiving stolen property, all involving stolen vehicles including a 2009 Volvo XC90, a 2003 Buick Century and a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.
He has no felony criminal record in Montgomery County as an adult, but 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile.
Nikeas Jones, in a January 2017 pro se motion for judicial release, wrote, "I understand and I'm truly sorry for the mistakes that I have made. I acted out of immaturity and was lead[sic] down the wrong path by engaging in activities with the wrong crowd."
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He said in the letter he was in a drug/alcohol program, that he planned to get his G.E.D and seek gainful employment to become self-supportive.
"I have challenged myself to use the tools that I have acquired, the knowledge and experience I have obtained to improve on the nature of my character and become a productive citizen of society."
Judge Mary Katherine Huffman denied Nikeas Jones’s motion. It was "untimely filed," she said.
There is no information about the fifth person arrested.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
THIS EVENING: Skies will remain cloudy with passing showers or drizzle. Temperatures will hold in the lower to middle 50s.
TONIGHT: Clouds will linger with a chance for fog. Temperatures will drop into the upper 40s.
WEDNESDAY: Patchy areas of fog will be possible in the morning along with some light rain or drizzle. Conditions will dry out in the afternoon with clouds slowly breaking late in the day. Highs will be near 60 degrees.
THURSDAY: Skies will be partly cloudy with highs in the lower 60s.
FRIDAY: Clouds will be on the increase. There will be a chance for some passing showers, mainly late in the day. Highs will reach back into the middle 60s.
SATURDAY: Skies will become mostly sunny with highs in the lower 60s.
SUNDAY: Sunny skies will end the weekend. Temperatures will make it back into the lower 60s for highs.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:12 PM
MIDDLETOWN — A former Middletown police chief has died.
Russell Dwyer, who served as police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St. Burial in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Born Jan. 31, 1938 to Lillian and Lawrence Dwyer in Warren County, Ohio, Dwyer graduated from Franklin High School, attended Miami University, and was later awarded the Bishop Medal and a graduate of the FBI Dignitary Protection Academy.
Dwyer retired after 27 years of service from the City of Middletown/Division of Police where he served as police chief for 13 years. He was involved with many organizations and held various positions within the Middletown community; secretary/treasurer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police; secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police; founder of the Narcotics Division for the City of Middletown; founder of Safety Town; founding committee for the All American Weekend; member of the Chamber of Commerce; member of the Rotary Club; director of safety at Bob’s Truck Service; director of safety and vice president for Excel Trucking; news director for WPFB radio; and a member of the Madison Athletic Boosters.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Dwyer; children Anthony Dwyer (Molly), Robert Dwyer, Dennis Cox (Kathy) and Dana Stephens (Matt); sisters Norma Baird and Crystal Harsha (Ron); brothers Roger Dwyer (Kathy), Ralph Dwyer (Joyce) and Paul Dwyer (Marty); eight grandchildren, Russell Dwyer, Anthony Dwyer, Dylan Dwyer, Brandon Dwyer, Ashley Cox, Allison Cox, Alex Cornele and Lucas Cornele; four great grandchildren, and a very special caregiver, Mariah Smith.
Middletown police department’s Facebook page read: “With sad hearts we inform you that former Police Chief Russell Dwyer passed away last night. He was the Chief from 1975 -1987 and served the City of Middletown for over 30 years. MPD’s thoughts are with his family today.”
Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief, said he met Dwyer after he had left the department. Every time, Muterspaw said, Dwyer took “a real interest” in his career.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— We see you over there, Xenia.
Some great places to explore have opened in Greene County’s county seat in the last few years.
Here are a few reasons to visit Xenia soon.
Spots like Nick’s Restaurant have long been go-to places, but there are a few relatively new kids on the block.
One Bistro, 87 E. Main St., has great food — and you can help those in need.
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As with the Miamisburg location, the Xenia restaurant has suggested prices on its meals ranging from $6 to $9, but people can also pay what they can afford.
Paying a little more than the recommended amount “pays it forward” and helps feed needy people.
Other options include Tables of Contents Cafe, 30 S. Detroit St., and 5 Points Cafe. That breakfast and lunch spot is located at 51 E. Main St.
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Downtown Xenia is the home of one of the Miami Valley’s newest breweries.
Devil Wind Brewing recently opened its doors in a 3,000-square-foot space at 130 S. Detroit St. It is just steps from the bike path.
The 90-seat brewery gets its name from historical reports that the Shawnee Indians that inhabited Greene County referred to the Xenia area as “Land of the Devil Wind.”
>> PHOTOS: Take a look inside Devil Wind Brewing
Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles is a nerd paradise.
Located at 68 S. Detroit St., the recently opened shop has both vintage Star Wars and Star Trek toys and tons of other vintage toys that will take you back to your childhood.