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Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 8:58 PM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:20 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m. (Nov. 24)
The man found dead in an SUV in the middle of a Dayton street is Leith J. Leavell, 28, of Dayton, according to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. They will have to wait about eight weeks for toxicology results before a cause and manner of death will be determined.
EARLIER REPORT (Nov. 23)
Police are investigating the death of a male found in an SUV in the middle of a Dayton street on Thanksgiving night.
Dayton police were called to the 1000 block of Wawona Drive just after 6:30 p.m. on a report of a vehicle standing idle in the street.
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Police discovered the deceased person in the vehicle.
The body of the male, believed to be in his 20s, has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.
An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday to determine a preliminary cause and manner of death.
BNT is working to find out more about this incident.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM
DAYTON — MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.
Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field around 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, Lt. Mark Arendt of the Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division said.
The device was found partially burnt-up and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said.
Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated.
“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.”
The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said.
No injuries were reported.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:44 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.:
A wrong-way driver caused a crash that killed one person in downtown Dayton Tuesday morning, according to police.
Officers were dispatched to a report of a crash with one person trapped near the intersection of West Fifth Street and South Perry Street around 9 a.m.
Investigators said a red car traveled the wrong direction on West Fifth Street and crashed into the silver car, sending the silver car into a pole. The crash killed one person, but investigators didn’t indicate which vehicle that person was in.
The identity of the victim will not be released until family has been notified.
Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets.
“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said.
I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.”
The intersection was reopened by police around 11:30 a.m.
UPDATE @ 10 a.m.:
One person has died following a crash near the intersection of West Fifth and South Perry streets in downtown Dayton, according to dispatchers.
Police continue to block West Fifth street near the bridge and South Perry Street is blocked at West Fourth Street.
We’ll update this page as more details become available.
A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning.
The crash was reported at the intersection of West Fifth South Perry streets and near Sinclair College, around 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Police have requested a crash reconstruction to the scene to investigate the crash, according to our crew on the scene.
The condition of the driver was not immediately available.
Police have blocked eastbound West Fifth Street at the bridge and South Perry Street at West Fourth Street for the investigation.
Additional details were not available.
We’ll update this page as we learn more.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:38 AM
LEBANON — Warren County vehicle owners will pay another $5 for registration next year.
This morning, the county commissioners approved the increase, which is expected to raise another $1.1 million a year for road and bridge projects.
Revenue from the existing fee, increased in phases since 1968, is shared with other local governments.
“We’re really falling behind,” County Engineer Neil Tunison said. “We’re doing about a third of the roads we need to do.”
Warren County would be the 14th in Ohio to add the charge, joining Montgomery, Hamilton and Clermont counties in the Miami Valley. The new fee was authorized by Ohio lawmakers in 2017, Tunison said.
Tunison said some of the new money would fund local matches on major projects funded primarily with state or federal funds.
County Commissioner Dave Young noted this was the first increase in 13 years and said good roads were part of keeping Warren County an attractive place for businesses and residents.
“I’m not even going to blink an eye,” Young said.
There were no comments from the public in two public hearings preceding Tuesday’s unanimous vote by the commissioners.
Commissioner Tom Grossmann said he was not planning to vote for the increase.
“You convinced me,” Grossmann said.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM
— An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.
A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.
“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook.