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2 seriously injured in head-on collision on state Route 49 in Darke County

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 12:47 PM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 7:32 PM

(Courtesy/Bluebag Media)
(Courtesy/Bluebag Media)

UPDATE @ 7:07 p.m.: The driver and passenger of a car that hit a tanker truck head on at state Route 49 and Karr Road are in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital and the crash remains under investigation, according to the Darke County Sheriff's Office. 

David Dirksen, 21, of New Weston, was ejected from the car he was driving. His passenger, 20-year-old Kelsey Evers of Fort Recovery, had to be cut out of the wreckage. 

Dirksen was headed north on 49, near Karr Road, when the vehicle traveled left of center and struck the tanker truck. Both vehicles ended up in a ditch. 

The truck driver, Stephen Pour, 62, of Troy, was treated at the scene and released, according to the sheriff's office.


A CareFlight medical helicopter has been requested to the scene of a crash, reportedly involving a tanker truck, on Ohio 49 in Darke County Friday. 

Crews were dispatched to Ohio 49 at Karr Road, near Pitsburg, around 12:35 p.m. on reports of a two-vehicle crash. 

The crash is reportedly head-on and involving a car and a semi, according to initial reports. 

The medical helicopter has been requested to transport two people to the hospital. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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3 Middletown residents to plead guilty to plotting $1.2M jewelry heist

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2:50 AM

Middletown residents plead guilty plotting jewelry heist

Three Middletown residents accused of stealing $1.2 million in diamonds and jewelry during a 2016 heist will plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati today, according to our partners at WCPO.

Amit “Alex” Patel, 28; Mimi Chang, 42; and Danny Ray Horne, 28, are charged with conspiring to rob two New York salesman after a jewelry show in Pennyslvania.

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The salesman stopped at a restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., after a show on April 2, 2016. One of the salemen went into the restaurant while the other stayed in the car with suitcases of jewelry, according to WCPO.

The robbers punched the victim waiting in the car, grabbed the suitcases and took off running. 

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Two others, Andrea Mullins, 35; and Deanna “Dee Dee” Williams, 36, have already pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit the robbery, according to WCPO.

Patel has been charged in two other jewelry robberies.

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Crews battle massive flames from two vehicle fires in Dayton 

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2:37 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

Crews fight car fires on Dayton street

Dayton fire crews were able to quickly extinguish two vehicle fires in Dayton early Tuesday morning. 

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The fires were reported around 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Niagra Avenue. A car and SUV were both fully involved when fire crews arrived. 

It’s unknown what caused the fires to start.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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Wet roads expected for morning drive; isolated severe storms this afternoon

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 3:26 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at when more storms arrive Tuesday and if they will be strong.

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  • More showers, storms today
  • Warmer than normal all week
  • Unsettled holiday weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Early morning showers fizzle with some dry time with lingering wet roads, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A Flash Flood Watch has been canceled. A little breezy heading into the afternoon as highs reach around 80 degrees.

After lunch, showers and storms begin to redevelop with activity sticking around through the afternoon and for the drive home. 

“Isolated severe storms are possible with wind and small hail being the main threat”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Storms shift southeast into the evening with it turning dry overnight. 

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

WEDNESDAY: A dry start to the day as clouds continue to decrease. Not as muggy for the afternoon with sunshine and highs in the upper 70s. 

THURSDAY: A great day with it being dry from start to finish. Plenty of sunshine with highs in the low 80s. 

>>County-by-County Weather

FRIDAY: Another dry day with temperatures heating up again in the mid-80s. Expect sunshine and very few clouds. 

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds for the day that’s expected to muggy and very warm. Highs reach in the middle to upper 80s. A passing shower or storm is possible. 

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Ohio man calls police to report he’s being followed by a pig 

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 12:54 AM

Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department 
Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department 

A man in Ohio realized the downside of bringing home the bacon when a pig wouldn't stop following him on his way home this past weekend.

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Officers in North Ridgeville, Ohio, received a call from a man who said while walking home from an Amtrak train station, a pig started following him, and he didn't know what to do, according to our partners at WCPO. 

Thinking he had just left the bar in Elyria named the Train Station, police went out to pick up the caller, who they believed was drunk. 

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When officers arrived, they found the man stone-cold sober, complete with his four-legged stalker in tow.

In the end, the pig named Zoey, was very cooperative and placed in the back of a police cruiser and taken to the station. Police made the animal feel at home for a bit inside the department's dog kennels until the owner was notified, and it was picked up.

Authorities didn't say if the owner was cited for having a pig on the loose.

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