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Piqua man in serious condition after crashing into semi in Darke Co.

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 1:20 AM

NewsCenter 7 flew it's SKY7 drone over the scene of a crash in Darke County on U.S. 36.

UPDATE (Oct. 4) @ 1:20 a.m.

A Piqua man is still listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital after he was extricated from a crashed SUV on U.S. 36 in Darke County Tuesday morning, according to deputies. 

Carl Larger, 42, was driving the SUV eastbound in the 9500 block when he went left of center and struck a semi, sending it into a nearby cornfield. 

Deputies said the driver of the semi was treated and released at the scene. 

A traffic reconstructionist was called to the scene and the crash remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m. 

Both directions of U.S. 36 south of Bradford have reopened after a crash between an SUV and a semi. 

UPDATE @ 10:55 a.m. 

U.S. 36 is shut down in both directions for deputies to investigate a crash between an SUV and a semi in Darke County. 

Contributed Photo/Clinton Randall/The Early Bird

The SUV went left of center in the 9500 block of U.S. 36 and slammed into a tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction, sending the semi into a cornfield, according to investigators. 

The SUV driver was trapped in the vehicle as a result of the crash, and was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. 

The semi driver was not injured. 

A crash reconstruction team is conducting the investigation of the crash. 

It is not known when U.S. 36 is expected to reopen. 

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m. 

An SUV driver suffered serious injuries following a head-on crash with a semi on U.S. 36 in Darke County, according to our news partners at The Early Bird. 

A CareFlight medical helicopter landed at the scene to transport the driver to an area hospital. 

We’re working to learn more and we’ll update this page when new details become available. 


At least one person is reportedly trapped after a head-on crash on U.S. 36 near Bradford in Darke County Tuesday morning. 

Deputies and fire crews were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. to the 9500 block of U.S. 36, west of Ohio 721, on reports of a head-on crash between an SUV and a semi. 

A CareFlight medical helicopter has been requested to the scene. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Wright State trustees fire former provost who was on paid leave for 3 years

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:27 PM

Former Wright State Provost Sundaram Narayanan, left, and his attorney Ted Copetas, right, sit in a Wright State board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Trustees voted to terminate Narayanan’s position as a faculty member.
Former Wright State Provost Sundaram Narayanan, left, and his attorney Ted Copetas, right, sit in a Wright State board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Trustees voted to terminate Narayanan’s position as a faculty member.(MAX FILBY / STAFF)

Wright State University’s board of trustees voted to fire its former provost who has been on paid leave in a faculty position for more than three years.

Six of the board’s nine members voted this evening to fire Sundaram Narayanan effective June 30. Three board members were absent from the closed-door meeting Wednesday when trustees met with Narayanan and his attorney Ted Copetas.

“At the end of the day, Dr. Narayanan was a decision-maker at the highest levels of the university at a time that resulted in millions of dollars in losses and the board feels there needs to be accountability from our administrators … and I think in the end that’s what it came down to,” board chairman Doug Fecher said after the vote.

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Following the private meeting, trustees returned to public session and voted to accept president Cheryl Schrader’s recommendation to terminate Narayanan’s employment.

Narayanan was placed on paid leave in May 2015 when a federal investigation was launched possible violation of immigration laws at WSU.

There was nothing “happy or satisfying” about the decision trustees made Wednesday, Fecher said. Fecher said he hopes that the decision helps the university move on from the visa scandal.

How WSU trustees voted on Narayanan’s termination

Doug Fecher: Yes

Bruce Langos: Yes

Bill Montgomery: Yes

Stephanie Green: Yes

Grace Ramos: Yes

Anuj Goyal: Yes

Michael Bridges: Absent

C.D. Moore: Absent

Sean Fitzpatrick: Absent

“This was not easy. There’s nothing to be happy about,” Fecher said. “This was hopefully the end of a very long and difficult chapter in the university’s history and I’m hoping we can all begin to put this behind us and move on and learn what lessons need to be learned and put the university on the path to the success that it deserves.”

After Narayanan and Copetas met with trustees behind closed doors, the former provost declined to comment on the then-pending decision. But, before trustees voted to fire Narayanan, Copetas said he thought the meeting “went very well.”

“I thought we made our point for the board and I can only hope that they make their decision based on the evidence and the record,” Copetas said before the vote.

Narayanan was one of four university administrators initially suspended in May 2015 because of the federal probe, which a Dayton Daily News investigation revealed was related to the university’s use of H-1B temporary work visas to secure employees for an area IT staffing firm.

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University researcher Phani Kidambi, who was also suspended since May 2015 because of the federal probe, resigned from the university in August, records show.

The two others were university chief general counsel Gwen Mattison and senior advisor to the provost Ryan Fendley. Mattison was forced to retire in August 2015 with a $301,331 separation payment.

Sundaram Narayanan, former provost at Wright State University. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Fendley was fired in August 2015, but then filed two lawsuits against the university. A breach of contract suit was settled with Wright State Applied Research Corporation paying him $13,209. A wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Fendley in the Ohio Court of Claims was decided in Wright State’s favor in September.

Copetas has not said whether he and Narayanan would file a lawsuit if the university terminated the former provost.

“We’ll have to evaluate our options after the board of trustees makes that decision,” Copetas told ;this news organization last week.

While Fecher said he hopes another lawsuit isn’t in the university’s future, he said Wright State’s leaders would handle one if it’s filed.

“That’s always a possibility,” Fecher said. “We’ll handle that if it comes. But, I don’t know that you can let that type of thing affect the kinds of decisions that you feel need to be made.”


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Storm Center 7’s Kirstie Zontini flies with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:26 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Kirstie Zontini prepares to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

It was a ride of a lifetime for Storm Center 7 Daybreak meteorologist Kirstie Zontini, who suited up Wednesday afternoon with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

The flight crew is in town for this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Zontini took off with the team at 4:30 p.m., and is now safely back on the ground after quite the ride on an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft.

This Blue Angels jet has made its arrival at the Dayton Air Show.

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The Blue Angels are making their first appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show since 2014.

The fastest speed the team reaches during its performances is about 700 mph.

News Center 7 will bring you the behind the scenes look at the team and Zontini’s flight throughout Wednesday.

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Chance for showers and storms tonight, into start of weekend

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Heavy downpours and gusty winds are possible Wednesday.


  • Passing showers and storms this evening
  • Temperatures cool a bit Thursday
  • Increasing rain chances late Thursday into Friday

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This evening/overnight: Expect passing showers and a chance for a few thunderstorms through sunset, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Most showers and storms should dissipate after dark, Elwell said. 

Temperatures will hold into the 80s before falling to a low in the middle to upper 60s overnight under partly cloudy skies, Elwell said.

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Thursday: Partly cloudy skies and a break in humidity to start the day. However, a front will quickly return to the area, bringing the threat for more showers and storms by the afternoon and into the evening. Highs will reach the upper 70s. 

Friday: Mostly cloudy skies with numerous showers and storms likely especially in the afternoon. A few storms could be severe, along with locally heavy rainfall. Highs will be near 80 degrees. 

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Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds to start the weekend with a passing shower or storm possible, especially in southern counties. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.  

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Sunday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with another changer for a shower or storm, mainly in southern counties. Highs will be in the lower 80s. 

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies return with highs reaching the lower 80s. 

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Crews respond to report of partial structure collapse in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:54 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 6:10 PM

Woman falls through porch in Dayton

UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m.

A 40-year-old woman fell through a concrete porch this evening and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The woman was a visitor to the duplex in the 1400 block of Hochwalt Avenue.

The woman’s injuries are considered not life-threatening, and a building inspector has been called, Dayton fire officials said.

Yellow caution tape has been placed on the porch.


Crews were called this evening to a report of a partial structure collapse.

The incident was reported around 5:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hochwalt Avenue in Dayton.

According to initial reports, a woman fell through a porch when it caved in. 

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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