Ramps to I-75 N from U.S. 35 E & W open after semi spill accident

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 5:31 PM
Updated: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 10:05 PM

FROM SCENE: 35 East to 75 North semi crash

UPDATE @ 10:04 p.m.: Dayton crews have reopened the ramps to I-75 North from U.S. 35 East and West after a semi trailer tipped over this afternoon. 

The trailer was full of frozen food and had to be unloaded and taken to Walmart, according to officials on scene. 

The driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. 

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UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.: The semitrailer was headed west on U.S. 35 when the driver apparently lost control on the ramp to I-75 North, Dayton police Sgt. Andrew Zecchini said, and the driver will be cited for failure to control a motor vehicle. 

Traffic investigators are speculating that speed and shifting cargo were contributing factors in the accident, which sent the driver to a hospital complaining about a headache, the sergeant said. 

The ramps from U.S. 35 East and West to I-75 North remain closed while the trailer's cargo of frozen food is being removed. Once the trailer is empty, a heavy duty wrecker will be able to right the big rig to get all of it off the ramp. 

The food was headed to Walmart, Zecchini said.

UPDATE @ 5:58 p.m.:  

The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries and has been taken to a hospital. The trailer is full of frozen food and it will have to be unloaded, according to officials on scene. 

The spill is radiator fluid, not diesel fuel, and it has been contained, officials said.

UPDATE @ 5:39 p.m.: 

We're hearing that the ramps from U.S. 35 East and West to I-75 North will be shut down three to four hours.

CONTRIBUTED/ Heather Jarusiewic


An overturned semi on the ramp to I-75 North from U.S. 35 East has that ramp and the ramp from U.S. 35 West to the interstate closed as well.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Dayton crews working to repair water main break

There is a massive fuel spill that has brought at least two Dayton Regional Hazardous Material units to the scene.

The semi crashed in the median, on the ramp.

Whether the driver or anyone else has been injured is not known.

The ramps will be closed for an undetermined amount of time because of the accident and the spill.

The accident and spill were reported just before 5 p.m.

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Armstrong Air & Space Museum to celebrate 49th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum will celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing Saturday and Sunday with NASA astronauts Don Thomas and Robert Springer, as well as other guests and weekend long activities. 

>>PHOTOS: Apollo 11’s historic mission

Saturday, the astronauts will kick off the festivities by declaring the start to the annual Run to the Moon 10k, 5k, and 1 mile runs beginning at the museum at 8:00 a.m. Springer will give a presentation in the museum's Astro Theater at 2:00 p.m., followed by Thomas at 3:30 p.m. Autograph sessions with both astronauts will be held in between presentations in the Modern Space Gallery, located in the south wing of the museum. 

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Saturday's events also include the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Animals Alive! program, Imagination Station: Extreme Science Demos, Star Wars characters, the Lost in Space robot, Moon Pie eating contest, and kids trivia. 

Sunday, the Toledo Zoo will feature their Zooper Challenge program, followed by Magician Russo's Bent Reality show. Inside the Astro Theater, Thomas will have a second presentation at 1:00 p.m. The festival will come to a close with the Lima Area Concert Band in the pavilion at 7:00 p.m. 

Both days of the festival will include rocket launches by local clubs of the National Association of Rocketry, science demos by the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, outdoor inflatables, face painting, a DJ, LEGO building and a mini golf course. 

>>11 things you probably never knew about Apollo 11

Visitors will have the opportunity to share their stories of inspiration by space exploration through participating in the oral history project. 

For the full schedule, visit armstrongmuseum.org/armstrong_events.

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Washington Twp. apartment complex fire caused by lightning strike

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:47 PM

Storms roll through Miami Valley; lightning major cause of damage

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.:

Some of the biggest damage caused by today’s storms was from lightning, including the apartment complex on Seabreeze Court who saw the most damage due to lightning igniting parts of the roof.

“It’s indescribable. I mean it was really really loud you just heard it sounded like a crash,” said a neighbor.

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10 fire trucks and two ambulances were called out to this apartment building around noon on Friday.

>>Severe weather down trees, ignite fires in Miami Valley

“Me and my boyfriend smelled all the smoke coming through our windows, ran downstairs and saw that the backside of this building caught of fire,” said a resident.

Fires happening due to lightning was the story of the day in most of the Miami Valley.

“These thunderstorms intensified very quickly. They were producing a lot of lightning in particular a lot of cloud to ground lightning,” said Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

>>Showers, storms taper off tonight

Lightning caused a lot of damage, however, the Miami Valley was able to avoid the worst of the storms because of rain early in the afternoon.

SCENE: Washington Twp. fire possible started by lightning strike

“It was an incredibly close call we had the instability at least higher up in the atmosphere but because we stayed in the mid-60s through the day we were lucky we did not get the severe weather to the west,” said Elwell.


Firefighters are on the scene of a fire reported at the Chesapeake Landing Apartments in Washington Twp. Friday afternoon. 

LOCAL WEATHER: Strong to severe storms expected today; tornadoes, high winds, and hail possible

Crews responded to the 1600 block of Seabreeze Court around 12:30 p.m. and reported a working fire in the structure. 

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Initial reports indicate the fire might have been caused by lightning that struck the building. 

There are no reports of any injuries, however firefighters did have to rescue a dog from one of the buildings, firefighters said.

A second alarm has been requested to help fight the blaze, emergency scanner traffic indicates. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Gravesite for ‘Buckskin Girl’ gets new headstone with her name

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Marcia Sossomon King was found dead in Miami County 37 years ago. She was known as the 'Bucksin Girl' until her remains were recently identified.

It took nearly 37 years before a positive ID was made of Jane Doe whose body was found along a Miami County road, but only a short time for donations and creation of a new stone marking her grave in Troy.

RELATED: Jane Doe no more: Miami County sheriff IDs cold case victim 37 years later

Marcia Sossomon King of Arkansas, who was 21 when she died in 1981, was remembered Friday with the placement of the stone and a memorial service at Riverside Cemetery. The name Sossomon, her father’s last name, was added at the request of her family.

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The body of the Jane Doe, also known as “Buckskin Girl” for the jacket, was buried at the city cemetery weeks after its discovery with a marker identifying the grave as Jane Doe’s.

Nine members of King’s family attended the Friday service.

“Words don’t describe the feelings we have for all of you, how you have loved her and taken her in your arms,” said her stepmother Cindy Sossoman.

RELATED: With ID, investigation intensifies into ‘buckskin girl’s’ unsolved homicide

She said King’s father, John Sossomon, died in January, a few months before she was identified. Cindy Sossomon said King was very trusting and obviously fell into the wrong hands. However, thanks to Miami County investigators and the community, she soon “was in good hands ... in the loving hands of people here.”

King’s identity was confirmed this spring thanks to new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with ID confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.

She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. She had no socks, shoes, bags or any form of ID. She did have a buckskin jacket, which was shown in efforts to find out her name and led to her being known as the Buckskin Girl.

“We are grateful this day has come, that Marcia has a name other than Buckskin Girl,” said the Rev. Greg Simmons, chaplain of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

The stone was the result of a private fundraising effort led by retired Piqua police officer Paul Sullenberger with assistance from the FOP lodge. He asked the some 50 people gathered to say King’s full name aloud.

“Her name is written in stone and etched in our hearts and minds,” Sullenberger said.

“I just can’t thank people enough,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said of the efforts to provide the stone.

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Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Lord said the investigation into who killed King continues with a focus on establishing a timeline for the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.

“She has been placed in Louisville, Kentucky, approximately 14 days prior to her being found,” he said. “We continue to seek the assistance from anyone that may have had contact with her in April of 2014 in Ohio or Kentucky.

Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s tip line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contactus-1.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit helps make arrests

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:26 PM


In an effort to reduce drug sales, gun crimes, and traffic pursuits in the City of Dayton, officers utilize the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) aircraft to track vehicles who fail to comply with traffic stops. These air patrols are helping to catch drivers in pursuit from police cruisers.

On Thursday, four arrests were made in two different incidents with the help of the OSP aviation unit, according to Dayton police reports.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police seek identities of West Siebenthaler Avenue break-in suspects

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Ahlea Graham-Johnson, 23, was charged with obstructing official business and a parole violation. Charles Warren, 28, was charged with obstructing official business and was later released. James Mitchel, 39, was charged with obstructing official business, failure to comply, improper use of CCW fire arms, carrying concealed weapon, and having weapons while under disability. His next court date is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Ahlea Graham-Johnson, 23

Graham, Warren, and Mitchel were all passengers of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala while traveling at an excessive rate of speed with a loud exhaust when they failed to comply to a traffic stop initiated by a cruiser illuminating their overhead lights and sirens. 

James Mitchel, 39

An OSP aircraft was hovering above when they took over the pursuit and followed the Chevy for about 15 minutes before it parked in the rear of 749 Taylor Street. Three individuals fled from the vehicle, and were then caught and arrested.

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During a different incident, Marcus Blackwell, 22, was arrested and charged with obstructing official business and failure to comply with order. His next court date is set for Monday at 1:45 p.m.

Marcus Blackwell, 22

Blackwell was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger with excessive tint when he failed to comply to a traffic stop when a cruiser activated their emergency lights.

An OSP aircraft took over the pursuit by keeping visuals on the Charger. Blackwell turned onto Stormont Drive, parked, and started walking down the sidewalk before police showed up and arrested him.

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