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Report: Pilot in double-fatal Darke County plane crash left rehab weeks before incident

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 1:48 PM

Report: Pilot in double-fatal Darke County plane crash left rehab weeks before incident

The pilot in a Darke County plane crash that killed him and his passenger in 2016 had cocaine, alcohol and other drugs in his system at the time of the crash, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board released this week.

Clayton Heins, 20, took off from a private grass airstrip around 8 a.m. on Sept. 14 before crashing in a field near Dull Road.

Heins passenger, Jacob Turner, 18, also was killed in the crash.
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The wreckage was found in a cornfield, about 150 yards east of a railroad bed and north of Dull Road by a family member in a search plane, which had been sent up because the victims had been reported as missing and unaccounted for, a Darke County deputy said.

Heins was a student pilot.

“Although federal regulations do not allow a student pilot to carry passengers, the student pilot and a passenger departed from a private airstrip on a personal flight in the airplane,” the report read.  “During the flight the passenger posted on social media a video that showed the airplane maneuvering at a low altitude.”

Toxicology testing of Heins “indicated the use of multiple psychoactive drugs, including alprazolam, cocaine, ethanol and hydroxyzine.”

“The combined effects of these drugs likely impaired his ability to safely perform low-altitude maneuvers,” the report read.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the crash to be a result of the “student pilot’s reckless flying attitude and use of multiple psychoactive drugs, which likely impaired his ability to maintain clearance from terrain while maneuvering at low altitude,” according to the report.

Heins has accumulated 31 total hours of flying and his last recorded flight before the crash was on Dec. 23, 2012, according to the report.

The NTSB reported people interviewed by law enforcement told investigators that two weeks before the crash, Heins “had returned from a substance abuse rehabilitation facility where he was treated for heroin addiction for about 30 days,” the report read.

The airplane involved in the crash, which was registered to Heins’ father, was a Piper PA 11.

Police find man with gunshot wound to the head in Dayton home

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

UPDATE @ 7:15 a.m.:

A 38-year-old man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after police found him with a gunshot wound to the head in a home in Dayton, according to Sgt. Thomas Schloss of Dayton Police Department.

The man was found lying on the floor in the home on Brooklyn Avenue, Schloss said.

Homicide detectives were called out to the scene and are investigating, said Schloss.

It’s not known how the man was shot and his identity was not released.

FIRST REPORT:

Emergency crews are on scene of a shooting in Dayton.

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The shooting occurred in the 200 block of Brooklyn Avenue around 5:50 a.m. Sunday, according to initial reports.

Police have the road between West Second Street and Edison Street blocked off with crime tape.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

More showers and storms likely to start the week

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:50 AM

More showers and storms are likely through the weekend in the Dayton area.

The first part of your Sunday should be dry, but there is a slight chance for an isolated shower, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The better chances for more showers and storms returns for the second half of the day. Some of the storms towards evening could be strong to severe with the biggest concerns being strong winds and some hail. Highs today will be in the lower 80s.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Few P.M. showers and storms today
  • Some could be strong with gusty winds, hail and heavy downpours
  • Dry time returns by Wednesday

DETAILED FORECAST:

5-Day Forecast

Monday: More showers and a few storms are likely to start the work-week. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers, maybe a few storms are likely for the first part of your day. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Wednesday: It looks like we finally dry things out on Wednesday under partly cloudy skies. Highs again will be in the lower 80s.

Thursday: A little bit more sunshine returns for your day with highs in the lower 80s.

Two people ejected from motorcycle in Shelby Co. crash

Published: Sunday, May 06, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:25 AM

UPDATE @ 4:25 a.m. (May 20):

Michelle S. McNamara, 28, was listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being ejected from a motorcycle in Loramie Twp. May 6.

The driver of the motorcycle, Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, was no longer listed as a patient at Wilson Memorial Hospital. His condition was not known.

FIRST REPORT:

Shelby County deputies and the Russia Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the intersection of Russia Houston Road and Russia Rd. early Sunday morning. 

Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, and Michelle S. McNamara, 28, were ejected from a black 2016 Kawasaki motorcycle traveling eastbound in the 1000 block of Russia Houston around 12:18 a.m. 

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Vennemeyer over corrected when traveling off the right side of the roadway and then crashed. 

McNamara was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital and is in critical condition. 

Vennemeyer was transported by rescue squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital 

The extent of Vennemeyer's injuries is unknown.

Abandoned car fire under investigation in Montgomery Co.

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 2:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:00 AM

UPDATE @ 4 a.m.:

An abandoned vehicle found fully engulfed in a gravel lot near the Great Miami River Recreational Trail is under investigation, according to Lt. Nick Carpenter of Bethel Twp. Fire Department.

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A call from a passerby came in around 2:10 a.m. that a Hyundai Veloster was on fire at Old Springfield Road at Old Canal Road.

Bethel Twp. fire along with Vandalia fire and Metro Park Police handled the incident.

Flames were able to be extinguished quickly and the vehicle was towed, according to Carpenter. 

FIRST REPORT:

Emergency crews are responding to a report of a vehicle fire in Vandalia Sunday morning.

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Initial reports state the vehicle is fully engulfed at Old Springfield Road and Old Canal Road.

It’s unknown if the vehicle is occupied at this time.