Warren County man, 25, killed in trench collapse

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 12:04 PM
Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 4:26 AM

AERIAL FOOTAGE: One dead after trench collapse in Warren County

UPDATE @ 8 p.m. (Dec. 28):

The worker killed in a trench collapse today was identified as 25-year-old Zachary Hess of Mason, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

UPDATE @ 7:45 p.m.

Despite valiant rescue efforts, a worker trapped when a trench collapsed at a home construction site has died.

  • JK Excavating worker dies in trench collapse
  • Trench about 20 to 30 feet deep at new home site
  • Rescue crews from multiple jurisdictions responded

The JK Excavating employee, whose name was not released, was buried at least 25 to 30 feet underground just before noon in the 5500 block of Anne Marie Drive in The Woodlands subdivision near Morrow.

Live images from the scene show firefighters use shovels to dig in the area of the trapped worker. Our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati shared aerial footage from their news helicopter.

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Lt. John Faine of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the victim initially was partly visible but the soil was so loose it eventually covered the worker.

Multiple fire crews dispatched for a tactical rescue and two Hamilton County Urban Search and Rescue vehicles tried to free the worker.

Despite efforts to rescue the victim, the amount of dirt covering him and the length of time he was buried officials said there was no way the victim could have survived, Faine said.

Emergency radio traffic from the scene indicates a building inspector from Warren County has been requested. School buses also were been requested to help with crew rotation and keeping rescuers warm in the freezing cold.


One person is reportedly trapped after a trench collapsed in Morrow, Warren County Thursday. 

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Fire crews were dispatched for a tactical rescue in the 5500 block of Anne Marie Drive around 11:55 a.m. Thursday. 

Additional details were not immediately available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Dayton police, fire rescue cat from tree after community members plead for help

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 7:56 PM

Cat is rescued from tree near Hospice of Dayton

- UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: 

The cat has been rescued, according to a Hospice of Dayton spokesperson.

 Dayton fire and police personnel were able to remove the cat from the tree. The cat was said to be healthy.


A cat with apparent injuries up in a tree on Hospice of Dayton grounds tonight has some people in the community concerned.

A cat was stuck in a tree near Hospice of Dayton. PHOTO COURTESY OF BETHANY WALKER

There have been posts on social media, including the WHIO Facebook page, and calls to our newsroom from people who want to get help for the animal.

>> Bobcat captured aboard ferry in Pittsburgh

We reached out to Hospice of Dayton, and officials there said they are working to resolve the issue.

Earlier, police were called to stop citizens from trying to retrieve the cat.

It’s not clear how long the cat has been in the tree.

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Tecumseh community launches balloons to honor teen who loses cancer battle

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 6:34 PM

Balloon launch for Collin at Tecumseh High School

Gold balloons filled the sky this afternoon at the Tecumseh High School football field after hundreds of community members gathered to honor a teen who died of cancer.

>> Community celebrates life of local teen who lost his battle with cancer

Collin Griffin, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Tecumseh Middle School, died March 9 following a yearlong battle with a rare form of cancer.

>> Hundreds turn out for push-up challenge to support teen’s cancer fight

His funeral was held Wednesday.

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Chance for rain, snow returns this week

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:57 PM

A pleasant evening is expected in the Dayton area, but rain and snow are expected to return later this week.

A quiet night is expected with temperatures overnight dropping into the lower 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar  said.


  • Rain returns Monday evening
  • Snow expected Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lower temperatures this week

>>Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

>>County-by-County Forecast 

Tuesday: The chance for snow is increasing, as more recent model runs are becoming more consistent and are agreeing more on the chance for snow. We’re calling for snow on Tuesday, some of which could be heavy at times. This snow looks to continue into Wednesday as well. Highs will be in the lower 40s early in the morning with most of the day staying in the 30s. 

>>WHIO Weather App

Wednesday: Snow is likely to continue into Wednesday, especially earlier in the day. By the time the snow wraps up, it looks like we’ll see a couple of inches of snow accumulation, however, there is still a lot of time between now and the event, allowing time for the track to change course. This will have a large effect on just how much snow we see. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s for the day. 

>>Severe Weather Guide

Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but the chance for rain returns at night. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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Brush fire spreads to 5 acres, is put out quickly

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:25 PM

UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m.

Crews left the scene of a brush fire that spread to 5 acres in an area off the 5000 block of Medlar Road.

The fire, reported around 3:20 p.m., was extinguished quickly by responding crews.


Crews are on scene of brush fire this afternoon involving a reported 5 acres.

The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. in the 5000 block of Medlar Road, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

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

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