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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Family Video robbed at knife-point in Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

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Police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a Family Video at knife-point in Dayton Friday.

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The suspect reportedly entered the location at 1910 Wayne Ave. just after 10:30 p.m., according to the employee working at the time.

A man in his late 20s to early 30s reportedly looked around the store before going behind the counter and pulling out a pocket knife, according to a Dayton police report.

The employee told police the man put the knife to the their stomach and demanded them to get on the ground. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the drawers before leaving out of the front door on foot, the report said.

It was not known which direction the suspect went.

A K-9 was requested to the scene, as well as an evidence technician, according to the report.

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The suspect is described as being between five foot six and five foot eight inches tall, thin with a dark mustache and brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath, a black and red hat and jeans, according to the report.

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Fire destroys barn in Shelby County

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:34 PM

A fire destroyed a barn Friday evening near Houston in Shelby County.

The blaze was reported sometime around 4 p.m. in the 2100 block of Patterson Halpin Road.

(Kathy Dapore Greve / Contributed)

Crews from multiple fire departments were called to the scene.

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Union residents planting bushes find suspicious device; bomb squad called

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:30 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 8:45 PM

Bomb Squad

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m.

Residents planting bushes came across a suspicious device, which prompted the Dayton Bomb Squad to respond to their home.

The device found in the backyard of a Laurelgrove Drive home was described as a homemade firework buried for possibly a decade, police said.

The device was detonated in the area of Valley View Drive.


The Dayton Bomb Squad is on the scene at a home on Laurelgrove Drive in Union this afternoon.

The incident has been going on since at least 2:45 p.m., according to a witness.

Police seem to be centering their investigation in the backyard of a home in the first block of Laurelgrove.

We’re working to learn more.

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New details: Ousted teacher let student spend night at her home

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:41 PM

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Khalilah Forte, the Trotwood-Madison High School teacher whose contract was non-renewed Thursday night by the school board, had been reprimanded in March for allowing a student to spend the night at her home, according to documents in her personnel file obtained by the Dayton Daily News.

An April 4 letter from district Treasurer Janice Allen says high school Principal David White wouldn’t recommend renewing Forte’s contract for next school year. White based his decision on, “concerns regarding your professionalism. This includes conflicts with peers as well as concerns regarding your relationships with students outside the classroom,” the letter says.

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The March 7 reprimand letter from White addresses a female student spending the night at Forte’s home. It suggests the issue has come up before.

“I have spoken to you prior to this incident about students being at your home when school is out for the day or on weekends,” White’s letter reads. “This is a violation of district policy.”

Forte signed that reprimand but wrote in at the bottom, “I’m signing this statement and I am not in agreement with the reprimand …”

Also in Forte’s file is a six-page letter marked received April 3, in which Forte describes her efforts to help the struggling 18-year-old female student in question, who she said had been left alone in Trotwood when her mother and siblings moved to Indiana.

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Forte wrote that she told multiple school officials that she was considering taking the girl in, saying some of them encouraged it and none of them said it would be a violation.

Forte, who has taught business classes at Trotwood-Madison High School the past two years, couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. Her personnel file doesn’t include any district discipline for “conflicts with peers” as mentioned in the non-renewal letter.

At Thursday’s school board meeting, Forte repeated claims that she was being disciplined for taking a few dozen students on a college visit trip last month that the district didn’t sponsor. The personnel file doesn’t include any mention from the district about the trip.

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“I’m guilty of loving kids. I’m guilty of wanting education for each one of my kids in the district,” Forte said at the school board meeting. “I’m guilty of feeding kids. I’m guilty of wanting to expose them to a world of possibilities.”

Several students and community members spoke up on Forte’s behalf at the meeting.

School district officials have said they won’t discuss the details of personnel decisions, with school board President Denise Moore repeating that statement Thursday night.

Staff Writer Sean Cudahy also contributed to this report.

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