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Identity of Preble County lake drowning victim, 15, released by coroner

Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9:26 PM

Richmond dive team searches after report of child in water

UPDATE @ 2:55 p.m. (May 29):

New Paris Police in Preble County are releasing more details about the discovery of drowned teen Diante Taylor, 15, at the Natural Springs Resort Monday.

Diante Taylor, 15, drowned Monday, Memorial Day at Natural Springs Resort swimming hole in Preble County. PHOTO COURTESY: Facebook

A friend of Taylor told police at 4:40 p.m. that he’d been looking for his friend for about an hour before contacting staff for help.

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Northwest Fire and EMS contacted the Richmond Fire Department dive team for assistance. The dive team located the teen at 5:46 p.m., twelve minutes after entering the water.

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Taylor was a freshman at Richmond High School. Superintendent Todd Terrill released a statement today offering thoughts, prayers and condolences. Classmates are free to contact teacher’s, school counselors and administrative staff for support.

UPDATE @ 1:56 p.m. (May 29):

The identity of the 15-year-old Richmond, Indiana boy who drowned in a Preble County lake on Memorial Day, has been identified as Diante Taylor. 

A final cause of death is pending while the Preble County coroner awaits autopsy results and toxicology tests.


A 15-year-old boy from Richmond, Indiana, died Memorial Day after apparently drowning at the Natural Springs Resort.

  • Teen pronounced dead at scene
  • He had been swimming with 2 friends from Richmond
  • Victim’s name not yet released

New Paris Police Chief Jeremy Schroeder said a 15-year-old boy’s body was recovered from the lake by a dive team from the Richmond, Indiana, fire department.

The juvenile, whose name has not been released, was at the resort and swimming with two friends.

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“We received a call of a missing juvenile after it was reported to the staff here at Natural Springs,” he said.

The chief said he had an officer at the venue within a couple minutes, but that it was his understanding there may have been a time lag as the boy’s friends tried to search for him.

People at the resort said the water was crowded with swimmers when the teen went missing.

It is not clear how long he had been in the water, the Preble County Sheriff’s Office said.

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“We just noticed it was very crowded and saw normal activity like people throwing each other off rafts, laughing and jumping. I could see how somebody could get hurt if they got hit in the head or went under the raft and nobody noticed because it was crowded,” said Tom Zwolski of Vandalia who was visiting the resort with family. “This is a horrible way to end a beautiful weekend.”

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Natural Springs Resort is at 500 S. Washington St. in the village of New Paris in Preble County, near the Ohio and Indiana border. According to its website, it is situated around a fresh water lake and offers swimming, diving from boards, scuba diving, water slides, fishing and a swimming pool in addition to camping at RV and tent sites and cabins.

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Family displaced after house explosion in Miami Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:40 PM

Gas leak house explosion in West Milton

UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m.:

A propane gas leak caused an explosion in the basement of a home in West Milton Sunday morning.

Larry Jinkins said he was asleep when the explosion happened in his home this morning.

Jinkins, his wife, five kids, and three dogs were in the home during the time of the explosion. 

He said the fire department told him they were very lucky they were not hurt. 

Jinkins rented the house that is now uninhabitable and said they had a temporary line due to a former gas leak that needed to be put underground.

UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m.:

The family of five that were at the house during the time of an explosion were displaced and are being aided by the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.


An explosion occurred at or near a house in West Milton Sunday morning.

The explosion was reported around 8:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of Iddings Road.

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It’s not yet known what caused the explosion or the extent of damages, but DP&L was called to the scene, according to Deputy Adams of Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Two adults and three children were at the home but not injured, said Adams.

West Milton Fire Department is on scene.

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

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Warren Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

Motorcycle ax

UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m:

The motorcycle crash that occurred earlier today was fatal, Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

A 40-year-old was believed to be traveling northbound on Riley Street near Van Horne Street. He was possibly racing a vehicle before losing control, hitting a curb, and being thrown from his motorcycle--Sgt. Wolf of Franklin confirmed. He was also believed to be wearing a helmet.

The vehicle he was racing is unknown, and no one else was injured.


Emergency crews are on scene of a reported accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Franklin.

According to dispatchers, crews are at the scene of North Main Street at North River Street.

The crash reportedly occurred around 3:20 p.m.

We are on the way to the scene to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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Miamisburg opened a time capsule from 1968 to celebrate its bicentennial. Here’s what was inside.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

A report card from Sinclair Community College, an annual report for the Huffman bicycle company and a Bible with a bit of history were among the items discovered in a time capsule opened in Miamisburg on Saturday.

“Fifty years ago this time capsule was buried in Veterans Park with memorabilia from 1968,” the emcee announced to the crowd gathered at the beginning of the city’s weeklong bicentennial celebration.

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The white container, with “Miamisburg Area Sesquicentennial 1818 - 1968” on the side, was unsealed and broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page.

Many who watched the ceremony remembered the stores, barber shops and other establishments represented in the container that have long closed, such Mobley Cafe, Arcade Cafe and the Riviera Lounge.

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A letter to the mayor at the time from then-President Lyndon B. Johnson was included in the container.

An annual report for the Huffman Manufacturing Company states the company made more than $42 million in sales in 1967, netting $1.5 million.

Old newspapers provided a somber reminder of the Vietnam War. At the top of a Miamisburg News broadsheet was a report on the death of Cpl. William Ebright, who was killed in action.

A man told the crowd about the Bible that was pulled out of the time capsule. He said he was there when his mother placed the Bible in the container.

The Bible had been given to Mark Dennis before he was deployed to Vietnam, the man said.Dennis was also killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter he was riding in, and though his remains were never found the Bible was returned to the family, the man said.

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More activities are planned today through next Sunday as the city celebrates its 200th birthday.

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One person taken to hospital after apartment fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:18 PM

1 person taken to hospital after Dayton fire

One person was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and one was treated at the scene of an apartment fire in Dayton Sunday.

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Crews were called to the first floor apartment fire in the 1600 block of Bancroft Street around 11:30 a.m.

No one was in the apartment where the fire started but the flames did run up to the outside of the second floor apartment, according to Dayton fire official Brad Baldwin.

Everyone evacuated the building with help from neighbors.

Two of the four apartments in the building are uninhabitable at this time because of damages, according to Baldwin.

The cause of the fire was not yet determined.

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