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Springfield woman found in crashed car may have died weeks ago

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 12:53 AM

27-year-old Chelsea Marie Dowler's body was found in a crashed pickup along I-71 in Delaware County Thursday, but state troopers don't know when the crash happened.

A Springfield woman was found deceased Thursday morning in a car that crashed along Interstate 71 in Delaware County.

Chelsea Marie Dowler, 27, was found in a 1993 Dodge Dakota, which traveled off the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest in a cornfield in Kingston Twp., according to the Delaware Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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The wreck was found by a crew picking up debris, Lt. Bob Sellers of the highway patrol said Friday, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Dowler had been reported missing, but it’s not clear when the crash happened.

“According to Springfield police, the car was either stolen or taken from the victim’s father without his permission” on either Aug. 20 or Aug. 21, Sellers said.

“It’s a relief to have closure,” Dowler’s mother, Janette Lanum, of Springfield, told The Dispatch on Friday.

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Lanum said her daughter had a drug problem and heroin addiction since at least 2009. Until August she had been doing well for 2½ years and had been getting better after rehab and incarcerations, The Dispatch reported.

“She was always trying to help people,” Lanum said. “She was the sweetest girl I ever knew ... and not just because she was mine.”

Dowler is survived by two sons, ages 6 and 4.

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Coroner ID’s man in fatal motorcycle crash in Warren Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:09 AM

Motorcycle ax

UPDATE @ 7:05 a.m. 6/18/18:

The Warren County Coroner’s Office has identified the man involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in Franklin Sunday.

Stephen C. Booth, 40, of Miamisburg died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Riley Street near Van Horne Street, according to Chief Investigator, A. Doyle Burke of Warren County Coroner’s Office.

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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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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Coroner’s office responds to crash in Dayton

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:07 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:43 AM

Scene of fatal accident on Danner Avenue in Dayton

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office responded to a crash in Dayton early Monday morning.

The crash was reported at 2:50 a.m. at the intersection of Danner Avenue and Richley Drive. 

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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2 in custody after cruiser struck, pursuit in Dayton

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:01 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:18 AM

2 in custody following pursuit in Dayton

A pursuit that started when a pickup truck struck a cruiser ended in Dayton early Monday morning with two in custody.

Around 1:10 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 4100 block of Germantown Pike on reports of an intoxicated male who was acting disorderly and was driving a black truck.

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Deputies located the vehicle in the 3700 block of Germantown Pike, at which time the truck struck a deputy’s cruiser and fled, which started the pursuit.

The pursuit ended around 1:50 a.m. in the area of Gettysburg Avenue and Frytown Road. Two people, a man and woman, are in custody.

No injuries were reported.

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