Suspect in pursuit pleads not guilty

Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 5:05 PM

The man charged with leading police on a high-speed chase and ramming into a deputy’s cruiser Sunday pleaded not guilty to all felony counts. 

Shane S. Stokes appeared in court on Monday morning and was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, vehicular assault, failure to comply with a signal police officer and resisting arrest.

Stokes remains in Clark County Jail in leiu of $30,000 bond. He said he will be hiring his own attorney.

Police said that Stokes fled Champaign County deputies in a purple Ford Ranger around 4:45 p.m. The chase spanned four counties — Champaign, Montgomery, Greene and Clark — and ended on Ohio 72 at Hedgely Road when Stokes ran over a stop stick and hit the cruiser of Sgt. Scott Elliott around 6:30 p.m. Troopers said the chase ranged from 40 mph to 100 mph.

Once Stokes hit the stop stick, “he didn’t lose control, he deliberately accelerated towards the deputy,” said Lt. Ray Martin of OSP.

Both Stokes and Elliott, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, were transported by medic to Springfield Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Ohio 72 remained shut down for several hours as the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

OSP Sgt. Chris Colbert said Stokes is wanted on several felony warrants, but exactly how the pursuit began is still unknown. Troopers also said there were initially three people in the vehicle, but the driver dropped two of them off at some point.

The chase took law enforcement through at least five or six different jurisdictions, and it was called off at several points before the suspect was spotted in Montgomery County and the chase resumed through Enon, Yellow Springs, Clifton and then north on Ohio 72.

Stop sticks were deployed several times unsuccessfully before they were used at Ohio 72 and East Possum Road, ending the pursuit.

Colbert said troopers tried to use the sticks early in the pursuit to avoid an accident. “The longer things go on the more things are at risk,” he said.

Stokes faces charges of felonious assault on a police officer, felony fleeing and eluding, possession of heroin and possession of drug instruments. After being treated at Springfield Regional Medical Center, he was incarcerated in the Clark County Jail.

Area residents say this is the third accident on that stretch of Ohio 72 in the last several months.

Steve Durst, who lives on the 200 block of Ohio 72, said he heard the accident and came outside in time to see Stokes exit the damaged truck and stumble into the road.

“It’s kind of dangerous here with the hill and everything,” Durst said. “It’s hard pulling out (of the driveway).”

He said two different cars hit a neighboring fence earlier this year.

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Thousands without power along U.S. 35 in western Montgomery County

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:33 AM

UPDATE @ 12:35 a.m.: The number of reported outages now stands at 2,101, according to the DP&L online outage map.


More than 4,000 Dayton Power & Light customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, are without power and we're working to find out why. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: All eyes on Tropics, Alberto

According to the DP&L outage map, the outage is affecting 4,013 in the area of the Voyager Village Trailer Park and the Snickers Bar & Restaurant, between North Lutheran Church and Diamond Mill roads. 

An email to our newsroom describes a "complete power outage, lots of emergency vehicles" near the trailer park and the bar/restaurant. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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All eyes on the Tropics and Alberto; remnants could reach Miami Valley

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the Caribbean Sea near Cancun Mexico Friday morning. The system is forecast to slowly strengthen as it moves into the Gulf Of Mexico, perhaps threatening the northern Gulf Coast around Memorial Day. There is also some potential it could influence the weather in the Miami Valley late next week.

Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it emerges into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

Long range model tracks show that the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here in the middle or later half of next week. The main threat for this area would be significant rain.

RELATED: 1st named storm of Atlantic season could hit Gulf states Memorial Day

There is still a lot to keep an eye on through the holiday weekend, Elwell said.

It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.

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Fire causes ‘significant damage’ to farmhouse south of West Milton

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:51 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:55 PM

RAW FOOTAGE: Fire engulfs back of farmhouse south of West Milton

UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.

Fire crews are expected to remain on scene into the early morning hours Saturday after a fire broke out Friday night at a Frederick Garland Road farmhouse south of West Milton.

“We were dispatched out to a structure fire fully engulfed,” said Ken Saunders of the Laura Fire Department.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire reported around 8:30 p.m., but the American Red Cross chapter will be contacted to assist the residents, he said.


The cause of the fire and estimated losses to the structure and contents are not determined.

“The damage is substantial,” Saunders said.

Although the department was able to maintain a steady water supply through tanker trucks and mutual aid from area departments, including Pleasant Hill, Ludlow Falls and West Milton, the age of the house posed a challenge, he said.

“Anytime that you’ve got an old farmhouse you’ve got repairs and updates that’s went on over time, so you’ve got ceilings over ceilings, plaster lathe ... that’s all worked against us.”

There were reports of pets inside the home, but Saunders said he was unable to confirm. 

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Family members were all able to escape a fire that broke out tonight inside a two-story farmhouse south of West Milton.

An hour later, the home was still burning with heavy smoke billowing into the sky, and crews were called from Arcanum to the scene to provide extra manpower.


Crews were called tonight to a fire that broke out at a two-story farmhouse.

The fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. in the 11100 block of West Frederick Garland Road, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to initial reports, the back of the home was engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Mutual aid was requested from area fire departments, including Pitsburg, to assist crews at the scene.

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Boil advisory issued for Franklin Twp.

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:57 PM

A boil advisory has been issued for some residents of this Warren County township.

The affected areas include Pekin Road addresses 2895-3209 and all of Honeytree Lane. 

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Residents in these areas are advised to boil water for two minutes over the next 24 hours.

Anyone affected can call Warren County Water & Sewer for further details at (513) 695-1377. 


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