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This drag racer wants to teach Butler County teens about safe driving

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

            Doug Herbert’s two sons died in a car accident in 2008. The champion drag racer launched the BRAKES program after their deaths to teach safer driving to teens. CONTRIBUTED
Doug Herbert’s two sons died in a car accident in 2008. The champion drag racer launched the BRAKES program after their deaths to teach safer driving to teens. CONTRIBUTED(Contributed)

Drag racing champion Doug Herbert has cruised past 300 mph on the track and has received accolades for his prowess as a driver. But none of that prepared him for the call he received telling him that his two sons had been killed in an auto accident involving a high rate of speed.

Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for teens. In 2016, more than 49,100 teens ages 15-19 experienced crashes in Ohio, resulting in nearly 14,000 injuries and 127 teen deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

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For Herbert, 49, those stats were a reality in January 2008 when his two sons — Jon, 17, and James, 12 — died instantly around 10 a.m. on a four-lane road in Cornelius, N.C.

According to police reports, Jon was driving at a high rate of speed and tried to pass another vehicle but then lost control of his car and was struck by a Hummer.

“I didn’t know when my boys were in the crash that car crashes are the number one thing that kills teenagers,” Herbert told the Journal-News.

Following the tragedy, he wanted to do something to help others from experiencing his horror and started BRAKES — “Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe” — which has evolved into a large non-profit charity that teaches safe driving skills to teens around the country.

“The initial goal was to teach my sons’ friends about being safer and more responsible drivers,” Herbert said. “Over the last nine years we have taught over 30,000 teenagers from 43 states around the country.”

BRAKES will makes its first ever stop in Butler County this month.

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“We are excited to bring the program to the area and we hope to make it an annual thing,” Herbert said. “What we are not is driver’s education. We require teenagers to actually have a learner’s permit or a valid driver’s license and at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience before they come to our class because what we are going to teach them is life-saving skills. Skills that will likely keep them out of an accident.”

He added, “we are going to teach them to deal with emergency situations that they will likely run into on the road at one point or another. Instead of panicking and not knowing what to do, we are going to teach them how to deal with that.”

BRAKES has received numerous federal safety grants and corporate sponsorships from companies like KIA, who is providing vehicles for the event, according to Herbert.

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Parents can also participate and receive some up-to-date training behind the wheel.

“The teens and their parents learning together is a good thing,” Herbert said.

But for Herbert, the bottom line is to make sure that safe, effective driving skill are taught to teen so that their parents don’t ever have to experience what he went through.

“I want to make sure parents don’t get the phone call that I got saying your kids aren’t coming home,” Herbert said.


WHAT: The national teen defensive driving program B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe)

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22

WHERE: Manheim Auto Auction, 4939 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester Twp.

COST: Free, but registration is required. Register online at

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Vehicle strikes Stop Sticks to end early morning pursuit

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:13 AM

A pursuit involving multiple police agency ends in Warren County

A pursuit that started on Interstate 75 ended on Dayton Cincinnati Pike early Tuesday morning when the vehicle hit Stop Sticks.

The pursuit started around 3:30 a.m. on northbound I-75 in Warren County. The vehicle exited the highway at Austin Boulevard, and the pursuit continued through Miamisburg and Miami Twp.

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Crews requested Franklin police to place stop sticks on Dayton Cincinnati Pike at Crains Run Road. The vehicle reportedly struck the Stop Sticks, and the pursuit ended just north of Pennyroyal Road at the border of Franklin and Miami Twp.

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Franklin police, Springboro police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office are on scene.

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Trump to meet House GOP amid furor over immigrant families

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

As President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats on Monday, demanding again that Congress act to tighten federal immigration laws, more Republicans in the Congress began to distance themselves from a recent Trump Administration policy change, which has resulted in the separation of some 2,200 illegal immigrant families detained by border authorities.

“As the son of a social worker, I know the human trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), as he asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “take immediate action to end the practice of separating children from families at the border.”

“We as compassionate Americans absolutely detest watching families being pulled apart,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), who in a speech on the Senate floor said on one hand the President is correct to call for action in Congress on immigration – but that the Trump Administration has been wrong to separate so many families in the last six weeks, labeling the situation “a mess.”

At the White House, the President didn’t shy away from the controversy, again blaming Congress for not acting, and making it clear he wants to stop a recent surge in illegal immigration across the southern border.

“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” the President said. “Not on my watch.”

The President will take that sharp message on Tuesday evening to a meeting of House Republicans at the Capitol, trying to rally them to get behind a piece of immigration legislation, which could solve a series of issues.

GOP leaders though have been trying for months to figure out a deal, but have found the party too splintered over what to do on DACA, younger illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” and ways to tighten what Mr. Trump says are odious loopholes in immigration law.

“A county without borders is not a country at all,’ the President declared, as he said that illegal immigrants are bringing “death and destruction” to America.

“They are thieves and murderers and so much else,” Mr. Trump added.

But Mr. Trump’s criticism of Democrats and Congress has drawn more opposition in recent days from within his own party, who feel the White House is wrongly trying to use the plight of immigrant children to force through immigration law changes.

“President Trump has chosen to implement this policy and he can put an end to it,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), “but he chooses not to do so and instead blames others.”

“The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) via Twitter.

While Mr. Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the separation of families, it was the Trump Administration that decided to take this step in early May, by prosecuting adults for illegally entering the country.

That move to enforce the law triggers a situation in which children are removed from their parents, leading to the uproar of recent days.

“This is the Trump administration’s policy,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). “President Trump could put an end to this immoral policy right now.”

Republicans have floated various ideas in recent days – it wasn’t clear if any could make it through the House, as immigration has vexed GOP lawmakers for years, as this latest battle has turned up the heat even more.

“It’s not good policy to separate children at our border from their parents & release them into the US,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). “It’s also not good policy to just immediately release an entire family together into the US when that family enters our country illegally.”


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Tons of trash, overpowering stench at Moraine site of raid

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Deputies are moving years of waste

Tons of trash dumped in a wooded area off Germantown Pike, which has caused an overpowering stench, is part of a Monday law enforcement raid at the property that led to one arrest.

  • Raid at home, garage in 6700 block of Germantown Pike
  • Tons of trash found dumped in wooded area behind home
  • Man jailed, awaiting formal drug possession charge

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A large law enforcement presence was at a Germantown Pike property all day.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, a special weapons and tactics team and Regional Agencies Narcotics and Gun Enforcement task force members were on scene at a home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and deep into the woods of the property.

Deputies brought a semi and dumpster back into the woods. They were seen moving some of the trash around. They hauled away a backhoe as evidence.

Neighbors said deputies carried piles of items from that wooded area, as well as from a house and garage.

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“They found stuff back there. They’ve carried out huge tubs, looked like it was really heavy. Big boxes of things. They carried out stuff in cloths, white cloths.”

Neighbors said the RANGE task force was ready to break down the home’s front door when one of them offered a key. They said they watched deputies carry out several guns, and then the task force did break a door to get into the garage.

One man was spotted handcuffed in back of a cruiser.


Logan R. Lucas, 23, was arrested at 2 p.m. during the raid in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, online jail records show. He has not been formally charged.

Deputies removed items from the home and deep in the woods behind the property, but so far have not said what led to the investigation.

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Crews also removed two dogs along with their food and water bowls from the home, Jacobs said.

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Power restored in Montgomery County

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:50 AM

UPDATE @2:50 a.m. (June 19): Power has been restored in Montgomery County, according to DP&L.

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UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m. (June 19):

Outages in Montgomery County number nearly 1,300, according to the Dayton Power & Light’s online outage map.

At 11 p.m., there were more than 4,100 power outages reported.

UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. (June 19):

There are 1,586 Dayton Power & Light customers without power, down from more than 4,100 without service in Montgomery County reported at 11 p.m. Monday.

UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (June 19):

Power has been restored to half of the original 4,100 customers reported out of service at 11 p.m.

There are now 2,138 without power as Dayton Power & Light crews work to restore service.

The cause of the outage is unknown.

UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.:

About 500 people have power restored so far when Dayton Power & Light’s online outage map reported 4,100 customers in the dark.

There are now just more than 3,600 without power.


More than 4,100 Dayton Power & Light customers are in the dark in Montgomery County.

Crews were sent to investigate why service was interrupted and to restore power, according to a utility spokeswoman.

The power outage was reported at 11:07 p.m.

According to the online outage map, service is expected to be restored by 1 a.m.

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