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Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 12:09 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 12:09 PM
LEBANON — Lebanon police released two videos from cameras mounted on the dashes of two cruisers, including the one involved in a crash on Wednesday morning at the intersection of Cook Road and the Ohio 48 bypass.
The first video shows the cruiser turning on sirens and flash lights as it approached the intersection eastbound on Cook Road.
As the cruiser pulls into the intersection, where a red light has stopped eastbound traffic, but then turns green, it collides with a passing motor home and the officer goes to assist.
The second video from the dash of another cruiser approaching the intersection moments later on eastbound Cook Road, shows the cruiser, lights flashing and sirens sounding, enter the intersection and collide with the motor home in the outside northbound lane of the bypass as the light turns to green.
The crash report was not available Thursday morning, but a run sheet indicates the first call for service came in at 7:22 a.m. on an officer-involved crash.
A post after the crash on Tuesday on the department’s Facebook page showed a picture of the cruiser and a message:
“A Lebanon Officer was responding to a possible structure fire when he was involved in a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of ST RT 48 and Cook Rd.
Everyone involved appears to be fine with only a few minor injuries reported.”
Two tow trucks were called, according to the run sheet.
Police said the officer involved in the crash was taken to a hospital as precaution by another officer, but there were no reported injuries.
Published: Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 10:38 AM
Updated: Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:46 AM
LEBANON — UPDATE @8:45 a.m.:
The Ohio Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will have an OVI checkpoint set up on U.S. 22, just east of Landen Road in Deerfield Twp.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Hamilton Township Police Department announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9 pm until 11 pm tonight,” according to today’s announcement.
Today’s announcement locates the checkpoint announced on Thursday.
“The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.
If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired,” the announcement concluded.
The Ohio Highway Patrol plans to set up a checkpoint in Warren County on Friday night for drivers operating while intoxicated.
A press release issued Thursday morning indicated the location would be revealed on Friday.
“The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers,” according to a press release issued by Lt. Chuck O’Bryon, commander of the highway patrol’s Lebanon post.
In Ohio during 2017, there were 375 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 401 people were killed, according to O’Bryon.
State troopers make approximately 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers, O’Bryon added.
“OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways,” he concluded the press release.
Published: Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
WASHINGTON TWP. — Work began Tuesday on the annual Street Improvement Program for Washington Township. A total of 19 streets are being paved this summer, including 16 neighborhood streets, one collector road, and two commercial streets.
In total, the program will use an estimated 14,600 tons of asphalt, according to Public Works Director Mike Wanamaker. About 7,500 feet of curb also will be repaired.
Commercial streets include sections of Paragon Road and Lyons Road. Paragon is being resurfaced from State Route 725 to Congress Park Drive, and Lyons is receiving a coat of asphalt from State Route 725 to immediately east of Yankee Street.
The collector street, Spring Valley Pike, is being resurfaced from Washington Church Road east to the City of Centerville corporation line.
The township also is paving nearby Old Spring Valley Court, a neighborhood street east of the intersection of Spring Valley and Yankee Street.
Five Things to Know About the Washington Township Street Improvement Program:
• 16 neighborhood streets
• one collector street
• two commercial streets
• About 7,500 feet of curb
• A total of about 14,600 tons of asphalt
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
— A floral memorial stands across from the site of a fatal incident earlier this month that resulted in the death of a Butler County woman who was assisting crash victims.
The crash and resulting death of the woman providing aid has heightened residents’ concerns about traffic safety in the fast-growing area along the Butler-Warren county line, east of Interstate 75.
Tina Campbell, 53, of Liberty Twp., died last Monday from injuries suffered on May 11 as she was helping victims of a crash on Butler-Warren Road at Heritage Club Drive.
Campbell, a wife, mother and grandmother, was popular with neighbors.
“She was a very sweet person,” neighbor Rita Armentrout said on Thursday after stopping to examine the memorial for Campbell at the entrance to the Hawthorne housing development of the Four Bridges Country Club, where they were backyard neighbors.
“We’re all sick about it. The neighborhood is just in shock over Tina’s death.
“She was the kind of person you always thought you wanted to get to know better. This is tragic, but it should bring attention to the fact this is a extremely dangerous intersection.”
According to the crash report, Campbell and Aaron Reed, 49, of Mason were out of their cars giving aid to Jagdish Makkar, 83, of Beavercreek, and Ciarra Witt, 18, of Monroe, after their crash at the entrance to the Heritage Club development. A 2011 Mazda CX-9 driven northbound on Butler-Warren Road by John Cowdery, 25, of Liberty Twp., swerved to avoid the disabled vehicles and “rotated counter-clockwise” into Campbell and Reed.
Campbell was pronounced dead at West Chester Hospital. None of the others were left with incapacitating injuries, according to investigators.
Investigators indicated they did not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.
No charges have been filed, pending review by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office of the crash investigation and a study of the role of speeding, according to the report.
Transportation officials from Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties are in the process of completing a series of road projects designed to improve traffic problems and safety on the stretch of Butler-Warren Road heading north from Hamilton County along the Butler-Warren county line, Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison said.
In addition, Tunison said a study is underway to attempt to convince the Ohio Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit to 45 mph on the road, which widens from two to four lanes as it heads south near Monroe into Deerfield Twp. in Warren County along the boundary with Butler County.
“The speed limit is 55. Everybody goes 75,” said Marty Davis, who also lives in the Hawthorne development.
Davis pointed south toward where Butler-Warren Road crosses Liberty Way and said plans were underway to build more than 1,000 new homes on undeveloped land between Hawthorne and the intersection.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
HAMILTON — Hamilton has approved a one-year extension with a company that provides an automated photo program to monitor vehicles’ speed in the city. The city created the program in 2009.
Before the 7-0 vote last week to continue the program with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., council members were told the program is different than many that have found themselves in legal trouble.
Unlike other programs, Hamilton’s uses either a manned vehicle that is clearly marked or hand-held devices operated by officers, which avoid issues of drivers not being able to face their accusers. In fact, when Ohio lawmakers in 2015 approved legislation for procedures to be used under such programs, several aspects were modeled after the city’s program, council was told.
Before the decision, Vice Mayor Michael Ryan asked how much the program would cost city government. He was told the program has no cost to the city. Rather, of the money generated by the program, 65 percent goes to the city, while 35 percent goes to Redflex.
The city can cancel the contract at any time with 10 days notice without financial penalties. The program generates about $100,000 per year, which goes into Hamilton’s general fund.
Hand-held devices also can be used in marked cruisers.
Mayor Pat Moeller said it’s especially important to use the program in school zones and other sensitive areas for speeding to get people to slow down there. He said he is confident the program has helped reduce fatalities on Ohio 129, where the program has slowed vehicles.
Public Safety Director Scott Scrimizzi said the thresholds used in the program are high: “It’s 10 miles an hour over (the speed limit) in a school zone. If you’re going 10 miles over (in a school zone), you deserve a ticket. It’s 14 miles an hour over in a 35-mph zone.”
He added: “We do not have enough officers right now. Speeding is our No. 1 complaint, I would think, without question, that we get from our citizens.”
It’s hard to refute the citation when you can go onto your computer and see it is your car, and you’re driving it, officials said.
Scrimizzi added that former Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen, who is critical of such programs and spoke against them on WLW radio, accepted an invitation from the city to review Hamilton’s speed program and, “He said, ‘If everybody operated the program the way that you guys do, I would have no problem with it.’” Allen later went on WLW and expressed that view.
Resident Alfred Barron during a public hearing on the matter told council he thinks the program is good. In fact, he said he would like the program used in the areas of Knightsbridge Drive and Pershing Avenue, which he said sometimes can resemble “speedways” and where there have been several crashes in recent years.
When the under-construction South Hamilton Crossing is finished later this year, linking Ohio 4 with the area of Miami University Hamilton’s campus and the Vora technology park, that would be a good area for such enforcement, Barron added.
Police Chief Craig Bucheit agreed that speeding is probably the biggest complaint people express during neighborhood meetings and said, “This is just one of many tools we use to keep our streets safe.”