Child badly injured when hit by truck; drug bust in Connersville

The blaring of sirens from emergency vehicles is never a good thing, and that was the situation in Connersville Wednesday.


Emergency personnel from all agencies were dispatched to the 2200 block of Virginia Avenue after a young boy was seriously injured after being struck by a truck.



Authorities say KeeShawn Thomas was hurt badly after he was hit by a pickup truck he ran in front of that was being driven by Jamie Houze, of the 200 block of South Center Street Reports indicate the youth was transferred to Dayton Children’s Hospital by a CareFlight helicopter.


Witnesses said Houze could not have avoided the mishap, but because test results reportedly indicated he had THC (marijuana) and opiates in his system, he was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Class C misdemeanor) and incarcerated in Fayette County Jail.


On the south side of Connersville, residents and passersby were no doubt jolted by the sight of the CPD SWAT Team and other law enforcement personnel in action near the intersection of 3rd Street and Eastern Avenue.


Authorities say Dustin A. Venable, 31, and Echo S. Styles, 27, both of 304 Eastern Ave., were arrested after more than two pounds of marijuana, a quantity of oxycodone and a small aresenal of weapons were discovered in the residence.


Venable reportedly was charged with dealing in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of public park (a class A felony), dealing in marijuana within 1,000 feet of a public park (a class C felony), and maintaining a common nuisance (a class D felony). Venable was jailed without bond.


Styles, who was charged with maintaining a common nuisance (a Class D felony) and possession of marijuana (a class A misdemeanor), was jailed under $11,500 bond.


The pair were not arrested for illegal possession of the numerous weapons found in the dwelling because the guns were determined to be legally-owned. An investigation is continuing. — kh


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