Fire evacuates Taco Bell in Huber Heights, causes ‘extensive damage’

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Fire caused extensive damage to a Taco Bell at 8201 Center Point Blvd., said Keith Knisley, battalion chief of the Huber Heights Fire Division.

“When the crews arrived on the scene they found flames coming out the back side of the building,” he said. “Fire extended into the building up into the ceiling and across the kitchen.”

The cause remains under investigation but Knisley said they will look into work that was done outside.

“We found that there had been some welding work being done on the back side of the building today,” he said.

Crews from Bethel Twp., Dayton and Miami and Clark counties assisted.

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

The fire tonight that evacuated a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights is believed to have started outside, Huber Heights fire officials say.

Crews responded around 8:40 p.m. to the eatery at 8201 Center Point 70 Blvd., which is near Park Layne but still within the Huber Heights city limits, according to dispatchers.

A worker said no customers were inside the restaurant, and that everyone made it out safely. We are working to learn what caused the fire and how much damage it caused.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.

There are no flames showing, but there is still dark smoke coming from a fire that broke out tonight at a Taco Bell in Huber Heights. 

The fire appears to have started in the rear of the restaurant, where witnesses reported seeing flames coming out of the building.


Flames and heavy smoke is coming from a fire at a Taco Bell restaurant in Huber Heights.

The fire was reported sometime around 8:40 p.m. at the fast-food restaurant at 8201 Center Point 70 Blvd. off Ohio 4 in the city.
There are no reports of injuries, but the Taco Bell was evacuated of its employees and diners.

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Thunderbirds: 3 things to know after crash

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 12:26 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 12:26 PM


The Air Force Thunderbirds will not take to the skies today at the Vectren Dayton Air Show following a Friday crash in which an F-16 jet evidently skidded off a runway and ended up on its top, injuring at least one of its two occupants.

The F-16 sustained significant damage, and it’s unclear whether the Thunderbirds will perform at the air show on Sunday.

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The Thunderbirds are a popular draw at air shows and events across the globe, and the jets they fly are a well-known and celebrated part of military aircraft history. Here’s a few things to know about the planes and demonstration you may not get to see this weekend.

1. THE F-16: The Thunderbirds fly F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, which cost more than $18 million (in fiscal 1998 dollars) and weigh 19,700 pounds, without fuel. The jets have a wingspan of 32 feet, 8 inches and an engine thrust of 27,000 pounds. The planes, built by Lockheed Martin, can reach speeds of 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at altitude). There have been more than 4,500 F-16s built since the first one was assembled. The Thunderbirds fly the Fighting Faclon, but other F-16 jets were often known as the “Viper.”

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2. THE THUNDERBIRDS: The Thunderbirds are the U.S. Air Force’s air demonstration squad. Thunderbirds put on about 80 air demonstrations in a typical season each year, and the group several years ago boasted that it had never cancelled a demonstration to maintenance difficulty. The Thunderbirds put on a show designed to highlight the capabilities of modern military aircraft while also displaying the skills and professionalism of pilots. The Thunderbirds were to headline the Vectren Dayton Air Show in June 2013, but the Air Force grounded the unit because of funding cuts related to sequestration. The unit has performed at the air show only once since then.

3. SWEET MOVES: The air demonstration is a mix of solo moves and planes flying in formation, including their signature four-jet diamond formation. Pilots perform about 40 aerial maneuvers during their demonstrations, including rolls, loops and bursts. Jets shoot past at dizzying speeds, flying just feet from the other planes. Pilots fly upside, belly-to-belly with other jets.

Two arrests made during Friday night OVI checkpoint in Trotwood

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 5:04 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

UPDATE @ 1:18 a.m. (June 24)

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County made two OVI arrests during an OVI checkpoint in Trotwood Friday night. 

Crews stopped 396 cars at the checkpoint near North Gettysburg Avenue and Kings Highway, and stopped another 11 in saturation patrols around the area. 

Eight drivers were found to be driving under suspension and another eight caught driving with driver's licenses, according to a release from the task force.

UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m. (June 23)

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will conduct an OVI checkpoint in the area of North Gettysburg Avenue and Kings Highway starting at 9 p.m. Friday. 

The location of the checkpoint was announced in compliance with state law. 

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A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted Friday in Dayton by the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Friday.

The checkpoint and enhanced patrols during the weekend are an effort of law enforcement agencies to deter and apprehend impaired drivers. The majority of deadly crashes occur on weekends, according to the task force.

Ohio law requires police agencies to announce OVI checkpoints and locations in advance.

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Trump doesn't have Comey tapes

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 12:40 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump on June 16 lashed out at the Justice Department official with authority over the special counsel probe of Russian election-meddling, and acknowledged that his firing of Comey as FBI director is a focus of the investigation. Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
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After President Donald Trump first hinted that he might have recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI director James Comey, he admitted Thursday on Twitter that he had no such tapes.

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“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea ... whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” he wrote.

The news was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep dies at 42

Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

Rapper Albert Johnson, best known by his stage name Prodigy and as one-half of highly acclaimed rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He was 42 years old.

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A publicist for Mobb Deep confirmed to XXL that he was found unconscious Tuesday morning and later died.