Heavy rain, storms in area deliver lightning strike, cause power outages

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:54 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:08 PM

Fire crews were dispatched to this home on Pepper Drive for a reported lightning strike Monday afternoon, March 20, 2017. (DeAngelo Byrd/Staff)

UPDATE @ 9:51 p.m.: More storms in the area have left more than 3,900 DP&L customers without electric service, according to the utility’s online outage map. 

The most recent check made just minutes ago show as many as 1,150 out of service in Greene County and an estimated 2,733 as far east as Fayette County.  In Montgomery County, the outage number is 18.

UPDATE @ 5:55 p.m.: The lightning strike caused a small fire in the attic on Pepper Drive, a Huber Heights firefighter said. 

A ruptured water pipe -- not associated with the lightning strike -- caused further damage elsewhere in the residence, the firefighter said. 

The one person in the home at the time called the fire department. No injuries were reported.

Electric service has been cut off and a DP&L crew is on scene. 

DP&L spokesman Rob Beeler said crews are dealing with numerous calls throughout the area, especially in Montgomery, Miami and Clinton counties. 

"Keep DP&L informed," Beeler said. "If your power is off or even if it's back on. Also, be careful out there because auto accidents are a main cause of power outages in weather like this." 

At 6 p.m., the DP&L online outage map shows 144 reported outages in Clinton, 116 in Miami, 31 in Montgomery, 29 in Greene and 3 in Preble.


Lightning is said to have struck a house in Huber Heights and more than 1,000 DP&L customers are without service in two counties as heavy rain and thunderstorms make their way through the Miami Valley.

Fire crews were dispatched to the 5200 block of Pepper Pike about 4:45 p.m. on the report of a lightning strike. All of the occupants evacuated the home safely. The fire crew has placed a blue tarp on the section of the roof where damage has occurred.

About 5:30 p.m., the DP&L online outage map was showing 961 without service in Montgomery and 117 out in Miami County.

A flood advisory has been issued for parts of the Miami Valley.

Kettering home invasion victims indicted for marijuana cultivation

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Six months after a Kettering family suffered a home invasion, the victims are charged with drug crimes that police say led to the armed intrusion.

Bobby R. Napier, 36, and Anne K. Goodrich, 44, were indicted for felony illegal cultivation of marijuana and two counts of misdemeanor endangering children, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released Monday.

They are both ordered to appear July 11 for arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

RELATED: Surveillance photo released in Kettering home invasion

Kettering police were called to the family’s home around 12:20 a.m. Dec. 13, 2016, after the victims told police two armed, masked men forced their way inside. The two adults quickly became the focus of a police narcotics investigation after responding officers reported they found a marijuana grow operation inside the house, Kettering police officer John Jung said in December. There also were two children, ages 16 and 2, in the house. The drugs were the suspected reason for the targeted home invasion, Jung said.

It is not clear whether the intruders were identified or arrested.

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Police evidence crew in Dayton home where victim in shooting says he escaped kidnappers

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 7:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:12 PM

UPDATE @ 10:02 p.m.: A Dayton police evidence crew is processing a residence in the 400 block of West Hillcrest Avenue where a male wounded in a shooting said he had been a kidnapping victim, police Lt. Steven Bauer said.

The victim said he was shot in the arm, jumped through a window at West Hillcrest to escape and went to a relative's home on Rugby Road, where police were called.

Bauer said based on information from the victim, police went to the house on West Hillcrest. The Dayton SWAT team was called out to protect the citizens in the neighborhood, he said. 

After about 2-and-a-half hours, the SWAT team secured the house on West Hillcrest and an evidence crew is in the house. No one has been apprehended, but, Bauer said, police are looking for two brothers. 

The lieutenant said the victim has told police he knows his assailants and why he was kidnapped. Bauer said police do not believe the incident is gang related or involves drugs. 

If you know anything about what happened at West Hillcrest or on Rugby Road, you are asked to call police at 937-333-COPS (2677) or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.

UPDATE @ 9:39 p.m.:  

Police are opening up Hillcrest Avenue to traffic and apparently ending their SWAT operation at a residence on the same avenue.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.: 

Members of the Dayton SWAT team, with long rifles drawn and behind a shield, approached the front door of the home on West Hillcrest Avenue. 

They pounded on the door but did not breach. They backed off. 

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Earlier, police used a bullhorn in an effort to communication with two young men they believe are inside the residence. Police also played a very loud siren in an effort to disorient the people believed to be inside.


A Dayton police SWAT team was called tonight as part of an investigation into a shooting.

The special weapons and tactics team is at a house in the 400 block of West Hillcrest Avenue, and police are blocking multiple streets in the area.

The blockage and SWAT response is related to a shooting on Hillcrest Avenue, the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center confirmed. A man who was shot in the left forearm about 5:15 p.m. ran two blocks west to Rugby Road for help. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, police said. 

The SWAT team was called about 7 p.m. and is on scene as investigators attempt to search the residence. It has not been confirmed that anyone is in the home, but area residents said they believe at least one person is inside.

Inmate killed after attacking deputy at Nashville mall: reports

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

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An inmate was shot and killed Wednesday after authorities said he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired it at Nashville's 100 Oaks Mall, according to multiple reports.

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In a tweet around 2 p.m. local time, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Public health wants Dayton to raise smoking age to 21

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

            Dayton will be asked to raise the smoking age in the city to 21.

Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County plans to ask Dayton leaders to raise the smoking age in the city to 21 years old, following the lead of some other Ohio municipalities that have upped the legal age to buy tobacco products.

More than 220 cities in 16 states have increased the legal smoking age to 21 from 18, including Cleveland and Columbus, and most made the change in the last several years, according to advocacy groups.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said she would consider increasing the age limit for public health reasons, but she has not discussed the idea with the commission.

“We really need to get young people to stop smoking,” she said. “But tobacco at 21 is something that makes a lot of sense when you look at the cost-benefit analysis for people.”

Within a year, public health plans to ask the Dayton City Commission to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco by three years, said Bruce Barcelo, healthy lifestyles supervisor with public health, earlier today.

Lifetime smokers on average have their lives cut short by 10 years, and 52 Ohioans die every day from tobacco related diseases, he said.

The region has made some significant strides to deter tobacco use, Barcelo said.

Greater Dayton Premier Management is prohibiting smoking and tobacco use at its properties. Nearly all public schools are 100 percent tobacco free, and Sinclair Community College is now also tobacco free.

Central State University already prohibits smoking on its campus, and Wright State University is going tobacco free on July 1, Barcelo said.

RELATED: New push for raising smoking age

But Montgomery County is home to more than 500 tobacco retailers, and some businesses fail to comply with or simply ignore state law by selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors without checking their IDs, Barcelo said.

Public health recently teamed up with Dayton police officers to perform compliance checks of state tobacco laws at 37 sites, and 21 stores sold cigarettes to underage customers, he said.