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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.

FIRST REPORT

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.

Terrorism expert calls Manchester attack the worst since 2005

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The explosion near Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom where an Ariana Grande concert on Monday is the second most significant attack in the country since 2005, according to Glen Duerr, a Cedarville University professor who has citizenship in the U.K., the United States and Canada.

“The targets really being teenage girls in particular, pre-teen girls and younger kids, so really (it’s) a heinous attack,” Duerr said. 

At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured which has been identified as a terrorist attack carried out by a male suicide bomber. 

RELATED: Manchester attack at Ariana Grande concert: What we know now

Duerr also noted the attack occurred in the middle of campaign season in the U.K.

“The general election is coming up on June 8,” he said. “The polls are beginning to narrow so there’s real chance to influence the election.”

Toddler suffers severe burn injuries in Greenville

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 11:18 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

UPDATE @ 8:49 a.m. 05/22/17

The 2-year-old boy who was burned on Knisley Road on Sunday was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital where his condition is listed as good, according to a Darke County Sheriff’s Office news release.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office released more details about the events leading up to the child’s injury.

Around 10:48 p.m. on Sunday, Darke County deputies, Union City Fire, Union City Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the 8200 block of Kniseley Road for a child with serious burn injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.
A Greenville man poured gasoline on a bonfire which spread to a container another man was holding, according to the sheriff’s office news release. The man holding the container tripped over the 2-year-old boy, causing him to spill gasoline on the child.

The gas ignited on the boy causing burns to his face and hands, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.

CareFlight has landed in Greenville for the young child who was burned.

FIRST REPORT

A toddler suffered severe burns tonight in Greenville.

A CareFlight medical helicopter is on the way after the child was burned in the 8200 block of Knisely Road, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Police and medics remain on scene, and we are working to find out how the child was hurt.

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2 children, who police say were shot in head by mother, have died

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 8:11 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 3:18 AM

DAYTON — The Helton children, 8-year-old Khmorra and 6-year-old Kaiden, died Sunday night at Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

  • The children were shot at the family’s Lori Sue Avenue home on May 18
  • The children’s 11-year-old sister was at home, but unharmed
  • The children’s mother, Claudena M. Helton, 30, remains in jail

INITIAL REPORT: 2 children shot in the head in Dayton

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed they had the bodies of the Helton children, but they would not release their times of death.

The children’s mother was arrested and has been in the Montgomery County Jail since the shooting on Thursday around 10 a.m. at their home at 3821 Lori Sue Avenue.

Claudena Helton is scheduled to appear in Dayton Municipal Court on Monday. She is charged with two counts of attempted murder and four counts of aggravated assault. We have contacted Dayton Police Department officials to find out whether the charges will be increased now that the children have died.

>>PHOTOS:  First responders arrive; neighbors comforted

>>911 CALLS:  Illustrate chaos in aftermath 

The children’s mother, Claudena Helton, had faced previous allegations involving children before last week's shootings. In March 2014, she was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

At the time of the shootings, an investigation was open and active against Claudena Helton by Montgomery County Children Services.

Reaction from neighbor

John Sanders Sr. has lived in the 3800 block of Lori Sue Avenue — just a few houses down from the Helton home — for 45 years.

"From what I’ve seen and noticed, she and the kids got along fine,” Sanders said. “They were always out in the yard barbecuing, cleaning the car, going back and forth to school. I could see no problem whatsoever. I was very shocked to hear, and disturbed, as to what happened over there.”

Sanders, who has 13 grandchildren, said it saddened him to learn of Khmorra and Kaiden Helton’s deaths tonight.

“I'm sorry to hear that and my prayers go out to the family,” he said.

Sanders said law enforcement should take swifter action if they’re aware of child abuse.

“I’ve always thought and felt if, whenever the authorities know of cruelty ... they shouldn’t wait for an incident such as this to take place in order to take action," he said

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Cicada Invasion: Red-eyed insects are here

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

Cicadas are crawling on trees and plants and littering sidewalks.

>>Brood X cicadas set to arrive early in SW Ohio

A few hundred thousand of the red-eyed insects with delicate wings are the offspring of the Brood X batch that hatch every 17 years. They are early because some of the brood emerged in 2000 instead of 2004.

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