Gate 12A to close during road surface improvement project

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

            Gate 12A, next to Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be closed to all inbound and outbound traffic due to scheduled construction beginning Oct. 18. (U.S. Air Force file photo)
Gate 12A, next to Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be closed to all inbound and outbound traffic due to scheduled construction beginning Oct. 18. (U.S. Air Force file photo)

Gate 12A, next to Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be closed to all inbound and outbound traffic due to scheduled construction beginning Oct. 18.

“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation while we work to resurface the pavement around the AFMC headquarters gate,” said Col. Bradley McDonald, 88th Air Base Wing commander. “We hope to alleviate congestion, as much as possible, at the other gates caused by the temporary closure of Gate 12A.”

During the resurfacing project, Gate 15A will be the 24-hour gate. Gate 1A and Gate 26A will operate on normal hours, but with an expectation of increased traffic flow at all gates.

Employees and visitors should anticipate delays during peak travel hours and adjust their travel plans accordingly, especially during the morning, lunchtime and afternoon hours.

Travelers around the construction area are asked to be patient and cautious as heavy equipment will be operating near the area.

Construction is expected to be complete Nov. 10, at which time Gate 12A will reopen for normal duty hours. Updates during the construction will be provided in the Skywrighter, the Wright-Patterson AFB website at and the Wright-Patterson AFB Facebook page at

Shots fired, 3 injured in crash on Germantown Street in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:11 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:24 PM

Germantown Street closed at Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton for police investigation

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.: Police are confirming that shots were fired but apparently no one was hit on Germantown Street at South Gettysburg Avenue, which is still closed. 

There is debris all over Germantown Street from the four vehicles involved in the crash. 

We’re hearing from Dayton fire/medic crews that three people injured in the vehicle crash have been taken to a hospital, all suffering non-life threatening injuries.


Germantown Street has been closed at South Gettysburg Avenue for a Dayton police investigation believed to involve shots fired and a collision that has left three vehicles heavily damaged. 

A second medic unit has been called to the scene. 

Dayton police are interviewing witnesses, some of whom tell us that shots were fired before the vehicle crash. 

We have a crew on scene. We will update this report as we get information. 

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Middletown man charged for allegedly dumping body after overdose

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:13 AM

Charles Rucker is facing felony charges

A Middletown man is facing felony charges after he allegedly dragged a deceased man out of his apartment and dumped the body in bushes.

Police were dispatched to the 100 block of North Leibee Street on Saturday morning on a report of a body in the bushes. Witnesses said they observed a man carrying the body out of an apartment.

Brian Porter, 32, was cold to the touch when officers found him, according to the report.

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During questioning Charles Rucker, the resident of the apartment, at first denied having any visitors the night before and said he had been sleeping at a neighbor’s for the night.

When Officer Wayne Birch took Rucker outside and showed him the deceased man, Rucker said he had been in his apartment, according to the police report.

During further questioning at the police station, Rucker said that on Friday afternoon Porter and a woman came to his residence and began shooting up with heroin, according to the report.

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Rucker told police the woman left, and he left Porter sitting on the couch, according to the report.

When Rucker returned to the apartment Saturday morning he said he found Porter unconscious and not breathing .

“(Rucker) advised that he attempted to give Brian chest compressions with no success,” the police reports states. “Once he realized that Brian had died, he then picked him up off the couch and dragged him outside, then tossed him in the bushes in front of the apartment complex.”

Rucker told police he moved Porter because he didn’t want to get blamed for his death.

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Detectives charged Rucker with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and abuse of a corpse and permitting drug abuse, both misdemeanors.

A search of the residence turned up six syringes, according to police.

Rucker is housed in the Middletown City Jail and is scheduled to appear in municipal court next week for a preliminary hearing.

The Butler County Coroner’s Office has not yet ruled Porter’s cause of death, but Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve said there is no reason to believe it was anything other than an overdose.

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This is the second Middletown case in two months involving people allegedly dumping bodies after an overdose.

In August, Erica Robinson, 32 and Joshua Swenson, 28, both of 2912 Wilbraham Road, were arrested after Leslie Dalton’s body was found dumped in nearby woods.

The duo told police that the 20-year-old woman overdosed in their house and they waited until night before putting her body in a wheelbarrow, covering it with a sheet and then pushing her body across the street to the woods.

Dalton, who police believe had been missing for several weeks, was found dead in a dry creek bed Aug. 13. Her body was badly decomposed, police said.

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Robinson and Swenson were indicted by a Butler County grand jury in September on charges of tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse, both felonies.

They are free on bond and scheduled to be in Butler County Common Pleas Courtlater this month for a pretrial hearing.

Temperatures on the rise into the weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:41 PM

Five Day Forecast


  • Quiet, cool tonight
  • Sunny skies will stick around into Saturday
  • Temperatures to fall late Sunday into Monday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Tonight: Clear skies, cool air expected as temperatures overnight drop back into the lower 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

Thursday: Lots of sunshine through the day. High clouds move through late in the day and into evening. High temperatures will be in the lower 70s. 

>> County-by-County forecast

Friday: More sunshine to wrap up the week. Highs in the lower 70s still.

>> Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Saturday: Unseasonably warm as highs top out in the mid-70s.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

Sunday: Clouds on the increase late in the day. A chance of rain toward evening and later tonight. Otherwise, breezy and warm with highs in the mid-70s.

Monday: Showers likely. Blustery. Temperatures expected to fall through the 60s during the afternoon.

Petland agrees to pay Tipp City puppy’s medical bills after News Center 7 report

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:09 PM

Petland puppy has "worst case" of hip condition vet has seen

A family says the puppy they bought from a Dayton pet store has one of the worst cases of hip dysplasia their vet has ever seen.

They are blaming the store and its breeders for selling them the injured dog, but the store says it’s not their fault.

Thor, a young German shepherd, loves on everyone who comes through the front door at the Miller home. At 9 months old, he already has serious, debilitating medical issues, and is in pain.

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“It’s every day and he’s on pain medicine but they’re not doing much at all,” his owner, Courtney Miller said.

She and her father-in-law, Frank Miller, bought the pup in March from a Petland in Dayton. At the time, Thor was given a clean bill of health. But almost immediately, Courtney Miller said she noticed something was wrong with his hips.

“Pretty much everything is wrong with them. They area all out of socket. Walking up the steps he does a bunny hop. Outside he tries to walk around and his legs just hit each other,” Miller said. “So he’s just all in pain. He can barely sit, he cannot lay down.”

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Miller’s veterinarian said Thor has the worst case of hip dysplasia he has ever seen. And he likely was born with it.

That’s when Miller and her father-in-law called Petland’s corporate office, which offered a partial reimbursement.

“Two thousand dollars for his expense, which we know it’s going to be more. Or we give you $4,000 towards a new dog. You know, that’s like giving up your kid,” Frank Miller said.

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Tonight, JR Badger, director of Petland’s companty stores, sent an email to Miller that offers to pay for Thor’s medical bills. This came around 8 p.m., hours after Miller’s story ran on WHIO-TV.

It reads: “Good evening Courtney! I am sorry you are dealing with this. All you will need to do is take Thor to MedVet for the consultation and they will bill us directly ... Thank you and we will get Thor taken care of.”