Air Force grounds Thunderbirds; air show to go on

Published: Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 12:55 PM
Updated: Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 6:11 PM

The Air Force will ground the Thunderbirds jet demonstration team and cease air support to public events April 1 unless a federal budget deal puts the show season back on track, the service announced Friday.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear at the Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 22-23, but the impending cancellation will not stop the show, said Terry Grevious, the executive director of the event.

He said late Friday he’s hopeful the team will be allowed to appear at Dayton International Airport since pilots will continue to fly this month to maintain their skills in the cockpit.

“The show is going to go on regardless,” he said. “We’ve had a number of years where we haven’t had a jet team.”

For the past decade, about every four years neither the Thunderbirds nor the Blue Angels have appeared on the tarmac in Dayton, he said.

Several air shows across the country, including in Indianapolis, had canceled air shows because of the uncertainty of whether the Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels will fly this season.

The Air Force said the flying hours set aside for the Thunderbirds and other demonstration acts, such as the F-22 Raptor, would instead be used to keep pilots flying to meet readiness needs. The no-show order would also apply to Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard aircraft and mean no flyovers at funerals, military graduations, heritage flights, sporting and other events, the service said. Local display of aircraft, known as static displays, could continue.

The Air Force projects flying hours will be reduced by nearly a fifth, or a loss of 203,000 flying hours this year, and two thirds of the active-duty Air Force combat units would see a reduction in training at home stations because of budget cuts.

Even with the potential loss of the Thunderbirds on the horizon, the Dayton Air Show touted Friday that a MiG-17F and a F-86 Sabre jet will make first appearances in the skies of Dayton during the show, he said.

Both are 1950s-era vintage fighter jets. Randy Ball of Tyler, Texas, will fly the MiG, while Paul R. Wood, founder of the Warbird Heritage Foundation in Waukegan, Ill., will pilot the F-86.

The air show also announced Friday wing walker Jane Wicker has joined the line-up. The Miami Valley event also plans a “Great Wall of Fire” pyrotechnic display.

WB U.S. 35 reopens following crash; CareFlight call cancelled

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.

Westbound U.S. 35 has reopened following a crash involving a car and semi, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a call to CareFlight was cancelled and the severity of the victim's injuries remain unknown.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.


U.S. 35 westbound near Jamestown is closed following a reported crash involving a semi Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 35 and Old U.S. 35 in Greene County just after noon. 

Initial reports indicate a person is injured after a crash involving a car and semi. 

CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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1 flown to hospital in crash that closes I-75N in Shelby County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are back open at Ohio 274 near Botkins in Shelby County.

The vehicle in the crash is off the side of the highway, but traffic remains backed up.

A medical helicopter took one person to an area hospital.


The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down this evening near Botkins in Shelby County.

The highway is closed at I-75 N at Ohio 274.

A medical helicopter has been called to the crash scene, and the crash resulted in significant vehicle damage, according to initial reports.

3 hurt after 2 cars, semi hauling cars collide on I-75 S in Tipp City

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

FROM SCENE: I-75 in Tipp City closed for crash between semi, 2 cars

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Two southbound lanes of Intersate 75 in Tipp City are back open following a crash involving a semi hauling new cars and two cars.

A third lane remains closed for road construction.


The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Tipp City are closed tonight following a crash involving a semi and two cars.

The highway is shut down just south of exit 68, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The crash was reported around 7:45 p.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

Crews respond to 2 fires this week at same Miamisburg house

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Oct. 21)

The Miami Valley Fire District responded twice this week to fires at the same East Central Avenue address in Miamisburg.

A kitchen fire reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. brought crews Friday night. A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution because she was light-headed, battalion chief Glenn Jirka said.

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The property owner said there was a fire earlier this week to the detached garage, but that she did not want to provide further details about that incident.

Jirka said all fires are considered suspicious until a cause can be determined.

“There was a fire at this same address early this week,” Jirka said. “We’ll be taking a look at that but right now we don’t have any connection; we don’t have any reason to believe there is a connection.”

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The tenants who live in the two units are displaced because of the damage to the dwelling, Jirka said.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detached  garage, though she would not provide further details about that incident.

The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.


Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.