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.

Man discovers fire while showing vacant apartment in Moraine

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 2:12 PM

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.

A smoke alarm is being credited for saving a single-story apartment building from extensive damages after a bathroom ventilation fan malfunctioned and sparked a fire this afternoon.

The owner of the apartments in the 5200 block of Belle Isle Drive were showing the vacant apartment to some potential renters when they heard the fire alarm going off, according to Steve Meadows, battalion chief of the Miami Valley Fire District.

The owner opened the bathroom door and smoke poured out of the room.

Firefighters were called and quickly put out the small electrical fire, limiting damage to an estimated $1,000, Meadows said.

Meadows stressed the importance of having working fire alarms in residences. Without this one, flames would have spread quickly through the attic and into other apartments, he said.

No one was injured in the incident.

UPDATE @ 2:23 p.m.

A small fire reported in the bathroom was extinguished inside a vacant apartment unit in the 5200 block of Belle Isle Drive.

We’re working to gather more details.


Crews in Moraine are responding to a reported structure fire in the 5200 block of Belle Isle Drive.

Smoke was reportedly showing from the structure as crews responded shortly after 2 p.m.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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Springfield movie theater closes its doors

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:54 PM

Springfield movie theater closes its doors

The Upper Valley Mall Cinema 5's movie theater has closed, showing its last movie Monday night.

Less than a dozen employees will lose their jobs from the theater closing, said Philip Chakeres, president and chief executive officer of Chakeres Theatres.

>>RELATED: Retailer files for bankruptcy, Upper Valley Mall store’s future unclear

The cinema, owned by Chakeres Theatres Inc., is one of several anchor tenants to leave the Upper Valley Mall.

“There’s a loss of foot traffic and that’s an impact not just on us, but every business that’s out at the mall,” Chakeres said.

County commissioners ask Dayton mayor to head independent proposed jail review group

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

Man surrenders after nearly 4-hour standoff in West Carrollton

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 7:31 AM

UPDATE @ 2:54 p.m.

The man who kept West Carrollton police at bay during a standoff this morning has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of inducing panic.

John F. Martin, 52, has not yet been formerly charged after his arrest this morning in the 1200 block of Mayrose Drive.

Police said the suspect who prompted a SWAT call-out was allegedly threatening harm to himself and others.

UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m.

A man has surrendered peacefully after a nearly four-hour standoff with police in West Carrollton.

The man was making threats to harm himself or others when police were called to the home shortly after 4 a.m., according to West Carrollton Police Chief David Wessling.

A female was in the home but got out before officers arrived. The man refused to come out and SWAT officers were called. SWAT was able to talk to the man on the telephone and he agreed to come out of the house without a fight.

Charges are pending and the man’s identity has not been released.


We’re working to learn more about heavy police presence in a West Carrollton neighborhood. 

Our crew has been asked to remain away from the scene, but can see police blocking the area of Bishop and Primrose drives. 

Details about the incident are unavailable and a call to a West Carrollton police supervisor has not been returned. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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