California wildfires: Beavercreek grad doing her part to survive

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 8:34 PM

California wildfires: Beavercreek grad doing her part to survive

A Beavercreek grad is among those suffering through the California wildfires. 

PHOTOS: California wildfires

Katie Bella was among the thousands who were evacuated Tuesday morning. She spent the night at one of the many shelters set up at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and elsewhere. 

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Wednesday, she was allowed to return to her home because the winds shifted to the south -- away from her home. She's living without electricity. And there's a boil advisory in effect as well. 

"It almost looks like it's snowing a little bit from all the ashes that are falling," she told News Center 7's Katie Bartley on Wednesday afternoon. 

Bella said she's one of the lucky ones because she had advanced warning about the fires. Her neighbors in Santa Paula and midtown Ventura haven't been so fortunate. 

All she can do now is to hose down dry brush around her home and continue to prepare for anything.

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UD President: ‘Students ... put themselves and their friends in danger’

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

UD president: Students 'put themselves in danger'

University of Dayton students who ignored orders and acted out against police during St. Patrick’s Day activities Saturday were called out in a letter sent this morning from UD President Eric F. Spina to the student body.

“Today I am deeply disappointed in the behavior of many of you. I witnessed groups of students assault police officers, shoot fireworks into crowds, and put themselves and their friends in danger,” Spina wrote.   

PHOTOS: UD students gather on St. Patrick’s Day

Police responded to the report of a large crowd that had gathered on Lowes Street. Bottles, rocks and firecrackers were reportedly thrown at officers, which forced them to retreat. Additional officers from UD and Dayton police departments were called. By 6:30 p.m., police dressed in riot gear cleared the streets and ordered students to go inside their homes.

“The large gatherings that block streets, the disregard for the safety of others, and the disrespect for the police who were there to keep people safe in no way constitutes community,” Spina’s letter reads. “This police response was appropriate and necessary because this behavior presented significant danger to the safety of students and police.


Dayton police reports from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

UD’s St. Patrick’s Day revelry moves indoors after officers in riot gear push back crowds

One person was hurt by a thrown object during the police action on Saturday, according to the university.

Dayton officers dressed in riot gear and holding shields were also struck by thrown objects, but no injuries were reported, according to UD spokeswoman Cilla Shindell.

Shindell said there were a few other minor injuries, “a few misdemeanor arrests and student disciplinary referrals” reported during the day, but full reports were not immediately available.

Some minor damage to university property — lawns and landscaping — was reported and a few private vehicles were reportedly damaged during the day, Shindell said.

“No one has been arrested as yet for activities related to dispersing the crowd,” she said.

Shindell said in terms of how police respond to large disturbances such as what happened on Lowes Street, each situation is assessed for the best response.

“In general, it is good practice to get everyone off the street as peacefully as possible and keep them out of harm’s way until the street is cleared,” Shindell said. “This helps police identify those who are involved in disorderly behavior and those who are not. After the street was clear, police went to each of the houses to let them encourage those who were not residents to leave the property and let residents know they were free to leave their houses.”

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Road closed after jackknifed semi spills alcohol across U.S. 35 in Eaton 

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 1:40 AM

ON SCENE: Semi splits, spills load of alcohol in Preble County

UPDATE @ 2:15 a.m: U.S. 35 near Woodland Drive is closed after a semi-truck that was jackknifed spilled bottles, kegs, and cases of alcohol across the roadway Monday morning.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Vehicle drives into unattached garage, drives off in Dayton 

Officials say two semis were involved in the crash around 1 a.m. where one carrying 40,000 pounds of paper jackknifed the other semi carrying the alcohol, while attempting to turn into the nearby International Paper Company. 

The jackknifed semi landed in a residential front yard with the truck split in half, causing the alcohol to spill.

Neither of the truck drivers were injured as a result of the incident and no damage was done to the property. 

Eaton police have no exact time for when the road will reopen, stating it will be closed for “several hours.”

Officials continue to investigate the crash, but do believe it was an accident. 


A semi-truck has reportedly spilled bottles of alcohol across U.S. 35 in Eaton early Monday morning, according to officials.

The incident was dispatched around 1 a.m. in the 900 block of Eaton Richmond Pike, per initial reports.

The spill will reportedly have the road closed near Woodland Drive for a while.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details about the ordeal. 

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Power steadily being restored for customers following crash in Preble County

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:43 AM

UPDATE @ 1 a.m: Only 35 people are without power after a single-vehicle crashed into a pole late Sunday night, according to the DP&L outage site.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Driver killed in Butler County crash

The incident was dispatched around 11:45 p.m. on W. Holtzmuller Road, per initial reports.

Customer’s power are steadily being restored as DP&L are still working to repair the pole that was hit at the base as a result of the crash.

We’re working to learn the condition of the driver of the vehicle. 


Over 100 people are without power after a vehicle crashed into a pole on W. Holtzmuller Road late Sunday night.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Driver killed in Butler County crash

Initial reports indicate the vehicle hit a pole and was reportedly on its side around 11:45 p.m.

DP&L are on scene to repair the pole that was hit at the base as a result of the crash. 

No word on the condition of the driver of the vehicle.

We will continue to update this story with more information. 

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Chance for rain, snow returns this week

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:57 PM

Rain and snow are expected to return this week in the Dayton area.

A quiet night is expected with temperatures overnight dropping into the lower 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar  said.


  • Rain returns Monday evening
  • Snow expected Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lower temperatures this week

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Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

>>County-by-County Forecast 

Tuesday: The chance for snow is increasing, as more recent model runs are becoming more consistent and are agreeing more on the chance for snow. We’re calling for snow on Tuesday, some of which could be heavy at times. This snow looks to continue into Wednesday as well. Highs will be in the lower 40s early in the morning with most of the day staying in the 30s. 

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Wednesday: Snow is likely to continue into Wednesday, especially earlier in the day. By the time the snow wraps up, it looks like we’ll see a couple of inches of snow accumulation, however, there is still a lot of time between now and the event, allowing time for the track to change course. This will have a large effect on just how much snow we see. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s for the day. 

>>Severe Weather Guide

Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but the chance for rain returns at night. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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