Clark County police blitz targets Bethel Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

Multiple police agencies teamed up Friday night to crack down on drug and traffic violations in Bethel Twp.

Five police agencies held a blitz where they heavily patroled the township. More than 20 police cruisers hit the streets as officers pursued drugs and other criminal activity.

For Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Beller, it was routine patrol.

“I spend a lot of time out here. I’ve been out here four or five years now, Bethel Twp., New Carlisle area si I know almost everybody. It’s not that big of an area,” Beller said.

Along with knowing the area, it’s about knowing what to look for.

“The things I look for most are drugs, OVIs and driving under suspensions. But tonight we’re just looking for everything,” he said.

A teenage girl was pulled over and taken into custody for suspicion of drug possession after K-9s detected drugs inside her car. Deputies also found a marijuana grinder in her pocket.

Beller and other officers conducted multiple traffic stops throughout the evening.

“You see that? That’s crystal meth ...,” Beller said.

Minutes later, the U.S. Marshal’s Service found men hiding in closets inside an apartment with syringes and drugs. They also were wanted on outstanding warrants.

“There have been blitzes before but never before where all these different agencies were working together,” Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said.

The agencies conducted the law enforcement operation at the request of township trustees.

“As the warm weather is approaching, we wanted people to know that we are still diligent in watching out for the residents of the township,” Trustee Nancy Brown said.

The agencies involved included the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Springfield Police Division, Ohio Investigative Unit, U.S. Marshal’s Service. 

Stats on Friday night’s operation are expected to be released later today.

ODOT reopens section of I-75 where fiery crash damaged highway

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

A section of Interstate 75 southbound near the Main Street exit has been reopened temporarily following a fiery wrong-way fatal crash April 30. 

WATCH: IWitness7 viewers capture I-75 crash, fire, explosion

The Ohio Department of Transportation decided to temporarily reopen the section because of increased Memorial Day traffic, according to a spokesperson.

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Additional repair work is still needed to the median wall and the noise wall panels, the spokesperson said. 

The median wall concrete work will take about three days to finish, when ODOT schedules that part of the project. 

The deadly crash that prompted the repairs involved a car travelling the wrong way and a tanker full of gasoline. The collision was captured on ODOT traffic cameras. 

The driver of the car, 30-year-old Andrew Brunsman from Beavercreek, was killed and the truck driver suffered minor injuries in the collision that sent black smoke and large balls of flames shooting into the sky just north of downtown Dayton for more than an hour.

ODOT determined the highway did not have structural damage but needed urgent repairs to the paving, following by work on the median and noise panel walls.

2 safe after Dayton water rescue 

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

UPDATE @ 2:04 p.m.:

Dayton crews have rescued two kayakers from the Great Miami River. Both a male and female kayaker were ejected into the river and required assistance. Both are on land and in good condition with no reported injuries. 

FIRST REPORT

Dayton Police and Fire crews have been dispatched to the 1300 block of Siebenthaler Avenue in Dayton for a potential water rescue. 

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch reports that two kayakers were caught in a line of trees and debris on the Great Miami River. 

They lost control of their kayaks and were tossed into the river needing assistance. 

One person has been rescued and they are attempting to rescue the second passenger. We will update you with the latest in this developing story. 

Fifth tornado confirmed in neighboring Miami Valley county

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

A fourth tornado touched down Wednesday in Fayette County, in addition to the two that hit in Clark County and one in Miami County.

Tornadoes were confirmed in the following locations:

  • EF-1 confirmed in Park Layne
  • EF-0 confirmed near Medway
  • EF-1 confirmed near Piqua
  • EF-0 confirmed in Fayette County

UPDATE @ 2:52 p.m.:

A fourth tornado is reported to have touched down in the region during Wednesday night’s storm, according to the National Weather Service.

An EF0 tornado briefly touched down in Warren County, in a field four miles north of Harveysburg, according to the NWS.

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. (May 26)

In addition to three tornadoes that hit the Miami Valley on Wednesday, a fourth tornado touched down in neighboring Fayette County, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The EF-0 tornado touched down in the extreme western portion of Fayette County, based on radar data, video evidence and eyewitness reports, according to the weather service.

The tornado had wind gusts of 50 mph, was 25 yards wide and traveled approximately three miles, according to the weather service. it dissipated about four miles southeast of Jamestown.

The tornado traveled primarily through empty farm fields and did not left little damage, according to the weather service.

EARLIER

The National Weather Service has confirmed a third tornado touched down near Medway in Clark County.

Maximum sustained winds for the tornado were 75 mph and it was said to be on the ground for 500 yards, the weather service said.

The tornado touched down on Lower Valley Pike near Princeton Drive, just southwest of the I-70 and Ohio 235 interchange.

Several manufactured homes sustained roof and siding damage and two large trees fell on and destroyed homes on Cordova Drive at McMahan’s Fairview Terrace Mobile Home Park.

RELATED: Multiple mobile homes damaged by downed trees in Clark County

Several homes on Wellington Avenue had mud splattered on the north or east side of the homes, showing evidence of rotation, the weather service said.

According to the weather service, carports and awnings also were destroyed.

The damage quickly lessened in strength further to the northwest with minimal damage along Jason Drive and no evidence of damage by Amy Dee Lane, NWS said.

UPDATE @ 3:46 p.m.:

A second tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service approximately five miles southeast of Piqua.

The weather service said the maximum winds for the tornado near Piqua were estimated at 90 mph.

UPDATE @ 3:36 p.m.:

A tornado that caused damage in Park Layne and southeast Miami County had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was on the ground for nearly four miles, the National Weather Service said.

Officials said the tornado first touched down in the western side of Park Layne as an EF-1 tornado, where damage occurred to some commercial buildings and trees.

RELATED: Businesses damaged in Park Layne

The maximum width of the tornado was 300 yards.

Additional tree damage and minor roof damage occurred along Bellefontaine Road to the northwest, the weather service said.

Sporadic damage, primarily to trees, was found farther to the northwest, ultimately ending along Ohio 201 north of Studebaker Road.

The damage near Studebaker Road was consistent with wind speeds of an EF-0 tornado, the weather service said.

Officials are expected to release additional details later this afternoon.

An EF-1 tornado is classified with wind speeds between 86 to 110 mph and an EF-0 tornado has wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph.

UPDATE @ 2:56 p.m. 

Bethel Twp. fire department official gave an update on the damage at Sunoco gas station. The hazard has been secured and no fuel was lost. The fuel tank valves have been secured.

Also, there are six families being assisted in this area of Park Layne.

There has been extensive damage to roofs on homes along Osborne Road, according to Bethel Twp. fire. The department was able to use a drone in the daylight to get a clearer picture of the damage. 

Clark County EMA is handling the damage assessment. 

Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District, said eight of 10 restaurants are back in business after the storms caused closures. 

The Mel-O-Dee restaurant could be closed for up to three weeks due to broken air conditioning units and a structural truss damaged. The Family Dollar that was damaged will also remain closed. 

Tom Hale, Clark County building official, said several businesses remain without power. 

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit Park Layne Wednesday night.

The weather service estimated maximum winds for the tornado at 100 mph.

Additional details, including the path length and width on the Park Layne tornado will be released later today, NWS said.

UPDATE @ 9:49 a.m.:

The National Weather Service storm survey teams have arrived in Park Layne and are beginning their surveys of suspected tornado damage in Clark, Greene and Miami counties.

>>PHOTOS:  Storm damageStorms, funnel clouds

The National Weather Service will be out today to survey damage in Greene, Clark and Miami counties to determine the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns.

Two survey teams will begin today in Park Layne and then those teams will split up, with one going to Miami County and the other going to Greene County.

>>VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn

In a statement issued early this morning, weather service officials in Wilmington said some of these damage reports, reported by whio.com and News Center 7, include:  

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces are checking for damage. “At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said. WPAFB weather casters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m., which was extended twice more. An “all clear” has since been issued, she said.
  • In Greene County, several trees and power lines were reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area.
  • In Miami County, a tornado may be responsible for barn debris, trees and wires in the street the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road, according to the National Weather Service. The road is closed, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
  • In Miami County, trees and power lines down in Bethel Twp. at Bellefontaine Road, between U.S. 40 and Palmer Road.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be possible for several trees and power lines reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads, according to the National Weather Service.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be responsible for several trees down along Dayton Yellow Springs Road near Fairborn. 
  • In Miami County, two homes with structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road.
  • In Miami County, Deweese Road at Peterson, closed because of power lines and trees down.
  • In Montgomery County, trees were reported down in the 8300 block of National Road

It is believed that a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage in certain locations in these 

counties, weather service officials said.  

There may be additional locations that require damage surveys that aren't listed above, weather service officials said. 

“We will be in contact with emergency managers from the affected counties to determine a specific plan for damage surveys, as well as assess the need for additional surveys in other locations,” weather service officials said in the statement.

INITIAL REPORT

Several tornadoes are being reported in Greene County tonight.

Here are some of the reports (all of these reports have to be verified by the National Weather Service):

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>>VIDEOS: Sirens, wall clouds in Greene

  • One has been reported in Fairborn, reported by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • One has been reported, by weather spotters to the National Weather Service, in southwest Miami County
  • Another in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route near Xenia
  • Near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line in eastern Greene County

Jason Slyger, of Sabina, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m. 

"You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air," he said. 

We are hearing no reports of damage of injuries. 

We have been fielding reports of funnel and other threatening clouds. 

We will continue to update this report as warranted. 

Homicide victim found in field suffered multiple gunshot wounds

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

The city of Dayton’s most recent homicide victim died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to preliminary findings at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The body of Davionte Lavon Jones, 22, was found Thursday evening lying in a field in the 3500 block of Dorham Place.

We’re working to gather more details about the investigation.

EARLIER

A 22-year-old man is listed as a victim in Dayton’s latest homicide.

Next-of-kin has been notified about the death of Davionte Lavon Jones and an autopsy is underway today, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Officers were called Thursday evening to the 3500 block of Dorham Place, according to the Dayton police report.

The police report lists two vehicles that are part of the investigation, a tan 2005 Chevy Impala and a black 2006 Kia Sorrento.

Further details, including the cause and manner of Jones’ death, were not immediately available.

We’re working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.