Cover your perennial flowers this weekend, snow coming Monday

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 4:04 PM

            Perennial flowers could be at risk this weekend with colder temperatures expected.

This weekend’s low temperatures will mean gardeners will want to cover perennial flowers.

Temperatures will be in the teens early Saturday, bringing a cold burst of weather to what has been a relatively warm winter, said StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

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“It’s been basically a month since we’ve had temperatures this cold,” Vrydaghs said. “I know a lot of people might have plans this weekend. Some people may have their perennials coming up, and they might want to think about covering up those plants to protect them from this harsh, cold weather.”

The National Weather Service also recommends bringing plants inside, if possible.

“Due to the unseasonably warm temperatures of the past several weeks, some vegetation may already be vulnerable to these cold temperatures,” the service said in a statement. “Protect sensitive plants by bringing them indoors if possible. Those with agricultural interests are advised to protect tender vegetation.”

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Clouds will increase through the day Saturday with the slight chance of a passing flurry, mainly south. Temperatures once again will stay below normal with highs in the lower 30s. The cold will return again Saturday night with lows back down in the teens, Vrydaghs said.

High pressure arrives Sunday, bringing mostly sunny skies back to the region. But Vrydaghs said this sunshine will not help to warm us though, as highs only reach into the lower 30s after a cold start in the teens.

Clouds increase Monday as an Alberta Clipper approaches from the northwest. This will bring the chance of scattered snow showers to the area, Vrydaghs said. Some rain may mix in from the south as temperatures climb into the middle 30s by the afternoon.

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.


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 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.


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. 

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.

I-75 crash: Police release cruiser cam video

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.

9 current lawsuits against Montgomery County Jail employees

Published: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 @ 8:31 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 1:42 PM

Joseph Guglielmo is wheelchair bound, his attorneys say, as a result of a Jan. 15, 2015 incident at the Montgomery County jail.

ninth lawsuit alleging mistreatment at the Montgomery County Jail has been filed by a former inmate who had an altercation with a now-fired corrections officer that the sheriff’s office tried to prosecute. The suit filed by former inmate Daryl Wallace is the most recent in a string of civil rights violation allegations dating back to 2012.

» RELATED: 9th inmate sues Montgomery County Jail, now-fired officer 

As the number of claims against the jail grew to seven, Montgomery County Commissioners called for a  federal investigation but later agreed to work through a local oversight committee established to review policies, procedures, and facility investment.

» RELATED: Montgomery County creates jail oversight committee 

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A brief look at the nine current federal civil lawsuits and the inmates involved, in the order they were filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court: 

David Cooper | Filed August 2013

Cooper’s attorney alleges that in November 2012, Cooper was held in the jail in a 13-person cell despite psychological disorders that made him feel suicidal in a small, crowded place. Cooper was denied in his effort to be moved to a mental health unit. After one other inmate was found concealing medication in his mouth, all the inmates’ medications were discontinued. Cooper tried to kill himself by cutting arteries in his arm. After returning from the hospital, Cooper was returned to another 13-person cell. He used a metal clip in his ID armband to cut himself again. After a stay in a psychiatric hospital, he was returned to the jail where he allegedly clothed in just a gown on “suicide watch” and without bedding. He was fed a bologna sandwich and two cookies three times a day for 2.5 months. Later, Cooper was Taser-darted, pepper-sprayed and beaten up. Motions for summary judgment have been filed by several defendants and depositions have been taken. The trial is still scheduled for July 10.

Robert Richardson | Filed May 2014

Richardson, 28, died May 19, 2012 after corrections officers and medical personnel responded to his cell when his cellmate said Richardson needed assistance. The suit alleges several jail employees handcuffed and subdued Richardson on his stomach outside the cell door while he was having a medical emergency. The suit said that Richardson “was essentially crushed to death by various corrections officers.”An internal investigation found no wrongdoing by jail personnel, finding that “employees “restricted Mr. Richardson’s movement to prevent Mr. Richardson from injuring himself.” But in a deposition, sheriff’s office Capt. Chuck Crosby admitted that Richardson during the 22-minute ordeal was placed in restraints while in a prone position, which is in violation of departmental policy. The March 2017 trial date was vacated and a new trial date hasn’t been set.

» RELATED: County seeks to forbid ‘racist’ texts, bad press from dead inmate trial

Emily Evans | Filed September 2014

Evans, then 27, was brought to jail on a drunk-driving charge early in the morning of March 30, 2014. Her blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit of .08. Surveillance video showed Sgt. Eric Banks interacting with Evans. Her attorney said a deputy pointed a Taser at Evans and threatened her, and that Banks slammed Evans to the floor, causing multiple facial fractures. Evans’ attorney said it took three months to get the video. An incident report by Banks said Evans used her legs to press against the wall and toward him, so he “guided her to the ground.” The suit was dismissed against all defendants but two — Banks and Thomas Feehan, who lost an appeal to be excused from the suit. A new trial date will be set soon, according to the case docket.

Amber Swink | Filed September 2016

Clay Twp. police on Nov. 15, 2015 brought Amber Swink, then 24, to jail after being called to a Brookville residence about a domestic dispute. After having been pepper-sprayed once by Sgt. Judith Sealey, she was placed into a restraint in an isolation cell for allegedly yelling and screaming. Surveillance video shows Sealey blast pepper spray directly into Swink’s face. The incident was investigated by Dayton police and now by federal agents. Sealey — who was promoted to captain early in 2016 — is back to work after being on administrative leave before a Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict her. Swink was sentenced to community control after being convicted of assault on a police officer for breaking the arresting officer’s glasses. Defendants have asked for a stay of discovery until after all investigations are complete. No trial date has been set.

» RELATED: Captain in pepper-spraying incident returns to work 

Jeffrey Day | Filed October 2016

On Nov. 26, 2015, Day was in an automobile accident and suffered a fractured pelvis and hip. Day was arrested for obstructing justice after officers said he didn’t answer their questions truthfully and kept in the jail for five days — including three in a mental health area. He alleges two Trotwood police officers and several jail personnel repeatedly ignored his injuries. Those injuries required emergency surgery when Day was released. Surveillance video from the jail sally port and booking area appears to show Day, 36, of Dayton, struggling to walk. Day’s trial has been set for Feb. 18, 2019.

» RELATED: Man suing police and sheriff is being prosecuted

James J. Howard | Filed December 2016

The 53-year-old serving time in prison said he was hospitalized and had all five toes amputated due to negligent conduct in the jail in June 2015. Howard said he is a brittle diabetic who suffers from neuropathy and nerve damage. Howard alleges a doctor at Good Samaritan wouldn’t treat him when there was an infection in just one one toe. He also said after the amputation, no one put his wound vac back on for a week because they didn’t know how. He also alleged that a doctor told the judge in his case that healing in the jail wouldn’t be good because the conditions weren’t sanitary but that the judge didn’t listen. A magistrate judge ruled Howard’s complaint should be dismissed, but objections can be filed up until June 5, 2017.

Joseph Guglielmo | Filed January 2017

Attorneys for Guglielmo, 59, a homeless veteran picked up for being combative at a shelter, claim he was beaten so severely that he was in a coma for two months and is now cognitively disabled, wheelchair bound and lives in a nursing facility. In the complaint, Guglielmo alleges that in January 2015 some corrections officers stood in the way of a surveillance camera so his beating by others wouldn’t be captured on video. Guglielmo alleges that four corrections officers beat him in his cell and that two others remained outside but did nothing to stop one employee from throwing Guglielmo against a concrete wall and punching him in his head, eye area and abdomen. A trial has been scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018.

» RELATED: Homeless veteran beaten into coma in jail, lawsuit alleges

Charles Wade | Filed February 2017

Brought to the jail after his arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Wade was described as intoxicated and belligerent but claims he wasn’t resisting, Wade was later placed in a restraint chair and pepper-sprayed Oct. 16, 2016. Wade claims the jail employees’ actions were improper and a violation of his civil rights. According to an incident report written by Sgt. John Eversole, one of the defendants, Wade was pepper-sprayed by Eversole, but “the spray did not have an immediate effect” and that Wade “briefly freed his left hand” and resisted. Eversole deployed a second burst, causing Wade and several jail employees to cough as Wade repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe.” Wade remained in the restraint chair from 4:46 a.m. until 7:24 a.m., in part because Wade was yelling, “I’m being denied my constitutional rights” and for “continued disorderly behavior,” the incident report says. A preliminary pretrial conference is scheduled for July 25, 2017.

» RELATED: Lawsuit alleges jail employees mistreated inmate

Daryl Wallace | Filed May 2017

Attorneys for former inmate Daryl Wallace, 44, claim former corrections officer Jerrid Campbell “viciously beat” Wallace with impunity on Sept. 28, 2015 in an altercation captured on surveillance video. The civil rights, excessive force lawsuit says that Wallace complained to Campbell that his cell’s hot water wasn’t working and Campbell refused to call maintenance. Campbell was fired for “violations of numerous policies.” According to sheriff’s office documents, the violations included: using racist slurs against Sheriff Phil Plummer and other command staff members; failing to allow an inmate access to a dentist; two violations of use of force; an inappropriate Facebook post about a co-worker, making inaccurate and untruthful statements to the Dayton Daily News; making similar statements to the Dayton Weekly News. Campbell was suspended a total of 23 days for those alleged violations. No dates in the case have been set.

» RELATED: 9th inmate sues Montgomery County Jail, now-fired officer 

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. 


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.