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Daughter: Fairborn firefighters saved ‘the rock of our family’

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 10:03 AM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

            Fairborn Fire Department personnel respond to a drill at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in this 2015 file photo. Six of the department’s personnel received Life Saving Award ribbons for their response to a January 2017 incident. CONTRIBUTED

Bobby Evans’ heart attack struck in mid-January — his third in two months.

“He did not have a heartbeat,” said Gene Thomas, a Fairborn firefighter, who with five other Fairborn Fire Department personnel arrived on scene Jan. 12, revived Evans, and saved his life.

For their actions, they have each received Life Saving Award ribbons.

“It was a blur that day,” said Polly Fraver, Evans’ daughter. “You don’t know what it was like to pull in and see dad there, and see all you guys working on him.”

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart because he is the rock of our family,” Fraver said.

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The firefighters provided advanced lifesaving techniques to revive Evans, who survived to thank the firefighters and paramedics during the ceremony.

“They are wonderful people,” Evans said. “Wonderful.”

Evans spent several weeks in the hospital and was released on the birthday of his other daughter, who died almost 20 years ago.

“She wasn’t ready for him to be there yet, so she sent him back home,” Fraver said.

Each of the first responders received the Life Saving Award ribbon for the second time, according to the department, with the exception of Thomas, who is a four-time recipient. The ribbon was presented during a March 7 ceremony to Thomas, Manfred Rembold, Nate Fisher, Seth Johnson, Les Jeffers and Scott Schockman.

“We see a lot of tragedy, a lot of loss,” said Thomas. “So when we have a win like this, it’s great all the way around.”

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NewsCenter 7’s Kate Bartley contributed reporting.

Strong storms may threaten Miami Valley today

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 6:05 AM

A couple rounds of showers and storms today will affect the Miami Valley.

A powerful spring storm system moved through the Central Plains Wedneday night produced strong to severe storms in that region. The storms spread eastward into the Mississippi Valley Wednesday night and will move into the lower Ohio and Tennessee valleys today.

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Showers and storms expected to redevelop in our warm and moist environment for late day and mainly for the evening hours. Storms could become severe with most of the Miami Valley under and "Slight Risk" for severe storms. 

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Damaging winds will be the main threat but large sized hail or even an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. We look to be the most active from 5 p.m. through midnight. Some scattered showers then overnight into early Friday.  

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Stay "weather aware" for the evening hours with the threat for severe storms. 

Showers and a few storms will still be possible into Friday, but the severe weather threat will rapidly decrease early Friday morning.

Problem with Montgomery County Fairgrounds deal nearly solved

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

            Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and the Montgomery County Agricultural Society have agreed in principle to a deal to sell the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to the University of Dayton and Premier Health. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

An arcane problem with old canal lands holding up the Montgomery County Fairgounds sale is closer to being solved following the signatures of two Ohio officials just hours after the Dayton Daily News revealed the issue.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and Secretary of State Jon Husted provided the signatures necessary to transfer old Miami & Erie Canal land as part of the $15 million deal to sell the fairgrounds property to the University of Dayton and Premier Health.

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The deed now requires Gov. John Kasich’s signature.

The “Canal Land” issue became a hurdle in the multi-million deal, as the state commission with authority over the former Miami-Erie Canal property no longer exists.

An attorney for the Montgomery County Agricultural Society said the state had been working on the issue for weeks, and anticipated it could have taken several more weeks to sign off. The Dayton Daily News broke the story of the problem Wednesday afternoon, and Yost and Husted signed off on the deal within hours.

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“Dave Yost worked with us to make it a priority,” Husted, a UD alumnus and former state legislator, said by email. “I have worked on the fairgrounds issue since 1994, and I want to get it done so that UD and that area of Dayton can take another positive step forward.”

Husted is a likely candidate for Ohio governor in 2018, while Yost announced his run for attorney general in January. Husted, Yost and Kasich are Republicans.

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In a statement Wednesday, UD and Premier said the organizations anticipated closing on the property in mid-April and taking possession of the land in October.

The total deal is for $15 million with UD and Premier chipping in about $5.25 million each. The county will provide a $2 million credit on the purchase if the buyers agree to retain and rehab the historic roundhouse. The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority also has a $2.5 million state allocation to contribute to the project.

The Montgomery County Agricultural Society, which operates the county fair, is moving to Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Twp.

Woman arrested in Lakeview Ave. stabbing

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 2:06 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

Pamela E. Burns was taken into police custody in connection with a Lakeview Avenue stabbing on March 30, 2017.

UPDATE @11:37 a.m. 

A woman was taken into police custody in connection with the Lakeview Avenue stabbing Thursday morning. 

Pamela E. Burns is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on a felonious assault charge. 

Burns is also being held on a parole violation, according to online jail records. 


Police and medics have responded to a report of a person stabbed on Lakeview Avenue in Dayton Thursday morning. 

Officers were first dispatched to the 2800 block of Lakeview Avenue around 2 a.m. on initial reports of a fight with people threatening to use knives, according to police scanner traffic. 

The condition of the victim was not immediately known. 

This is the second stabbing reported in Dayton Thursday morning. A man was reportedly stabbed multiple times inside an apartment on Idylwilde Boulevard around 1 a.m. 

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

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3 arrested in Dayton apartment stabbing

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

UPDATE @10:51 a.m. 

Three suspects have been taken into police custody in connection with the Idylwilde Boulevard stabbing early Thursday. 

Juan Bell, 41; Alton Herron III, 45; and Hope Hatton, 33, were arrested on North Dixie Drive, according to a police.

 According to the incident report, the suspects forced their way into an apartment where one victim was assaulted, and another victim was stabbed at least twice.

UPDATE @4:06 a.m. 

Josh Chapman, who lives in the building, said he  went to the apartment after he heard yelling and screaming. 

“The gentleman was lying on the floor bleeding from both legs,” he said. “He was stabbed in both legs.”

INITIAL REPORT @1:48 a.m. 

One person has reportedly been stabbed multiple times inside an apartment on Idylwilde Boulevard in Dayton Thursday morning. 

Police and medics were dispatched to the 3400 block of Idylwilde Boulevard around 1:05 am. on initial reports of a man stabbed. 

Initial reports indicate the victim was stabbed multiple times, but his condition was not immediately known. 

A witness who lives in the complex told our crew he heard a disturbance inside the victim’s apartment and a few people leave the scene before police arrived. 

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

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