Dayton Christian Schools mourn sophomore killed in Ohio 48 crash

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

At least three cars were involved in a crash on state route 48 in Warren County

The Dayton Christian Schools community came together tonight to pray together following the death of a sophomore in a four-vehicle wreck today on his way to school.

Tommy Williamitis, 16, of Oregonia was on the wrestling team and he played in the band.

“I think it’s a lot of shock today and it’s a lot of, just, we’re not really sure how to handle it yet,” said Chris Malmstrom, Dayton Christian School’s spiritual life director.

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Many students who reached out to Malmstrom during the day had similar stories to share about Williamitis, who would dress up as a banana during home basketball games.

“Super funny, unique sense of humor … he will be greatly missed I know by a lot of students and faculty,” Malmstrom said.

Williamitis was killed in a four-vehicle crash around 7:40 a.m. on Ohio 48 in Clearcreek Twp. 

Understanding why this happened is difficult to comprehend.

“You don’t have really good words when things like this happen. It’s just really hard,” he said.

Which is why for the crowd tonight, they turned to a familiar source of comfort.

“We’ve just been trying to keep our foundation on scripture on the word of God.”

(STEVE MAGUIRE / STAFF)
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Firefighters rescue 10 pets from burning house in Franklin

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:38 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:48 PM

Franklin house fire

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. 

Firefighters were able to rescue 10 pets from a burning home in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

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Officials said all 10 of the family’s pets were pulled to safety and were not injured after the fire broke out in a home in the 900 block of Turner Lane around 3:25 p.m. 

The residents and firefighters battling the blaze were also not injured. Crews initially reported possible injuries after a man was found on the porch of the home when emergency units first arrived. Those reports were later deemed unfounded, according to investigators. 

The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation, fire officials said. 

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews have responded to reports of a house fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the house around 3:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate at least one person might have been injured. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Snow ends this evening, warmer temps return this week

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:31 PM

Warmer temperatures and rain loom for the Dayton area during the coming week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Snow showers end this evening, up to 1-inch of accumulation
  • Warmer temperatures return this week
  • Wet start to the new week

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DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Areas north of I-70 will see a chance for snow through the evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. All snow will taper off during the overnight hours. Temperatures will continue to drop tonight and overnight, with lows eventually reaching the upper 20s. Due to the dropping temperatures, an isolated slick spot will be possible on the roads. 

>>County-by-County Forecasts

Sunday: Sunshine is expected with highs reaching the middle 40s. 

Monday: Rain returns to the area, and overall it appears to be a rather soggy day. Highs will be in the middle 40s. Highs will climb to the lower 60s. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Tuesday: High temperatures will be near 70 degrees but we’ll have a chance for more rain. Rain and even a few storms will be possible in the evening through early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday: Rain to start the day but clouds will break into the afternoon. Given the amount of rain from Monday through Wednesday, flooding will be possible in some areas. Highs on Wednesday will reach the middle 50s. 

Thursday: Mostly cloudy skies with highs expected in the middle to upper 40s. 

Snow at UD

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Suspicious fire damages Dayton house

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 2:27 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

Victor Ave fire

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m. 

Firefighters are calling a blaze suspicious that broke out in a Dayton house Saturday afternoon. 

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Investigators said the fire was located in the kitchen area of a vacant house around 2:15 p.m. Saturday. 

No injuries were reported. 

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews have responded to a house fire in the first block of Victor Avenue in Dayton Saturday afternoon. 

Emergency crews were dispatched around 2:15 p.m. and reported heavy smoke coming from the structure. 

Initial reports indicate the structure is believe to be vacant, and the fire was located in the kitchen area of the house. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Injured hikers, showing signs of hypothermia, rescued from Caesar Creek State Park

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

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Two hikers, one of which was injured, have been located and rescued at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County Saturday, according to dispatchers. 

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Emergency crews responded to the state park on reports of at least one injured hiker around 1:40 p.m., dispatchers told this news organization. 

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One hiker was found suffering from a hip injury. One, or both of the hikers were also showing signs of hypothermia, according to officials. 

Rescue crews had to use a boat to get the injured hikers to safety. Around 3:15 p.m., scanner traffic from the scene indicated both hikers were off the boat and safely on land at one of the boat ramps with medics tending to them. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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