Daytonians rally for and against Planned Parenthood 

Published: Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

People for and against Planned Parenthood held demonstrations this morning in Dayton. The local activism mirrors events happening across the country for what has been labeled National Day to Defund Planned Parenthood. 

Anti-abortion activists gathered in front of the Planned Parenthood building on North Wilkinson Street carrying signs with messages such as "Abortion is murder," and calling for an end to public funding of the Planned Parenthood program. 

Organizer Paul Coudron, executive director of Dayton Right to Life, said there are 12 other "women's health organizations" in Montgomery County that receive public funding. 

"By defunding Planned Parenthood, we're not suggesting defunding women's health," Coudron said. 

Coudron said he feels the "tide is changing" in favor of the anti-abortion view, citing the election of President Donald Trump and his administration appointments and for the Supreme Court. 

A short time after that rally, an estimated 130 people who are in favor of Planned Parenthood gathered outside Courthouse Square, some carrying signs while live music was performed. 

Joy Schwab, of the Dayton Women's Rights Alliance, said the fight for women’s rights is intensifying and more than ever there’s a need to mobilize supporters.

 "We want to show that the majority of people support Planned Parenthood,” Schwab said. “Planned Parenthood has done more to prevent unwanted pregnancies and thus prevent abortions than all of the ant-choice groups put together.”

POLICE: 2 UDF robbery suspects in custody

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 2:31 AM

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 4:16 a.m. 

Two suspects are in custody in connection with a United Dairy Farmers robbery near Riverside Drive and Wampler Avenue early Wednesday.

The suspects were taken into custody after a traffic stop by Five Rivers Metro Parks rangers. Two other people were inside the vehicle. 

“It’s great team work you have from Dayton Metro Parks and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department,” said Dayton Police Sgt. Jeffery Spires. 

Two males walked into UDF and demanded employees give them all the cash in the registers, according to Dayton police.

The suspects indicated they had a weapon, according to police.

“They left with the money and some cigarettes,” Spires said.

UPDATE @ 2:55 a.m. 

Four people have reportedly been detained in the area of Riverside Drive and Wampler Avenue who are believed to be suspects in the UDF robbery in Dayton, according to police scanner traffic. 

Initial reports indicate a vehicle was stopped near that intersection with two men and two women taken into custody. 

Ski masks were reportedly located inside the vehicle. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 


Police are responding to reports of a robbery at the United Dairy Farmers at North Dixie Drive and Siebenthaler Avenue.

Around 2:20 a.m., two males wearing green Halloween masks reportedly robbed the store.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Cool morning, storms return this week

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:56 AM

News Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

Temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler Wednesday morning, compared to Tuesday, with spots in the low 40s.

  • Highs in the 50s on Wednesday
  • Chance for thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening
  • Scattered showers, and a few storms Friday morning

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts   

TODAY: Cloudy start to the day, but some sunshine will peek through later in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s which is close to normal. 

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar 

THURSDAY: Clouds increase quickly. A passing shower could move through the area around noon. Storms could develop in the afternoon and evening. A few may be strong or severe. Strong winds and hail would be the main threats. Widespread showers and some thunder continue overnight. Highs in the middle 60s.

RELATED: SEVERE WEATHER: Difference between watch/warning

FRIDAY: Scattered showers and a few storms to start the day will bring a wet morning commute. Activity will taper off into the afternoon as the system pulls off to the east. Drying out at night. Breezy through the day with highs in the low 60s. 

SATURDAY: Clouds break for some sunshine. A quiet start to the weekend with highs in the middle 50s. 

SUNDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds through the day. A little warmer around 60. 

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I-75 ramp to U.S. 35 closed for 6 months

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

The ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to eastbound U.S. 35 is now closed for the next six months  for a project.

The $1.8 million project started Tuesday night when ODOT closed the ramp to repair the ramp’s bridge deck.

The work had been scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed for a day, the department said.

ODOT recommends drivers use a detour that would have drivers exit I-75 north to U.S. 35 west and exit onto James H. McGee Blvd., before reentering the highway onto eastbound U.S. 35.

3 injured in Kettering house explosion

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 12:17 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 3:46 AM

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 3:46 a.m. 

Three people were injured in a Kettering house fire on Pamela Sue Drive early Wednesday, according to officials. 

“We had some injuries but everyone was out of the house at the time,” said Kettering Fire Battalion Chief Mike Miller. “... It could’ve been a lot worse. There could’ve been a lot more injuries, but right now we have one serious injury and two minor injuries.”

Four people evacuated the home by the time emergency crews arrived on the scene. 

Vectren has checked gas meters in the area, and crews have determined the area is safe, Miller said 

“We don’t have anymore natural gas showing up on any of the meters,” he said. 

The explosion is under investigation.

INITIAL REPORT @ 12:17 a.m. 

Firefighters are investigating an explosion at a home on Pamela Sue Drive in Kettering, possibly caused by a natural gas leak. 

Crews were dispatched to the 400 block of Pamela Sue Drive around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday on initial reports of a house fire. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates crews found no fire, but significant damage to the structure and a strong smell of natural gas. 

One person reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident. 

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

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