Dogs maul, kill 9 sheep in Clark County

Published: Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 3:01 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 3:01 PM

A South Vienna sheep farmer said nine of his sheep have been killed by neighboring dogs, and he is devastated.

Doug Toops said he made the first discovery of a dead sheep when he arrived at his sheep pasture Aug. 5. One sheep was dead and another was being mauled by a dog.

He shot at the dog, which ran away to a nearby house. Toops contacted the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the county dog warden.

They responded to the home and found several dogs. At least one was covered in blood. The owner of the dogs was issued two citations on two counts each of failure to confine dogs and failure to register dogs.

Toops said another attack occurred Aug. 17, and more sheep died.

He wants the dogs to be confiscated and declared vicious, but Ohio’s vicious dog law only applies if the victim of the attack is a human or another dog.

No citations have been issued in the incidents.

Turner bill would expand military sexual assault victims rights

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 5:45 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:29 PM

U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas, D-Mass., (at podium) and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, at a press conference in Dayton in August 2016. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF
Barrie Barber

Two House lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow the military’s highest court to hear appeals from sexual assault survivors on decisions during trial proceedings, officials say.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Nikki Tsongas, D-Mass., have co-introduced the BE HEARD Act, which stands for Building an Environment for Helpful, Effective, and Accessible Representation and Decision-making. The two are co-chairpersons of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus.

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Under the legislation, Air Force lawyers who aid sexual assault survivors would be required to receive specialized training on how sexual assault impacts male victims. The bill also would let military judges appoint legal representatives for minors who have been sexually assaulted or those who are incapable of representing themselves prior to filing charges against an alleged perpetrator.

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“Sexual assault in the military is unacceptable,” Turner said. “BE HEARD will require Special Victims Counsel to undergo specialized training to better understand how survivors cope with the trauma of military sexual assault. BE HEARD also explicitly reinforces survivors’ rights throughout the judicial process, expanding access to the military’s highest court and ensuring timely legal representation while also improving protections for individuals who cannot represent themselves.”

Turner and Tsongas have collaborated on other bills addressing the issue of military sexual assault in the ranks.

“The BE HEARD Act takes important steps to correct deficiencies in the military justice system,” Tsongas said in a statement.

More than 2,500 people will march in Springfield Memorial Day parade

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 5:00 PM


            Memorial Day parade participants carry the American flag up Fountain Ave. last year. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
            Jeff Guerini

More than 2,600 people are expected to participate in this year’s Memorial Day parade in Springfield, organizers said.

The Springfield Memorial Day Parade is touted as one of the largest in the country. The theme for this year is, “Honor, Duty and Country.”

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The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, starting at the corner of West High Street and Fountain Avenue and ending at Ferncliff Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held. Participants are asked to line up downtown at 8:15 a.m.

The event will include nearly 300 vehicles from 120 local groups, organizer Jon Stewart said. More and more groups join the parade each day, he said.

“I don’t feel like we should turn somebody away who wants to honor veterans,” Stewart said.

Stewart’s father, Jim Stewart, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., organized the parade for years before his son took over. Jon Stewart’s brother, Eddie Hooes, is also a Marine Corp. veteran. Jon Stewart is science teacher at Schaefer Middle School

“It’s my privilege to do something for them since they were in the military and I never was,” Jon Stewart said.

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The grand marshal will be Springfield resident David Monroe, a Vietnam veteran who served as an infantryman in the TET offensive. Monroe, a North High School graduate, worked at the U.S. Post Office for 27 years. He also served as the longtime Browns Backers club president from 1995 to 2015.

Several other local holiday events include:

• The Medway VFW will host a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants will meet at the school on Middle Street and will travel to the Medway Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held.

• The New Carlisle parade will be held at noon Saturday. The parade will begin at Howard’s IGA and travel to the New Carlisle Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. It will be followed by a brief ceremony.

• The North Hampton parade will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. It will travel from Main Street to Sturgeon Park. A brief ceremony will be held following the parade.

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• The Catawba parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. It will travel from the old school to McConkey Cemetery.

• The Enon parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. It will begin at Indian Valley School and travel to the Enon Cemetery.

• The Terre Haute parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade includes floats, local youth groups, fire equipment, antique cars and tractors, and the Graham High School Marching Band. Memorial services will follow in the Terre Haute Cemetery. This year’s speaker is Champaign County Commissioner Steve Hess.

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What: Springfield Memorial Day Parade

When: 9 a.m. Monday

Where: Beginning at the corner of West High Street and Fountain Avenue and ending at Ferncliff Cemetery.

Note: A ceremony will follow after the parade at the cemetery.

Springfield Muslims mark Ramadan, reach out to community

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

When the members of Springfield’s Masjid Al-Madina Mosque observe the Islamic tradition of Ramadan that begins today, they won’t be keeping it to themselves.

The Miami Valley Islamic Association wants to share with the community and has teamed up with a local church to contribute to a local soup kitchen and present an educational program about its faith.

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The month-long observance of Ramadan includes daily fasting from dawn to dusk and gathering together to pray as a means of self-discipline to create stronger spiritual awareness, according to Imam Yunus Lasania.

“It is a spiritual time where we try our level best to make a connection with God almighty,” he said. “We are very charitable during Ramadan and we’re taking advantage of this to spread goodness to our community.”

The mosque and Champion City Vineyard Church will combine on Saturday, June 3, to create 500 packs of hygiene and food items to donate to the Springfield Soup Kitchen.

“This is our first time partnering with them. They reached out to us and it’s a way to show unity between Christians and Muslims,” said Samina Ahmed, treasurer of Masjid Al-Madina.

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The Soup Kitchen is the mosque’s main charitable project as there is such a huge demand for help, Lasania said.

Ahmed also will present “The Real Islam: A Religion of Peace,” the final program of the 2016-2017 Global Education Speaker Series at Wittenberg University’s Shouvlin Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6.

She’ll discuss misconceptions about Islamsuch as thinking the religion wants to convert everyone to Islam and that terrorists represent it. Ahmed will also share what Ramadan is and offer a better understanding of Islam.

“We’re more alike than different,” she said. “But it’s our differences that make us beautiful. We wouldn’t all want to be exactly the same, would we?”

The actions of terrorists are always troubling. Lasania was particularly distraught over the recent bombing in Manchester, England, at a concert as he’s originally from that area.

“These were teenagers attending a concert and now whole lives have been taken and families are shattered,” he said. “We are against violence and terrorism in all its ugly forms.”

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Lasania, who has been the imam here for 28 years, and Ahmed praised the Springfield community for its support of the mosque and the Miami Valley Islamic Association. Many area leaders have attended services there.

Interfaith cooperation recently attracted the attention of CBS News, which shot footage here for a documentary along with Central Christian Church.

Ramadan concludes June 24 when the congregation enjoys a festival of fast-breaking to celebrate the end of the month-long fasting.

The community is invited to services at 1:30 p.m. Fridays at the mosque, located at 1800 S. Burnett Road. Services take about a half-hour.

“We’re always trying our level best to reach out to the community and it has been very kind to us, which we appreciate,” said Lasania.

5th tornado confirmed in neighboring Miami Valley county

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

A fifth tornado touched down Wednesday in Warren, in addition to the two that hit in Clark County, one in Fayette 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 fifth 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • 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.