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Driver backs into Dayton police cruiser 

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:51 AM

SCENE: Driver backs car into Dayton police cruiser

A driver was ticketed after backing their car into a Dayton police cruiser early Thursday morning.

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. on Watervliet Avenue near Smithville Road. 

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A witness told our crew that a passenger got out of a black car and started walking away. The driver put the car in reverse and backed up in an attempt to get his passenger back in the car, but instead, backed up into the police cruiser.

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The officer was checked by medics on the scene. No injuries were reported.

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Windy and Wet, flooding threat remains through weekend

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

Flooding threat continues as more rain is on the way.

Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Highest Wind gusts this morning: 

Wilmington 33MPH

Dayton Wright Bros Airport 31MPH

Dayton International Airport 29MPH 

Butler Co Regional Airport 28MPH

Wright Patt 25MPH


  • Dry for the rest of today
  • Rain returns by Friday morning
  • More rain Saturday and Sunday
  • Flooding threat remains through the weekend

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

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TODAY: Clouds linger through the afternoon with a few peeks of sunshine. Temperatures for the day will remain above average into the middle 40s. Clouds thicken tonight with rain developing by sunrise. Overnight lows hold to near 40 degrees.

>>5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: Steady rain moves through during the morning with some heavy downpours reducing visibility and creating standing water on the roads. This may create issues for drivers during the morning drive. Rain should taper by midday, then drying out for the afternoon. Clouds linger with highs into the middle to upper 50s.

SATURDAY: The last day of widespread rain with scattered showers moving back in for the morning. Rain is expected to fall heavy at times for the afternoon and evening with thunderstorms and strong winds possible. Ponding on the roads and a flood threat to creeks, streams, and rivers will be possible as well. High peak around 60 degrees. 


SUNDAY: A cold front will wipe through the area early Sunday, bring an end to the rain. Temperatures will remain pleasant in the low to mid 50s with sunshine late in the day. 

>>County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: A nice start to the new week with sunshine, a few clouds, and no rain. It’ll be cooler with highs around 50 degrees. 

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Homicide detectives on scene of Dayton fire, 2 burned

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

Fire Terry

UPDATE @ 12:53 p.m. (Feb. 22):

Dayton homicide detectives are on the scene of the house fire on South Terry Street, where two people suffered burns.

Our crew on the scene witnessed a person being taken from a medic to the back of a Dayton police cruiser.  We’re working to learn that individual’s connection to the fire.
We’re also working to learn the conditions of the injured victims.

UPDATE @ 11:50 a.m. (Feb. 22):

Two people were rescued from a second story bedroom and transported to a local hospital after suffering burns in a house fire on South Terry Street Thursday morning, firefighters said.

A third person, who called 911, also was rescued from the roof of the house, but was not taken to the hospital, firefighters said.

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“We couldn’t see him he was in so much smoke,” Dayton District Chief Rennes Bowers said.

The condition of the victims taken to the hospital was not initially available, Bowers said.

Flames hit home on Terry street

Two dogs also suffered smoke inhalation and were being treated by medics, Bowers said.

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The fire appeared to start on the first floor of the residence, Bowers said.

UPDATE @ 11:38 a.m. (Feb. 22):

Multiple people called 911 to report a fire at a house on South Terry Street this morning, including one of the residents who said they couldn’t get out of the house.

“It’s hard to breathe,” the caller told dispatchers.  “I can’t get out.  I can’t see.”


Dispatch records showed multiple medics were requested to the scene in the first block of South Terry.

At least one person has been pulled out of the house, records show.

Firefighters were seen on the roof of the house working to put out the flames.


A fire has been reported on South Terry Street this morning.

Firefighters responded to an address in the first block of North Terry around 11 a.m.

Initial reports indicated there may be people inside the house and we’re working to confirm those reports.

At least two medics were called to the scene, according to records.

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15 businesses evacuated due to underground gas leak in Huber Heights

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Huber Heights gas leak

UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m.:

Fifteen businesses along Executive Boulevard in Huber Heights have been evacuated following a gas leak on the road, Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth said.

Ashworth said a construction crew working in the area struck a 6-inch gas main directly under Executive, which has caused the gas to leak from underground.

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Executive is currently closed to traffic while utility companies, including DP&L and Vectren work to isolate their utilities, so repairs can be made, Ashworth said.

Ashworth said he anticipates the work to take “several hours” and advised the public to stay away from the area.

Executive is one of the city’s most commercial areas and Ashworth said the leak will have an impact on the businesses in the area.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 

Some businesses along Executive Boulevard have been evacuated after a gas leak in Huber Heights, according to crews on the scene. 

Fire crews and police continue to block both directions of Executive Boulevard, east of Old Troy Pike, where the construction crew struck the gas line. 

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Executive Boulevard is blocked in both directions in Huber Heights after a construction crew struck a gas line Thursday morning. 

Vectren crews have been requested to the scene to isolate the leak, according to initial reports. 

Dispatchers said there have been no reports of evacuations in the area. 

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

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This local comic shop just expanded to take over 3 storefronts

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Bell Book and Comic, which has been located at 458 Patterson Road in Patterson Park Plaza for nearly 15 years, recently expanded into a third space.

A local comic book and game store has gotten a much-needed makeover. 

Bell Book and Comic, which has been located at 458 Patterson Road in Patterson Park Plaza for nearly 15 years, recently expanded into a third space. 

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Bell Book and Comic, located at 458 Patterson Road in Dayton, recently expanded to take over a third storefront. PHOTO / Josher Lumpkin(Josher Lumpkin)

The shop had already annexed another storefront two doors down in 2011 and was using that space as a gaming area.  

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Owner Pete Bell explains, “When the tanning salon closed in the middle in 2016, we got it from the landlord. We spent most of '17 renovating it to make it one store.” 

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Bell Book and Comic, located at 458 Patterson Road in Dayton, recently expanded to take over a third storefront. PHOTO / Josher Lumpkin(Josher Lumpkin)

Bell and his team took out part of the wall separating the original storefront and the new space. The result is a welcoming location that has more retail square footage to spread out Bell Book and Comic’s selection of new comics, back issues, and games.

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Bell Book and Comic, located at 458 Patterson Road in Dayton, recently expanded to take over a third storefront. PHOTO / Josher Lumpkin(Josher Lumpkin)

“We wanted there to be more of a distinction between the comic books and toys in one area and then your games and gaming supplies in the other side, close to the gaming annex,” says Bell. “It's a lot more streamlined for customers to shop.“

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The shop’s wide selection of board games will now greet shoppers entering Bell Book and Comic. Due to the limitations of the original shop’s shotgun layout, these games had previously been hidden away in the back room. 

Bell says the new layout is paying off.

“I've sold six different boardgames today,” he told

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Bell Book and Comic, located at 458 Patterson Road in Dayton, recently expanded to take over a third storefront. PHOTO / Josher Lumpkin(Josher Lumpkin)

Visitors shopping for comics will also enjoy Bell Book and Comic’s new floorplan. The back issue comic books now share the same room as the new comics. Readers missing an issue can quickly grab it while picking up that week’s titles.

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Bell Book and Comic, located at 458 Patterson Road in Dayton, recently expanded to take over a third storefront. PHOTO / Josher Lumpkin(Josher Lumpkin)

Bell Book and Comic also sports a good selection of action figures and toys, table top role-playing books and supplies, and a room full of used science fiction and fantasy novels.

Though his shop may be seeing changes, Bell says it’s the same old comic books that sell the most. 

Walking Dead... Spiderman... Batman…” 

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But he says he can see a new-felt comfort on his customer’s faces. “I've noticed a difference already in the demeanor of people who come in. They go ‘Oh my god, this is what you needed for so long.’ I hear that a lot,” Bell says.

When asked if he wants to take over the entire strip of storefronts in Patterson Park Plaza, Bell doesn’t rule it out.

“I hope to,” he says.

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WHAT: Bell Book and Comic

WHERE: 458 Patterson Road, Dayton

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