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Earlier severe storm warnings cancelled; widespread wind damage reported

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 12:21 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

More storms develop this afternoon across the Miami Valley.

>>PHOTOS: Wind damge through the region

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m. 

All severe thunderstorm warnings have been allowed to expire in the region.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 2 a.m. Wednesday. 

RELATED: Thousands without power as severe storms, high winds roll through

Widespread damage has been reported in Darke, Preble, and Montgomery counties as severe storms rolled through the region with strong winds up to 90 mph reported. 

RELATED: Track the storms on Interactive Doppler 7 Radar

  • Trained weather spotters reported several downed trees in Oxford that fell when the storms rolled through
  • In West Carrollton near Burns Road, multiple downed trees were reported by trained weather spotters
  • On U.S. 127 near Interstate 70 in Preble County, dispatchers confirmed an overturned semi report. Emergency crews remain on scene.
  • On South Maple Street in Eaton, a caller reported to this newsroom several trees were knocked down by high winds
  • On Somes Gratis Road in Preble County, fire crews were dispatched to a report of a tree on top of a house with occupants possible trapped inside. 
  • On Ohio 49 south of Greenville, our news partner The Early Bird reports a tree down.
  • In Darke County multiple other reports of downed trees due to high winds including the 700 block of Ohio 503, Ohio 49 at Schnorf Jones Road, and New Garden Road just south of New Madison 
  • In Farmersville, several large trees have been reported down, according to reports from trained weather spotters
  • In Perry Twp. and Trotwood police have reported multiple downed trees between I-70 and U.S. 35


A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the entire Miami Valley until 2 a.m. Wednesday as more heavy rain and storms are expected to develop today, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

>>RELATED: Reported tornado touched down in Mercer Co.

>>PHOTOS: Stormy night in Mercer, Auglaize

“Already saturated and a very moist environment means any storms will be able to produce flooding rainfall again,” Vrydaghs said. 

Witness describes storm damage in Eaton


  • More storms through the afternoon with continued flash flood threat
  • Warm and humid throughout the day
  • Isolated severe threat with storms the develop


TODAY: More storms will develop into the afternoon. An isolated severe threat also exists today though flooding will likely be the main issue. Damaging winds and hail are also possible with the storms that develop. It will be very warm today in the middle 80s but with the mugginess our Heat Index values will reach the low 90s.

TONIGHT:  Storms come to an end this evening, but a few more storms may redevelop in the far north and northeastern part of the Miami Valley overnight. These areas will slowly dry towards morning as the storms lift north and east of the area. A good majority of the Miami Valley, including Dayton and points south could remain dry all night. Temperatures stay mild and muggy with lows in the lower 70s.

WEDNESDAY: It will be the hottest day of the week with highs around 90 degrees and heat index vales in the middle 90s. 

“Take steps to protect yourself from the heat if you work outside or are planning on spending time outdoors,” Vrydaghs said. “Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.”  

Sunshine and scattered clouds mix for the day. Some storms possible late at night in the north again.

THURSDAY: Expect lots of clouds with a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s.  

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies will end the week with only a slight chance for a passing shower or storm. It will not be quite as hot with highs in the middle 80s.  

SATURDAY: Expect partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle 80s.

Rezabek to seek judgeship, opens up hot race for Ohio House seat and Dan Foley confirms he’s running

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:39 PM

Rezabek seeks judgeship

UPDATE: Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley has confirmed he will run for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.

State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election and will instead run for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Juvenile division judge.

His decision will likely lead to one of the hottest Statehouse races in the region as the Ohio 43rd is one of the most evenly divided politically in the Dayton area.

Thursday night Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley confirmed that he will run for Rezabek’s seat. Foley, a Democrat, had earlier announced that he would not run for re-election but will serve out his term  on commission through the end of this year.

Democrat Ralph Dean Brill of Brookville, also took out nominating petitions from the Montgomery County Board of Elections but could not be reached for comment.

On Friday Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning will formally announce he is running  in the Republican primary for the seat, and Stephanie Garrett of West Alexandria has also confirmed she is running in that primary.

RELATED: Dan Foley won’t run again for Montgomery County commission

Foley declined to say more about his candidacy but said he will hold a formal announcement news conference soon.

Dan Foley, Montgomery County commissioner, speaks at the Engineers Club in Dayton. FILE(Staff Writer)

‘We made an impact’

Rezabek said he wants to use his experience as a lawyer and a legislator to bring change to the juvenile court.

“We made an impact in the legislature,” he said. “But the real impact is directly on the community and directly with those kids and with those families.”

RELATED: Rezabek bill would give judges more say on trying juveniles as adults

Rezabek, an attorney specializing in juvenile cases, is running for the seat being vacated at the end of the year by Juvenile Judge Nick Kuntz, who cannot run for re-election due to age limitations for judges.

The race for Kuntz’s seat has attracted a lot of attention, with at least five other people taking out nominating petitions.

They include Democrats Julie Bruns of Miamisburg, Greg Scott of Dayton, Steven Wagenfeld of Centerville and Cynthia L. Westwood of Farmersville. Republican C. Ralph Wilcoxson II has also obtained a petition.

Rezabek ran unsuccessfully for the job in 2012. First elected to the Ohio House in 2014, he won a bitter re-election battle in 2016 against David Sparks of Clayton.

RELATED: Race for 43rd House district has turned ugly

Henning said he will make the formal announcement that he is running for the seat at an 11:30 a.m. news conference Friday at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s adult center, 6801 Hoke Road, Clayton.

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“I’m 100 percent invested in the community and I want to ensure that our 43rd House district has a strong champion to advocate for the district in Columbus.” said Henning, who is a judicial assistant to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Erik Blaine.

Kenny Henning, Clayton councilman(Staff Writer)

A Clayton native who has served on the council since 2012, Henning said his campaign will focus on farming and agriculture, the concerns of small business owners and trying to restore Local Government Fund revenue slashed by the legislature. He said he also wants to address the opioid addiction crisis.

Garrett is president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau and assistant treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party.

Stephanie Garrett, president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is running as a Republican for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.(HANDOUT)

“I wanted to teach my children that they could make a difference. So I got involved in my community and started working with candidates and the Republicans.”

The filing deadline for the May 8 primary is Feb. 7.

Mark Owens, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, said the 43rd House district is about evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans and can be won by a Democrat like Foley.

“If he’s willing to get out and roll up his sleeves and work I think he can win it,” Owens said.

The district covers parts of Englewood, Clayton, Trotwood, western Montgomery County and all of Preble County.

RELATED: Ohio could have two redistricting proposals on ballots this year

County commission

Multiple people have pulled petitions to run for Foley’s county commission seat. Democrats include Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice and Daryl Ward, senior pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton.

RELATED: Candidates seek to replace Foley on Montgomery County commission

Both Rice and Ward have turned in their nominating petitions.

Republicans include former Miami Twp. Trustee Bob Matthews and current Miami Twp. Trustee Doug Barry, both of whom have turned in petitions. Petitions have been obtained but not submitted by Greg Hart and Joshua Smith, both Dayton Republicans.

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Dayton officer who spoke about police shootings under investigation for OVI

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

25-year-old Jermar Rayford was pulled over in Greene County last week.

Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12. 

According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police searching for suspect in shooting

He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test. 

Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning. 

He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.

RELATED: Meet Dayton’s whipping, nae-naeing cop

The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media. 

Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.

RELATED: Dayton officer’s plea - ‘I bleed just like you’

At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.

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Americans projected to break credit card debt record

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

Americans projected to break credit card debt record

Americans are projected to break the record for credit card debt once 2017’s books are closed. 

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WalletHub projects an increase of $50 billion for last year for a total of $1 trillion dollars of credit card debt.

The finding was a shock to Marie Giffen of Liberty Township- who doesn’t use credit cards. 

“I can’t believe that. That is a lot of debt and it is very surprising people are spending that much on credit cards- that’s crazy,” said Giffen.


Trotwood’s James Shells wasn’t surprised.

“I’m an accountant, I see it all the time.  People want things and don’t have the cash so they get credit and simply borrow,” said Shells. 

WalletHub released its “2018 Cities with the Highest and Lowest Credit Card Debt” analysis today which breaks down median debt for hundreds of U.S. cities. 

Darien, Connecticut had the highest median credit card debt at $7,100.

The lowest median credit-card debt was in Forest Park, Georgia, at $1,100.

For cities in the Miami Valley, WalletHub estimates it will take someone in Beavercreek eight months to pay of the median debt of about $2,646, in Miamisburg it would take nine months to pay of the median credit card debt of $2,323 and in Dayton it would take 13 months to pay of a $2,138 debt. 

“Credit card companies are there to make a profit and people forget that the profit is at their expense,” said Dolly Warren, a credit counselor with Graceworks in Dayton.

To start paying down those balances, Warren says you should: 

-set a goal

-create a budget

-examine your statements

-consider “snowballing”

“Snowballing” is the tactic of making the largest payment to your most expensive credit card and once it’s paid off put all the money you were using to pay off that balance toward the next highest card, etc.- until your credit cards are paid in full. 

Get started as soon as possible because WalletHub estimates the December interest rate hike will cost Americans over a billion dollars in additional finance charges this year.

Middletown school bus involved in three vehicle accident

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:12 PM

Bus crash in Middletown

UPDATE @ 6 p.m.

According to sergeant Matthew Keener of the Ohio State HIghway Patrol, a white Ford Fusion was attempting to turn left and was struck by a green Buick sending the Buick into a Middletown school bus.  Both the driver of the school bus and the driver of the green Buick were sent to the hospital for injuries. 

Three children were on the school bus and they were all uninjured. A citation was issued to the driver of the white Ford Fusion for failing to yield while turning left. 

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.

Three vehicles were involved in a crash Thursday afternoon in Middletown, one of the vehicles was a Middletown City Schools bus. Three injuries were reported and one person was transported to the hospital, but no students were injured according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

MIddletown School officials notified parents and at this time we are unsure of how many children were on the bus.  

Marlon Styles Jr., superintendent for Middletown, said “It was a bad situation but the good news is no kids are hurt and they are all now in the care of their parents.”


A school bus was involved in a crash at the corner of Dixie Highway and Coles Road according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Crews are just arriving on scene and we will update you with the latest details as we receive them.