Family, friends release balloons in honor of Ronnie Bowers

Published: Monday, September 12, 2016 @ 12:05 AM
Updated: Monday, September 12, 2016 @ 8:12 AM

Family and friends on Ronnie Bowers released balloons after his memorial on Sunday.

Hundreds of people packed the Kettering Fairmont High School auditorium today to attend the funeral for 16-year-old Ronald Bowers, exactly a week after he was shot in the back of the head near AlterFest.

Mourners were given a glimpse into Bowers’ short life. Four poster board photo collages of Bowers from infancy through his teen years were on display near the entrance. A slideshow with more photos of Bowers played on a large screen above his casket. Outside the auditorium, people gathered in small groups, consoling one another and sharing hugs.

Nearly every seat was filled at the auditorium for the start of the funeral. Family members wore red, with some adorned with corchet heart pins over their chests. Police said Bowers was an innocent bystander who was shot Sept. 4 after an incident flared that up at AlterFest ended in a nearby neighborhood in Kettering. Bowers, who died Tuesday, was an organ donor. His death has been ruled a homicide.

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Roger Hemmelgarn, Ronnie’s stepgrandfather, said he has fond memories of Ronnie, especially when he was a little boy who enjoyed looking at the steers in the barn or sitting on his lap when he mowed the lawn. Once, Hemmelgarn’s daughter, Ronnie’s stepmother came over with Ronnie when he was still small while Hemmelgarn was walking through the yard. “I saw Ronnie and I yelled, ‘Hey Ronnie’ and he came running right into my arms,” he said.

“He was over this past summer with his dad and his stepbrother and sister to get some firewood, and now this has got to happen,” Hemmelgarn said. “I’m really glad he came over.”

Bowers’ mother, Jessica Combs, asked all media to leave the auditorium for the funeral.

The service — which Routsong Funeral Home on Stroop Road helped organize — was to include songs from a few friends and eulogies by selected friends, family and a pastor, said Combs said. “My family and I — including my kids — have the largest friends support system that anyone has ever seen,” she said. “We have a huge friends support system — that I’m grateful for,” Combs said previously. Following her son’s funeral, she declined to say more.

After the funeral, more than 200 in attendance stayed to pray before a balloon release in Bowers’ honor.

Crews continue to battle a vacant house in Dayton

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:12 AM

Smoky fire at Garfield Avenue house

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m: Fire crews continue to battle a structure fire that occurred on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street early Thursday morning

The residence is vacant, according to officials.

We’re working to learn more details on the fire. 


Units are on scene of a structure fire on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street that was reported in Dayton early Thursday morning.

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The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m., according to initial reports. 

Flames are reportedly showing from the structure. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update as additional details become available. 

Groundbreaking set for first local medical marijuana plant

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:46 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:15 AM

A ceremonial groundbreaking is set to happen today on one of two medical marijuana cultivation facilities to be built in the Miami Valley.

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Cresco Labs Ohio LLC and officials with the village of Yellow Springs will be on hand at the site off East Enon Road near Antioch University, where a 23,294-square-foot steel greenhouse and a 26,445-square-foot processing facility will be built.

The “environmentally sound greenhouse will be built for cultivating and harvesting condition-specific strains of medical marijuana and produce non-invasive medical products for qualified patients,” according to a release from Cresco Labs, which has similar facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

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“With licenses announced just two weeks ago, Cresco Labs is the first to break ground and start construction on their Yellow Springs medical marijuana cultivation facility,” according to the release. “Cresco’s brand name products will be available at dispensaries across Ohio to patients that have been physician-certified with any of the 22 approved medical conditions. All growing will take place in secure, climate-controlled environments that utilize nearly 85% renewable energy.”

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Cresco’s cannabis oil products include pharmaceutical-grad oral sprays, sublingual digestible tablets and transdermal patches.

Cresco has also applied to the state for a dispensary license and is expected to apply for a processing license.

A medical marijuana cultivation facility is also approved in Clark County. Pure Ohio Wellness plans to renovate an existing building at 4020 Dayton-Springfield Road in Mad River Twp., outside of Springfield.

At least 40 houses without power in Dayton after pole is knocked down 

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 2:03 AM

Downed power line on Westwood Avenue cuts power to 40 houses

Officials say close to 40 houses are without power after a Dayton Power & Light pole was knocked down in Dayton early Thursday morning. 

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The pole is down in the 100 block of Westwood Avenue and surrounding Brooklyn Avenue and Huron Avenue are affected as well.

High winds have caused a few outages in the Miami Valley since late Wednesday night.

DP&L have been notified of the incident.

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No word on when power will be restored. We will continue to monitor. 

Vehicle crashes into pond after blowing tire

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:47 AM

SCENE: Vehicle blows tire, lands in Dayton pond

A driver blew a tire, sending the vehicle into a pond, according to Dayton police.

Just after midnight, the car blew a tire on Route 4 just north of Harshman Road, sending the vehicle into the Dayton Well Field pond, according to police.

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The driver, the only occupant, was able to escape and called 911. 

A tow truck was on scene and was attempting to remove the vehicle from the pond.

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