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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:11 PM
PIQUA — UPDATE @ 3:11 p.m.:
This fire at Hobart Brothers was
Damages are estimated at $65,000 to the compressor, and an additional $5,000 in contents and smoke damage, officials said.
UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m. :
A fire that broke out in a recreational room at Hobart Brothers in Piqua has been contained, according to emergency scanner traffic.
Crews were dispatched to the business around 2 p.m. and reported the fire was under control around 2:30 p.m.
A large fire response has been dispatched to Hobart Brothers in Piqua on reports of a fire at the facility.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:43 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 9:17 a.m. (March 22):
A Dayton police report and crash report identified the driver accused of fleeing from police and causing a crash at the intersection of James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street Wednesday.
Benjamin McDonald, 36, was arrested following the chase and police are pursuing charges of aggravated vehicular assault and failure to comply charges, according to a Dayton police report.
McDonald was driving without a valid driver’s license, a crash report showed.
Police said McDonald had fled from them multiple times previously and had several previous arrests in the city.
McDonald’s passenger, Trinity Earl, 27, of Dayton, was ejected during the crash and suffered critical injuries, police said.
Earl remained at Miami Valley Hospital Thursday morning, but an updated condition was unavailable.
UPDATE @ 2:54 p.m. (March 21):
A passenger in a suspect vehicle who was ejected from the vehicle in a crash during a pursuit is in critical condition, police said.
Officer began pursuing the vehicle in the area of Salem Avenue and Catalpa Drive in Dayton before 1 p.m. after a Dayton police Sgt. spotted it, authorities said.
Police said the suspect vehicle had fled from officers six times in the past, including once today prior to the afternoon pursuit.
Investigators said during the pursuit the suspect vehicle ran a red light at James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street, causing a crash involving four other vehicles.
The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken to the hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening, police said.
Police said the driver had several previous arrests for alleged crimes in the city.
Multiple medics have been called to the scene of a reported crash in the area of James H. McGee and West Third Street in Dayton.
Initial reports indicated the crash occurred while police were chasing a vehicle in the area around 1 p.m.
We’re working to learn more.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:50 AM
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Yaaaas, my mystical queen and kings, what you’ve heard is true.
Downtown Dayton DID have an unicorn bar.
But as co-owner of the Century bar Diane Spitzig remembers, the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge wasn’t exactly firing rainbows from where the sun don’t shine.
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“It was just a bar,” she recalled.
The small corner bar was at 100 E. Third St. next to the Century in what has been rebranded downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District.
From what we can tell from a search of state records, it was incorporated in 1984 as Unicorn Lounge.
Its official closing date is listed as March 9, 2004.
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The name at least was ahead of its time, as unicorns are all the rage these days.
Local resident and musician Aarika Voegele hung out at the bar with her brother.
“They were always real nice,” she responded on Facebook. “I remember a wooden bar that stretched (through) the place, and it being somewhat packed with regulars. If I remember correctly, there was a jukebox towards the back. It was a very mellow bar, from my experience.”
As some recalled, the bar owned by John Demetriades had a neon unicorn head in its window.
Little evidence of the Unicorn could be found in the Dayton Daily News archives.
Articles uncovered point to difficult times in the Unicorn’s final years.
A 1999 story involved two brothers attacking a bartender.
In an a 2002 article about the city’s objections to the renewal of its liquor permit and those of about a dozen other businesses, it was reported that the Unicorn’s owner insisted that crimes around the bar were unrelated to the business.
The space that formerly held the Unicorn was the site of the Dayton Circus art event in 2009.
Since there is no Unicorn for us to visit today, we can only imagine the shenanigans that could be going down there at this very moment.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:32 PM
DAYTON — The singer chosen to lead “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Dayton Dragons Opening Day game can check one big item off her bucket list.
“I always wanted to sing the national anthem at a sporting event at a big level,” Yolanda Drake of Jefferson Twp. said. “This is on my bucket list!”
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More than 200 people auditioned to perform at one of 70 home games. Drake took the top spot on Opening Day and will sing the national anthem in front of a sell-out crowd April 7 at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons will host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7 p.m. as they open their 19th season in Dayton. The Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Drake isn’t new to winning singing contests. She also won the Dayton Soul Singer search and performed in January with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.
On most weekends, Drake performs alongside her husband, Lamar “Marty” Drake in their band LYD, which stands for Live Your Dream. They sing at festivals, top restaurants and private functions across the country, and have opened for musical legends including Chuck Berry, Sister Sledge, Alex Bugnon and a host of others, she said.
She has experience singing the national anthem. She was often asked to perform before football and basketball games, and even graduation, for Jefferson Township High School, where her three sons graduated.
“Music is a universal language,” Drake said. “I’m going to do it as long as I can do it, as long as I’m able.”
Look for a more in-depth interview with Drake closer to the Dragons Opening Day.