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Man who caused disturbance at Kettering store faces charges

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 3:56 PM

UPDATE @ 2:18 p.m. (March 20)

The man who was arrested during a disturbance at the Cricket store on Patterson Road Saturday is facing charges of obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

Dayton responded to multiple reports from different locations involving the same man — 30-year-old Walter Phibbs III — who was observed walking down the middle of city streets carrying a crowbar, according to the Dayton police report.

Phibbs was eventually located after an employee at Cricket, 2290 Patterson Road, called 9-1-1 to report a man was in the store with a crowbar claiming he had been assaulted and asking for someone who was not at the store, according to the report.

Police said the responding officer observed the man was bleeding from a wound on the neck and he was wearing a torn jacket. The man reportedly told the officer, “They drugged me. They assaulted me and everything else,” according to the report.

Police said Phibbs had a crowbar and what was described as a steering-wheel locking device, but he refused to drop the items, refused to give his identity and fought with the officer before being handcuffed and taken to the Kettering Jail, according to the report.

Kettering police spokesman John Jung said Phibbs does not have any history of confrontations with Kettering police. A check of Dayton Municipal Court records show Phibbs has some traffic violations on file but no criminal history.

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m. (March 18)

Witnesses tell us a man who caused a disturbance at the Cricket store, 2290 Patterson Road, was arrested after several police officers responded to the scene this afternoon.

Police did not provide any information about what happened at the scene.

However, witnesses tell us the man who was arrested went into the Cricket store and was talking about random things and using profanity. The man left and returned to the store carrying a crowbar and a device used to lock steering wheels, according to a Cricket employee.

The suspect was also seen walking down the middle of Patterson Road carrying the crowbar and the other “club.” A driver named Andrew tells us he veered to avoid hitting the guy.

The driver said he turned around and followed the suspect to the Cricket store where he was arrested.

EARLIER

Police responded after a suspicious person was reported at or near Dot’s Market, 2274 Patterson Road.

Officers were notified that a male was on scene with a crowbar around 3:30 p.m.

We’re working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Clear skies, warm temps expected for Day 2 at the Dayton Air Show

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

Day two of the Vectren Dayton Air Show took off Sunday with clear skies and warm temperatures expected throughout the day.

> RELATED: Thunderbirds pilot remains in hospital following Friday’s ‘mishap’

The gates to the event opened at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with the feature show scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. All acts and times are subject to change without notice. 

> FORECAST: Pleasant day for Sunday events

Today’s event features four acts, including Rob Holland, F-35 Lightning Heritage Flight, Lockhead Martin T-50A and Redline Air Shows.

> MORE: Thunderbirds will not perform Sunday

People are coming far and wide to take in the show.

Carol Shaw, of Coshocton, said she drove three hours from her home to see the show. 

PHOTOS: Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday

Shaw said she was shocked to hear about the cancellation of the Thunderbirds performance, but would've come to the show regardless. 

"I have to say I'm a little disappointed, but we've been coming here probably 20 years," she said. "We like it better than the Cleveland air show." 

Watch live coverage of the air show HERE.

Dayton Air Show: Thunderbirds pilot remains in hospital following ‘mishap’ 

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m. (June 25)

Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves remains a patient at Miami Valley Hospital after he was extricated from an F-16 that overturned on the runway Friday at the Dayton International Airport.

Gonsalves Tweeted Saturday a picture of himself in the hospital bed stating, “Thanks for all the love and support. I'm doing okay. More to follow, I'm thankful for all our friendships.”

Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was the passenger in the F-16. He was extricated from the aircraft and taken to the hospital where he has since been released.

Friday’s mishap forced the Thunderbirds to cancel their performances at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds commanding leader, said Friday’s ‘mishap’ is under investigation and what caused it has not been determined.

Heard said upon landing after a “single-ship familiarization flight,” the fighter jet overturned on the runway and sustained damage, temporarily trapping Gonsalves and Cordova in the aircraft.

EARLIER

As the Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off Saturday some visitors came to the show, unaware of Friday’s Thunderbird crash and cancellation of their performance Saturday.

Michael Werchowski, 44, brought his 11-year-old son, Miles, hoping to see the Thunderbirds, but didn’t know they weren’t performing until he arrived at Dayton International Airport.

>>WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM SATURDAY’S SHOW

It was the first air show for both.

“We’ve never seen a Blue Angels or Thunderbirds show before, but it is what it is,” Michael Werchowski, who drove in from Powell near Columbus for the show.

Miles didn’t seem fazed.

“I’m just here to see planes,” he said.

A two seat F-16 Thunderbird jet overturned at the airport after landing Friday, trapping the pilot and passenger until they were freed by first responders. 

RELATED: Thunderbird jet crashes ahead of Vectren Dayton Air Show

Both were hospitalized and reported in good condition. One team member has been released. The Thunderbirds have not yet made an announcement on whether they will perform at Sunday’s show.

Charles and Theresa Cooper, both 60, moved to New Lebanon in December after 40 years in California. The two grew up in the Miami Valley.  

“I’ve never been to the air show,” Theresa Cooper said. “I’ve never come. “It’s pretty exciting.”  

The couple were driving near the airport Friday when they spotted emergency vehicles and heard about the Thunderbird jet mishap.  

“So sad,” she said.  

Charles Cooper said he wanted to come to the air show anyway partly because of the region’s heritage as the birthplace of aviation. “Living in California, you don’t realize how much this region has to offer until you come back,” he said.

Gary and Linda Kish drove four hours from St. Clairsville near Wheeling, W.V., with two grandchildren, Jayden, 6, and Weston, 4, but weren’t deterred from coming when they heard the Thunderbirds canceled the Saturday show.

“We were eating ice cream when we heard about it,” Jayden said.

“It’ still a good time,” said Gary Kish, 64. “We’re just glad (the two Thunderbird two members) are OK.”

“What are you going to do?” asked Linda Kish. 

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

The flying acts for the 2017 Dayton Vectren Air Show have wrapped up for Saturday. Gates for Saturday’s show will close at 6 p.m. Below you can watch video highlights from Saturday’s show. Gates will reopen on Sunday at 9 a.m.

>>Dayton Air Show: What we know today

>> Photos from Saturday at the Dayton Air Show

Saturday’s line-up included flights from the following acts and others:

  • Suzuki Extra 300 
  • B-25 Doolittle Raid Commemoration 
  • Geico Skytypers 
  • Sean Tucker 
  • Misty Blues 
  • F-18 Super Hornet

The Thunderbirds cancelled their Saturday flight following a crash during a practice flight on Friday afternoon.  It will be determined later if the group will fly Sunday.

RELATED: 1 of 2 Thunderbirds pilots released following crash at air show

MORE: Eyewitness describes Thunderbird crash

UPDATE @ 2:50 p.m.:

Live flights at today’s air show have concluded.

UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m.:

Redline 1440 is taking to the sky now at the Dayton Air Show.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.:

The F-18 Super Hornet is performing now and will be followed by a performance by Redline 1440.

UPDATE @ 2:06 p.m.:

The Misty Blues are now flying at today’s show.

RELATED: Dayton Air Show: What to know about Dayton’s biggest air spectacle

UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.:

Sean Tucker is now in the air at today’s air show performing air acrobatics for the crowd.

UPDATE @ 1:31 p.m.:

The Geico Skytypers are taking flight now.  Earlier this week, Dayton Daily News reporter Kara Driscoll flew with the team.

WATCH: In close formation, reporter rides in squadron of vintage war planes

UPDATE @ 1:12 p.m.:

The P-51 is currently performing a solo flight for the audience at the Dayton International Airport. The F-35 is up next for the Heritage Flight.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.:

A B-25 Dolittle Raid Commemoration is getting underway right now.

RELATED: Crowds swarm AF museum as B-25s arrive to honor Doolittle Raiders

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

The T-50 jet gave the crowd a demonstration this afternoon and was soon followed by an aerial performance from Rob Holland.

UPDATE @ 12:11 p.m.:

Suzuki Extra 300 has taken to the sky at the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

UPDATE @ 12:03 p.m.:

Redline, a two plane act, performed a brief teaser for the crowd ahead of their mid-afternoon performance.

UPDATE @ 11:54 a.m.:

The Misty Blues are parachuting in to begin the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show. MSgt Alyson Jones is performing the national anthem.

UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m.:

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spent some time this morning, before the air show begins talking with the Geico Skytypers.

Happy Birthday! Kettering celebrates cityhood

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 9:38 PM

The village of Kettering officially became a city on June 24, 1955.

Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Kettering’s cityhood.

Here are some interesting facts many may not know about Kettering.

Did you know the first home built in Kettering was in 1798 by a farmer named James Patterson? Back then the area was known as Van Buren Township.

The city’s name came from Charles F. Kettering, who invented the self-starter and founded the Delco engineering laboratory.

Kettering is the second largest city in the Miami Valley and was the fastest-growing city in Ohio from 1955-65, according to the Ohio History Connection.

Today there are 250 miles of streets with a population of nearly 60,000.