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New Dayton Air Show chairman takes the controls

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:03 PM


            Scott Buchanan is the chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, which oversees the Vectren Dayton Air Show. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF
Scott Buchanan is the chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, which oversees the Vectren Dayton Air Show. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF

Scott Buchanan started attending the Dayton Air Show in the 1970s.

Now, the 49-year-old who grew up in Dayton and lives in Vandalia has the controls of the flying spectacle as chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, the group that runs the event at Dayton International Airport.

“I’m still pinching myself,” the Ohio Air National Guard veteran said at a Thursday press conference inside the Ohio Masonic Home, where he is chief executive officer in Springfield.

A USA Today readers poll named the Dayton Air Show among the top 10 in the country this year.

The air show, organized and run by hundreds of volunteers, has about a $2.6 million economic impact, according to the Dayton and Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Buchanan is taking over at a time when the air show has battled fluctuating attendance because of weather and the unexpected cancellations of headline performers in recent years.

In 2016, the Navy’s Blue Angels scrubbed a Dayton appearance after a team aviator’s fatal crash while practicing air show routines in Tennessee. The Dayton show may attract roughly 70,000 spectators a weekend, but 51,000 people attended then, according to air show estimates.

In June this year, the Air Force Thunderbirds canceled hours before the weekend show was to launch after a team pilot in a twin-seat F-16D Thunderbirds fighter jet, which had a crew member as a passenger, slid off a runway and flipped into a grassy area at Dayton International Airport. The pilot, who was the team narrator, was hospitalized after the accident. A record 2.7-inch rainfall the day before the air show launched caused vehicles to be rerouted to paved parking lots and off saturated, grassy fields at or near the airport and led to parking delays, officials have said.

The air show reported 44,000 spectators this year, down about 30 percent from what had been expected.

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“It’s very important to us to have a jet team,” Buchanan said. “We’re very fortunate in this area to be able to attract the acts that we do. It’s been unreal the last few years when we think about rains, which we’ve had a lot (of for) two or three years, or losing a jet team. We still have a very high quality air show and very good attendance, which allows the air show to be (financially) sustainable.”

The Blue Angels were set to return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018, along with Tora! Tora! Tora, a Commemorative Air Force re-enactment of the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor. Cincinnati-based Redline Airshows will return and West Coast aerobatic newcomer Vicky Benzing is set to make a first appearance in Dayton.

Buchanan said he was planning no major changes.

“I’m a big fan (of) if: it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said.

He has been on the air show’s governing board since 2012, serving as both vice treasurer and a member of the executive committee.

He replaces Michael Emoff, who at 14 years at the helm was the longest serving chairman since the air show took flight in 1975.

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“It’s hard to leave a post that you’re really comfortable in, but it’s just somebody else’s turn to enjoy this particular spot,” Emoff said in a telephone interview.

The outgoing chairman will remain on the board. Emoff said changes under his tenure brought more stability as did canceling an unprofitable trade show at the expo center at Dayton International Airport in 2005 and 2006.

When he joined the board in 1999, he said, “we were not doing well. The shows were tough and sustainability was tough” and the trade show was struggling.

“When I took over, we started to build our way up to a much more manageable show,” he said. “Even in a bad show (with low attendance), we would break even or make money even without jet teams.”

Dayton business owner fires shots, thwarts mobile phone store robbery

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:49 AM

STORE SURVEILLANCE: Fix or Cell Now robbery

UPDATE @ 10:44 a.m.

The owner of a Dayton mobile phone repair shop is calling for stricter punishment for robbers targeting area phone stores. 

Adam Seaton, owner of Fix or Cell Now, thwarted a Sunday morning robbery attempt at his store when he fired shots at the suspects. 

“Give these guys [robbery suspects] punishment. They’re just stealing them [cell phones] and the courts just let them out the next day,” Seaton said. 

"“It’s not the police it’s the justice system. The police arrest them and the courts just let them out the next day." 

Seaton said this is the fourth robbery - and the first he's successfully stopped, since opening his store in December. 

As for what other business owners can do to prevent robberies, Seaton advises they purchase a folding security gate. 

"Just had my security gate save my inventory from getting stolen so invest in one of those," Seaton said.

The owner of Fix or Cell Now says he fired shots at potential robbers.

EARLIER REPORT

A Dayton business owner says he caught a group of burglars breaking into his cell phone store before firing shots at the suspects Sunday morning.

Dayton police were dispatched to Fix or Cell Now at 619 Watervliet Street around 5:09 p.m. after the business' owner called to report the attempted robbery. 

According to a police report, owner Adam Seaton was blocks away when he received a notification on his phone from the store's security system. 

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As he arrived to the store, Seaton told Dayton police he saw two men running from the store. Seaton said one of the men then stopped, pulled out a gun, and pointed it in his direction. 

According to police, Seaton then grabbed an AK-47 from his passenger seat and fired at the men. Seaton told our breaking news team he believes one of his bullets hit a suspect, but he cannot be sure. 

"Typically robberies at the store are done in 20 to 45 minutes, but I happened to be in the right place at the right time," Seaton said. 

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Seaton told police the would-be-thieves wearing black masks fled on foot after he fired shots. He said he followed the two men in his truck as they made their way into a running getaway truck parked in the 2500 block of Mundale Avenue. 

Seaton continued to follow the suspects in his truck. That's when he says the suspects began firing shots at his vehicle out of a driver side window. 

Police said Seaton ended his pursuit at the intersection of Smithville Road and Linden Avenue before returning to the store to alert police. 

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According to the report, officers reviewed store surveillance which showed one suspect throw a brick through a security-gate reinforced window while another stood watch outside of the store. 

Seaton said this is the fourth attempted robbery at his store since its opening in December. He said broken glass and shell casing could be seen in the store's parking lot Sunday morning.

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Drugs, alcohol potential factors in wrong-way crash on I-75 in Dayton

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:40 AM
Updated: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 4:20 AM

UPDATE @ 4:13 a.m.

Drugs or alcohol may be a factor in a Saturday morning wrong-way crash in Dayton that sent three to the hospital. 

A crash report reveals Glenn Ellis, 47, of Dayton, was driving northbound in the center, southbound lane of I-75 when he struck a southbound Toyota Prius. 

The driver of the Toyota swerved to avoid Ellis' oncoming minivan, and in doing so avoided a head-on collision, according to the report. 

Three people including Ellis and the driver and passenger in the Toyota were taken to Miami Valley Hospital from the scene. 

In their report, police said the crash remains under investigation while Ellis' lab results are processed. 

We are working to learn the conditions of each victim.

EARLIER REPORT

At least two people are at Miami Valley Hospital following a wrong-way crash on I-75 Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Crews were sent to the two-car crash on southbound I-75 at West Third Street just before 2 a.m. 

Dispatchers said their call center received reports of a wrong-way driver shortly before the crash. 

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It is unknown how many people were injured, but three medics responded to the scene, according to dispatchers. 

The conditions of the two confirmed victims remain unknown. 

We will update this story as new details become available.

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Springfield stabbing victim suffers life-threatening injury, police search for suspect

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 5:50 AM

UPDATE @ 5:49 a.m.

Police are searching for a suspect in a Friday night stabbing outside of Whitey's Tavern in Springfield, according to a Springfield police report. 

Crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of Warder Street around 11:39 p.m. after a pizza delivery driver found the victim and called 911. 

Upon arriving, police found Jacob Trinkler, 24 of Springfield, with a heavily bleeding stab wound to the chest. Medics took Trinkler from the scene to Springfield Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The delivery driver told police she saw Trinkler and the suspect arguing before the stabbing and witnessed the suspect take off down a nearby bike path after the attack. 

According to the report, a K-9 unit assisted officers in locating blood-stained rocks and a cell phone in a nearby area. 

Officers collected DNA swabs from the rocks and continue to investigate.

EARLIER REPORT

Springfield police are searching for a suspect after a man was stabbed in the chest, according to Springfield Sgt. Michael Curtis. 

Crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of Warder Street around 11:40 p.m. Friday on a report of a stabbing. 

Officers arrived to find the victim coherent and unable to recall the events leading up to the stabbing, according to Curtis. 

Curtis said a medical helicopter took the victim from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital where he remains in an unknown condition. 

Aided by a K-9 unit, Springfield officers were unable to locate a suspect at the scene. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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Entire city of Greenville under boil advisory

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:09 PM

Residents must boil tap water before using for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.

The boil water advisory applies to the entire City of Greenville Public Water System.

Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute, according to a release issued Saturday evening.

The advisory was issued due to high turbidity, or cloudiness, in the water supply.

The water plant routinely monitors water for turbidity to make sure it is properly filtered. Samples taken Saturday had higher levels for about seven minutes due to a mechanical failure. 

“Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes,” the release stated.

Crews are in the area to collect water samples.

The boil advisory likely will remain in effect for the next three or more days until the quality of the water can be determined.

For more information, contact the City of Greenville Water Department at 937-548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at 937-548-1815.