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Tornado hit near South Vienna, Clark County, NWS investigators confirm

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:40 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 5:38 PM

Tree limbs and a trampoline litter a front yard along East Street in South Vienna after they were blown from a neighbors back yard across the street. Bill Lackey/Staff
Bill Lackey
Tree limbs and a trampoline litter a front yard along East Street in South Vienna after they were blown from a neighbors back yard across the street. Bill Lackey/Staff(Bill Lackey)

UPDATE @ 5:38 p.m.: An EF-1 tornado did hit near South Vienna in Clark County, National Weather Service investigators confirmed.

According to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, an EF-1 tornado produces wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.

Details as to the timing, the path width, beginning and end point, wind speed and specific damage indicators will be released later today, according to the weather service in Wilmington.

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The National Weather Service is sending a crew to South Vienna in Clark County to investigate storm damage in the village.

The crew will determine if a tornado caused the damage or straight-line winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple neighbors in the village say they heard a train-like whistle during the storm Sunday evening and then saw multiple trees down, fences damaged and debris blown around.

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“You just don’t think you’re going to experience that,” said Rachel Roe, who hid in her basement with her 7-month-old when she heard the wind pick up. 

“We did have some roof damage,” she said. “We’ve lost some shingles. We had a little bit of flooding to our garage.”

Another neighbor, Naysa Mowell, saw two big trees down across the street after the storm passed. She spend Monday afternoon removing one limb.

“It needs to be picked up. Our tennis court got destroyed,” she said. “The sooner I get this cleaned up, the sooner we can get this tennis court that belongs to the village fixed.” 

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Springfield teen pleads guilty to killing younger brother

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

The teenager who was 16 when he killed his younger brother has pleaded guilty to murder, according to court records.

Nicholas Starling, who was accused of stabbing and beating his 14-year-old brother with a baseball bat to death in October 2016, was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in prison, according to court documents.

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Harley was found dead in his bed at his Superior Avenue home on the morning of Oct. 31.

Springfield Police Division Detective Ron Jordan testified in an earlier court hearing that Nicholas Starling admitted he and his brother had been in a previous argument over Halloween candy, according to court records.

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Ohio Air Guard F-16 fighter jets will fly at night this week

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:24 AM


            F-16 crews from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing flew training missions out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2013, as their home runway at Toledo Express Airport is repaved. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF FILE PHOTO
F-16 crews from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing flew training missions out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2013, as their home runway at Toledo Express Airport is repaved. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF FILE PHOTO

Ohio Air National Guard fighter jets will be involved in night training exercises this week that could bring F-16s into southwest Ohio, according to the unit.

The Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing will fly the night training missions between Tuesday and Thursday, taking off and landing until about 9 p.m., the unit said.

The unit has trained in the Dayton and Springfield region and the Brush Creek-Buckeye military training range in southern Ohio in the past.

“There’s a good possibility we’ll be down there,” Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, a wing spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

Depending on weather conditions, the jets may fly at night in either Ohio or Michigan during the week, she added.

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Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear dies

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

Willis Blackshear, Montgomery County recorder since 2006, has died. SUBMITTED
Willis Blackshear, Montgomery County recorder since 2006, has died. SUBMITTED

Willis E. Blackshear, longtime Montgomery County recorder and Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart, has died, Dayton and county officials confirmed today. He was 57.

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“He was always passionate about public service and really passionate about how people can make a difference in their communities if they got involved in politics,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who said Blackshear died overnight in hospice care after a long illness.

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Blackshear worked his way up the ranks during 22 years in the county’s treasurer’s office. In 2006 he was appointed county recorder. In 2008, he was elected to his first full term and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

Born and raised in Dayton, Blackshear continued to reside in the city with his wife, Regina. He also leaves behind an adult son, Willis Jr.

Blackshear graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and received his BA in political Science from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., according to his county biography.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.

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Boil advisory issued for parts of Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

A boil advisory has been issued for parts of Trotwood while crews make repairs to a water main, according to a city public works spokesman. 

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The advisory is in effect for residents on East Main Street between Wolf Creek Pike and Broadway Avenue. Residents on South Sunrise Avenue are also included in the boil advisory. 

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The boil advisory is in effect until further notice, according to the media release. 

Residents are asked to boil their water for a minimum of three minutes before consumption or use for oral hygiene.

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