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Ohio Players frontman Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner dies

Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 9:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 9:44 PM

Funk legend Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner has died, according to friends and musicians.

“He was a great person with a lot of wisdom not just in music, but in life,” said Keith Harrison of the bands FAZE-O and the Dazz Band.

Bonner, 69, who helped make Dayton the Land of Funk, died Saturday following a battle with cancer in Trotwood, according to an “Official Family Annoucement” posted Sunday on his Facebook page. Bonner, whose career spanned 56 years, died just shy of his 70th birthday, according to the post. “While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music and legacy,” the posting stated.

The Hamilton native was the lead singer and guitarist of the Ohio Players since he joined the band in 1971.

Harrison said he received word of Bonner’s passing from Marshall “Rock” Jones and another Ohio Players band member.

“He was an extraordinary person,” Harrison said of Bonner.

Dayton musician Ronald Frost, a friend of Bonner’s, said that Bonner will be remembered for his kindness and heart.

“He was one of the nicest people I have ever met,” Frost said.

Frost’s father, keyboardist Ronald Nooks , is also a member of the Ohio Players.

“He was a good friend of my dad’s,” Frost said.

Based in Dayton, the Ohio Players rocketed onto the international stage in the 1970s with string of funk hits, including “Fire,” “Skin Tight” and “Love Rollercoaster.”

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Hundreds reportedly without power from area storms 

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 8:06 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 9:12 PM

Hundreds reportedly without power from area storms 

Power outages are being reported as a result of the storms crossing through the region tonight. 

According to the Dayton Power & Light online outage page: 
  • At 9 p.m., there are 190 outages in Miami, 131 in Preble, 68 in Montgomery, 15 in Greene, 10 in Logan and scattered elsewhere (4 in Mercer, 2 each in Auglaize and Shelby, 1 in Darke).

Severe T-storm warning, watches for parts of region

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:11 AM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 9:09 PM

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect through 9:30 p.m. for Clinton County, issued by the National Weather Service.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect through 2 a.m. for Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene and Warren counties.

RELATED: Video and photos from today’s storms

  • Damaging winds possible with strong storms tonight
  • Much colder, windy Saturday
  • Passing snow showers, flurries to start weekend

RELATED: NOW YOU KNOW: Slight vs Enhanced severe weather threat


Scattered storms will move in, some of which could be strong or severe, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Damaging winds will be the main threat from the storms. An isolated tornado or large hail cannot be ruled out. Temperatures will slowly drop into the 60s.


Gusty winds will linger overnight as storms move out after midnight, Elwell said. Temperatures will fall rapidly after midnight. They will drop in the the middle 30s by morning.

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SATURDAY: It will be quite windy with occasional flurries or snow showers. Some light rain may mix in. Temperatures will hold or slowly drop through the 30s.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies and seasonable temperatures are expected. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Lots of clouds are expected with a slight chance for a rain or snow shower early and passing rain shower in the afternoon. Highs will climb into the upper 40s.

TUESDAY: Scattered showers are expected and perhaps a rumble of thunder. Highs will reach to near 60 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Showers will be possible, mainly early. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

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High water from storms floods portion of I-75 N near Dryden Road

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:31 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 9:03 PM

The storms that crossed through the region Friday night prompting eyewitness reports of highway flooding, a downed tree and hail:  

  • 8:56 p.m.: In Montgomery County, high water on I-75 North in the area of Dryden Road has the right and middle lanes shut down.
  • 8:38 p.m.: In Clark County, trained spotters in Springfield report nickel-size hail in the Northridge area.
  • 7:56 p.m.: In Warren County, southwest of Miamisburg, reports of dime-size hail.
  • 7:15 p.m.: In Butler County, penny- and dime-size hail was reported in Okeana and in Scipio. 
  • 7:14 p.m.: In Preble County, on Antioch Road about 3 miles south of Eaton, a tree estimated to be 60 feet tall is reported down. There is no report of injury.
  • 6:42 p.m.: In Preble County, about 6 miles southwest of Eaton, amateur radio spotters are reporting dime-size hail in Lakengren. 
  • 6:42 p.m.: In Shelby County, about 4 miles north of Sidney, amateur radio spotters are reporting dime-size hail between Sidney and Anna.
  • 6:30 p.m.: In College Corner, Preble County, a trainer weather service spotter reports quarter-size hail.
  • 6:15 p.m.: In Darke County, viewers in Greenville reported seeing hail.
  • 6:00 p.m.: In Darke County, hail was seen in Hollansburg, as reported on Facebook by viewer John Hollinger. 
  • 5:53 p.m.: In Shelby County, quarter-size hail was seen near U.S. 52 and state Route 244 in Andersonville, according to a trained National Weather Service spotter.

The white squirrel brigade romps in the south suburbs

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 7:04 PM

            The white squirrel brigade romps in the south suburbs

Share your photos of life in the Miami Valley by season.

Dayton Daily News readers Leslie A. Rogers of Washington Twp. and Jim Adams of Centerville sent in the accompanying photos.

We invite Dayton Daily News readers to submit favorite photos capturing everyday life and special moments related to the season, to be considered for publication in Neighbors; timely nature scenes, family fun, hikes in the park and more. Photos should be from within the past few months.

Please send a high-resolution image to the following address:

Important: Use the email subject line “Seasons photo” (without the quote marks). Submissions should include the date the photo was taken, the location the photo was taken and a brief description of the photo. The photographer should include his/her first and last name and specific town of residence for a photo credit.