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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Firefighters: Woman, two children safe after suspicious fire destroys Dayton home 

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

UPDATE @ 8:09 p.m.

A woman and her two children are unharmed after a suspicious fire fully engulfed and destroyed the family’s Dayton home, according to district fire chief Peter Whitby.


The woman quickly got her boys and two pet dogs out of the house when she noticed smoke in a front room.

Whitby said the fire is under investigation as suspicious due to a report of a fire burning near the home shortly before flames spread to the attic.

The Red Cross has been called for the family as the home has been deemed a complete loss. 

Whitby said older homes in Dayton tend to burn more slowly than those built with modern materials.

“Those burn extremely fast (newer homes) but it’s not their fault it’s just current lightweight construction you’d find in a modern home.”

A neighbor told our news crew she witnessed a trash can on fire in the area shortly before the fire spread to the home.

Whitby said a fire investigator at the scene will continue to collect evidence as crews work clean up the scene.

UPDATE @ 7:35 a.m.

A woman and her two dogs are reportedly safe after a fire fully engulfed the Danner Avenue home they were in Monday evening. 

A neighbor in the area tells our crew she noticed a fire in a trash can at the house before the flames spread quickly. 

"I went to grab my house thinking I was going to do something and by the time I came back around the whole top of the house was smoking," Portia Williamson said. 

Williamson said a woman living at the house made it out quickly with her dogs before fire crews arrived. 

"I was concerned about my house because you can see how fast these things happen." 

The fire is now out, according to our crew, and firefighters are working to secure the scene. 

Our crew is working to learn what caused the fire and the extent of the damages.


Fire crews are arriving to the scene of a fully-engulfed house fire reported in Dayton Monday evening. 

Crews were dispatched to the 1300 block of Danner Avenue around 6:50 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate a house on the street is fully engulfed in flames. 

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more from firefighters.

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Police take woman into custody from reported stabbing in Riverside

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 10:35 PM

UPDATE @ 10:50 p.m.:  The male involved has been released by medics, did not require a trip to a hospital, and has returned to the address on Prince Albert Boulevard. 

The woman involved in the reported stabbing left the scene in a Riverside police cruiser. 

Riverside police have declined comment.

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.:  The woman is now in a Riverside police cruiser, in handcuffs, from the reported stabbing on Prince Albert Boulevard. 

A male walked to a medic unit. 


Police and medics are on the scene of an apparent stabbing in Riverside reportedly involving a woman who has wounded a male and now has the knife to her throat. 

Police were called to an address on Prince Albert Boulevard on a report of a victim stabbed with a butcher knife. They were dispatched about 10:10 p.m. 

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People from the neighborhood are near the scene and police have called for extra officers for crowd control. 

There is no word about the victim's condition. 

We have a crew on scene and we will update this developing report. 

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Crash shuts down all lanes of NB I-75 in Butler County

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 2:45 AM

UPDATE @ 2:45 a.m. 

Police from other agencies are diverting traffic from northbound Interstate 75 onto westbound Ohio 129. 

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Officers said the suggested detour is westbound Ohio 129, to northbound Cincinnati Dayton Road, to eastbound Ohio 63. 

Additional details about the crash remain unavailable. 


All lanes of northbound Interstate 75 are shut down just north of Ohio 129 in Butler County following a crash Tuesday morning. 

Dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed troopers were dispatched to a reported crash that occurred before 1:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 75, between Ohio 129 and Ohio 63. 

Dispatchers confirmed the northbound lanes of the highway were shut down, but it was unknown when the highway would reopen.

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Smoking not allowed at this local outdoor swimming pool

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 7:09 PM

The city of New Carlisle has banned smoking at its local pool, continuing the jurisdiction's promotion of a healthy environment. 

This ban is in accordance with the passed resolution implemented in late May 2016, prohibiting smoking around playground equipment, swimming pools, bleachers, and so on. 

Mayor Mike Lowry explained to News Center 7's James Buechele what prompted the change to provide smoke free areas. 

"We tried to-as a whole, at parks and especially at pools, promote a healthy lifestyle," said Lowry. "It's about getting kids out, getting families out to have a healthy lifestyle of getting exercise." 

Local residents appear all for the new ban and are providing good feedback. 

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Janelle Loundenback, mother of four and avid pool goer is, "extremely excited" about the change. 

"Now when we're here at the pool we don't have to worry about getting second hand smoke, or kids stepping on cigarette butts and so forth. It just makes us a little more comfortable," said Loundenback. 

"I think it's a great idea, because it's definitely a child friendly place and there's really no need for anyone to be smoking," said Sarah Benable, nurse and mother of two. 

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Although Benable does not smoke, there are plenty of adults who do, but Lowry assures they will not be disregarded. 

"I know there are a lot of people out there that do smoke," said Lowry. "If they do come to the pool they can still smoke they just have to step out, out the front door, 15 feet away from the pool itself." 

Smokers who violate the rule will be asked to leave, but will not receive fines or penalties.

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