Ohio Players frontman Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner dies

Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ 12:42 AM
Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 9:44 PM
By: Amelia Robinson - Staff Writer

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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Yellow Springs Brewery to host ‘metamorphosis party’

Updated: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 10:38 AM
Published: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 10:37 AM
By: Mark Fisher - Staff Writer

Yellow Springs Brewery is unveiling a new look to celebrate its significant expansion and early success — and it will host a “Metamorphosis Party” on Nov. 11 to toast its new direction, co-founders Nate Cornett and Lisa Wolters announced today, Monday Oct. 24.

A new logo — created by Kettering-based, Grammy-Award-winning artist Don Pendleton — will be incorporated into the brewery’s labeling and new can designs. Pendleton is a celebrated graphic artist whose artwork has adorned skateboarding brands Alien Workshop and Element and also has been incorporated into Vans shoes.

The new YSB logo incorporates an eagle as well as a heart and a symbol for grain.

“The eagle has long been a visual part of Yellow Springs Brewery’s dream, and it’s now moving into the starring role,” Wolters said in a release. “Eagles can mean a lot of things — freedom, strength, vision — but to Yellow Springs Brewery, the eagle suggests a certain spirit. A spirit that means you have the freedom, strength and vision to reach higher, to not just accept the status quo, to embrace new perspectives, to dream.”

The brewery, which opened in April 2013, added 1,600 square feet and new production equipment to its brewhouse and tasting room at 305 N. Walnut St. last year to help accommodate retail sales of canned beers. And this year, it purchased the former Village Lanes bowling alley at 1475 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs for use as a distribution center. A “cold room” for storage of beer for distribution is already in operation at the site.

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YSB beers are now available in kegs and cans across the Miami Valley from Wapakoneta to northern Cincinnati, and in the Columbus area. Wolters said the Cincinnati market south of I-275 will be the next target for the brewery’s expanded footprint, although no timetable has been set.

The Metamorphosis Party will be held from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 11 at the brewery’s tasting room in Yellow Springs. Pendleton’s fine-art paintings will be on display alongside his new can designs for Yellow Springs Brewery.

Six-packs of Captain Stardust Saison and Zoetic American Pale Ale in the newly created cans featuring Pendleton’s artwork will be available for purchase for the first time at the Nov. 11 party. The first 100 individuals to buy a six-pack will receive a commemorative pub glass, featuring the new logo, Wolters said.

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The tap list for the Metamorphosis Party will include several variations on two YSB crowd-pleasers, Captain Stardust Saison and Zoetic American Pale Ale. Brewmaster Jeffrey McElfresh plans to open with seven variations on tap and add several surprises throughout the evening, such as Captain Stardust sour cherry, Stardust biscotti and barrel-aged Gindust as well as Zoetic with mangoes and Zoetic with habanero. Beginning at 5 p.m., a variation will be added each hour.

New brand merchandise will be available for purchase in the taproom as will a sneak peek of additional beers to be canned in the near future. Local food truck Harvest Mobile Cuisine will serve Captain Stardust brats created by Keener Farms.

Teal pumpkins alert kids to safe treats on Beggar’s Night

Updated: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 10:03 AM
Published: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 12:48 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

Food allergies are more prevalent than ever with one in 13 kids — about two in each classroom — living with a food allergy.

Awareness of food allergies is especially important this time of year, when kids will be out trick-or-treating.

Eating isn’t always easy for 9-year-old A.J. Schrempp of Centerville.

“I just got to be careful. I can’t take any risks,” A.J. said. He’s been living with severe food allergies since he was just a toddler. “Peanuts, most all tree nuts, coconut and sesame,” are foods A.J. said he must avoid.

The first time he had a reaction, his mother, Candy Schrempp, didn’t realize what it was.

“He immediately started vomiting and gasping and coughing,” she said.

Another reaction, testing and more education, and A.J. hasn’t had one since. But if someone isn’t careful, he could. That’s why his family carries an Epi-Pen with them everywhere they go.

With Beggar’s Night approaching, you may see teal pumpkins on porches. They let kids like A.J. know there are alternative, safe options to candy being given out, such as pencils, crayons or small, inexpensive toys.

Related: When is Beggar’s Night in your community?

“We’re seeing more and more in the community; several of the stores are actually selling teal pumpkins now,” said Candy Shrempp.

Her group FEAT — Families Educating Allergy/Asthma Together — ask that more households offer alternatives. The group meets a few times a year for activities with their kids and offers support and advice on its Facebook page.

Missing Miami Twp. woman, subject of statewide alert, located

Updated: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 8:38 AM
Published: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 8:37 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

            Missing Miami Twp. woman, subject of statewide alert, located
Marliee Crosby (Contributed/Ohio Attorney General)

UPDATE @ 4:05 a.m.

Dispatchers confirm 70-year-old Marliee Crosby, a Miami Township woman who was the subject of a statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert, has been located.

Crosby was found in a wooded area between Interstate 675 and Ohio 725 in Miami Township, according to dispatchers.

Medics were dispatched for observational purposes, but it wasn’t immediately known if Crosby suffered any injuries.


A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 70-year-old Miami Township woman.

Marliee Crosby is described as a white female, five-foot-four-inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue sweatshirt.

Crosby suffers from dementia and is not familiar with the area, according to the alert from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Crosby was last seen at her home in the 2900 block of Spring Valley Pike in Miami Township around 10 p.m. Sunday, when she left the area on foot and has not returned.

Anyone who sees Crosby or has information is asked to contact 911 immediately.

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Trooper sent to hospital from scene of I-75 crash

Updated: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 12:51 AM
Published: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 12:50 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 3:35 a.m.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper is in the hospital, possibly with a concussion, following a crash on southbound I-75, according to troopers at the scene.

The driver of the car that collided with the hospitalized trooper’s car was arrested for OVI, troopers said.

Troopers told our crew at the scene that a tow truck driver was also hit by the reportedly drunk driver and is at the hospital with a broken leg.

Staff Lieutenant Ray Martin said crews were originally dispatched to the area on a report of a disabled pick-up truck.

A wrecker was in the process of removing the truck when another southbound driver hit the police car and pushed it into the truck being towed, Martin said.

The disabled truck then hit the tow truck driver and the trooper, according to Martin.

Martin said the driver of the disabled truck was at the scene with his father at the time of the crash and both are uninjured.

A traffic reconstructionist is on scene conducting an investigation and Miami Twp. police are assisting troopers in directing traffic.

UPDATE @ 2:03 a.m.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane on southbound I-75 just before the Austin Boulevard exit, according to our crew at the scene.

It is unknown at this time how many injuries are reported in the injury crash.

Initial reports indicate an Ohio State Highway Patrol car has been totaled after a driver collided with the cruiser as troopers responded to the initial crash.

Our crew reports a heavy police presence in the area has traffic moving slowly.

We will continue to update this page with new details.


Police and medics are at the scene of two crashes on southbound I-75 south of the I-675 interchange.

Crews were dispatched around 1:11 a.m. Sunday on a report of an injury crash.

Initial reports indicate an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser has been hit and totaled while troopers were responding to the initial crash.

A trooper was not in the cruiser when another car collided into its side, according to initial reports.

Injuries have been reported in original crash reported to dispatchers.

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more and will update this page with new information when available.