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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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Ice, rain, snow expected in next 5 days

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 5:27 PM
Published: Thursday, January 01, 2015 @ 7:26 PM
By: Staff Report

            Ice, rain, snow expected in next 5 days
5-day forecast with Carrieann Marit

Scattered clouds arrive as temperatures slowly fall into the upper 20s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek said.

Scattered clouds remain, but it won’t be as cold this overnight with lows in the low to mid-20s, he said.

Friday: Morning sun will be followed by increasing clouds into the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid-30s.

“Some very light showers will move in from the south near midnight and beyond,” Wirdzek said. “Although temps will be slowly rising, many areas will be at or below freezing, so some light icing will be possible before sunrise Saturday.”

Saturday: Light freezing rain is possible through just after sunrise. Milder air will continue to push into the area, so temperatures should quickly jump above freezing.

“A strengthening storm system will push more rain into the area by the afternoon and evening,” Wirdzek said. “The rain could be heavy at times.”

It will be come breezy and mild with highs close to 50 degrees.

Sunday: Once the storm passes to the east, a trailing cold front will quickly follow. Morning temperatures will be in the 40s.

Rain showers will be spotty as temperatures drop into the 30s by the afternoon.

“Leftover rain showers will change to snow showers before ending,” Wirdzek said. “We are not expecting much, if any, accumulation.”

Monday: It will be cold with highs in the upper teens as a blast of arctic air moves through the area from the northwest out of Canada.

“These tend to produce at least a few inches of snow,” Wirdzek said, “but the track will ultimately determine who sees the most. These systems are small and fast moving, but it looks likely at this point that we will see at least an accumulating snow.”

Fire stopped before it spread inside house

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 5:27 PM
Published: Thursday, January 01, 2015 @ 9:45 AM
By: News Staff

A family of four was able to return to their home after a small fire started on an outside wall.

Dayton firefighters were called around 8 a.m. to the 700 block of Clegg Street on the report of a house fire.

They knocked down the flames quickly and are working now to determine what started the fire, according to Capt. James King.

King said it is not clear yet how much damage is done and his crews will have to check the basement for water damage.

No one was hurt.

Miami Valley Hospital has first baby of 2015

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 5:26 PM
Published: Thursday, January 01, 2015 @ 3:18 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 3:17 p.m.-

Springfield Regional Medical Center’s first baby of 2015 was also a boy, hospital officials reported. They said the baby was born at 11:49 a.m.


Two baby boys made their debut in the early hours of 2015.

Miami Valley Hospital had the first New Year’s baby in the area, according to hospital officials. They said a baby boy was born at 12:17 a.m.

Officials for Kettering Health Network said their first baby of the new year, also a boy, was born at 1:38 a.m. at Soin Medical Center.

As of 11 a.m., there was not a baby born in 2015 at Springfield Regional Medical Center.

Boil advisory issued again at mobile-home park

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 5:25 PM
Published: Friday, January 02, 2015 @ 11:45 AM
By: Katherine Wright - Staff Writer

A Miami Twp. mobile-home park that has been plagued with water issues was put under a boil advisory after losing drinking-water pressure Thursday, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Residents of Pineview Pines Estates on Farmersville West Carrollton Road had to use bottled water for several days in early December. The Ohio EPA gave park management until Dec. 22 to solve the problem.

Water pressure was lost again Thursday but was restored by evening, OEPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce said Friday.

“I understand that at 6:30 p.m. yesterday, water pressure was restored,” Pierce said. “We did have them put a boil advisory in effect, which is standard procedure anytime there’s been a loss in water pressure because of the chance of bacteria.”

The OEPA sent a second notice-of-violation letter on Dec. 23 outlining further steps. Park management had replaced one well and hired a certified water operator to oversee the system, the letter states. But the park has yet to repair another well, ensure electrical codes are met, and update the public water system contingency plan, according to the letter.

Attempts to reach Pineview Pines Estates management for comment were unsuccessful Friday.

A resident of the park who asked to remain anonymous said the water had been off multiple times in the last month.

“I can’t sell my home because of these water issues,” he said.

On Dec. 11 and 12, water wells were not functioning at the park, which has nearly 200 addresses on more than 43 acres, according to Montgomery County records. The OEPA provided water to the residents during that time.

That water shortage was caused by a separate issue, according to Terry Swackhamer, an investigator with the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission. The commission is responsible for licensing and inspecting mobile-home parks in Ohio.

“What caused the shortage (Thursday) is a completely different issue than what caused it on the 11th and 12th,” Swackhamer said. “They are working with an older water system, but they are doing what they need to do to fix it. They are having major issues with their system but they were doing their due diligence.”

Commission director Janet Williams said mobile-home parks are required by law to provide water for their residents.

“At this point, it’s more of an EPA issue and the concern lies with them,” she said.

There have been no reports of anyone being sickened by the water at the park, according to Jennifer Wensell, director of public health for Montgomery County.

“As things sit now, it’s primarily a question of safe water supply to the operation, and it’s under the jurisdiction of the EPA,” Wensell said. “We’ve had nothing at all that’s indicated anyone becoming ill with the water.”