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Police: 81-year-old woman stabbed to death

Published: Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 10:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 @ 3:18 PM

The 81-year-0ld woman killed Monday in her West Carrollton home died as the result of “multiple sharp force injuries,” the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office found, ruling the death a homicide Tuesday.

Investigators had not identified any suspects in the death of Edith R. King, who lived at 341 Windsor Court, and don’t know why she was killed, Deputy Chief Doug Woodard said earlier Tuesday.

Police were still searching Tuesday for King’s missing silver 2005 Hyundai Elantra, the only thing known to be missing. Earlier, police believed some other items might have been missing, but Woodard said those items had been found in the house.

There were no signs of forced entry to the home, police said Monday.

About 7:30 p.m., King’s daughter arrived at her mother’s home. The call originally came in as a dead body, and when police arrived they were unsure of whether it was a suicide or homicide, Woodard said.

“It’s an emergency,” the daughter said, according to the 911 recording. “I need a squad over at my mom’s right away. I think she’s dead.”

The daughter told the dispatcher that she went there because “I’ve been trying to get hold of her. It looks like her throat’s cut.”

“Did it look like anybody entered the house without permission?” the dispatcher asked.

“I can’t tell,” the daughter responded. “There’s a towel that was stuck in the door and I never got the door open.”

King had been dead “at least several hours” when she was found but was known to be alive earlier Monday, Woodard said.

“Someone did talk to her yesterday earlier in the day,” Woodard said. “She was still with us yesterday.”

There was no history of incident reports or police-related events at King’s home. Woodard said the only thing police found was an open door call last year, when King called police and said she forgot if she left her door open when she’d left home.

King lived alone, but was “very capable, independent,” Woodard said. Despite her age, she still mowed her own lawn, he said.

“She was a very spry 81,” he said.

The slaying shocked neighbors, many of whom had known King for years. King lived at the house for more than 50 years, said one neighbor, who wished not to be identified by name. He called her “one of the nicest women I’ve ever met” and “very down to earth.”

Tim Day, who lives down the street from King, said she was “bubbly, always had a nice smile.”

Day said the neighborhood was “close-knit,” and “everybody pretty much knows everybody.”

Anyone with information about King’s death or the location of her car is asked to call West Carrollton Police at (937) 859-3688.

Tornado damage cleanup underway

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:45 AM

UPDATE @ 8:07 a.m.

Clark County authorities have announced a 10 a.m. press conference to provide an update on tornado damage in Park Layne.

We will bring that information to you live as it is released.

UPDATE @ 6:43 a.m. 

Peggy Aten, a Park Layne resident and a Community Markets employee, said she had not been inside the store yet, but the roof was laying in the parking lot.

On Wednesday night, she was on her porch when she saw a big flash of light. 

“I just watched that whole big black cloud roll,” she said. “It was unreal.” 

Aten said was surprised no one was hurt. 

“It’s been a long time since we had a storm like that,” she said.

UPDATE @ 5:35 a.m. 

Deputies in Clark County said the sheriff’s department is expected to hold a press conference Thursday to update damage reports throughout the county. 

A time and location were not immediately available. 


There is heavy damage from Wednesday night’s tornadoes and severe weather in several locations in Miami, Greene and Clark counties.

VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn  | Clark. co. sheriff gives update on damage

RELATED: Xenia graduation disrupted by severe weather 

The National Weather Service is working to confirm the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns in the Miami Valley Wednesday evening.

>>PHOTOS: Storm damageStorms clouds roll in

A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235, in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road in Park Layne, has been destroyed and other businesses in that area have been damaged.

RELATED: National Weather Service spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in 3 counties

The Churchill Manor apartment complex, located behind the Sunoco station, has been partially evacuated due to storm damage. Firefighters said occupants of two of the three buildings in the complex will be displaced. One building is missing its roof, while the second roof was leaking.

Victory Motors has been damaged. The side of the store has been blown off. A Family Dollar store and a McDonald’s have been damaged as well.

RELATED: Widespread substantial flooding reported in Butler County

RELATED: Roundup of flood watches, advisories in effect overnight

We will update this report as warranted.

NWS spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in at least 3 counties

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

>>PHOTOS:  Storm damageStorms, funnel clouds

The National Weather Service will be out today to survey damage in Greene, Clark and Miami counties to determine the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns.

>>VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn

In a statement issued early this morning, weather service officials in Wilmington said some of these damage reports, reported by and News Center 7, include:  

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces are checking for damage. “At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said. WPAFB weather casters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m., which was extended twice more. An “all clear” has since been issued, she said.
  • In Greene County, several trees and power lines were reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area.
  • In Miami County, a tornado may be responsible for barn debris, trees and wires in the street the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road, according to the National Weather Service. The road is closed, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
  • In Miami County, trees and power lines down in Bethel Twp. at Bellefontaine Road, between U.S. 40 and Palmer Road.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be possible for several trees and power lines reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads, according to the National Weather Service.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be responsible for several trees down along Dayton Yellow Springs Road near Fairborn. 
  • In Miami County, two homes with structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road.
  • In Miami County, Deweese Road at Peterson, closed because of power lines and trees down.
  • In Montgomery County, trees were reported down in the 8300 block of National Road

It is believed that a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage in certain locations in these 

counties, weather service officials said.  

There may be additional locations that require damage surveys that aren't listed above, weather service officials said. 

“We will be in contact with emergency managers from the affected counties to determine a specific plan for damage surveys, as well as assess the need for additional surveys in other locations,” weather service officials said in the statement.


Several tornadoes are being reported in Greene County tonight.

Here are some of the reports (all of these reports have to be verified by the National Weather Service):

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>>VIDEOS: Sirens, wall clouds in Greene

  • One has been reported in Fairborn, reported by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • One has been reported, by weather spotters to the National Weather Service, in southwest Miami County
  • Another in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route near Xenia
  • Near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line in eastern Greene County

Jason Slyger, of Sabina, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m. 

"You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air," he said. 

We are hearing no reports of damage of injuries. 

We have been fielding reports of funnel and other threatening clouds. 

We will continue to update this report as warranted. 

Some showers for Thursday morning, few storms by afternoon

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:49 AM

A flash flood watch remain for parts of the area as more rain and storms are possible Thursday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. 

A flash flood watch for Butler County is in effect through Thursday morning.  The Flash Flood Watch for Darke, Preble and Wayne, Ind. counties has been canceled.

RELATED: Download the WHIO Weather App here


  • Wet roads, ponding issues for the morning commute
  • Morning showers, few afternoon storms Thursday
  • Unsettled weather pattern into the weekend

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 


Thursday: Some showers will develop and move back into the Miami Valley in the morning, especially south of Interstate 70. Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s early, then climb to an afternoon high in the upper 60s. Broken clouds with some peaks of sun throughout the afternoon with some popup storms and downpours possible between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The severe thereat is low, but brief, heavy rain could reduce visibility. 

RELATED: Heavy damage from Wednesday’s storms in Park Layne

Friday: Dry and pleasant for the first half of the day with highs reaching the middle 70s and some sunshine early. Scattered clouds move in during the evening with a few showers or storms. 

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

Saturday: Most spots start out dry in the morning, but some isolated storms are possible in the afternoon. More scattered showers and storms are possible into the night with an isolated strong storm possible. Highs will reach around 80 degrees with a muggy feel to the air. 

RELATED: Sky Witness 7 

Sunday: Scattered showers and storms move through the first half of the day as a front moves through. Eastern parts of the Miami Valley might still have a few storms around late in the afternoon. Everyone will start to dry out by the evening. It will be muggy once again with highs near 80 degrees again. 

Memorial Day: Sunshine and scattered clouds with highs reaching the middle 70s. Another quick-moving front will approach the area that could trigger a few showers or storms towards the evening. 

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Gasoline inventories decrease in the Midwest

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 5:04 AM

Getting gas at the Shell station at 5980 Okeechobee Blvd in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 13, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE @5:04 a.m. 05/25/17 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s weekly report indicates gasoline inventories decreased by 0.8 million barrels to a total of 239.9, according to At 239.9 million barrels, inventories are down 0.2 million barrels, 0.1 percent lower than a year ago, and are near the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.

The weekly report indicates gasoline inventories in the Midwest were down 0.2 million barrels week, according to

RELATED: Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Decreased gasoline inventories could cause fuel prices to increase, compared to increased inventories which could cause prices to fall.

The average price for a gallon of gas in Dayton Thursday morning is $2.33, with prices stable, according to The cheapest gas, as of this morning, is $2.16 at Sam’s Club on Miller Lane near York Center Drive.

LOCAL: Tornado damage reported in Park Layne, Greene & Miami counties

In Hamilton, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.38, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.24 at Murphy USA at Princeton Road and Ohio 4.

In Springfield, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.32, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.26 at Marathon on Moorefield Road and Security Drive.


DAYTON — Gas prices in the Dayton area, along with gasoline prices nationwide, have increased over the last week, according to

Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have risen 12.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.38 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.35 per gallon, according to gasoline price website 

"Due to a $3 per barrel surge in crude oil prices in the last week, gasoline prices have been moving higher across a good portion of the U.S.," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for "Optimism surrounding a likely deal to renew OPEC's production cuts is pushing oil prices higher, but also the possibility that non-OPEC countries may join in has led to a dramatic turnaround in oil prices recently, with WTI crude oil climbing back over $50 per barrel for the first time since late April.  

WEATHER: Sunshine today, rain ahead this week

The average price for a gallon of gas in Dayton Monday morning is $2.39, with prices stable, according to The cheapest gas, as of this morning, is $2.19 at multiple locations in the northern area of Dayton.

In Hamilton, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.42, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.32 at Murphy USA at Princeton Road and Ohio 4.

In Springfield, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.39, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.33 at Murphy USA on South Tuttle Road near East National Road and Marathon on East National and North Bird roads. 

“The timing is impeccable for OPEC- tighten the market as summer driving season hits? Of course, but if global oil inventories don't soon reflect the lower output it will eventually mean more struggles for oil down the road, so we're staying tuned," DeHaan added.


You can track gas prices in your community bydownloading the WHIO appand clicking on Pump Patrol.