Celina mayor declares State of Emergency; 8 injured following storms

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 1:14 AM

Celina weather Video

UPDATE @12:55 a.m. 11/6/17

Grand Lake and Havemann Roads will remain closed Monday as emergency crews assess damages, according to a post on the City of Celina’s Facebook page.

Electric crews will be working throughout the night to clear downed power lines, remove broken utility poles and restring new lines. 

An apparent tornado caused significant damage to buildings and property mainly on the east side of town.

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UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m. 11/5/17 

Mayor Jeffrey Hazel has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Celina after two possible tornadoes ripped through the Mercer County city Sunday.

In a release, Celina police said a tornado entered the city from the southwest, causing damage to a home along Lakeshore Drive before crossing Grand Lake and damaging multiple businesses including Wendy’s, Lakeshore Auto, Crown Equipment, Dollar General and C-Town Wings among others.

>> ‘Horrific damage,’ injuries reported from Mercer Co. tornado

Celina police said eight people within the city limits were treated for non-life threatening injuries, with four being transported to area hospitals.

Off-duty officers and emergency crews responded to the scene with crews from Montezuma, Rockford, Mendon and Chickasaw assisting in recovery efforts.

Officers said Mayor Jeff Hazel and Ohio State Senator Keith Faber directly assisted with the ongoing emergency with Senator Faber providing additional propane tanks to keep power running throughout the night at Celina Police Command Center.

Those living in and near Celina are encouraged to stay away from affected areas as crews continue to work to clean up debris, according to the release.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.

The Celina mayor says eight people were injured; all believed to be non-life threatening. 

Watch as mayor gives update to News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy.

EARLIER REPORT

Several Celina businesses have been significantly damaged following severe weather in the area Sunday afternoon. 

Our crew in Celina reports a portion of the roof to Crown Equipment Corporation is missing and an exterior wall has suffered significant damage.

A string of businesses in the area, including a nearby restaurant, are heavily damaged, according to our crew. 

A Dollar General has signs down and the front of the structure blown off.

A Dollar General on Havemann Road in Celina heavily damaged by Nov. 5 storms.

>> Reports of heavy damage, injuries at Celina restaurant

The National Weather Service reports as many as 6 injuries at a Celina restaurant in the area. 

>> Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Miami Valley

An additional injury was reported by the service on Ohio 29 after a power pole fell. 

We will continue to update this developing story.

A Dollar General on Havemann Road in Celina heavily damaged by Nov. 5 storms.
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Fired Miami County election official sues for defamation, wants job back

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:06 AM


            A former Board of Elections worker in Miami County has filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging he was improperly fired. STAFF/FILE
A former Board of Elections worker in Miami County has filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging he was improperly fired. STAFF/FILE

TROY – A former deputy director of the Miami County Board of Elections fired in January 2017 is suing the elections board and a former member, claiming violations of open meetings laws and defamation.

Eric Morgan of Tipp City filed the complaint in county Common Pleas Court. He seeks a court order invalidating the board’s vote to terminate him from the position, a return to the position and damages in excess of $25,000 from the board.

The lawsuit alleges the elections board violated Ohio’s public meetings law. The violations allegedly took place in January 2017 to discuss Morgan in a claimed undisclosed meeting and at least one other executive session at which the suit claims the topic of discussion was not disclosed publicly as required.

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The failure to follow the meetings law should invalidate the board action, returning him to his former position, Morgan and his lawyer argue in the complaint.

Morgan also requests from former board member Dean Tamplin of Tipp City compensatory and punitive damages of more than $25,000 each as a result of alleged defamation. Tamplin and Morgan are both Democrats.

Morgan alleges he was asked by Tamplin to support Tamplin’s continued work on the board in 2017, but Morgan refused to say if he would. A few days later, on Jan. 24, 2017, he claims the board met in a special meeting, where Tamplin allegedly asked him to resign. When he refused, he was subsequently terminated from the job, Morgan claims.

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He claims he was defamed when Tamplin “made statements to the press and other members of the (elections) board that the Democratic Party ‘lost confidence’ in Morgan and that was the reason for his termination,” the lawsuit contends. Morgan claims the statement was harmful to his reputation and his career as an election official.

Tamplin did not respond to a request for comment. The board of elections staff said both the elections director and deputy director were not available for comment.

Morgan was hired as the deputy director in March 2013.

At the time of his termination, the board had two Republican members and one Democrat with the December 2016 retirement of board member Kelly Gillis, a Democrat. The Republican board members were Ryan King of Piqua and Jose Lopez of West Milton.

Soldier from Clark County is missing from Fort Drum, New York

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM

Soldier from Clark Co. missing out of Fort Drum, NY

Spc. Trevor Nichols, a soldier from Clark County, is missing from Fort Drum, N.Y., and a national organization is asking for the public's help in finding him. 

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"I see absolutely nothing that says foul play" or suicide, Brenda Paradise, a private investigator who volunteers for Guardian Search and Investigations. 

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That organization issued a press release Thursday about Spc. Nichols, 24, of Tremont City, was was last seen Nov. 17, according to Guardian Search and Investigations. 

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The watertowndailytimes.com is reporting that the specialist left without his driver’s license, military ID card or his cell phone and has not had any contact with his family since being missing. 

Julie A. Halpin, Fort Drum spokeswoman, told the news organization that Spc. Nichols was a soldier with the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team as of November. He was listed as absent without leave on Nov. 15 and his status was updated to deserter on Dec. 18. 

Paradise, in an interview with whio.com tonight, said the specialist was in basic training in 2012, has served a tour in Afghanistan and just returned from a tour in Iraq last May. 

Spc. Nichols is estranged from his wife and they have a son who is just shy of 2 years old, Paradise said. She was living on base with the specialist until recently, Paradise said. 

Paradise said the military was transitioning him farther away from his son, and that may have affected the specialist. 

Spc. Trevor Nichols (Courtesy/Nichols family)

The soldier's mother, Erin Nichols, also has filed a missing person's report through the Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

"I can't even imagine where he would have gone," she said in a phone call Thursday night. 

Mrs. Nichols said her son, the youngest of three boys who grew up in Enon and joined the Army right out of Greenon High School, was to report to Fort Riley, Kansas, on Dec. 7. 

She said she also believes that transfer has something to do with her son being missing. 

Mrs. Nichols said she last spoke with him by phone on Nov. 14, the day he was trying to move his estranged wife's belongings to storage. 

If you have information about Spc. Nichols, you are asked to call investigator Paradise at 907-795-5292, referencing case number 17-1689237, the Tremont City, Ohio, police department at 937-969-8281, or 911.

Fights, arrests reported after Wilberforce, CSU basketball game

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

CSU's Chris Scott scored a game-high 26 points despite fouling out with more than four minutes to go in the game. Contributed
CSU's Chris Scott scored a game-high 26 points despite fouling out with more than four minutes to go in the game. Contributed

Fights reportedly broke out in Wilberforce Thursday night after the men’s college basketball game between the Wilberforce University Bulldogs and the Central State Mauraders.

Emergency scanner traffic shortly after 10:30 p.m. indicated medics and several area police agencies responded to assist campus police at Wilberforce University, after the Bulldogs upset the Mauraders 83-70.

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A man who said he worked security at the game Tweeted that it was “absolute chaos” with many fights and arrests.

Final score at Wilberforce University Jan. 18, 2018.

CSU trailed WU at halftime by 22 points and could not make up the difference as the Bulldogs converted 10 of 22 three-point shots, according to a game summary report from CSU.

A heated rivalry exists between the two HBCU schools, which are separated by a few hundred yards and U.S. 42.

WU improved its record to four wins, 13 losses, according to the report.

CSU has six wins, 12 losses on the season and is tied for first place with Kentucky State in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference West Division, according to the report.

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This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

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