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Springfield police report 19 overdoses in 24 hours

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield police said they have handled 19 overdoses in the city in the last 24 hours.

Additional details on the overdoses and whether any of them were fatal were not immediately available.

Clark County has seen more than 470 overdoses so far this year. After a record 79 drug deaths last year, this year has already seen more than 40 suspected fatal overdoses — many of which involve illicit fentanyl that’s 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin.

“At this point, I haven’t heard if there is a bad batch or what specifically is going on,” said Clark County Health District Spokeswoman Anita Biles. “We have been experiencing this about once a month for the last few months.”

Dayton Air Show: Thunderbirds to resume flights, pilot still hospitalized

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:33 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m. (June 26):

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will resume flying operations today, June 26 after the squadron departs Dayton for its home station at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The team will hold routine practices Tuesday.

"Capt. Gonsalves remains in the hospital and is surrounded by loved ones," said Lt. Col. Jason Heard on Facebook. "I have full faith and confidence in our team to conduct the mission safely, we look forward to returning to flying operations."

UPDATE @ 9:47 a.m. (June 26):

The Thunderbirds will be taking off at 10:30 a.m. and the injured pilot is expected to be staying at the hospital for a couple more days, officials announced this morning.

Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves has had two surgeries, but his injuries are less serious than initially thought, according to officials. 

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The damaged plane will be staying here locally and once able, it will be transported to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, officials said.

UPDATE @8:30 a.m. (June 26)

Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves continues to receive treatment at Miami Valley Hospital.

A condition for Gonsalves was not available.

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UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m. (June 25)

Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves remains a patient at Miami Valley Hospital after he was extricated from an F-16 that overturned on the runway Friday at the Dayton International Airport.

Gonsalves Tweeted Saturday a picture of himself in the hospital bed stating, “Thanks for all the love and support. I'm doing okay. More to follow, I'm thankful for all our friendships.”

Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was the passenger in the F-16. He was extricated from the aircraft and taken to the hospital where he has since been released.

Friday’s mishap forced the Thunderbirds to cancel their performances at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds commanding leader, said Friday’s ‘mishap’ is under investigation and what caused it has not been determined.

Heard said upon landing after a “single-ship familiarization flight,” the fighter jet overturned on the runway and sustained damage, temporarily trapping Gonsalves and Cordova in the aircraft.


As the Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off Saturday some visitors came to the show, unaware of Friday’s Thunderbird crash and cancellation of their performance Saturday.

Michael Werchowski, 44, brought his 11-year-old son, Miles, hoping to see the Thunderbirds, but didn’t know they weren’t performing until he arrived at Dayton International Airport.


It was the first air show for both.

“We’ve never seen a Blue Angels or Thunderbirds show before, but it is what it is,” Michael Werchowski, who drove in from Powell near Columbus for the show.

Miles didn’t seem fazed.

“I’m just here to see planes,” he said.

A two seat F-16 Thunderbird jet overturned at the airport after landing Friday, trapping the pilot and passenger until they were freed by first responders. 

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Both were hospitalized and reported in good condition. One team member has been released. The Thunderbirds have not yet made an announcement on whether they will perform at Sunday’s show.

Charles and Theresa Cooper, both 60, moved to New Lebanon in December after 40 years in California. The two grew up in the Miami Valley.  

“I’ve never been to the air show,” Theresa Cooper said. “I’ve never come. “It’s pretty exciting.”  

The couple were driving near the airport Friday when they spotted emergency vehicles and heard about the Thunderbird jet mishap.  

“So sad,” she said.  

Charles Cooper said he wanted to come to the air show anyway partly because of the region’s heritage as the birthplace of aviation. “Living in California, you don’t realize how much this region has to offer until you come back,” he said.

Gary and Linda Kish drove four hours from St. Clairsville near Wheeling, W.V., with two grandchildren, Jayden, 6, and Weston, 4, but weren’t deterred from coming when they heard the Thunderbirds canceled the Saturday show.

“We were eating ice cream when we heard about it,” Jayden said.

“It’ still a good time,” said Gary Kish, 64. “We’re just glad (the two Thunderbird two members) are OK.”

“What are you going to do?” asked Linda Kish. 

City will tear down 5 more Fairborn houses

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

            This property at 261 Oxford Drive was demolished in 2016 under the city of Fairborn’s demolition plan. WILL GARBE / STAFF

The city of Fairborn continues to tear down residential properties.

This next round of demolitions includes five properties at 331 Mann Ave., 627 Fairfield Ave., 1553 Miami Ave., 1025 Columbia Ave., and 1052 Columbia Ave.

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Combined, the properties are $15,410 behind on taxes, according to Greene County property records.

The city intends to solicit bids for the demolition project on June 30. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for July 11.

The city of Fairborn has demolished dozens of residential and commercial structures in recent years as part of an ongoing effort to combat blight.

Read more coverage of Fairborn’s demolition program:

» Fairborn prepares for another round of residential demolitions

» Seven Fairborn homes will be demolished

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Fire destroys barn in Darke County

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 3:47 AM


UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m.:

A barn storing straw and hay was destroyed by fire and firefighters prevented the flames from igniting other nearby buildings, according to firefighters.

Investigators said the 60 foot by 120 foot barn was engulfed in fire when they arrived on the scene in the 6500 block of Ohio 242 around 2 a.m.

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The fire is not considered suspicious, however an investigation into the cause remains underway.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby barn, where more than 100 cows were being housed, firefighters said.


A fire destroyed a barn in Darke County early Monday morning.

The fire in the 6500 block of Ohio 242 was reported shortly after 2 a.m. Several tankers were called to the scene.

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We’re working to find out what was inside the barn.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

You won’t believe what Fairborn created with recycled water bottles

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Photo via City of Fairborn Facebook page

Residents can now enjoy downtown Fairborn while sitting comfortably on recycled water bottles. Yes, you read that right.

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Last week, 12 brand-new benches made entirely of recycled water bottles were placed throughout downtown Fairborn.

Each one is neatly engraved with a local business or non-profit’s name.

The benches were a product of year-long efforts made by the Fairborn Parks and Recreation Department.

“When they did Streetscape in 2012, there was never a plan for benches for pedestrians to just sit around and have an ice cream cone,” said Alicia Eckhart, Superintendent of Fairborn Parks and Recreation.

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The new benches make it possible to do just that. And because of the durable, 100 percent recycled material — Eckhart said they will be around to enjoy for many years. 

Not only are the benches a great substitute for less-sustainable building materials, Eckhart said that she hopes they might motivate people in the community to opt for recycling more often. 

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