Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and anchor Kate Bartley lead countdown to Carillon Tree of Light Illumination

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 1:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 6:15 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and anchor Kate Bartley help light Carillon tree

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.

The Carillon Tree of Light dazzles the evening sky.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and WHIO-TV anchor and reporter Kate Bartley led the countdown to the illumination as the event’s emcees.

The tree will light the Dayton skyline from dusk through dawn all December.

A time-lapse of the Tree of Light lighting at Carillon Park in Dayton.


Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and WHIO-TV anchor and reporter Kate Bartley emcee and assist with tonight’s Carillon Tree of Light event.

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The event, in its third year, turns on the lights of Ohio’s tallest tree of light for the season. 

The lighting begins at 6:15 p.m. for the Carillon Tree of Light illumination.

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The light display, which will dazzle the Dayton skyline, kicks off a month of holiday festivities at Carillon Historical Park.

The Carillon Tree of Light stands at 200 feet, affixed to the top of 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon that was dedicated in 1942 by Col. Edward A. and Edith Walton Deeds as a gift to the Dayton community.

The tree of more than 20,000 lightbulbs on nearly 100 strands will be visible from dusk until dawn for the entire month of December. 

The Tree of Light was made possible with the support of Connie and John Taylor.

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Zontini said this evening looks dry for the tree lighting. Temperatures will fall through the 40s but it won't be breezy. Clouds slowly increase through the night.

Vet still gets 100th birthday party at AF Museum despite Govt shutdown

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:44 PM

Government shutdown threatens 100th birthday party for Springfield veteran

UPDATE @ 4:32 p.m. (Jan. 22)

A government shutdown this weekend made for a shorter-than-planned birthday party for a World War II veteran at the Air Force Museum on Wright Patterson’s base.

On Tuesday, Thomas Eubanks of Springfield turns 100.

His family planned a surprise for him over the weekend at the museum. Eubanks arrived for the noon party, and the family was alerted they only had until 1 p.m., due to the government shutdown, said grandson Kevin Black. 

“The Museum was very accommodating considering what they were up against,” Black said. 

Black said his grandfather, a tail gunner in WWII, was surprised by the 100th birthday party. They were able to get a photo in front of the tail gunner position of the B-17 on display at the Air Force Museum.

World War II Veteran Thomas Eubanks, of Springfield, (seated) with his four children, from left, David Eubanks, Cathy Ferguson, Steve Eubanks and Sandi Black. Contributed

World War II veteran Thomas Eubanks, on right, in front of the tail gunner position of the B-17 on display at the U.S. Air Force Museum. That is the position he flew in in WWII. Eubanks turns 100 on Jan. 23. Contributed


Kevin Black hadn’t thought about how the possibility of a government shutdown would affect his family.

World War II veteran Thomas Eubanks of Springfield turns 100 on Jan. 23. To celebrate, his grandson, Black, organized a birthday party for him at the Air Force Museum on Saturday.

With the possibility of the government shutting down tonight, the museum may not open, and the outlook of the party is up in the air.

“I don’t like the playing politics on this,” Black said. “They’re just playing games.”

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The possible museum closure hadn’t occurred to Black or his family until this news organization contacted him about the party, which he had asked us to cover.

His family wasn’t the only ones uncertain of what will happen next.

Diana Bachert, spokeswoman for the Air Force Museum, said Friday night in a statement there is currently no order for the museum to shut down.

World War II Veteran Thomas Eubanks, of Springfield, turns 100 on Jan. 23. Contributed

“However, we will follow procedures for an orderly shutdown when and how we are directed to do so,” Bachert said.

If Congress fails to come to an agreement on a continuing resolution (CR), a bill that appropriates money to different federal departments and programs, some federal agencies could come to a standstill.

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Black’s plan is for Congressman Warren Davidson to present Eubanks with a certificate, then Black will present his grandfather with letters from President Donald Trump and Gov. John Kasich.

But if there is no CR passed, Congress plans to stay in Washington and try to come to an agreement, meaning Davidson may have to miss the party.

Black said his grandfather doesn’t know about the planned celebration at the museum.

“He just thinks that a bunch of the grandkids are taking him to the museum,” Black said.

And he probably will continue to keep plans a secret, in case the museum isn’t open.

“(Eubanks) was sick a couple weeks after Christmas, and we didn’t think he was going to be able to go (to the museum). But he wants to go if they don’t shut down,” Black said.

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Eubanks is a widower; his wife Suzanne died in 2000. They were married for 59 years.

In WWII he served as tail gunner in the European theatre, an area of heavy fighting across the continent. He flew 13 combat missions from Knettishall Airfield in England.

“Tail gunner was the worst place to be,” said Black, who is retired from the Air Force.

He worked as a building inspector for Springfield for several years.

He lives in Oakwood Village Retirement Home in Springfield. He has four children, nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great, great-grandchildren.

“He’s got all his wits about him,” Black said.

Crews free victim trapped in wreckage of truck that slams into RR trestle in Dayton

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:38 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:44 PM

Livingston ave crash

UPDATE @ 4:41 p.m.: Fire/rescue crews have freed the person trapped in the wreckage on Livingston Avenue, at the RR trestle just north of Barstow Avenue, in Dayton.

Both victims are males who a fire official said suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol is suspected as crews found beer cans in the truck. Police are continuing their investigation.


One person remains trapped in the wreckage of a pickup truck that slammed into steel beams of the railroad trestle on Livingston Avenue just north of U.S. 35 in Dayton. 

A second person in that vehicle has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

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Crews are working to free the individual trapped in the truck. The conditions of the victims are not known. 

Police and fire rescue units were dispatched just after 4 p.m. on a report of a vehicle accident with possible entrapment. 

We have a crew on scene. We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news. 

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Gunman in fatal shooting outside Harrison Twp. Gentlemen’s Club found guilty

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:40 PM

The man who shot and killed a man and wounded another outside the Plush Gentlemen’s Club on Wagner Ford Road has been convicted of murder and felonious assault, according to court records.

Demetrius Williams, 40, of Cincinnati, went on trial last week and the verdict was entered Monday, records show.

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Williams killed Pierre Jackson, 20, and injured another victim that was running from the shooting scene in September, prosecutors said.

A security guard from the club tackled Williams and held him down until deputies arrived on scene, the prosecutor’s office said.

Williams is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

Nunchuck assault sparked Piqua standoff

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

Possible standoff in Piqua

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m.:

Police have identified the suspect in this morning’s standoff as Lenvil Persinger,  43, of Piqua.

Persinger was booked into jail on suspicion of felonious assault, criminal damage and obstructing official business.

According to police, Persinger busted into a neighboring apartment after hearing a boyfriend and girlfriend arguing and assaulted the 26-year-old man in the head with nunchucks.

After making contact with Persinger, police said he refused to talk to investigators.

Persinger is a “self-identified sovereign citizen,” which means he doesn’t believe laws apply to him and he doesn’t recognize the authority court system, said Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison.

Due to previous dealings with Persinger and his beliefs, the department dispatched the Piqua-Sidney Tactical Response Team to assist in his arrest, police said.

In October 2017, when officers responded to the same apartment on a noise complaint, Persinger was waiving a firearm as an officer tried to investigate the incident, investigators said.

UPDATE @ 11:46 a.m. 

A standoff situation has ended and a man is in custody. 

Police on scene told News Center 7’s Steve Baker that a male neighbor with nunchucks reportedly assaulted another male of the apartment building. The man assaulted was involved in a domestic dispute at the time.

The male in custody is the one who had nunchucks, police said.


An apparent standoff is actively underway on Park Avenue in Piqua this morning.

Officers and a heavily armored police vehicle were in the area of the 1000 block of Park around 11 a.m.

We’re working to learn more.