Strong winds split tree at Miami County home, send fishing boat into tree

Published: Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 7:45 PM

Boat wrapped around a tree in Miami County

A Miami County man said strong winds during Monday night's storms sent his fishing boat into a tree nearly 150 yards from his home. 

Dave Stacey said he and his wife witnessed the storms roll in before finding downed trees in the front yard of their house and barn on Horseshoe Bend Road. 

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"It came from out of nowhere, straight line winds with hail balls the size of golf balls," Stacey said. "We thought it was going to break the windows at the house." 

Stacey said he was surprised to find a lighter boat he owned and parked in the same area had not been moved by the storm. 

Several hundred DP&L customers were without power in Miami County Monday night, with over 17,000 total without power in the Miami Valley.

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Dispatchers said Monday evening that police were directing traffic through West Milton as DP&L crews addressed power outages in the area. 

Ohio 48 was closed through downtown West Milton due to downed trees and other storm damage, according to Miami County dispatchers. 

Reports of storm damage were most common around the West Milton and Ludlow Falls areas, dispatchers said. 

A house in the 100 block of Vine Street in Ludlow Falls sustained broken windows and other damage after a tree fell on the home, according to our crew. 

"It was very scary because you don't know what damage you're going to have ... We have broken windows and obviously everything can be replaced," homeowner Caralee Gerieshop said. 

A boat appears wrapped around the trunk of a tree in the yard of a Miami County home Monday evening. (Samantha Freels/Contributed)

Gerieshop said she yelled for her husband who was outside just before an awning was ripped off of the house and a tree in the front yard came crashing down. 

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Our crew in and around Union Twp. in Miami County reported multiple trees are down in the area. 

See Dayton’s magnificent ‘Pizzatree’ and two other creative holiday trees

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Not every Christmas tree needs leaves. These “trees” prove it. Video by Amelia Robinson

Fact: Not every tree has leaves or the illusion of leaves.

Some Christmas trees are made of other things. 

Take the “Pizzatree” at Old Scratch Pizza, 812 S. Patterson Boulevard in Dayton, for instance.

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Stephanie Soller, the restaurant’s co-owner, said the eye-catching “tree” decorated in ribbon, bows and garland is made with 125 pizza boxes. 

It is right up front near Old Scratch’s counter.

“We are not big into holiday decorations, but we wanted to get into the holiday spirit for our staff and customers. I was looking some fun ideas and perhaps something a little ‘cheesy.’ I found this idea on Pinterest and went from there,” Soller said. “I thought it would be kinda tacky, but it actually turned out quite ‘tasteful.’”


Strings Attached entry into the City of Dayton's Whimsical Windows contest in 2017. CONTRIBUTED(Submitted)

The “Christmas tree” that decorates the window of Strings Attached, 225 N Main St. in downtown Dayton, is fashioned out of styrofoam balls covered in yarn, then strung on yarn. 

The concept was easier to come up with than you’d expect. 

“I was sitting at my mother-in-law’s dining room table in Washington, D.C. thinking about what I wanted to do,” Kristen Maddox, the shop’s owner, explained. “I wish I had a better story.”

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The shop is competing against about 30 others downtown business for a victory in the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Whimsical Windows contest. 

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The Dublin Pub went with what it knows for its unique Christmas tree: empty bottles of Jameson whiskey. 

If that doesn’t say Christmas, what does?

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Dublin Pub in Dayton's Oregon District has a Christmas tree made of Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles.(Submitted)

Dublin Pub in Dayton's Oregon District has a Christmas tree made of Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles.(Submitted)

The PizzaTree at Old Scratch Pizza in Dayton.(Submitted)

James Free Jewelers robber runs down employee as he flees

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:05 PM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Robbery at James Free Jewelers in Kettering

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.

A James Free Jewelers staff member suffered minor injuries after a robber ran into an employee trying to stop him.

Just before 3:30 p.m., a man wearing a black jacket and green hat entered the store and asked to see some merchandise, said John Jung of the Kettering Police Department.

“Shortly after seeing the merchandise he took that merchandise and fled the scene on foot,” Jung said.

He would not specify what was taken, but said it was of “significant value.”

“As he was trying to get out of the jewelry store he did run into an employee. It looked like the employee tried to stop him and he ran into them,” Jung said.

Jung said patrol officers “immediately started looking in the area,” and a K-9 attempted to track the suspect.

“We are going to be on the lookout for this individual for quite some time, until we apprehend him.”


Kettering police are investigating a reported robbery at James Free Jewelers on Far Hills Avenue this afternoon, according to police.

The robbery was reported around 3:40 p.m.

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Police are searching the surrounding neighborhood for a possible suspect.

We’re working to learn more.

Laid off worker accused of taking work truck identified

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:10 PM


UPDATE @ 4:54 p.m.:

The man is jail accused of taking a work truck from his former employer after being laid off is now facing a driving without consent charge.

Paul Joseph Broughton, 49, was initially booked on a theft charge, but that charge has been cleared, according to jail records.

UPDATE @ 3:27 p.m.:

The laid off worker accused of stealing a work truck from his former employer has been identified as Paul Joseph Broughton, 49, according to jail records.

Broughton is booked into the Montgomery County Jail on an initial charge of theft, however has not been formally charged.


A worker who was recently laid off stole a work truck from his former employer and was later arrested during a traffic stop, according to Vandalia police. 

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Officers responded to Jones & Frank at 7468 Webster Street in Vandalia around 11 a.m. Friday on reports of a work vehicle that was stolen. 

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The vehicle was followed by an officer from Montgomery County into Miami County, before it was stopped near New Carlisle, investigators said. 

The driver, who was not identified, was taken into custody. There were no injuries and the vehicle was not damaged, police said.

Additional details were not available. 

Covington teen pleads in adult court to Piqua robbery

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

A Covington teen pleaded guilty Friday to five felony counts of robbery with firearm specifications in a Piqua robbery police said stemmed from a dispute over money.

Christian Triplett, 17, was accused of possessing a firearm in an Oct. 8 incident in Piqua. The police report said the robbery took place after one man accused Triplett of stealing $100 from his wallet. One of the robbery victims was injured when he fell and hit his head.

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The case was filed in Miami County Juvenile Court before being transferred to the adult court.

Triplett's pleas were accepted by Judge Jeannine Pratt in Common Pleas Court. A presentence investigation was ordered with sentencing scheduled Jan. 23.

Triplett was being held in the West Central Juvenile Detention Center near Troy.