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. 

RELATED: Damage reported Butler, Mercer, Miami Counties after storms

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

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Huber Heights man accused in federal hate crime case

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

Huber Heights man accused in federal hate crime case

A 32-year-old Huber Heights man was arrested Wednesday on a charge accusing him of committing a hate crime when federal authorities said he attacked a man outside a Cincinnati restaurant because the man identified himself as Jewish. 

Izmir Koch -- also under indictment in Montgomery County involving a June 2016 fight on Valley Street in Dayton -- remains in federal custody following his arrest on one count of committing a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 

Koch already has appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. 

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According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Koch was outside a restaurant with others on Feb. 4, 2017, when he allegedly yelled out asking if anyone outside the restaurant was Jewish. 

A victim responded that he was Jewish and it is alleged that Koch then ran to the man and punched him in the head. When the victim fell to the ground, Koch and others continued hitting and kicking him. 

The victim suffered injuries from the attack, including rib contusions and a fracture of his orbital floor - the bottom portion of an eye socket. 

"Physically attacking someone because you think he's Jewish or Christian or Muslim or any other religion is a federal crime," U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in the prepared statement. "This office prosecutes hate crimes." 

According to one Cincinnati media report, the victim was not actually Jewish, Glassman said at a news conference. 


A check of Montgomery County online court records shows that Koch was indicted in July 2016 on two counts of felonious assault (deadly weapon and serious harm). The status of the case is labeled "reopened" and a motion in the case was filed Tuesday. 

In that motion filed by the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, Koch and at least five other men accused of assaulting a man in a fight and stabbing June 7, 2016, outside SMS Trucking, 1602 Valley St., are claiming self-defense.

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The fracas involved men of Russian descent, police have said. 

One of the co-defendants claimed to a police detective that they committed the assault because the man "made disparaging comments about their mothers, and their culture does not permit such comments." 

The co-defendant also told the detective they all fought with the man because "they were not scared of him and they needed to handle the situation on their own." 

The prosecutor's office has asked the trial judge to compel the co-defendant to testify as to those statements. 

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Clipper-type system could bring snow to area this weekend

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM

Another storm system will threaten the Miami Valley with more snow as we head into the first weekend of Spring. It is too early to know the exact impact, or how much snow will fall, but our Storm Center 7 meteorologists say there is a chance for accumulation late Friday night into Saturday.

Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.

A clipper-type system looks to spread snow into the region this weekend, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell  said.

The storm system looks to arrive late Friday night or into Saturday morning. The current forecast track would bring snow across much of the Miami Valley during the day Saturday.

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“Snow accumulation, perhaps heavy, would be likely along and north of the Ohio River should the current forecast track hold,” Elwell said, “but a lot can still change.”

If the system adjusts north, then the threat will be for more of a mix or perhaps even more rain than snow, Elwell said.

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However, the system could escape to the south with little to no local effect.

“We’ll know a lot more on the potential threat of this system by late Thursday. Stay tuned!” Elwell said.

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‘This is on my bucket list!’ says top winner of Dayton Dragons National Anthem tryouts

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:32 PM

The singer chosen to lead “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Dayton Dragons Opening Day game can check one big item off her bucket list.

“I always wanted to sing the national anthem at a sporting event at a big level,” Yolanda Drake of Jefferson Twp. said. “This is on my bucket list!”

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More than 200 people auditioned to perform at one of 70 home games. Drake took the top spot on Opening Day and will sing the national anthem in front of a sell-out crowd April 7 at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons will host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7 p.m. as they open their 19th season in Dayton. The Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Drake isn’t new to winning singing contests. She also won the Dayton Soul Singer search and performed in January with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

On most weekends, Drake performs alongside her husband, Lamar “Marty” Drake in their band LYD, which stands for Live Your Dream. They sing at festivals, top restaurants and private functions across the country, and have opened for musical legends including Chuck Berry, Sister Sledge, Alex Bugnon and a host of others, she said.

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She has experience singing the national anthem. She was often asked to perform before football and basketball games, and even graduation, for Jefferson Township High School, where her three sons graduated.

“Music is a universal language,” Drake said. “I’m going to do it as long as I can do it, as long as I’m able.”

Look for a more in-depth interview with Drake closer to the Dragons Opening Day. 

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Dayton firefighters rescue person trapped in house fire

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:50 PM

Person rescued from Dayton house fire

One person rescued after being trapped in a house fire has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton District Chief Adam Landis said. 

Investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire.

Crews dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to a 2 1/2-story wood frame home in the 1300 block of Amherst Place found heavy fire on the first and second floors, he said. 

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Firefighters found the victim on the second floor. The condition of that victim is not known, District Chief Landis said. 

He estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $10,000. 

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