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. 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:50 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On U.S. 35 west at Steve Whalen Blvd., a crash was reported at 9 a.m.
  • On southbound I-75 at Stanley Avenue, a crash has traffic backed up as of 8:10 a.m.
  • On U.S. 35 westbound at S. Smithville Road in Dayton, right and left lanes blocked due to a crash reported around 7:30 a.m.
  • On U.S. 35 westbound at Woodman Drive in Riverside, left lane blocked due to crash. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Keowee Street at Third Street in Dayton, road is closed due to a police pursuit reported around 11:15 p.m. 
  • Gate 12A is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10. Detour information is available here.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to Us 35 east
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.


  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.


  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Pumpkin recipes you can make using your jack-o’-lantern

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:08 AM

In addition to serving as a treasured Halloween tradition, carving pumpkins also can be a great opportunity for cooking together as a family. Pumpkin pulp, seeds and flesh typically get tossed in the trash after the candles are lit, but this year, try some recipes to put the waste to good use. Using the scraps left over from carving jack-o’-lanterns is a fun way to reduce food waste and increase your consumption of a healthy fall vegetable. Click here for some easy pumpkin recipes to make with your family this fall.

Area FBI office asking for help to ID woman in child porn video

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 3:01 PM

If you recognize this woman, contact the FBI (800) 225-5324.
If you recognize this woman, contact the FBI (800) 225-5324.

The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who may have critical information that would lead to the identity of a child who is being sexually exploited. 

The FBI Cincinnati office released two images of Jane Doe 39, who appears to be of Asian descent with long black hair and is believed to be 25 to 35 years old. 

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The unidentified woman appeared in a video with a child that was flagged by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April 2016, according to the release. 

The woman was wearing a white, yellow, blue and red floral dress and can be heard speaking Vietnamese in the video, according to the release.

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It's not known where the video was produced and the information in the release is not specific to Ohio, but the FBI appreciates any help the public can provide, according to FBI Cincinnati spokesman Todd Lindgren. 

No charges have been filed in the case and the woman depicted in the still shots from the video is presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law. 

This case is being investigated as part of the Endangered Child Alert Program, which seeks to expose unknown adults involved in child pornography, and the FBI's Operation Rescue Me, which is focused on identifying victims of child pornography through image analysis.

More information on this investigation can be found here on the FBI’s website.

If you can help in the investigation, you can submit a tip online here, or call the FBI at (800) 225-5324.

Local group leading ‘Convoy of Hope’ for relief aid to Puerto Rico

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:28 PM

            Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees collected hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico. CONTRIBUTED
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees collected hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico. CONTRIBUTED

Members of PACO, who include Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees, and several businesses have gathered more than 100 pallets of hurricane relief aid items to ship to Puerto Rico, still reeling from Hurricane Maria, an organizer says.

“The Dayton community came through big time,” said Tony Ortiz, an organizer for the Puerto Rican, American Caribbean Organization (PACO) who coordinated with area businesses and base employees to roll out a “Convoy of Hope” — five semi-tractor trailers filled with aid that left Wednesday.

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“This is a great feeling,” said Ortiz, an Ohio Attorney General employee who is the diversity liaison to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio.

Food, water, and cleaning supplies were among items collected, he said. “You name it, it was there,” Ortiz said. “People came out in droves to help.”

The truck will head to a Convoy of Hope warehouse in Missouri and be shipped from there to Puerto Rico, he said.

“We’re all affected by it so we’re trying to do all we can,” he said.

Ortiz, who has family who live in Puerto Rico, said his relatives were “surviving” after Hurricane Maria struck the U.S. territory, the second since Hurricane Irma sideswiped the island weeks before the latest powerful storm caused widespread damage.

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His family remained without power and lacked food and water, he said.

“Everything’s wiped out,” he said. “All of them lost their business. They’re just stuck up in the mountains living off the mountain.”

The Convoy of Hope is collecting aid though out Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland, he said. People in those cities are continuing to work with the convoy project, but their participation has not yet been confirmed.

The need remains great: Less than 20 percent of island residents have had their power restored since the storm and the death toll has climbed to nearly 50.

As many as one million Puerto Ricans do not have clean water to drink and many hospitals continue to operate on generator power as the tropical heat soars.

— WHIO-TV’s Kate Bartley contributed to this report.