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Task force seizes heroin, cocaine, cash, arrests 1 in Clayton

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 4:59 PM

Detectives seized a large quantity of heroin, cocaine and cash today from a Clayton apartment.

The Montgomery County Regional Agencies Narcotics Gun.Enforcement task force searched the residence at 7387 N. Main St., which ended a monthlong drug trafficking investigation.

One arrest was made, 23-year-old Mikeial Smedley was booked under suspicion of possession of drugs at the Montgomery County Jail but has yet to be formally charged.

The task force is continuing its investigation.


Lebanon church fire believed to be caused by electrical issue

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:20 AM

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UPDATE @ 10:18 a.m.:

Fire officials believe the fire at Bethel AME Church was caused by an electrical issue and not in the kitchen as initially thought.

“The investigation is on-going, but it is believed to be electrical in nature likely originating on the second floor sanctuary area, not in the kitchen area as first believed,” the city said in a prepared statement. “Extensive damage was sustained to the interior and contents of the church.”

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No injuries were reported and the building has been turned back over to church officials this morning.

UPDATE @ 7:10 a.m: Bethel AME Church was planning to have a holiday Christmas program before a fire heavily damaged the church early Wednesday morning.

Crews were dispatched to the 100 block of N. Cherry Street around 3:30 a.m. after a Lebanon police officer noticed the church’s second floor had visible flames and smoke.

Officials believe the fire started the night before on the first floor of the church in the kitchen and burned to the second floor where the sanctuary is located.

The church typically hosts free meals on Tuesday that they serve to those in the community, according to one member.

Even under the circumstances of the fire, Renee Forrester, a member of the church, says the congregation of about 25 members will overcome it.

“We’ll come back from it. We have a strong congregation. We’re small, but we do a lot.”, said Forrester.

Mutual aide from the likes of Hamilton Twp. South Lebanon Fire, Clearcreek Twp., and Turtlecreek Twp. were used to put the fire out.

Crews continue to investigate the incident.

UPDATE @5:20 a.m.

Crews continue to fight a blaze at the Bethel AME Church in Lebanon.

A member of the church said the fire started in the kitchen. She said the church hosted a free meal to the community Tuesday night.

We are working to gather additional details.


Units are responding to a fully involved structure fire at Bethel AME Church in Lebanon.

The incident occurred early Wednesday morning in the 100 block of N. Cherry Street around 3:45 a.m, per initial reports. 

Flames and smoke are reportedly showing.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Adults, children hospitalized after Miamisburg house fire; 2 dogs believed dead

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:09 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 8:29 AM

RAW: Pearl Street fire consumes Miamisburg house

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m.: A woman was seriously injured Wednesday morning in a Miamisburg house fire from which three other family members escaped.

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Miami Valley Fire District Chief Matthew Queen said the woman was taken by family to the hospital after the fire broke out in the 1100 block of East Pearl Street, leaving the home significantly damaged.

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Queen declined to identify those in the home at the time of the fire.

The structure sustained heavy damage and will likely be considered a total loss,” he stated in an email. “We do not have an estimate at this time but the investigation is ongoing and a cause has not been determined.”

It is unknown at this time whether smoke detectors were in the home, he added.

UPDATE @8 a.m.

A fire that destroyed a house and pickup truck sent four people to a local hospital, fire officials said.

When crews arrived on scene of the fire in the 1110 block of E. Pearl Street, four family members, including two adults and two children, had already been taken to Sycamore Medical Center by another family member. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

A third child was already at school.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

>> Xenia Twp. fire crews battle residential fire

UPDATE @7:55 a.m.

Crews remain on the scene of a fire that destroyed a Miamisburg home Wednesday morning.

We are working to learn what caused the blaze.

The condition of five people reportedly injured in the fire remains unknown.


Five people were reportedly injured in a fire on Pearl Street.

Initial reports indicate five people drove themselves to Sycamore Medical Center. The extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. in the 1110 block of E. Pearl Street. 

>> Church heavily damaged by fire in Lebanon

A salt truck has been requested to the scene.

 This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Afternoon scattered snow shower possible

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:11 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how cold we stay and how the snow will impact the afternoon.

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  • Scattered snow showers today
  • Warming up for weekend

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TODAY: Another quick moving system will bring the chance for snow back today, mainly around or after lunch, and again for the evening, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. This period should stay all snow, but some rain may mix south in the afternoon. Accumulation will be about less than an inch in Dayton and points south with an inch or so possible north. Highs will reach in the mid 30s as more snow showers come in for the evening before ending overnight. It’ll be breezy at times with gusts around 25-30 mph during the day. 

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THURSDAY: Dry start but some snowy or slick roads possible if left untreated. The day looks mainly dry with broken clouds and cold temperatures. Highs only reach the middle 20s.

FRIDAY: Dry start to the day again, as well as chilly in the teens. Highs hit about 30. Clouds thicken up and some passing light snow showers will be possible at night in the north.

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SATURDAY: Dry and warmer day as sunshine returns with highs around 40.

SUNDAY: Quiet end to the weekend for the most part. Highs in the low 40s and dry during the day. Rain showers move up from the south at night.

City to assess future of Dayton Convention Center

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

The Dayton Convention Center sits on Fifth Street between Main and Jefferson Streets.  LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Dayton Convention Center sits on Fifth Street between Main and Jefferson Streets. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The city of Dayton announced plans to create a task force to assess the future of the Dayton Convention Center Tuesday.

The task force will evaluate the current condition of the facility, its financial situation and the potential for future development on the site, according to the city.


“This effort is on the heels of a feasibility study conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services of Tampa, Fla., which indicated the facility needs major renovations that could cost millions,” the city said in a prepared statement.

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said the task force will provide an analysis of the facility and its impact on the community.

The task force is made up on 21 members of local businesses and other local organizations.