Tornadoes reported in Mercer County; Warnings remain in effect

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 3:14 PM
Updated: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

Strong storms moving through the Dayton area today.

UPDATE @ 3:48 p.m.

Reports of significant storm damage in Celina continue to roll into our newsroom after a tornado touched down in many rural areas of Mercer County.

Initial reports indicate as many as two people may have been injured after damage was reported at the C-Town Wings restaurant in the 1900 block of Havemann Road.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Hardin, Logan and Shelby counties until 4:30 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Mercer and Auglaize counties until 4:15 p.m.

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Mercer County until 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A previous tornado warning for Auglaize counties has expired and a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued in its place until 4:14 p.m.

60 mph winds and inch-sized hail have been reported in both counties.

We are hearing reports of heavy damage to homes and businesses north of Sidney.

Our crews have arrived in the area as we monitor this developing story.

EARLIER REPORT

Reports of significant storm damage a rolling in after a tornado touched down in Mercer County Sunday afternoon. 

Damage has been reported near Celina and Coldwater as a tornado warning remains in affect for Mercer and Auglaize counties until 3:15 p.m. 

Inch-sized hail has been reported in the area, according to the National Weather Service. 

A caller into our newsroom reports a barn was lifted from its foundation on Carmel Chruch Road in Mercer County. 

We have multiple reporters heading to the area as we follow this developing story.

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Escaped inmate found 3 miles from hospital

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Inmate escapes while being treated at Middletown hospital

UPDATE @ 2:11 p.m. (Nov. 23)

Robert Langford was apprehended in the area of Industrial Drive and Shaker Road, about three miles north of Atrium Medical Center. He’s in Warren County Jail now on a count of escape.

Robert Langford, Warren County Jail

UPDATE @ 10:19 a.m. (Nov. 23)

Robert Langford never made it into Atrium Medical Center Wednesday night before escaping corrections custody, a hospital spokeswoman reports. 

Langford was never a patient at Atrium and had never made it inside the hospital before escaping custody, according to the hospital. 

Warren County sheriff’s Sgt. Roy McGill said Langford is still on the loose and being sought by police.

This newsroom is working to confirm how and when Langford escaped custody.

Langford is an inmate at  the Community Corrections Center, which is across the street from the Lebanon Correctional Institute on Ohio 63. That is a different facility from the Warren County Jail in downtown Lebanon.

FIRST REPORT (Nov. 22)

Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office are looking for an inmate that escaped custody of the Community Corrections Center staff late Wednesday night. 

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Robert Langford escaped custody of the CCC staff while in the process of being treated at Atrium Medical Center. He was last seen running north from the Atrium Medical Center in the city of Middletown at 8:08 p.m. in a hospital gown.

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Langford is described as a 31-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. 

He was sentenced to the Community Corrections Center after being convicted of drug offenses.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Robert Langford are urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280 or the Warren County Communications Center at 513-695-2525. 

Booz Allen Hamilton lands $14.7M AFRL deal for combat simulation

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:53 PM


            Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO

A defense contractor has landed a $14.7 million deal to develop virtual combat modeling and simulation technologies, according to the Department of Defense.

The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the five-year deal to McLean, Va.-based Booz Allen Hamilton, the Defense Department said. Three bidders were in contention for the contract.

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The research will be conducted at both Wright-Patterson labs and in McLean, Va., the Defense Department said. AFRL has a worldwide workforce of more than 10,000 employees and is headquartered at Wright-Patterson.

Restaurant owner frustrated after burglar targets Broadway Cafe for 6th time

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:02 PM

Broadway Cafe Owners says he’s been targeted six times for break-ins

A thief smashed a front window and took cash from a Trotwood restaurant, the sixth time the restaurant has been targeted, according to the owner. 

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Around 7 a.m. Thursday, police responded to an alarm from the Broadway Cafe at 203 North Broadway Avenue in Trotwood and found one of the front windows smashed in. Video surveillance provided to this news outlet by the owner of the restaurant Antonio Celik shows throw a large rock four times at a plexiglass door before crawling inside. 

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The suspect grabs a cash register before fleeing the area on foot. 

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Celik said the suspect took a minimal amount of cash, but the damage will cost him hundreds of dollars. 

“Trotwood needs to know, this is not going to be easy, it’s not easy. This man, mask and gloves comes here, takes money, that’s not fair, that’s not fair.  I’m angry, really angry, 6 times, maybe 7 times,” Celik told News Center 7’s Mike Campbell. 

Broadway Cafe has been targeted several times, including in 2016 when Celik was shot after confronting robbers. 

Trotwood police encourage anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867. 

Piqua police investigate armed robbery at Cassano’s restaurant

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:45 AM

Piqua police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Cassano’s restaurant Wednesday night.

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The incident occurred on Covington Avenue at Sunset Drive in Piqua around 8:50 p.m, according to a press release. 

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Police are asking to speak with two persons of interest in connection with the robbery who were captured on surveillance footage. The persons of interest entered multiple stores including a nearby Speedway where they were captured on camera. 

If anyone recognizes these individuals, they are urged to call the on-duty shift at 937-440-9911, or to remain anonymous, Submit-A-Tip here .

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