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Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 3:14 PM
Updated: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 3:47 PM
— 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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:51 AM
DAYTON — A new record high temperature for Feb. 20 was set this morning at Dayton International Airport breaking the previous record set in 2016.
The temperature reached 70 at Dayton International Airport around 11:30 a.m. and could rise into the afternoon.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20):
The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.
Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.
Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.
UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.
Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.
“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”
In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.
The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.
At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.
“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.
The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.
Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.
Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.
UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):
Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said.
The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims.
Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry.
It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business.
Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said.
The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.
Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon.
Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound.
Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership.
Additional details were not available.
We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
TODAY: Early dry time with temperatures in the 60s. We’ll see broken clouds through the day with highs peaking in the low 70s. The record for the day is 69 degrees, set back in 2016. Expect wind gusts through the day between 20 to 30 mph. We can’t rule out a passing shower or storm during the day across the northwest, but most will stay dry during the day. However, tonight showers and storms become more widespread overnight.
WEDNESDAY: Temperatures start in the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and storms during the first half of the day with rain possible falling heavy at times. Temperatures will drop during the day and hit 30 degrees by nighttime with us also experiencing gusty winds. Any lingering showers could fall as a wintry mix or freezing rain.
THURSDAY: Morning showers will be a wintry mix. Cooler temperatures for the day in the mid-40s. Some dry time returns during the day into the evening.
FRIDAY: Widespread rain will begin to fall again, heavy at times. A flood threat continues with highs in the upper 50s.
SATURDAY: Rain continues through the day, again heavy at times. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Flooding is possible with rain totals for the week ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 inches.
Great Miami in Troy and Dayton will get close to the flood stage. Some low lying spots along the river could see minor flooding.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:32 AM
SPRINGFIELD — The teenager who was 16 when he killed his younger brother has pleaded guilty to murder, according to court records.
Nicholas Starling, who was accused of stabbing and beating his 14-year-old brother with a baseball bat to death in October 2016, was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in prison, according to court documents.
Harley was found dead in his bed at his Superior Avenue home on the morning of Oct. 31.
Springfield Police Division Detective Ron Jordan testified in an earlier court hearing that Nicholas Starling admitted he and his brother had been in a previous argument over Halloween candy, according to court records.