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Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:22 AM
A sixth tornado touched down Wednesday in Greene County, in addition to the two that hit in Clark County, one in Fayette County, one in Warren County and one in Miami County.
Tornadoes were confirmed in the following locations:
UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m. (May 30)
According to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, the tornadoes that hit the Fairborn/Medway and Park Layne areas May 24 were on the ground at the same time.
>>VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn
According to Doppler radar velocity data, the EF0 tornado that hit the Medway/Fairborn area on the northeast side of Dayton was touching down at approximately 9:07 p.m. and continued on the ground until 9:16 p.m.
At about 9:15 p.m., the tornado developed in Park Layne and stayed on the ground until 9:32 p.m.
WHIO cameras caught both touchdowns on the air. At the time, we thought it was the same tornado, but it turns out that we saw two different tornadoes.
UPDATE @ 2:42 p.m. (May 30)
A sixth tornado has been confirmed in Beavercreek Twp., Greene County during the tornado outbreak last week.
According to the National Weather Service, video evidence showed an EF-0 tornado touched down near the 900 block of Trebein Road and was on the ground for 2.7 miles.
The maximum wind speeds in the Beavercreek Twp. tornado were 65 mph.
UPDATE @ 12 pm (May 30)
The confirmed Park Layne tornado on May 24 now has an updated end point. The National Weather Service stated that the track of the tornado now extends to 4.5 miles total. The tornado first touched down near Park Layne in Clark County Ohio. The tornado then continued into southeast Miami County before ending along State Route 571, west of State Route 201.
UPDATE @ 2:52 p.m.:
A fifth tornado is reported to have touched down in the region during Wednesday night’s storm, according to the National Weather Service.
An EF0 tornado briefly touched down in Warren County, in a field four miles north of Harveysburg, according to the NWS.
UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. (May 26)
In addition to three tornadoes that hit the Miami Valley on Wednesday, a fourth tornado touched down in neighboring Fayette County, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The EF-0 tornado touched down in the extreme western portion of Fayette County, based on radar data, video evidence and eyewitness reports, according to the weather service.
The tornado had wind gusts of 50 mph, was 25 yards wide and traveled approximately three miles, according to the weather service. it dissipated about four miles southeast of Jamestown.
The tornado traveled primarily through empty farm fields and did not left little damage, according to the weather service.
The National Weather Service has confirmed a third tornado touched down near Medway in Clark County.
Maximum sustained winds for the tornado were 75 mph and it was said to be on the ground for 500 yards, the weather service said.
The tornado touched down on Lower Valley Pike near Princeton Drive, just southwest of the I-70 and Ohio 235 interchange.
Several manufactured homes sustained roof and siding damage and two large trees fell on and destroyed homes on Cordova Drive at McMahan’s Fairview Terrace Mobile Home Park.
Several homes on Wellington Avenue had mud splattered on the north or east side of the homes, showing evidence of rotation, the weather service said.
According to the weather service, carports and awnings also were destroyed.
The damage quickly lessened in strength further to the northwest with minimal damage along Jason Drive and no evidence of damage by Amy Dee Lane, NWS said.
UPDATE @ 3:46 p.m.:
A second tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service approximately five miles southeast of Piqua.
The weather service said the maximum winds for the tornado near Piqua were estimated at 90 mph.
UPDATE @ 3:36 p.m.:
A tornado that caused damage in Park Layne and southeast Miami County had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was on the ground for nearly four miles, the National Weather Service said.
Officials said the tornado first touched down in the western side of Park Layne as an EF-1 tornado, where damage occurred to some commercial buildings and trees.
The maximum width of the tornado was 300 yards.
Additional tree damage and minor roof damage occurred along Bellefontaine Road to the northwest, the weather service said.
Sporadic damage, primarily to trees, was found farther to the northwest, ultimately ending along Ohio 201 north of Studebaker Road.
The damage near Studebaker Road was consistent with wind speeds of an EF-0 tornado, the weather service said.
Officials are expected to release additional details later this afternoon.
An EF-1 tornado is classified with wind speeds between 86 to 110 mph and an EF-0 tornado has wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph.
UPDATE @ 2:56 p.m.
Bethel Twp. fire department official gave an update on the damage at Sunoco gas station. The hazard has been secured and no fuel was lost. The fuel tank valves have been secured.
Also, there are six families being assisted in this area of Park Layne.
There has been extensive damage to roofs on homes along Osborne Road, according to Bethel Twp. fire. The department was able to use a drone in the daylight to get a clearer picture of the damage.
Clark County EMA is handling the damage assessment.
Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District, said eight of 10 restaurants are back in business after the storms caused closures.
The Mel-O-Dee restaurant could be closed for up to three weeks due to broken air conditioning units and a structural truss damaged. The Family Dollar that was damaged will also remain closed.
Tom Hale, Clark County building official, said several businesses remain without power.
UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.
The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit Park Layne Wednesday night.
The weather service estimated maximum winds for the tornado at 100 mph.
Additional details, including the path length and width on the Park Layne tornado will be released later today, NWS said.
UPDATE @ 9:49 a.m.:
The National Weather Service storm survey teams have arrived in Park Layne and are beginning their surveys of suspected tornado damage in Clark, Greene and Miami counties.
The National Weather Service will be out today to survey damage in Greene, Clark and Miami counties to determine the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns.
Two survey teams will begin today in Park Layne and then those teams will split up, with one going to Miami County and the other going to Greene County.
>>VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn
In a statement issued early this morning, weather service officials in Wilmington said some of these damage reports, reported by whio.com and News Center 7, include:
It is believed that a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage in certain locations in these
counties, weather service officials said.
There may be additional locations that require damage surveys that aren't listed above, weather service officials said.
“We will be in contact with emergency managers from the affected counties to determine a specific plan for damage surveys, as well as assess the need for additional surveys in other locations,” weather service officials said in the statement.
Several tornadoes are being reported in Greene County tonight.
Here are some of the reports (all of these reports have to be verified by the National Weather Service):
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Jason Slyger, of Sabina, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m.
"You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air," he said.
We are hearing no reports of damage of injuries.
We have been fielding reports of funnel and other threatening clouds.
We will continue to update this report as warranted.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 5:18 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — A prisoner who was found unresponsive this morning in a Butler County jail has died.
At about 8 a.m., a corrections officer at Resolutions Jail on Second Street found Billy Hall, 31, unresponsive, according to Sheriff Richard Jones. Hall was transported by Hamilton emergency crews to Fort Hamilton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Hall was being held on charges out of Hamilton County. He had been in the jail for about two weeks.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:39 AM
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Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 2:41 PM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 4:40 PM
A Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge denied a preliminary injunction sought by a Dayton resident who alleged an Ohio Open Meetings (OMA) Act violation because he was denied in his efforts to join a bus tour of Dayton Public Schools facilities.
Judge Richard Skelton ruled Monday in a 7-page decision that Dayton resident David Esrati did not meet the burden of proof about the bus tour containing substantive recommendations or discussion regarding potential closures of school buildings.
Esrati said he plans to continue the suit.
Skelton did write that the 20-member School Facilities Task Force formed to help Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli was a public body — disagreeing with DPS and Dayton city attorneys.
“The court rejects the argument of DPS that the Task Force was only an advisory group for the superintendent and was not a ‘public body’ itself,” Skelton wrote, later adding: “Pretending that the Task Force, including three members of the Board, was only for the Board’s employee would allow a simple subterfuge to avoid the OMA.”
A Dayton Board of Education meeting that includes a potential vote on a school closing proposal is scheduled for Tuesday. An injunction could have stopped or delayed that vote.
“The burden is on the plaintiff to prove that such deliberative discussion occurred during the bus tour and was used by the Board (of Education) in proposing its formal action,” Skelton wrote. “The plaintiff did not produce the first witness who offered any proof that a deliberative or any other discussion was had on the bus tour at issue.”
Skelton wrote that the court “has no basis to find that plaintiff has shown he is likely to succeed on his claimed violation of the OMA at the trial on the merits.
Esrati said Skelton’s decision “makes no sense” and that he received legal advice that he should — and plans to — take the case to trial, currently scheduled for July 11.
“He said clearly they were a public body, and how I’m supposed to prove what they discussed or didn’t discuss is irrelevant because they’re not allowed to meet in private unless it’s for matters of executive session,” Esrati said, later adding: “There’s no way of me proving it because I wasn’t in the bus or in the school or anything else. And that’s a violation.”
Esrati filed the lawsuit without an attorney. He contends he was not allowed to attend a February bus tour of Dayton schools during which task force members went into schools until district attorneys advised them to cancel remaining stops.
On Thursday, Esrati questioned Lolli and also was cross-examined by DPS attorney Brian Wildermuth during the nearly 2½-hour, wide-ranging hearing.
Wildermuth did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Wildermuth, who has said the task force wasn’t a public body and isn’t subject to the open meetings laws, argued in a post-hearing brief that the group was not a decision-maker and didn’t reach any consensus or specific recommendations.
“Plaintiff had the burden of proof,” Wildermuth wrote. “He did not carry that burden.”
Esrati said the board’s actions are a big part of the district’s problem.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:48 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Topre America Corp. will expand again in Springfield, pledging to create more than 200 jobs and invest $73 million.
The third expansion at the manufacturer announced this morning comes before the Japanese auto parts firm has even completed construction on its latest project. Topre announced plans last year to invest $55 million and create 86 jobs in a 177,000-square-foot manufacturing plant.
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The latest expansion will add a 138,000-square-foot stamping facility to that site.
That brings the company’s total investment to about $130 million, with a projected total workforce just shy of 300 employees.
Springfield’s workforce was one reason Springfield was chosen for the latest expansion over sites in Indiana, Alabama and Tennessee.