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Williams makes tough go-ahead shot, VCU tops Dayton 77-72

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 2:49 PM

Jonathan Williams scored five of his 14 points in the last 58 seconds, breaking a late tie with a tough shot in a crowd and pushing Virginia Commonwealth to a 77-72 victory over Dayton in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday.

No. 9 seed VCU (18-14) meets 25th-ranked and top-seeded Rhode Island, the defending A-10 Tournament champion, in the quarterfinal round Friday.

Dayton had grabbed a 70-65 lead with three minutes left before VCU rallied. De'Riante Jenkins hit his third 3-pointer of the game, and Issac Vann knotted the physical contest at 70-70.

After Dayton turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation, Williams backed his way inside through a crowd, made a spin move in the paint and his scoop shot put the Rams ahead for good.

VCU harried Dayton into two shot-clock violations, made a steal and grabbed a big defensive board in the last two minutes.

Justin Tillman led the Rams with 15 points and 10 rebounds, his 17th double-double, Jenkins and Sean Mobley scored 11 apiece and Vann 10.

Trey Landers led Dayton (14-17) with 19 points, Josh Cunningham 17, Darrell Davis 14. The Flyers trio of Cunningham, Davis and Jalen Crutcher, were all playing with four fouls.

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St. Patrick’s Day weather: Stray showers possible tonight

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

A stray light shower will be possible at times on this St. Patrick’s Day evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.


  • Stray light shower can’t be ruled out this evening
  • Slick spots possible overnight
  • More sunshine on Sunday

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Tonight: More dry time and decreasing clouds is expected overnight. Temperatures eventually will drop into the middle 20s. There is a slight chance for slick spots.

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Sunday: Sunshine returns under milder conditions. Highs will be in the lower 50s.

Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

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Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.

Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

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Civil rights attorney, former national parks leader named trailblazers

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

Benjamin L. Crump
Benjamin L. Crump

A civil rights lawyer and a former National Parks Service superintendent were the first to receive the Trailblazer Awards from the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers Monument, officials said.

Benjamin L. Crump, a civil rights lawyer, and Robert G. Stanton, former NPS leader, were presented the awards Thursday on the 154th birthday of Young.

Crump has been an advocate for the “marginalized in our country” and represented the families of shooting victims Trayvon Martin and Robbie Tolan, among others, his website says.

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Crump, a Time magazine contributor, was the first African-American president of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and first African-American chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors.

“‘As we all know, trailblazers are people who create a road or a trail where there isn’t one so he has been instrumental supporting people who’s civil rights have been violated,” said Joy Kinard, superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. “He has been able to raise an awareness in the millennial community this next generation, to have an interest in knowing how important civil rights are.”

Stanton was the first African-American leader of the National Park Service, and served during the Clinton administration. He was also a senior adviser on historic preservation to the Department of the Interior.

He was selected because of his work in historic preservation and expanding the national parks narrative to include diverse people, Kinard said.

“He was the first African-American to be a superintendent of a national park after Col. Charles Young was,” she said.

Col. Young was the first African-American to reach the rank of colonel in the Army and was a pioneer for equality for African American soldiers. The West Point graduate fought in the Philippine-American war and was the first African-American superintendent of a national park – Sequoia in northern California, among other career milestones.

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Apartment fire sends woman to hospital, displaces 6 units in Harrison Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:19 PM

Apt fire

An apartment fire this evening displaced the occupants of six units and sent one woman to a local hospital.

Crews were called shortly before 5 p.m. to 1962 Republic Drive on a report of heavy smoke coming from an apartment.

>> Flames consume vacant house in Piqua

The woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital; her injuries are minor, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.

The American Red Cross was called to assist residents in six units who were displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Flames consume vacant house in Piqua

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

A fire in the 200 block of East Main Street caused the inside of the house to be completely damaged.

UPDATE @ 4:41 a.m.:

All crews from the Piqua Fire Department along with Covington and Fletcher firefighters responded to a massive fire early this morning that destroyed a vacant house. 

When firefighters were dispatched around 2:50 a.m., the house in the 200 block of East Main Street was engulfed. At one point the roof collapsed, according to initial reports. 

The cause is under investigation, Assistant Fire Chief Chad Kennedy said.

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The house was vacant and no one was inside, Kennedy said.


Piqua fire and police crews are battling a house engulfed in the 200 block of East Main Street in Piqua.

The roof has reportedly collapsed but all walls are still intact, according to scanner traffic.

The fire was reported around 2:50 a.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this story as information becomes available. 

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