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Officials: Fuel possibly low in crashed plane

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 11:01 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 2:58 PM

An investigation is ongoing after a small plane struck a power line and crashed near interstates 75 and 675 Monday night.

The pilot, Doug Morgan, of Middletown, has a hangar at Hook Field. That’s where the Mooney M20E plane will be taken for investigation into the incident.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer said it is believed Morgan, 50, and his passenger, who has not been identified, took off from Hook Field about 2 to 3 hours prior to the crash. It is believed the plane was low on fuel and Morgan was attempting to make an emergency landing at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport on Springboro Pike.

Morgan and his passenger were taken to Kettering Medical Center. Morgan is listed as stable and in fair condition. The male passenger is no longer in the hospital, Kramer said.

Officials will be looking into whether alcohol is a factor in the crash.

Morgan has been a pilot since July 2012. The Federal Aviation Administration has the plane’s registration listed as “pending” and connected to Doug Morgan Construction in the 4800 block of Victoria Avenue in Middletown.

A woman who answered the door at that location declined comment.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Monday. Several emergency teams responded and searched in the dark to find the wreckage, using flashlights and looking around a Miamisburg water tower.

The passenger of the aircraft eventually flagged down a patrol trooper. Around 11:20 p.m., a Miami Twp. fire official confirmed the wreckage was found.

Miamisburg resident Steve Pleasant said he saw a small airplane flying low and it appeared to crash on the other side of a tree line. He said the crash “lit up the whole sky.”

Residents near the crash site reported hearing at least two explosions.

More than 1,100 customers lost power as a result of the crash. DP&L spokeswoman Kelly Millhouse said crews worked at Benner and Byers roads to repair a damaged transmission line.

Staff writers contributing to this report include Kelli Wynn, Kate Bartley, Dave Bennallack, Mike Campbell, Mark Bruce and Mark Gokavi.

Tornado damage cleanup underway

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:45 AM

UPDATE @ 8:07 a.m.

Clark County authorities have announced a 10 a.m. press conference to provide an update on tornado damage in Park Layne.

We will bring that information to you live as it is released.

UPDATE @ 6:43 a.m. 

Peggy Aten, a Park Layne resident and a Community Markets employee, said she had not been inside the store yet, but the roof was laying in the parking lot.

On Wednesday night, she was on her porch when she saw a big flash of light. 

“I just watched that whole big black cloud roll,” she said. “It was unreal.” 

Aten said was surprised no one was hurt. 

“It’s been a long time since we had a storm like that,” she said.

UPDATE @ 5:35 a.m. 

Deputies in Clark County said the sheriff’s department is expected to hold a press conference Thursday to update damage reports throughout the county. 

A time and location were not immediately available. 


There is heavy damage from Wednesday night’s tornadoes and severe weather in several locations in Miami, Greene and Clark counties.

VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn  | Clark. co. sheriff gives update on damage

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The National Weather Service is working to confirm the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns in the Miami Valley Wednesday evening.

>>PHOTOS: Storm damageStorms clouds roll in

A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235, in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road in Park Layne, has been destroyed and other businesses in that area have been damaged.

RELATED: National Weather Service spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in 3 counties

The Churchill Manor apartment complex, located behind the Sunoco station, has been partially evacuated due to storm damage. Firefighters said occupants of two of the three buildings in the complex will be displaced. One building is missing its roof, while the second roof was leaking.

Victory Motors has been damaged. The side of the store has been blown off. A Family Dollar store and a McDonald’s have been damaged as well.

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RELATED: Roundup of flood watches, advisories in effect overnight

We will update this report as warranted.

NWS spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in at least 3 counties

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

>>PHOTOS:  Storm damageStorms, funnel clouds

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.

>>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 and News Center 7, include:  

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces are checking for damage. “At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said. WPAFB weather casters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m., which was extended twice more. An “all clear” has since been issued, she said.
  • In Greene County, several trees and power lines were reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area.
  • In Miami County, a tornado may be responsible for barn debris, trees and wires in the street the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road, according to the National Weather Service. The road is closed, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
  • In Miami County, trees and power lines down in Bethel Twp. at Bellefontaine Road, between U.S. 40 and Palmer Road.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be possible for several trees and power lines reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads, according to the National Weather Service.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be responsible for several trees down along Dayton Yellow Springs Road near Fairborn. 
  • In Miami County, two homes with structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road.
  • In Miami County, Deweese Road at Peterson, closed because of power lines and trees down.
  • In Montgomery County, trees were reported down in the 8300 block of National Road

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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>>VIDEOS: Sirens, wall clouds in Greene

  • One has been reported in Fairborn, reported by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • One has been reported, by weather spotters to the National Weather Service, in southwest Miami County
  • Another in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route near Xenia
  • Near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line in eastern Greene County

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. 

7 things to know now: Candidate charged with assault; Brits mad at U.S. leaks; 'Star Wars’

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:14 AM

FILE - In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Greg Gianforte, right, receives congratulations from a supporter in Helena, Mont., after winning the Republican nomination for Montana's special election for the U.S. House. The technology entrepreneur's substantial wealth has become a focus in the May 25 special congressional election. Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks are also vying to become Montana's sole representative in the U.S. House. (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)
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Here’s a roundup of news trending across the nation and around the world today.

What to know now

1. Manchester bombing: Eight people linked to Monday's bombing in Manchester, England, have been arrested by British authorities. Those in charge of the investigation complained publicly on Wednesday that U.S. officials were leaking information critical to the investigation. They were particularly upset over photos published by The New York Times that purported to show evidence about the bomb used in the attack. 
2. Gianforte charged: Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Montana’s only U.S. House seat, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor assault. Gianforte is accused of grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the floor after the reporter went into a private office with Gianforte. The reporter had not been invited into the office, staff members said. The special election is being held Thursday to replace Ryan Zinke, who resigned to become interior secretary.
3. Texas is growing: Four cities in Texas – Conroe, Frisco, McKinney and Georgetown – were among the top five fastest-growing cities in the United States last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas had 10 of the 15 cities on the list of fastest-growing communities with populations of 50,000 or more.
4. Didn’t disclose meetings: Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings that he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States when he filled out his security clearance form last year, according to a story first reported by CNN. Sessions was advised by an FBI official not to list the meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak because the meetings were held in his official capacity as a U.S. senator.
5. Good news for chocolate lovers: A new study shows that eating a small amount of chocolate each week can be healthy for your heart. The study, published in the journal MJ Heart, claims that chocolate can lower the risk of atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. The study recommends two to six servings of dark chocolate each week.
And one more
“Star Wars” was released in U.S. movie theaters 40 years ago Thursday. Since then, fans have been told the story of the rebels’ fight in eight movies (with another one on the way this year), an animated film, an animated series and even by Lego characters.
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Teen with terminal illness requests 100,000 birthday cards

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:33 AM

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A 14-year-old Arizona boy who is battling a terminal illness has only one wish for his birthday this year: to receive 100,000 birthday cards.

Jacob Priestly has mitochondrial disease, which is draining him of energy, leaving him bedridden.

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There is no cure for the disease, which attacks every part of his body, eventually targeting his heart.

Jacob doesn’t want the cards for himself. He hopes that every card sent will increase awareness of his disease.

To send Jacob good wishes and to help him reach his goal, send cards to:

Jacob Priestley

P.O. Box 855

Queen Creek, AZ 85142