Storm knocks out power to thousands, damages neighborhood

Published: Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 4:05 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 4:05 PM

KETTERING — A storm that tore through the region Friday night and early Saturday left hundreds of customers without power and ripped through a Kettering neighborhood, where trees were torn from their roots and several homes were damaged.

At its height, the storm knocked out power to as many as 580 residents in Preble County. According to DP&L, about 150 customers in Montgomery County also lost power, along with more than 50 in Greene County. In all, as many as 5,000 customers were impacted by the storm, according to Kevin Hall, a DP&L spokesman.

Most customers lost power due to blown fuses from lightning, but some transformers were also damaged, Hall said. Power had been restored to all but about 100 customers by Saturday afternoon.

But one Kettering neighborhood may take longer to recover.

Sue Clagg, a Kettering resident whose was home when the storm struck, said it was like something from a movie.

“It looked like branches were swirling out of the air,” she said. “I immediately thought of ‘The Wizard of Oz.”

The storm struck particularly hard in an area that included Eureka Drive, Circle View Drive and Dexter Avenue, just off Wilmington Pike.

Ronald Bradford, who lives in the 1100 block of Dexter, was sleeping on his couch when a tree from across the street was torn from its roots, collapsing the roof of his 2000 Chevy Blazer. The storm sounded like a bomb going off, he said.

“We heard the alarm go off on the truck and I’m thinking, ‘Where’s the truck at?’” Bradford said. “Here it was under the tree.”

The storm blew the a rocking chair off Marissa Andrews’ deck, destroyed her potted plants and left debris scattered throughout her yard.

“It shredded all my flowers and broke all my pots,” said Andrews, who lives in the 1200 block of Eureka.

Two tall pines trees toppled onto the deck and rested on top of two vehicles in front of a home on Hampton Road. Nancy Miro, who lives there with her family, said she was thankful no one was injured.

“It sounded like a train or a jet engine coming up along the side of the house,” Miro said.

Lease extensions sought for city land eyed for riverfront development

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 11:01 AM


            The city of West Carrollton plans to extend leases through the end of the year for two tenants at the Carrollton Plaza along I-75. The city plans to demolish buildings there next year and redevelop the site as part of a multi-million dollar entertainment district. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

West Carrollton is looking to extend leases with tenants of Carrollton Plaza, part of 13.75 acres the city recently acquired with plans to demolish buildings for redevelopment.

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Lease extensions through Dec. 31 of this year for the Ohio Deputy Registrar License Agency and the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Auto Title office are set to be addressed by West Carrollton City Council Tuesday night.

Those offices are among a handful of tenants at the Carrollton Plaza on East Dixie Drive at the southwest quadrant of Interstate 75’s Exit 47, a site seen as key to the city’s riverfront development for a multi-million dollar entertainment district.

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The city acquired Carrollton Plaza, the former site of Roberds, earlier this month.

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Dayton man to answer to murder charge in wife’s death

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:44 AM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:49 PM

Donald Lee Cleaver
Montgomery County Jail

DAYTON —  An 82-year-old man is facing a murder charge after police said he fatally stabbed his wife at their Delmar Avenue home.

  • Victim identified as Mary Lou Cleaver
  • Suspect identified as the victim’s husband, Donald Cleaver
  • Donald Cleaver is facing multiple charges, including murder while committing felonious assault and purposeful murder

UPDATE @ 10:49 a.m. (May 22)

Mary Lou Cleaver, 70, died of "multiple sharp force injures of the left posterior chest," and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Mary Lou’s husband, 82-year-old Donald Cleaver, is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of felonious assault and murder.

UPDATE @ 4:47 p.m. (May 19)

Donald Cleaver is being formally charged by the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in the slaying of his wife.

UPDATE @ 12:17 p.m. (May 19)

An 82-year-old Dayton man is in the Montgomery County jail charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his 70-year-old wife to death following an argument in their home on Delmar Ave.

Donald Cleaver was booked in to jail early Friday morning after he showed up at the police department to turn himself in for allegedly killing his wife, Mary Cleaver.

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It was a neighbor that called 911 to alert police to the crime.  “He says he just killed his wife,” the 911 caller said.  “He’s getting ready to head to the jail he says.”

According to Dayton homicide detectives, the investigation shows the Cleaver’s apparently argued last night and after Mary Cleaver went to bed, Donald Cleaver fatally stabbed her. 

The case will be presented to the Montgomery Count Prosecutor’s office for formal charges.

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According to a Dayton police report, officers responded to Cleaver’s home in the 200 block of North Delmar Avenue around 1 a.m. Friday.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Mary Cleaver, 70, was killed at the same address officers responded to.

“He did not say how he did it,” the 911 caller said.

A knife is listed in the police report as a possible weapon used.

Cleaver is not yet officially charged.

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Woman found dead in Kettering ID’d: What we’re trying to find out

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 9:57 AM

The body of a woman found in Kettering Sunday morning has been identified as Tiffany Lynn Argo, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Kettering Police are continuing their investigation after the body was found in the front yard of a home.

Police were dispatched to the house in the 3400 block of Valleywood Drive around 6:40 a.m., according to Kettering Officer John Jung.

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Here is what we’re trying to find out involving the death:

1) More about the victim

Little is known about the victim. Argo is 28 years old and her address was listed as Blakely Drive in Dayton, according to the coroner’s office. 

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2) Circumstances surrounding death

Upon discovery of the body on Valleywood Drive, police were not able to immediately identify a cause of death. While autopsy reports can take up to eight weeks, a preliminary cause could be available before.

3) 9-1-1 call

We are currently awaiting 911 audio from Kettering police to find out when and the manner in which the body was discovered.

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Police: Mother shot kids to ‘save them from the evils of the world’

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 9:53 AM


            Claudena Helton faces charges related to last week’s shooting of her two children, who died Sunday night at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

The Dayton mother accused of shooting her children in the head said she did it to “save them from the evils of the world,” according to court documents.

Khmorra Helton, 8, and Kaiden Helton, 6, died Sunday at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Investigators from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office will perform autopsies today.

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Claudena Marie Helton, 30, was interviewed by Dayton police detectives Thursday at the Safety Building. According to the affidavit and statement of facts written by Dayton police Det. Rod Roberts, “Ms. Helton made admissions to shooting the children to save them from the evils of the world.”

The affidavit indicated Helton asked her oldest child, an 11-year-old, to assist her in removing the children from the home at 3821 Lori Sue Ave. The girl was taken from the home and interviewed.

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Helton is scheduled to be arraigned today in Dayton Municipal Court. The charges of attempted murder and felonious assault filed last week likely will be updated to reflect the children’s death.

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Khmorra’s father is listed as Lynntonio S. Watson, according to birth records.

Watson, 30, less than three years ago was convicted of murder and felonious assault in the shooting death of 19-year-old Martell Gray. In September 2013, he fired gunshots that killed Gray and injured two others near Dayton’s Whitney Young Estates.

Kaiden’s father is listed as Stephen J. Fletcher, the records show.

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On May 23, 2010, Trotwood police arrested Fletcher for allegedly threatening Claudena Helton’s life, punching her in the face and choking her until she nearly fainted, according to a police report. Fletcher was charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing and domestic violence. He was found guilty of one of the counts and sentenced to 123 days in jail.

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Fatal shootings involving young child victims are rare.

In Montgomery County, one child under the age of 10 was killed by gun shots in both 2015 and 2016, according to preliminary data by Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.

Between 2014 and 2016, there have been 126 Montgomery County residents who died from gun shots and nine were under the age of 18, the data show.