Two tornado touch downs confirmed

Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 5:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 5:52 AM


Two tornadoes touched down in parts of the southern Miami Valley Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Several buildings suffered damage in southeastern Warren County when a severe storm hit Harlan Township.  The tornado hit the ground near the intersection of U.S. 123 and U.S. 132 at about 7:30 p.m., according to the NWS.  The other touched down in Clarksville in Clinton County.  Both storms were ruled EF0, the lowest classification of tornadoes.

The damage stretched over several miles on the southeast side of Ohio 132 according to Harlan Twp. Fire Chief Andy Mitten.

“Width-wise it couldn’t be more than 100 feet,” he said. No injuries have been reported.  But Barb Davenport, who has lived in Morrow since 1962, was still shocked at what she saw.

“I was standing at my french doors in the front of my house and my daughter called and was concerned because she had heard the forecasts,” said Davenport. “Then I looked out the window saw debris flying and 2x4s and limbs. So I hung up and took cover. But by the time I took cover, it was over.

“It was unreal,” she continued. “It was like sitting in the movie theater. I didn’t notice any sound like a tornado, I just heard the wind.”

A 50-by-70 foot barn about a 1,000 feet north of Ohio 123 had its roof ripped off. Inside were two cows, two calves, and 15 sheep, and none suffered visible injuries.

Mitten described damage stretching to the northeast where a dog kennel behind a house had heavy damage to the interior. All of the dogs were uninjured.

Further along the possible tornado path he said trees were downed and there were reports of a greenhouse and another ban suffering damage.

Power and cable lines were also downed leaving about 100 Dayton Power & Light customers near Clarksville temporarily without power.

Davenport confirmed that the damage was considerable.

“I have a driveway lined with pine trees and some were knocked over, and some of them were actually twisted off,” she said. “It was just unreal."

“I never saw anything like it, except in a movie theater — not until now. This was just amazing.” Davenport felt very lucky once it was all over.

“We had four houses in a row here,” she said. “The first house lost its barn, the second house had damage to its dog kennel, and the third house just had debris. But the fact that none of our houses were hit and none of our animals were hurt, it was just amazing.”

The National Weather Service is reporting the damage in the area as thunderstorm wind damage. There is no estimate yet of how strong winds in the area were at the time of the damage, about 7:30 p.m.

A tornado warning issued for Greene and Clinton counties until 8:45 p.m. expired without any reports of damage.

News Center 7 has gotten some reports of a possible funnel cloud that was spotted in southern Darke County by Greenville law enforcement.

Tornado warnings in southeastern Indiana also expired earlier this evening, but a brief, weak tornado was reported in Switzerland County.

The storm system that moved into southern Ohio prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for Hamilton County and a tornado watch in is effect until 1 a.m. Saturday for numerous eastern Indiana and northern Kentucky counties including Wayne County.

"This is the same part of the system that spawned the tornado near Louisville earlier today," said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said.

Saturday will see more afternoon showers and the possibility of a thunderstorm, with a high temperature of 66 degrees. Wirdzek said Sunday should be dryer with only the chance of an isolated shower and a high temperature of 65 degrees.

After the weekend a new weather pattern will move into the area and bring an end to the summer-like temperatures, said Wirdzek.  Temperatures will still remain above normal with temperatures in the low 50s next week.

Stay tuned to News Center 7 and for complete weather coverage.

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

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Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

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Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.