6 videos that show the intense Wednesday storms

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:04 AM

3 areas showing the aftermath of last night's destructive storms

Intense storms rolled over the Miami Valley on Wednesday evening spawning localized flooding, reports of tornadoes and damage to homes and businesses in at least three area counties.  

The National Weather Service will be out in the daylight today to survey the damage and determine the number, strength and exact locations of any tornado touchdowns, officials said.

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Throughout the evening and into the morning, our team gathered video on the ground and collected it from viewers and readers.

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Clark County

A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235, in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road in Park Layne was destroyed, and other businesses in the area were damaged, including a Family Dollar. The Mel-O-Dee Restaurant also sustained damage. 

Storm damage new Carlisle area
Park Layne storm damage apparent in daylight

Greene County

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m. A funnel cloud was reported over Fairborn. Several trees and power lines were reported down near Dayton-Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area, and trees came down in along Dayton Yellow Springs road near Fairborn.

Sirens and Wall clouds near Cedarville
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Miami County: 

A tornado may be responsible for barn debris, trees and wires in the street the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road, which was closed last night, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch. Deweese Road at Peterson was closed because of power lines and downed trees. At least two homes reportedly sustained structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road.
Crews are hard at work trying to restore power and clear debris from last nights storms.

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Ansonia restaurant could give away $300K Thursday

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:24 AM

Businessman Holding Money Bag
Stephen H. Sheffield/Getty Images
Businessman Holding Money Bag(Stephen H. Sheffield/Getty Images)

The jackpot for the Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia is estimated to be around $300,000 when the business draws tonight’s winning ticket for a chance at the pot, according to the business.

The drawing has grown so large that the business has been working with local law enforcement agencies to keep employees, customers and residents safe during the event.

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Queen of Hearts is a legalized game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a one in 54 chance to locate the Queen of Hearts from a deck of 54 cards placed face down, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 South Main Street.

The business has been selling tickets for the current game for 31 weeks without a winner selecting the Queen of Hearts, Riffle said.

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Tickets for the game are $1 each and sales are cut off at 8:45 p.m. Thursday with the winning ticket being selected at 9 p.m., Riffle said.

Ansonia police and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office will be supplying extra patrols for tonight’s event.

The Whistle Stop started the Queen of Hearts game at the business last year and are currently on the third game since they began, Riffle said.

Recovering addict collecting toys for children whose parents died of overdoses

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

A Fairborn man who is a recovering heroin addict has started a toy collection for children of parents who died from drug overdoses.

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Richard Matteoli was in the news last month when he publicly thanked Fairborn emergency personnel for saving his life on multiple occasions when he overdosed on heroin.


Richard Matteoli holds up photos of himself before he finally went into recovery for heroin addiction. Matteoli thanked Fairborn first responders on Wednesday for helping him survive his addiction.(Max Filby/ STAFF/Max Filby/ STAFF)

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The 40-year-old father has started Recovery Toy Drive, an effort to make the holidays a little better for children whose parents have died from drug overdoses. 

Matteoli said through his connections in the addiction-recovery community, he already has a list of 22 children who will benefit from his efforts.

“I hope the Recovery Toy Drive will bring some awareness to the most innocent victims in the heroin epidemic," he said.

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Recovery Toy Drive has gotten donations from the Dayton Dragons and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.


If you want to help, call Richard Matteoli at (937) 927-1788 or send an email to RecoveryToyDrive2017@gmail.com. You can visit his Facebook page for updates on the campaign.

Judge Judy lets dog loose in courtroom to prove who its owner is

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

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An argument over ownership of a dog landed two parties in front of television judge Judy Sheindlin.

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In her own form of Solomon’s Law, rather than cut the dog in half, Sheindlin ordered the dog to be let loose in the courtroom so it could determine who was its owner.

In the clip from the show posted Monday, Sheindlin orders a woman with the defendant to put the dog down, and Baby Boy immediately runs to the plaintiff, wagging its tail and jumping at the man’s leg.

The defendant pleads that the dog does that to everyone, as Sheindlin glares at the woman.

“That’s his dog,” Sheindlin said. “That’s over, take the dog home.” 

Pit bulls recovering after protecting children from copperhead snake

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

Pit Bulls Recovering After Protecting Children From Copperhead Snake

A pair of pit bulls are recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake Sunday while protecting their owner’s grandchildren from the venomous reptile.

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Melissa Butt’s grandchildren were playing in the backyard when the dogs started growling and barking at the snake, which was slithering dangerously close. Instead of leaving, the snake bit the dogs.

“They’re great, gentle boys who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the grandchildren,” Butt told pet charity Frankie’s Friends, who helped the family pay for the dogs medical treatments.

The dogs were taken to get emergency, life-saving treatment at the veterinarian.

“We give them medicine for pain and make them as comfortable as possible,” Dr. Shelby Loos, with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, told WFLA.

Paco, 9 months old, was bitten on the leg, given a dose of antivenom and is back home recovering. Slayer, 3, who was bitten on his snout, was having a more difficult time recuperating. He needed two doses of antivenom and had trouble eating because of the location of the bite.

“They are my boys,” Butt said. “My protectors.”