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Dayton area MLK events on schedule for Monday and Tuesday

Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 3:29 PM

            Marshall Gorby
Marshall Gorby

Organizations in the Dayton area will honor the life and civil rights work of Martin Luther King Jr. with events Monday and Tuesday ranging from prayer breakfasts to speeches by those who served with the noted civil rights leaders to the annual march that serves as a reminder of his sacrifices.

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Here is a sampling of some of the events planned to observe Martin Luther King Jr Day around the region:

Monday, Jan. 15

-Annual MLK March through downtown Dayton, organized by MLK Dayton will begin at 10 a.m. at Charles Drew Health Center, 1323 W. Third Street.

-The MLK Youth Celebration will take place at 11 a.m. at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth Street.

-MLK Celebration Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. also at the Dayton Convention Center. . David Anthony Johnson, motivational speaker, inspirational solo artist and orator specializing in King’s speeches will be featured at this event as well as the earlier youth celebration. Johnson is also a historical story-teller, songwriter, inventor and youth motivator with experience as a youth counselor.

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-Centerville-Washington Diversity Council will host its 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Breakfast. The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell will be the keynote speaker. Brown was active in the civil rights movement and worked with King. Her church was one of the first white congregation’s to receive King, according to information from CWDC. Brown was a voice against apartheid in South Africa. She also works to build ecumenical and interfaith understanding. The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville. Tickets are $20 each or $200 for a table of 10.

-Sinclair Community College will host a short 20 minute program in their conference center before joining other groups for the 10 a.m. MLK March in Dayton. A Sinclair Alumni Choir will be performing songs in the spirit of the march.

-Troy-Miami County Public Library is inviting citizens to add messages of “hope and peace” to a mural, which will be displayed in the children’s department through the month of Feb. If you want to add to the mural, you can stop by the library anytime during regular hours Jan. 15 - 19.

-Wright State University will have various exhibits and displays honoring King in their libraries throughout Jan. 15 - 19.

-Cedarville University Martin Luther King Jr Day events include chapel at 10 a.m., a gospel sing-along with the First Baptist Church Choir of London from 7 -8 p.m. in the Stevens Student Center and an art expression from 7:30-9 p.m. in the student center. All events are open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

-Wil Haygood , who wrote the Washington Post article that inspired the 2013 film “The Butler,” will deliver the keynote address at the University of Dayton’s annual MLK Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. The breakfast is sold out.

-The Bolinga and MLK Social Justice Award Brunch will take place at Wright State University in the Student Union Endeavor Room from 10 a.m. - noon.

-University of Dayton faculty, students and staff will participate in the MLK Social Plunge, a day of servicethroughout Dayton from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20.

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Bicyclist struck, killed in Troy ID’d

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

A bicyclist was killed late Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while riding on West Main Street.

  • Bicyclist identified as 71-year-old Daniel Ball
  • He was pronounced dead at the scene
  • Motorist taken to hospital as precaution

Troy police said Ball was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main Street just before noon when he was struck by the sport-utility vehicle also headed west, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.

Ball was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

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The driver of the SUV was injured, police said, but was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy as a precaution.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Truck fire causes delays on NB I-75 near Tipp City

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

Traffic is moving but motorists can expect delays due to a truck fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A.


Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a truck caught fire.

The incident was reported shortly before 7:45 p.m. at exit 69, near Tipp City.

Fire and EMS is on scene, but it’s not clear what led the vehicle to ignite.

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Video game simulating active shooter scenario draws backlash

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:45 PM

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A video game that gives the player the choice to be an elite SWAT team member or take the role of an active shooter during a mass casualty event is drawing national and international backlash. 

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“Active Shooter,” developed by Revived Games and offered through the Steam video game platform, is a point-of-view simulation game that allows the player to lead a team to extract civilians and neutralize the shooter, or play as the mass shooter, according to its description

“I have been stormed with accusations and heavy (criticism) from people across the globe,” the video game publisher, Acid, wrote. “First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any sort of a mass shooting. Originally when this game started its course of the development, I (had) planned on having SWAT only based game-play. Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian. While I can see people's anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone. After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release, unless if it can be kept as it is right now.”

In addition to commenters on the video game storefront on Steam disgusted with it, a petition on trying to stop its release has garnered more than 5,350 signatures. 

Infer Trust, a United Kingdom charity, asked Valve, the company behind the Steam game store, to drop the title ahead of its June 6 release. 

"It's in very bad taste,” an Infer Trust spokeswoman told the BBC. “There have been 22 school shootings in the U.S. since the beginning of this year. It is horrendous. Why would anybody think it's a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children? We're appalled that the game is being marketed."

The video game developer also has made other titles including “Tyde Pod Challenge” and “White Power: Pure Voltage.” Neither game has anything to do with laundry detergent fads or racism.

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Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM

Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.

The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.

VIDEO: Beavercreek tornado of 2015

Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.

“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.

Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.

“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.

A tornado toppled cars and tore roofs off businesses at the Greene Crossing Shopping Center May 26, 2015, in Beavercreek. LISA POWELL / STAFF FILE

Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.

“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”

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The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.

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There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.

“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”

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