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Celina worker took cover in break room during tornado, ‘glad we’re still alive’

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 5:30 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

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News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy is in Celina today as the National Weather Service is conducting its survey of tornado damage.

Dunham’s Sports on Havemann Road was heavily damaged. Zach Short, an employee of the business, said last night he had to take cover in the employee break room during the storm. 

“No one was really screaming, they were pretty calm,” Short said.

And after he saw the damage outside, Short said, “Glad we’re still alive. Couldn’t really fathom it.”

Dunham's Sports in Celina, Nov. 6, 2017. SEAN CUDAHY/STAFF

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EARLIER REPORT

A tornado touched down in Mercer County Sunday afternoon, causing multiple injuries and what witnesses said was “horrific damage” in Celina, according to the National Weather Service and callers to our newsroom.

The National Weather Service and local officials said as many as eight injuries and “significant” damage were reported near Celina and Coldwater. A WHIO TV crew in Celina saw that a portion of the roof to Crown Equipment Corp. on Grand Lake Road was missing and an exterior wall has suffered significant damage.

None of the injuries were initially thought to be life-threatening, but local officials said it was too early to offer specifics.

“We’ve had significant damage to a number of industries and retail shops,” said Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel. “At last count, I did hear that we had at least eight injuries.”

One immediate issue Sunday evening was there was no power in Celina. Residents were being encouraged to stay home.

“The message is ‘Stay home,’ and if you’re out, ‘Go home,’” Hazel said.

RELATED: Injuries reported in Celina

Hazel said some roads needed to be cleared and power needed to be restored. It was hoped that at least some of the power would be restored by morning.

There were reports of at least two people injured at the C-Town Wings restaurant in Celina. A caller to our newsroom said the eastern side of Celina saw significant damage, with power lines down at one point near Ohio 29 and Havemann Road at about 3:45 p.m. A Dollar General store near Havemann was also damaged.

Another caller said a barn had been lifted from its foundation on Carmel Church Road in Mercer County.

An additional injury was reported by the National Weather Service on Ohio 29 after a power pole fell.

“Today was a dangerous day,” WHIO-TV Meteorologist Brett Collar said. “Multiple injuries, a lot of structures down, and that is something we were able to see on radar. We were able to actually see debris on radar.”

When “debris signatures” — trees or building structures aloft in heavy winds — are visible on radar, that’s a sign of substantial damage, Collar said.

Sunday afternoon saw multiple hazards in effect across the area. A tornado watch had been in effect for Auglaize and Mercer counties until 3:15 p.m. Sunday, and for much of the Dayton area until 7 p.m.

>> Reports of heavy damage, injuries at Celina restaurant

Showers and thunderstorms across the region had been expected Sunday afternoon. Flash Flood watches had been issued for Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Delaware, Franklin, Greene, Hardin, Licking, Logan, Madison, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Union counties until Monday at 4 a.m.

Inch-sized hail had also been reported in the area, according to the National Weather Service.

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Overnight, lingering showers were expected but the overall threat level was expected to dissipate by early Monday. Temperatures were to drop through the 50s overnight.

On Monday, more showers are expected, with highs by the early morning hours in the upper 50s. Temperatures will fall during the day through the lower 50s and 40s.

On Tuesday, which is Election Day: More clouds will linger, but it looks to be a mainly dry and cooler day with highs in the lower 50s.

 

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Toronto shooting: 1 killed, suspect dead after gunman shoots 14 in Greektown, police say

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 2:19 AM

Plainclothes police officers work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Plainclothes police officers work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)(Nathan Denette/AP)

One person was killed and the suspect is dead after a gunman shot 14 people in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood Sunday, police said. A child was among the injured, police said.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 2:01 a.m. EDT July 23: Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the child in critical condition is an 8- or 9-year-old girl, the Washington Post reported. He described the victim who was killed as a “young lady,” according to The Associated Press.

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No further information about the condition of the victims was immediately available.

Saunders said the shooter used a handgun in the rampage and was killed after exchanging gunfire with officers. The shooting did not appear to be random, Saunders said.

One witness, John Tulloch, said he heard as many as 30 gunshots, the AP reported.

A video circulating on Twitter appeared to capture the sound of gunfire.

>> Click here to watch (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

Update 1:06 a.m. EDT July 23: The child who was shot, a young girl, is currently in critical condition, according to Toronto police.

Police say it is “too early to say whether the shooting is terrorism,” The Associated Press reported.

One city official, Councillor Paula Fletcher, said the shooting was not gang-related. Fletcher and Councillor Mary Fragedakis also said the gunman was emotionally disturbed.

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Some Ritz products recalled for potential salmonella presence

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Mondelez Global LLC has voluntarily recalled some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products (not pictured) due the potential presence of salmonella in an ingredient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Mondelez Global LLC has voluntarily recalled some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products (not pictured) due the potential presence of salmonella in an ingredient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Some Ritz products are being voluntarily recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella.

Mondelez Global LLC announced the voluntary recall in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Saturday.

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The affected products are some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products. According to a news release, the products contain whey powder as an ingredient, and the whey powder supplier has recalled the ingredient due to potential salmonella.

Related: Bread, Swiss Rolls sold at Walmart, Food Lion, H-E-B recalled for potential salmonella presence 

Salmonella infection can lead to death for young children, frail people, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The specific products under recall are below. Images and UPC numbers of specific products are at the Mondelez International website.

  • Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag, 3 ounces, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1 ounce, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 12 pack carton, best when used by dates 3/8/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 30 pack carton, best when used by dates 3/3/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1.5 ounce, best when used by dates 3/8/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 3 ounce Go Packs, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/12/19.
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 1/14/19 through 2/11/19.
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 1/14/19 through 2/11/19.
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/5/19 through 2/6/19.
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/5/19 through 2/6/19.
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/4/19 through 2/5/19.
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/4/19 through 2/5/19.
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/6/19 through 2/8/19.
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/6/19 through 2/8/19.
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 20 pack, best when used by dates 2/1/19 through 2/4/19.
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 40 pack, best when used by dates 1/31/19 through 2/5/19.

Customers with the impacted products should discard the products. There have been no illnesses reported to the company related to the recalled products.

No other Mondelez Global LLC products are in the recall. For more information, customers can contact the company at 1-844-366-1171 24 hours a day.

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Hit or miss showers likely through mid-week 

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 3:05 AM

Temperatures will stay below normal this afternoon.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Hit or miss showers through mid-week
  • Muggy conditions continue
  • Temperatures gradually rise this week

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>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Lots of clouds around this morning with a stray shower possible and temperatures rising out of the 60s. Some isolated areas of fog are also possible. 

“The Miami Valley is still under the influence of a low pressure system to our south, so a few hit or miss showers are likely today, mainly in the afternoon”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

 It will be a cooler than normal afternoon in the upper 70s, but still quite muggy. Chance for showers diminish tonight, but clouds linger. Staying mild and muggy with lows in the middle 60s and the possibility of a few areas of patchy fog redeveloping.

>> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

TOMORROW: Tuesday will be very similar to Monday with mostly cloudy skies and the slight chance for a few passing showers, mainly in the afternoon. Highs for the day around 80 degrees and muggy.

>> County-by-County Weather

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with the slight chance of a passing shower again, especially east. A few rumbles of thunder are also a possibility with any shower. Highs for the day reach into the lower 80s and still muggy.

THURSDAY: Sun and some clouds for the day, a bit warmer and muggy with highs in the middle 80s. An approaching cold front may bring a few showers or storms later in the day.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny and warm with lowering humidity. Highs peak around 80 degrees.

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Firefighters battle house fire in Xenia

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:38 AM

UPDATE @ 5:40 a.m: Fire crews battled flames from a house fire that occurred on Omard Drive early Monday morning.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Good Samaritan Hospital has officially closed 

The incident was dispatched as a working fire in the 1400 block just before 5 a.m., per initial reports.

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According to our crew, there is apparent damage to the structure that also exposed to a nearby home, causing damage to that structure as well.

We’ll continue to update this story with more details as they become available. 

INITIAL REPORT

We are responding to a report of a house fire on Omard Drive in Xenia.

No other information is available at this time. We have a crew on the way, and we’ll bring you the latest information when it becomes available. 

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