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Beavercreek Walmart reopens after solar panel fire

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 4:10 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

Update on fire at Beavercreek Walmart

UPDATE @3:30 a.m. (March 16)

The Beavercreek Walmart Supercenter has reopened.

The store reopened Thursday after passing inspections, according to a store associate.

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Solar panels on the roof of the building caught fire March 7. No one was injured.

UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m. (March 13)

The Beavercreek Walmart Supercenter remains closed after solar panels caught fire Wednesday afternoon on the roof of the building at 3360 Pentagon Blvd.

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A store associate this afternoon said, “We don’t have any set date to reopen” and would not indicate how long it may take.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (March 8)

The Beavercreek Walmart store will remain closed at least through Monday or Tuesday after solar panels caught fire Wednesday afternoon on the roof of the building at 3360 Pentagon Blvd.

(Andrew Smith / Contributed)

UPDATE @ 7 p.m.

A shopper said he was inside the Beavercreek Walmart Supercenter this afternoon when solar panels caught fire on the roof.

“I was just in there shopping. The next thing I knew they told us to evacuate,” Ray Abling of Fairborn said.

He and his wife left their cart behind and headed out of the store. He said staff didn’t say what was going on, but that no one panicked.

“When I got out to my van I looked up and seen that smoke, somewhere out back. … It was billowing black … there was a lot of smoke,” he said.

Beavercreek Twp. Fire officials said they’re waiting on Vectren to check gas lines, and Dayton Power & Light to check electric wires, that were damaged in the fire that brought crews from three departments.

View from WHIO’s Pentagon Tower at  I-675 at  North Fairfield Road

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m.

Solar panels caught fire this afternoon on the roof of the Beavercreek Walmart Supercenter.

Crews were called around 4 p.m. to the store at 3360 Pentagon Blvd. Smoke and fire could be seen coming from the roof of the store.

(Ryan Christopher McCoy / Contributed)

Walmart and nearby stores were evacuated, but adjacent stores were able to resume business after it was determined the fire only affected Walmart.

Vectren was called to shut off gas and Dayton Power & Light was called to shut off electric to the store.

A light smoke haze was reported inside the store, according to scanner reports.



The Beavercreek Walmart is on fire this afternoon.

The fire was reported around 4 p.m.

Our Storm Center 7 weather camera showed fire coming from the roof of the building.

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Initial reports are that everyone has been evacuated from the building.

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Enon police officer 1 of 2 arrested after woman stabbed in Perry Twp.

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

SCENE: Stabbing reported in Perry Twp.

UPDATE @ 12:12 p.m.:

A part-time Enon police officer and another man were arrested Wednesday following a stabbing that left a woman in critical condition, records show.

Dwight Richard, 49, and Tyler Minton, 31, were arrested at the same address where the stabbing was reported and were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault.  Formal charges in the case are still pending, records show.

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Dwight M. Richard (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

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Richard identifies himself as an off-duty police officer when he called 911 to report the stabbing.

Tyler Minton (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

“I’m an off-duty officer,” Richard said in the call to police.

In addition, he refers to himself a part-time officer with the Enon Police Department on his LinkedIn profile.  

Enon Police Chief Lew Wilcox told this news organization he is unable to comment at this time.

The stabbing was reported in the 11000 block of Wolf Creek Pike around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Richard told authorities the female victim was stabbed in the neck. The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries, police said.

Richard asked Minton not to shoot him.

“Tyler please don’t shoot me,” Richard said on the 911 call. “I love you please don’t”

Richard tells the dispatcher there were multiple guns in the house and that he was about 100 yards behind the property when police arrived.

“I’ve gone out back because I think he has a weapon,” Richard said.  “There are multiple firearms in the house and I believe he has one.”

Police have not said what roles Richard and Minton had in the stabbing.  Both men were in the Montgomery County Jail at noon Wednesday on pending charges.

UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m.:

Two men are in custody after a woman was critically injured in a stabbing on Wolf Creek Pike in Perry Twp. late Tuesday, according to investigators.

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital following the stabbing in the 11000 block of Wolf Creek around 11:30 p.m.

Tyler Minton, 31, and Dwight Richard, 49, were arrested at the same address where the stabbing was reported and were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault.  Formal charges in the case are still pending, records show.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to assist in the investigation.

Police said the stabbing was an isolated incident, however did not disclose the circumstances that led to the violence.

UPDATE @ 9 a.m.:

Police are still on scene of a reported stabbing from late Tuesday in Perry Twp.

Evidence markers are in the road and the driveway of a two-story white house in the 11000 block of Wolf Creek Pike.

Wolf Creek Pike is currently closed, according to our crew on scene.

Police were dispatched on a report of a stabbing around 11:35 p.m. 

We are working to learn more on this developing story and will update this page as information becomes available.


Crews responded to South Wolf Creek Pike on a reported stabbing late Tuesday.

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Initial reports indicate a person was possibly stabbed in the 11000 block around 11:35 p.m.

The condition of the victim was not immediately available.

We’re working to learn more. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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REPORT: Local man arrested after attempted hit and skip for warrant, drug possession

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 1:08 PM

A Dayton man was arrested Tuesday after he crashed a vehicle into a dumpster and attempted to flee the scene, according to a Dayton police report.

Eli D. Price, 37, was reportedly arrested on a warrant for trespassing along with suspicion of drug possession, illegal occupancy of a public place, unauthorized use of a vehicle and probation violation, according to Miami Valley Jail records. He is awaiting court action and a parole hearing for his charges.

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According to the report, Price crashed into a construction dumpster on West Fourth Street around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. He was then apprehended by a Sinclair officer while he attempted to flee the crash scene on foot. He had been driving the vehicle without a license, read the report.

Price was transported to Grandview Hospital, and after his discharge, was arrested by Dayton police. While searching Price, police discovered a small flashlight that contained 17 pills of Clonazepam (Klonopin), according to the report. Price was transported and processed at Montgomery County Jail.

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Comfortable midweek temperatures, showers to return this weekend 

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 6:28 AM

Rain and storms come back by the weekend.

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  • Comfortable and warm this afternoon
  • Showers and storms return for weekend
  • Temperatures near normal 

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TODAY: Sunny skies continue this afternoon along with comfortably warm temperatures. Highs today rise to the lower 80s. There will be a very high UV index, so as always, wearing protective clothing and sunblock is suggested. Later tonight a few high clouds may move through, but staying dry. Another cool night with lows around 60 degrees.

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THURSDAY: Another beautiful morning with it being quiet and cool. Sunny skies for the afternoon as temperatures climb to the middle 80s. Clouds increase at night. 

FRIDAY: Warm and muggy conditions return with highs in the low 80s. Scattered showers and storms develop and we could see stronger winds and heavy rain towards evening. 

>> County-by-County Weather

SATURDAY: Muggy with more active weather for the day. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy as highs peak in the low 80s. Some afternoon showers and storms redevelop, but activity will taper off at night. 

SUNDAY: Some dry time early with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Scattered showers and storms redevelop again in the late afternoon/evening. High reach near 80 degrees. 

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REPORT: Woman puts kittens into trash, says neighborhood overrun with cats

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:41 AM

A woman who believed her neighborhood was overrun with cats put kittens into her garbage can, according to a Dayton police report.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Lone Pine Lane around 10:55 p.m. Tuesday on a report of kittens being placed in a trash can.

The officer made contact with a Lone Pine resident about the kittens and the woman said she was the person who put them in the garbage, read the report.

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The woman reportedly claimed that the neighborhood was overrun with cats.

She found the kittens in her yard and said the mother cat already had more than three litters, according to the report.

The woman showed the officer the garbage can, where the kittens were reportedly in a plastic bag covered in grass clippings and leaves.

The officers reported being able to hear the kittens from inside the bag.

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He removed three kittens from the bag and placed them in his cruiser, according to the report.

The officer reported that the woman showed possible signs of mental instability and was confused as to why anyone would care about cats.

The officer transported the kittens to an animal rescue clinic for evaluation, read the report.

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