Major storm to bring heavy rain, strong winds this weekend

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 4:02 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

Quiet for now, but heavy rain and gusty winds develop into the weekend.


  • A chilly night ahead
  • Mix of sun and clouds, increasing winds Friday 
  • Rain, few storms late Friday night into Saturday with strong winds

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Overnight: A few breaks in the clouds are possible. Otherwise, expect a chilly night with lows in the upper 20s.

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Major Storm Heads East(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Friday: Look for a mix of sun and clouds. It will be warmer with highs rebounding into the lower 50s. Gusty winds will develop late in the day.

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Friday Afternoon(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Saturday: Rain will be likely. Locally heavy rain is possible along with strong wind gusts. Wind gusts could exceed 40mph at times. Temperatures will reach into the upper 50s early in the day but fall into the 30s by late evening. Rain may mix or change to a few snow flurries or snow showers late Saturday evening or night.

Saturday Wind Gust Potential(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Sunday: Expect lots of clouds with the chance for a few flurries or a passing snow shower, mainly north. It will remain blustery. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with cool conditions. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

Tuesday: Expect some increase in clouds and breezy conditions with highs in the upper 40s.

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2 in custody after apparent standoff with police at Dayton home

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Marshall Gorby/Staff
Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

Two people, a man and a woman, have exited a Dayton home on Wesleyan Road and have been taken into custody following a standoff with police. 

Police have not indicated the nature of the standoff and additional details about the investigation were not immediately available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

Marshall Gorby/Staff


Multiple police officers have responded to an address on Wesleyan Road and the road is currently blocked in the area.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of Wesleyan around 11:15 a.m. and remained on the scene around noon.

We’re working to learn why police have responded to the area.

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Multiple OVI checkpoints planned for Friday night

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

Monroe police officer Doug Leist works at an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4.
Monroe police officer Doug Leist works at an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4.(Nick Graham/MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL)

At least three sobriety checkpoints are planned for Friday night.

The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting a checkpoint and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Xenia Post announced they will be conducting two checkpoints in Greene County.

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The state and federally funded checkpoints are being held “to deter and intercept impaired drivers,” according to the patrol’s release.

In a prepared statement, Lt. Matt Schmenk, commander of the OSHP Xenia Post, said last year 405 people were killed in 379 OVI-related crashes across Ohio.

“State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers,” Schmenk’s statement reads. “OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

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The times and locations of the checkpoints will be released on Friday.

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Final report reveals cause of local double-fatal plane crash

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

A final report  released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board shows the pilot killed in a plane crash at Camp Kern in Warren County in October 2016 had marijuana and alcohol in his system.

The pilot, who was identified as Eric Hackney, 43, of Punta Gorda, Florida, crashed the plane after it struck a zipline over the Little Miami River in Oregonia on Oct. 16, according to the report.

Hackney had alcohol in his system, the report read.

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“The blood level was below the regulatory limit; however pilots may be impaired below this threshold,” the report read.

Findings during the investigation also “indicated that the pilot had used marijuana sometime before the accident; however, since there is no accepted relationship between blood levels and degree of impairment, whether the impairing effects... contributed to the accident could not be determined,” the report said.

Hackney’s passenger, Jesse Loy, 36, of Punta Gorda, Florida, also was killed.

The report indicated the cause of the crash was “the pilot’s decision to fly at a low altitude, which resulted in the collision with a zipline.”

The plane did not have any other mechanical malfunctions during the crash, according to the report.

The report shows Hackney had a private pilot certificate since September 2008 and had at least 750 hours of flight time.  At least 200 of those hours were logged while Hackney flew an RV-4 plane, which was the type involved in the fatal crash, the report read.

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Local man wins $20,000 in popular ‘HQ Trivia’ game app 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:31 AM

Local man wins $20K from popular phone app

A Miamisburg man won $20,000 after recently playing the popular HQ Trivia game app on his phone.

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Jason Varney answered 15 trivia questions correctly on the app that typically allows people, twice a day, to attempt to get 12 trivia questions right in efforts to win part of a $5,000 jackpot.

In Varney’s case, the prize amount went up to $250,000 as part of a marketing deal between the app and a movie. The increased prize money also called for an increase in the number of questions he had to answer, from 12 to 15.

“When I was getting past question 12, my heart was pumping out of my shirt. I could’t believe what was going. It was visibly beating through my shirt. It was incredible”, Varney said. 

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He said the $20,000 will allow him to fly to Florida to see his great grandmother, who is recovering from a heart procedure. 

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