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Cause determined in Centerville house fire 

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:50 AM
Updated: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 7:13 PM

RAW: Flames shoot out of Centerville home

UPDATE @ 4:23 p.m. (Feb. 16):

A house fire on Shawnee Trail a week ago was started by discarded smoking material, according to firefighters.

UPDATE @ 7:06 p.m. (Feb. 12): Crews battled flames at a house on Shawnee Trail on Friday. 

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According to Washington Twp. Fire Chief William Gaul, damage to the house and belongings was estimated at approximately $250,000. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Gaul said. 

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

A homeowner called 911 after his Shawnee Trail house caught fire Friday morning, destroying the building.

Firefighters said the homeowner was transported to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, but he’s expected to be OK.

SKY 7: Centerville fire

According to firefighters, they were able to contain the fire, but did spray water on neighboring homes to make sure flames didn’t spread.

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Ron Kuhn lives in the neighborhood and looked outside and within minutes smoke filled the area and suddenly fire started pouring out of the house.

The majority of damage to the house was on the right portion, which is where the chimney was located, however firefighters have not said what caused the fire.

It’s not known if the house had working smoke detectors, firefighters said.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 

A home on Shawnee Trail was severely damaged after a fire broke out Friday morning. 

One person has been transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and burns, according to initial reports. 

We have crews on the scene and we’ll update this page when we learn more. 

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FIRST REPORT

Heavy smoke and flames have been reported from a house fire on Shawnee Trail in Centerville Friday morning.

Crews responded to the home in the 300 block of Shawnee Trail around 10:40 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate all occupants were able to evacuate before fire crews arrived on scene. 

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Nearly half of stray bullet victims are women, study shows

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM

Sherrell Wheatley, 62, was the most recent victim shot and killed by stray bullets in Dayton.

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According to a study by the University of California, 317 people are struck by stray bullets each year in the country, and nearly half of the victims are women.

People told News Center 7 Reporter Malik Perkins they are tired of the violence, especially when an innocent person is killed. 

“It is getting bad out here. A citizen like her, she didn’t bother anybody. She was walking down the street minding her own business and bullets don’t have eyes,” said Manesta Ward of Dayton.

Ward said she knew Wheatley who was killed in a drive by shooting Saturday while walking along North Euclid Avenue when a car pulled up and started shooting. Police said Wheatley was completely innocent.

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Keyona Murray, 22, was shot and killed in front of her child when someone fired several rounds into her apartment in February.

Taylor Brandenburg, 20, was shot and killed while she was babysitting last year. Someone opened fire during a fight.

Neighbors in the area told Perkins they want people to change the way they handle differences and want police to be more present in Dayton neighborhoods.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING   and WATCH issued for parts of region; hail, damaging winds possible

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Hail, gusty winds and heavy rain the main concern with storms this evening.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Darke, Mercer counties until 5:45 p.m.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Wayne Co, IN, Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby counties until 11 p.m.
  • Strong storms developing this evening
  • Heavy rain , hail and damaging winds the main threat
  • Isolated spin-up tornado possible 

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING:Partly cloudy, warm and muggy to start the evening, then scattered showers and storms are expected to develop. One or two storms could become intense with heavy rain, hail and strong winds. There is also a minor threat for an isolated spin-up tornado. Areas north of I-70 would be in the best position for the tornado threat as a warm front will be pushing north through the Miami Valley. Storms that form along or ahead of the front will likely be the strongest. It will be an evening to watch closely and how quickly the front moves. Once the sun sets and the front moves out of the area, the threat for severe weather will decrease. Storms are still possible until about 2am, then some lingering showers after that with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures this evening will fall through the 70s, then to a low in the middle 60s overnight.

>> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TUESDAY: Partly sunny, warm and muggy again with the chance of a few passing showers or storms, mainly during the peak heating of the day. Severe threat is low, but areas to the south and east of Dayton could see an isolated strong to severe storm with gusty winds and hail the main concern. Highs for the day climbing to around 80 degrees. A cold front will pass and high pressure settles in for the night. Skies will clear, humidity will drop and temperatures will fall into the upper 50s.

WEDNESDAY: Finally a dry and comfortable day with a mixture of sun and clouds and a high in the upper 70s. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice with highs in the lower 80s.

FRIDAY: A great way to finish the week with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Highs in the middle 80s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and a more humid. Chance of a few pop-up shower or storms into the afternoon. Highs in the middle 80s

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Fairborn council approves plan for new primary school

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:30 PM


            A rendering of the proposed Fairborn Primary School. CONTRIBUTED
A rendering of the proposed Fairborn Primary School. CONTRIBUTED

The Fairborn City Council on Monday evening approved plans for a new primary school, inching the project toward its June 1 groundbreaking.

The proposed 132,000-square-foot primary school will be two stories with a staff of 110 employees and will accommodate 1,214 students, according to planning documents.

“It’s a long time coming and we’re all excited about it,” said Councilwoman Donna Wilson.

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The school building, for pre-kindergarten through second grade, will be constructed on the playground of the current school, 4 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road.

“This is a long project,” said Kathleen Riggs, the city planner. “It involves the rebuilding of two schools.”

The schools have set a timeline for the new construction over the next four years:

• Summer 2018 to summer 2020: Site preparation and construction of the new school. Students will remain in existing primary school

• Fall 2020: Students move into new primary school

• Fall 2020 to spring 2022: Intermediate students move into old primary school

• Summer 2022: Demolition of old primary school and completion of the new primary school site

• Fall 2022: Intermediate school students move into new school on Maple Avenue.

The measure passed 5-0. Councilmen Terry Burkert and Tim Steininger abstained because they are Fairborn City Schools employees.

Voters approved funding construction of new primary and intermediate school buildings at the ballot box in November when a 2.95-mil bond levy passed with nearly 60 percent, according to election night results.

Groundbreaking will take place at Fairborn Primary School, 9:30 a.m., June 1. The ceremony will be located on the playground west of the building. Parking is available on the west side of the building. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the school district auditorium at Fairborn High School.

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Student brings loaded gun to Moraine school, police say

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:53 PM

A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine Monday morning.

UPDATE@5:54 p.m.

All students at the Education Service Center have physical or behavioral disabilities, said Frank DePalma, superintendent for the Educational Service Center. The Moraine school serves sixth grades through 22-year-olds, he said. 

Teachers at the school became aware of the gun Monday morning when they heard students talking about it as they got off the bus, DePalma said. Teachers immediately confiscated the student’s backpack, where the gun was, so it was never taken into the building, the superintendent said. 

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The state does not allow the school to expel students. The most they can do is suspend them for several days, DePalma said. School officials are waiting for the results of the police investigation before discipline the student for bringing the gun to school, he said. 

 “There is no good motive to bring a gun to a school,” DePalma said, noting that he’s pleased that the school’s safety protocol worked. 

UPDATE @ 5:23 p.m.

The Superintendent for the Education Service Center in Moraine said the school works with students with physical or behaviorial disabilities from grade 6 through students age 22.

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Frank DePalma said this morning students were getting off the bus when teachers heard them talking about a gun. The student’s backpack was confiscated and the gun was never brough in to the building.

DePalma said the school is waiting for the police investigation to determine discipline for the student with the gun.

The state does not allow ECS to expel students, only to suspend students for several days.

DePalma is pleased the school’s safety protocol worked Monday morning.

FIRST REPORT

A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine this morning, according to Moraine police.

The incident was reported around 8 a.m. and no injuries were reported, police said.

Officers responded to the school on Kettering Boulevard after becoming aware of the incident, Sgt. Jon Spencer with the Moraine Police said.

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According to Spencer, the student was taken into custody and the weapon was recovered by staff members.

Police said the student was allegedly carrying the loaded weapon in his backpack when it was discovered.

A motive for why the weapon was brought to school is still under investigation, Spencer said.

Staff members were notified of the weapon, which prompted the investigation, Spencer said.

The student was transported to the juvenile detention center and could face charges of a CCW violation, illegal conveyance of a weapon and inducing panic, Spencer said.

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