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Power restored to Carlisle residents after failed substation causes 6 hour outage

Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 9:33 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

Substation failure in Carlisle leaves almost 4,000 without power

UPDATE @ 2:45 a.m: Power has been restored to Carlisle residents after a substation failed, causing a nearly six hour outage.

Duke Energy crews worked on site to restore service to more than 3,900 affected customers.

UPDATE 5/15/2018 @ 1:50 a.m: Approximately 900 customers are still without power in Carlisle after a Duke substation failed Monday night, according to the outage map.

Duke Energy crews are still on site attempting to restore services to all customers, which has improved since the 3,900 residents that were without around 8:40 p.m.

Crews are continuing efforts to track down the cause of the substation explosion and fire.

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m.: Duke Energy crews are hoping to restore electric service to the more than 3,900 customers in Carlisle about 12:30 or 1 a.m., spokeswoman Sally Thelen said. 

Crews are continuing efforts to track down the cause of the substation explosion and fire. 

Something caused the transformer in the substation to catch fire, which caused the outage, but we don't know what caused the fire, Thelen said.

UPDATE @ 10:05 p.m.: 

"As soon as we heard the explosion, the power went out," said Carlisle resident Gary Koogle, who lives on Fairview Drive across from the failed Duke Energy substation. 

Koogle said he was watching TV when he heard what sounded like a gun going off. He ran to the front window and saw parents and their children, who were at a baseball game, running toward the outfield and away from the substation. 

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He told News Center 7's Sean Cudahy he could see a small fire on top of a piece of substation equipment. 

"We weren't sure" what was going on, Koogle said. "It looked almost like a small campfire" atop the substation equipment.


Approximately 3,923 Duke Energy customers are without electric service tonight because a substation has failed or has exploded. 

According to the utility's online outage page, the first reports about a power outage were made about 8:40 p.m. According to the online outage page, Duke officials are estimating that service could be restored sometime after 11 p.m. 

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The map is indicating 1,784 outages throughout Chautauqua, and 2,139 outages in an area that stretches from Franklin Madison Road, south to Franklin Trenton Road.

A caller to our newsroom reported hearing a loud explosion near the Carlisle police station, 474 Fairview Drive.

News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy is headed to Carlisle and he’ll have a report at 11 p.m.

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Police find man with gunshot wound to the head in Dayton home

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

UPDATE @ 7:15 a.m.:

A 38-year-old man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after police found him with a gunshot wound to the head in a home in Dayton, according to Sgt. Thomas Schloss of Dayton Police Department.

The man was found lying on the floor in the home on Brooklyn Avenue, Schloss said.

Homicide detectives were called out to the scene and are investigating, said Schloss.

It’s not known how the man was shot and his identity was not released.


Emergency crews are on scene of a shooting in Dayton.

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The shooting occurred in the 200 block of Brooklyn Avenue around 5:50 a.m. Sunday, according to initial reports.

Police have the road between West Second Street and Edison Street blocked off with crime tape.

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

More showers and storms likely to start the week

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:50 AM

More showers and storms are likely through the weekend in the Dayton area.

The first part of your Sunday should be dry, but there is a slight chance for an isolated shower, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The better chances for more showers and storms returns for the second half of the day. Some of the storms towards evening could be strong to severe with the biggest concerns being strong winds and some hail. Highs today will be in the lower 80s.

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  • Few P.M. showers and storms today
  • Some could be strong with gusty winds, hail and heavy downpours
  • Dry time returns by Wednesday


5-Day Forecast

Monday: More showers and a few storms are likely to start the work-week. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Tuesday: A few lingering showers, maybe a few storms are likely for the first part of your day. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Wednesday: It looks like we finally dry things out on Wednesday under partly cloudy skies. Highs again will be in the lower 80s.

Thursday: A little bit more sunshine returns for your day with highs in the lower 80s.

Two people ejected from motorcycle in Shelby Co. crash

Published: Sunday, May 06, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:25 AM

UPDATE @ 4:25 a.m. (May 20):

Michelle S. McNamara, 28, was listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being ejected from a motorcycle in Loramie Twp. May 6.

The driver of the motorcycle, Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, was no longer listed as a patient at Wilson Memorial Hospital. His condition was not known.


Shelby County deputies and the Russia Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the intersection of Russia Houston Road and Russia Rd. early Sunday morning. 

Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, and Michelle S. McNamara, 28, were ejected from a black 2016 Kawasaki motorcycle traveling eastbound in the 1000 block of Russia Houston around 12:18 a.m. 

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Vennemeyer over corrected when traveling off the right side of the roadway and then crashed. 

McNamara was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital and is in critical condition. 

Vennemeyer was transported by rescue squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital 

The extent of Vennemeyer's injuries is unknown.

Abandoned car fire under investigation in Montgomery Co.

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 2:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:00 AM

UPDATE @ 4 a.m.:

An abandoned vehicle found fully engulfed in a gravel lot near the Great Miami River Recreational Trail is under investigation, according to Lt. Nick Carpenter of Bethel Twp. Fire Department.

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A call from a passerby came in around 2:10 a.m. that a Hyundai Veloster was on fire at Old Springfield Road at Old Canal Road.

Bethel Twp. fire along with Vandalia fire and Metro Park Police handled the incident.

Flames were able to be extinguished quickly and the vehicle was towed, according to Carpenter. 


Emergency crews are responding to a report of a vehicle fire in Vandalia Sunday morning.

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Initial reports state the vehicle is fully engulfed at Old Springfield Road and Old Canal Road.

It’s unknown if the vehicle is occupied at this time.