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Earlier severe storm warnings cancelled; widespread wind damage reported

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 12:21 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

More storms develop this afternoon across the Miami Valley.

>>PHOTOS: Wind damge through the region

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m. 

All severe thunderstorm warnings have been allowed to expire in the region.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 2 a.m. Wednesday. 

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Widespread damage has been reported in Darke, Preble, and Montgomery counties as severe storms rolled through the region with strong winds up to 90 mph reported. 

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  • Trained weather spotters reported several downed trees in Oxford that fell when the storms rolled through
  • In West Carrollton near Burns Road, multiple downed trees were reported by trained weather spotters
  • On U.S. 127 near Interstate 70 in Preble County, dispatchers confirmed an overturned semi report. Emergency crews remain on scene.
  • On South Maple Street in Eaton, a caller reported to this newsroom several trees were knocked down by high winds
  • On Somes Gratis Road in Preble County, fire crews were dispatched to a report of a tree on top of a house with occupants possible trapped inside. 
  • On Ohio 49 south of Greenville, our news partner The Early Bird reports a tree down.
  • In Darke County multiple other reports of downed trees due to high winds including the 700 block of Ohio 503, Ohio 49 at Schnorf Jones Road, and New Garden Road just south of New Madison 
  • In Farmersville, several large trees have been reported down, according to reports from trained weather spotters
  • In Perry Twp. and Trotwood police have reported multiple downed trees between I-70 and U.S. 35


A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the entire Miami Valley until 2 a.m. Wednesday as more heavy rain and storms are expected to develop today, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

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>>PHOTOS: Stormy night in Mercer, Auglaize

“Already saturated and a very moist environment means any storms will be able to produce flooding rainfall again,” Vrydaghs said. 

Witness describes storm damage in Eaton


  • More storms through the afternoon with continued flash flood threat
  • Warm and humid throughout the day
  • Isolated severe threat with storms the develop


TODAY: More storms will develop into the afternoon. An isolated severe threat also exists today though flooding will likely be the main issue. Damaging winds and hail are also possible with the storms that develop. It will be very warm today in the middle 80s but with the mugginess our Heat Index values will reach the low 90s.

TONIGHT:  Storms come to an end this evening, but a few more storms may redevelop in the far north and northeastern part of the Miami Valley overnight. These areas will slowly dry towards morning as the storms lift north and east of the area. A good majority of the Miami Valley, including Dayton and points south could remain dry all night. Temperatures stay mild and muggy with lows in the lower 70s.

WEDNESDAY: It will be the hottest day of the week with highs around 90 degrees and heat index vales in the middle 90s. 

“Take steps to protect yourself from the heat if you work outside or are planning on spending time outdoors,” Vrydaghs said. “Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.”  

Sunshine and scattered clouds mix for the day. Some storms possible late at night in the north again.

THURSDAY: Expect lots of clouds with a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s.  

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies will end the week with only a slight chance for a passing shower or storm. It will not be quite as hot with highs in the middle 80s.  

SATURDAY: Expect partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle 80s.

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Parents of Otto Warmbier file wrongful death lawsuit against N. Korea

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 4:47 PM

(AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)(Jon Chol Jin/AP)
(AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)(Jon Chol Jin/AP)

The parents of Otto Warmbier are suing North Korea in a 22-page complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. 

Warmbier was a college student from Wyoming, Ohio, who was jailed in North Korea and died shortly after he was returned to the United States in a coma. 

Fred and Cindy Warmbier, in the lawsuit, accuse Kim Jong Un's "criminal" regime of brutally torturing and murdering the 22-year-old during his 17-month-long captivity from Jan. 2, 2016, through June 13, 2017. 

Otto Warmbier died on June 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. 

"Otto was taken hostage, kept as a prisoner for political purposes, used as a pawn and singled out for exceptionally harsh and brutal treatment by Kim Jong Un. Kim and his regime have portrayed themselves as innocent, while they intentionally destroyed our son's life. This lawsuit is another step in holding North Korea accountable for its barbaric treatment of Otto and our family," said Fred Warmbier in a statement. 


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Last summer, Fred Warmbier told the hosts of "Fox & Friends" and CNN "it looked like someone had taken pliers and tried to rearrange" Otto's bottom teeth. He said he noticed this while examining his son after he returned to the U.S. in June. 

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office disputed that account, our news partners have reported. County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said she did not see "any evidence of trauma" to Otto's teeth upon his return from North Korea and that she was surprised by the Warmbier's statements. 

The Warmbiers also attended President Trump's State of the Union address in January. 

"You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires truly us all," Trump said to the Warmbiers. "Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto's memory with total American resolve." 

Fred Warmbier accompanied Vice President Mike Pence to the Olympics in South Korea.

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Grass fire in Fairborn Community Park is extinguished

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:03 PM

UPDATE @ 7:02 p.m.: Crews tell us they don’t know what caused the fire in prairie grass at Community Park that burned an area approximately 100 yards by 100 yards.

There were no injuries, officials said.


Crews are dealing with a grass fire reportedly in Community Park, on East Dayon Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn. 

The park is near I-675 in Greene County and there were calls to police dispatch about a grass fire near the interstate. 

The incident was dispatched just after 4:20 p.m. 

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We're hearing that about an acre is burning. 

We have a crew on the way to check it out. Stay with for breaking news. 

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MetroParks ranger arrests man who takes a swing at him at RiverScape

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:24 PM

MetroParks ranger arrests man who takes a swing at him at RiverScape

A MetroParks ranger was giving a man a ticket involving an alcohol violation Thursday afternoon when the man took a swing at the officer. 

That resulted in the man's arrest, according to a MetroParks sergeant. 

The incident, dispatched about 6:16 p.m., occurred in the 100 block of Monument Avenue at RiverScape MetroPark. 

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No one was injured. 

The man will be charged with the alcohol offense as trespassing and assault on a law enforcement officer. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail.

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Police surround home in Xenia, at least one person in custody

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Police activity in Xenia

Update@5:15 p.m.:

Deputies recovered a weapon while searching the apartment building that the suspect ran into, Sheriff Gene Fischer said. It’s not clear if it’s a pellet gun or a real handgun, but they’re working to confirm, he said.

The sheriff said they think it’s the same weapon that the suspect pointed at the deputy. 

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m.:

One person has been taken into custody according to Xenia Police. 

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.:

We’re hearing reports that someone has been taken into custody after running from the building that was surrounded in the area of East Market Street and North Monroe Drive, according to initial emergency dispatch reports.


Police activity has been reported in the 200 block of East Market Street this afternoon after police have reportedly surrounded a home in the area.

Initial dispatch reports indicated a person may have pointed a gun at a law enforcement officer around 3 p.m.

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