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Soldier from Springboro killed in Africa

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

Soldier from Springboro killed in Africa

One of three U.S. soldiers killed in the West African nation of Niger on Wednesday was a Warren County native, the Department of Defense said in a release identifying the service members Friday. 

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, a Springboro native, was killed during a joint operation that was being conducted by U.S. and Nigerien forces. Mali-based militants in Niger's Tillaberi region is responsible for the attacks, the release said.  

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“Unfortunately, we lost another one,” said Springboro Mayor John Agenbroad, whose grandson, Jackson Book of Springboro, shipped off today to Iraq. 

“We’re so stretched out with all the wars,” said Agenbroad, who is also a veteran. “It’s a shame our young men and women have to spend so many deployments in these places. The odds are against them.”

Johnson was a chemical, biological radiological and nuclear soldier who was assigned to the Fort Bragg-based 3rd Special Forces Group. He enlisted in the Army in October 2007.

“Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson was an exceptional Soldier in all regards. We, as a nation, are fortunate to have men like Jeremiah," said Lt. Col. Megan Brogden, commander of Group Support Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. "He not only represented what we should all aspire to be, but he lived it. His loss is a great blow and he will be missed and mourned by this unit."

 Two other soldiers killed during the attack were identified as Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia. All three were stationed in Fort Bragg. 

Eight Niger soldiers were also killed, Niger's Army chief of staff said in a statement. 

"A joint patrol of the Defense and Security Forces and American partners operating in the border area of Mali fell into an ambush set by terrorist elements aboard a dozen vehicles and about 20 motorcycles," the statement said. The deaths and injuries came "after intense fighting, during which elements of the joint force showed exemplary courage." 

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The statement welcomed "the constant commitment of the American partners in the fight against terrorism."

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou and the U.S. Ambassador to Niger Eunice S. Reddik met before Issoufou presided over a meeting of the National Security Council made up of senior officers and ministers. 

"Our country is once again the target of a terrorist attack, with a large number of victims," Niger's president said earlier Thursday. 

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack about 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Niger's capital, Niamey. However, Islamic extremist groups, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, operate in the region and sporadically launch cross-border raids. Despite the intervention of French troops in 2013 that pushed the extremists from their strongholds in northern Mali, they continue attacks. 

Boko Haram, based south in Nigeria, has also staged several attacks in Niger near its border.

U.S. Africa Command said the U.S. forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists. 

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The two wounded U.S. service members were evacuated in stable condition to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, U.S. Africa Command said in its statement. 

The commandos, who were Green Berets, were likely attacked by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb militants, said U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the incident publicly. 

The White House said President Donald Trump was notified about the attack Wednesday night as he flew aboard Air Force One from Las Vegas to Washington. 

Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad are putting together a 5,000-strong G5 Sahel force to fight the growing threat from extremists in the vast Sahel region. The first units are expected to deploy in October and all battalions should be on the ground by March 2018. 

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The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution in June welcoming the deployment, but at U.S. insistence it did not include any possibility of U.N. financing for the force. 

The countries have been pressing the international community to help funding and in equipping troops and ensuring their mobility and help with logistics, communications and protection in the field. 

That force will operate in the region along with a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, which has become the deadliest in the world for U.N. peacekeepers, and France's 5,000-strong Barkhane military operation, its largest overseas mission.

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Jet stream: How the weather pattern is affecting our conditions

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:12 AM

While it's been cool and wet in the Miami Valley, there's a much different set up out west.

A stubborn jet stream pattern has made its mark on the entire country recently. While we find ourselves in a cool, rainy trough, the western half of the country is dealing with extremely hot and dry conditions.
So, what is a trough? It is "dip" in the jet stream allowing for cooler air to filter in from the north. This is why the winds have been predominately from the north over the last 24 hours. 

In addition to cooling us down, the trough is also responsible for being quite the rainmaker. 

For us, we've just seen scattered showers, but states closer to the Atlantic coast have been dealing with much more rain. 

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You'll find a center of low pressure rotating counterclockwise within the jet stream trough.
A ridge is every opposite of a trough. You'll find dry and hot condition, a center of high pressure and clockwise rotation around the high.
The pattern is expected to break soon, so expect temperatures to work their way back up to normal in the next couple of days.

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5 carnival ride accidents that happened before Ohio State Fair tragedy 

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 8:14 AM

Cause of accident with Ohio State Fair ride revealed

It’s been one year since the deadly incident at the Ohio State Fair killed one young man and injured several others.

News Center 7 I-Team Reporter Jim Otte looks at what’s been done in the last year to make sure you stay safe at the fair. Watch a special report on Monday, July 23, beginning at 5 p.m. 

At the Ohio State Fair last year, 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed and seven others were seriously injured in 2017 when a gondola on the Fire Ball ride snapped off and flung riders into the air and slammed them down onto the pavement in front of spectators.

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It’s not the first time that people have been injured at carnival and fair rides. Here are five other times that ride accidents have resulted in injuries or deaths:

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1. Memphis, Tennessee - 2016 

A ride at the Delta Fair malfunctioned. An issue caused the Moonraker to malfunction while the ride was in operation, ActionNews5 reported. No deaths occurred, and only minor injuries were reported. 

2. Greeneville, Mississippi - 2016 

Three children fell from a Ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair due to a “mechanical failure,” according to local news reports. Three girls fell more than 35 feet, and a 6-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury. 

3. Lincoln, Nebraska 

An 11-year-old girl was critically injured at an Omaha Cinco de Mayo celebration. The girl fell out of her seat, and her hair got caught in a ride mechanism. Her scalp was torn away from her head, according to

4. Frederick County, Virginia - 2016 

A woman was injured at the Frederick County Fairgrounds while riding the “Super Shot.” The cables on the ride snapped, and the seat the woman was in detached from the main frame of the ride, reported WUSA9. The fall was about 40 feet. 

5. Colorado Springs, Colorado - 2014 

A teen was thrown around his seat midair when the “Sky Fire” ride malfunctioned at the Colorado State Fair, local news organizations reported. The teen was seriously injured. 


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Unsupervised candle likely caused house fire, exposure in Xenia, officials say  

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 6:11 AM

Crews battle house fire in Xenia

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m: An unsupervised candle was likely the cause of a house fire that occurred on Omard Drive early Monday morning, officials say.

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The incident was dispatched as a working fire in the 1400 block just before 5 a.m., per initial reports.

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The owner discovered the fire when she returned home and attempted to calm the flames by opening a window. However, this caused the fire to amplify and expose to a nearby neighbor’s house, officials confirm.

The homeowner is being checked by medical personnel for smoke inhalation. Occupants of the nearby home did not suffer any injuries. 

Damage estimates were not immediately available, though crews say interior damage is extensive. 

UPDATE @ 5:40 a.m: Fire crews battled flames from a house fire that occurred on Omard Drive early Monday morning.

The incident was dispatched as a working fire in the 1400 block just before 5 a.m., per initial reports.

According to our crew, there is apparent damage to the structure that also exposed to a nearby home, causing damage to that structure as well.

We’ll continue to update this story with more details as they become available. 


We are responding to a report of a house fire on Omard Drive in Xenia.

No other information is available at this time. We have a crew on the way, and we’ll bring you the latest information when it becomes available. 

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Ribbon-cutting held for Perfections Beauty College opening

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM

Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.

When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.

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OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Carousel Beauty College shuts its five locations

Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.

“We are hoping to bring back as many students from the Carousel institutions as we can in hopes that they can keep the hours they worked for with that institution,” said one of the owners Kailey Yolanda. “Our goal is to help the students in reaching their diploma as they should have with Carousel.”

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