Greene County residents petition to unseat state representative, county commissioner

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

Democrats and Republicans in Greene County have turned in signatures from voters to get on the May primary ballot in their efforts to retain public office or to unseat an incumbent.

Wednesday was the deadline to turn in petitions at the Greene County Board of Elections. Candidates whose petitions are certified by the elections board will appear on the May 8 ballot. 

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Ohio State Rep. Rick Perales (R-73rd District) is up for re-election and fellow Republican Jocelyn Smith of Fairborn has filed petitions to run against him for the Republican nomination in the May primary.

Perales is finishing out his third term as an Ohio representative.

The 73rd District includes the communities Bellbrook, Beavercreek, Fairborn and Yellow Springs.

Whoever gets the most votes in May will be the Republican party nominee to face Democrat Kim McCarthy, of Xenia, in the November election for the state representative seat.

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In the race for one seat on the county board of commissioners, incumbent Alan Anderson is being challenged by County Treasurer Dick Gould, of Xenia, for the Republican nomination.

Anderson is looking to be re-elected for a fourth term on commission.

If Gould wins the nomination and subsequently wins in November, he would resign his position as county treasurer at the end of the year and start as a commissioner in January 2019.

On the Democratic side, Susan Lopez, of Beavercreek, will face Steve Bujenovic, of Yellow Springs, in the May Primary.

The candidate from each party who emerges with the most votes in May will then go on to run for the commission seat in the November election.

The elections board meets at 4 p.m. Feb. 15, 551 Ledbetter Road, to certify the partisan candidates’ petitions.

Independent candidates have until May 7 to file petitions. Residents have until April 9 to register to vote. Early voting begins April 10. 

More showers and storms likely to start the week

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

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.

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

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

DETAILED FORECAST:

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.

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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.

FIRST REPORT:

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.

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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. 

FIRST REPORT:

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.

Thunderbirds to perform for first time since deadly crash

Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 8:49 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 1:51 AM

Thunderbirds to resume flying this weekend

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are returning to air show performances for the first time since a deadly crash in April. 

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The Thunderbirds announced over social media of their upcoming performances May 18-20 at AirPower over Hampton Roads at Join Base Langley Eustis in Virginia.

This will be the first public performance since Maj. Stephen Del Bagno’s death April 4.

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Del Bagno flew Thunderbirds No. 4 jet in the six-aircraft jet team.

He died in a crash over the Nevada desert.

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