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Hurricane Harvey: Ohio Task Force 1 arrives in Texas

Published: Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 11:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

OHTF1: Gabby 11pm pkg 8/25

UPDATE @ 6:48 a.m. (Saturday)

Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning after making landfall around 11 p.m. Friday night as a Category 4 storm, according to the Associated Press.

WHIO’s Gabrielle Enright reports Ohio Task Force 1 is awaiting orders from FEMA for rescue assignments. Enright reports the task force may be asked to help with the flooding expected to come in the coming days.

Our news team in Texas is expected to meet up with the task force later today to learn more about their role in recovery efforts. 

UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.

Ohio Task Force 1 has 49 members who arrived late tonight in San Antonio, Texas, ready for the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The category 4 storm made landfall late tonight.

MORE: Inside Ohio Task Force 1

Flooding rains and high winds are expected to wreak havoc across the Texas coast. Local first responders will handle initial efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will deploy Ohio Task Force 1 members where they are needed most. The task force has boats and expertise in water rescues.

News Center 7 reporter Gabrielle Enright and videographer Chuck Hamlin headed to Texas to follow the Ohio Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team’s efforts in Texas.

Ohio Task Force 1 left from Kettering early Friday. Its members hail from all over Ohio.

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UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.

Ohio Task Force 1 has crossed into Texas and are on the way to San Antonio to provide support for the potentially life-threatening flooding from Hurricane Harvey, a catogory 4 storm expected to make landfall tonight.

The task force does not have an assigned mission. Local resources will handle any issues first, and then the Ohio Task Force 1 will provide support once the local resources are over-extended.

OHTF1 headed to Texas


Members of Ohio Task Force 1 are driving near Little Rock this hour on the way to San Antonio in preparation for Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to strike the coast of the Lone Star State late Friday or early Saturday.

Many of the members of the team are trained for swift water rescues, which could be valuable considering the amount of rain forecast for the state as the hurricane approaches and makes landfall.

News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright and photographer Chuck Hamlin are following the team and have traveled with the task force several times in the past when they were activated for similar storms.

RELATED: Ohio Task Force 1 ends Hurricane Matthew deployment 

Forty-nine members are part of the activation group, which learned of their mission in a conference call Thursday night. The crew worked to load the task force vehicles before they left their Kettering base Friday morning.

The task force is expected to arrive in San Antonio sometime around 10 p.m. Friday and could be moved depending on where their skills may be needed.

RELATED: Harvey now a hurricane, expected to slam into East Texas

In 2016, Ohio Task Force 1 was activated for a six-day deployment prompted by Hurricane Matthew. Eighty-three members of the task force rescued 100 people and more than two-dozen animals in the areas of Fayetteville and Lumberton, N.C.
Ohio Task Force 1 is headed to San Antonio, Texas, to help with any fallout from Hurricane Harvey, expected to make landfall on the east coast of Texas.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

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Missing adult alert issued for Hamilton County man

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 8:14 AM

A statewide missing adult alert has been issued by Colerain Township police for a 79-year-old man.

Police say James Marques was last seen leaving his residence for a trip to the store in a light blue 2007 Ford Focus, Ohio plate DXZ4199.

Marques was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a blue windbreaker jacket.

Marques is 5’10’’, 150 pounds, has gray/brown hair, hazel eyes and suffers from dementia.

Police have reason to believe he may be in Indiana.

If you have any information on Marques or his whereabouts, please call 911 or 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred to the investigating law enforcement agency. 

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Author of national best-seller stops in Dayton for book tour

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 7:37 AM

Fans of author Joshua Pollock have the opportunity for a meet and greet during his national book tour for The Heartfulness Way today and Monday. 

Since its introduction to the U.S. market on June 1, the book, written by Pollock and Kamlesh D. Patel, leader of the Heartfulness Institute, has quickly become a national best-seller at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. 

The two-day area Meet and Meditate event begins today from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton Natural Path Meditation Center on 3153 Lantz Road in Beavercreek. 

Monday, Pollock fans can attend from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dayton International Peace Museum on 208 West Monument Avenue. 

Pollock will sign books, answer questions and hold a spiritual meditation. 

To register for the event, click here.

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police seek missing Springboro teen

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

>>Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe

Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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Saturday’s highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Heritage Act - June 23, 2018

PHOTOS: Images from the Air Show

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skiesCincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic TeamJet-powered WACO biplane |  Tuskegee Airmen P-51C MustangOracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |

Saturday’s lineup of feature acts included: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

>> Blue Angels thrill crowd with performance

3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in a tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. The F-18 generators of their aircraft are made by GE Aviation in Vandalia.



2:55 p.m. Jet Waco

The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.

2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora

This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.


2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication

CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service by participating in the air show.

2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight

2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor

This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.

1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker

Sean Tucker, who flies the Oracle biplane, is one of the world’s best aviators, is recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight. Did you know he learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying? He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.

1:30 p.m. Redline Airshows

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.

1:20 p.m. B-17 Movie Memphis Belle

The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress World War II heavy bomber.

1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing

The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.


12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights

The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.

PHOTOS: 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off

12:24 p.m.: P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” - Watch Here

The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.

Noon: Redline Tease

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team gives a hint of its performance to come.


9 a.m.:

Gates are open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Airshow: Oracle acrobatic biplane doesn't believe in the laws of physics

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

>> Air show forecast: Warm with chance for showers, storms

>> RTA offers express shuttle service to Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> How to avoid traffic and parking headaches at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show

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