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Judge tours Dayton building where he halts order to vacate, declares it habitable

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:26 PM

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Richard Skelton declared the Newcom building habitable on Tuesday night, hours after issuing a TRO blocking a city of Dayton emergency order to vacate because of carbon monoxide coming from the building's boiler.

Skelton toured the building, 255 N. Main St., for a third time since Friday. In his courtroom earlier this afternoon, he said he planned to inspect the building Tuesday night. 

"It my opinion, there is sufficient heat here. They now have portable infared heaters. I don't feel there is any danger," he told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald following his inspection tour. 

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He said the addition of the heaters now gives the landlord time to correct the boiler, time for the court and the city and the landlord to stop gap the problem "with us monitoring it." 

There are 18 residents remaining in the building. There were 50 when the order to vacate was issued. 

The city housing inspection department and the fire department were just doing their jobs in issuing the order to vacate on Jan. 11, he said, calling their actions since then a good community response to a situation. 

The Newcom building, 255 N. Main St., in Dayton. (Michael Burianek/Staff)

When asked why he personally wanted to inspect the old building, Judge Skelton said it's his duty because the tenants are county residents. 

"Sometimes coming someplace and seeing what you have really gives me more information than any lawyer standing in a courtroom can tell me," he said. 

One of the tenants, Gerbase Walker, said he had been without heat in his apartment for a month or two. 

"It's crazy," he said. "I have no where to go. I have no family here." 

Walker said "they would have had to lock me up" had the judge not issued the stay order. 

"As long as I'm out of the cold...it's better than being in the street," Walker said.

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Rain, storms to start the work-week

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:01 PM

Storm warnings in area

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Clearing expected overnight
  • More widespread showers and storms Monday
  • Drying out Wednesday through Friday

DETAILED FORECAST:

5-Day Forecast

Tonight: More dry time and clearing is expected overnight tonight, though a stray shower can’t be ruled out. Temperatures overnight will drop into the lower 60s.

Monday: Better chance for showers and storms returns. 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 sunny skies. Highs again will be in the lower 80s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny skies for your day with highs in the lower 80s.

Friday: We push closer to the mid 80s with partly sunny skies.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

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Motorcyclists gather in Xenia for 18th annual Blessing of the Bikes

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 3:36 PM

Bikers gather for annual Blessing of the Bikes

Hundreds of motorcyclists and their families gathered at Kil-Kare Raceway for the 18th annual Blessing of the Bikes Sunday afternoon in Xenia.  

Always held on the 3rd Sunday in May, the event raises money for veterans and charities, and tries to promote a positive image of motorcycling in the community. 

Clergy pray for bikers who have the opportunity to have their motorcycles blessed during a ceremony for safe riding. 

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GreeneBucs, a local chapter of Ambucs, an organization dedicated to the mobility of children and people with disabilities, presented Amtrykes therapeutic tricycles to five children and two veterans before the ceremony. 

In addition to raising money for charity, the event also promotes driver safety and teaches other drivers what they can do to avoid collisions with riders. 

Attendees walk around Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia at the 18th annual Blessing of the Bikes.(MALIK PERKINS / STAFF)

Lawrence Taylor, Blessing of the Bikes Chairman, says people have to understand that motorcycles are different and you have to adjust the way you drive.

"They are smaller, they are in your blind spots more often and they tend to come out of the middle of nowhere it seems," Taylor said. "If you look over your shoulder when you are changing lanes, you will be able to see them a lot faster." 

Attendees enjoyed live music, sampled food from several vendors, received T-shirts, bandannas and door prizes. 

Volunteers from Kil-Kare, Dayton AMVETS, Wright Patt Air Force Base, Moose Riders, Buckminn's D&D Harley Davidson, ABATE and other motorcycle clubs helped sponsor the event.

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911: Your life might be on the line

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 5:27 PM

Can 911 find you?

What if you needed help right now, and emergency crews couldn’t find you?

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News Center 7’s Jim Otte investigates why 911 dispatchers might not know where you are until it’s too late.

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A closer look at what you need to know when you call 911, and what technology might save your life. 911: Your Life on the Line, Monday beginning at 5pm on News Center 7. 

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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

Video from the scene from staff photographer Jeffery Brown.

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 investigate, said Schloss.

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

This is currently an ongoing investigation, according to Sgt. Spires of the Dayton Police Department.

FIRST REPORT:

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.

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