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Lightning strikes cause multiple house fires in Darke Co.

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 9:01 PM

Lightning strikes are to blame for at least two house fires in Darke County Sunday evening, according to dispatchers.

Firefighters remain at the scene of a now extinguished fire in the 2200 block of McFeeley Petry Road. 

Crews were sent to an additional fire caused by a lightning strike in on White Springs Road earlier this evening, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said no injuries are reported in either fire, with the scene on McFeeley Petry Road being the more severe of the two fires. A third fire under invest

We continue to monitor this report.

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Local county to hold 11th annual trash bash

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

WATCH: Darke Co. Sheriff warns motorists of volunteers collecting roadside trash

Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer and Darke County Solid Waste Management District Director Krista Fourman are advising motorists to use caution while traveling Darke County roadways on the weekend of April 21st and 22nd.

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During those dates Darke County will be holding its 11th Annual Trash Bash. Over 1100 volunteers and organizations will be cleaning up 735 miles of Darke County and Township roads. These volunteers will be walking along roadways and picking up trash. The volunteer’s vehicles will be parked along or near the roads where the trash pick up is occurring. Participants should be wearing bright colored shirts to increase visibility. Trash pick up is scheduled to occur from dawn to dusk on Saturday and Sunday, April 21st and 22nd.


Motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention to volunteers working near the roadway. For information on how you can volunteer you can visit the event’s website: Trash Bash 2018

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The brand new IHOP that didn’t open. What’s the holdup?

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Miller Lane IHOP breakfast restaurant on Benchwood Road near York Commons has not opened, and its potential customers want to know why.

The parking lot is striped, the brand-new chairs are neatly stacked atop the brand-new dining tables, the occupancy permit has been obtained. The only things missing are employees, customers, an unlocked front door — and a short stack of pancakes or two. 

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The IHOP restaurant that was built last fall and this winter at 3324 Benchwood Road near the Miller Lane/York Commons development in Vandalia is all revved up and ready to go, but it still has not opened. And no one is saying exactly why. 

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Messages were left with a spokeswoman for IHOP corporate, the CEO of the company that is acting as area developer for IHOP in the region and with a franchise owner-operator of the Dayton-area IHOP restaurants in Beavercreek, Huber Heights and Springfield. Those messages have not been returned. 

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A spokeswoman for Las Cruces, New Mexico-based PDG/Prestige Development Group, the development company that has overseen development of the other three Dayton-Springfield IHOPs, told this news outlet in January that the restaurant was scheduled to open in early February. In late January, the spokeswoman revised the opening date to mid-March. Last week, on April 13, the same spokeswoman said, “I don’t yet have a date” for the restaurant’s opening.

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Rich Hopkins, a spokesman for the city of Vandalia, said there are no hangups from the city’s perspective, and city officials have not been notified of the reasons for the delay. In fact, the restaurant received its occupancy permit from the city — usually the final or nearly final bureaucratic step necessary before a retail establishment’s opening — on Feb. 2.

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Potential customers are getting curious and a bit impatient.

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“I get inquiries on it all the time by community members and business people,” said Will Roberts, president and CEO of the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. An employee of the Frisch’s restaurant across the street said she is asked about the dormant-but-brand-new restaurant by many of her customers. 

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If or when the restaurant does open, IHOP will have doubled its Miami Valley footprint since last summer as part of the chain’s re-entry into the Dayton-area market. An IHOP opened Sept. 5, 2017 at 7611 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights.  

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IHOP opened the first of what had been projected to be as many as seven IHOP locations in the region in October 2015 on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, and the second one in October 2016 on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.

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The region had multiple IHOP locations in the 1970s and 1980s, including one near Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall and one on Shiloh Springs Road near the former Salem Mall, but those restaurants closed nearly three decades ago.

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Kitchen fire will close Brunch Club restaurant until weekend, owner says

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 9:01 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Kitchen fire will close Brunch Club restaurant until weekend, owner says

UPDATE @ 10 a.m.: 

The Brunch Club is expected to be closed a few days, with the hope of reopening this weekend after a fire broke out in the kitchen Wednesday morning. 

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The fire started when a grill was turned on, according to investigators, but fire was quickly controlled by a suppression system. 

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No customers were inside the restaurant when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported. 

Fire at the Brunch Club restaurant

UPDATE @ 9:15 a.m.

A fire at the Brunch Club restaurant in Dayton has been contained, according to initial reports. 

Other details were not immediately available. 

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Fire crews have responded to reports a fire at the Brunch Club restaurant in downtown Dayton Wednesday morning. 

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Firefighters responded to the restaurant at 601 South Main Street around 8:50 a.m. and reported smoke was coming from the building, according to initial reports. 

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Scanner traffic from the scene indicates the fire started in the kitchen, but might have spread into other parts of the building. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page when new details are available. 

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Woman accused of threatening to shoot officers ID’d

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Marshall Gorby/Staff
Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 10:28 a.m. (April 20):

The woman taken into custody during a standoff on Wesleyan Road has been identified as Carlesia Moore, 26.

UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m.: 

A standoff in Dayton ended with a woman in custody after she threatened to shoot at officers, according to investigators. 

Officers responded to the home in the 1500 of Wesleyan Road around 10:30 a.m. on reports of a woman inside the house with a warrant for her arrest and was in possession of a handgun, Dayton police Lt. Eric Sheldon said. 

Police made contact with the woman, who then threatened to shoot officers, Sheldon said. 

SWAT was requested to negotiate with her, along with the woman’s probation officer, police said. Around 12:30 p.m., the woman exited the house peacefully. 

A man was also initially detained at the scene, but it wasn’t immediately known if he was arrested or would face any charges. 

Additional details were not available. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

Two people, a man and a woman, have exited a Dayton home on Wesleyan Road and have been taken into custody following a standoff with police. 

Police have not indicated the nature of the standoff and additional details about the investigation were not immediately available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

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Multiple police officers have responded to an address on Wesleyan Road and the road is currently blocked in the area.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of Wesleyan around 11:15 a.m. and remained on the scene around noon.

We’re working to learn why police have responded to the area.

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