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Meet the 2017 winners of’s Best of Dayton poll

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:56 AM

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We know you’ve been waiting. 

After thousands of nominations, even more votes, and careful tallying, winners of the Best of 2017 poll were announced at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

With more than 100 categories, you’ll find winners from Best Burger and Best Pizza to Best Happy Hour and Best Bar Bathroom.

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightclubs

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Culture, Music & Entertainment

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Shopping & Services

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING   and WATCH issued for parts of region; hail, damaging winds possible

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Hail, gusty winds and heavy rain the main concern with storms this evening.

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  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Darke, Mercer counties until 5:45 p.m.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Wayne Co, IN, Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby counties until 11 p.m.
  • Strong storms developing this evening
  • Heavy rain , hail and damaging winds the main threat
  • Isolated spin-up tornado possible 

>> 5-Day Forecast


THIS EVENING:Partly cloudy, warm and muggy to start the evening, then scattered showers and storms are expected to develop. One or two storms could become intense with heavy rain, hail and strong winds. There is also a minor threat for an isolated spin-up tornado. Areas north of I-70 would be in the best position for the tornado threat as a warm front will be pushing north through the Miami Valley. Storms that form along or ahead of the front will likely be the strongest. It will be an evening to watch closely and how quickly the front moves. Once the sun sets and the front moves out of the area, the threat for severe weather will decrease. Storms are still possible until about 2am, then some lingering showers after that with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures this evening will fall through the 70s, then to a low in the middle 60s overnight.

>> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TUESDAY: Partly sunny, warm and muggy again with the chance of a few passing showers or storms, mainly during the peak heating of the day. Severe threat is low, but areas to the south and east of Dayton could see an isolated strong to severe storm with gusty winds and hail the main concern. Highs for the day climbing to around 80 degrees. A cold front will pass and high pressure settles in for the night. Skies will clear, humidity will drop and temperatures will fall into the upper 50s.

WEDNESDAY: Finally a dry and comfortable day with a mixture of sun and clouds and a high in the upper 70s. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice with highs in the lower 80s.

FRIDAY: A great way to finish the week with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Highs in the middle 80s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and a more humid. Chance of a few pop-up shower or storms into the afternoon. Highs in the middle 80s

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Student brings loaded gun to Moraine school, police say

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:53 PM

A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine Monday morning.

UPDATE@5:54 p.m.

All students at the Education Service Center have physical or behavioral disabilities, said Frank DePalma, superintendent for the Educational Service Center. The Moraine school serves sixth grades through 22-year-olds, he said. 

Teachers at the school became aware of the gun Monday morning when they heard students talking about it as they got off the bus, DePalma said. Teachers immediately confiscated the student’s backpack, where the gun was, so it was never taken into the building, the superintendent said. 

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The state does not allow the school to expel students. The most they can do is suspend them for several days, DePalma said. School officials are waiting for the results of the police investigation before discipline the student for bringing the gun to school, he said. 

 “There is no good motive to bring a gun to a school,” DePalma said, noting that he’s pleased that the school’s safety protocol worked. 

UPDATE @ 5:23 p.m.

The Superintendent for the Education Service Center in Moraine said the school works with students with physical or behaviorial disabilities from grade 6 through students age 22.

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Frank DePalma said this morning students were getting off the bus when teachers heard them talking about a gun. The student’s backpack was confiscated and the gun was never brough in to the building.

DePalma said the school is waiting for the police investigation to determine discipline for the student with the gun.

The state does not allow ECS to expel students, only to suspend students for several days.

DePalma is pleased the school’s safety protocol worked Monday morning.


A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine this morning, according to Moraine police.

The incident was reported around 8 a.m. and no injuries were reported, police said.

Officers responded to the school on Kettering Boulevard after becoming aware of the incident, Sgt. Jon Spencer with the Moraine Police said.

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According to Spencer, the student was taken into custody and the weapon was recovered by staff members.

Police said the student was allegedly carrying the loaded weapon in his backpack when it was discovered.

A motive for why the weapon was brought to school is still under investigation, Spencer said.

Staff members were notified of the weapon, which prompted the investigation, Spencer said.

The student was transported to the juvenile detention center and could face charges of a CCW violation, illegal conveyance of a weapon and inducing panic, Spencer said.

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Can 9-1-1 always find you? System failed in some local emergencies 

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

911 Dispatcher Placed On Leave Following Teen's Death Inside Van

Can 9-1-1 always find you? System failed in some local emergenciesHowever, the system did not work for Charles Romine, 71, of Dayton.

 "I need a rescue. I've been on these rock for like, three hours," said Romine in his call to 9-1-1 last September. 

 When Romine gave them the wrong location, police and paramedics could not find him. Two days later, his body was discovered in Wolf Creek. His grandson said the 9-1-1 emergency system failed his family. 

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 "We're still hurting. It's hard to look at pictures," said Darshawn Romine, the victim's grandson. "9-1-1 should be able to find you. We're dealing with the police." 

 A Dayton Police Department review said initially, that GPS location data was available. Since it can be inaccurate, officials said the Regional Dispatch Center went with directions from the caller. Chief Deputy Rob Streck declined to comment on the Romine case, but he said the technology is still not advanced enough to find the location of everyone who calls 9-1-1. 

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 "Their phone could be showing up in a ten-block radius or it could be showing up pinpointing the building that you're standing in and right now it's kind of a coin toss which one's coming up," Streck said.  

 There was another recent problem involving a car crash in Greene County.

Can 911 find you?

 "Both drivers were trapped and seconds matter," said Jeff Leaming, Sugarcreek Township Fire Chief. 

 The victims survived their injuries but the emergency response was delayed because the caller gave them the wrong location. 

 "Most of us think if we dial 9-1-1 we don't need to say a word and someone will come and help me and that's not the case," Leaming said.  

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 The death of a Cincinnati teenager trapped in his family's van has attracted national attention. Kyle Plush became trapped in the third row folding seat of the van on April 10 in the parking lot at his school. He couldn't breathe but managed to call 9-1-1. His body was found not by police, but hours later by his father. 

 So, what can you do to make sure you and your family is safe in an emergency? Gayle Jenkins operates D-N-A Computers in Kettering. She said if something like this were to happen, and you have an iPhone, you can send an emergency S-O-S.

 "It will automatically send text messages to contacts that you set to receive those messages with pre-programmed message and your location," said Jenkins. 

FILE - In this April 10, 2018 photo, a minivan is removed from the parking lot near the Seven Hills School campus in Cincinnati. Cincinnati officials expect to review a plan for improving the city's emergency center while police finish an internal investigation into the death of Kyle Plush who twice called 911 to report he was trapped in a minivan. The city's acting manager says he'll present City Council members Monday, April 30, with planned emergency center changes after the failed response to Plush's calls for help on April 10.(Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)

 I decided to put this emergency S-O-S to the test. In my iPhone, I clicked on settings, then emergency S-O-S and entered my photographer's name in my list of emergency contacts. I hit the auto call button and it called 9-1-1 for me. It also sent a message to my photographer's phone telling him that I had a medical emergency and gave him my location. 

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 "It's really specific," Jenkins said. "It can get us within five feet of where we are right now."

 Please do not test the emergency S-O-S on your own. We know it works and 9-1-1 is for real emergencies only.

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Photos: Today is the four year anniversary of the ‘1000 year flood’ that shut down two interstates

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

May 21, 2018 is the 4-year anniversary of the day when a flood shut down two major highways in Ohio.

May 21, 2014, a day some local motorists will never forget. Flooded interstates caused hundreds of drivers to be trapped in their cars on I-75 and I-70. Motorists were without food, water and restroom facilities for hours. 

Flooding on I-75 north bound, Mile Marker 71

Flood waters covered all lanes of I-70 near State Route 201 (Brandt Pike) in Huber Heights. Ohio Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed frustrated drivers began making u-turns and driving in the wrong direction on the interstate to exit and find another route. Other motorists could be seen exiting their cars and walking on the interstate. 

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Photo by Steven Ondreck I-70 May 21, 2014

Huber Heights Battalion Chief Keith Knisley said a swollen creek caused the flooding on the interstate. He said it was over a retaining wall that is over 4 feet high.

The situation was similar that day in Miami County on Interstate 75 between Tipp City and Piqua. High water and disabled vehicles made the interstate impassable in the north and southbound lanes near State Route 36 and Farrington where the Great Miami River runs near the interstate. Traffic was also at a standstill on both sides of I-75 just north of Tipp city.

Ohio Department of Transportation crews used snow plows to push water and debris out of the way to allow cars to move again on I-75.

In Clark County, at height of flooding, county Engineer Johnathan Burr said water was 2-1/2 feet deep across Ridgewood Road east.

"The rain just came down so fast and so hard, the roads were overwhelmed," Burr said.

So much rain fell in some locations that the storm was the equivalent of a 1,000-year flood, ODOT said in a report. 

“Another way to say it would be the probability of that amount of rain in that duration has the probability of happening, 0.1 percent chance in a year’s time.”

The highway agency based its analysis on records kept by the Miami Conservancy District and other weather trackers. Total rainfall in the area of flooding was approximately 4.5 inches in roughly a two-hour time period.


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