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Officials discuss Bethel Twp. tornado damage

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Park Layne Daylight Damage

UPDATE 12:33 p.m.

Park Layne resident Sherlene Oliver was attending church with her husband in Greene County when the tornadoes struck Wednesday evening, she said. 

“Some of us went in the basement,” she said. “Some of us went home."
When the tornado cleared the area, they went home, she said. 

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“We had to come down Osborne Road,” Oliver said. “Trees everywhere.” 

Oliver was grateful no one was hurt.

“Thank God for that … We were very blessed not to have no one killed,” she said. Oliver has been living in Park Layne since 1974 when her parents moved to the area from Kentucky. 

“This is home to me,” Oliver said.

UPDATE @ 10 a.m. 

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office was out in the area till 1:30 a.m. assessing the damaging, according to sheriff’s office officials at the news conference. Deputies were looking for people that may have been homeless. They transported people that may have lost their homes. 

Someone was trapped inside Family Dollar bathroom and had to be rescued. 

There were two tornadoes that struck the area. The township is waiting on confirmation from the National Weather Service.  

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A major hazard that resulted from the tornadoes was a leak from a primary line, according to Jacob King, the Bethel Fire Twp. fire chief.

Other damages included trees through houses, roofs that were torn off houses. 

Buildings behind the Sunoco gas station had to be evacuated, King said. 

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The tornadoes on Wednesday mark the second and third in the township within the last few weeks, according to King. 

No injuries were reported. 

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“That’s very unique for us,” King said. “It’s a miracle in my book.”

The damage assessment is still ongoing, according to officials.

UPDATE @ 8:07 a.m.

Clark County authorities have announced a 10 a.m. press conference to provide an update on tornado damage in Park Layne.

We will bring that information to you live as it is released.

Storm damage in Clark County

UPDATE @ 6:43 a.m. 

Peggy Aten, a Park Layne resident and a Community Markets employee, said she had not been inside the store yet, but the roof was laying in the parking lot.

On Wednesday night, she was on her porch when she saw a big flash of light. 

“I just watched that whole big black cloud roll,” she said. “It was unreal.” 

Aten said was surprised no one was hurt. 

“It’s been a long time since we had a storm like that,” she said.

UPDATE @ 5:35 a.m. 

Deputies in Clark County said the sheriff’s department is expected to hold a press conference Thursday to update damage reports throughout the county. 

A time and location were not immediately available. 

WATCH: Clark Co. sheriff gives update on tornado damage

EARLIER REPORT

There is heavy damage from Wednesday night’s tornadoes and severe weather in several locations in Miami, Greene and Clark counties.

The National Weather Service is working to confirm the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns in the Miami Valley Wednesday evening.

>>PHOTOS: Storm damageStorms clouds roll in

A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235, in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road in Park Layne, has been destroyed and other businesses in that area have been damaged.

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The Churchill Manor apartment complex, located behind the Sunoco station, has been partially evacuated due to storm damage. Firefighters said occupants of two of the three buildings in the complex will be displaced. One building is missing its roof, while the second roof was leaking.

Victory Motors has been damaged. The side of the store has been blown off. A Family Dollar store and a McDonald’s have been damaged as well.

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This Family Dollar store in Park Layne, Clark County, was heavily damaged in Wednesday night's storm and suspected tornado. (Gabrielle Enright/Staff)

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We will update this report as warranted.

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Humidity builds with threat of storms to start Memorial Day weekend

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Temperatures climbing with the chance for storms over the next few days.

Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures holding in the lower 80s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Air Pollution Advisory in effect for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties
  • Increasing clouds, warmer night ahead
  • Scattered T-storms expected to start holiday weekend
  • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day

WHIO Weather App will keep you weather aware 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST:

Tonight: Skies will become partly cloudy as increasing humidity arrives. Temperatures will rise overnight, holding in the middle 60s.

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Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with scattered thunderstorms developing by afternoon. Highs will climb into the lower to middle 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy skies and humid conditions are expected with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s with a heat index in the lower 90s.

Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine is in the forecast for Monday but it will remain hot and humid. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees. 

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>> 5-Day Forecast

Tuesday: Expect partly cloudy skies with muggy conditions and a high near 90 degrees.

Wednesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms developing. Highs will drop back into the middle 80s. 

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Family of woman slain in drive-by shooting frustrated with lack of info from police

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:48 PM

Family of woman slain in drive-by shooting hold vigil

The family of Sherrell Wheatley is frustrated that Dayton police have not given them any new information about the drive-by shooting that left the 62-year-old woman dead. 

As many as 60 family members and friends turned out Friday evening to remember Wheatley, who was felled by gunfire the evening of May 19. 

Homicide investigators have offered no public statements about a suspect or person of interest in the slaying. 

Wheatley was struck down in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue as she was walking near a home police believe was targeted in the gunfire. 

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At the vigil, family and friends were given the chance to share their memories of Wheatley and several people took the opportunity to speak, said Janett Jones-Gilliard, a cousin. 

As many as 60 people turned out Friday evening, May 25, 2018, to remember Sherrell Wheatley, a mother and grandmother gunned down by stray gunfire on May 19. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

"We have no idea," she said, when asked about where the investigation is at this point. 

"Haven't heard a word" from police about the case, she said. 

"We miss her. We love her," Jones-Gilliard said of Wheatley. 

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Senate defense bill has $66M less for Wright-Patt project than House

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:43 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

The Senate Armed Services Committee has set aside $116 million for a National Air and Space Intelligence Center complex expansion at Wright-Patterson, millions less than a House version in a defense bill, but a spokeswoman says U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will advocate for the full amount.

The $182 million project would vastly expand NASIC, add new computer labs and equipment and relieve overcrowding as the agency has grown to more than 3,000 workers over the past 15 years, authorities have said. The secretive intelligence agency provides assessments of air, space and cyber threats to national political and military leaders.

“This is important for the political and national security work done at NASIC and good for the base,” Portman said.

In a House version of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, the authorization bill combined what had been two years of funding for the project — $116 million one year, and $66 million for the next — into one year.

Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said Friday while the Senate version wasn’t expected to impact construction, the senator would advocate for the full amount when it takes up the issue in June.

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The Air Force had initially asked for the funding in two separate amounts over different years.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, whose district includes Wright-Patterson, had advocated for the funding in one year in the House legislation.

The House Armed Services Committee member said in an interview sit was a “big win” for the base “which gives us the assurance this is a project that will go forward.”

As national decision makers and others have demanded more intelligence, NASIC’s workforce has increased by about 1,500 employees, or 100 a year between 2000 and 2015, according to the agency.

The building would bring employees in six different locations into one facility. An expansion would add 900 seats to house intelligence analysts and engineers and add labs.

NASIC expects the Army Corps of Engineers to award a final contact by 2020 with a 2½-year construction schedule. Total funding in future years will determine the size of the expansion, however the Air Force has said NASIC has a deficit of 255,000-square-feet, she said.

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Grand jury indicts defendant accused of using pruning shears to stab a man

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

James Freshour (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)
James Freshour (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

A Montgomery County grand jury Friday indicted 53-year-old James Freshour of Dayton stemming from an attack earlier this month during which he used pruning shears to stab a man.

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Freshour was arrested at the scene.

He remains in the county jail on two counts of felonious assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 31, according to online court records.

The 55-year-old victim was taken to a hospital from the incident, which occurred May 1 at a rooming house on Clover Street, Dayton police said.

We checked with Miami Valley Hospital on Friday evening, and the victim is no longer listed as a patient.

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