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Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 5:46 PM
Clean-up efforts began Thursday after severe weather ripped through the Miami Valley overnight, bringing an outbreak of tornadoes in the north and severe flooding in the south.
Three tornadoes struck Wednesday night — two in Clark County and one in Miami County — the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday, but warnings were issued in Greene, Warren and Preble counties too.
No injuries were reported.
“I was extremely surprised,” Bethel Twp. Fire Chief Jacob King said. “It’s a miracle.”
His township included the hardest-hit area, Park Layne, where a confirmed EF1 tornado (with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour) ripped through a Sunoco Gas Station and damaged the Mel-o-Dee Restaurant, Family Dollar and Motor Sports of Dayton.
King said rescue crews had to free a woman from the Family Dollar on South Dayton-Lakeview Road.
“We received a call of a person trapped inside the Family Dollar who said they couldn’t get out of the bathroom of the storage area because the doors were jammed shut,” King said. “Our crews arrived on the scene, did a rampant assessment of the facility, forced entry and was able to rescue that one occupant from the building.”
The person was unharmed, King said, and he was happy to find out no one was hurt during the storm.
The Mel-O-Dee restaurant could be closed for up to three weeks because of broken air conditioning units and a structural truss damaged. The beloved Clark County restaurant has been open since 1965 and is known for its broaster chicken and other dishes made from scratch.
Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District, said eight of 10 restaurants were back in business after the storms caused closures.
Another EF1 tornado (about 90 miles per hour) was confirmed about five miles southeast of Piqua.
An EF0 tornado (with maximum winds of 75 miles per hour) tore branches off trees and threw them onto and through mobile homes at McMahan’s Mobile Home. Residents reported extensive damage, including holes in roofs that allowed water to pour right in.
Residents said they were alerted to the danger by watching Storm Center 7 coverage on WHIO-TV.
“I was watching the news, watching Channel 7 news, and it showed it coming this way and I was looking and said, ‘it’s coming right for this mobile home park,’” said one resident. “That’s when I went outside, the rain stopped and got real calm, and that’s when it hit.”
In Butler County, storm damage included thousands of gallons of water in flooded basements.
Firefighters rescued 15 people, eight adults and seven children, after high water trapped them at Sebald Park in Madison Twp., Butler County Wednesday. Crews said high water cut off access to a bridge in the park, trapping multiple people in the high water.
Those trapped in the park included a pregnant woman and people with medical issues, according to Madison Twp. Fire Department Chief Kent Hall.
Hamilton resident Rebecca Lee called 911 when heavy rains swept up her green Honda Odyssey on Wednesday night between Tabor and Cleveland avenues.
“I got to get out of my car or I am going to drown soon,” Lee said to dispatchers. “I am going to have to get out or die. There is water up to my waist, and it is getting worse and worse.”
Ben Johnson, who lives on Taylor School Road, said he felt “shear panic” as the storms blew through, flooding his basement, destroying appliances and knocking out a door in the basement. He lost a washer, dryer, refrigerator, video games and couch.
Staff Writers Parker Perry, Allyson Brown, Jim Ingram, Wayne Baker, Rick McCrabb and the Breaking News Team contributed reporting.
STORM CENTER 7 WEEKEND FORECAST
Friday: The day will begin dry with pleasant conditions. Highs will reach the middle 70s with some sunshine early. Scattered storms will develop toward late evening and continue into Friday night. A few storms could be strong as they arrive before weakening late Friday night.
Saturday: Most areas should be dry in the morning, but isolated storms could be triggered in the afternoon. Scattered showers and storms could develop into the evening. Some storms could be strong or severe. Highs will be in the 80s with muggy conditions.
Sunday: Scattered showers and storms move through the first half of the day. A few storms could be strong, possibly severe. The eastern Miami Valley may still have a few storms around late afternoon. The area dries out into the night. Daytime highs will be around 80 with still-muggy conditions.
Monday: At least some portion of Memorial Day should be dry, though another front will approach that could trigger a few showers or storms in the evening and into the night. Highs will reach the middle 70s with sunshine and scattered clouds.
Tuesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a passing shower possible. Highs in the middle 70s.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:19 AM
DAYTON — A Dayton man reportedly threatened to shoot an Oregon District tavern before making similar threats to an area woman, according to investigators.
Killian Thomas, 29, was detained in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated menacing, obstructing official business and resisting arrest early Sunday morning.
Dayton police officers were flagged down by staff at Ned Pepper's around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the report. Staff reported that after asking Thomas to leave the establishment, he threatened to return with a gun to shoot it up.
The staff asked that Thomas be trespassed from Ned Pepper's and Hole In The Wall, read the report.
When police spoke to Thomas to document the trespass, he was reportedly uncooperative in providing his identification.
Shortly after, officers were flagged down near Hole In The Wall, where Thomas was seen yelling at a woman in a parking lot, according to the report.
The woman reportedly told police that Thomas, who is an acquaintance, threatened to shoot up her home.
When police caught up with Thomas and informed him that he was under arrest, he grabbed onto the railing at Ned Pepper's, read the report.
After Thomas reportedly ignored multiple commands to let go of the railing, police were able to cuff him.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:39 AM
DAYTON — The Dayton VA Medical Center nursing home earned two stars out of five in a quality rating system, according to the agency.
Cleveland and Cincinnati also received two stars while Chillicothe received one, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Nearly half, or 60 of the VA’s 133 nursing homes received a one-star rating, the newspaper reported.
The results were disclosed after USA Today and Boston Globe obtained the internal VA reports, officials said. On average, VA nursing homes scored worse last year then their private sector counterparts on nine of 11 key indicators, including rates of anti-psychotic drug prescription and residents’ deterioration , officials said.
The VA nursing home system overall compares “closely”with private nursing homes despite caring for typically sicker patients,
VA officials reportedly told USA Today.
Sixty VA nursing homes saw improvements in their ratings over last year, and only one had a “meaningful decline” VA spokesman Curt Cashour told the newspaper.
A request for comment was left with a Dayton VA spokesman Monday.
MUST SEE QUICK READS
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:28 AM
Free testing will be available for National HIV Testing Day on June 27 at sites around the area, according to Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.
About 1,900 people are living with HIV in Butler, Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties, the health department stated. One out of seven don’t know.
People between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV yearly.
Testing sites will be at:
Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center
1323 W. Third St. Dayton
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free rapid HIV testing as well as testing for Hepatitis C, syphilis, pregnancy, glucose, blood pressure.
Preble County General Health District - Reproductive Health Clinic
615 Hillcrest Drive Eaton
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free gift cards with rapid HIV test.
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio in Dayton
224 N Wilkinson St., Dayton
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:29 AM
— In late June just a year ago, a Thunderbird jet flipped over after taxiing at the Dayton International Airport.
The crash occurred on June 23 prior to the Dayton Air Show, and injured Pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves and Tactical Aircraft Maintainer Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova. The F-16 sustained significant damage, and the Thunderbirds cancelled all performances at the air show.
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The Thunderbirds jet mishap was the first major aviation related incident at the air show since the fatal crash of a wing walker and a pilot in front of thousands of horrified spectators on June 22, 2013.
Air shows can be risky for performers. Approximately 52 percent of civil air show crashes that occurred from 1993 to 2013 involved at least one fatality, according to FAA’s General Aviation and Air Taxi Survey and the National Transportation Safety Board data. The data studied 174 civil air show crashes.
Do you think air shows are safe for performers and spectators? https://t.co/v5m2tFXk5v— Kara Driscoll (@KaraDDriscoll) June 18, 2018
Here’s what we know about air show safety:
1. How many deaths have occurred as a result of crashes and mishaps at air shows and races in the U.S.?
This news organization reviewed data from the Federal Aviation Administration, which showed that 44 fatalities have occurred in the past decade as a result of injuries sustained in crashes and incidents at air shows and races in the United States. This news organization reviewed fatality reports from 2007 to 2017. That number increases looking at incidents globally.
2. Have deaths occurred at the Dayton Air Show?
In Dayton, three deaths have occurred since 2007 at the air show. In 2013, a stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker.
Wicker was wing walking at the time of the crash, sitting on the underside of the inverted 450 HP Stearman named “Aurora.”
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The plane did a cartwheel and burst into flames as it hit the ground. A fire truck was at the crash within two minutes and extinguished the flames.
In 2007, aerobatic pilot Jim LeRoy failed to maintain clearance from the ground during an acrobatics routine and crashed his 400-horsepower, single-seat biplane, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The safety board found that “smoke oil” present in the air where the performers were flying also contributed to the crash.
LeRoy’s yellow Bulldog Pitts continued from a spiral spin into the ground, slid 300 feet and burst into flames. LeRoy was killed on impact.
3. How many crashes have occurred in the past decade?
Approximately, 96 aviation accident reports related to air races and shows have been filed since 2007, according to NTSB data. However, most of the accidents investigated did not result in fatalities.
4. What has been the worst air show crash in recent U.S. history?
A plan crashed into spectators at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada in September 2011. The crash killed the pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 spectators. It also injured more than 60 others, according to federal investigators.
5. What regulations are in place to keep pilots and spectators safe at air shows?
The FAA provides aviation event organizers with assistance when planning a safe aviation event. Planes are no longer allowed to fly over crowds at air shows inn the U.S., and significant changes occurred after the Reno accident in 2011. Spectators have to be staged a specific distance away from where planes are performing now, and airshows have to follow a ground operations plan.
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