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Surfers on the raging Great Miami? Calls pour into 911

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Police in Dayton have released a 911 call indicating that a man was in the river near the Salem Avenue bridge and appeared to be surfing on the rough waters.

Emergency dispatchers received multiple 911 calls Monday reporting two people potentially drowning in the Great Miami River, bloated and raging after Sunday’s record rainfall.

But surfers Shannon Thomas and Josh Wright were having the times of their lives.

“I had a blast. It was probably one of the best surfs I’ve had in a while,” Thomas said.

The professional river surfer was about to begin his last surf when ambulances, fire trucks, police and park rangers — and a water rescue boat — arrived near the River Run drop just upstream from the Monument Avenue bridge.

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“Basically, people aren’t educated enough,” said Thomas, 32. “They see somebody in the river and they immediately think they are drowning. They can’t fathom why someone would be out there on a board surfing.”

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Thomas, a 2003 Fairmont High School graduate, said he and friend Wright were taking all the proper precautions: using a buddy system, wearing helmets, wetsuits, PFDs and outfitted with leashes that could quickly be released in case of entanglement.

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“At no point were me or my buddy in distress,” said Thomas, who tapped his helmet at the arriving emergency responders, an international symbol that one is not in danger.

While the river where the men surfed is typically much safer now that a low dam has been removed, it can still be extraordinarily hazardous under certain conditions — more so without proper training, said Amy Dingle, director of Outdoor Connections at Five Rivers MetroParks.

Surfers make use of Great Miami waves

“The men surfing the River Run on Monday were highly skilled, which allowed them to assess the action and temperature of the water, and they took every safety precaution,” said Dingle, a former Olympic team kayaker.  

Everyone must consider their skill level and experience when deciding whether to get on the water, she said.  

“We encourage anyone who hasn’t had training or extensive experience to stay off the river when it’s flooded,” Dingle said. “And always wear a life jacket.”

After exiting the river, Thomas said he had a 20-minute talk with authorities.

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“They were basically threatening me with inciting or inducing panic,” he said.

Thomas, who is sponsored by Badfish Stand Up Paddle, said he was not cited because he broke no laws.

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The wave created by the unusually high water is on par with one of the best river features in the nation, Thomas said.

“At that level it’s very similar to the Glenwood Springs, Colo., wave, which is probably one of the most famous waves in the country,” he said.

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Flash Flood Watch issued for some, isolated storms possible today

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tracks the chance for more storms Friday.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for some counties in the area until midnight. 

The watch is in effect for Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby counties until midnight. 

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  • Damaging winds 
  • Minor flooding risk in the afternoon
  • More storms in the afternoon & evening

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY:Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off. 

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SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night. 

SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry. 

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine. 

TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s. 

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LATEST: Rumpke trash truck pulled from Xenia nursing home it rammed

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Trash truck strikes nursing home in Xenia

UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m.: The Rumpke trash truck has been pulled from the building it crashed into this morning. 

PHOTOS: Trash truck crashes into front of nursing home

The office the Rumpke trash truck hit was the home administrator's office, Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson said. The nursing home administrator was in the front of the building and was not injured. 

"We've had some of these issues before [a car hit the treasurer's office on Main Street some time ago]... I wasn't expecting to see a trash truck actually inside our building," he said. 

This is the damage done to the Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Xenia when a Rumpke trash truck crashed into it Thursday morning. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)

Huddleson said, "by the grace of God, the folks that were in those offices were out in the field or out in other places in the building." 

He noted it's hard to imagine that anyone who would have been in the building could have escaped. 

There are about 50 residents in the building, but the entire wing where the truck hit is all administrative/maintenance offices.

There was some ancillary flooding in the damaged portion of the building, because of the sprinkler system that activated. Otherwise, he said, it's business as usual at the nursing home.

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.: 

A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.

No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m. 

A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

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Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor,  711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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House explosion injures 3 people in Columbus

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

Contributed Photo/WBNS-TV
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Three people have been hospitalized following a house explosion in Columbus, according to our news partners WBNS-TV. 

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The incident was reported around 8:15 a.m. at a home in the 400 block of North 20th Street, the station reports. 

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Two of the victims were transported to an Ohio State University hospital and are in critical condition, according to the station and a tweet from the Columbus Division of Fire. The condition of the third victim wasn’t available. 

Firefighters are currently digging through the debris to look for more potential victims, the station reports. 

Investigators are also working to determine the cause of the explosion. 

We’ll update this story as new details become available. 

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Police chief: Officer shoots, kills man who fatally stabbed woman

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

Fairfield police and Ohio BCI on scene of stabbing and shooting on Friday, June 22, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m.: 

Two people, a man and a woman, are dead following a stabbing and officer-involved shooting in Fairfield, according to police. 

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Officers responded to the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive around 6 p.m. Friday after receiving a 911 call from a woman indicating she needed help, Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said. 

The first Fairfield officer on the scene, identified as Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran, found a man stabbing a woman inside the townhouse. 

In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking the man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Maynard said. 

The woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her stab wounds but later died from her injuries. 

“This is a very traumatic event (for) the officers ... this is a sad day,” Maynard said. 

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m.: 

The Butler County Coroner’s Office has responded to the scene of a reported shooting and stabbing on Gelhot Drive in Fairfield. 

Additional details were not available. 

Our crew remains on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT:

Officers are on the scene of a shooting and stabbing that occurred in Fairfield Friday morning.

The incident was reported around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive. 

A medical helicopter was requested to the scene, but was unable to fly.

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Officers were reportedly on scene when the shooting happened. No officers were injured, according to initial reports.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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