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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— 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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
The wave created by the unusually high water is on par with one of the best river features in the nation, Thomas said.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
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Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:50 AM
— UPDATE @2:50 a.m. (June 19): Power has been restored in Montgomery County, according to DP&L.
UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m. (June 19):
Outages in Montgomery County number nearly 1,300, according to the Dayton Power & Light’s online outage map.
At 11 p.m., there were more than 4,100 power outages reported.
UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. (June 19):
There are 1,586 Dayton Power & Light customers without power, down from more than 4,100 without service in Montgomery County reported at 11 p.m. Monday.
UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (June 19):
Power has been restored to half of the original 4,100 customers reported out of service at 11 p.m.
There are now 2,138 without power as Dayton Power & Light crews work to restore service.
The cause of the outage is unknown.
UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.:
About 500 people have power restored so far when Dayton Power & Light’s online outage map reported 4,100 customers in the dark.
There are now just more than 3,600 without power.
More than 4,100 Dayton Power & Light customers are in the dark in Montgomery County.
Crews were sent to investigate why service was interrupted and to restore power, according to a utility spokeswoman.
The power outage was reported at 11:07 p.m.
According to the online outage map, service is expected to be restored by 1 a.m.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:18 PM
DAYTON — A man is in custody after standing naked in the road while popping balloons with his mouth, according to Dayton police reports.
Samuel Tumaini, 25, was detained in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of public indecency early Monday morning.
Police were dispatched to Newport Avenue around 12:45 a.m. after a report of a man standing in the road naked while staring off into the distance, according to the report.
On arrival, officers saw the suspect standing in the road, popping balloons with his mouth while naked, read the report.
The officers reportedly called him to approach the vehicle and then handcuffed him and placed him in the back of the cruiser. Officers noted a language barrier while attempting to speak to the man, according to the report.
They located his clothes on the ground nearby, read the report.
After the suspect was detained, a woman approached the officers and said the man stares at her and her underage niece while they are outside, read the report.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:45 PM
CLAYTON — A driver who ran a red light tonight caused as three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Taywood and Old Salem roads.
The vehicles involved in the crash reported around 8:15 p.m. included a pickup truck, car and minivan, which was on its side.
It is not clear whether there were any injuries, but there initially was someone trapped in the overturned vehicle, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.
One of the drivers was cited for a red-light violation, but dispatch was not able to confirm which vehicle’s driver was at fault.
Crews cleared the scene at 9:40 p.m., dispatch said.