Man tells police he accidentally shot himself, causing a car crash

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

            A man told Dayton Police on Tuesday that he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun in the passenger seat of a car.
A man told Dayton Police on Tuesday that he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun in the passenger seat of a car.

An area man reported that he shot himself with his own gun during a car accident in Dayton on Tuesday.

Dayton Police received a call about a hit and run accident around 1:21 a.m. Tuesday. When police arrived to Grandview Medical Center, the officer noticed a red Pontiac Grand Am with heavy damage and deployed air bags parked in the emergency room lot, according to a police report.

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The officer spoke to the driver of the car who said he had lost control of his vehicle near West Stewart Street and struck a telephone pole.

One of two passengers told the officer that he had been cleaning his gun in his lap in the front seat of the car when the weapon “went off” and struck his left hand. Police checked the vehicle and found a bullet hole pointing inward, indicating that a bullet entered the car from the outside, according to a police report.

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The driver of the car then contradicted the passenger’s story, telling police that three of four gunshots rang out when he picked up the passenger. The driver said the gunshots startled him, causing him to lose control of his car, according to a police report.

The car has since been towed to an evidence garage for processing.

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Sinclair to give away a $1,000 scholarship at job fair

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

            Sinclair Community College will give away a scholarship to someone at a Thursday event in building 12.
Sinclair Community College will give away a scholarship to someone at a Thursday event in building 12.

Sinclair Community College is hosting an event on Thursday to showcase its certificate offerings and people who attend will have a chance to win a scholarship.

The event will highlight more than 29 of the college’s short-term certificate programs, according to Sinclair. Employers from 12 area companies will also be at the event to talk to potential students.

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Anyone who attends will have the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and can RSVP to the event online. The event will be held in Sinclair’s building 12 conference center at the intersection of Fourth and Perry streets in downtown Dayton.

Here is a list of employers that will be available to speak at the event:

• Premier Health Care

• Kettering Health Network

• Dayton Children’s Hospital

• PSA Airlines

• Marriott at the University of Dayton

• Fidelity Health Care

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• ABC Scribes

• Assurant

• Art Metals Groups

• Wise Construction Company

• Discount Drug Mart

• Genesis Health Care


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Flash flooding threat today with afternoon storms; hot and humid pattern continues

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

Rain has moved into the Miami Valley area Tuesday afternoon.


  • Storms Today and Tomorrow
  • Hot and humid again
  • Gusty winds and flooding threat 

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Tuesday: Today will be another very warm and muggy day. Temperatures will rise into the upper 80s with a heat index in the middle 90s. Partly sunny skies will give way to some scattered showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon and evening. Due to the high level of moisture in the atmosphere, there is an increased threat for flash flooding. Another weather threat Isolated strong storm could produce strong wind gusts as well. Storms will taper off, especially after sunset when we lose the heating of the day. Still mild and muggy overnight with lows in the lower 70s.

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Wednesday: There will be dry time early. Highs will reach the mid-80s and it will still be muggy. Some passing showers and storms are possible in the afternoon with localized heavy rain being the main threat. Showers and storms will move south into the night.

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Thursday: A boundary to our south should keep the rain chance in the far southern Miami Valley. We’ll see a brief break from the heat and humidity with highs around 80, which is normal. Most will stay dry.

Friday: There will be dry weather early. Clouds will increase and scattered showers and storms will return through the day and evening. Highs will be in the mid-80s. The flash flood threat continues.

>> Cloudy with a chance of podcast

Saturday: Highs will be in the low-80s and it will be muggy. It will be mostly cloudy with a passing shower or storm. It will dry out into the evening.

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Starbucks adds new tropical pink drink to regular menu

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

Starbucks has added a new drink to its permanent menu - the Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refresher.
Starbucks has added a new drink to its permanent menu - the Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refresher.(Starbucks)

Starbucks added a new drink to its permanent menu on Tuesday -- the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher.

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The drink is a “deep magenta color, bursting with sweet, tropical flavors,” Starbucks officials said. Company officials said the color comes from real dragon fruit (also known as pitaya) hand-shaken in the beverage. It does not have artificial colors or sweeteners.

Starbucks has added a new drink to its Refresher series - the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher.(Armstrong Studios, Starbucks)

For customers that want a creamier flavor, Starbucks recommends asking for coconut milk instead of water. This version is called the “Dragon Drink.”

The Mango Dragonfruit Refresher is available on the permanent Starbucks menu, alongside other refreshers beverages, including Strawberry Acai, Very Berry Hibiscus, Pink Drink and Violet Drink.

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The beverage is available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada starting Tuesday, June 19. A grande (16-ounce) beverage is under 100 calories.

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CareFlight more than an ambulance in 35th year: ‘We have a daughter,’ dad says

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service and will be participating in the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend.

The service began in 1983 as the first air medical program in the region and the 65th civilian air ambulance program in the nation to fly critically ill or injured patients. 

"We have a daughter today," Buzz Seilhamer told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald on Wednesday. "CareFlight gave us our daughter back." 

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Seilhamer recounted the night when he received a phone call that his daughter had been in a vehicle accident in Jamestown and had to be taken to a hospital by CareFlight. 

She was in a hospital three months, he said, and he believes the air medical service not only saved her life but also served as a wake-up call. 

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"CareFlight brought her into the realm of reality," Seilhamer said, and offered his daughter a look at how serious situations can become. 

The reality of what CareFlight can do quickly becomes evident as its Dauphin helicopters race across the sky. 

The airships have multiple safety features, several technological advances including night vision goggle compatible lighting and weather radar. Each helicopter can move at up to 180 mph. 

"We've transitioned into the kind of aircraft with unique capabilities that no other air medical aircraft service can do, such as transporting two patients at a time," Mandy Via, outreach manager, flight nurse services, told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald on Wednesday. 

CareFlight flight nurses Stephanie Fitchpatrick, left, and Anna Houser return from a mock crash scene flight to Bradford High School which is part of the program's community outreach. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

Via also said that because CareFlight operates as an IFR program, which means the service is flying by instrument. 

"There are times when weather may not allow another air medical provider to go out, but because we are IFR based" (navigating by reference to instruments in the cockpit)... "we can go out and access patients where others can't." 

Via said she estimates that CareFlight has made more than 35,000 patient transports during its 35-year run. 

"We're always looking at how we can improve, how we can deliver the best care for our patients," she said.

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