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Power restored in Bellbrook after tree falls on home

Published: Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 6:27 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

Tree down on Peach Orchard

UPDATE @ 5:26 p.m. 

Power has been restored in Bellbrook. About 350 customers remain without power in Montgomery County, and 29 in Greene County.

UPDATE @11:59 A.M

DP&L reports Monday’s storms were the biggest wave outages they've had since spring/summer storm season started this year. 

Initially 24,000 people were without power. 

Now, DP&L has 33 crews in the field. About 24 are tree crews working on removal and clearing trees/limbs off power lines. 

DP&L brought in extra help from Indiana and neighboring areas.

UPDATE @ 11:12 a.m.

DP&L officials said they are hoping to have 98 percent of the customers that were impacted by Monday’s storms back on line by noon.

Around 1,200 customers were still without power around 11:10 a.m.

RELATED: Widespread storm damage reported in Miami, Montgomery counties

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m.

Dayton Power and Light is utilizing outside resources to assist with power restoration in areas still impacted from Monday evening’s storms.

Indianapolis Power and Light, South Central Power Company and Meade have been called to assist, according to DP&L.

UPDATE @ 8:28 a.m.

Many of the remaining power outages in the Miami Valley will involve removing trees and branches before power can be restored, according to Dayton Power and Light.

Here are the remaining power outages:

  • Montgomery County: 863
  • Miami County: 349
  • Greene County: 159

MORE: Strong winds split tree at Miami County home, send fishing boat into tree

UPDATE @5:55 a.m.

About 1,500 people remain without power in the Miami Valley after strong storms moved through Monday evening.

Power has been restored to thousands of customers already -- 16,000 were without power last evening.

Here are the current outages:

  • Montgomery County: 924
  • Greene County: 214
  • Miami County: 363

UPDATE @4:09 a.m. 

Current outages: 

  • Montgomery County: 1,193
  • Miami County: 307
  • Greene County: 264

UPDATE @3:13 a.m. 

Current outages:

  • Montgomery County: 1,109
  • Miami County: 402
  • Greene County: 227

UPDATE @1:40 a.m. Power has been restored to some in Montgomery County, but additional outages have been reaported in Greene and Miami counties.

RELATED: Widespread storm damage reported in Miami, Montgomery counties

Current outages as of 1:40 a.m.:

  • Montgomery County: 1,243
  • Miami County: 805
  • Greene County: 304 

UPDATE @ 12:33 a.m. (6/6): Power has been restored to several thousand DP&L customers in the Miami Valley, but over 2,000 remain in the dark.

As of 12:35 a.m., DP&L is reporting the following outages:

  • Montgomery County: 1,688 outages
  • Greene County: 298 outages
  • Miami County: 776 Counties

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m. (6/5):  Just more than 7,000 homes and businesses are still without power as DP&L works to restore electric service in the aftermath of Monday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms.

Here’s the latest tally about 11:30 p.m., according to the DP&L online outage map:

  • 6,026 in Montgomery County 
  • 820 in Miami 
  • 299 in Greene

UPDATE @ 10:18 p.m.

Nearly half of the over 17,000 Montgomery County homes that lost power Monday evening have had service restored, while over 8,800 remain without, according to a DP&L Outage Map.

Miami County has experienced a fluctuating number of outages throughout the evening with over 900 currently without power.

RELATED: Widespread storm damage reported in Miami, Montgomery counties

Strong winds took down trees and power lines Monday evening leading to, at one point, nearly 18,000 power outages. A DP&L spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

UPDATE @ 6:51 p.m.

Storm damage has left more than 16,000 customers without power in Montgomery County, according to a DP&L online outage map.

Numerous reports of trees and power lines down have kept energy crews busy Monday evening.

RELATED: Photos from tonight’s storms

An outage map from DP&L shows over 17,000 without power in Montgomery County. Over 400 are without power in Miami County and another 114 in Greene County.

More than 400 are reported without power in Miami County, according to DP&L, with thousands reported earlier in the evening.

Viewers continue to send us reports and photos of damage throughout both counties, with one caller reporting a boat wrapped around the tree of a home near Ludlow Falls.

Heavy winds left this boat mangled around the trunk of a tree in the front yard of a home on Horseshoe Road near Ludlow Falls Monday evening. (Samantha Freels/Cotnributed)

UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m.:

Nearly 2,200 DP&L customers are without power in Montgomery County, according to the outage map. We will continue to monitor the map and update you on any new developments. 


The severe thunderstorms moving through the region Monday afternoon are being blamed for hundreds of power outages.

About 6:10 p.m., roughly 1,330 outages are being reported in Miami County, 45 in Montgomery because of the storms moving through the region, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

We will update this developing report.

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Cook smashes rat’s head with hatchet on Florida BBQ restaurant’s kitchen floor

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

File photo. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
China Photos/Getty Images
File photo. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)(China Photos/Getty Images)

A cook at a rat-infested barbecue restaurant cut the head of a rodent with a hatchet on the kitchen floor, video shows.

The Dixie Pig was shut down and a stop sale on vegetables and ribs was issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation June 14 for 14 violations ,including multiple rodent droppings, according to a state report.

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“Observed four fresh rodent droppings next to trap between True reach-in cooler and Continental reach in cooler in wait station,” the report states. “Observed five fresh rodent droppings behind soda machine at front counter. Observed seven fresh rodent droppings under prep table with can opener in kitchen area.”

The stop sale included a pound of cut onions, 2 pounds of peppers, 5 pounds of pickles and 15 pounds of ribs. 

While the restaurant was closed, video of an employee mutilating the rat, including chopping of its head in the kitchen, was discovered, according to WPLG

"To be honest with you, it's sickening, OK," restaurant owner Sherrie Gentry told WPLG. "It really is."

Cleaning crews and pest control were at the restaurant every day after the closure. 

"We spent 24 hours since that day (cleaning the restaurant,” Manny Varias, kitchen manager for 10 years, told WPLG. “Power-washed everything, looked in every corner with a flashlight."

The restaurant met inspection standards and was allowed to reopen two days later, according to state records.

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Amazon offering new delivery option to Ohio apartment dwellers

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

            Amazon is rolling out its new Hub locker system for people who live in apartment buildings.
Amazon is rolling out its new Hub locker system for people who live in apartment buildings.

Amazon’s newest package pickup method is heading to Ohio.

The Hub by Amazon, is now available for installation across the country, the online retailer announced Tuesday. Over 500,000 residents across the United States already have access to the Hub with thousands more gaining access each month, according to a release.

The new Hub is a locker system that will be located at apartment buildings. Apartment dwellers can use the Hub if they are worried about their packages getting stolen. Unlike the Amazon Locker, the Hub will accepts all packages, not just Amazon purchases.

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“We’re always striving to make things easier for our customers. Building on Amazon’s expertise in locker solutions, the Hub addresses frustrations from property owners, carriers and residents concerning package delivery,” said Patrick Supanc, director of Amazon Worldwide Lockers and Pickup.

There are Hub locations in Ohio, Amazon spokeswoman Alana Broadbent said but she would not share specific locations of those hubs.

Some property owners already using the Hub include AvalonBay, Fairfield Residential, Pinnacle, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, WinnResidential and Equity Residential.


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Don’t miss your chance to have dinner at Roost Events before these Fraze concerts 

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

Roost Events owner Dana Downs. CONTRIBUTED
Roost Events owner Dana Downs. CONTRIBUTED

Roost Events, the restaurant adjacent to Fraze Pavilion, will offer regular dinner service for at least 29 concerts and other events this season. 

The restaurant, formerly Roost American, is located at 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. adjacent to the outdoor music venue.

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“We will be serving classic American fare with some Roost favorites:  Blackened Salmon, Truffle Fries, Grilled Artichokes and Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese,” Roost owner Dana Downs said. A full bar will be available.

Roost Events first opened as Park City Club in late November 2015. The mac and cheese is so good that its simply described as "chef's recipe." The cheese sauce coats penne pasta and is topped with savory cornbread crumbs for some crunch. ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI / STAFF

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Roost will offer diners two separate seatings on its patio, which is a popular destination on show nights: one before the show, for those who have tickets and will be attending the performance, and one as the concert starts, for those who will be listening to music from the patio.

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More information is available at the Roost Facebook page.


The events that Roost Events will open for, according to Downs, are:

Tony Bennett 6/21 

Orleans 6/22 

Neal McCoy 6/24 SUNDAY 

Black Violin 6/28 

Motown Sounds of TOUCH 6/29 

Michael W. Smith 6/30 

Roger Daltry TOMMY 7/2 

Satisfaction 7/11 

Dave Koz 7/20 

O.A.R. 7/24 

Live at the Fillmore 7/26 

Jim Gaffigan 7/27 

Southern Uprising 7/28 

Draw the Line 8/2 

Flippo 8/3 

REBA 8/4 

Happy Together 8/9 

Roots & Boots 8/10 

Vince Gill 8/13 

The Avett Bros 8/14 

The Menus 8/17 

Get the Led Out 8/22 

Earth, Wind and Fire 8/23 

Sweet Caroline 8/25 

Culture Club /Boy George 9/5 

Euge Groove and Peter White 9/6 

Ringo Star 9/11

Roost Events by chef/owner Dana Downs, is more than a a good excuse to visit Lincoln Park Boulevard for Fraze concert season. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

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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 @ 1:04 PM

Damaging winds and flooding the main threat.

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. 

McCall Vrydaghs/Staff

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  • Isolated strong to severe storms possible 
  • Flash Flood Watch for northern counties until midnight
  • More storms in the afternoon & evening

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY:Partly to mostly cloudy skies today, warm and humid with highs around 80 degrees. As an area of low pressure pushes closer to the Miami Valley, some afternoon showers and storms develop. Some isolated strong to severe storms are possible. Weather hazards included localized heavy rain and strong winds. Rainfall could lead to minor flooding. Cities and towns north of I-70 are under a Flash Flood Watch until midnight. Although the chances are very low, a brief spin-up can't be ruled out. Showers and storms will taper through the evening and overnight. Staying mild tonight with lows in the middle 60s.-

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

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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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