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Residents share worries about impact of Dayton school closings

Almost 100 parents, school staff and concerned residents gathered at Meadowdale Elementary on Thursday night to provide feedback to Dayton Public Schools officials who are weighing whether to close any schools. School board member Mohamed Al-Hamdani first said he wanted to dispel the myth that the district plans to close nine schools. That rumor has been repeated in several gatherings around the city...


Two dogs killed from fire on Kerwood Drive in Kettering

Two dogs killed from fire on Kerwood Drive in Kettering

Kettering fire crews have extinguished a house fire on Kerwood Drive in Kettering. Fire crews pulled three dogs from the house and two of them have died according to the Kettering Fire Department.  The residents of the house were not home at the time of the fire and damage is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. A fire investigator is headed to the scene and cause of the fire is currently unknown. ...
NEW DETAILS: Owner, one of two killed in auto dealership shooting, served in military

NEW DETAILS: Owner, one of two killed in auto dealership shooting, served in military

The auto dealership owner found shot to death inside his business on Monday was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran who loved horses and cars, according to an online obituary. Frank D. Buck, 71, and his friend, Lester Golson, 59, were both found dead of apparent gunshot wounds inside of Buck-I Auto Sales after what Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies said was a struggle involving a gun....
4 students arrested as threats rock southwest Ohio schools

4 students arrested as threats rock southwest Ohio schools

Police and school administrators across southwest Ohio spent a frenzied Thursday tracking down threats of violence amid ongoing anxiety after the mass shooting last week at a Parkland, Fla. high school. At least four students — one from Springfield, two from Fairborn and another from New Lebanon — were arrested, police said. Schools in several other communities, including Springboro and...
Dayton: Contaminated sites could pose risk to Mad River well fields

Dayton: Contaminated sites could pose risk to Mad River well fields

Dayton has shuttered two Mad River well field drinking water production sites over fears of the potential for contamination from a firefighting foam contaminant that could eventually threaten dozens of additional groundwater wells, a city leader said. The city closed five drinking water wells at the Tait’s Hill well field in early 2016 as a precaution because of concerns about hot spots of contamination...
Airport police dog gets protective vest

Airport police dog gets protective vest

Dayton International Airport K-9 security dog Gunner received a new bullet-proof protective vest this week, courtesy of employees of Globe Food Equipment, Inc., a Moraine manufacturer. Gunner, on duty since 2016, is a canine partner in a certified explosive detection team with Sgt. Ted Priest, the dog’s handler and partner, the city of Dayton said. RELATED: Road work to pave way for business...
YWCA Hamilton hosting event to introduce new director

YWCA Hamilton hosting event to introduce new director

Wendy Waters-Connell has been selected as executive director for the Hamilton YWCA, and an event to introduce her to the public will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Basil 1791, 241 High St., Hamilton. MORE: This Hamilton group that empowers women has a new permanent leader The event is open to the public and the YWCA is hoping the public will show up and share their questions and observations with...
Sophomore removed from Dixie HS following concerning messages about school shooting

Sophomore removed from Dixie HS following concerning messages about school shooting

A male sophomore at Dixie High School is facing charges after posting concerning statements on social media directed towards staff and students at the school, according to New Lebanon police Capt. Jim Chambers.  School administrators contacted police around 9:30 a.m. Thursday after students alerted teachers of the messages posted to social media, Chambers said. The suspect was arrested and has...
5 things to know about Dayton Commissioner Joey Williams’ resignation

5 things to know about Dayton Commissioner Joey Williams’ resignation

Joey Williams announced Wednesday evening that he will resign Friday as a Dayton city commissioner two months into a new four-year term. Here are five things to know about the resignation: 1. Longest tenure. Williams is Dayton’s current longest-serving city commissioner, with 16 years in office. He won re-election in November and just began his fifth term on commission in January. TRENDING:...
Middletown woman pleads guilty to taking thousands of dollars

Middletown woman pleads guilty to taking thousands of dollars

A Middletown woman has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a state nursing organization over a period of years. Frances Neu, also known as Frances Shull, took $267,780 from the Ohio Organization of Practical Nurse Educators from 2008 to 2016, according to Butler County Common Pleas court records. Neu, 72, of the 1000 block Golfview Drive, pleaded guilty to aggravated theft...
Teachers with guns? Some Ohio districts arm staff but don’t tell public

Teachers with guns? Some Ohio districts arm staff but don’t tell public

Several school districts in Ohio have armed staff and teachers in an effort to prevent school shootings, but some of those districts have not told parents, students and taxpayers about the firearms in their buildings, the Dayton Daily News recently reported. On Wednesday, President Trump said that if one of the victims, a football coach, in last week’s Florida school shooting had been armed...
Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

Executive Boulevard lanes in Huber Heights reopened after being closed for several hours following a gas leak Thursday morning. Crews continued to make repairs to the leaking gas line that evacuated fifteen business along the road around 11 a.m., according to Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth. Ashworth said a construction crew working in the area struck a 6-inch gas main directly under Executive...
Family member arrested for alleged arson in Dayton house fire

Family member arrested for alleged arson in Dayton house fire

 Dayton police arrested a man Thursday afternoon in connection with a fire just hours after city firefighters rescued people from the second floor and roof of the burning house. Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital — with one of them reportedly suffering from life-threatening injuries. James Dennis, 23, of Dayton was arrested on suspicion of aggravated arson after the...
Reports: 2 armed men rob Dayton auto parts store

Reports: 2 armed men rob Dayton auto parts store

Police are investigating a report of an armed robbery at a Dayton auto parts store Thursday morning.  Officers were dispatched to the AutoZone at 3818 West Third Street around 10:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from the business.  Initial reports indicate two men, armed with guns, robbed the store before fleeing in a car.  There have been no initial reports of injuries.  We...
Youth jobs program that trains thousands faces new funding fight

Youth jobs program that trains thousands faces new funding fight

A summer jobs program that trains and employs nearly 2,000 Montgomery County teenagers — most low-income — began taking applications earlier month, but it faces financial challenges again. YouthWorks, described by county leaders as “critical,” was saved from the state budget axe two years ago but again faces a looming cut, this time from the county. “It’s concerning...
Home Depot hiring for more than 200 jobs in Dayton region

Home Depot hiring for more than 200 jobs in Dayton region

The Home Depot is hiring 225 associates in Dayton and 80,000 associates nationwide. Interested applicants can apply online at careers.homedepot.com, or job seekers can text HOMEDEPOT to 52270 and receive a link to apply to hourly positions in their area. Available positions vary by store. » TRENDING NEWS: #NationalChiliDay: These are the top 10 chili cities in the U.S. The home improvement retailer...
Is it really a cold? Here’s how to know if you have winter allergies

Is it really a cold? Here’s how to know if you have winter allergies

Sniffling, sneezing and a runny nose are tell-tale signs of the common cold, but it could be winter allergies. Allergy sufferers usually get a break when the weather gets colder, but allergy symptoms could kick up even in the winter months for some people. If you’re symptoms last more than 10 days, it’s probably not a cold. A fever is also a good indicator that it’s the cold or flu...
RAIN TOTALS: Soggy mid-week, more rain coming

RAIN TOTALS: Soggy mid-week, more rain coming

Rain started Wednesday morning and fell pretty consistently across the Miami Valley for about 24 hours. Rain totals were impressive and more showers are on the way for the rest of the week. Here's how much rain fell in your neighborhood as of 8:30 a.m.: St. Marys: 0.65 inches Oxford: 0.78 inches Middletown: 0.68 inches Urbana: 0.95 inches New Carlisle: 1 inch Springfield: 0.84 inches Wilmington: 0...
Auto sales remain strong as Dayton Auto Show opens

Auto sales remain strong as Dayton Auto Show opens

The Dayton Auto Show opens at noon today at the Dayton Convention Center amid an American auto industry that remains quite healthy, although past its recent peak. U.S. auto companies are on track to sell about 16.7 million vehicles this year, a strong number, but down from 17.1 million sold in 2017, which in turn was down from about 17.5 million in 2016, said Michelle Krebs, an executive analyst for...
A World Series champion will talk about his struggles with addiction at this Middletown event

A World Series champion will talk about his struggles with addiction at this Middletown event

Darryl Strawberry, once a feared slugger for the New York Mets and Yankees before addictions derailed his 17-year Major League Baseball career, now is an evangelical born-again Christian who travels giving his testimony. Strawberry, 55, and his wife, Tracy, will be keynote speakers next month at Epidemic of Hope, an event planned in response to Ohio’s opioid crisis. They will meet with about...
SVG invests $1M in former Eastgate property

SVG invests $1M in former Eastgate property

Rapidly growing auto dealer Steve VanGorder has bought land for an expanded dealership in Beavercreek. Greene County property records show that SVG Properties paid just over $1 million for property at 3415 Seajay Drive, the former home of Eastgate Ford. The purchase was of nearly 5.8 acres of land. SVG Motors has locations in Dayton at 400 Shoup Mill Road, as well as Eaton, Urbana and Greenville....
Troy man who posed as Clark County firefighter sentenced to prison

Troy man who posed as Clark County firefighter sentenced to prison

TROY — A Troy man who police said posed as a firefighter using forged documents was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in prison on two felony forgery charges in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Jeremy Aldrich, 25, pleaded guilty to the charges in January. Aldrich could be released early from prison if he stays out of trouble and provides a plan to address mental health issues, Judge Jeannine...
#NationalChiliDay: These are the top 10 chili cities in the U.S.

#NationalChiliDay: These are the top 10 chili cities in the U.S.

Where should you celebrate National Chili Day? Cincinnati, of course. A study by one of the world’s largest chili purveyors shows that residents of cities across the country love this classic comfort food as much or more than their Long Star State counterparts. The internal analysis, conducted by Wienerschnitzel in honor of National Chili Day on Feb. 22, named the Top 10 Chili Cities in the...
Toys “R” Us reportedly plans to close another 200 stores

Toys “R” Us reportedly plans to close another 200 stores

Toys “R” Us is reportedly planning to close another 200 stores and lay off part of its corporate staff. The Wall Street Journal reported the toy chain plans to close another 200 stores, after previously announced it would close about 180 stores. The latest shutter would cut nearly in half the number of U.S. stores it had before its bankruptcy filing. » Local Babies ‘R&rsquo...
He lived through hell. At 99, he shared his stories with an applauding high school audience.

He lived through hell. At 99, he shared his stories with an applauding high school audience.

More than 80 Modern World History students at the Hamilton Freshman School gathered to hear the story of a World War II veteran on Wednesday morning, as 99-year-old Russ Carr addressed the group with stories about his service to the country that included participation in the Battle of the Bulge and the Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp. Carr captivated his audience with details about his...
2 middle school students arrested for making threats to Fairborn HS

2 middle school students arrested for making threats to Fairborn HS

Two middle school students have been arrested and charged for making threats that prompted a lockdown at Fairborn High School Thursday morning.  “The lockdown was due to a social media post that indicated Fairborn High School students and teachers were possibly in danger,” Fairborn police said in a media release. Police originally said the lockdown was due to the vague threats, including...
JUST IN: McDonald’s admits it screwed up & vows to ‘make amends’ this time

JUST IN: McDonald’s admits it screwed up & vows to ‘make amends’ this time

Mighty McDonald’s acknowledged this morning that it botched last fall’s release of a cult favorite menu item and vowed to get it right this time — starting this Monday, Feb. 26. “Last October, we truly meant well,” McDonald’s said in a release this morning, “when we brought back a super-limited batch of Szechuan Sauce, but it quickly became apparent we did...
Federal housing official applauds CareSource program as ‘model’

Federal housing official applauds CareSource program as ‘model’

A pilot program by CareSource aimed at holistically helping the non-profit insurer’s struggling clients is getting federal attention. Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at U.S. Health and Human Services, visited Dayton Wednesday to learn more about the CareSource’s Life Services/JobConnect program. The Dayton-based company has been piloting ways to help clients with other aspects...
11 questions answered about the future of Kroger

11 questions answered about the future of Kroger

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods has waged a full-out war between grocers — signifying an upcoming transformation of the grocery shopping game in major markets across the U.S., including the Southwest Ohio region. The Dayton Daily News asked Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division, what local customers can expect from Kroger as the grocery industry continues...
Have a great idea you want to pitch for Dayton? UpDayton’s director has some advice

Have a great idea you want to pitch for Dayton? UpDayton’s director has some advice

“Deadline” can be a scary word. Especially when we’re talking about the chance to participate in one of Dayton’s most-anticipated events of the year.  Since 2008, UpDayton has been a powerhouse of ideas and people who understand Dayton’s greatest potential. The UpDayton Summit is an annual platform for the best ten or 12 ideas projects to be presented to over 300...
This local comic shop just expanded to take over 3 storefronts

This local comic shop just expanded to take over 3 storefronts

A local comic book and game store has gotten a much-needed makeover.  Bell Book and Comic, which has been located at 458 Patterson Road in Patterson Park Plaza for nearly 15 years, recently expanded into a third space.  The shop had already annexed another storefront two doors down in 2011 and was using that space as a gaming area.   Owner Pete Bell explains, “When the tanning...
Troy lays out plans for finding new school superintendent

Troy lays out plans for finding new school superintendent

TROY - The Troy City Schools Board of Education will begin interviewing superintendent candidates March 19 following an application and recruiting process that included a community meeting last week for input on characteristics desired in the next district leader. K-12 Business Consulting Inc. of New Albany is working with the board of education in the search to replace Eric Herman, who is retiring...
5 delicious festivals you won’t want to miss at Jungle Jim’s

5 delicious festivals you won’t want to miss at Jungle Jim’s

Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Junglefests aren’t your average social gatherings. Festivals throughout the year focus on beer, cheese, wine, bacon, wellness and fiery foods, all designed to provide a great time while enjoying one’s favorite food or beverage — or both. Here are five upcoming festivals at the popular grocery store’s Fairfield location at 5440...
Over 300 without power in Butler Twp. after tree falls on wires

Over 300 without power in Butler Twp. after tree falls on wires

Dayton Power & Light is reporting 313 without power after a tree fell on wires in Butler Twp. The tree fell in the area of Little York Road and Stoner Drive shortly before 4 a.m., according to reports. The tree is off to the side of the road and is not blocking any lanes, but police have the roadway closed. Power is expected to be restored by 10 a.m., according to DP&L.
Flood watch continues for southern Miami Valley until Sunday morning

Flood watch continues for southern Miami Valley until Sunday morning

Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton, Clark, Greene, Wayne, Montgomery, Preble, Warren and Butler Wilmington 33MPH Dayton Wright Bros Airport 31MPH Dayton International Airport 29MPH  Butler Co Regional Airport 28MPH Wright Patt 25MPH Briefly dry tonight Rain returns, heavy at times Friday On and off rain, some thunder Saturday ...
Water gushes from main break in Dayton

Water gushes from main break in Dayton

UPDATE @ 2:55 a.m: No residents were affected after a water main break occurred on Free Pike at Brumbaugh Boulevard Thursday morning, according to city workers. Crews were able to contain the water main break that was dispatched at 12:50 a.m.  When crews arrived on scene, water was gushing from the road surface.  The situation is now under control, and more crews from the water department...
WPAFB Thursday Weather: Rain showers continue through weekend 

WPAFB Thursday Weather: Rain showers continue through weekend 

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A soggy morning is expected although rain will move out fairly quickly, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Temperatures will start out the day in the middle 30s and make it back into the middle 40s during the afternoon with lingering clouds. After some brief dry time tonight, rain will return to the area Friday morning with on and off...
School shootings: Hundreds of local students walk out, more planned

School shootings: Hundreds of local students walk out, more planned

Stirred by their peers in Florida who last week survived one of the nation’s most deadly school shootings, students and some faculty at high schools across the Dayton area walked out of class Wednesday to memorialize the dead and harden their legacy. The walkouts by several hundred students at Dayton Regional STEM School, Miami Valley School and Tippecanoe High School, among others, come amid...
Judge denies legal challenge to tax law brought by Ohio cities

Judge denies legal challenge to tax law brought by Ohio cities

A Franklin County judge today threw out a legal challenge brought by more than 160 municipalities — including Dayton, Centerville and Riverside — to a new state tax law. The ruling means Ohio business tax filers can file municipal business taxes directly with the state instead of local municipalities. Cities challenged the law as an unconstitutional overreach by the state. “Everything...
Dayton Commissioner Joey Williams to resign 4 months after re-election

Dayton Commissioner Joey Williams to resign 4 months after re-election

Less than four months after winning re-election, long-time Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams tonight announced he is stepping down, effective Friday. The 52-year-old Williams, the top vote-getter in the Dayton commission race in November, has served on the body since 2002. But tonight’s city commission meeting will be his last as an elected Dayton leader. TRENDING: Can students get in trouble...
Report: Bellbrook woman flirts with officer during OVI arrest 

Report: Bellbrook woman flirts with officer during OVI arrest 

A Bellbrook woman was arrested on Saturday for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and began to flirt with officers while being taken into custody, according to a Logan County police report.  At around 6 p.m. on February 16, Holly Lebamoff was seen driving a Porsche SUV without a front license plate and a Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop near Hall-Fawcett...
Vectren applies to raise natural gas rates

Vectren applies to raise natural gas rates

Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio is applying to the state for an increase in rates, the company said Wednesday. Vectren submitted a pre-filing notice Wednesday with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) indicating it seeks to raise charges for its gas distribution business in its 17-county West Central Ohio service. The average residential customer would pay about $7 a month more if state...
Driver cited in ambulance crash in Warren County

Driver cited in ambulance crash in Warren County

The Lebanon man driving the truck that crashed head-on into an ambulance earlier this month, sending himself and three people to the hospital for treatment, is to appear in court Thursday on a misdemeanor charge. Jesse C. Jones, 21, of Lebanon, was charged with “lanes of travel” on Tuesday in Warren County Court. RELATED:Lebanon man to be cited in head-on crash with ambulance On Feb. 9...
As Brookville flooding complaints rise, new search for answers begins

As Brookville flooding complaints rise, new search for answers begins

Brookville residents have complained more to the city in the past six to eight months about flooding problems — and more could be possible with rain predicted the next several days. Flooding has been a problem for decades, according to city officials, but complaints have risen more recently. According to City Manager Gary Burkholder, the state now requires a flood management plan. Brookville...
Miami University suspends all frat activity after reports of hazing

Miami University suspends all frat activity after reports of hazing

Miami University President Gregory P. Crawford has announced that the school has suspended all fraternity activities on campus after several reports of hazing. The Interfraternity Council has suspended the 2018 new member period as the university immediately begins investigating reports of misconduct, according to officials at the university. “Reports of hazing that lead us to take this action...
Can students get in trouble for #NeverAgain school walkouts?

Can students get in trouble for #NeverAgain school walkouts?

As school walkouts are planned following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students have asked: Can we get in trouble for walking out? The answer depends on how the walkout is done, according to a First Amendment expert who explained what consequences students can face if they choose to leave school — and the legal troubles schools could face, too....
Wright-Patt training exercise sets off booms

Wright-Patt training exercise sets off booms

If you heard a loud noise today at Wright-Patterson, it was all part of training, a base spokesman says. The Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 were contacted by residents inquiring what was the cause of the explosion. A Wright-Patterson Explosive Ordnance Disposal bomb squad was scheduled to set off three explosions between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer. The...
Kettering substitute accused of sex with students ruled competent to stand trial

Kettering substitute accused of sex with students ruled competent to stand trial

A judge has ruled the Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher accused of having sex with two students in a Big Lots and apartment complex parking lot is competent to stand trial, officials said. Madeline J. Marx, 23, is charged with sexual battery. A 17-year-old student told police he was given oral sex by a teacher July 19 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Wilmington Pike, according to...
Illegal immigrants dealt kilos of fentanyl in Miami County, feds say

Illegal immigrants dealt kilos of fentanyl in Miami County, feds say

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged with intent to distribute several kilograms worth of fentanyl in Miami County, according to court documents. Nabor Zapeda-Ibarria, 23, and Jesus Mayorga Gonzalez, 40, have been charged with possession and intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. RELATED: Dayton’s ‘El Chapo Jr.&rsquo...
Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County economic development leaders will push ahead with a proposal that could lead to a new hotel in Urbana as early as next year. A recent review conducted by a Wisconsin-based consultant showed there’s enough demand in Urbana that it would be feasible to build a new hotel with at least 70 to 80 rooms and meeting space, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for the...
First of two men convicted of killing mother in front of her child sentenced to prison

First of two men convicted of killing mother in front of her child sentenced to prison

One of two men convicted of killing Brittany Russell was sentenced in court Wednesday.  Curtis Howard Burdette, 39, of Dayton was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison Wednesday, according to a release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.  Burdette was found guilty in March 2017 on charges of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence...
No phones, social media ordered for middle school students facing felony charges for nude photos and video

No phones, social media ordered for middle school students facing felony charges for nude photos and video

Two Wilson Middle School students will be back in court next month to appear before a juvenile judge on felony charges involving nude photos and video. The 12-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl who are students in the Hamilton school were arrested earlier this month and charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. According to police reports, the male student obtained pictures and...
What does 455 years of service look like? Let Vandalia workers show you

What does 455 years of service look like? Let Vandalia workers show you

The city of Vandalia will honor city workers with a combined 455 years of experience and recognize their service to the community. The workers will be honored Friday at a Service Award Luncheon. City workers who will be honored are: Randy Ellish, Kim Hannahan, Tim Sharp and Rick Wegley, who will be awarded for 30 years each; and Joe Blosser, Rob Cron, Melissa Pruszynski and Randy VanZant, who will...
Move to Hamilton, get a “scholarship”: New program gets the city’s endorsement

Move to Hamilton, get a “scholarship”: New program gets the city’s endorsement

Hamilton lent its endorsement last week to a program that will pay down the student loans of recent college or trade-school graduates who move into the city. Hamilton City Council’s 7-0 approval of the program does not authorize the city to administer or spend money on the program, which instead will be run by the Hamilton Community Foundation using money it has or donations for the program...
Springboro police chief: Billy Graham ‘incredible man of integrity’

Springboro police chief: Billy Graham ‘incredible man of integrity’

Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff attended a Billy Graham Crusade as a teenager in Michigan in the 1970s and today serves his ministries. On Wednesday, Kruithoff talked about Graham’s legacy and about the crusade nearly 45 years ago. “It was a huge deal. The place was packed,” Kruithoff said as news of Graham’s death spread today. MORE: Pastor reacts to death of Billy...
250 Dayton STEM students walk out to support Florida school shooting victims

250 Dayton STEM students walk out to support Florida school shooting victims

Nearly 250 students walked out of the Dayton Regional STEM school on Woodman Drive today to show solidarity with their counterparts in Florida after last week’s deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas school. The students left the school around noon Wednesday and planned to be outside for 17 minutes, representing the number of people killed in last week’s shooting, according to a spokesperson...
WATCH: Pickpockets get sneaky to snag a woman’s wallet in Fairfield, and police are looking for them

WATCH: Pickpockets get sneaky to snag a woman’s wallet in Fairfield, and police are looking for them

Fairfield police are asking for help in identifying two men who stole an unsuspecting woman’s wallet out of her purse at a local restaurant. Officials also believe they may be suspects in similar area incidents. The woman slung her purse over the back of a chair and draped her coat over top while she ate a meal with a friend on Jan. 19. In the video you see the two suspects move a table and...
JUST IN: Fairborn may sell historic firehouse to local coffee chain

JUST IN: Fairborn may sell historic firehouse to local coffee chain

The city of Fairborn has reached a preliminary agreement to sell its historic Firehouse #1 to an independently owned coffee company, which has plans to open a drive-through and retail coffee shop there. The deal is not yet complete, but both Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson and Bill Miller Jr., founder and CEO of Grind House Coffee and Tea Co., confirmed to this news outlet that both sides...
2 inmates, including 3-time killer, suspected of stabbing Ohio prison guard dozens of times

2 inmates, including 3-time killer, suspected of stabbing Ohio prison guard dozens of times

Three-time killer Casey Pigge and a second convicted murderer are suspects in a brutal attack on a corrections officer at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, according to the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, the union that represents prison workers. Pigge was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s mother, his cellmate in Lebanon Correctional and another inmate on a prison bus....
Billy Graham’s coffin was built by a convicted killer who found faith in prison

Billy Graham’s coffin was built by a convicted killer who found faith in prison

Rev. Billy Graham died Wednesday at 99-years-old and despite his fame and profound impact, he may be buried in a simple plywood coffin built by some unexpected craftsmen. Graham, a famed evangelist who met with at least a dozen presidents and preached to millions of people, is to be buried in a coffin built by prisoners. Convicted murderer Richard Liggett led a team of prisoners at the Louisiana State...
Deputies: Darke County man arrested in connection to stabbing of Indiana man

Deputies: Darke County man arrested in connection to stabbing of Indiana man

A 25-year-old Darke County man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing an Indiana man Monday, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies responded to Wayne HealthCare Monday around 11 p.m. after a stabbing victim arrived at the hospital, deputies said in a media release issued Wednesday.  The victim, identified as a 25-year-old man from New Castle, Ind., told investigators...
Do you want to be a speaker at TEDxDayton?

Do you want to be a speaker at TEDxDayton?

After five successful years of sparking energetic curiosity, inspirational conversations and meaningful connections, TEDxDayton is ramping up for its sixth year with big aspirations. Organizers of the 6th annual TEDxDayton event have announced that they are now accepting applications from speakers who want to give a TED talk at this year’s event on Oct. 12, 2018, at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton...
A beloved Miami University professor died after battling cancer. Here’s what students remember about her.

A beloved Miami University professor died after battling cancer. Here’s what students remember about her.

Cheryl Heckler, an acclaimed Miami University associate professor of journalism, has died after a battle with cancer. Students, staff and many in the field of journalism were saddened by the news of her passing on Tuesday. Cheryl Gibbs, who was the area chair of journalism at Miami University and is now in Washington D.C., told this news outlet that Heckler was a “passionate, caring teacher...
Salmonella outbreak in 20 states linked to Kratom, CDC says

Salmonella outbreak in 20 states linked to Kratom, CDC says

The CDC is warning people to not consume Kratom due to a Salmonella outbreak linked to the plant.  It is a stimulant which comes in pills, powders and tea, and was recently declared to be an opioid by the FDA. According to the CDC, 28 people in 20 states have been infected with Salmonella, eleven people have been hospitalized.  Kratom is also known as Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, Biak, and Thang...
Suit wants Ohio marijuana grower licenses revoked

Suit wants Ohio marijuana grower licenses revoked

A lawsuit filed by some unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana in Ohio claims state regulators failed to follow their own rules last year when they awarded provisional licenses for growing facilities. Several groups including CannAscend Ohio LLC filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus. RELATED: Ohio adults smoking more weed while teen use remains low...
Local pastor reacts to death of Rev. Billy Graham

Local pastor reacts to death of Rev. Billy Graham

A Springboro pastor called Rev. Billy Graham a “Godly man” and remembered being a part of a crusade in St. Louis. “I had the privilege of being a part of his crusade in St. Louis in 1999,” said Mark Goins, associate pastor at Newspring Chruch in Springboro. “Always appreciated the fact he lived what he preached.” Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia...
Did you hear gunfire last night from a roaming pickup truck? Police are asking for help

Did you hear gunfire last night from a roaming pickup truck? Police are asking for help

Ross Township police are asking for information about shots fired Tuesday night. At about 9 p.m., police received several calls from residents reporting gunfire in Ross and Hanover Townships, according to the department’s Facebook post. MORE: Prosecutor: Middletown bar death could be classic case of ‘one-punch homicide’ Witnesses reported the gunshots were originating from a large...
Dayton home sales start strong in 2018

Dayton home sales start strong in 2018

Sales of Dayton-area single-family homes and condominiums for January are up, with 839 transactions reported to the Multiple Listing Service, beating January 2017’s mark by five sales, Dayton Realtors reported Wednesday. A cumulative sales volume of $122 million represents a four percent jump in a year-over-year comparison, the Realtors association said. RELATED: New tax bill, interest...
Macy’s outlet store to open at shopping center in Dayton area

Macy’s outlet store to open at shopping center in Dayton area

Macy’s is renovating one of its existing stores in the Dayton area to add an outlet store, according to a permit submitted to the Montgomery County Building Regulations Division. Macy’s submitted a permit for a partial remodel of its existing Macy’s department store located at 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road at the Dayton Mall. The estimated market value of the completed project...
5 arrested during 7 area search warrants by task forces

5 arrested during 7 area search warrants by task forces

Five people were arrested as the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit, RANGE Task Force and Warren County Drug Task Force executed search warrants at seven locations in Kettering, Springboro and Dayton. According to officials, detectives recovered 16 guns, a large quantity of processed marijuana, a large amount of marijuana plants, money, equipment to grow marijuana indoors and six vehicles. The seizures...
Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium members starting today

Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium members starting today

Sam’s Club is offering free shipping for premium members. Starting today, Sam’s Club, which is a membership-only retail warehouse owned by Walmart, will give free shipping on online orders for Plus members on approximately 95 percent of its items. Shipping costs were previously based on product item’s shapes and sizes. Sam’s Club is also changing its three membership plans...
Port Authority boosts 360 new Centerville apartments

Port Authority boosts 360 new Centerville apartments

The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority agreed Tuesday to help speed the building of 360 new apartments in Centerville. The Port Authority’s board of trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a capital leasing structure for the developers of the planned Gateway Lofts apartment complex, shielding the project from state and local taxes on construction materials — saving the builders...
Judge orders big jump in bond for Trenton man charged with child sex, pornography

Judge orders big jump in bond for Trenton man charged with child sex, pornography

Bond was increased Tuesday for a Trenton man facing 25 felony charges including rape, voyeurism and possession of child pornography. Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, was taken into custody last week. He faces one count of kidnapping for sexual motivation, four counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity oriented material or performance, one count of disseminating matter...
WATCH: West Carrollton HS student charged for alleged assault at school

WATCH: West Carrollton HS student charged for alleged assault at school

A 15-year-old West Carrollton High School student who allegedly assaulted a classmate accused the assault victim of telling a female acquaintance to kill herself, according to a police report.  The 15-year-old victim denied the allegation while the victim filed the police report, according to the report. The victim’s mother also denied the allegation when reached by this new organization...
Rite Aid could be acquired by grocery operator

Rite Aid could be acquired by grocery operator

Rite Aid could be bought by a private company that operates grocery chains like Safeway and Vons. Albertsons Cos., based in Idaho, said the company is planning to buy Rite Aid’s 2,500 stores, according to the Associated Press. The announcement comes at a time when rival pharmacy chains are also looking at mergers. Drug distributor AmeriSourceBergen is looking at buying Walgreens, and CVS and...
3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

Ohio is seeking approval from the federal government to require more people with Medicaid to work. When Medicaid expanded, it added coverage for about 700,000 people in the state. Now, the Republican-majority Ohio General Assembly Ohio has required the state’s Department of Medicaid ask for approval to add job conditions for those covered through the expansion. RELATED: Dayton company&rsquo...
The Dayton area’s oldest restaurant has reopened, and we have the menu

The Dayton area’s oldest restaurant has reopened, and we have the menu

The new owners of an historic Dayton-area restaurant that traces its roots back more than two centuries have reopened the eatery. And they’re promising not to do anything to diminish the historic significance of the 202-year-old structure. The Florentine restaurant in Germantown is located in Ohio’s second-oldest inn that dates to 1816. Only the Golden Lamb in Lebanon traces its lineage...
Miami County husband held in wife’s death now faces civil lawsuit

Miami County husband held in wife’s death now faces civil lawsuit

TROY – The administrator of the estate of Samantha Freels, who died from a gunshot wound Jan. 12 in Union Twp., Miami County, filed a lawsuit against her husband, Randy Freels, who is charged with murder in the death. The wrongful death lawsuit filed Tuesday by Anthony C. Freels, estate administrator, claims Randy Freels “intentionally and willfully, and/or recklessly, and/or negligently...
Outages reported after tree falls on wires in Jefferson Twp.

Outages reported after tree falls on wires in Jefferson Twp.

Nearly 200 people are without power in Montgomery County after a tree fell on wires. The tree fell in the area of Dayton Liberty and Forney roads.  The incident happened as a line of storms with heavy rain and strong storms moved through the area.  Dayton Power 7 Light said they expect power to be restored by 9:30 a.m.
5 new places for dining and donuts that have announced their plans for the area

5 new places for dining and donuts that have announced their plans for the area

Multiple restaurants and places for goodies have announced their plans for locations in Butler and Warren counties in the past few weeks. Here are five that have told us about their plans for opening: Longtime, popular Hamilton restaurant Chinese Lantern, which closed at at 965 Main St. in December after its owners retired, will soon see new life under a new name, new ownership and an expanded menu...
Man suffers life-threatening injuries after being ejected from vehicle in Springfield crash

Man suffers life-threatening injuries after being ejected from vehicle in Springfield crash

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m: One man suffered life-threatening injuries after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving in a Springfield crash Wednesday morning, according to officials. Springfield police say the man was traveling south on Limestone Street at a high-rate speed when he hit a tree and then hit a pole just after 4 a.m. He was taken to an area hospital. Limestone Street was blocked off...
Hamilton to decide this year whether cops wear body cams. Here’s what that means for the city.

Hamilton to decide this year whether cops wear body cams. Here’s what that means for the city.

This will be the year, predicts Police Chief Craig Bucheit, that Hamilton decides whether to equip its police officers with body cameras that record the actions of the law enforcement officers and those they are arresting. The city recently performed a test and evaluation of its fourth body-cam vendor. “I would expect that we’re going to get to a decision point this year, in 2018,&rdquo...
Days of rain getting underway

Days of rain getting underway

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, and Shelby counties, in effect from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday.  Total ice accumulations overnight could reach one-tenth of an inch with limited viability also expected.  A Flood Watch has also been issued for Butler, Clinton and Warren counties, now through 10 a.m. Feb. 25.  FLOOD WATCH for southern...
Driver extricated, highway reopens after crash on SB I-75 

Driver extricated, highway reopens after crash on SB I-75 

UPDATE @ 3:40 a.m: All lanes on southbound I-75 have reopened following a crash early Wednesday morning. The driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, and is listed in stable condition. UPDATE @ 3:03 a.m: After nearly two hours, the driver of a vehicle that went off the road on southbound I-75 has been extricated from the vehicle. The interstate has been shut down for over an hour...
WPAFB Wednesday Weather: On, off rain showers through the day 

WPAFB Wednesday Weather: On, off rain showers through the day 

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Rain will start the day today with on and off showers lasting through the day, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Temperatures will be warmer in the morning but fall through the 50s into the 40s this afternoon. A quick break in the precipitation is expected this afternoon before another wave of rain arrives later tonight. As temperatures drop...
Dayton residents, leaders urge DPS board not to close schools

Dayton residents, leaders urge DPS board not to close schools

Residents, union officials and community leaders spoke out at Dayton’s school board meeting Tuesday night, telling the board that they oppose any plan to close schools, just hours after the task force studying that issue wrapped up its last formal meeting. Brian “Mr. U” Urquhart, a retired DPS teacher and coach who still subs in the district, joked that Presidents Day was fitting...
Beavercreek student allegedly makes threats, joke about school shooting

Beavercreek student allegedly makes threats, joke about school shooting

Police arrested the student after some parents and teachers contacted officers when they saw comments and videos on the social media site Snapchat about school closings and alluding to school shootings on Feb. 16 and 17 according to a police report.  In the posts and video, the suspect warned fellow students not to go to school while alluding to the Florida shootings, the report said...
‘Whole world is on edge’ Warren County judge tells teens accused of making school threats

‘Whole world is on edge’ Warren County judge tells teens accused of making school threats

Two Warren County boys were ordered to remain in detention for at least a week in connection with separate school threat cases last week at Lebanon and Little Miami high schools, as the rest of the nation was coming to terms with the latest in a series of deadly school shootings. RELATED: Lebanon High School student accused of threatening another student with social media “The whole world is...
Dayton food pantry fights to stay open in battle with city hall

Dayton food pantry fights to stay open in battle with city hall

The owner of a food pantry in east Dayton will try to convince a land use board to allow the organization to distribute food from the warehouse. Nicole Adkins, executive director of With God’s Grace, is seeking a use variance to allow her nonprofit to operate a food pantry at 622 Springfield St. Adkins’ request will be considered tonight at the Northeast Priority Land Use Board meeting...
8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

The gun found in an 8-year-old’s book bag at Simon Kenton Elementary School was discovered at the end of the day before dismissal, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill. “As a parent and as a resident, you wonder if it’s safe to send your children to school and if they will return safely,” Nina Wiley of Springfield said to News Center 7’s James Buechele about the...
Two men shot to death on North Dixie Drive were friends

Two men shot to death on North Dixie Drive were friends

The names of the two men found shot to death Monday in a Harrison Twp. car dealership have been released, but their autopsies are still pending. The men, reportedly friends, were officially identified Tuesday as Buck-I Auto Sales owner Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Deputies said they do not believe anyone else was involved in the...
Prosecutor: Teen ‘terrorizing the community’ belongs in adult court

Prosecutor: Teen ‘terrorizing the community’ belongs in adult court

Prosecutors say a 17-year-old will face multiple charges for “terrorizing the community” in an 18-hour crime spree from Dayton to Miamisburg, where he was shot by police who stopped a dangerous scene at a busy interchange. The Dunbar High School student may face those 10 charges in adult court. Prosecutors will seek to try him as an adult for crimes that include firing on an officer and...
Woman indicted for making threats on social media

Woman indicted for making threats on social media

A Xenia woman was indicted Tuesday on six felony counts related to threats she is accused of making toward Dayton area residents. Jillian Sticka, 39, was indicted on six counts of menacing by stalking, according to a grand jury indictment. The Greene County Prosecutor's Office said Sticka was making threats or intimidating at least two different victims on Twitter. Jail records show Sticka was arrested...
Jail review group picks company to help after inmate deaths, lawsuits

Jail review group picks company to help after inmate deaths, lawsuits

A group formed to examine claims of prisoner mistreatment in the Montgomery County Jail — where two inmates died in the past month — selected a consulting firm Tuesday to study operations there. Immediately after that, though, the committee approved an additional consultant to help the first one. RELATED: 5 firms want to study embattled Montgomery County Jail When the team from CGL Companies&rsquo...
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