FREEZE WARNING Issued for Tuesday from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. The warning affects the following counties: Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby.
TODAY: Overcast with rain showers throughout the remainder of the morning and possibly early afternoon. Cool, dry air begins filtering in later in the day. As a result, we’ll see the skies clear up overnight as well as a frost/freeze in the morning hours. The NWS in Wilmington has already placed the majority of the Miami Valley in a Freeze Warning from 3-9AM. Highs will top off near the mid 50s.
TOMORROW: Morning frost and freeze is possible with a Freeze Advisory in effect for the entire Miami Valley from 2 a.m. until 9 a.m. Expect widespread frost in the morning. Otherwise sunny and cool, dry conditions are expected in the afternoon with highs in the middle 50s.
WEDNESDAY: More sunshine expected with high temperatures topping off near the mid 50s.
THURSDAY: Widespread morning frost expected. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid 50s.
FRIDAY: Clouds rolling in along with a chance for showers. Highs in the upper 50s.
A 9-month-old boy and the 15-year-old girl accused of taking the child from a Dayton residence overnight Monday and prompting an Amber Alert have been found safe, and the teen is in custody, police said.
The baby, I’Zyion Reese, and the teen, who we are no longer naming because she’s in custody, were found in the 1800 block of North Main Street in Dayton around 11:15 a.m.
"There's nothing more traumatic than a child missing. Especially a 9-month-old who has absolutely no way of communicating or caring for itself,” said Lt. Jason Hall with the Dayton Police Department.
The baby’s mother said she has four kids, with Reese being the youngest.
Hall said it is possible the 15-year-old could face charges in the case. The teen was staying at a home in the 3000 block of Haberer Avenue overnight, when she allegedly took the child without the family’s permission around 3 a.m., Hall said.
The mother of the child said she stays at her apartment with her brother and her four kids. She said they let the teen stay with them last night to be nice.
Around 3 a.m., the mother said the teen stole her brother’s cell phone, took the baby and left.
The mother said she wasn’t aware of the baby being missing until she woke up at 7 a.m.
A school bus carrying children ran over an embankment in a construction zone in Mars, Pennsylvania, Monday afternoon and landed on its side.
Update 5:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 24: The exact number of students who received medical care is not known, but Mars district officials said six children were hospitalized immediately for treatment of minor bumps and bruises. Other students were taken to area hospitals for a check-up as a precaution.
Police and emergency responders are on the scene, according to WPXI-TV, and multiple injuries have been reported.
At least four people were receiving treatment at the scene for minor injuries, according to officials with the Mars Area School District, who also confirmed 41 students were on the bus at time of the accident.
Here’s the statement the district issued after the accident.
“Mars Area School District School Bus #4 was involved in a single vehicle accident on Route 228 at approximately 3 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 24).
As per District procedure, 911 was immediately called and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. All students are being examined by emergency medical personnel. Some minor injuries were reported.
The District is contacting the parents of all students who were on the bus at the time of the accident directly. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
Mars is located between Pittsburgh and Butler in southern Butler County.
UPDATE @ 9:50 a.m.:
Weather conditions are being investigated as a factor in a crash between a car and semi that seriously injured one driver.
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The crash was reported around 8:40 a.m. on Interstate 70 East, east of Interstate 675 in Mad River Twp., Clark County.
Investigators said a car hydroplaned and was hit by a semi. The driver of the car suffered serious injuries and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital. The driver of the semi was initially reported as trapped inside his cab but was not injured.
The crash blocked all lanes of the highway around 9 a.m. The right and center lanes reopened around 9:45 a.m.
We’ll continue to update this story as new details become available.
UPDATE @ 9:15 a.m.:
All lanes of Interstate 70 East are shut down east of Interstate 675 following an earlier crash involving a car and a semi.
We’ll continue to update this page with the latest as it becomes available.
At least two lanes of Interstate 70 East are blocked east of Interstate 675 in Mad River Twp., Clark County following a reported crash involving a semi.
Crews were dispatched to the highway around 8:40 a.m. Monday on reports of a car that hydroplaned and was hit by a semi, according to emergency scanner traffic.
Initial reports indicate the semi driver is trapped inside his cab, but is not injured. The condition of the car’s driver was not immediately known.
We’ll update this page as we learn more.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is promoting a new campaign to get slower drivers to move out of the left lane on Ohio highways.
An ODOT spokesperson told News Center 7’s James Buechele the department got the idea from the State of Washington who posted signs saying, “Camp in the mountains not the left lane.”
The State of Ohio is now putting up electronic signs that say, “Camp in Ohio State Parks not the left lane.”
“I think it’s a good idea but will people follow it. That’s the thing,” said Michael Sanders of Englewood.
“I ride up the highway every day, like I said up until the last week, there are people that drive sometimes slow in that lane,” he continued.
When drivers cruise or camp in the left lane, other drivers are forced to pass them on the right hand side, which can lead to road rage.
“They will almost clip your bumper with their back bumper almost like a sign of aggression and road rage. I see it a lot,” said Sanders.
ODOT doesn’t keep statistics on what incidents lead to road rage, but drivers that stay in the left lane can make driving dangerous for everyone else on the highways.
“If they’re going too slow in that lane, then it’s definitely annoying because that’s meant to get around for people and if you’re not allowing that they can get very angry at you I guess,” she continued.
It’s unknown how long this campaign will go on for, but more messages will be showing up for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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While we’ve always known it to be true, Dayton is now officially the birthplace of aviation.
Today, Dayton History announced at its home at Carillon Historical Park that its John W. Berry Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center will now become the Wright Brothers National Museum — with an official national designation.
Congressman Michael Turner was one of the guests at a special event for Dayton History members, the media and community stakeholders to pull back the drape to reveal the official signage, complete with the iconic National Park Service arrowhead emblem.
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“The Air Force Museum is the National United States Air Force Museum. This is now the National Museum for the Wright Brothers,” Turner said. “I think that kinship will help people as they come to our community to know they need to visit all these sites to see the incredible legacy of flight and aviation right here in Dayton, Ohio.”
Joining the some 100 Daytonians present to witness the milestone were Wilbur and Orville’s relatives Amanda Wright Lane and Stephen Wright, great-grandniece and great-grandnephew of the Wright brothers.
“I believe Carillon Park has always held some of the most magnificent artifacts that are still left that tell the Wright Brothers story,” Lane said. “In terms of the ‘05 ‘Flyer’ that really ushered in the age of aviation and the camera, the camera that took that photograph in 1903. ... The title of National Museum of the Wright Brothers is well-deserved.”
To earn the “National Museum” designation, an institution incorporated within National Parks system, is no overnight deal. It actually takes years of Congressional workings to secure the title. Brady Kress, president and CEO of Dayton History, helped lead the journey to National Museum from the very beginning.
“It’s huge ... We know Congress and the executive branch and the federal government agrees with us — that as a private, non-profit museum, we are the national site to learn this history, this heritage. It’s pretty cool,” Kress said.
The backdrop of the morning’s ceremony — and now the view one has while admiring the official signage — is the Wright Cycle Co. building — drawn right from the Wright Brothers’ days in Dayton.
The John W. Berry Sr. Wright Brothers National Museum at Carillon Historical Park is open to the public. Formerly named the Wright Brothers Aviation Center, the exhibit includes the 1905 Wright Flyer III: the only airplane designated a National Historic Landmark, the first practical flying machine, and what the Wright brothers considered their most important aircraft.
A shooter killed two people before taking his own life Sunday during a video game tournament at a popular riverfront destination in in Jacksonville, according to investigators.
Update 5:07 a.m. EDT Aug. 28: The chief executive officer for Electronic Arts, known as EA, announced Monday night that the remaining Madden events have been canceled in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday.
"The event was a qualifying tournament for the Madden Classic, our first Madden EA Major competition of this season. While these qualifying events are operated independently by partners, we work with them to ensure competitive integrity and to gather feedback from players. We have made a decision to cancel our three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while we run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators," Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA, announced Monday. "We will work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of our competitive gaming events."
The statement continued: "Their love of competition was evident through their participation in our events over the past few years. We are committed to supporting Taylor and Elijah’s families through this difficult time, and we send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones, to those injured yesterday, and everyone affected.”
Update 4:05 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: The family of Eli Clayton, one of the two competitors killed Sunday in a shooting during the “Madden 19 NFL Classic,” in Jacksonville, thanked supporters and asked for privacy as they mourn the 22-year-old.
“We are devastated by yet another senseless act of gun violence,” Clayton’s cousin, Brandi Pettijohn, said in a family statement read Monday for reporters. “Every person who has stood in this position has said that they never thought that this would happen to their family and we are no different.”
Clayton is survived by a large family, including six brothers, three sisters, his parents and his stepparents.
“Elijah’s family wants you to know that he was a good man,” Pettijohn said. “He did not believe in violence -- he never even had a fist fight. He loved football, and out of all the video games he could play, he settled (on) and mastered Madden.”
Pettijohn said Clayton participated in video game competitions to save money for college.
“My cousin has to bury her firstborn and it is just as terrible as that sounds,” she said.
Two people, including Clayton, were killed in Sunday’s shooting and 10 others were wounded in the gunfire. A 13th victim sustained injuries not related to the gunfire, investigators said. Family members told WJAX that Taylor Robertson, 27, was also killed in the attack.
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: At a news conference Monday, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities continue to search for a motive in Sunday’s deadly shooting.
Williams said authorities are investigating reports that David Katz, 24, was upset after losing in the “Madden 19 NFL Classic” competition.
“(There’s) lots of conversation about that,” Williams said. “We have yet to have a concrete motive.”
Officials said 13 people were injured in Sunday’s attack, including two gamers who were killed in the shooting. Family members identified the slain competitors to WJAX as Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27.
Authorities said surveillance footage taken from the scene showed only one shooter carried out Sunday’s attack. Officials said Katz shot and killed himself during Sunday’s incident.
“All of the other shooting victims are expected to recover from their injuries,” Williams said. “As bad as this is, it could have been much worse.”
Katz had two handguns and extra ammunition on him during Sunday’s shooting, but Williams said surveillance footage indicated that he only fired one of the guns. Investigators believe he bought the guns legally from a dealer in his hometown of Baltimore.
He specifically targeted gamers who were part of the Madden 19 competition, walking past other patrons at Chicago Pizza before shooting, Williams said. The chief estimated that between 130 and 150 people were in the restaurant when the shooting started.
Charles Spencer, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville Division, said authorities have been in contact with Katz’s parents in Baltimore, who have been cooperative in the ongoing investigation. Officials have seized items from Katz’s hotel room and vehicle, Williams said.
Authorities continue to investigate.
Update 2:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is expected to provide updates on the investigation into Sunday’s shooting at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Update 2:50 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: Doctors at UF Health Jacksonville told WJAX that four of the six people taken to the hospital as a result of Sunday’s shooting have been released.
One of the patients suffered a severe hand injury, according to WJAX. He was undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to repair the damage, the news station reported Monday.
Another patient had a bruised heart. That person was released Monday, WJAX reported.
Update 1:50 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: The shooting has led gamers to speak out about the need for more security at esports events.
“It’s very clear we need to be more proactive for 2019 and beyond,” Joy Cuellar, tournament director for the esports Evolution Championship Series, wrote in a tweet Sunday.
Organizers with the competition, which draws thousands of spectators, in March called the FBI after someone wrote online that there would be a mass shooting at the event. The tournament was held Aug. 3 to Aug. 5 in Las Vegas without any issue, according to The Associated Press.
“The amount of undercover law enforcement at Evo was unprecedented and we will be installing metal detectors for ALL days next year,” Cuellar wrote.
Sunday’s tournament in Jacksonville was being streamed on Twitch, a gaming live stream platform, when the sound of gunshots rang out. The director of Twitch’s esports programs, Cristian Tamas, said on Twitter that he was heartbroken to hear of Sunday’s deadly attack.
“Unfortunately, this was a matter of when not if,” Tamas wrote. “Esport event security, in general, has been extremely poor over the years, we should've stepped it up long ago.”
It was not immediately clear what kind of security measures were in place for Saturday’s “Madden 19 NFL Classic,” according to the AP. Derek Jones, a gamer who traveled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Jacksonville for the event, told the AP he saw no noticeable security at the tournament.
“I’ve been telling them this for a while, that you need to make the players feel safe,” Jones told the AP.
Update 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: Dennis Alston, a New Jersey man known in the Madden competitive gaming circuit as “Evil Ken,” told WJAX that he thought the man who opened fire during Sunday’s Madden tournament in Jacksonville targeted players, but not necessarily those who beat him.
Alston told WJAX he tried to shake David Katz’s hand after he beat the 24-year-old, but that Katz didn’t respond.
“He just looked at me,” Alston said. “He didn’t say anything.”
He said he and another player beat Katz and “we’re both still here so, I felt like he was targeting but I don’t think it was the people that beat him.”
Later, Alston said he saw Katz fire as many as 10 shots.
“(He) pointed my way,” Alston told WJAX. “I had to to cover.”
He described Katz as a “well-known competitor” but added that he appeared to be acting strangely Sunday.
“He had shades on,” Alston told WJAX. “He didn’t speak to anybody.”
Authorities said three people, including Katz, were killed and 11 others injured in Sunday’s attack.
Update 9 a.m. EDT Aug. 27: Officials at Jacksonville’s Memorial Hospital have identified four people treated as a result of Sunday’s shooting, WJAX reported.
Officials said David Echevarria, 28, was treated for minor injuries and released while three others remained hospitalized Monday in good condition.
George Amadeo II, 17, suffered unspecified injuries. Alexander Madunic, 27, was treated for a gunshot wound to his foot. Christoper McFarland, 31, was treated for a bullet graze to his head.
Two other people, identified by friends and family as Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27, were killed in Sunday’s shooting.
Update 11:52 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: Competitors Eli Clayton and Taylor Robertson were fatally shot Sunday during a Madden 19 competition, the victims’ families told WJAX.
While investigators have not released or confirmed the victims’ identities, friends and family are sharing their condolences on social media.
Update 7:37 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: Two people were killed and nine others wounded by gunfire when David Katz opened fire Sunday afternoon during a video game competition, officials said. Katz killed himself in the melee.
Two other people were also sustained injuries but they were not gunshot wounds, Sheriff Mike Williams said.
Although witnesses have said he was angry about the tournament, Williams did not give a motive as to why Katz, 24, of Baltimore, started shooting.
Update 5:43 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The shooter lost an intense game at the tournament, snapped, and started shooting, sources told WJAX.
The shooter, who has not been identified, died at the scene, investigators said.
Update 4:15 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: A Jacksonville area hospital confirmed that six patients were admitted from the shooting. One is in serious condition and five are in good condition, officials said.
Update 4:03 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The Florida Highway Patrol has closed the Main Street Bridge, which leads to the Jacksonville Landing, to pedestrian traffic.
UF Health Jacksonville confirms: Six patients here. One serious condition, five good condition.
Update 3:52 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Donald Trump had been briefed about the shooting and was monitoring the situation.
FHP now closing the Main St. Bridge to pedestrian traffic
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The Jacksonville Landing was live-streaming a tournament for the NFL computer game qualifying round when the shooting occurred. Organizers of the event said the average age of children in the tournament was 16.
Update 3:15 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office asked people that were hiding to call 911 so authorities could escort them safely from the scene.
Update 3:10 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The shooting reportedly happened at Chicago Pizza during a Madden Tournament video gaming event, the Sheriff’s Office said, and occurred at about 1:45 p.m.
Update 3:02 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said one suspect was dead at the scene. Authorities added that it was unknown whether there were other suspects.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Neil Simon, the author of iconic plays such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Lost in Yonkers,” died Sunday, The Washington Post reported. He was 91.
According to a statement,“Neil Simon the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, died last night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The cause was complications from pneumonia.
“His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his bedside along with Mr. Simon’s daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon.”
Simon, who was born in The Bronx, won a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and a Golden Globe Award, The New York Post reported. IKn 1983 a Broadway theater was named after him, making him the only living playwright to have such an honor, the newspaper reported.
Time magazine once called Simon the “patron saint of laughter.”
Simon wrote dozens of plays, the scripts for five musicals and more than 20 screenplays, the Washington Post reported.
In the late 1960s and in the mid-1980s, there were four Simon shows playing simultaneously on Broadway, according to the Washington Post. In 1966, those plays were “Sweet Charity,” “The Star-Spangled Girl,” “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park,” according to Variety.
“The Odd Couple” also had success as a film and as a television series, while “Barefoot in the Park” also had a memorable run as a film.
A Virginia jury has found Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, guilty on eight charges, but could not reach a consensus on 10 other counts in Manafort’s bank fraud and conspiracy trial, according to The Associated Press.
The judge in the case declared a mistrial on those 10 counts.
The jury found Manafort guilty of five counts of tax fraud, two charges of bank fraud and a charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, according to multiple news outlets.
Trump, saying he felt bad for Manafort, weighed in on the verdict calling it a “witch hunt” and a “disgrace.”
He also said Manafort’s conviction “has nothing to do with Russian collusion,” the AP reported.
There’s no sentencing date, yet, but Manafort is facing 80 years in prison on the 8 guilty counts, CNN reported.
Prosecutors have until the end of August to make a decision on the 10 counts that jurors could not reach a decision on which resulted in the mistrial.
Manafort was charged with 18 counts of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, as well as filing false income tax forms and failing to file foreign bank account reports.
Jurors deliberated for five days before returning a partial verdict Tuesday.
They heard 11 days of testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including Manafort’s longtime business partner and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, according to Reuters.
Earlier Tuesday, jurors has asked how to handle the case if they were unable to come to consensus on one of the 18 charges. Judge T.S. Ellis ordered them to continue deliberating but added that he might accept a partial verdict, if no consensus could be reached.
Prosecutors said Manafort hid at least $16 million in income from the IRS between 2010 and 2014 by disguising the money he earned advising politicians in Ukraine as loans and hiding it in foreign banks. Then, after his money in Ukraine dried up, they allege he defrauded banks by lying about his income on loan applications and concealing other financial information, such as mortgages.
The cash supported Manafort’s extravagant lifestyle, prosecutors said, funding real estate purchases in New York and Virginia and the purchase of luxury items, including a $15,000 jacket made of ostrich skin, Reuters reported.
The defense tried to pin the blame for Manafort’s financial mistakes on Gates, who was indicted alongside Manafort in October. Gates pleaded guilty in February to charges of making false statements and conspiring against the United States and agreed to work with prosecutors.
Manafort’s attorneys did not call any witnesses to testify in his defense. He did not take the stand.
Manafort’s trial was the first prompted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, although the case didn’t touch on allegations of interference. It was during the special counsel’s investigation that Mueller’s legal team said it discovered that Manafort had hidden millions of dollars that he had received in exchange for work he did for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Manafort is expected to face a second trial on additional charges in September.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.: All lanes of I-70 East near Clayton are now open again, according to the state patrol.
The lanes reopened about 7:30 p.m., according to patrol dispatch.
UPDATE @ 6:48 p.m.:
One lane is open on I-70 East near Clayton, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
UPDATE @ 5:51 p.m.:
Four vehicles, including a semitrailer, are involved in the chain-reaction accident that has shut down eastbound I-70 near Clayton.
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The semitrailer ended up in the ditch, on its wheels, when the driver took evasive action to avoid the three vehicles that had crashed in front of him.
A baby in a car seat from one of the vehicles has been taken to Dayton Children's Hospital for evaluation, according to the state patrol.
One of the drivers will be cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance, according to the state patrol.
Eastbound I-70 will remain closed near Clayton at least another 30 minutes.
As many as five vehicles, including a semitrailer, are involved in a vehicle accident on I-70 East near Clayton in Montgomery County.
The accident was dispatched as a multiple-injury accident, and we are working to learn more about the people reported to be injured.
Eastbound traffic is being diverted onto Hoke Road until further notice.
The semitrailer is in a ditch, on its wheels.
The accident was reported just after 4:30 p.m. and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are on scene.
We will update this developing report as we learn more. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.
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