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Warm and very humid again, chance of storms.

WDTN News - 4 hours 8 min ago


Another warm and humid day today.  Heat indices will again reach into the 90s.  Later this evening a cold front is expected to push through the area and it will spark scattered showers and storms.  A few storms may become severe.  Greatest threat will be damaging winds and excessive rainfall that may prompt flooding.

TODAY:  Becoming partly sunny, warm and humid. Scattered showers and storms mainly later this afternoon. High 88

TONIGHT:  Partly cloudy. Evening showers and storms.  Low 70

MONDAY: Partly cloudy a little less humid. A stray shower or storm is possible.  High 85

High pressure builds into the area by Monday night, bringing in lower humidity and quiet weather for a couple of days.

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Reds lose third straight; fall to Marlins 5-4

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 23:34

CINCINNATI (AP) — J.T. Realmuto hit a pair of two-run homers and a double on Saturday night, powering the Miami Marlins to their second straight victory, 5-4 over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

Miami won for only the third time in eight games, getting its first back-to-back wins since the All-Star break.

Realmuto connected in the second and sixth innings off Robert Stephenson (0-3), who made his first start of the season after 13 relief appearances. It was the catcher’s second career multi-homer game — he also had one in 2015.

Nick Wittgren (3-1) relieved starter Chris O’Grady in the fifth and got the win. Scooter Gennett singled home a run in the eighth off Junichi Tazawa, cutting it to 5-4. A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.

The Reds are having a horrific home stand, going 1-8 while getting out-homered 22-7. The 22 homers are the most allowed by a Reds club during a home stand of 10 games or fewer. Also, the Reds have matched another club record by allowing 69 runs during the home stand, which concludes Sunday.

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Family of missing Springfield woman ‘determined to find her’

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 23:17

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – For the family of Amanda Ward Romine, it’s been four years of unanswered questions, dead end leads and no sign of Amanda. Now, the family is hoping the 4th anniversary of her disappearance sheds light on what happened.

“Where’s my sister? I mean that was my best friend,” Ward Romine’s sister Aliya Taylor said. “She’s gone. I mean, that quick. She’s gone.”

A family’s turmoil over the unknown. What happened to Amanda Ward Romine? Deep down her sisters feel they already know.

“Amanda was murdered,” Ward Romine’s sister Karla Coberly said. “That’s how I feel. Our unanswered questions are where? Where is she?

Saturday, close family members held a special vigil in downtown Springfield, marking four years since Ward Romine was last seen. Taylor recounted the last time she remembers seeing her sister.

“She left my house. I was at work,” Taylor said. “It was just a couple days went by and I hadn’t heard from her and that was unusual.”

Ward Romine’s husband at the time, Daniel Romine, is named as a person of interest in the case, but he died in December 2015. Police say he never cooperated with the investigation. The couple was married for year and had a history of domestic violence.

Taylor’s hopeful someday, someone will find it in them to speak out about what happened. Until then, Taylor says the family is standing strong together, leaning on each other for support.

“We stick together,” Taylor said. “It doesn’t matter what happens.If we get mad at each other at the end of the day we all stick together. I mean we have to. We’re are all we got left.”

If you have any information about what happened to Amanda, call the Springfield Police Department at 937-324-7680. You can also submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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Dragons fall to Bees; Siri streak at 28

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 22:52

DAYTON, Ohio — Burlington’s Jonah Todd ripped a three-run double to cap off a five-run fourth inning as the Bees defeated the Dayton Dragons 8-2 on Saturday night.  The game was the start of a three-game series between the two clubs at Fifth Third Field.

Dayton’s Jose Siri lined a single to left field in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 28 straight games, tying him for the fourth longest on record in Midwest League history and the longest in all of Minor League Baseball in 2017.  Siri’s hitting streak is the longest in the league since 2000 when Garvin Wright of Michigan hit safely in 29 straight games.  The league record is 35, set in 1977 by Waterloo’s Tony Toups.

Dragons starting pitcher Wennington Romero (3-8) suffered the loss.  He worked six and two-thirds innings, allowing 10 hits and eight runs with no walks and four strikeouts.  Jesse Stallings worked an inning and one-third without allowing a run in relief of Romero.  Joel Kuhnel followed Stallings with a scoreless inning, his 10th straight outing without allowing a run.

The Bees jumped ahead with two runs in the third and then broke the game open with five in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead.  Meanwhile, Burlington starting pitcher Andrew Vinson allowed just two hits over his five innings to earn the win.  The Dragons scored both of their runs in the bottom of the ninth.  The first run scored on Bruce Yari’s RBI single before Taylor Trammell crossed the plate on a wild pitch.  The Dragons finished with five hits by five different players.

Up Next:  The Dragons (10-19, 51-48) host the Bees (13-16, 44-54) on Sunday at Fifth Third Field at 2:07 p.m. in the second of the three-game series.  Tony Santillan (5-6, 3.26) will start for the Dragons against Burlington’s Justin Kelly (1-0, 0.00).

Sunday’s game will be televised on Dayton’s CW (channel 26).

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Actor John Heard, of ‘Home Alone’ movies, dies at 72

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:57

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the “Home Alone” movie series, has died. He was 72.

His death was confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office in California on Saturday. TMZ reported that Heard, who lived in southern California, was found at a Palo Alto, California, hotel where he was recovering from back surgery.

Heard played Peter McCallister, the father of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, in “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

He earned an Emmy nomination for a guest role as a corrupt police detective in “The Sopranos.” Heard also played Tom Hanks’ rival in the movie “Big.”

He was briefly married to fellow actor Margot Kidder.

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No OVI arrests during checkpoint in Sidney

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:56

Sidney, Ohio (WDTN) – No OVI arrests were made during a checkpoint in Piqua Friday night.

That’s according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A total of 506 cars were checked driving through the checkpoint on Wakpakoneta Avenue near Pinehurst Street.

Troopers and Sidney police officers conducted a saturation patrol in the area from 8:00 p.m. Friday until 3:00 a.m. Saturday. One person was arrested on an active warrant. No arrests were made for impaired driving.

“At the end of the evening, our ultimate goal is just to educate motorists to do the right thing and make other arrangements if they are going to consume alcohol”, stated Lieutenant Joseph Gebhart. “There is no place for impaired driving on our roadways and the public supports the efforts of these men and women out here tonight making their community safer.”

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Vice President Mike Pence to attend Ohio Republican Party fundraiser

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 09:58

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Vice President Mike Pence is visiting the Buckeye State Saturday.

Pence will be paying a visit to Columbus for the Ohio Republican Party’s annual fundraising dinner.

The event will take place in the grand ballroom at the Ohio Union. Doors open to ticketholders at 4:30pm. Tickets for the event ranged between $35 for College Republicans up to $5,000 for the host level.

Sen. Rob Portman will also be in attendance.

This is Pence’s second visit to Ohio in less than a month. Three weeks ago, the vice president was in the Cleveland area for a tour of a manufacturing facility. This will be his fourth visit to Ohio since taking office in January.

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Dayton is the City with the State's Best History - Eleven Warriors

Local News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 09:37

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DP&L working to restore power after early morning storms in Miami Valley

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 08:21

(WDTN) – Early morning storms knock out power to parts of the Miami Valley.

According to Dayton Power and Light Director of Operations, Kevin Hall, nearly 4700 customers lost power around 6:00 a.m. Saturday with over 1600 of them in West Alexandria. The power was back on to most of those customers around 8:00 a.m. According to the DP&L outage map, hundred still remain without power.

Hall said crews have been working since yesterday morning tending to storm related outages. He said crews will continue to work around the clock to restore power.

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UK palace releases Prince George’s 4th birthday portrait

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 07:13

LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace has released a portrait to mark Prince George’s fourth birthday.

The son of Prince William and his wife Kate celebrated his birthday Saturday. George, who is third in line to the throne, is beaming with a happy smile in the photo.

The palace said William and Kate “are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s fourth birthday.” It was taken by a professional photographer. In the past, Kate has released photos she has taken of the children.

George and his 2-year-old sister Princess Charlotte have been traveling with their parents this week on an official visit to Poland and Germany.

In Germany, George toured a helicopter similar to the one his father William has flown as a rescue pilot.

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Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officer

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 06:02

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.

In a statement released Friday, Harteau said: “I’ve decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be.”

Mayor Betsy Hodges said she asked for the chief’s resignation after assessing where the department needs to go.

“I’ve lost confidence in the Chief’s ability to lead us further … it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well,” Hodges said. “For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD.”

Hours later, Hodges was interrupted as she tried to elaborate on Harteau’s departure at a City Hall news conference. A few dozen protesters entered the room and demanded her resignation, chanting “Bye-bye Betsy as they waved signs that said “Messy Betsy” and “You are next.” Hodges eventually walked out as they surrounded her at the podium, but returned later to take questions from reporters.

She said she understands and shares the public’s frustrations, but “I will not be resigning.”

Harteau, who worked her way up from the bottom of the department to become the city’s first female, first openly gay and first Native American police chief, said she was proud of the work she accomplished and honored to serve as chief. But she said the shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond by one of her officers and other incidents “have caused me to engage in deep reflection.”

The chief, who once successfully filed a discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against the police force along with her partner, said she must “put the communities we serve first” despite the department’s accomplishments under her leadership.

Harteau was out of the city on personal time for nearly a week following last Saturday’s shooting of Damond, a life coach and bride-to-be who was killed by an officer responding to her 911 call of a possible rape.

The state is investigating the shooting. In her first remarks on the case Thursday when she returned to work, Harteau defended the training of Mohamed Noor, the Somali-American officer who shot Damond, but was sharply critical of him.

Still, some City Council members called for a change in leadership.

Linea Palmisano, who represents the ward where Damond died, told fellow council members that she was “done with image control and crisis management” and that it’s “time for action.” After Harteau’s resignation, Palmisano said she looks forward to the start of changes that she feels the department needs to make.

Shortly after the announcement, Hodges nominated Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to be the next chief. Nicknamed “Rondo,” he served as the department’s public face after Damond’s shooting while Harteau was out of town. Arradondo, who is African-American, has been with the department since 1989.

Harteau has spent her career with the department, starting as a beat cop in 1987 when she was 22. After working her way up the ranks, she was appointed chief in 2012.

She’s had a rocky tenure in the top post and had become a political liability for Hodges, who faces several challengers in a tough re-election fight. Their relationship was strained, particularly after the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark during a confrontation with two white police officers in 2015. The black man’s death, amid heightened tensions around the U.S., sparked protests citywide that included an 18-day occupation outside the police station on the city’s north side. A U.S. Department of Justice review faulted poor communications between the mayor and chief.

The chief and mayor butted heads again in April when Hodges blocked Harteau’s promotion of Lt. John Delmonico to lead the Fourth Precinct, after the chief had already made the public announcement. Delmonico had been a critic of Hodges when he headed the police union.

And it didn’t help that Harteau was out of town when Damond was killed. Harteau, who said she was backpacking in an area with limited cellphone reception, told reporters Thursday that it would have been “challenging” to return but that she had kept in touch with her command staff.

Police union president Bob Kroll said Harteau’s resignation is a much-needed change for the department and that she handled Damond’s shooting poorly. He said after being gone for days, she returned and “basically throws the whole department under the bus.”

He said he agrees with protesters that Hodges should be next to go, adding that the move against the chief was a political one for Hodges.

The mayor rejected that notion, saying she made the decision because she’s making the city a priority.

Harteau and her longtime patrol partner, Holly Keegel, were featured in a 1990 episode of the reality TV series “Cops.” The partners endured years of harassment from some male colleagues, and it escalated to the point where they felt endangered because they weren’t getting help when they would call for backup. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights upheld their discrimination and sexual harassment complaint, which led to changes in training and to discipline against some officers.

Harteau and Keegel got married in 2013 after gay marriage became legal in Minnesota. Harteau told the Star Tribune a year later that they had separated amid the strains of her being chief.

The chief was honored as grand marshal of the city’s annual Pride Parade three years ago. But in June, organizers asked law enforcement to minimize their participation due to tensions over a suburban Minneapolis police officer’s recent acquittal in last summer’s fatal shooting of black motorist Philando Castile.

Harteau said she was “beyond disappointed” that she was not consulted beforehand, but later persuaded organizers to welcome LGBT officers after all.

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400 pounds of pot seized, 2 arrested in 'large-scale' Dayton to Columbus drug ring - WHIO

Local News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 04:50


400 pounds of pot seized, 2 arrested in 'large-scale' Dayton to Columbus drug ring
The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, which is part of the Ohio Attorney General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, is led by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Miami Twp. Police ...

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Severe weather possible, still very humid.

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 04:50



More than one round of severe weather is possible today.  The atmosphere is primed for storms to occur.  There is a risk of heavy rain, flooding, hail, strong winds and isolated tornadoes.  After the morning storms, high temperatures will depend on the amount of cloud cover we see.  The more sunshine, the warmer and more uncomfortable it will be.  Stay up to date on for the latest updates on storm coverage.

TODAY: Showers and storms today, possibly severe.  Partly sunny, hot and humid. Heat index in the mid to upper 90s.  High 88

TONIGHT:  Partly cloudy.  Evening storms possible.  Low 74

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny, warm and humid . Chance of mainly morning showers and thunderstorms. High 88

After the cold front passes on Sunday, it will become less humid as we start out the new week.

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WATCH: Huber Heights package thief caught on camera

WDTN News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 00:26

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – This package thief picked the wrong house to steal from.

If you recognize the suspect in this video, please call the Huber Heights Police Department: 937-233-2080

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Ohio argues against execution delays for 3 condemned inmates

WDTN News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 20:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio state attorneys argued on Friday against delaying three upcoming executions on grounds that the condemned killers have little chance of legal victory and repeated postponements are draining state resources.

The state’s first execution in more than three years is scheduled for Wednesday. Death row inmate Ronald Phillips is scheduled to die for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in Akron.

He and two other inmates seek more time from the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal Ohio’s lethal injection method.

Their lawyers argue the procedure’s first drug, the sedative midazolam, creates an unconstitutional risk of pain by not rendering prisoners deeply unconscious before two other drugs kick in.

Midazolam has been used in some executions that were problematic, including in Ohio, Arkansas and Arizona.

Phillips’ attorneys argue they need time to appeal a lower court decision allowing Ohio to use the new method. The other drugs are rocuronium bromide, which paralyzes inmates, and potassium chloride, which stop their hearts.

The attorneys want the delay because they believe the full Supreme Court will take their appeal of last month’s ruling by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. That’s because that decision runs counter to previous rulings by the high court, and because it “involves an issue of recurring and national importance,” the attorneys said in Tuesday’s filing.

In Friday’s response, the state disputed inmates’ claims that Ohio has made inconsistent legal arguments as it has sought to legally defend its various, evolving execution protocols. Some changes were made necessary because of a lack of available drugs.

“Petitioners allege Ohio made ‘unequivocal promises’ to ‘never again…use a paralytic or potassium chloride.’ Not so,” the state wrote. “There is a wide gulf between what the affidavit says — that those drugs would not be used ‘going forward’ under the new protocol — and the argument that Ohio promised to never, under any circumstances, use those drugs.”

The request for the delay was made to Justice Elena Kagan, who handles such appeals for Ohio.

Ohio argued the state risks “ongoing irreparable harm” if the delays are granted and that “Ohio’s interests are harmed each time it has to stop and start implementation of its execution protocol.”

Lawyers note that training for an execution takes at least 30 days and requires four rehearsals. Six are usually held. They said delaying Phillips’ execution also runs the risk of delaying those executions scheduled after his.

Phillips has separately sought an emergency stay on Wednesday’s execution based on his age at the time of the murder. He was 19 and, he contends, just “slightly older” than the Supreme Court’s cutoff of 18 for purposes of barring executions of juveniles. His request argues the age should be 19 or 21.

Attorneys for the state said in another filing Friday that Phillips’ arguments are legally baseless and misplaced.

“Phillips is right that the Governor (John Kasich) has been considerate in ensuring that Phillips’ case gets adequate review,” they wrote. “But Executive grace is not boundless and Phillips’ case has been adequately and lawfully reviewed.”

Kagan is expected to rule on both requests next week.

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Governor orders flags in Ohio lowered for ex-Rep. Regula

WDTN News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 20:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has that ordered flags at public buildings and grounds in Ohio be flown at half-staff to honor the life of former U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula who died this week.

Kasich on Friday ordered the flags lowered from sunrise to sunset Saturday to honor the “life and service” of the former Republican congressman from Ohio. Family members said Regula died Wednesday at the age of 92.

He was elected to 18 terms in the U.S. House, representing Canton and northeastern Ohio for 36 years before retiring in 2008. At the time he was dean of Ohio’s congressional delegation and a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

Regula also was a key player in creating the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.

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Prosecutor: Infant found buried in backyard of Carlisle home was born alive

WDTN News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 20:24

CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) — Skeletal remains found buried in a Warren County backyard are from a baby that was born alive, prosecutor David Fornshell said Friday.

Brooke “Skylar” Richardson, 18, Carlisle was charged with reckless homicide after investigators found remains of the infant in a wooded area behind her house last week.

Police initially believed the remains were that of a stillborn, but after further investigation, the Warren County Prosecutor released a statement on Facebook asserting that evidence indicates the infant was born alive.

“The filing yesterday of a preliminary charge of reckless homicide is based upon evidence that the infant whose remains were discovered at the defendant’s residence in Carlisle one week ago today was born alive and was not a stillborn baby. Law enforcement is continuing to treat this as an active and ongoing investigation,” Fornshell said.

Richardson posted bond Thursday night and the judge continued the bond Friday afternoon, which allowed her to go home with family after being arraigned.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by 2 NEWS, Richardson recklessly caused the death of another or unlawfully terminated another’s pregnancy on or about May 7, 2017.

Deputies searched the family’s Eagle Ridge home twice before arresting the 2017 Carlisle High School Graduate.

According to officials, they received a tip about the baby remains, began digging and found the shallow grave in the backyard of the family home in the 100 block of Eagle Ridge Drive back on July 14.   Lt. John Faine, with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, said the remains had likely been behind the home for 10-12 weeks.  Six days after their preliminary search, investigators obtained another search warrant and went back to the home to collect additional soil samples from the original site as well as a fire pit nearby.  Richardson was arrested a short time after.

The former high school cheerleader, whose attorney said she worked with children at a local YMCA and was college bound for the University of Cincinnati in the fall, did not make any statements in court or after.

“I can tell you Skylar was a very good student. She just graduated from high school a few months ago she has plans to start college very soon.  She didn’t drink.  She wasn’t a partier or smoker.  By all measures a very good girl who helped actual children, children with disabilities,” Defense attorney Charlie Rittgers said.  He goes on to say, “She’s taking it the way you would expect.  It’s a shock to her and a tragic situation.”

Rittgers told 2 NEWS he was retained by the family just hours before the hearing and declined to comment on the charge or a pregnancy.

Reckless homicide, according the the presiding judge, is punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Richardson is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on August 1.

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Task force seizes 400 pounds of marijuana, two charged in Dayton drug bust -

Local News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 19:56

Task force seizes 400 pounds of marijuana, two charged in Dayton drug bust
DAYTON, Ohio -- Law enforcement officials seized 400 pounds of marijuana Thursday night from a home and a car in Montgomery County, authorities said. Victor Guadiana, 54, of South Texas, and David Garcia-Barajas, 25, are both charged with possession ...
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Ohio sheriff to give Narcan to released inmates

WDTN News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:44

PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A sheriff in Canton is giving at-risk inmates the anti-overdose drug Narcan when they get out of jail. Officials here, say it’s not a bad idea.

Amy Raynes of the Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board said they have a similar program in place for inmates at the Preble county jail.

Medical staff there give inmates, Vivitrol. It’s a shot that prevents opioid relapse.

In addition, the inmates are placed in a drug rehabilitation program.

Over in Stark County, the sheriff’s office plans to distribute about 75 Narcan kits to inmates being discharged from the county jail

It’s part of a pilot project aimed at tackling the state’s drug epidemic.

Raynes said giving inmates the kits isn’t a bad move, provided the inmates are also placed in treatment programs.

“I think that any kind of treatment as people leave the jail is going to be beneficial to the community, absolutely,” Raynes said.

“We know people are more successful if they are getting treatment directly out of the jail – especially if they have detoxed from their drug of choice.”

She said it’s something Preble County would also consider.



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Local tree company helps elderly lady, free of charge

WDTN News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:44

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Friday’s severe weather took down a tree and some overhead lines at the home of an 83-year-old Dayton woman, prompting a local tree cutting company to spring into action and help the elderly lady, free of charge.

Elbert Pennington of Elbert Pennington Lawn & Tree Service said it was his third job of the day.

“That’s just me. I try to help people when I can,” Pennington said. “I think if I help people and then sooner or later they’ll end up helping someone, themselves.”

The homeowner’s daughter, Sherrie York, said her 83-year-old mother is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital.

“I really appreciate this man coming by and cutting up this tree for us,” York said. “It was pretty bad when I pulled up. I was like, oh my God.”

York said the massive tree is just another added stress on the family – both emotionally and financially.

“It’s been very overwhelming… Trying to deal with the hospital, trying to deal with where she was in the New Lebanon nursing home – and now I got to deal with this,” York said. “Anybody watching this, I need your prayers”

Friday morning’s heavy winds sent the tree sprawling across the yard – blocking the driveway.

It also took down overhead lines.

“I live up the road from here,” Pennington said. “When I came by she was telling the fire department she didn’t have no way to get it cleaned up. I told her I would come by and clean it up for free.”

His son Ronnie Pennington was assisting him.

“Not many people would help older people when they need help,” Ronnie Pennington said. “And they can’t do it themselves so there’s nothing wrong with helping them. It ain’t always about collecting money.”

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