WEEC NEWS – MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014


A fire was reported this morning in Covington in the 9200 block of Rangeline Road. Early reports indicate that house fire was from a propane explosion just after 10 this morning.

I’m Ruth Book reporting for WEEC News!

Another fire was reported…this time in Dayton…when a vacant house caught fire in the 500 block of Steel Avenue around 4:30 this morning. No one was hurt.

The body of a Dayton police officer’s son was found late last week in the area of the Gateway Park Bike path in Beavercreek where he was last seen alive on July 2nd. 36 year old Christopher Mollohan was found deceased on Friday, four days after investigators discovered his truck. Foul play is not suspected, according to the Montgomery Coroner’s Office. Christopher is the son of Dayton Officer Jim Mollohan.

Another story out of Dayton had a horrific ending. A 7-month-old boy was visiting his step-grandmother when he was attacked by an American Staffordshire Terrier, which the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center says resembles a pit bull. The attack took place on Sunday around 12:24 in the afternoon, and resulted in the death of 7 month old Jonathon Quarels Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana. An autopsy is being conducted today.

Traveling to Sugarcreek Township in Greene County, 34 year old Chadrick C. Cornwell was killed Saturday in an ATV accident at Tom’s Mulch and Landscaping on Ferry Road. His son witnessed the accident. The boy, aged 8-10, was not hurt. Cornwell is from Dayton and was riding the ATV with his son when the ATV overturned and trapped him.

LA Fitness in Beavercreek had to be evacuated after smoke was reported on the second floor of the building yesterday morning. Firefighters responded just before 10 to the business located at the Greene. No one was hurt in the incident. Firefighters found a small fire in a rooftop air conditioning unit and put it out. No damages were reported, and the building was cleared of smoke and odor.

An accident in Jefferson Township ended up with a pickup truck landing on its top in a ditch after it struck another truck around 5:45 last evening. Four of the five occupants inside one truck were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.

A 50 year old man was shot Sunday morning around 6:30am in an alley in the 2200 block of East Third Street in Dayton. The man was shot one time in the abdomen by a man who drove by in a car around 6:30am. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with serious injuries. Police are investigating.
In Miamisburg, a woman who was standing outside of her broken down car on Ohio 725 was struck by a car. That accident occurred around 2:30am. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with serious injuries, but they weren’t believed to be life-threatening.

I was out at the Clark County Fair yesterday evening and had a great time getting to meet so many of you! We encourage you to stop by our WEEC Booth in Mercantile Building this week because we would love to talk with you! I also got my pork chop…one the highlight for me and many others when they attend the Clark County Fair! Local farmer, Roger Thompson, said he believes this year’s fair could be impressive, with a better setting than most other fairs. Some of the events to look forward to this week include the Golden Wedding Party at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon in the Expo Center Banquet Room…this is for couples who have been married for 50 years or more. Wednesday is Kid’s Day…always a fun day…where children under 14 can get into the fair free. Live entertainment takes place every night except Tuesday at the Big Entertainment Tent. General admission is $6 with children 5 and younger free. Parking costs $3.00. And, again…don’t forget to come see your WEEC staff at our booth in the Mercantile Building!

Storm Center 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said there were several reports of cold air funnels near Columbus on Saturday. Here are some things to know about “cold air funnels”: A cold air funnel does not form in the same way as super cell tornadoes. They can develop from light showers or storms if conditions are right. The funnel actually looks like a thin rope-line funnel under the cloud base, they are usually short-lived and rarely touch the ground. Even if they do touch down, there is little or no damage. Vrydaghs said you usually cannot detect cold air funnels on radar. There is little visible rotation and no rotating wall cloud. Even though the cold air funnel is not much threat to life or property, she said seeking shelter is still advised.

52 year old Terry A. Beal was killed early Saturday when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Harrison Township. The Huber Heights man was pronounced dead at the scene in the area of Wagner Ford and Needmore roads. That accident actually involved the bicyclist and two cars, resulting in the area being shut down for about four hours.

There was good news announced this morning with a $700 million cash deal to expand AK Steel to Michigan. The West Chester Township based AK Steel has reached an agreement to buy Severstal North America’s steel plant in Dearborn, Michigan. The Russian steel company is leaving the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion, according to a report in the Dayton Daily News. Presently AK Steel has facilities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Minnesota, employing more than 6,000.

What a beautiful day we had in the Miami Valley today! Tomorrow should be a repeat, although temperatures will be a bit warmer, rising to 88 degrees. We’ll see a few clouds tonight with lows dropping to 65. Lows tomorrow night will be at 72. There is a possibility of rain and some thunderstorms on Wednesday, beginning after 3pm and extending through the evening. We are back to sunny skies for Thursday through Saturday!