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Nick Blizzard

NICK BLIZZARD covers Miamisburg, Miami Twp., Moraine and West Carrollton. He’s reported on area suburbs for more than a decade.

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Lasting power outages may be part of ice storm’s aftermath
 The season’s first ice storm that hit the Dayton area this week is being linked to a driving fatality and widespread power outages – including at some schools - that could last for days. As many as 51,000 DP&L customers were reportedly without power Thursday, prompting the utility to make a call for mutual aid to assist more 800...

Posted: 4 hours ago

The season’s first ice storm that hit the Dayton area this week is being linked to a driving fatality and widespread power outages – including at some schools - that could last for days. As many as 51,000 DP&L customers were reportedly without power Thursday, prompting the utility to make a call for mutual aid to assist more 800...
Power issues causing area schools to dismiss early
 Dayton and Kettering have closed schools, and others are dismissing early as area districts are dealing with power issues. Four Dayton Public Schools closed this morning due to lack of power, said Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. Belmont, Horace Mann, Cleveland and River’s Edge have cancelled classes. But as of 10 a.m., power had been...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Dayton and Kettering have closed schools, and others are dismissing early as area districts are dealing with power issues. Four Dayton Public Schools closed this morning due to lack of power, said Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. Belmont, Horace Mann, Cleveland and River’s Edge have cancelled classes. But as of 10 a.m., power had been...
Power outages part of ice storm’s aftermath
 The season’s first ice storm that hit the area this week was linked to widespread power outages — including at some schools and government offices. At one time, more than 15,000 Duke Energy customers in Butler County and more than 29,000 in Hamilton County were reportedly without power Thursday. In Hamilton, crews worked to clear...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The season’s first ice storm that hit the area this week was linked to widespread power outages — including at some schools and government offices. At one time, more than 15,000 Duke Energy customers in Butler County and more than 29,000 in Hamilton County were reportedly without power Thursday. In Hamilton, crews worked to clear...
Land sale paves way for 7-acre sand volleyball, restaurant/bar complex in West Carrollton
 Area volleyball enthusiasts and those wanting more entertainment options may have a 7-acre complex to check out in West Carrollton by this time next year. The city is seeking by the end of the year to close on a deal to sell the land at 220 W. Central Ave. to Spike-It LLC, which wants to build a $4.5 million complex with sand volleyball courts...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Area volleyball enthusiasts and those wanting more entertainment options may have a 7-acre complex to check out in West Carrollton by this time next year. The city is seeking by the end of the year to close on a deal to sell the land at 220 W. Central Ave. to Spike-It LLC, which wants to build a $4.5 million complex with sand volleyball courts...
West Carrollton to buy more land along river for entertainment district
 West Carrollton is moving to buy more land near the Great Miami River that is part of an expansive entertainment district. The city wants to purchase two properties on Marina Drive across the street from the former Carrollton Plaza, which is being torn down with the aim of making the 13.75-acre site an anchor for the Miami Bend Entertainment...

Posted: a day ago

West Carrollton is moving to buy more land near the Great Miami River that is part of an expansive entertainment district. The city wants to purchase two properties on Marina Drive across the street from the former Carrollton Plaza, which is being torn down with the aim of making the 13.75-acre site an anchor for the Miami Bend Entertainment...
Pedestrian killed on Ohio 741: Driver saw man ‘walking toward cars’
 Motorists on Ohio 741 Monday night said they saw a man in the middle of the street “walking toward cars” that narrowly avoided hitting him shortly before a man was killed. Brandon A. Spearman, 29, of Dayton, was fatally struck on the state route — also called Springboro Pike — by an SUV about 7:50 p.m. near Cox Arboretum...

Posted: a day ago

Motorists on Ohio 741 Monday night said they saw a man in the middle of the street “walking toward cars” that narrowly avoided hitting him shortly before a man was killed. Brandon A. Spearman, 29, of Dayton, was fatally struck on the state route — also called Springboro Pike — by an SUV about 7:50 p.m. near Cox Arboretum...
Off-duty officer arrest: 4 other times law enforcement officials have faced issues
 The weekend arrest of an Dayton police officer was the latest incident in which area law enforcement officials have been suspected of a crime. Torrence Edward Laprath, 33, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail early Sunday morning after he allegedly burglarized a house while intoxicated in the 4700 block of Strathaven Drive, thinking...

Posted: a day ago

The weekend arrest of an Dayton police officer was the latest incident in which area law enforcement officials have been suspected of a crime. Torrence Edward Laprath, 33, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail early Sunday morning after he allegedly burglarized a house while intoxicated in the 4700 block of Strathaven Drive, thinking...
West Carrollton expected to approve deal to bring volleyball complex and bar/restaurant to city
 An agreement that would allow a $4.5 million complex local officials say will add jobs and attract hundreds to West Carrollton nightly is expected to be approved tonight. A deal to sell seven acres to Spike-It LLC, a Cincinnati firm wanting to build an 82,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor volleyball facility with 17 sand courts, a restaurant/bar...

Posted: 2 days ago

An agreement that would allow a $4.5 million complex local officials say will add jobs and attract hundreds to West Carrollton nightly is expected to be approved tonight. A deal to sell seven acres to Spike-It LLC, a Cincinnati firm wanting to build an 82,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor volleyball facility with 17 sand courts, a restaurant/bar...
UPDATE: Dayton man killed after being hit by SUV on Ohio 741 has been identified
 A 29-year-old Dayton man was killed after being hit by an SUV on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. Monday night.  Brandon A. Spearman was identified as the victim in the crash, which happened in front of the Bishop Leibold school’s east campus, in the 6600 block of 741.  A woman said she was riding with her daughter southbound on Ohio...

Posted: 2 days ago

A 29-year-old Dayton man was killed after being hit by an SUV on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. Monday night.  Brandon A. Spearman was identified as the victim in the crash, which happened in front of the Bishop Leibold school’s east campus, in the 6600 block of 741.  A woman said she was riding with her daughter southbound on Ohio...
‘It felt like Ronnie died all over again:’ Kettering shooting victim’s mother speaks out on verdict
 The mother of the Fairmont High School student killed after being shot by a Kettering teen on trial last week on murder charges was disappointed with the jury’s verdict Friday night. In a statement released to this news organization, the mother of Ronnie Bowers said the verdict in Kylen Gregory’s murder trial made her feel &ldquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

The mother of the Fairmont High School student killed after being shot by a Kettering teen on trial last week on murder charges was disappointed with the jury’s verdict Friday night. In a statement released to this news organization, the mother of Ronnie Bowers said the verdict in Kylen Gregory’s murder trial made her feel &ldquo...
NEW DETAILS: Kettering murder trial jury chose lesser charge after judge’s late decision
 A judge’s decision allowing the jury to consider lesser charges against a Kettering teen in his murder trial came Thursday night, a defense lawyer said. On Friday night, the nine women and three men found Kylen Gregory guilty of that lesser offense – reckless homicide – for the 2016 fatal shooting of Fairmont High School...

Posted: 4 days ago

A judge’s decision allowing the jury to consider lesser charges against a Kettering teen in his murder trial came Thursday night, a defense lawyer said. On Friday night, the nine women and three men found Kylen Gregory guilty of that lesser offense – reckless homicide – for the 2016 fatal shooting of Fairmont High School...