Both directions of U.S. 35 in Dayton back open

Published: Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 5:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

UPDATE @ 6:40 p.m.

Both directions of U.S. 35 are back open tonight after they were shut down for more than two hours for wires across the highway.


Both directions of U.S. 35 in Dayton are shut down this afternoon for wires down across the highway.

U.S. 35 is shut down between Smithville Road and Woodman Drive after the incident that was reported sometime after 4 p.m. Traffic is being rerouted at Steve Whalen Boulevard.

Police are waiting for Dayton Power & Light to remove the lines, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. It is not clear what led the wires to come down.
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Covington home severely damaged by fire

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 8:06 PM
Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 10:57 PM

(Contributed by iWitness7 viewer)
((Contributed by iWitness7 viewer))

UPDATE @ 10:58 p.m.

A Covington home has sustained an estimated $80,000 in damages after a fire Monday evening. 

Fire crews responded to the residential fire around 7:20 p.m.

Covington Fire Chief Bart Weer said that the fire was apparently started by an oil fryer that had gotten out of control. A juvenile was present at the time the fire started, but was not injured. 

Covington firefighters believe a few small pets may have died in the fire. A dog, however, was saved.


Fire crews are on the scene of an apparent residential fire in Covington. 

Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, crews were dispatched to a structure fire on S. Wall Street in Covington.

No initial reports of injuries. We are working to learn more from firefighters.

Free no more: Oregon District parking lot to charge customers

Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 4:28 PM

            An Oregon District parking lot will begin charging customers for parking for certain times of the day. STAFF/CORNELIUS FROLIK
An Oregon District parking lot will begin charging customers for parking for certain times of the day. STAFF/CORNELIUS FROLIK

A free parking lot in the Oregon Historic District is converting to a pay system from late afternoon to the early morning hours to pay for security, aesthetic improvements and increased maintenance.

The Oregon community lot, located at the southwest end of the business district on East Fifth Street, will start charging car owners $3 to park from between 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week.

The lot’s 140 public spaces will remain free up until 4 p.m., but after that, people will have to use a pay station or a mobile app to avoid getting a ticket or possibly towed.

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Drinking and misbehavior in the parking lot has led to trash, broken bottles, broken glass and other issues that hopefully will be eliminated with the addition of a parking authority and attendant, said Steve Budd, senior adviser of CityWide, which is part owner of the lot.

“And we haven’t done a refresh of the landscape in eight years,” he said.

The switch from free to fee parking follows in the footsteps of the lot behind Ned Peppers and the one next to the Environmental Protection Agency, which late last year implemented metered systems.

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Starting Monday, the Oregon District community lot will begin charging car owners after 4 p.m.

Four pay machines will be installed at the property, which is located by Omega Music, Oregon Express, Thai 9 and Jay’s Seafood. The lot was rebuilt in 2008 and has been free to visitors since that time.

The parking fees will help pay for additional lighting, landscaping upgrades and for the services of a professional parking authority to monitor and enforce the new regulations, Budd said.

Visitors will enter their license plate numbers into an electronic station and pay with cash or credit cards.

They also will have the option to pay using their mobile devices by downloading and using the Passport Parking App (PPPRK.COM).

CityWide owns about 60 percent of the 140-space parking lot. About 30 percent is owned by Jay’s Seafood and about 10 percent belongs to Gottschlich & Portune, LLP.

However, Omega Music owns 26 spaces that it does not plan to charge its customers to use.

The community lot was upgraded significantly in 2008 to offer free parking and more spaces to help the Oregon District become even more of an arts and entertainment destination.

The city of Dayton supported the lot enhancements using money from its development fund, including a $850,000 grant to CityWide.

Westbound I-70 reopens near Springfield, CareFlight takes one from crash scene

Published: Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

The scene of a motorcycle crash on I-70 near Ohio 72 reported around 11:20 a.m. Contributed photo
The scene of a motorcycle crash on I-70 near Ohio 72 reported around 11:20 a.m. Contributed photo

Westbound lanes of I-70 near Ohio 72 have reopened after CareFlight transported a motorcyclist from the scene of a crash, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers in Springfield.

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The cause of the crash is unknown,  but initial reports indicate medics were dispatched around 11:20 a.m. Sunday on reports of a car and motorcycle crash. The crash happened between mile markers 52 and 54.

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Dispatchers said it is unknown if anyone else was injured in the crash.

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Crews are working to remove the motorcycle from the side of the roadway and CareFlight has left the scene for Miami Valley Hospital.

We will continue to update this report as new details emerge.

Crews respond to hit and run crash with possible injury

Published: Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Police and fire crews have responded to a hit and run crash on Linden Avenue involving two vehicles. 

Dispatchers say one vehicle fled the crash, and an injury was reported. 

It is unknown how many injuries are involved or their severity.

The incident occurred on Linden Avenue at S. Smithville Road

We are working to learn more from police and EMS. Stay with WHIO for updates.