Cicadas pop out of the ground early this year

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

Cicadas arrive early

The big green bugs that make a deafening sound are back.

Cicadas have popped out of the ground early this year and are starting to show up across the Miami Valley. 

First you see their skin. Then, you hear their call. 

It's the unmistakable sound, and evidence the cicadas are back, again early. 

"I think they're really gross," said Ashley Gilbert of Kettering. 

"They're a little scary, kind of prehistoric looking so they're a little startling," said Melissa Todd of Riverside. 

>>RELATED: Brood X cicadas set to land early in Southwest Ohio

The fragile brown casings left behind all over the Miami Valley could be from Brood X, the 17-year cicadas here four years early, or can be the annual dog-days-of summer cicadas that have arrived several weeks ahead of time. 

Whichever kind they are, cicadas don't bite and don't cause much harm to trees. Their loud sounds and startling movements is all most will have to deal with.

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Nickel a pill: Mayor Whaley’s prescription painkiller surcharge plan

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:10 AM


            Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley proposed new state surcharges for prescription pain medicine to combat the opioid crisis. STAFF
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley proposed new state surcharges for prescription pain medicine to combat the opioid crisis. STAFF

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, today proposed charging a nickel per dose surcharge for every prescription painkiller pill sold in the state.

State data show that 631 million doses of opioids were distributed in Ohio, and a nickel surcharge would generate $31.5 million per year to increase funding for local police and fire responders, substance abuse stabilization centers and state psychiatric hospitals, Whaley said.

“With those dollars, we will return resources to our communities they so desperately need to fight this epidemic,” she said.

RELATED: City of Dayton sues drug makers for role in overdose epidemic

Ohio would be the first state in the nation to take this action, Whaley said, though Washington and California lawmakers have proposed similar types of legislation that would tax or charge opiate makers to pay for addiction prevention and treatment programs.

Dayton was the first city in Ohio and the fourth nationwide to sue drug companies, distributors and doctors that city officials say were responsible for the crisis.

During her announcement this morning, Whaley pointed to a joint investigation by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes that found that Congress, after a large lobbying effort, weakened federal law enforcement’s ability to go after drug distributors even as opioid-related deaths surged.

A law passed by Congress made it “virtually impossible” for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from drug companies, according to the investigation.

Whaley criticized Congress for stripping power from federal law enforcement, remarking that Congress took “the E out of the DEA.”

2 children killed, 1 man hurt in Colorado stabbing

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 6:55 AM

2 Children Killed And 1 Man Hurt After Stabbing In Colorado

Two children were killed and one man injured in a stabbing early Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Police search for suspects in reported armed robbery 

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 10:12 PM

Police are currently looking for two suspects after a reported armed robbery at Rich’s gas station on Salem Avenue, according to dispatchers.

Initial reports indicated the two suspects were wearing hoodies. 

There was no report of shots fired. 

It is unknown if anyone was injured.

The report was made around 9:40 p.m. 

We are working to learn multiple details about this developing story.

Vacant home destroyed after it explodes in Dayton 

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 2:19 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Dayton fire video

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m: A vacant home in Dayton is destroyed after being the latest case of an explosion that occurred Sunday afternoon. 

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Crews responded to the 160 block of Bluecrest Avenue after receiving calls that a house was on fire around 1:30 p.m. While en route, responders were also told that neighbors  described hearing multiple explosions.

RELATED: Fire severely damages garage and part of home in Greeneville

The home’s front windows, in addition to stones on the front the house, were all blown off during the explosion. In total, firefighters estimate the damage to be about $45,000. 

No one was hurt as a result of the explosion, even though neighbors told our crew that they reported seeing a homeless person potentially living there.

“The home is vacant, and utilities were shut off months ago” said Tim Rose, District Fire Chief.

Investigators are still working to find out what caused the explosion.

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Fire crews have been on scene of a working house fire in the 100 block of Bluecrest Avenue. 

Initial reports indicate there was an explosion. 

Dayton Fire District Chief Tim Rose told WHIO-TV that fire crews received a call at about 1:30 p.m. that a house was on fire. En route, responders were told witnesses heard an explosion.

“The house appears to have had explosions,” Rose said. “The front windows were blown out.”

He said investigators are looking into the situation.