Heavy rain, storms in area deliver lightning strike, cause power outages

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:54 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:08 PM

Fire crews were dispatched to this home on Pepper Drive for a reported lightning strike Monday afternoon, March 20, 2017. (DeAngelo Byrd/Staff)
Fire crews were dispatched to this home on Pepper Drive for a reported lightning strike Monday afternoon, March 20, 2017. (DeAngelo Byrd/Staff)

UPDATE @ 9:51 p.m.: More storms in the area have left more than 3,900 DP&L customers without electric service, according to the utility’s online outage map. 

The most recent check made just minutes ago show as many as 1,150 out of service in Greene County and an estimated 2,733 as far east as Fayette County.  In Montgomery County, the outage number is 18.

UPDATE @ 5:55 p.m.: The lightning strike caused a small fire in the attic on Pepper Drive, a Huber Heights firefighter said. 

A ruptured water pipe -- not associated with the lightning strike -- caused further damage elsewhere in the residence, the firefighter said. 

The one person in the home at the time called the fire department. No injuries were reported.

Electric service has been cut off and a DP&L crew is on scene. 

DP&L spokesman Rob Beeler said crews are dealing with numerous calls throughout the area, especially in Montgomery, Miami and Clinton counties. 

"Keep DP&L informed," Beeler said. "If your power is off or even if it's back on. Also, be careful out there because auto accidents are a main cause of power outages in weather like this." 

At 6 p.m., the DP&L online outage map shows 144 reported outages in Clinton, 116 in Miami, 31 in Montgomery, 29 in Greene and 3 in Preble.

FIRST REPORT

Lightning is said to have struck a house in Huber Heights and more than 1,000 DP&L customers are without service in two counties as heavy rain and thunderstorms make their way through the Miami Valley.

Fire crews were dispatched to the 5200 block of Pepper Pike about 4:45 p.m. on the report of a lightning strike. All of the occupants evacuated the home safely. The fire crew has placed a blue tarp on the section of the roof where damage has occurred.

About 5:30 p.m., the DP&L online outage map was showing 961 without service in Montgomery and 117 out in Miami County.

A flood advisory has been issued for parts of the Miami Valley.

Net neutrality vote: FCC OKs repeal of Obama-era rules

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:21 PM

Understanding Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules meant to stop broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who put forth the planned repeal and voted in favor of it Thursday, said it “certainly wasn’t heavy-handed government regulation” that made the internet the “greatest free-market innovation in history.” 

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“Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence,” he said.

Keowee Street bridge closing delayed

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 2:19 PM


            An artist’s rendering depicts the new Keowee Street bridge over the Great Miami River. SUBMITTED
An artist’s rendering depicts the new Keowee Street bridge over the Great Miami River. SUBMITTED

Closing of the Keowee Street bridge in Dayton so that work can begin on replacing it has been delayed until January, according to a release from Montgomery County officials.

RELATED: City plans opening of new $6 million Helena Street bridge

The bridge had initially been expected to close Monday.

The Keowee Street bridge closing is dependent upon the reopening of the Helena Street bridge.

A ceremony to commemorate the reopening of the Helena Street Bridge is scheduled for today, but opening to traffic will be delayed until next week. No specific date has been provided.

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The Keowee Street bridge is providing a detour route for the Helena Street bridge and will now close on Jan. 2, according to the county.

Fire claims male’s life in New Miami

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

New Miami Fatal House Fire

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m.

A frantic call was placed today by the niece of a man killed in a house fire this morning stating her was disabled in inside the ranch home.

“The house across the street is on fire,” the woman told 911 0perators. When the dispatcher asked if anyone was inside, she replied, ” Yeah, my uncle … he is disabled, he only has one leg.”

The woman said her uncle was in the bedroom.

“Just please hurry,” she said while crying.

Fatal house fire in St. Clair Township

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m.

A male who died in a fire this morning in the New Miami was found by first responders in the front room of the residence on Tecumseh Drive, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary investigation appears that the fire originated in the front room but the exact cause is unknown at this time. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to the scene .

INITIAL REPORT

A fatal fire in New Miami has claimed the life of one person this morning, according to Butler County dispatchers.

The fire broke out on Tecumseh Drive just after 7 a.m. Thursday. Dispatchers said emergency crews are still on the scene but no other information is available.

Al Franken will resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 11:55 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

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Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he will resign "in the coming weeks" from his seat in the U.S. Senate amid growing calls for him to step down after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

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