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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.

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Demand in West Dayton for 1,000 housing units, grocery store

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 12:16 PM


            DeSoto Bass Courts public housing has about 354 housing units in West Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
DeSoto Bass Courts public housing has about 354 housing units in West Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Greater Dayton Premier Management, the local public housing authority, is working on a plan to improve conditions and the housing stock in a poor part of West Dayton where more than 6,000 residents live.

GDPM is targeting five neighborhoods west of Interstate 75 and south of U.S. 35 that have some rundown and aging public housing facilities and many vacant and abandoned structures.

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There’s demand for up to nearly 1,000 new housing units, including a mix of subsidized, senior, market rate and for-sale units, according to a market study done for the agency.

Residents who live in the area, which is home to the DeSoto Bass Courts and Hilltop Homes, also say they want community gardens, a grocery store, a laundromat and increased police presence and visibility, according to a survey of a public housing residents and some neighbors.

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GPDM’s “transformation plan” will be submitted to the federal government, which in the past has awarded tens of millions of dollars to communities to implement their plans and help pay for new housing, amenities and other investments.

The Trump Administration’s current budget does not have funding for implementation, but even without that money, GDPM hopes to remake this part of Datyon, though likely it would take longer and require some adjustments, agency officials said.

“We have alternate plans for our housing if we are not fortunate enough to receive this Choice Neighborhood funding,” said Jennifer Heapy, CEO of GDPM. “We are still committed to a transformation for that particular part of the city — it’ll just take us longer.”

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Montgomery County joins legal fight against opioid drug companies

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

Montgomery County joins legal fight against opioid drug companies

Following in the footsteps of the city of Dayton and the state of Ohio, Montgomery County plans to sue drug companies or others that county officials allege helped cause the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that has ravaged the Dayton region and communities across the country.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County commissioners announced they have approved an agreement with Motley Rice, one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ litigation firms, to take legal action against “individuals and entities related to the marketing, prescribing, distribution or sale of opioids.”

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Montgomery County has hired the firm to investigate and then litigate claims related to the marketing and overprescribing of powerful opioid medications, said Mary Montgomery, chief of civil division of the Montomery County prosecutor’s office.

She said the goal is to hold those people and companies responsible for the opioid crisis accountable for it and try to recover the costs to taxpayers. That includes drug treatment programs, medical care, hospitalizations, law enforcement, prosecution and incarceration, Montgomery said.

Other costs include caring for the children whose parents have died of a drug overdose or who have lost custody because of their drug use, she said.

“Any money recovered will be for treatment programs as well as to reimburse the county for all of the expenses just mentioned,” she said.

Montgomery County has been particularly hard-hit by the opiate crisis, county officials said, noting that between 60 to 70 percent of the bodies in the county morgue last summer were overdose victims.

In 2016, prescribers in the county wrote almost 93 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents, and there were more opioid prescriptions written each year between 2006 and 2015 than there were people living in the county, said Montomery.

“Nationally, the economic toll of the opioid crisis is estimated to have topped $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017,” she said.

Motley Rice, based in Washington, D.C., is lead counsel in lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical companies by the city of Chicago and Santa Clara County. The firm also represents four states, seven counties and a handful of cities and townships in other opioid-related litigation.

Last year, Santa Clara County, home to Silicon Valley in California, reached a $1.6 million settlement with drug maker Teva over “deceptive” marketing of prescription opioid painkillers, according to Motley Rice.

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Closer to home, the city of Dayton last June announced it was suing more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies, distributors and pain specialists who city officials allege misrepresented the dangers of opioid medications and profited from opioid dependency and use.

This is about basic fairness for Montgomery County taxpayers, and the companies that ignited and fed this deadly epidemic should help clean it up, said Commissioner Dan Foley.

“We believe … that the drug companies have a moral obligation to pay our community back,” Foley said.

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1 officer killed, 2 deputies wounded while serving warrant in Georgia

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

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A police officer was fatally wounded and two sheriff’s deputies injured Friday after they were shot while serving a warrant in Locust Grove. Authorities said the suspected shooter was shot and killed by an officer.

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1 dead in shooting at veterans nursing home in Georgia

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:03 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

Shooting at Georgia Nursing Home

One person is dead after a shooting Friday at a nursing home for veterans in Georgia. 

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Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home around 11:20 a.m. Deputies said that, upon arrival, they found a person dead of a gunshot wound.

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