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Power outages for DP&L customers from this week’s storms relent

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 6:28 AM

DP&L to distribute ice to customers without power

UPDATE @6:30 a.m. July 14

Power has been restored to several hundred DP&L customers, but some remain in the dark.

RELATED: Cleanup continues from Tuesday’s storms 

The latest outages:

  • Montgomery County: 168 outages
  • Preble County: 55 outages
  • Greene County: 22 outages
  • Miami County: 5 outages
  • Warren County: 12 outages

A few outages have also been reported in Miami, Shelby and Warren Counties.

EARLIER REPORT 

More than 62,000 DP&L customers were without power at the peak of Tuesday’s wind storm, marking the worst storm officials with the utility provider said they’ve seen in five years.

PHOTOS: High winds cause damage across the Miami Valley

Over 3,000 DP&L customers remain without power in Montgomery and Preble counties Thursday morning. According to an online outage map, at 9 a.m. Thursday these outages remained:

  • 2,437 customers in Montgomery County 
  • 494 were reported in Preble County 

DP&L will distribute ice to residents in Camden and Trotwood today, according to a DP&L news release. After the storms on Tuesday, there are still many customers with extended outages in those areas as a result of downed trees, poles and power lines. 

VIDEO:  High winds hit downtown Dayton

RELATED: Trees down, homes damaged after stormy Tuesday

FROM SKY 7: Tree falls on Dayton house

The ice distribution in Camden will be located at the roadside rest station across the street from Dollar General located at 6775 North Main Street. The ice will be at the large water tower from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Ice distribution in Trotwood will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Trotwood Fire & Rescue located at  5469 Little Richmond Road.  

“We’re doing all we can to safely restore power,” Operations Manager Chad Bocook said in a press confrence Wednesday.  

The last storm, which he called a “derecho” weather event, occurred June 29, 2012 also resulted in more than 50,000 customers to be without power.

Power outages impacting people in Montgomery, Preble

DP&L has over 500 crew members working in the hardest hit areas, which Bocook says are all to the west of downtown Dayton and stretches out toward Eaton.  

Bocook said they’ve also enlisted the help of outside sources for additional help, including help from local municipalities. Outages can fluctuate when restoring power, as crews may have to shut off services in one area to restore them in another as a safety measure, he said.  

“The biggest thing is to be patient because of the damage that’s been done. It takes some time to replace poles and things like that.”

Teen in custody after 15-year-old girl shot at Texas high school, deputies say

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:56 PM

Gunman In Custody After Shooting At Texas High School

Authorities arrested a 16-year-old on Monday morning after authorities said he shot a 15-year-old girl at a Texas high school, according to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office.

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Local man found guilty of harassment against an officer

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:02 PM

A Troy man could face up to a year in prison after pleading no contest Monday, to a felony charge of harassment by inmate. 

Storm M. Walker, 21, was accused of throwing or expelling a bodily substance at a law enforcement officer June 20 in Troy.

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Judge Christopher Gee of Miami County Common Pleas Court was told there was no plea bargain in the case. He found Walker guilty and ordered a presentence investigation.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 19.

Shutdown: Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown.

Hundreds of people had trekked inside the world’s largest military aviation museum Saturday morning before the closure at 1 p.m.

The fallout was the latest from the federal closure expected to affect thousands of workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest single-site employer in Ohio with an estimated 27,000 military and civilian personnel.

RELATED: Wright Patt: Workers to show up Monday even if shutdown still in place

Wright-Patt employees were told to report to work Monday for further instructions on “shutdown activities,” but it was not yet known how many would be furloughed if the partial federal closure continued into the work week.

National Park Service interpretive centers near Huffman Prairie where the Wright brothers perfected the airplane, and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton, were among NPS sites closed Saturday in the region because of the shutdown, although the two properties were open to traffic.

What’s next for the base?

More fallout was expected Monday if the shutdown persists into the work week.

As of Friday, base officials did not have an estimate of how many Wright-Patterson civil service workers might be furloughed. All military personnel, and some civilian employees deemed in “essential” jobs, would be exempt from being sent home temporarily, but would not be paid until Congress passes an appropriations bill, according to the Pentagon.

When the last shutdown struck in 2013, both furloughed workers and those who stayed on the job were reimbursed.

Base authorities have not released further details of the full scope of what might be impacted at Wright-Patterson.

The Child Development Center was scheduled to be open Monday, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said Saturday.

Col. Alden Hilton, commander of the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine which marked its 100th anniversary Friday, said essential classes to train aeromedical flight personnel would continue without interruption.

Hundreds of Air Force reservists scheduled for a monthly drill weekend Jan. 20-21 with the 445th Airlift Wing were expected to proceed because it was previously funded, said Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris, a unit spokeswoman.

Museum to remain closed

Matthew and Leigh Boyce, a married couple, traveled from St. Louis to the Air Force museum hoping it was open despite a partial federal government shutdown that struck midnight Saturday when Congress failed to pass a short-term stopgap funding measure.

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“We came into town to see our daughter and this was obviously one of the things we wanted to go to, but we were worried after we heard the news that we weren’t going to be able to get in,” Boyce, 46, said as he and his wife, Leigh, stood in the newest gallery housing iconic presidential planes and one-of-a-kind experimental jets.

“We checked the website that said it might be a possibility that it would not be open because of the shutdown, and we called this morning and they said they didn’t know whether they were even going to be open, but they suggested we come and see,” he added.

A museum spokeswoman said in an email late Friday the museum planned to stay open this weekend until it received a federal order to shut down. On Saturday, the museum indicated it would remain closed until the shutdown has ended.

Steven Wright said he was part of a group with a Cub Scout pack that drove four-and-a-half hours Saturday from Pittsburgh, Pa., only to discover the museum closed.

“It would have been nice to have known, but we didn’t even think to check on that,” he said.

The political drama over the failure of Congress and the White House to prevent a shutdown because of a lapse in a temporary funding frustrated Boyce.

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“Our entire government causes me frustration,” he said. “It’s a little ridiculous that things like this get used as pawns in political games.”

WHIO-TV’s Malik Perkins contributed to this story.

Wright Patt: Workers to show up Monday even if shutdown still in place

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:46 PM

Wright-Patt workers to still go to work Mon. in event of shutdown

Thousands of Wright-Patterson employees were expected to report to work Monday morning for further instructions “to carry out orderly shutdown activities” if a partial federal government closure stuck at midnight Friday, base authorities said.

The scenario could be a replay of October 2013 when most civil service employees at Wright-Patterson were sent home on furlough at the state’s largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 personnel, but how many might be impacted in another temporary closure could not be answered Friday.

“It is difficult to determine how many employees would be impacted because a determination of the furlough parameters has not been released,” base spokeswoman Marie Vanover said in an email.

All military personnel, regardless of their job, would report for duty, according to the Defense Department.

RELATED: Threat of government shutdown wearing on workers

Those who stay on the job — both military and civilian — will not be paid until a Congressional appropriations bill is passed, according to the Pentagon. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force planned to remain open over the weekend unless it receives a shutdown order, according to spokeswoman Diana Bachert. She said the museum would issue an update to the news media, and post an alert on the museum’s social media sites and its website if it must close.

Retired Col. Cassie B. Barlow, installation commander of Wright-Patterson the last time a shutdown hit, said Friday carrying out shutdown activities were “very complex” and “all encompassing.”

“I feel sorry for the folks on the base right now and what they have to go through,” she said. “It’s very frustrating. It’s frustrating for the commanders, but it’s also frustrating for all of the employees because they are starved for information right now and they’re listening to the news …

“It’s a stressful time especially when there’s a potential to not get paid,” she said, adding it was “no way” to treat employees or run a business.

The Pentagon issued a contingency plan Friday that listed broad categories where employees may be allowed to stay on the job, such as police, fire and medical services and other duties deemed “essential” to national security.

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The reverberations of a government shutdown would be similar to the last one struck in 2013, according to Air Force Capt. Hope Cronin.

“We are hopeful that there is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations,” she said Friday afternoon. “However, at this time, we must plan for a range of scenarios” that include a short-term stopgap funding measure, a budget deal or a shutdown.

Air Force reservists were expected to attend a previously funded drill weekend Saturday and Sunday at the base with the 445th Airlift Wing, said spokeswoman Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris.

Among other impacts, U.S. District Court in Dayton would remain open, federal Judge Walter Rice said Friday. “I don’t expect any immediate change,” he said.

RELATED: Will a shutdown happen? Wright-Patterson in holding pattern

The U.S. Postal Service mail delivery and post offices would stay open and Social Security payments would continue to recipients, according to authorities.

The Ohio National Guard issued a statement Friday saying the agency would continue national defense operations and respond to state emergencies.

At the University of Dayton Research Institute, which has millions of dollars in federal contracts employing some 200 people, some employees may be prevented from doing their jobs and the institute “would need to find other work for them as possible,” John Leland, UDRI executive director, said in a statement. “Other contract work might have to shift temporarily shift from a government installation to a UD facility.”

Those changes are “disruptive” and “causes waste at taxpayer expense,” he added.

Head Start education programs for pre-schoolers were expected to be open Monday if a shutdown occurred, but a long-term government closure may have an impact on operations, according to Barbara Haxton, executive director of the Ohio Head State Association in Dayton.