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Published: Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 11:15 AM
A woman killed in a crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 75 in West Carrollton has been identified as 55-year-old Jacqueline Clifton of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
No information was available on her preliminary cause of death.
The fatal crash shut down all northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in West Carrollton for several hours Saturday afternoon.
According to troopers, a blue Toyota Prius, driven by Clifton, traveled on the off ramp from I-75 northbound at West Carrollton, went up a 90 foot hill and reentered northbound I-75 around 3:45 p.m. The Prius was then T-boned by a camper, which overturned in the median. Clifton was pronounced dead at the scene.
A white Ford Taurus also was struck during the crash. The occupants of the camper and Taurus were taken to Sycamore and Kettering medical centers, and their injuries are not life-threatening, troopers said.
The scene was cleared around 7:30 p.m.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:12 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — 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.
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.
“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.
“Our entire government causes me frustration,” he said. “It’s a little ridiculous that things like this get used as pawns in political games.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:46 PM
WRIGHGT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — 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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:51 PM
MIDDLETOWN — The driver of a Ford F-15o pickup truck said someone ran the stop sign at the corner of The Alameda and Superior Avenue on Friday afternoon in Middletown, causing him to lose continue and flip his vehicle.
The male driver said he was traveling on Superior Avenue when a white vehicle ran the stop sign and collided with his pick-up truck. The truck flipped on its side, and the driver was uninjured, he said.
The vehicle that ran the stop sign drove off, according to the driver of the pickup truck.
Middletown police were investigating the accident.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:47 PM
The executive director of Dayton’s Human Relations Council has accepted a job with the city of the Toledo.
Catherine Crosby, who has worked for the council since 2005, will become Toledo’s new chief of staff, according to an announcement today from Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.
Crosby, a well-known community member,
serves as board secretary to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and is a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Ohio Advisory Committee. She has been the council’s executive director since 2012.
“Catherine Crosby has been a tremendous leader for the city of Dayton,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said in a statement. “Dayton’s loss is Toledo’s gain.”
The Human Relations Council is in charge of civil rights enforcement for residents and investigates and adjudicates discrimination complaints related to housing, employment, public accommodation and credit. The council also assists minority- and women-owned businesses and promotes equal treatment of citizens.
Crosby, 40, who is from Cleveland, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wilberforce University and a master’s degree in public administration from Wright State University.
“Katy has myriad experience that she will bring to Toledo to help continue our strategic improvement,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said.