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Here’s why you may see snow plows on Butler County roads this week

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:00 AM


            Snow plow drivers from the Butler County Engineer’s Office will take part this week in the annual truck “Roadeo,” a competition that allows crews to practice truck maneuvers through an obstacle course designed to simulate winter situations. NICK GRAHAM/2016
Snow plow drivers from the Butler County Engineer’s Office will take part this week in the annual truck “Roadeo,” a competition that allows crews to practice truck maneuvers through an obstacle course designed to simulate winter situations. NICK GRAHAM/2016

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says “get your shovels ready” this winter and the Butler County Engineer’s Office is doing just that with its annual snowplow competition.

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Two winters in a row with below normal snowfall and warmer than normal temperatures won’t keep Butler County’s snow fighters from preparing for this winter.

“We’ll be ready regardless of what’s on tap,” said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. “Our annual winter preparation is a tradition that’s important and constructive, but also fun and challenging for our snow plow drivers. We look forward to it every year.”

That tradition includes the annual truck “Roadeo,” a friendly competition which allows crews to practice truck maneuvers through an obstacle course designed to simulate winter situations.

Drivers from the Butler County Engineer’s Office are joined by crew members from various other Butler County cities and townships, who also compete for the best times and most accurate truck maneuvers.

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Prior to the truck “Roadeo,” crews will also participate in classroom review to learn about current snow and ice fighting technologies and the evolution of surface treatments from slag and salt to calcium and beat juice mixes.

The “Roadeo” will take place Oct. 26 at the Butler County Engineer’s Office.

Snow plow crews will also be out Oct. 25 familiarizing themselves with plowing routes.

Butler County will begin this winter season with 13,000 tons of salt stored in two barns, each with a capacity of 6,500 tons.

The county awarded its salt contract for the upcoming winter season to Cargill Deicing Technologies, which submitted a low bid of $58 per ton, which is almost $10 less per ton than last year. This is a fixed rate so even if road salt is in high demand this winter, Butler County is locked in at that price.

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6-year-old boy falls into creek; recovery effort to continue Monday

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:21 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:02 PM

Water rescue underway involving boy

UPDATE @9:04 p.m.

Deputies said search efforts for a 6-year-old boy who fell into Mosquito Creek have been to no avail and is now considered a recovery.

Rescue crews will reconvene on scene in the morning to continue looking for the boy, who has not been identified.

Shelby County Sheriff Sgt. Aaron Steinke said the search entailed boats in the water and a helicopter using infrared to search for body heat. He said due to the rough terrain and the strong current, search crews are being called off for the night.

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Deputies will remain on scene through the night, and the road will remain closed. Other crews will return in the morning to continue the recovery effort.

The area was not under a flood warning from recent rains, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

A 6-year-old boy fell into the Great Miami River this evening while he was playing with a friend along the riverbank, Shelby County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Steinke said.

Crews were called around 5:45 p.m. to the river behind the Pasco trailer park in the 5000 block of state Route 29. Rescuers have boats in the water, and have every bridge covered south from Sidney to the Miami County line, the sergeant said.

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Joining search efforts will be a helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which has night-vision equipment to help search from above.

The recent rains and swollen river poses a challenge to rescue personnel, Steinke said.

UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.

Additional rescue crews from area departments have been called to join the search along the banks for a young boy who may have been swept up in the swollen Great Miami River.

According to scanner traffic, the 6-year-old boy was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.

FIRST REPORT

Rescuers were called this evening to a mobile home park for a possible water rescue in the Great Miami River involving a child in the village of Pasco east of Sidney.

According to initial reports, a 6-year-old boy was wading but had not been seen in awhile. It is not confirmed that the boy has come to any harm.

The trailer park was in the 5800 block of Ohio 29, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

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British police: 6 injured after reported explosion in Leicester

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 8:57 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 8:57 PM

In this image taken from video made available by Gem News, police attend the scene of an incident in Leicester, central England, Sunday Feb. 25, 2018. Police for the English city of Leicester say they are responding to a
In this image taken from video made available by Gem News, police attend the scene of an incident in Leicester, central England, Sunday Feb. 25, 2018. Police for the English city of Leicester say they are responding to a "major incident" after receiving reports of an explosion and that emergency services were dealing with the incident on Hinckley Road and asked the public to stay away from the area. (Gem News via AP)(AP)

At least six people were injured Sunday following reports of an explosion and fire in Leicester, police said.

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Authorities declined to speculate on the cause of the explosion, although police said Sunday that it did not appear to be related to terrorism.

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Shooting on train leaves 1 injured in Atlanta

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 8:55 PM



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Officials with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority shut down several rail stations Sunday after someone was shot on a train.

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Officials with the transit agency confirmed to WSBTV.com that someone was shot in the leg on an eastbound MARTA train, headed toward the Kensington station, around 6:30 p.m.

Officials with MARTA said the shooter ran off the train once it stopped at the station. The shooter was not immediately apprehended.

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The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Rail service started running again shortly before 7:30 p.m.

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Naked man on ATV leads police on hour-long chase

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 8:41 PM



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A naked man riding an ATV refused to stop for authorities in Missouri on Sunday, prompting an hour-long chase in Kansas City, according to multiple reports.

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Police initiated a chase at 2:20 p.m. after getting a report of a suspicious, naked man riding an ATV near 8400 Northeast Sam Ray Road in Kansas City, North, according to the Kansas City Star. Police said the man was suspected of being under the influence of drugs, the newspaper reported.

The man evaded authorities in a field in Kansas City, North, before he found a break in a fence and drove onto Northeast Shoal Creek, according to the Star. He got onto Interstate 435, where he drove south, sometimes into oncoming traffic, the Star reported.

A police helicopter joined the chase, which also took authorities along Missouri Highway 152 and Missouri Highway 210, according to KSHB and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested around 3:45 p.m. after getting off the interstate at Northeast Birmingham Road, according to the Star.

No injuries were reported, KSHB reported.

Police continued to investigate the case Sunday.

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