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Crews battle reported house fire in Springfield

Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 5:41 PM

Firefighters have responded to reports of a house fire on South Light Street in Springfield Sunday evening.

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Crews were dispatched around 5:25 p.m. to the home in the 500 block of South Light Street and reported flames showing from the structure. 

The occupants of the house were able to safely evacuate the structure, according to scanner traffic from the scene. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Wright Patt’s Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine marks 100th

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:30 AM


            In this file photo, the Air Force tests a human-rated centrifuge for gravity training and research at the 711th Human Performance Wing at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
            Ty Greenlees
In this file photo, the Air Force tests a human-rated centrifuge for gravity training and research at the 711th Human Performance Wing at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO(Ty Greenlees)

Filled with life-like medical mannequins, dark cargo plane fuselages and a centrifuge that spins humans in circles at high speed, the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine is unlike most schools.

One of the biggest prizes gained at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in recent years, the school marked its 100th anniversary in ceremonies Friday.

The $194.5 million school opened in a sprawling new building at Wright-Patterson in 2011 after eight decades in Texas. The move was part of a base realignment and closure process in 2005 that brought about 1,200 jobs to Wright-Patterson. Most of those were in aerospace medicine and sensors research from sites in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts and New York.

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“We’ve been training flight surgeons for 100 years,” said Col. Alden Hilton, the school’s commander. Today, it also educates flight nurses, enlisted aeromedical technicians, and critical care medical teams, among others.

“These medical personnel are already experienced clinicians,” Hilton said. “But it’s very different to practice medicine in the back of an airplane where it’s dark, very, very noisy and vibration and other movements and what you have with you is all that you’ve got.”

The massive school traces its origins to Hazelhurst Field, N.Y., where it opened as the Medical Research Laboratory of the Air Service in 1918 in the infancy of Army aviation.

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A faculty and staff of about 950 train 4,000 students a year at Wright-Patterson. The school trains airmen in aeromedical evacuations of wounded troops from combat zones to hospitals, has an epidemiology and environmental lab to analyze samples from bases around the world, and researches how to improve human performance with technology as part of the mission of the 711th Human Performance Wing.

Wright-Patterson marked it’s 100th anniversary in 2017.

The base traces its lineage to Dayton’s former McCook Field, an Army airplane engineering research center, Wilbur Wright Field, which prepared airmen for military aviation careers, and the Fairfield Aviation General Support Depot.

UPDATE: Ohio flu hospitalizations continue to climb

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:50 AM


            Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

NOTE: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect totals for the most recent week.

The number of flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio jumped more than 50 from the week before, according to new data Friday from the Ohio Department of Health.

From Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, the state reported 1,805 people in Ohio were hospitalized with influenza-like illnesses. Of those, 458 of those were in Montgomery County.

MORE: Hospitalizations explode: Flu season may be worst in years

For the previous reporting period, Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, the state recorded 1,750 flu-related hospitalizations.

Area hospitals have put restrictions on visitors and local health officials throughout the region have encouraged people to get a vaccine and take precautions to prevent the spread of the flu.

Higher water, sewer rates in effect for Montgomery County customers

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

Montgomery County is planning annual water and sewer rate increases, starting with a 14 percent hike to take effect on Jan. 1. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO
Staff Writer
Montgomery County is planning annual water and sewer rate increases, starting with a 14 percent hike to take effect on Jan. 1. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO(Staff Writer)

Customers who receive water and sewer services through Montgomery County can expect to see rate increases reflected in their first bills of the year.

The county announced in November that the combined water and sewer rate would go up by about an average of 14 percent this year.

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Rates will jump another 5.6 percent on average starting in 2019 and each following year through 2022.

This means the average residential customer in the county will end up paying about $8 a month or $24 more in their quarterly bill, according to county estimates.

The Montgomery County system provides drinking water and fire prevention for about 250,000 residents. Most customers are in Centerville, Harrison Twp., Kettering, Miami Twp., Riverside, Trotwood and Washington Twp.

RELATED: Why Montgomery County water, sewer customers will pay more

Over the last eight years, the county has had an average rate increase of 1.25 percent per year, which is a lower increase than the state average of four percent per year.

Montgomery County Environmental Services spokeswoman Brianna Wooten said this was a conscious decision.

“When the Great Recession hit, we were trying to figure out how we could help people. You know people were having trouble staying in their homes at that time, so we decided to hold down water rates until things turned around,” Wooten said.

According to Montgomery County’s Environmental Services director, Pat Turnbull, the rate structure has also changed in the new year. The rate has gone from 20 percent fixed charges to 40 percent and 80 percent consumption-based charges to 60 percent.

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Because of the change in ratio, those with bigger meters will pay more.

“For instance,” Wooten said, “hospitals or a business that have bigger needs and cost more to maintain will pay an appropraite amount for the larger demand they place on the system.”

The county maintains 1,400 miles of water mains and 1,200 miles of sewer mains. The increase will fund maintenance and new construction of these water and sewer lines, county officials said.

Water main breaks have been increasing — there have been more than 50 in Montgomery County since the beginning of the year. On a single day last week, there were 19, said Wooten.

This is not only because of the cold weather but because of outdated infrastructure.

Officials estimate about $750 million, generated from the rate increase, will be spent over the next 20 years to maintain and replace aging portions of that infrastructure.

A project that is in the planning stages is the upgrading of the sewer system on Dryden Road in Moraine. It is scheduled to be finished in Dec. 2021.

RELATED: Brutal cold has been rough on local water mains

“We are just reaching that point — similar to the roof on your house — when you’re having to patch leaks all the time, you get to a place where it’s time to put a new roof on,” Turnbull said.

Wooten said it is important for customers on autopay to be aware of the change, so that they can anticipate and plan for the change in their bank accounts.

Local state House seat drawing lots of candidates

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:55 PM

Stephanie Garrett, president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is running as a Republican for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.
Stephanie Garrett, president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is running as a Republican for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.

The most competitively balanced Ohio House district is getting plenty of attention with the filing deadline less than three weeks away.

Republican Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning on Friday formally announced he is running for the 43rd House District seat, which is split almost 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.

“I hope to earn your support in the upcoming months, promote a plan to unify our district, and I hope to earn prayers from you immediately,” Henning said in a news release announcing his candidacy.

A Clayton native who has served on the council since 2012, Henning works as a judicial assistant to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Erik Blaine.

RELATED: Foley wont run for re-election

Late Thursday, Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, a Democrat, and Stephanie Garrett, a West Alexandria Republican, both confirmed they are running for the seat, which is now held by State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and includes parts of Englewood, Clayton, Trotwood, western Montgomery County and all of Preble County.

Democrat Ralph Dean Brill of Brookville has also taken out nominating petitions for the seat.

Foley said he will say more about his candidacy at his formal announcement. He had earlier said he would serve out his commission term through this year and but not run for re-election.

Garrett, who is president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau and assistant treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party, said she became involved in politics because she “wanted to teach my children that they could make a difference. So I got involved in my community and started working with candidates and the Republicans.”

Henning said he is a supporter of gun rights and opposes abortion rights. He wants to focus on issues important to farmers and small businesses, trying to restore state funding cuts to local governments, and stop “state overreach to local schools.”

RELATED: Rezabek to seek judgeship, opens up hot race for Ohio House seat

“Columbus should not be determining how your tax dollars are being spent in our community and I will continue to work with Ohio’s Municipal League to see that rural townships and cities are not overlooked any longer,” Henning said.

The filing deadline for the May primary election is Feb. 7.

Rezabek on Thursday announced that he will not seek re-election and will instead run for judge in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Juvenile Division.

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The Ohio House 43rd race and the Ohio Senate 5th, a seat now held by term-limited State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, are considered competitive “swing” districts because their partisan makeup is more evenly divided than most of the region’s districts.

The 5th Senate district includes most of the 43rd District, but is larger, encompassing most of the city of Dayton, west-central Montgomery County, southern Darke County and all of Miami and Preble counties.

State Rep. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, and former State Rep. Gene Krebs of Preble County have both said they are running in the Republican primary.

RELATED: Former state Rep. Gene Krebs running for Dayton-area state Senate seat

No Democrat has formally announced but Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens said he has at least one strong candidate who is interested.

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