Dayton officer treated at hospital for suspected fentanyl exposure

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 11:25 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

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A Dayton police officer was treated at a hospital after police say he came in contact with suspected fentanyl while searching his cruiser after an arrest Monday.

According to police, the officer was searching his cruiser after moving a suspect, arrested on suspicion of breaking into vehicles, into a different cruiser, when the suspected fentanyl came into contact with the officer’s face and uniform.

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The officer started becoming pale and was feeling light headed, so he was transported to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment.

The incident was reported around 5 a.m. Monday in the 3000 block of East Fourth Street.

“At this time, I had Officer ... retrieve a dose of Narcan as a precaution to have close at hand,” the police report reads. “Officer ... was was beginning to pale in his face, and his speech became more forced that I have experienced in talking to him. He stated that he was feeling very lightheaded and that feeling had occurred seconds after the white powder hit his face.”

The officer is out of the hospital and not expected to miss any work.

Police said they suspect their officers have come into contact with fentanyl before, however this is the first time an officer has shown ill effects.

The suspect the officer was arresting is Dewayne T. Kinder, 40, on charges of tampering with evidence, theft, possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, according to the police report.

Few thousand turn out in support of Women’s March

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:38 PM

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An estimated few thousand people descended on downtown Dayton to support equality.

The 2018 Women’s March drew people across the region.

The event at Courthouse Square is being organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others.

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The rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, and many others seeking equality.

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Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 people. This year’s event occurs in the midst of the #MeToo movement and the same week as the sentencing for former U.S. Gymnastics team Dr. Larry Nassar, who is accused of sexually molesting dozens of young girls under his care.

According to the event’s Facebook page: “We want to encourage continued resistance, collaboration and participation in 2018 mid-term elections in order to elect representatives who will fight for our rights and the future of our democracy.”

Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

SCENE: Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.:

A cracked vessel holding molten steel ignited a large fire at AK Steel in Middletown this morning.

Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the crew of about 60 firefighters from four departments have now cleared the scene. One firefighter/paramedic was taken to Atrium Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Lolli said the molten steel ignited other equipment and the building when it poured out.

“There was a fire at AK Steel at the basic oxygen furnace and the vessel that stores hot, molten steel somehow split open and ignited a fire in one of the buildings,” he said.

Lolli said it will take several weeks to determine what exactly happened and damage estimates at this early stage are impossible to predict.

Fire departments from Middletown, Franklin, Monroe and Liberty Twp. responded to the scene. Lolli said AK Steel’s fire crews will handle any hot spots that might flare up this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.:

The fire at AK Steel in Middletown is now out, according to Middletown’s Facebook page. 

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m: 

Fire crews have been on scene of a structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over two hours, but appear to have the situation under control, according to dispatch.

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The incident was initially reported as heavy smoke coming from the structure in the 3400 block of Lefferson Road around 8:30 a.m.

Officials battled the fire that included molten metal reportedly flowing through the building and the second floor concrete collapsing at one point, causing crews to be removed from the first floor, per reports. 
No word on injuries. 

We are still working to learn what caused the fire’s start.

UPDATE @ 9:23 a.m: 

Crews continue to battle a massive fire at AK Steel in Middletown that occurred Saturday morning.

The address to the fire has been updated to the 3400 block of Lefferson Road, according to officials.

We are still working to learn details on the fire and will keep this story updated. 

INITIAL REPORT

Multiple fire crews are responding to the 1800 block of Crawford Street on a structure fire at AK Steele in Middletown, per initial reports. 

The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m., and is reportedly escalating.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Local NAACP members, church leaders stay encouraged in light of hospital closing

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Local NAACP and church leaders said they are encouraged by “assurances” by Premier Health in the wake of the planned closing of Good Samaritan Hospital.

A community forum on the issue set for Feb. 10 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is one reason for that encouragement, said Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward. 

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The community must “find a pathway forward,” said Corey Cunningham, founder and senior pastor of The Inspiration Church on Philadephia Drive. 

Foward and Cunningham expressed those concerns this morning at a news conference three days after officials from Premier Health - the hospital’s parent company - announced the closing of the hospital that has been a northwest Dayton anchor for nearly a century. 

Premier CEO Mary Boosalis said Wednesday Good Samaritan Hospital will close its doors by the end of the year and move 1,600 jobs out of the northeast Dayton neighborhood, where it been located on Philadelphia Drive since the late 1920s. 

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Boosalis called the closing a “most difficult but necessary decision.” It was one that shocked many in the community and Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said “we are gravely concerned about an exit of that anchoring presence.” 

Premier said its goal is to offer all employees other positions in the company. But that isn’t much solace for the neighborhood around the massive complex, which was first constructed in 1928 and added onto many times since.

The 2018 Dayton Women’s March will take place today 

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

Police said nearly 3,000 people came to the Dayton Women's Sister March at Courthouse Square on Saturday, Jan. 21. LYNN HULSEY/Staff
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Police said nearly 3,000 people came to the Dayton Women's Sister March at Courthouse Square on Saturday, Jan. 21. LYNN HULSEY/Staff(HANDOUT/Lynn Hulsey)

The 2018 Dayton Women’s March will take place today, January 20.

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The event, which will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at Courthouse Square (23 N. Main Street) is being organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others.

The 2018 rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, and many others seeking equality. 

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Though the women’s movement has been around for decades, the historic march in Dayton began in January 2017 in order to unite with other cities throughout the U.S. to build a positive and just future for all.

Over five million people participated in women's marches around the world last January, including four million in the United States and 3,000 in Dayton.