Isaac’s rains spotty, many areas still thirsty

Published: Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 5:01 PM
Updated: Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 5:01 PM

Hurricane Issac did most of its damage in the south and left Ohio still thirsting for water over the weekend.

Sure, it rained, but not much to make a difference.

“What I’m worried about most (this week),” said WHIO TV meteorologist Erica Collura, “is some (car) hydroplaning and low visibility. There will be no flooding.”

Chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson of WHIO said there “might be some decent rain next weekend,” but didn’t think it would amount to more than an inch. He called for “spotty showers” Tuesday afternoon and said it would “not be impossible for isolated heavy rain.”

A downpour that didn’t last long on Saturday night drenched Huber Heights with 3.2 inches of rain and Vandalia with an inch and a half, but winds reached only 27 mph there.

It also rained a little on Monday, “but it’s not going to help the corn at all,” Collura said. “It might help the bean size a little.”

John Stedman, the lead farmer at Allwood Farm in Montgomery County, echoed what Collura said.

“Most of the people I’ve talked too say it’s pretty poor,” Stedman said. “The rain will help the soybean crop a little, but I don’t think it will help the corn. Some fields of corn I’ve seen are real short and some (stalks) don’t even develop ears.”

At Allwood, Stedman usually mows just for hay, and his first mowing this summer yielded nearly 600 bales.

“We only got 40 bales out of the second mowing, then 300 some on the third mowing,” Stedman said. “We’ll get another cutting of hay and we’ll see if this rain has helped. I’ve got some friends in Preble County who didn’t get any rain at all. I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

Tom Hertlein, a farmer in Butler Twp. who also farms land for others, said he was lucky that he was a couple weeks late putting out his soybean crop, which allowed it to grow bigger.

“I put it out about May 20 or so,” Hertlein said. “This rain will do a lot of good. I also had some late corn out, but some guys north of here got a zero yield.”

Hertlein also said he attended an insurance meeting recently and last year $2.5 billion was paid out nationally for crops that didn’t come in. This year, the number is expected to be as much as $10 billion.

“It will be November before everybody finds out how bad it was,” Hertlein said.

Huber Heights PD investigating ‘very large scale’ ID fraud complaint

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

Huber Heights police are investigating what they are calling “a very large scale fraud/identity theft complaint” involving a Chicago-area credit union.

According to the department, Alliant Credit Union has identified several fraudulent accounts from the Dayton area and suspected several hundred more accounts from this area were fraudulent.

“This credit union is a legitimate business and has been fully cooperating with our investigation,” Huber Heights police said in a prepared statement.  “During this investigation, it was determined that a citizen of Huber Heights had an account fraudulently opened in their name at this credit union.”

Police said the credit union, earlier this year, sent letters to the suspected fraudulent account holders requesting verification of the accounts, but received little to no answer from them.

The fraud department suspected that many of the people that received the letters may have thought it was some kind of credit card offer or scam itself, according to police.

If anyone received a letter from Alliant Credit Union or has observed an Alliant Credit Union account on their credit report they should contact Huber Heights Police at 937-233-1565.

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Coretta Scott King to be commemorated in Yellow Springs

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Coretta Scott King was born on April 27, 1927 and died on Jan. 30, 2006.

Antioch College is presenting “Walk It With You: The Courage of Coretta Scott King,” an annual community commemoration of the civil rights pioneer, on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Foundry Theater.

»Related: King daughter says her mother's papers should be published

The Rev. Dr. Crystal Walker, the executive director of the greater Dayton Christian Connection, will be the guest speaker. 

The World House Choir will perform during the commemoration, and the second annual Coretta Scott King Student of Change Award will be presented. 

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The event is free and open to the public.

Demonstrators march for science on Earth Day in downtown Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

Demontrators took to the streets of Dayton today in the name of science.

These marches happened across the world as people defended science on Earth Day.

Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton was packed with 1,200 to 1,500 people of all ages. They chanted "save our planet," "know all the facts" and "science not silence" as they marched. 

"It's kind of upsetting to see how our government has been treating science," said Jessica Spanger, a local organizer. 

Some wanted to promote the fun side of science. 

"People don’t realize how interesting it is," said Ned Rasor, a physicist. 

Others said it's a politically charged event following recent changes in Washington. 

Organizers said the March for Science is bipartisan, and that they hope to get attention from both sides of the aisle. 

"We start influencing our policymakers to make evidence-based decisions rather than making decisions off of opinions or based off of what their lobbyists tell them to do," Spangler said.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 4:11 AM
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 7:52 AM

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Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Michael Purves is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On U.S. 35 eastbound at Abbey in Dayton,  a crash was reported around 7:50 a.m. 
  • I-75 south at Benchwood. Left and center lanes blocked. Right lane open.
  • Route 49 at Pitsburg-Laura Road in Darke County, two vehicles were involved in a crash just before 7 a.m. One car went left of center and went into the path of an oncoming vehicle. One driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and another was checked at the scene by medics.
  • I-675 south ramp at Indian Ripple Rd. in Beavercreek.

Surface Street Incidents

  • In Greene County, near the intersection of Ohio 235 and U.S. 68 there are reports of a crash with possible injuries at 8 a.m.

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official ODOT detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures April 9th – 29th between 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 

CLARK COUNTY 

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Culbertson Road and Harzell Road, bridge closure March 8th – May 23nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The official detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.

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