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Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 12:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 11:15 AM
PREBLE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m. (Dec. 27)
The man killed in this crash is John M. Crank, 33, of Eaton, said Sgt. Chris Colbert, of the Dayton post of Ohio Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from his SUV. The man was not wearing a seat belt.
Colbert said it remains under investigation why the man went off the roadway and then left of center after over-correcting. Weather is not a factor, Colbert said.
UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. (Dec. 26)
The crash that killed a man who was ejected from an SUV in a three-vehicle crash shut down U.S. 127 in Preble County for more than four hours today.
The crash was reported around 10:50 a.m., and the road was not reopened until about 3:15 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post, which is handling the crash.
The victim’s name has not been released.
UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.A man was ejected from an SUV and killed in a three-vehicle crash today on U.S. 127 in Preble County, according to state troopers.
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An SUV and a car were traveling north on U.S. 127 near the Preble County Landfill when the driver of the SUV lost control of their vehicle and went off the right side of the road, investigators said. The driver over-corrected and went left of center, crashing into a semi hauling grain traveling south.
The crash collected the car that was traveling behind the SUV, troopers said.
The driver of the SUV, only identified as a man, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt.
The drivers of the semi and car were not injured.
U.S. 127 is blocked in both directions for the investigation. It is unknown when the road will reopen.
The identity of the man was not released, pending notification of family.
At least one person has suffered serious injuries following a crash south of Eaton in Preble County Tuesday.
State troopers confirmed they are investigating a “serious injury crash” on U.S. 127 between Eaton and Camden.
The crash was first reported around 10:50 a.m., according to dispatchers with the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Additional details were not available.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:41 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 7:39 p.m.: The DP&L online outage map now shows 126 customers without power along Brown Street, near Miami Valley Hospital and the UD student neighborhoods, from Chambers Street to U.S. 35.
A hospital administrator at MVH said the hospital is operating on generator power.
Elevators there stopped immediately when the outage struck about 6:45 p.m., she said. Workers and security were able to get everyone off the cars, she said.
No patients were put in danger because of the outage, she said.
Hundreds of businesses and residences along Brown Street, near Miami Valley Hospital and the University of Dayton student neighborhoods, are without power.
According to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map, nearly 1,200 customers are affected.
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Calls began coming into the newsroom just before 7 p.m.
We’re hearing the outage extends along Brown Street, from Chambers Street west to U.S. 35.
Jimmy’s Ladder 11, in the 900 block of Brown, and Subway, in the 1100 block, are among the businesses in the dark.
We have a call into DP&L for details about the possible cause of the outage.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:23 PM
WASHINGTON — As a possible shutdown grew nearer on Friday, Republicans took aim at Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, accusing him of a flip-flop over a temporary measure to keep the government open for four weeks.
Brown on Thursday appeared set to back the Republican-backed four-week plan because it extended a program known as CHIP that provides health insurance for more than 220,000 Ohio children. But Brown Friday said he would instead support an alternative plan to keep the government open for a few days while the Senate worked toward a longer-term deal.
It’s not clear, though, if even that proposal would gain congressional approval. President Donald Trump Friday invited Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House in hopes of negotiating a last minute deal, but the meeting broke up without any agreement.
Both parties seemed to be digging in as the deadline grew closer.
The plan to keep the government operating for a few days while negotiations continue was proposed by Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Both have criticized the temporary spending measures that have become commonplace as a substitute for a long-term budget.
Congress has passed short-term spending resolutions three times since the fiscal year began in October.
“We owe it to the people we work for to keep working and get the job done,” said Brown.
Republicans seized on the Democratic senator’s apparent change of heart over the four-week spending plan, which was approved by the House Thursday night and has the backing of the president.
Bob Salera of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called Brown’s decision “alarming” but “unsurprising.”
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” said it’s “unusual that you have this kind of opposition when there’s nothing objectionable there.”
He said Democrats were hoping to get a resolution on DACA, an acronym for a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, “but it’s an issue that hasn’t been resolved yet and it will take a little more time.”
“This is not a good way to score political points,” Portman said.
Last December, Brown voted against a temporary spending bill that kept the government open because it only extended CHIP money for three months instead of five years. In a floor speech the night the bill passed, Brown complained that a three-month extension “provides no certainty to the states that are running CHIP.”
But if he votes against the House version of the new spending bill to keep the government open for the next four weeks, Republicans can argue that Brown in essence is voting against a six-year extension of CHIP. Brown faces re-election in November.
In a statement Friday, Brown spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue said: “The fact is CHIP would have been passed months ago if Mitch McConnell and Republican leaders had listened to Senator Brown, but instead they’re holding the program hostage and using Ohio kids as political leverage. Senator Brown is continuing to fight for CHIP as part of a bipartisan budget deal, and if Republican leaders will bring up a clean CHIP bill, Sherrod will cast the first vote to pass it.”
The bill the Republican-led House passed Thursday would keep the federal government open through mid-February. Both House and Senate Democrats have balked at the deal, however, in part because it does not offer legal guarantees for DACA children, the so-called Dreamers.
Because of different rules in the two chambers, the House bill could pass by a simple majority, but the Senate needs 60 votes to approve it. If no agreement is reached, the federal government could partially close at midnight Friday for the first time since 2013.
It would represent the first time that the federal government has closed when the House, Senate and presidency are all held by the same party.
Republicans made clear they will blame Senate Democrats if a shutdown occurs. House Speaker Paul Ryan called the last–minute maneuvering “absolutely, needless, completely unnecessary and wholly because of Senate Democrats trying to shut down the government.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:36 PM
— Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend.
The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open.
After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA on a two-year budget cycle. That exempts the department from the latest funding skirmish in Washington.
About 4 percent of the department’s workforce — nearly 16,000 workers — would be subject to furloughs during a shutdown, with almost half of that total coming from the Veterans Benefits Administration, according to Navy Times.
Veterans would still get checks during a shutdown, but some education benefit programs would cease as well as the hearing of case appeals.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Kevin Black hadn’t thought about how the possibility of a government shutdown would affect his family.
World War II veteran Thomas Eubanks of Springfield turns 100 on Jan. 23. To celebrate, his grandson, Black, organized a birthday party for him at the Air Force Museum on Saturday.
With the possibility of the government shutting down tonight, the museum may not open, and the outlook of the party is up in the air.
“I don’t like the playing politics on this,” Black said. “They’re just playing games.”
The possible museum closure hadn’t occurred to Black or his family until this news organization contacted him about the party, which he had asked us to cover.
His family wasn’t the only ones uncertain of what will happen next.
Diana Bachert, spokeswoman for the Air Force Museum, said Friday night in a statement there is currently no order for the museum to shut down.
“However, we will follow procedures for an orderly shutdown when and how we are directed to do so,” Bachert said.
If Congress fails to come to an agreement on a continuing resolution (CR), a bill that appropriates money to different federal departments and programs, some federal agencies could come to a standstill.
Black’s plan is for Congressman Warren Davidson to present Eubanks with a certificate, then Black will present his grandfather with letters from President Donald Trump and Gov. John Kasich.
But if there is no CR passed, Congress plans to stay in Washington and try to come to an agreement, meaning Davidson may have to miss the party.
Black said his grandfather doesn’t know about the planned celebration at the museum.
“He just thinks that a bunch of the grandkids are taking him to the museum,” Black said.
And he probably will continue to keep plans a secret, in case the museum isn’t open.
“(Eubanks) was sick a couple weeks after Christmas, and we didn’t think he was going to be able to go (to the museum). But he wants to go if they don’t shut down,” Black said.
Eubanks is a widower; his wife Suzanne died in 2000. They were married for 59 years.
In WWII he served as tail gunner in the European theatre, an area of heavy fighting across the continent. He flew 13 combat missions from Knettishall Airfield in England.
“Tail gunner was the worst place to be,” said Black, who is retired from the Air Force.
He worked as a building inspector for Springfield for several years.
He lives in Oakwood Village Retirement Home in Springfield. He has four children, nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great, great-grandchildren.