Local gas prices decline compared to previous week

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 5:55 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:41 AM

Hand of man fueling up a vehicle with a yellow gas pump (stock photo).
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Hand of man fueling up a vehicle with a yellow gas pump (stock photo).(Images by Fabio/Getty Images)

UPDATE @6:41 a.m. 07/20/17

Local gas prices in Dayton gone up since Monday, according to GasBuddy.com data. 

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The average price of gas in Dayton increased 7 cents from $2.14 on Monday to $2.21 on Thursday. The lowest cheapest gas Thursday morning is $2.01 at Sam's Club on Miller Lane. 

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In Hamilton, the average price for a gallon of gas remained the same, $2.18, Monday and Thursday, however GasBuddy.com reports prices in this area are falling. The cheapest gas is $1.99 at Five Points Markets on Grand Boulevard. 

In Springfield, the average price for a gallon of gas increased 8 cents from $2.13 on Monday to $2.21 on Thursday. The cheapest gas is $2.05 at Marathon on Springfield-Xenia Road.

EARLIER REPORT

DAYTON — Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have fallen 11.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.13 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.24 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. 

Including the change in gas prices in Dayton during the past week, prices on Sunday were 14.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 3.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 5.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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 "As expected, gasoline prices over the last week were mixed,” said Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. “While the national average edged lower by a couple cents nearing its lowest of the summer, 20 states saw average prices move higher, two states saw prices little changed, while 28 saw average prices decline."  

The average price for a gallon of gas in Dayton Monday morning is $2.14, with prices stable, according to GasBuddy.com. The cheapest gas Monday morning is $2.07 at Marathon on Riverside Drive. 

In Hamilton, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.18, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.05 at Five Points Markets on Grand Boulevard. 

In Springfield, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.13, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.07 at BP on E. Main Street. 

"Oil prices, after sagging to close the month of June, had started July by surging, only to let up shortly after,” DeHaan said. “Last week, however, the market resumed the rise, posting a 5 percent weekly gain, so we're likely again to see something of everything: gas prices rising in most areas, falling in a few, and perhaps changing little in a handful of places as well. The bigger issue we're now looking at that could affect gasoline prices are a last minute special meeting OPEC will be holding on July 27. It remains a bit of a mystery what, if anything, they may decide, but all eyes will be focused on any policy changes or production changes."

Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner says slugs not from his gun range

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:32 PM

Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner says slugs not from his gun range

A lawsuit from a Vandalia resident claims bullets fired from the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds were landing in his property.

Jamie Spencer said he’s found hundreds of bullet casings on his property, with some projectiles flying past him.

“It’s a whistling sound that flies over your head. It’s gone before you even know it was there. At that point you knew you were pretty doggone close to it,” he said.

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The owner of Miami Valley Shooting Grounds, 771 Johnson Station Road, said the slugs are not coming from his gun range.

“He has his own range up there, he shot up there forever,” Dana Tackett said of Spencer. “I can give you names of people who go there and shoot.

“If I thought for one-half a second one of my bullets, trajectories, were going onto his property, wouldn’t shoot, wouldn’t do it, don’t need it,” Tackett said.

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The permit for Miami Valley Shooting Grounds states shooters are only allowed to fire from east to west at the 50-foot hill. 

Today, there were bulldozers going in and out of the gun range. Tackett said it’s regularly scheduled maintenance. Spencer said it’s because of the recent attention from his lawsuit.

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“It clearly states projectiles are to be maintained on the property. Even if you don’t believe me, I think we’ve got the police officer’s report, we’ve got multiple witnesses,” Spencer said.

The city of Vandalia said it’s not getting involved in the dispute.

1 driver ejected, 1 driver suffers minor injuries in Darke County crash on U.S. 127

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 5:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

(Courtesy/Clinton Randall, The Early Bird Bluebag Media)
(Courtesy/Clinton Randall, The Early Bird Bluebag Media)

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.: One driver was ejected in the accident at U.S. 127 and Greenville-Celina Road in Darke County and a second driver was treated at a hospital and released. 

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Scott Wornstaff, 57, of Dayton, was ejected in the collision that occurred when he failed to yield at the stop sign, according to the preliminary investigation by the Dark County Sheriff's Office. He was headed east on Greenville-Celina Road in a Chevy Cavalier. 

He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight suffering from unknown injuries, according to the sheriff's office. Wornstaff’s condition was not known, according to the sheriff’s office.

The car Wornstaff hit was being driven by Thomas Smith, 24, of Greenville. Smith was headed south on U.S. 127 in a Chevy Cobalt.

He was treated at Wayne Hospital and released. 

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, according to the sheriff's office. 

The accident remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.: The victim in the two-vehicle accident on U.S. 127 at Greenville-Celina Road is a male and he has been taken to Wayne Healthcare by CareFlight. 

His condition is not known.

INITIAL REPORT

Deputies and rescue units are on the scene of a multiple-vehicle accident on U.S. 127 at Greenville-Celina Road in Greenville. 

Roadways in the area of the crash have been shut down because of the accident, which was reported just before 5 p.m. 

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CareFlight has been requested to the accident. 

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Sidney police: 5 overdose victims will live, video shows rescue underway

Published: Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ 10:48 PM
Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 7:50 AM

5 overdose victims will live, video shows rescue underway

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m. (Sept. 19)

All five people who overdosed within an hour and a half Sunday night in Sidney will live, according to Sidney Police Chief Will Balling.

Balling said officers were dispatched on two separate overdose calls Sunday night, with police finding two overdose patients during their first call.

Dash and body camera footage shows officers dropping off the victims only to return an hour later on a report of three overdose patients in a car in the hospital’s parking lot.

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“Sometimes that can wear on an officer, but we still have to remember that we’re there to serve and protect,” Balling said.

“So our first mission is to help save that individual and do whatever we can to assist, in this case, hospital staff”

Balling said the five victims are recovering, with one originally reported in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital now listed as stable. He said the videos show the team effort that goes into saving lives on calls like this.

“These are real life situations that you can see them, the first responders, taking actions and saving lives,” Balling said.

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Sidney police will continue an investigation into the overdoses. Balling said the drugs all five victims overdosed on were bought from the same source in Dayton.

“Anytime you have this many [overdoses] we want to try and find out where it came from so we can prevent others,” Balling said.

UPDATE @ 7:50 a.m. (Sept. 18) 

Five people were driven to Wilson Memorial Hospital Sunday after overdosing, according to Sidney Police Chief Will Balling. 

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Balling said a truck arrived at the hospital carrying three people who overdosed, while two other people arrived at different times. The times when each incident was reported was not available and it was not known if the overdoses are believed to be connected. 

The conditions of the five overdose patients was not known, but Balling said one person ‘might not make it.”

We’re working to learn more and we’ll update this page as details become available. 

UPDATE @2:20 a.m. (Sept. 18)

Additional information on reported overdoses in the parking lot of Wilson Memorial Hospital Sunday night is expected to be released this morning.

This story will be updated as we learn additional information.

FIRST REPORT (Sept. 17)

Sidney police are responding to multiple overdoses in the parking lot of Wilson Memorial Hospital Sunday night. 

Crews were dispatched to the hospital's parking lot at on a report of possible overdoses around 10:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate as many as three overdose victims have been found and officers are administering Narcan at the scene.

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At least two of the three patients are reportedly not breathing after several unsuccessful resuscitation attempts.

Sidney dispatchers are unable to confirm whether the victims overdosed in the hospital parking lot or if they were driven to hospital unconscious. 

According to scanner traffic, an unknown number of overdoses were reported in the same area earlier Sunday. 

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Dispatchers could not confirm any details from the reports, telling our news team more information will be available later tonight.

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Springfield man accused of mailing narcotics hidden in Play-Doh set

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 7:10 PM

Jason Rager (Courtesy/Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Jason Rager (Courtesy/Clark County Sheriff's Office)

A 30-year-old Springfield man is to be in court Wednesday on felony charges accusing him of mailing narcotics -- hidden inside a Play-Doh set -- to someone in Asheville, North Carolina.

Jason Rager, of Willow Road, remains in the Clark County Jail after sheriff's deputies arrested him Monday evening. 

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According to a statement the sheriff's office released Tuesday evening, a supervisor from Box King, on North Bechtle Avenue, called the sheriff's office Monday afternoon to report a suspicious package that was being mailed to Asheville, N.C. 

Sheriff's investigators inspected the package, wrapped in brown paper, and found 70 Hydrocodone tablets hidden in the canisters of the children’s toy, sheriff's Maj. Christopher Clark said. 

Deputies here contacted narcotics officers in Asheville, who identified the recipient of the package. They picked him up Tuesday morning for questioning, Clark said, but there has been no word whether the man has been detained on charges. 

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Asheville police ascertained that Rager was the person who mailed the drugs. Clark County detectives contacted Rager at his residence and arrested him on single counts of drug trafficking the drug possession. 

"We do not believe this is the first time he's done it," Clark said, when asked whether detectives think Rager has mailed narcotics -- hidden in toys or not -- to western North Carolina or other locales. 

Clark said the tablets sell on the street for about $5 to $7 apiece, which makes the amount confiscated worth about $350. 

Rager is to make his initial appearance in Springfield Municipal Court on Wednesday morning, according to the sheriff's office.

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