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.

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Driver extricated, highway reopens after crash on SB I-75 

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:37 AM

Crash on I-75 near Needmore Road exit

UPDATE @ 3:40 a.m: All lanes on southbound I-75 have reopened following a crash early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 3:03 a.m: After nearly two hours, the driver of a vehicle that went off the road on southbound I-75 has been extricated from the vehicle.

The interstate has been shut down for over an hour between Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road.

The extrication of the driver took hours because a guard rail went into the door of the vehicle. 

Per initial reports, the individual will be transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital.

We will continue to monitor when the highway reopens. 

UPDATE @ 2:09 a.m: One person is still trapped inside of their vehicle after it went off the road on southbound I-75 Wednesday morning, according to Ohio Highway State Patrol, Dayton Post. 

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Harrison Twp. emergency crews are working to extricate the driver from the vehicle in order to be transported to Miami Valley Hospital via Careflight. Though he is trapped, he appears in stable condition, according to officials.

The single-vehicle crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. and due to the entrapment, Careflight was requested to the scene, shutting the interstate down between Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road exits.

I-75 has been shut down for about 45 minutes and officials believe it should reopen in the next 30 minutes once Careflight lifts off the ground. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 1:50 a.m: Soutbound I-75 between the Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road exits is shut down after a crash occurred early Wednesday morning. 


Careflight has been requested to a crash with reports of entrapment on southbound I-75 near the Needmore Road exit early Wednesday morning.

The incident was dispatched around 1:20 a.m., per initial reports.

The Needmore Road exit ramp is currently closed and with Careflight on their way to the scene, this will likely shut the highway down.

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

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Drugs, guns recovered in 2 task force raids in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

David Powell (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
David Powell (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and is facing drug charges following two search warrants, executed by the Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force Tuesday. 

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The task force, along with the Dayton Police Narcotics Bureau executed search warrants at two homes, one in the 1700 block of Manor Place, the other in the 600 block of Cambridge Avenue Tuesday, according to a news release.

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During the searches, investigators recovered large amounts of fentanyl, crystal meth, marijuana, and four guns, including and AR-15 rifle. 

David Powell, 25, was arrested at the Cambridge Avenue home and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on initial charges of drug trafficking. 

The warrants were the result of a long-term drug trafficking investigation, investigators said. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:01 AM

2 lanes of I-75N closed after two-vehicle crash
2 lanes of I-75N closed after two-vehicle crash

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

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound I-75 at State Route 725, crash reported at 4 a.m.
  • On southbound I-75 near the Needmore Road exit, crash with entrapment reported around 1:20 a.m. The Needmore ramp is currently shut down. 

Surface Street Incidents 

  • No incidents to report.

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>> RELATED: Track the latest conditions in your neighborhood on our live WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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Rain returning, flooding threat increasing

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:49 PM

The ground remains saturated across the Miami Valley. With more rain in the forecast, the threat for flooding will be on the increase. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist explains why so much rain is expected and the threat it will bring.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Rain, few storms late tonight
  • Chance for freezing rain early Thursday
  • More rain, heavy at times Friday into the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


Tonight: Rain will be developing. A few thunderstorms will be possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 50s by morning. It will remain breezy.

Wednesday: Rain will be likely. A rumble of thunder is possible early, mainly south. Temperatures will fall through the 50s into the 40s by evening. As temperatures drop, rain may change to freezing rain late at night across the northern Miami Valley.

Thursday: Rain will be around in the morning and may begin as freezing rain, mainly north of I-70. Temperatures will start the day in the lower 30s and climb into the middle 40s. The afternoon should dry out.

Friday: Rain returns and may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder will also be possible, mainly south. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues. It will also become windy at times with higher near 60 degrees.

>> School, Business Closing and Delays

Saturday: Rain is likely and may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder will also be possible, mainly south. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues. It will also become windy at times with highs near 60 degrees.

>> The Ohio River is rising, prompting flood warnings for some areas

Sunday: There will likely be rain in the morning with clouds lingering into the afternoon. It will be windy with highs cooling into the middle 50s.

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