Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, but clouds could block the show

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 2:56 AM

This weekend another major meteor shower will peak, the Lyrids, but clouds might prevent us from seeing the shower at its peak.

This is a rather active shower that will be paired with an almost dark sky. The waning crescent moon will be a very thin sliver in the night sky meaning it won’t be shining too brightly. 

Unfortunately, clouds may ruin our chance here to see a good show when it peaks Saturday, April 22nd before dawn. 

If you are an early riser, get out to an area without much city light an hour or two before dawn and look to the east. 

The shower is active through April 25th so you might have better luck another morning this week. 

If you don’t see any meteors you can at least try and find Venus. April 22-24th before dawn it will be paired close to the moon. It will be shining brightly in the east.  

Don’t forget to share any photos you take over the weekend with us using the hashtag #SkyWitness7


Water rescue underway for man who loses kayak in Dayton

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 9:04 PM

Dayton crews are launching a boat to rescue a man tonight who apparently lost his kayak in the Great Miami River.

According to initial reports, the man is not in distress but requires assistance to get out. He is reportedly on an island in the middle of the river, not far from a kayak water feature.

The incident was reported in the 600 block of West Third Street.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

Longest-serving Dayton commissioner dies

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:40 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:15 PM

Dean Lovelace, former Dayton City Commissioner

Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton City Commissioner, died this morning.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley confirmed that Lovelace has died.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” she said. “His legacy will always be here, not only locally but nationally, his efforts fighting for the economically disadvantaged in our community.

“It was an honor serving with him as mayor and city commissioner,” Whaley said.

He left the commission Jan. 3, 2016, for health reasons after finishing his sixth term. His political career spanned more than two decades, and in the 1980s he ran the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign in Dayton.

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Lovelace, who was in his early 70s, was known as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy and vulnerable residents in the city, friends and peers said.

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Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin said Lovelace would take up issues no one else would, such as predatory lending, earned tax income, about holding banks accountable, and he also was instrumental in the dialogue about race in the city, she said.

“It is such a loss to the community. Dean Lovelace was such a fighter even through his illnesses,” she said. “He believed in what he believed and he acted on it, but he never forgot the little people.”

In addition to his 22 years on the commission, Lovelace retired in 2009 after a 25-year career at the University of Dayton, where he was director of the Dayton Civic Scholars program.

Funeral plans have not been announced.

OVI checkpoint planned for Friday in Butler County

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

Monroe police officer Doug Leist gives a field sobriety test to a man stopped during an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4 in Monroe, Ohio.  Monroe police, along with Middletown police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, participated in the checkpoint.  Staff photo by Nick Graham

The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Fairfield Friday night. 

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The OVI checkpoint will be conducted on northbound Ohio 4 near Symmes Road from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. 

Officers, deputies, and state troopers will also conduct saturation patrols in the area. 

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1 injured in 2-car crash in Sidney

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 5:54 PM

A two-car crash Sunday, May 28, 2017, sent one person to a local hospital at Kuther and Wright roads in Sidney. RHETT DZIECH / CONTRIBUTED

A two-car crash this afternoon in Sidney sent one person to Wilson Memorial Hospital.

A driver on Wright Road at the T intersection with Kuther Road around 4:10 p.m. apparently failed to yield at a stop sign while turning left. The driver turned into the path of another car headed south on Kuther Road. 

One vehicle had to be towed, Sidney police Sgt. Josh Divens said. 

The at-fault driver is expected to be cited for a stop sign violation, the sergeant said.

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