Medical helicopter called to serious crash in Clark County

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 9:57 PM

A medical helicopter was called tonight for a person injured in a serious crash.

The single-vehicle crash was reported sometime after 9:30 p.m. in the 6100 block of Urbana Road in Moorefield Twp. in Clark County.

CareFlight was called for one person, who reportedly was on the ground outside the vehicle.

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No further information was available about what caused the crash or the person’s condition.

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Ohio 571 to be closed for days after corn silo collapse in New Carlisle

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

SKY7: Aerial footage of collapsed silo in New Carlisle

UPDATE @ 10 a.m. 

Ohio 571 is expected to be shut down in New Carlisle for a few days to remove 10,000 tons of corn that fell into the roadway after a grain silo collapsed at Miami Valley Feed and Grain Company late Sunday night, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. 

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The collapse knocked down multiple power poles, originally disrupting electric service to around 300 Dayton Power and Light customers. 

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At 10 a.m., 15 outages were still reported in Clark County, according to an online outage map. 

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn new details. 

Jarod Thrush/Staff

UPDATE @ 4:55 a.m: Power is steadily being restored in Clark County with only a reported 15 customers experiencing an outage.

Power was cut off as a safety measure after a corn silo collapsed Sunday night prompting crews to investigate the building. 

UPDATE @ 3:35 a.m: Over 300 customers are without power in Clark County after a corn silo collapse caused crews to cut the power in order to investigate the incident.

The collapse occurred late Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain around 11:40 p.m. 

Crews will be working all night into tomorrow and there’s no word on how long the outage will have customers without power. 

We will monitor the DP&L outage map and continue to update the story.

INITIAL REPORT

Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) will be closed while officials continue to investigate what caused a non-injury silo collapse Sunday night.

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Crews were initially called to Miami Valley Feed & Grain at 880 W. Jefferson St. around 11:40 p.m. on reports of an explosion.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that one silo collapsed, rather than exploded, and partially damaged another building as well as caused 10,000 tons of corn to cover Ohio 571.

“What residents heard when they thought they heard explosions were the transformers blowing when the debris hit them”, said Steve Trusty, Chief of New Carlisle Fire Department. 

Officials do not believe anyone is trapped as a result of the collapse, as the company said no employees were on site at the time but will further investigate the building to confirm.

The silo collapse took out at least three power poles and power lines, which caused a brief power outage that has since been restored to all area residents.

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Crews will be on scene all night until midday tomorrow while they continue their investigation.

An Ohio Fire Marshal has also been called to the scene and will assist with the investigation tomorrow.

Drivers are encouraged to use Scarf Road as the detour while Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) is blocked off.

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Piqua police on scene of apparent standoff

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

STEVE BAKER / STAFF
STEVE BAKER / STAFF

An apparent standoff is actively underway on Park Avenue in Piqua this morning.

Officers and a heavily armored police vehicle were in the area of the 1000 block of Park around 11 a.m.

We’re working to learn more.

First NASA space walk of 2018 scheduled for Tuesday

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

In this image taken from NASA Television, the robotic arm reaches out and captures the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft for docking to the International Space Station, Sunday Dec. 17, 2017. SpaceX launched the Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday, using a previously flown Falcon rocket. It was the first time SpaceX had flown a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on top. (NASA via AP)
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In this image taken from NASA Television, the robotic arm reaches out and captures the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft for docking to the International Space Station, Sunday Dec. 17, 2017. SpaceX launched the Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday, using a previously flown Falcon rocket. It was the first time SpaceX had flown a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on top. (NASA via AP)(AP)

Since December 1998, there have been 205 spacewalks at the International Space Station.

The first spacewalk of 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

NASA will be streaming the walk live, which begins around 7 a.m.

According to NASA, American and Japanese astronauts will carry out these spacewalks in January to repair a robotic arm on the space station.

Mark Vande Hei of NASA will lead the walk along with Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai.

WHIO will live stream the spacewalk Tuesday.

Last year, there were nine U.S. spacewalks.

The most recent was Oct. 20 and lasted for six hours and 49 minutes.

Greater Dayton RTA, union to resume talks this week to avoid strike

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:36 AM


            A Greater Dayton RTA bus departs Wright Stop Plaza in January 2017. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
A Greater Dayton RTA bus departs Wright Stop Plaza in January 2017. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Greater Dayton RTA executives and Amalgamated Transit Union officials will meet with a state mediator Tuesday for additional talks aimed at settling still-unresolved healthcare issues.

ATU Local 1385 represents more than 400 RTA drivers and mechanics. In December, union members elected financial secretary Gerald Duncan as the new local president. Duncan, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, succeeded Glenn Salyer.

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ATU filed an intent to strike with the State Employment Relations Board in late December. The strike date was set for Jan. 1, though union officials said the contract signed with RTA in January 2017 required them to file the paperwork in order to maintain their ability to strike. Union officials then backed off the strike threat.

The contract approved in 2017 addressed the years 2015, 2016 and 2017. The benefits plan approved during the 2017 strike asked employees to pay 15 percent of the total cost of the health care plan defined by premium charges for years 2015 and 2016.

For 2017, the contract called for the employees to pay for a weekly rate based on the type of the medical coverage selected. A single employee paid $27.53 weekly for medical, prescription and dental coverage, or $88.21 per week for a family. Upon ratification of the agreement, RTA contributed to a Health Savings Account one-time lump sums ranging from $1,100 for a single employee up to $2,500 for family plan coverage.

The agreement additionally called for the development of a non-obligatory wellness incentive plan, with employees able to earn up to $600 in wellness benefits as cash or as a pretax contribution to a health savings plan or reimbursement account.

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In October, RTA proposed each full-time employee pay 20 percent of the total cost of the health care plan. A memo obtained by the newspaper using Ohio’s public records law confirms the offer was still on the table as of Dec. 6. This month, RTA CEO Mark Donaghy declined to tell the newspaper whether the offer was still active.

Under the October proposal, employees actively enrolled in RTA’s wellness incentive plan and meet its requirements would pay 10 percent of the total cost of the health care plan if fully insured, or the premium equivalent rate defined each year by RTA if self-funded for a single, one plus one, or family contract.

“We have encouraged non-union employees who have taken advantage of this opportunity to direct those savings, pre-tax into their Health Savings Accounts and would highly recommend that represented employees do the same if adopted,” Donaghy wrote ATU leadership in the Dec. 6 memo.

Salyer, in emails obtained by the newspaper under Ohio’s records law, told Donaghy in December: “We hope we can renew our heath benefits as provided last year, as you know this was the reason for the strike and will be the reason now.”