Middletown church, Hamilton business team up for 5 families in need

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

Volunteers from Berachah Church in Middletown helps renovate a bathroom for wheelchair bound resident

Life got a little easier this week for five Middletown families in need thanks to the efforts of a local church, its team of volunteers, and a Hamilton business.

Berachah Church, as part of its Hands & Feet Ministry, is renovating five homes this weekend and plans to unveil the improvements to the owners at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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This is the 10th year the Middletown church has performed home improvement community service, said Clark Helvey, pastor of outreach and missions. The church has renovated 65 Middletown homes and built a handicapped-accessible playground named “Elley’s Hope,” in honor of the daughter of Berachah Pastor Lamar Ferrell and his wife, Maryanne. Elley was born with spina bifida.

Ferrell said while the renovations were being completed, the families — including a retired Middletown police officer, a woman with a disability, a man battling terminal cancer and a person with multiple sclerosis— were sent away until Sunday’s unveiling.

“We’re making some families really happy,” Ferrell said.

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Some of the projects include installing windows, heat and air conditioning, painting and landscaping, and relocating a washer and dryer to make them more accessible. He estimated the value of the labor and materials at $100,000.

Sam Brock, along with other volunteers from Berachah Church in Middletown, help renovate a bathroom and closet for a wheelchair bound citizen, Thursday, May 18, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

One of the renovations is taking place in the 1200 block of Barnitz Street. Volunteers from Berachah demolished the bathroom Thursday, then church volunteers and workers from FinPan Inc., a family owned Hamilton business for the last 40 years, installed a handicapped-accessible shower for the woman.

A large bathtub was removed and a shower, with a 2½-inch step, was installed. Now, the woman will be able to shower with less assistance from her husband, said Renee Robertson, national sales and marketing manager for FinPan. The company has partnered with Berachah before and was eager to help renovate the bathroom, Robertson said.

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Ferrell said it’s important for members to take their message outside the walls of the church.

“To love is to serve and you can say you love, but we are showing the love of Jesus to those who have needs,” he said.

Berachah stands for “the place of blessing,” Ferrell said.

“Everywhere we go we want to be a blessing,” he said.

He was asked if if would be “easier” for his congregation and church leadership not to volunteer in the community. Why spend a weekend renovating the homes of strangers?

“We would not be fulfilling the commission that Jesus left us,” he answered. “We would be disobedient to our Lord.”

Car gets stuck, catches fire after rear-ending semi on I-70 

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

Staff Photo/Joey Bryant
Staff Photo/Joey Bryant

Two people were injured when a car that rear-ended a semi on I-70 got stuck and caught fire early Thursday morning.

Around 1:45 a.m., a car rear-ended the semi in the middle lane of westbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 42, trooper said. The car became stuck, and the semi dragged the car for a couple hundred feet.

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The semi driver was able to pull off to the right shoulder, at which point the car caught fire.

The driver and passenger of the car were able to escape before the car became fully engulfed. They were taken to Soin Medical Center with minor injuries, trooper said.

The car driver will be cited with failure to maintain distance. It’s unknown if the driver was impaired, troopers said.

The driver of the semi was not injured. Contents from the semi were being loaded onto another semi.

The right lane was closed while troopers investigated the crash.

Tipp City family: Petland offers little help to puppy with hip dysplasia

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:09 PM

Petland puppy has "worst case" of hip condition vet has seen

A family says the puppy they bought from a Dayton pet store has one of the worst cases of hip dysplasia their vet has ever seen.

They are blaming the store and its breeders for selling them the injured dog, but the store says it’s not their fault.

Thor, a young German shepherd, loves on everyone who comes through the front door at the Miller home. At 9 months old, he already has serious, debilitating medical issues, and is in pain.

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“It’s every day and he’s on pain medicine but they’re not doing much at all,” his owner, Courtney Miller said.

She and her father-in-law, Frank Miller, bought the pup in March from a Petland in Dayton. At the time, Thor was given a clean bill of health. But almost immediately, Courtney Miller said she noticed something was wrong with his hips.

“Pretty much everything is wrong with them. They area all out of socket. Walking up the steps he does a bunny hop. Outside he tries to walk around and his legs just hit each other,” Miller said. “So he’s just all in pain. He can barely sit, he cannot lay down.”

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Miller’s veterinarian said Thor likely was born with his severe hip dysplasia.

That’s when Miller and her father-in-law called Petland’s corporate office, which offered a partial reimbursement, or money toward a new dog.

“Two thousand dollars for his expense, which we know it’s going to be more. Or we give you $4,000 towards a new dog. You know, that’s like giving up your kid,” Frank Miller said.

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JR Badger, director of Petland’s companty stores, sent an email to Miller around 8 p.m., hours after Miller’s story ran on WHIO-TV.

It reads: “Good evening Courtney! I am sorry you are dealing with this. All you will need to do is take Thor to MedVet for the consultation and they will bill us directly ... Thank you and we will get Thor taken care of.”

A subsequent email sent just before 9 p.m. clarified that the offer is for a second opinion. 

“Let’s get the consultation and see what the doctors recommend. Then we can discuss our options.”

Driver ‘fell asleep’ before crash that killed Greenon student

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Driver in crash that killed Greenon student says he 'fell asleep'

The driver in the crash that killed a Greenon High School student Sunday can be heard saying he fell asleep on a 9-1-1 phone call placed moments after the accident.

However, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Richard Dixon said there's no evidence to support that claim.

“That’s the first time I have heard that,” Dixon told the Springfield News-Sun when asked whether troopers are investigating the possibility.

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In the phone call, the driver, Andrew Scott, 16, can be heard telling a passerby who stopped to help and called 9-1-1 that he was in pain and confused, according to a recording of the call obtained by the News-Sun.

“I don’t know what happened,” Scott said. “I fell asleep.”

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Kendall “Kenny” DePhillip, a 16-year-old junior at Greenon, died after the 1997 Chevrolet Lumina went off the right side of the road, clipped a telephone pole and then hit another pole shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, troopers said.

Scott suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

The 9-1-1 caller can be heard telling Scott that he needed to sit down and described the teen to the police dispatcher as “in shock.”

For the full story, go to SpringfieldNewsSun.com.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Keowee Street at Third Street in Dayton, road is closed due to a police pursuit reported around 11:15 p.m. 
  • Gate 12A is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10. Detour information is available here.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. 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 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.