New veterans ID card could be shown to retailers, VA says

Published: Sunday, December 03, 2017 @ 11:58 AM


            The Dayton VA Medical Center and four community clinics serve more than 40,000 patients a year. FILE PHOTO
The Dayton VA Medical Center and four community clinics serve more than 40,000 patients a year. FILE PHOTO

In a push to make it easier for veterans to identify themselves to retailers and others, the Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new Veterans Identification Card.

The card, part of a 2015 federal mandate, was an “overdue promise,” the VA said in a statement.

The new ID will allow veterans to more easily identify themselves without carrying around discharge paperwork to retailers offering promotional discounts or for other services, VA Secretary David Shulkin said in a statement.

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Veterans who received an honorable or general (under honorable conditions) discharge and meet the minimum obligation for time in uniform, including reservists, may apply for the card, the VA said.

The design of the cards is not finished, VA spokesman Curtis Cashour told this news outlet. But veterans may still apply for the new ID through a website — vets.gov — and clicking on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID-Card” in a blue section near the bottom of the page.

The website allows veterans to create a sign-in account if they don’t have one already.

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Veterans should receive the card within 60 days, the VA said. Delivery status may be checked at vets.gov, and a digital version of the card will be available by mid-December, the department said.

VA is not charging veterans a fee for the card, a spokesman said. Office Depot is donating the printing and shipping of the ID cards once the VA approves an application, Cashour told this news outlet.

2 rape trials scheduled to start in Greene County on Monday

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:02 AM

Two separate rape trials are set to begin Monday in Judge Stephen Wolaver’s courtroom in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

Myron Marquice Walker, 20, is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition and has been held in the Greene County Jail since his arrest in October.

A grand jury indicted Walker on the charges on Oct. 20, and Walker pleaded not guilty to the charges on Oct. 27.

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This is not the first trial for Walker on rape charges. On Jan. 12, 2017, a jury found him not guilty of rape and did not reach a verdict on a charge of gross sexual imposition. 

Myron Marquice Walker

The case stemmed from an incident that allegedly happened in November 2015 in a Hawthorn Hall dormitory at Wright State University, according to Greene County court records.

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Jury selection is scheduled to start first thing Monday morning, according to Wolaver’s office.

If Walker’s case is delayed, the jury trial of David P. Coleman, 34, who has been held at the Greene County Jail since his arrest in April 2017, is scheduled to begin with jury selection, according to Wolaver’s office.

David P. Coleman

On April 28, 2017, a grand jury indicted Coleman on charges of rape, felonious assault and abduction, according to Greene County court records. On May 5, 2017, Coleman pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the court records.

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Coleman’s trial will have to be rescheduled, if Walker’s case gets started as planned, according to Wolaver’s office.

This news organization is working to gather more information on these cases.

Lanes reopen after two-vehicle crash on I-70 in Clark County

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:51 AM

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UPDATE @ 8 a.m: Lanes have reopened on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle crash occurred early Sunday morning, according to OHSP.

INITIAL REPORT

Two lanes are blocked on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning. 

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The Ohio Highway State Patrol-Springfield Post, responded to the crash around 4:45 a.m., per initial reports.

According to officials, two vehicles, a mini-van and a pick-up truck, were traveling west on I-70 when a crash occurred, causing both vehicles to hit the median.

The driver of the mini-van was reportedly trapped in the vehicle before crews were able to free him by cutting the door off. 

One driver was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and the other was transported to Soin Medical Center.

Both drivers suffered from minor injuries and are expected to be okay, according to sheriff’s. 

The crash is still under investigation.

We will continue to monitor when lanes will reopen and update this story. 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:51 AM

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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 westbound I-70 near the 48 mile-marker in Clark County, reports of a two-vehicle injury accident with a vehicle on its top around 4:50 a.m.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

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  • 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.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction. 

Rain showers start the week, possible snow flurries Tuesday 

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • A few showers expected today
  • More rain likely Monday
  • Colder with the chance for snow Tuesday

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TODAY: A few showers are expected throughout the day today. While it won’t be a wash-out, you’ll want to make sure you have an umbrella handy if you have plans to be out. Temperatures will be on the mild side in the mid to upper 40s. 

TONIGHT: A few light showers can’t be ruled out overnight, but more dry time is expected. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

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MONDAY: More rain expected for the day, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy at times with highs peaking in the lower to mid 50s. 

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TUESDAY: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures will likely fall through the entire day with a chance for snow showers or flurries. 

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WEDNESDAY: Another cool day expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 30s. 

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies as temperatures peak in the upper 30s again.