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New winner announced for state's Python Challenge

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 7:03 AM
Updated: Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 7:03 AM

            New winner announced for state's Python Challenge

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

There's a new winning snake in the state's "Python Challenge."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Sunday that Blake Russ, of Fruitland Park, should have won $1,000 for bagging the longest Burmese python. Russ competed with hunters holding special permits for harvesting pythons.
Ruben Ramirez of Miami was given the prize Saturday for a snake more than 10 feet long.

Wildlife officials said Ramirez will keep his prize money. Russ will get $1,000 of his own for a snake more than 11 feet long.

"This hunt, a lot of people don't realize, covered million of acres of land in the Florida Everglades," said Everglades Coordinating Council Commissioner Ron Bergeron.
University of Florida professor Frank Mazzotti said the mix-up was his mistake. Unlike other snakes killed in the hunt, Russ' snake was released with a tracking device.

Among competitors without the python permits, Paul Shannon of Lehigh Acres won $1,000 for 14-foot-3-inch snake.

In all, 68 pythons were either captured, killed or fitted with a tracking device.

Take a tour of WHIO’s SkyWarn office

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 12:22 AM

News Center 7’s Cheryl McHenry gives a tour of the SkyWarn office just a few steps from the WHIO studio.

When severe weather looms, National Weather Service staffs the Dayton office with some of its trained volunteers to take reports from other trained volunteers out in the field in 15 counties in the Miami Valley and eastern Indiana.

These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Hundreds reportedly still without power in aftermath of area storms 

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 8:06 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

Power outages are being reported as a result of the storms crossing through the region tonight. 

According to the Dayton Power & Light online outage page: 
  • At 11:30 p.m., there are 123 outages in Miami, 90 in Auglaize, 74 in Logan, 52 in Greene, 33 in Preble, 26 in Montgomery and scattered elsewhere (4 each in Clinton and Union, 2 in Darke and 1 each in Mercer and Champaign).

2 pedestrians hit in Middletown; CareFlight called to scene

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:45 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Two pedestrians, including a child, were struck by a vehicle in Middletown, our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

The child was taken by CareFlight to an area hospital, and a man also was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Middletown police dispatch said the accident happened in the 4600 block of Shawnray Drive, which is off Marshall Road between Roosevelt Avenue and Bonita Drive. 

We are working to find out more about the incident, and the conditions of those injured.

High water from storms floods portion of I-75 N near Dryden Road

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:31 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 9:03 PM

The storms that crossed through the region Friday night prompting eyewitness reports of highway flooding, a downed tree and hail:  

  • 8:56 p.m.: In Montgomery County, high water on I-75 North in the area of Dryden Road has the right and middle lanes shut down.
  • 8:38 p.m.: In Clark County, trained spotters in Springfield report nickel-size hail in the Northridge area.
  • 7:56 p.m.: In Warren County, southwest of Miamisburg, reports of dime-size hail.
  • 7:15 p.m.: In Butler County, penny- and dime-size hail was reported in Okeana and in Scipio. 
  • 7:14 p.m.: In Preble County, on Antioch Road about 3 miles south of Eaton, a tree estimated to be 60 feet tall is reported down. There is no report of injury.
  • 6:42 p.m.: In Preble County, about 6 miles southwest of Eaton, amateur radio spotters are reporting dime-size hail in Lakengren. 
  • 6:42 p.m.: In Shelby County, about 4 miles north of Sidney, amateur radio spotters are reporting dime-size hail between Sidney and Anna.
  • 6:30 p.m.: In College Corner, Preble County, a trainer weather service spotter reports quarter-size hail.
  • 6:15 p.m.: In Darke County, viewers in Greenville reported seeing hail.
  • 6:00 p.m.: In Darke County, hail was seen in Hollansburg, as reported on Facebook by viewer John Hollinger. 
  • 5:53 p.m.: In Shelby County, quarter-size hail was seen near U.S. 52 and state Route 244 in Andersonville, according to a trained National Weather Service spotter.


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