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No. 10 Ohio State expects to keep rolling as Maryland visits

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:32 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:31 AM


            FILE - At left, in a Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Maryland head coach DJ Durkin smiles after his team scored against Rutgers during the second half of an NCAA college football game, in College Park, Md. At right, in a Sept. 30, 2017, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer reacts to play during an NCAA college football game against Rutgers, in Piscataway, N.J. No. 10 Ohio State continues to plow through a series of lesser opponents before the next big test comes Oct. 28 against No. 4 Penn State. Maryland, coming off an exhilarating win over Minnesota last week, will try to keep up with the more-talented Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - At left, in a Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Maryland head coach DJ Durkin smiles after his team scored against Rutgers during the second half of an NCAA college football game, in College Park, Md. At right, in a Sept. 30, 2017, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer reacts to play during an NCAA college football game against Rutgers, in Piscataway, N.J. No. 10 Ohio State continues to plow through a series of lesser opponents before the next big test comes Oct. 28 against No. 4 Penn State. Maryland, coming off an exhilarating win over Minnesota last week, will try to keep up with the more-talented Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. (AP Photo/File)

No. 10 Ohio State continues to plow through a series of lesser opponents before the next big test comes Oct. 28 against No. 4 Penn State. Maryland, coming off an exhilarating win over Minnesota last week, will try to keep up with the more-talented Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.

Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) beat up on Rutgers last week , 56-0, after routs of UNLV and Army. The games were confidence builders after the Buckeyes were beaten by Oklahoma in the week No. 2. But given the level of competition, it's difficult to know if they really have made improvements in an inconsistent passing game and other problem areas.

Coach Urban Meyer insists Ohio State has gotten better while feasting on outgunned opponents.

"The good thing about this team and the coaching staff is we're not walking around with blinders on," Meyer said. "We're optimistic, and we're pleased with the progress, but we're also realistic. Where are we? I think we've improved, like anybody can see we improved. When it comes time, this week, can we continue against good, very good competition?"

Center Billy Price put it more bluntly: "There's been a lot of progress. You're blind if you can't see that."

Despite being a 30-point underdog, Maryland (3-1, 1-0) should be the best team Ohio State has faced since Oklahoma.

Some other things to watch for Saturday:

MAKE WAY FOR MAD MAX

Third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager was pressed into service as a starter after ACL injuries to the two guys in front of him, Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill. The sophomore was up for the task.

He put together a long game-winning drive against Minnesota last week, hitting some clutch throws to set up a 34-yard touchdown run by Ty Johnson with 70 seconds remaining. He finished 18 of 28 for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

"I really think, again, it comes back to his teammates around him," Maryland coach D.J. Durkin said. "I thought our receivers played phenomenal in that game, our O-line did a great job protecting him, as well as our running backs being effective in the run game and converting on third downs."

RUNNING BACK ROULETTE

With Ohio State running back Mike Weber now fully healthy after a hamstring injury that has dogged him most of the season, Meyer has a pleasant conundrum: How should he divide carries between Weber, a 1,000-yard rusher last season , and dynamic true freshman J.K. Dobbins, who has piled up the yards as the primary back so far.

Weber played his first completely healthy game of the season against Rutgers, rushing for 44 yards and bullying his way in for three touchdowns.

Meyer said a package of plays is being developed for a scheme that includes both backs in the game at the same time.

CONVERSION RATE

A big key for Maryland last week was its play on third down. The Terps turned a third down into a first-and-10 on nine of 16 occasions last week. Minnesota went 5 for 12.

Duplicating that feat will be important, because the less Maryland sees of the Buckeyes' offense on the field, the better.

"We've got to win on third down and get off the field defensively, and on offense it's how you extend drives," Durkin said. "At the end of the day, you've got to figure out what you can execute on third down in order to stay on the field. We had a good plan put together and our guys executed it."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley, who has missed time with a foot injury, is probable for Saturday. Defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones, who cut himself in a freak locker room accident and had to have stitches last week, will miss a second game. Backup running back Antonio Williams is questionable.

Also, starting safety Erick Smith will miss his second game for unspecified reasons, which will take a bite out of the depth in the defensive secondary.

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2 killed in I-675 wrong-way driver crash identified; 2 injured

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:02 AM

From the scene: I-675 double fatal crash

Two people were killed and two people were injured in a three-vehicle, wrong-way driver accident on I-675 South in Centerville Monday evening.

  • 2 deceased identified as Melvin Bonie, 69 and Kalip Grimm, 18
  • One of the fatalities was the wrong-way driver, other was in vehicle hit
  • A third victim, taken to a hospital, was reported to be alert, fourth victim suffered minor injuries
  • Southbound I-675 reopened around 3 a.m.

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The wrong-way driver was north on southbound I-675 at Far Hills Avenue, glanced off one vehicle and hit a second vehicle head on, Centerville Police Officer John Davis said. 

Melvin Bonie, 69, and Kalip Grimm, 18, were killed in the crash, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The  driver of the offending vehicle is one of the fatalities, police said.

Around 9:20 p.m. Monday, the first calls about the wrong-way driver began coming into police dispatch, police said. 

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The second victim was in one of the southbound vehicles, he said. A third victim taken to a hospital was alert. A fourth victim suffered minor injuries, Davis said.

Police are speaking with that fourth victim for a witness statement. 

It's too early to speculate whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. 

A Montgomery County coroner's investigator was on scene and a Centerville Police Department traffic accident reconstruction team was on scene for most of the night.

Southbound lanes were shut down during the investigation and were reopened around 3 a.m.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:12 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 Brandt Pike near I-70 in Huber Heights, a crash was reported around 4:45 a.m.

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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 eastbound Ramp to I-75 south, Lane closure on the ramp Oct. 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • 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. 
  • SR 705 between McClure Road and North Kuther Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 16 - 19. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 119 to SR 66.

Chilly morning temperatures, possible patchy frost 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:21 AM

Frost possible early but cold mornings don't last long this week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Chilly AM, Patchy frost possible
  • Sunshine and pleasant most of week
  • Slow warm-up towards weekend

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A chilly morning with some spots dipping into the upper 30s. Some isolated patches of frost possible, mainly in low lying and protected areas. Widespread frost not expected. Clear skies means a bright morning. Temperatures climb into the mid 60s (which is normal for this time of year). It’ll be dry through the afternoon and evening. 

WEDNESDAY: A cool morning in the low 40s with plenty of sunshine for the day. Highs will be around 70.

>> County-by-county forecast

THURSDAY: Not as cool. Most will wake up in the upper 40s. Staying dry again through the day. Highs will be in the lows 70s with plenty of sunshine. Overall, it’ll be warmer than normal.

FRIDAY: A beautiful end to the work week. It’ll be dry for the day, with high in the low 70s and sunny skies.

SATURDAY: Another pleasant day and a great start to the weekend. Morning temps will  be around 50. In the afternoon, we will climb to the low 70s with lots of sunshine again. 

Miamisburg crews continue to battle garage fire 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:58 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:16 AM

Central Ave Fire

UPDATE @3:18 a.m. No one was injured when a detached garage caught fire in Miamisburg early Tuesday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE @ 1:32 a.m: Miamisburg firefighters are still battling a garage fire that occurred in the 700 block of E. Central Ave. early Tuesday morning.

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E. Central Avenue is closed between Eighth and Ninth Street while the incident is still being taken care of, per our crew.

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FIRST REPORT

Crews responded to a fully engulfed structure fire in the 700 block of E. Central Avenue in Miamisburg, per initial reports.

The fire was reported just after midnight on Tuesday.

Miamisburg police, fire, and medics are on scene.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with more details as they develop. 

((Courtesy: Robert Dale))