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Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 2:40 AM
After one person was killed and seven others were injured when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday night, many are asking if festival and amusement park rides are safe.
Amusement park and festival ride accidents in Ohio are uncommon, according to a Dayton Daily News investigation conducted last year.
The only ride-related death in Ohio over the last three years happened in 2015 when a 45-year-old man was struck by a roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky. Police said the man had finished riding the Raptor roller coaster and jumped a fence to retrieve a cell phone when he was hit by the ride.
Last year, the state’s chief ride inspector said most accidents are not caused by ride operators, but from people with pre-existing conditions who ignore warnings or putting kids on a ride who aren’t ready.
BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio ride safety inspection program
Number of accidents
2014 - 12
2015 - 5
2016 - 3
Number of deaths
2014 - 0
2015 - 1
2016 - 0
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m.:
Crews are no longer at the scene of North Main Street at Miami Boulevard, according to regional dispatch.
North Main Street at Miami Boulevard are closed after a small fire at Quincy’s Saturday.
A neon sign caught fire outside of the restaurant at 865 North Main Street around 3:30 a.m., according to our first responder.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 10:03 AM
— Dayton city leaders said this week they’re concerned about two potential threats to well fields along the Mad River from firefighting foam contaminants.
One potential source of contamination is at the city’s firefighting training center on McFadden near the Tait’s Hill well field. The other potential source of contamination is from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where a tainted groundwater plume was believed to be approaching production wells at Huffman Dam, city and state officials say.
The contaminant is known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
The city shut down both well fields over the past two years as a precaution, Dayton officials said. The two well fields stand about three miles apart.
State and city officials say the water is safe and the contaminant has not been found in finished product to consumers.
Here’s a look at key developments this week:
1. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Wright-Patterson officials say they did not know of the firefighting training center concerns until recent days. Among other actions, the state EPA this week directed Dayton to test treated water at its Ottawa treatment plant near the Mad River monthly for the contaminant beginning March 31, and to determine the source of the contamination. Late last year, the city detected PFAS at less than 10 parts per trillion in a raw water intake at the plant, officials said. The U.S. EPA has a health advisory threshold of 70 parts per trillion for lifetime exposure to drinking water.
2. Dayton asked area city managers this month to co-sign a letter urging Wright-Patterson and the Air Force to act more quickly to resolve concerns a groundwater contamination plume could reach the Huffman Dam well field. The response to the city request thus far has been mixed.
3. Dayton, Ohio EPA, and Wright-Patterson authorities most recently met this week in ongoing talks about how to handle groundwater contamination concern.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:49 AM
— A flood watch will be in effect for all counties until 10 a.m. Sunday. Rain develops and may be heavy at times, especially toward the evening. A few thunderstorms are possible in the evening and overnight. Isolated damaging winds and flooding will be the main threat tonight. Rainfall amounts of 1 inch to 3 inches will be possible by Sunday morning. Temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 50s into the evening, then will fall late tonight as a cold front passes.
TOMORROW: Any rain early will end quickly then clouds linger. Flooding still possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. There will be gradually decreasing clouds through the night and chilly with temperatures falling into the lower 30s. Watch for isolated slick spots late with any leftover standing water.
MONDAY: There will be a lot of sunshine and mild with highs in the lower 50s.
TUESDAY: There will be mostly sunny skies with mild temperatures in the upper 50s.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:13 AM
— Nearly 14,000 rape kits were tested by the State Crime Lab after State investigators proposed they would seven years ago.
The kits provided thousands of pieces of evidence that could lead to suspects but it was difficult to keep up with them all, state leaders said.
New rules went into place in reviewing the kits for evidence to ensure a backlog like this doesn’t happen again, according to state leaders.
“When agencies submit kits without delay, suspects can be identified faster, taken off the streets sooner and future attacks prevented,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said.