OHTF 1 members help with Hurricane Maria recovery efforts

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 3:02 PM

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 21: Property damage in the Vietnam suburb the day after Hurricane Maria made landfall, September 21, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The majority of the island has lost power, in San Juan many are left without running water or cell phone service, and the Governor said Maria is the
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 21: Property damage in the Vietnam suburb the day after Hurricane Maria made landfall, September 21, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The majority of the island has lost power, in San Juan many are left without running water or cell phone service, and the Governor said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century." (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)(Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Several Ohio Task Force 1 members are assisting with rescue efforts throughout the Carribean as Hurricane Maria continues to batter the region.

Battalion Chief Jack Reall from Columbus has been assisting the “Red” Incident Support Team in Puerto Rico for five days and he is assigned as a deputy operations section chief, according to a spokesman

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“OH-TF1’s continuing efforts supporting several command and control management roles within the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue System show the depth and quality of all our team members,” said Evan Schumann, Ohio Task Force 1 Program Manager.

Capt. Mike Cayse, of Cincinnati, and Capt. Jeff Newman, of Sycamore Twp., are both stages in Tampa, Florida awaiting air transport to Puerto Rico to assist with the “Red” Incident Support Team, the spokesman said.

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Matt Maurer from the Clayton Fire Department also has been assisting Indiana Task Force 1 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and he just returned from a lengthy assignment supporting the search and rescue efforts in Florida.

Police investigating reported shooting outside Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 4:54 PM



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Police are investigating after a reported shooting outside a Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

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Fairfield Township Police were called at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday to the Walmart at 3101 Hamilton Princeton Road.

According to scanner traffic, a person was shot in the leg during the incident.

Initial reports may have been drug related.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Few thousand turn out in support of Women’s March

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:38 PM

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An estimated few thousand people descended on downtown Dayton to support equality.

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The 2018 Women’s March drew people across the region.

The event at Courthouse Square is being organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others.

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In downtown Dayton

The rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, and many others seeking equality.

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Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 people. This year’s event occurs in the midst of the #MeToo movement and the same week as the sentencing for former U.S. Gymnastics team Dr. Larry Nassar, who is accused of sexually molesting dozens of young girls under his care.

According to the event’s Facebook page: “We want to encourage continued resistance, collaboration and participation in 2018 mid-term elections in order to elect representatives who will fight for our rights and the future of our democracy.”

Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

SCENE: Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.:

A cracked vessel holding molten steel ignited a large fire at AK Steel in Middletown this morning.

Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the crew of about 60 firefighters from four departments have now cleared the scene. One firefighter/paramedic was taken to Atrium Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Lolli said the molten steel ignited other equipment and the building when it poured out.

“There was a fire at AK Steel at the basic oxygen furnace and the vessel that stores hot, molten steel somehow split open and ignited a fire in one of the buildings,” he said.

Lolli said it will take several weeks to determine what exactly happened and damage estimates at this early stage are impossible to predict.

Fire departments from Middletown, Franklin, Monroe and Liberty Twp. responded to the scene. Lolli said AK Steel’s fire crews will handle any hot spots that might flare up this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.:

The fire at AK Steel in Middletown is now out, according to Middletown’s Facebook page. 

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m: 

Fire crews have been on scene of a structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over two hours, but appear to have the situation under control, according to dispatch.

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The incident was initially reported as heavy smoke coming from the structure in the 3400 block of Lefferson Road around 8:30 a.m.

Officials battled the fire that included molten metal reportedly flowing through the building and the second floor concrete collapsing at one point, causing crews to be removed from the first floor, per reports. 
No word on injuries. 

We are still working to learn what caused the fire’s start.

UPDATE @ 9:23 a.m: 

Crews continue to battle a massive fire at AK Steel in Middletown that occurred Saturday morning.

The address to the fire has been updated to the 3400 block of Lefferson Road, according to officials.

We are still working to learn details on the fire and will keep this story updated. 

INITIAL REPORT

Multiple fire crews are responding to the 1800 block of Crawford Street on a structure fire at AK Steele in Middletown, per initial reports. 

The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m., and is reportedly escalating.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Local NAACP members, church leaders stay encouraged in light of hospital closing

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Local NAACP and church leaders said they are encouraged by “assurances” by Premier Health in the wake of the planned closing of Good Samaritan Hospital.

A community forum on the issue set for Feb. 10 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is one reason for that encouragement, said Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward. 

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The community must “find a pathway forward,” said Corey Cunningham, founder and senior pastor of The Inspiration Church on Philadephia Drive. 

Foward and Cunningham expressed those concerns this morning at a news conference three days after officials from Premier Health - the hospital’s parent company - announced the closing of the hospital that has been a northwest Dayton anchor for nearly a century. 

Premier CEO Mary Boosalis said Wednesday Good Samaritan Hospital will close its doors by the end of the year and move 1,600 jobs out of the northeast Dayton neighborhood, where it been located on Philadelphia Drive since the late 1920s. 

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Boosalis called the closing a “most difficult but necessary decision.” It was one that shocked many in the community and Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said “we are gravely concerned about an exit of that anchoring presence.” 

Premier said its goal is to offer all employees other positions in the company. But that isn’t much solace for the neighborhood around the massive complex, which was first constructed in 1928 and added onto many times since.