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Published: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 9:57 PM
COLUMBUS — The number of fatal crashes and the fatalities resulting from them this 2017 Thanksgiving holiday reporting period are up compared to the same five-day period in 2016, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a prepared statement Monday.
For the period from midnight Wednesday, Nov. 22, to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 26:
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Arrests for operating a vehicle while impaired, drug violations and seat belts also increased this year over 2016
"The lack of safety belt usage remains a significant problem," said Col. Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. "Motorists need to remember wearing a safety belt is the most important thing they can do to protect themselves during a crash."
In the first 10 months of 2017, alcohol-involved fatal crashes have decreased by 15 percent. During the same time period, troopers made more than 23,000 arrests for driving while impaired, an 8 percent increase from 2016.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM
Clouds will increase overnight, with temperatures falling into the upper 20s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Saturday: Scattered snow will develop in the morning, mainly south of Interstate 70. Snow showers will be on and off into the evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected north of I-70. Accumulation of 1 inch or less is expected across Preble, Montgomery and Clark and Greene Counties. Around 1 to 3 inches will be possible in Butler County along with southern Warren and Clinton counties. Highs will be in the upper 30s with breezy conditions at times.
Sunday: Clouds will clear with temperatures moderating back into the middle 40s.
Monday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase through the afternoon. It will be milder with highs reaching into the lower 50s.
Tuesday: More seasonable temperatures are expected but showers will be possible. Highs will be in the middle 50s.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM
— A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C. to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.
The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m.
"We want action and we want prevention," said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip.
Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They'll joine other teens from all over the country in what's being called the "March for our Lives."
It's a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
"I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved," said Caruso.
Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip.
Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him.
"I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn't just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can," he said.
"We want our congressmen to know that we're sick of it, and if they're not going to have any action, we're going to demand it."
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:28 PM
DAYTON — The National Park Service will have $450,000 to buy two historic buildings at the former Wright Co. airplane factory site in West Dayton under a $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed Friday.
But the years-long quest to buy buildings 1 and 2, the first factory in the world to produce airplanes, is anything but over, officials say.
“It’s a small, positive step in a long, difficult march,” said Timothy Gaffney, a National Aviation Heritage Alliance spokesman.
The Park Service and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance have longed eyed the buildings in the hope the public would be able to see the site as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
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Kendell Thompson, the parks’ acting superintendent, said Friday he was waiting to determine what the next step is in the process.
The historic buildings are part of a 54-acre parcel, site of the former Delphi Home Avenue plant, that has been put on the commercial market. The historic site at 2701 Home Ave. is between U.S. 35 and West Third Street near Abbey Avenue.
A previous plan to buy the entire site was scaled back, according to Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, who has spent years in negotiations on the future of the historic location.
The complexity of negotiations has been complicated by former owner Delphi’s past bankruptcy, land covenants and environmental liability concerns, Sculimbrene said. Former auto parts production buildings were demolished and the site has been environmentally investigated and remediated under a $3 million Clean Ohio grant, officials said.
Hull & Associates/Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC purchased the site in 2012 with the intent to remediate environmental issues and sell it. The property is for sale on the commercial market.
Brad White, a managing partner of Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, said the $450,000 appropriation was “good news” because the intent over the years was to sell the historic buildings to the National Park Service.
David Lotterer, vice president of commercial real estate broker JLL, which is marketing the property, declined comment Friday.
While the park service has eyed the two historic buildings, Dayton Metro Library plans to build a $10 million branch library on about seven and a half acres on the site have stalled because officials have not been able to reach a deal, the Dayton Daily News reported this month.
Dayton Metro Library executive director Tim Kambitsch said earlier this month the library did not want to move to the site on its own because of concerns incompatible uses might move in nearby, and it did not want to pay more than the property was valued.
NAHA’s long-term vision of the property would bring commercial and “complimentary” industrial redevelopment, such as advanced manufacturing, to the former factory site, Gaffney said.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:34 PM
TROY — A false emergency alarm prompted police to respond to Troy Christian Elementary school, police said.
Officers responded to the school around 1 p.m. and the school was placed on lockdown while police searched the building.
Police said 16 officers responded.
The emergency alarm button was pressed unintentionally and there is an investigation underway to determine who pressed the button, police said.
Nothing was found and the school has resumed to normal operation, police said.
The school already was scheduled to dismiss early at 1 p.m.