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RTA drivers’ strike: Here’s how some Daytonians are getting around

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

RTA strike consumer costs

With the RTA strike in full swing, WHIO’s Malik Perkins went around the city of Dayton Wednesday to find out how people who normally rely on the bus system have been getting around and how much it’s costing them. 

He found that the strike is benefiting ride share companies such as Uber because more people are using that service, although the prices are higher. Taxi cabs, carpooling and walking are other ways people are getting around. 

With the exception of walking, those other transportation services cost three to four times more than what they’d normally cost on the RTA. For instance, a bus ride from downtown Dayton to the Dayton mall typically costs $2. But it costs between $5-$7 on Uber and about $10 by cab.

Those prices are too expensive for some people, like Cynthia Young. So she walks whenever she has appointments or other business to tend to. 

“I have to sit down and actually catch my breath,” she said. “I have to go sit in the hospital, Brown Street in different restaurants or at the bus stop.”

Coroner’s office requested to Dayton shooting scene

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:49 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

Dayton police are investigating a shooting

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirms they’ve been requested to the scene on 5 Oaks Avenue in Dayton. 

Initial reports indicate a person was found in a yard suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Our crew is on the scene and we’re working to learn more. 


Police and medics have been dispatched on reports of a person shot on 5 Oaks Avenue in Dayton Thursday. 

Emergency units were first dispatched to the first block of 5 Oaks Avenue around 10:40 a.m. on initial reports of a person suffering an unknown problem behind a home. The report was later updated to a report of a person shot. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Juvenile pursuit suspects to be charged in Troy phone store break-in

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 7:40 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

Police in Troy said they need help identifying the people in this cell phone video. They are wanted in connection with a break-in at the Troy MetroPCS store early Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m. 

Troy police said four of the five juvenile suspects they are looking for in connection to a break-in at a cell phone store are in custody. 

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Three of the suspects were arrested after a pursuit involving Germantown police on Wednesday. A fourth person who was taken into custody after the pursuit was not connected to the break-in and is not facing charges from Troy police. 

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A juvenile who was taken into custody by Dayton police on Tuesday in a separate incident will also face charges in the Troy break-in. 

Troy police said the suspects have not been cooperating with investigators. 

Police in Troy have released surveillance video of a break-in at the MetroPCS store early Monday morning.

Police were not sure if the suspects from the break-in were connected to other burglaries at businesses, including a break-in at a Huber Heights phone store. A call to Huber Heights police for more information has not been returned. 

We’ll continue to update this page as new details become available. 


Troy police said they are pursuing charges against five juveniles in connection to a break-in at a cell phone store Monday. Four of the juveniles were apprehended after a pursuit in Germantown on Wednesday. 

Investigators told this news outlet the four juveniles being held after a pursuit in Germantown will face charges in connection to the break-in at the Metro PCS location in Troy on Monday. A fifth juvenile also wanted in the Troy break-in was apprehended in Dayton on Tuesday and will also be charged by Troy police. 

Juveniles in custody after pursuit, crash in Germantown

The specific charges the juveniles might face was not available. 

The five suspects are accused of breaking into the store at 722 West Market Street around 2:40 a.m. Monday. A second break-in was reported at a Metro PCS location in Huber Heights less than two hours later, but police from Troy and Huber Heights have not said if they believe the break-ins are connected. 

It is not known if the five suspects are facing charges from Huber Heights police. 

On Wednesday four of the juvenile suspects were involved in a pursuit with Germantown police. After crashing the car they were in, they fled on foot but were later captured. 

Spotty fog may continue to develop, drivers should use caution

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:17 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Fog around Miami Valley this morning

RELATED: County-by-County Weather


  • Some spotty fog again this morning
  • Hot and humid through the weekend
  • More dry time over the next few days
(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7


TODAY: Warm and muggy already. Some spotty fog could continue to develop so drivers should use caution. Temperatures this afternoon soar to the upper 80s, which is well above normal for this time of year. A stray shower or storm can’t be ruled out, but most of the afternoon will be dry with sunshine.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

FRIDAY: A nice end to the week and the summer. Fall begins with the equinox at 4:02 p.m. Temperatures will be about 88 degrees, which is much warmer than 74 (our normal high). It’ll be dry with sunshine and scattered clouds.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

SATURDAY: A nice start to the first weekend of fall. It will be hot and humid though, with a high around 87. We’ll experience plenty of sunshine.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

SUNDAY: Another great day with highs in the upper 80s and sunny.

MONDAY: Warm and muggy to start the new week. Highs will be in the mid 80s, with sunshine and scattered clouds. 

Two schools made a football rivalry bet, and many are going to win

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 7:09 AM

Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Mark North, left, and Mad River Schools Superintendent Chad Wyen. FILE ILLUSTRATION
Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Mark North, left, and Mad River Schools Superintendent Chad Wyen. FILE ILLUSTRATION

Superintendents Chad Wyen and Mark North are hoping their students don’t let them down, but one of them is bound to be the loser of a big bet.

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One of the superintendents — either Wyen, of Mad River Local Schools, or North, of Fairborn City Schools — will don the opposing district’s high school jersey for the last half of their upcoming rivalry football game.

If the Mad River students succeed in collecting more food than students at Fairborn, North will swallow his Fairborn Skyhawks pride and slip into a Stebbins jersey.

But if Fairborn students collect more food for area foodbanks? Well…

“I’m really hoping I win because I only look good in scarlet and gray,” Wyen said, noting the colors of his Stebbins Indians.

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The challenge came about after North’s daughters, Aleena and Lexi, told their dad they’d like to recreate in their new district a tradition they’d loved at their old one.

“There was a similar program that had already started at Lebanon,” Aleena said. “It had a lot of positive effects on that community. It’s been very successful.”

So Aleena’s dad called his fellow superintendent across the Base and issued a challenge: The superintendent of the district that collects less food has to wear the other team’s football jersey for the rest of their game.

All schools in both districts are participating in the collection, which kicked off this week and will continue through Sept. 28, during the game. Winners will be announced at halftime.

Already, the kids are off to a good start.

In Fairborn, the students presented to the Rotary, whose members donated $1,100 for advertisements for the drive. And on Sept. 23 and 24, the students will collect food at the Fairborn Kroger.

“I’ve learned that helping others can really help people’s lives,” Lexi said. “It’s always a good way to give back.”