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

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

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.”

Person reportedly drowns in Mercer County lake

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:05 AM

Steve Baker/Staff

A person has reportedly drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Mercer County, according to officials. 

Authorities tell WHIO's Steve Baker a person drowned in the lake near Montezuma around 2:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a man went overboard while on a boat in the lake. 

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could not be reached for comment. 

Our crew will be attending a news conference in Mercer County scheduled for 9:30 a.m. 

We will continue to monitor and update this developing story.

Power restored to nearly 5,500 after car crashes into high voltage power lines 

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

Courtesy DP&L Outage Center

UPDATE @ 6:08 a.m.

Power has been restored to all but 68 homes in Green County after a car crashed into a power pole holding high voltage power lines, according to DP&L spokesperson Kelly Millhouse.

Troopers said no one was injured in the one-car crash that occurred just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning on Jasper Road in New Jasper Twp.

Millhouse said DP&L crews remain on the scene to replace the pole and address low hanging power lines in the area.

Power has been restored to those affected by the outage after DP&L crews switched customers to alternate circuits, according to Millhouse. Nearly 5,500 homes were affected by the outage.  

Millhouse said the pole should be replaced sometime Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 2:45 a.m.

Power has been restored to a majority of DP&L customers in multiple area counties, according to a DP&L. 

349 homes remain without power in Greene County while a smattering of outages persist in other areas. 

Greene County dispatchers said power was out for over 4,600 Saturday morning as a result of storm damage and a crash on Jasper Road in New Jasper Twp. 

Dispatchers said only one car was involved in the crash and it is unknown if anyone was injured.

UPDATE @ 1:38 a.m.

Thousands of DP&L customers are without power following a strong storm system that moved through the area Friday night. 

Over 4,600 homes in Greene County are without power, while nearly 2,000 are in the dark in Montgomery County. 

Nearly 1,200 are without power in Clark County, according to a DP&L outage map. 

Greene County dispatchers said a single-car crashed into a high tension power pole on Jasper Road in New Jasper Twp. 

Jasper Road has been closed between Long Road and Paintersville New Jasper Road, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a DP&L crew is arriving at the scene and power is expected to be out for some time. 

A spokesperson for the utility provider was not immediately available for comment. 

We are will continue to monitor regional outages as we work to learn when power will be restored.

INITIAL REPORT

Nearly 2,000 DP&L customers in Montgomery County are without power, according to a DP&L outage map. 

A handful of additional outages have been reported in Greene, Darke, and Miami Counties. 

RELATED: Strong storms move through region Friday night

We are working to learn what caused the outages and when power is expected to return.

Kettering OVI checkpoints lead to one arrest, multiple citations 

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

Sobriety checkpoints are tonight and Saturday night during Memorial Day Weekend in Kettering. The purpose is to deter and to intercept drivers operating a vehicle while intoxicated. TODD JACKSON / STAFF

UPDATE @ 3:47 a.m.

Kettering police made one OVI arrest and issued multiple citations in a moving OVI checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning. 

Over 350 cars passed through the checkpoints that took place in the 3100 block of Woodman Drive and the 2800 block of East Dorothy Lane. 

According to a release from Kettering police, two citations were issued for seat belt violations, one for expired registration. 

Police also said the checkpoints resulted in one summons for open container of alcohol and another for possession of drugs. 

Kettering police and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force teamed up for the checkpoints.

INITIAL REPORT (May 26)

Police are cracking down on drinking and driving this Memorial Day Weekend.

Kettering police officers on Friday held two OVI checkpoints and will return Saturday night for sobriety checkpoints to deter and intercept those operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The moving checkpoint is scheduled from 9 to 11 p.m. in the north lanes in front of 3018 Woodman Drive and 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the west lanes in front of 2841 E. Dorothy Lane. These locations are where the highest number of OVI crashes happen in the city, police said.

“We’ll be bringing them into the checkpoint and checking for signs of impairment. Anything from slurred speech to the way their eyes are operating,” Kettering police Lt. Lee Sanders said.

Kettering police want drivers to know they’re watching, and will be out in full force this weekend.

“We want to make sure we’re encouraging people not to drink and drive, make sure they make good decisions,” Sanders said.

Woodman Drive had the most OVI crashes in 2016 in the city.

“If you’re feeling the effects of alcohol you’re likely too intoxicated to be driving,” Sanders said.

Memorial Day Weekend is the busiest road travel weekends in the country.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will nearly double its patrols.

“We want everyone to get from point A to point B safely,” Sgt. Matt Schmenk of the patrol’s Xenia Post said.

Extra patrols, and the patrol’s Click it or Ticket campaign to boost seat belt usage, are part of its effort to prevent deadly crashes.

“That’s the main mission for us,” Schmenk said.

The OVI checkpoints are funded by federal, state and local grants. Police agencies are required by state law to publicize the checkpoints ahead of time.

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UD Arena removes tartan floor as part of $72M upgrade

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

After more than a decade of service, the old tartan floor from the UD Arena is getting prepped to be dismantled.

This comes as the University of Dayton is planning several upgrades to the arena over the next few years that will total $72 million to the venue at 1801 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton.

One last unofficial game took place today on the court, as alumni paid their last respects before work began on the floor. 

The court was done seeing action in the 1980s. Removal will start over the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, fans will not be able to own pieces of the old floor because there is still mercury in it, which means the floor poses a risk and will have to be disposed of properly and safely. 

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