Shelby Co. deputy saves elderly man from drowning after crash

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

Update@11:45 a.m.:

The accident happened about mid-morning Monday when a 72-year-old man lost control of his car, which went over a guardrail and landed upside down in Turtle Creek, the Shelby County Sheriff’s office said. 

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The man, whose name has not been released, came within a couple of inches of drowning. He was saved by a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy who arrived at the scene and went down to the creek and held the man's head up until the fire department arrived and removed from the car, officials said. 

The man was taken to Wilson Healthcare in Sidney. Information about his condition is unknown at this time. The Shelby County Sheriff's office is handling the investigation.

First report:

Crews are working to help a person reportedly trapped in a vehicle that crashed into a creek along Ohio 29 at Turtle Creek Road in McCartyville in Shelby County.

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Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 10:21 a.m.

Initial reports indicated the vehicle entered water and the driver was trapped inside.

We’re headed to the scene to find out more.

220 gallons of gas spill at Shell station in Washington Twp.

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.

Washington Twp. Fire Department hazmat crews are working to clean up a fuel spill tonight after 220 gallons of gasoline spilled at the Shell station, 6001 Far Hills Ave.

The fuel was tracked to a nearby creek, and crews are setting booms to absorb the gasoline.

The entrances to Shell are blocked and the business is temporarily closed.

We’re working to find out what led to the spill and learn more about the fire department’s cleanup efforts.

FIRST REPORT

Hazmat crews are responding to a fuel spill this evening at a Shell station in Washington Twp.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency also was contacted because gas was believed to have gone down storm sewers near the intersection of Far Hills Avenue and Whipp Road.

The incident was reported shortly before 7 p.m. at the station, 6001 Far Hills Ave.

We will update this report as warranted.

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Heavy rains are over, but scattered storms possible tonight

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 4:47 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Isolated shower/storm overnight possible
  • More showers/storms Sunday night into early Monday
  • More rain and turning cooler to start the workweek

PHOTOS: Heavy rain, flooding in the Miami Valley

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 8 a.m. Sunday for Randolph County, Indiana.

DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Clouds linger. There is the chance for a few showers or storms, but even if these do develop, they're not expected to be widespread, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will drop into the lower to middle 60s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the middle 80s. It will be warm, breezy and muggy. While a stray shower or storm can't be ruled out, most of the day should be dry. The chance for more showers and storms increases into the evening hours and into early Monday.

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Monday: Showers and storms are expected early, but it should dry out into the afternoon. Highs will be in the middle to upper 60s early in the morning. Most of the day will be in the 50s and lower 60s.

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Tuesday: Partly sunny skies are on tap with highs in the middle 60s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 60s. There is the chance for more showers and storms late Wednesday into Thursday.

Thursday: Showers and storms are expected with highs in the upper 50s.

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No deal to extend Premier, UnitedHealthcare contract

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 10:49 PM

Despite reaching an agreement to extend Medicare Advantage coverage, Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare are not expected to agree by tonight’s midnight deadline on other portions in the negotiations that would have preserves health plans for thousands of residents in the region, Premier officials said.

Dayton-based Premier Health, the largest health system in Southwest Ohio, and UHC, the nation’s largest health insurer, have agreed to extend Medicare Advantage coverage until the end of this year for UHC members who use Premier hospitals and providers.

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However, the two sides remain at odds over a key issue with the first deadline for a portion of their contract set to expire at midnight Saturday, potentially displacing tens of thousands of local residents with individual and employer-sponsored health plans.

Unless an agreement is reached, those policy holders would no longer have access to Premier hospitals as part of the insurance company’s network.

Premier physicians would also be considered out-of-network on May 14 for employer-sponsored, individual and Medicaid plan members, according to UHC. And Premier hospitals and physicians would be out-of-network for Medicaid plans starting May 14, if an agreement is not reached.

All toll, about 70,000 residents would be impacted in the local area, according to UHC, which said Premier’s decision not to participate in the insurer’s plan design, which ranks hospitals and providers in tiers based on cost and quality, was the sticking point in the ongoing negotiations.

Premier objects to the “tiering” system because, company officials said, it would intentionally steer patients away from Premier providers.

UnitedHealthcare had already sent letters to patients and providers advising them that a contract might not be reached by the deadline, ending in-network access to Dayton-based Premier’s hospitals for those residents with individual and employer-sponsored health plans.

In a statement, Premier Health said, “We are deeply disappointed that UnitedHealthcare has rejected our proposal to extend our contract until the end of the year. Our offer was put forth in good faith, and an agreement would have provided patients and area employers the opportunity to make choices about where and from whom to access care, during the normal open enrollment period for 2018.”

Clark Co. health officials report 1 suspected Zika virus

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

A traveler returning home in Clark County has contracted what is believed to be the Zika virus, according to the Clark County Combined Health District.

The individual traveled from a “Zika hot spot” and upon return exhibited a rash and other symptoms consistent with Zika, according to Clark County Health Commissioner Charlie Patterson. 

“It was almost like someone was reading off the poster in the airport for Zika,” he said. 

The patient’s physician contacted the health department, which is running tests to confirm the virus. Results will take up to three weeks.

“We really need to treat this as if it’s positive right now. We can’t wait for results. This is the contagious period,” Patterson said. 

The main concern at this point is making sure a mosquito doesn’t pick up the virus, Patterson said. His office is working with the patient to keep him or her quarantined. Health workers canvassed the neighborhood today to speak to neighbors about keeping down the mosquito population. 

Working with the Ohio Department of Health, Patterson’s office is trapping mosquitoes and may consider spraying if the type of mosquito that carries Zika is found. 

Patterson said this is the first suspected case of Zika in Clark County and the third in Ohio this year. There were 95 last year, he said, 94 of which were contracted overseas and one was transmitted through sexual contact. None were contracted from infected mosquitoes.

Zika virus symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. The virus is typically mild and goes away within a week, according to the health district.