Shutdown: Uncertainty plagues civil servants, WPAFB workers, businesses

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:40 PM

Local businesses feeling pressure from government shutdown

Employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will report to work on Monday for further instructions.

On Main Street in downtown Fairborn Saturday night there were a lot of questions about the partial shutdown, from workers who may be at risk of furlough to businesses those workers visit.

>> Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough

“It’s definitely uncertainty,” Casey Hudson, a civil servant who works in finances with the Air National Guard in Springfield.

He’s headed to work this week with or without a budget approved by Congress, and possibly without getting paid on time.

“I still have to go to work,” Hudson said. “It’s not fun not getting a paycheck, so I’m just trying to make sure I’m on top of my finances.”

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Inside Giovanni’s pizzeria in downtown Fairborn, it was business as usual. But management is keeping an eye on what happens hundreds of miles away, in Washington, wondering how long this shutdown could last.

“If it’s a week we’ll probably lose, probably $5- to $7,000, just from sales, from people not coming,” General Manager Karl Henry said.

WPAFB active duty and civil servants make up 60 to 70 percent of the customers at Giovanni’s, Henry said. When they don’t get paid or are uncertain, they won’t spend money at the restaurant. That’s what happened in 2013 when the government briefly shut down.

“It came to a slow crawl. We’d only get a few couples in, we cut our staff real thin, it got real slow,” Henry said.

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After the 2013 shutdown, workers who stayed on the job unpaid and those furloughed were reimbursed.

But businesses who rely on the base’s staff get no such compensation, and can only hold out for a quick end.

“Hopefully Congress will get together and this will all kind of go away and we’ll get this budget approved,” Henry said.

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Lanes reopen following serious crash on I-75 South in Monroe

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:17 PM

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UPDATE @8:20 p.m.

All lanes have reopened on southbound Interstate 75 in Monroe and the crash has been cleared.

A video sent to this newsroom showed a red SUV with heavy damage to the front.

Officials said injuries were reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown.

>> 3-car crash reported on northbound I-675

FIRST REPORT

A crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe has slowed traffic.

The crash, involving a semi-tractor trailer and a SUV, was reported after 7 p.m. about a mile south of Ohio 63. Initial reports indicate several lanes are closed.

Injuries have been reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Crash on I-75 south near I-70 leads to arrest

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:56 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:29 AM

UPDATE @ 3:21 a.m.:

A man was arrested after crashing into a wall on Interstate 75 around 11:20 p.m. Saturday.

Derrick Woods, 33, of Columbus lost control of his truck when he took the southbound I-75 ramp from westbound I-70, according to Sgt. Robinson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

>>3-car crash reported on northbound I-675

Woods’ truck was struck by another vehicle after the initial crash, Sgt. Robinson said. 

There were no injuries.

According to Sgt. Robinson, Woods was arrested for OVI charges and failure to control.

FIRST REPORT:

A crash was reported southbound Interstate 75 just before the Benchwood Road exit around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

>>Crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe cleared; all lanes reopen

According to Ohio State Patrol, no one was injured. 

One man was seen in the back of a police cruiser. 

It is not known if any arrests have been made.

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Injured hikers, showing signs of hypothermia, rescued from Caesar Creek State Park

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Injured hikers, showing signs of hypothermia, rescued from Caesar Creek

Two hikers, one of which was injured, have been located and rescued at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County Saturday, according to dispatchers. 

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Emergency crews responded to the state park on reports of at least one injured hiker around 1:40 p.m., dispatchers told this news organization. 

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One hiker was found suffering from a hip injury. One, or both of the hikers were also showing signs of hypothermia, according to officials. 

Rescue crews had to use a boat to get the injured hikers to safety. Around 3:15 p.m., scanner traffic from the scene indicated both hikers were off the boat and safely on land at one of the boat ramps with medics tending to them. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Drizzle, fog possible tonight; warmer temps return this week

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 10:11 PM

More sunshine is expected in the Dayton area Sunday, and a warm up is in place.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Snow showers have moved out
  • Drizzle, fog possible tonight
  • Warmer temperatures return this week

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DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Snow has moved out, but lingering moisture means we could see some drizzle or fog at times tonight, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Temperatures will continue to drop tonight and overnight, with lows eventually reaching the upper 20s. Due to the dropping temperatures, an isolated slick spot will be possible on the roads. 

>>County-by-County Forecasts

Sunday: Sunshine is expected with highs reaching the middle 40s. 

Monday: Rain returns to the area, and overall it appears to be a rather soggy day. Highs will be in the middle 40s. Highs will climb to the lower 60s. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Tuesday: High temperatures will be near 70 degrees but we’ll have a chance for more rain. Rain and even a few storms will be possible in the evening through early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday: Rain to start the day but clouds will break into the afternoon. Given the amount of rain from Monday through Wednesday, flooding will be possible in some areas. Highs on Wednesday will reach the middle 50s. 

Thursday: Mostly cloudy skies with highs expected in the middle to upper 40s. 

Snow at UD

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