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Sidney grad killed in Florida was assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 2:35 PM

Former Sidney football star dies in TV tower collapse

UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m. 

Marcus Goffena was in Florida to help repair towers that were damaged by Hurricane Irma, his relatives said. 

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“That was just the way he was. He wanted to get there to help out,” Marcus’ father told this news outlet during a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

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His mother added: “He loved what he was doing, he was really proud of what he was doing.”

Goffena started working for the Texas-based Tower King II, a company that performs maintenance and construction of large broadcast towers, about six years ago, but he and his family knew the dangers of his job, they said. 

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“It’s scary ... every time he’s up in the air,” his mother said. “We knew that. We knew it was a dangerous job.” 

Goffena’s father said he was notified of his son’s death from the owner of Tower King II Wednesday. 

“[I felt] disbelief. I couldn’t believe it was true,” his mother said. 

Goffena’s family said his job took him all over the county, but he was very family-oriented, and loved coming back to Sidney to spend time with his family. 

“He loved to live life to the fullest. He always had a smile on his face,” his mother said. 

Goffena’s autopsy was scheduled to be completed today, and funeral arraignments were still pending, his parents said.

A witness who talked with WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida, explains what he heard and saw prior, during and after scaffolding collapsed, killing 3 people.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m. 

Family members have confirmed Marcus Goffena, 31, of Sidney is one of the three victims killed in a Florida scaffolding accident Wednesday. 

FIRST REPORT

A Sidney man was killed in a scaffolding accident at a TV tower in Miami, Fla. Wednesday. 

Sidney City Schools Superintendent John Scheu confirmed to this news outlet one of the three people killed in the accident yesterday was a graduate of Sidney High School. 

This news outlet is withholding publishing the victim’s name until we’ve confirmed the next of kin have been notified. 

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According to the Associated Press, three men died after the scaffolding they used to reach the top of a 100-story tall transmission tower collapsed. 

Officials told the AP, the tower transmits signals for two stations in Miami, WPLG and WSVN. The men were contract workers for a Texas-basked company, Tower King II, that builds and maintains television antennas. 

FCC Antenna Tower Registration records say the 1,032-foot tower was built in 2009 and is owned by Miami Tower, LLC.  

WSVN owner and president Edmund Ansin said in a statement to the AP that the men were performing work required by the FCC.

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

Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:42 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the impacts the snow & wind will bring today.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Strong wind gusts 30-40 mph today
  • Snow squalls possible late morning through afternoon
  • Temperatures drop through the day w/ single digit wind chills

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: There could be some issues for the morning drive today due to slick spots and strong winds, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Temperatures are at or above 32 degrees with mist and drizzle across the area, but as temperatures drop, slick spots could develop. As of early morning, snow is set up off Lake Michigan in northern Indiana. That snow, along with colder air, will arrive later this morning. Winds are already begun gusting between 25-35 MPH, which could produce some issues for the morning drive. As wind flow becomes more favorable off Lake Michigan, some lake effect snow bands are expected to develop. 

A look at conditions along I️-75 in Butler Twp.Tuesday morning

Active snow will likely start later this morning. There’s a chance for snow squalls during the day, and they will gradually turn northeast as the winds shift late afternoon. One to two inches of snow is possible in the bands. Outside of bands, it will be cloudy with flurries, but less than half an inch is expected. 

Rapid drops in visibility and slick roads are the main concern if caught in one of these bands, called a snow squall. The bands will be thin with strong winds on the road. Temperatures will fall through the day and wind chills will drop to the single digits by about 4 p.m. Any snow ends into early evening. Tonight temperatures drop into the teens with wind chills in the low single digits.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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WEDNESDAY: Not much of a break. Isolated slick spots on the roads possible and BITTER cold with temperatures in the teen and wind chills in the single digits in the morning. Another quick system will aproach Wednesday. Temperatures climb into the low 30s during the day. Breezy with scattered snow showers in the afternoon. More scattered snow showers at night. Accumulation should stay light around 1” but temperatures drop to the upper teens overnight so that will keep roads snowy by Thursday morning.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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THURSDAY: Slick roads early and COLD. Mostly cloudy day but quiet. Highs in the upper 20s which is colder than normal.

FRIDAY: Another cold morning in the upper teens. Mostly cloudy with some passing snow showers possible mainly north. Highs in the upper 20s.

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SATURDAY: A better start to the weekend. Temperatures improve to around 40 during the day with partly cloudy skies.

Crashes reported as snow, gusty winds create slick conditions

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75

Slick roads are being reported across the area this morning.

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On Austin Boulevard in Miami Twp., an injury crash was reported just before 6:30 a.m. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Shroyer Road, east of Far Hills in Kettering, crash reported at 7:30 a.m. Possibly weather-related.
  • On southbound Interstate 75 at the West Milton exit, two cars collided and were in the right-hand shoulder as of 6:30 a.m.
  • On Dayton Springfield Road at Haddix Road in Clark County., two vehicle crash reported at 6:45 a.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503

MIAMI COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202

SHELBY COUNTY  

  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

N. Fairfield Rd. exit on US-35 in Beavercreek has reopened after vehicle fire

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 1:32 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 2:39 AM

UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m: Exit 44 on westbound U.S. 35 in Beavercreek has reopened after a vehicle fire Tuesday morning. 

UPDATE @ 1:50 a.m: Exit 44 (N Fairfield Rd.) on westbound U.S. 35 in Beavercreek is closed as a result of a vehicle fire early Tuesday morning.

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No one was injured as as result of the fire, according to our crew.

Beavercreek police continue to investigate the cause of the fire. 

INITIAL REPORT

Units are on scene of a fully involved car fire on U.S. 35, east of N. Fairfield Road in Beavercreek.

The incident occurred early Tuesday morning around 1:20 a.m.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Whiteout conditions possible Tuesday as snow squalls move through

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Snow squalls cause rapid loss in visibility and slick roads.

The Storm Center 7 team of meteorologists are forecasting the potential for isolated snow squalls to impact the region Tuesday, which could create for reduced visibility for some drivers in the area.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M CAUGHT IN A SNOW SQUALL?

The timing of the snow squalls is looking to be for the first part of Tuesday.  The moisture will be coming from Lake Michigan and  when the snow line becomes partnered with the windy conditions expected in the Miami Valley, poor visibility can accompany it.

FORECAST: Wintry mix late tonight, followed by lake-effect snow Tuesday

Communities that get caught in the lake-enhanced snow squalls could see two or more inches of snow, especially in areas northeast of Dayton.

The Storm Center 7 team is forecasting the squalls will be very isolated across the area.