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Solar Eclipse 2017: Read this before looking at the sun

Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 7:52 AM

            Solar eclipse. (CONTRIBUTED)
Solar eclipse. (CONTRIBUTED)

Viewers of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse will want to make sure they use special glasses to prevent blindness.

“You want to use proper eye protection,” said Dr. James Bierly, an optometrist at Just 4 Eyes Eye Care in Centerville. “It’s an aluminized mylar that you should be using.”

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Alumnized mylar glasses are available for viewing the eclipse. Without the glasses, damage to the retina can occur. Such damage — known as “eclipse blindness” — can be permanent.

The glasses are available in local stores, at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and some libraries.

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“We have a number of hands-on activities for all ages inside the building, and then we’ll have viewing activities outside the building,” said Jason Heaton, of the Boonshoft Museum. “In the case that it’s not clear that day, we’ll have web cams from around the country watching the eclipse that way, too.”

Bierly said parents should be mindful that kids might be tempted to look up at the eclipse without glasses.

“Try to watch your kids,” the doctor said.

Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” the celestial event will be visible in Dayton starting at 1:02 p.m. and will reach its maximum coverage, nearly 90 percent, at 2:28 p.m.

For more local information about the eclipse, watch Bierly, Heaton and Lisa Weiss of the Miami Valley Astronomical Society on WHIO Reports with Jim Otte at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, August 13 on Channel 7.

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SR-741 to be closed for at least 6 hours following crash

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the East Fourth Street exit and go right on West Lower Springboro Road. Turn right on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

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For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for 6 to 7 hours near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was an man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 


State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

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The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 


The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story. 

Local substitute teacher indicted by grand jury on sex charges

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 8:56 AM

Madeline Marx Subbed as a teacher in Kettering and Oakwood schools in the past year. Her case will go to a grand jury.

For the second time in a week, an indictment alleging sexual misconduct with teenage minor students has been issued against an educator, this time with charges against a Kettering substitute teacher.

Madeline Marx, 23, of Kettering, was indicted Thursday by a Montgomery County grand jury on two counts of sexual battery, court records show.

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The indictment alleges one of the acts occurred between May 1 and Sept. 1 of this year. The second charge states the other act occurred later, between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, according to the indictment.

Marx, who was teaching at Kettering Fairmont High School when the alleged crimes occurred, appeared in Kettering Municipal Court on Monday on the sexual battery charges. She pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Keith Fricker.

RELATED: Accused Kettering substitute teacher pleads not guilty

Fricker said Friday he had not seen a copy of the indictment and declined to comment.

Marx has been ordered to appear in court Nov. 30, two days after a court date for a former Miamisburg Middle School teacher indicted on six counts for alleged acts involving a teenage student, court records show.

Jessica Langford, 32, of Centerville was indicted Tuesday on three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, court records show. Langford resigned from the Miamisburg district in late May, the same week allegations were made that she was sexually involved with a student, according to school district records.

RELATED: Former Miamisburg Middle School teacher indicted on six counts

Prosecutors have said Langford’s case involves a 14-year-old male. Several attempts by this news organization to reach Langford have been unsuccessful.

The indictment against Marx does not state any ages or genders of the students in that case. However, municipal court records indicate the allegations involve two males, 16 and 17 years old.

The indictment against Marx - in both criminal counts - states “the offender was a teacher, administrator, coach or other person in authority employed or serving in a school….and the other person is enrolled in or attends that school.”

RELATED: Allegations against Kettering substitute teacher make national headlines

A 17-year-old student told police he was given oral sex by a teacher July 19 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Wilmington Pike, according to the complaint, affidavit and statement of facts filed in Kettering Municipal Court.

A 16-year-old boy told police he had intercourse with a substitute teacher Sept. 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Smithville Road, municipal court documents show.

Marx was removed from Fairmont’s building Nov. 8 by police.

I-75 north in Miami County reopens following string of crashes

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:25 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

2 semis collide on 75 northbound in Troy

UPDATE @ 2:11 p.m.:

Interstate 75 north in Troy has reopened at Ohio 55 after a series of multiple crashes on the highway earlier today. Traffic remained slow through the area as of 2:15 p.m.

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m. 

Northbound Interstate 75 is shut down in Troy after two additional crashes have been reported in the backup of an earlier crash. 

State troopers remain on scene of the original crash near the 78 mile marker, about five miles north of Troy. The left lane remains blocked due to that crash, first reported around 10:10 a.m. 

Around 12:30 p.m., two separate crashes occurred in the near the Ohio 55 exit to Troy that were in the backup from the original crash. All northbound lanes are shut down at the Ohio 55 exit, according to state troopers. 

OSP Piqua post is investigating a crash involving 2 semis


State troopers and medics have responded to a crash that left a tractor trailer on its side on northbound Interstate 75 north of Troy Friday morning. 

State troopers and medics responded to the highway, about five miles north of Troy around 10:10 a.m. 

The crash in the northbound lanes of I-75 is located near the County Road 25-A exit between Troy and Piqua.  One lane is currently open, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A second crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 about two miles north of the northbound crash has traffic down to one lane on that side of the highway, the patrol said.

We have a crew on the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Dayton grocery fire: Kroger, others offer help to neighborhood

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

            Debris is heaped along East Third Street in Dayton where the Food For Less grocery stood until destroyed in a Nov. 9 fire. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
            Chris Stewart
Debris is heaped along East Third Street in Dayton where the Food For Less grocery stood until destroyed in a Nov. 9 fire. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart)

In response to the recent fire that destroyed the Food For Less on East Third Street in Dayton, another grocer is sponsoring five food distributions for families impacted through The Foodbank’s Mobile Food Pantry.

The first distribution will be Tuesday at The FoodBank, followed by four weekly distributions through Dec. 21 at Laborers’ Local 1410.

“Kroger is pleased to help ease the worries of residents who lost their grocery store in a fire last week with a few options to get much needed food and grocery items,” said Tim Brown, Kroger, Cincinnati/Dayton Division president. “The mobile pantry will be a lifeline to residents who depended on their community store.”

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Distributions are open to those impacted by the fire. Clients must meet household eligibility requirements and provide a photo ID and proof of residence.

Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank, said partners like Kroger and Laborers’ Local 1410 will help ensure East Dayton residents have access to fresh food while they struggle with the loss of the store.

“Dayton is a town full of generous people who care about community,” she said. “Together, we will make life a little easier for our neighbors impacted by this tremendous loss.”

Because the building was a total loss, it could be some time before the cause of the fire is determined, said Dayton Fire Department spokesman Bryan Adams.

“A lot of damage makes it harder to investigate,” he said.

On Nov. 18, Grace Cares, a ministry of Grace Baptist Church in Kettering, in partnership with Kroger, will begin offering free shuttle transportation from the closed Food For Less store to Kroger at 1024 S. Smithville Road. The service will run on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-3 p.m.

Lutfi Hussein, the owner of Food For Less, said the fire was “devastating.”

Hussein, who also owns the People’s Market on North Main Street, said he is determined to rebuild Food For Less, but future plans will be guided by the amount of any insurance settlement.

“It was never in our mind to put the clients or our customers in any hardship,” he said. “We are as much victims as they are and I hope one day we’ll put it back together — and soon — and be able to have them back again. I understand what they are going through and sympathize.”

Food distributions for families impacted by Food For Less fire

- Nov. 21

10-11 a.m.

The Foodbank

56 Armor Place, Dayton

Note: This is distribution is only open to 45403 zip code and the surrounding communities

- Nov. 29th; Dec. 4, 12, 21

11 a.m.-noon

Laborers’ Local 1410

2228 E. Third Street, Dayton

Note: These are open to anyone in need of food assistance