Tankers requested to barn fire in Miami County

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 6:09 AM

UPDATE @6:23 a.m.

The barn fire in Miami County is under control.

It’s unknown what led to the fire.

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Tankers have been requested to a barn fire near Pleasant Hill in Miami County.

The barn fire was reported just before 6 a.m. in the 400 block of Harshbarger Road. Flames and smoke are reportedly showing.

We’re working to learn what was inside the barn when it caught fire.

2 detained in R.A.N.G.E Task Force raid at Dayton house

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:47 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

RANGE Task force raided a home on Emerson this morning

UPDATE @8:25 a.m.

One person was taken into custody in a R.A.N.G.E. Task Force raid in Dayton Wednesday morning.

A woman detained at the scene was released, officers said. A dog will also be removed from the property.

Our crew on scene saw officers removing items from the house, but officers would not comment on the items further.

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There is police activity in the 1900 block of Emerson Avenue in Dayton, per our crews.

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We’re working to learn the cause of police being in the area.

We’ll continue to update this page with more. 

Plan ahead to stay safe and energy aware during cold weather

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:11 AM

As the leaves continue to turn, our days are framed by crisper mornings and chillier nights. To prepare for the coming cold, we pull out our scarves and sweaters, start warming up our cars a little earlier, and consider switching on our furnaces or cutting the season’s first firewood.  

However, an important step of keeping your home warm is ensuring that HVAC systems are checked and chimneys are inspected. These, as well as a few other seasonal fire safety and prevention tips, are measures that will help protect your home and family as cooler weather begins rolling into the Miami Valley.  

While you should always have your HVAC system professionally inspected each year, the following are a list of precautions to take to ensure the system is running safely and efficiently:  

  • Clean around the HVAC unit to keep lint, dust and dirt from accumulating, which can clog and even catch fire
  • Change the filter in your air-handling unit at least three times a year, although HVAC professionals recommend monthly
  • Quickly inspect your system to ensure there are no leaks or loose wires
  • When in doubt, turn the system off and call your HVAC professional to repair any problems
  • If your furnace is more than 18 years old, it may be time to consider a new unit. Installing a new HVAC system not only will help keep your home safe, but it also will save you money on your energy bills year-round. 

If you have a working fireplace, you should have it and your chimney inspected and cleaned annually, at the start of each heating season. 

Whatever heating system you use in your home, be sure you have an up-to-date and regularly checked smoke detection system. There should be at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home. For those who already have smoke alarms, you should replace them every 10 years, test the batteries monthly, and replace batteries yearly. An easy calendar date to remember for replacing your batteries is the end of daylight saving time, which occurs this year at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. 

For those who do not have smoke alarms, the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross offers free smoke alarms, installation and fire safety plan consultations. The Red Cross cannot stress enough the vital importance of maintain proper detection in homes.  

“This year already, only three weeks after we installed new smoke alarms in an area family’s home, their house caught fire, but they were able to escape in time because of the detection system,” said Cory Paul, executive director of the Dayton Red Cross. To take advantage of the Red Cross’s free smoke alarm installation and consultation program call (937) 221-7540, or you can visit www.SoundTheAlarm.org/dayton

As a final check, if you have a gas furnace, you also need to have a carbon monoxide detector near the unit. While many new smoke alarm systems have CO detectors built in, you should consult your system manual to be sure. If you don’t have a CO detector or are not sure if yours is working properly, local fire departments can provide assistance by either installing a free detector (if they have them) or checking that your detection system is working properly.  

Finally, as you prepare your home for a warm and safe cold weather season, keep in mind that prevention doesn’t mean you can’t also save energy. 

  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat – proper use can save you about $180 per year in energy costs
  • When using a fireplace, lower the temperature on your thermostat
  • Seal air leaks around your home and add insulation to aid energy efficiency. Remember to utilize a fire-resistant insulation to help your home stay safe. 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:17 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • At Salem Avenue and Free Pike in Harrison Twp., a pedestrian crash was reported around 8:10 a.m.
  • Southbound Far Hills Avenue in Kettering is backed up at David Road for a crash that was reported around 7:30 a.m.
  • Gate 12A is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10. Detour information is available here.

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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. 


  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 eastbound Ramp to I-75 south, Lane closure on the ramp Oct. 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. 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 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.


  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.


  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 705 between McClure Road and North Kuther Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 16 - 19. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 119 to SR 66.

West Milton woman pleads to stealing from elderly woman

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

A West Milton woman accused of forging checks and using a credit card to steal from an elderly woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony charges as part of a plea deal in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Sarah Moore, 36, originally was charged with misuse of a credit card and five counts of forgery for allegedly stealing from the 93-year-old woman for whom she was hired to provide care in West Milton.

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The woman's son reported the thefts to West Milton police this summer after his mother received a call from a credit card company about possible fraudulent charges. The bill contained more than $4,000 in charges, police reports said. 

Moore was accused of using the credit card and checks to pay her own cable and water bills, to buy gas, to make smaller transactions and receive cash back and to pay for services for a boyfriend in prison, police reported. The forgery charges involved checks taken from the woman's checkbook and cashed. 

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As part of the plea deal, four forgery charges were dismissed in exchange for Moore's pleas on the two charges and payment of restitution. The amount of restitution will be calculated as part of the pre-sentence investigation, Judge Jeannine Pratt was told.Moore could face up to 30 months in prison at sentencing Dec. 4. 

Pratt was asked to release Moore, who had been in jail since Aug. 14, on a recognizance bond. Paul Watkins, assistant county prosecutor, opposed the reduction in bail set for Moore in county municipal court based on her previous time in prison for drug related charges. 

Pratt continued the $15,000 bail ordered previously.