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Teen killed in Logan County single-vehicle crash

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

A 19-year-old from Union County, Ohio was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Logan County early Wednesday morning. 

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Emergency crews responded to the area of County Road 153, near Township Road 145 in Jefferson Twp., Logan County around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday after the crash was reported. 

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An initial investigation found a Volkswagen sedan, driven by Austin K. Elson, 19, of Raymond, Ohio was traveling north on County Road 153, when he lost control in a curve, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The car went left of center and struck a guardrail, investigators said. 

Elson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Troopers said Elson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Local state House seat drawing lots of candidates for competitive district

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning announced he is running for the Ohio House 43rd District seat. JIM OTTE/Staff
Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning announced he is running for the Ohio House 43rd District seat. JIM OTTE/Staff

The Dayton region’s most competitively balanced Ohio House district is getting plenty of attention with the filing deadline less than three weeks away.

Republican Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning on Friday formally announced he is running for the 43rd House District seat, which is split almost 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.

“I hope to earn your support in the upcoming months, promote a plan to unify our district, and I hope to earn prayers from you immediately,” Henning said in a news release announcing his candidacy.

A Clayton native who has served on the council since 2012, Henning works as a judicial assistant to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Erik Blaine.

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Late Thursday, Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, a Democrat, and Stephanie Garrett, a West Alexandria Republican, both confirmed they are running for the seat, which is now held by State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and includes parts of Englewood, Clayton, Trotwood, western Montgomery County and all of Preble County.

Democrat Ralph Dean Brill of Brookville has also taken out nominating petitions for the seat.

Foley said he will say more about his candidacy at his formal announcement. He had earlier said he would serve out his commission term through this year and but not run for re-election.

Dan Foley, Montgomery County commissioner, speaks at the Engineers Club in Dayton. FILE(Staff Writer)

Garrett, who is president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau and assistant treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party, said she became involved in politics because she “wanted to teach my children that they could make a difference. So I got involved in my community and started working with candidates and the Republicans.”

Stephanie Garrett, president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is running as a Republican for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.(Staff Writer)

Henning said he is a supporter of gun rights and opposes abortion rights. He wants to focus on issues important to farmers and small businesses, trying to restore state funding cuts to local governments, and stop “state overreach to local schools.”

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“Columbus should not be determining how your tax dollars are being spent in our community and I will continue to work with Ohio’s Municipal League to see that rural townships and cities are not overlooked any longer,” Henning said.

The filing deadline for the May primary election is Feb. 7.

Rezabek on Thursday announced that he will not seek re-election and will instead run for judge in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Juvenile Division.

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The Ohio House 43rd race and the Ohio Senate 5th, a seat now held by term-limited State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, are considered competitive “swing” districts because their partisan makeup is more evenly divided than most of the region’s districts.

The 5th Senate district includes most of the 43rd District, but is larger, encompassing most of the city of Dayton, west-central Montgomery County, southern Darke County and all of Miami and Preble counties.

State Rep. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, and former State Rep. Gene Krebs of Preble County have both said they are running in the Republican primary.

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No Democrat has formally announced but Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens said he has at least one strong candidate who is interested.


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Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

WHIO Weather Camera Network caught a possible meteor Wednesday night in Miamisburg.

Researchers with the American Meteor Society found two meteorites just days after a meteor lit up the sky across part of Michigan, according to a tweet from AMS.

Meteorites from Michigan meteor. Photos from WDIV

“We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan. 16th fall have been found in Michigan,” the Thursday tweet said. “Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry Atkins on the first two reported finds.”

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Meteorites from Michigan meteor. Photos from WDIV

According to a report from WDIV-TV in Detroit, another team from Longway Planetarium and the Farmington Community Stargazer also recovered a meteorite and planned to share more details about its discovery Friday.

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WDIV-TV reported the meteorites were found near Charlotte, Michigan and near Whitmore Lake.

With no deal on shutdown, GOP accuses Sherrod Brown of flip-flop

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

            WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. Congress is working to avoid a government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. Congress is working to avoid a government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)(Aaron P. Bernstein)

As a possible shutdown grew nearer on Friday, Republicans took aim at Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, accusing him of a flip-flop over a temporary measure to keep the government open for four weeks.

Brown on Thursday appeared set to back the Republican-backed four-week plan because it extended a program known as CHIP that provides health insurance for more than 220,000 Ohio children. But Brown Friday said he would instead support an alternative plan to keep the government open for a few days while the Senate worked toward a longer-term deal.

It’s not clear, though, if even that proposal would gain congressional approval. President Donald Trump Friday invited Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House in hopes of negotiating a last minute deal. After the meeting Schumer said “We had a long and detailed meeting. We discussed all of the major outstanding issues. We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussions will continue.”

The plan to keep the government operating for a few days while negotiations continue was proposed by Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Both have criticized the temporary spending measures that have become commonplace as Congress fails to pass a long-term budget.

Congress has passed short-term spending resolutions three times since the fiscal year began in October.

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“We owe it to the people we work for to keep working and get the job done,” said Brown.

Republicans seized on the Democratic senator’s apparent change of heart over the four-week spending plan.

Bob Salera of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called Brown’s decision “alarming” but “unsurprising.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” said it’s “unusual that you have this kind of opposition when there’s nothing objectionable there.”

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He said Democrats were hoping to get a resolution on DACA, an acronym for a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, “but it’s an issue that hasn’t been resolved yet and it will take a little more time.”

“This is not a good way to score political points,” Portman said.

Last December, Brown voted against a temporary spending bill that kept the government open because it only extended CHIP money for three months instead of five years. In a floor speech the night the bill passed, Brown complained that a three-month extension “provides no certainty to the states that are running CHIP.”

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But if he votes against the House version of the new spending bill to keep the government open for the next four weeks, Republicans can argue that Brown in essence is voting against a six-year extension of CHIP. Brown faces re-election in November.

The House Thursday passed a bill that would keep the federal government open through mid-February. Both House and Senate Democrats have balked, in part because it does not offer legal guarantees for DACA children, the so-called Dreamers.

Because of different rules in the two chambers, the House bill could pass by a simple majority, but the Senate needs 60 votes to approve it. If no agreement is reached, the federal government could partially close at midnight Friday for the first time since 2013.

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It would represent the first time that the federal government has closed when the House, Senate and presidency are all held by the same party.

Republicans made clear they will blame Senate Democrats if a shutdown occurs. House Speaker Paul Ryan called the last–minute maneuvering “absolutely, needless, completely unnecessary and wholly because of Senate Democrats trying to shut down the government.”

But a Washington Post-ABC News Poll released Friday indicated most Americans blamed the party in power: 48 percent of those polled blamed Republicans while 28 percent blamed Democrats.

Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:15 PM

            Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Ohio’s flu-related hospitalizations increased by more than 50 from the previous week, new data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health said.

The increase was smaller than previous weeks, prompting some optimism and words of caution from one local expert.

“While it looks like (the flu) may be leveling off, it is still significantly higher than the five year average,” said president of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Bryan Bucklew. “It has been above average since it started.”

From Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, the state reported 1,805 people in Ohio were hospitalized with influenza-like illnesses. Of those, 458 of those were in Montgomery County.

For the previous reporting period, Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, the state recorded 1,750 flu-related hospitalizations.

The 2017-2018 numbers for reported flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu have been above the five-year average. While the smaller week to week increase is encouraging to health officials, the flu is unpredictable.

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“It’s been a strong flu season,” Bucklew said. “Our hope would be that instances of flu are lower because of their early start.”

Area hospitals have put restrictions on visitors and local health officials throughout the region have encouraged people to get a vaccine and take precautions to prevent the spread of the flu.

Those restrictions are still in effect, according to Bucklew.

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With influenza being at its highest level in almost all states, other organizations are taking steps to prevent spread of the flu.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, decided to change some Mass traditions to keep parishioners healthy.

TIME said the diocese announced Jan. 18 it is suspending sharing wine during communion and holding hands during Our Father.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops urges “priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion” to practice good hygiene and to instruct church-goers not to drink from the chalice if they are sick.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which includes the Miami Valley, has not taken an official position on the matter, with a spokesperson saying that they leave “the running of a parish up to the pastor.”

The University of Dayton is relying on its students to use “common sense” when it comes to Mass and flu season.

“We’re still offering the chalice; we’re not putting out any kind of memo. We are relying on students to stay home if they are sick,” said Kathy Sales, associate director of campus ministry.