Timeline: Area power outages

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 11:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 6:56 PM

Tuesday 6:50 p.m.: Only isolated power outages left in Greene and Auglaize counties according to Dayton Power & Light. Officials reported this afternoon that a total of about 5,500 customers were affected by outages from this storm, but not all customers experienced outages at the same time.

Duke Energy is reporting five outages remaining in Butler County and Ohio Edison is reporting less than five remaining outages in Clark County.

Tuesday 1:35 p.m.: Dayton Power and Light is reporting 227 customers without power in Montgomery County. There are one or two outages being reported in Greene, Clark, Clinton and Warren Counties. Ohio Edison is not reporting any outages. Duke Energy is reporting 32 outages in Hamilton and 17 elsewhere in Butler County.

Tuesday 10:55 a.m.: Dayton power and Light is reporting 69 customers without power in Montgomery County, 74 in Greene County, 64 in Warren County and 3 in Clinton County. Ohio Edison is reporting less than five outages in Greene and Clark counties. Duke Energy is reporting 45 without power in Hamilton and three elsewhere in Butler County.

Tuesday 9:11 a.m.: Dayton Power and Light is reporting 311 power outages in Champaign County. There are 139 in Montgomery County. Clinton County now has 575 power outages. Greene has 74, Clinton has 575. Warren County has 64 power outages. There are one or two in other counties through southern Ohio.

Tuesday 8:50 a.m.: Dayton Power and Light was reporting 142 customers without power in Montgomery County, 76 in Greene County, 302 in Champaign County, 64 in Warren County, 575 in Clinton County and 3 in Miami County. Ohio Edison was reporting less than five customers without power in Greene and Clark counties. Duke Energy was reporting 107 customers without power in Hamilton and 6 elsewhere in Butler County.

Tuesday, 7:43 a.m.: Dayton Power and Light is reporting 266 customers without power in Montgomery County, 297 in Champaign County, 73 in Greene County, 526 Clinton County, 64 in Warren County, 3 in Miami County and 2 in Darke County. Ohio Edison was reporting less than five customers without power in Greene and Clark counties. Duke Energy was reporting 61 customers without power in Hamilton and 6 elsewhere in Butler County.

Tuesday, 6:41 a.m. Dayton Power and Light is reporting 236 customers without power in Montgomery County, 127 in Champaign County, 85 in Greene County, 64 in Warren County and two in Darke County. One outage is also being reported in Miami, Logan and Clark counties. Ohio Edison is reporting less than five outages in both Clark and Greene counties. Duke Energy is reporting 55 customers without power in Hamilton and three other outages elsewhere in Butler County.

Tuesday, 5:42 a.m. Dayton Power and Light reported 251 power outages in Montgomery County, 85 in Greene County, 64 in Warren County and 2 in Darke County. Ohio Edison was not showing outages in the area. Overnight, there were as many as 2,500 without power throughout the region. Duke Energy was reporting 52 outages in Hamilton, and 6 elsewhere in Butler County.

Tuesday, 2:29 a.m. Dayton Power and Light is making progress in getting customers back on line. The total number of customers without power in the service area is down to 1,024. Miami County has the largest number of outages, at 330. Darke County reports 307 customers without power. Greene County has 139 without power, and Montgomery County has 138. Warren County reports 102 without power in the DP&L service area. Every other county is in single digits.

Ohio Edison and Duke Energy report no outages in the Miami Valley.

Tuesday, 1:23 a.m. Dayton Power and Light is reporting 2,519 customers without power in its service area. Darke County has the largest number of outages, at 1,846. Miami County has 327 customers without power. Greene County reports 132 outages, and Montgomery County reports 104 outages. Warren County reports 103 customers out of service. The other counties in the service area report single digit outages. Ohio Edison does not report any outages in the Miami Valley. Duke Energy has only two customers without power in Montgomery County.

Tuesday, 12:21 a.m. Local outages are lowering with numbers in 500s but some counties have risen. Dayton, Power and Light’s outage map is reporting 103 customers without power in Warren County. Warren County previously had 38 customers without powers at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.

Clark County outage numbers have also risen from scattered at 10:55pm to 285 customers, according to FirstEnergy’s Ohio Edison outage map.

Dayton, Power and Light’s outage map is showing 67 customers in Montgomery County and 131 in Greene County. Customers are in the single digits in Darke and Miami Counties.

10:55 p.m. DP&L is now reporting 1,181 customers without power in Montgomery County and an additionl 123 in Greene County. Scattered outages are being reported in Clark, Darke, Miami and Warren counties by DP&L and Ohio Edison.

FirstEnergy Corp., Ohio Edison parent company, has posted the following statement on their web page regarding power restoration:

“As Hurricane Sandy unleashes its force along the east coast and high winds from a cold front descend from the west, thousands of our company personnel, electrical contractors and outside utility resources are assisting with service restoration to customers who have lost power as a result of the powerful storm.

“Despite the additional resources, preliminary estimates indicate the possibility for lengthy outages in the storm’s wake.

“While assessment of the damage by utility workers will be ongoing, the slow-moving nature of the storm will slow the process and hamper the conduct of restoration work. Restoration times will be updated as the severity of the storm’s impact on the electrical system is determined.

“If your power goes out, use the “report outage” function on this page, or call 888-544-4877 to report your outage. Please stay away from any downed power lines - always assume they are live and dangerous.”

The company will be posting updates via the following Twitter accounts: @OhioEdison, @ToledoEdison.

9:50 p.m. Local outages are still only numbering in the hundreds, but First Energy’s online map is reporting 50,000 plus customers without power in the Cleveland area, thousands out across most of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and approaching half a million customers out in New Jersey.

Current outage numbers locally: 335 customers in Montgomery County, 122 in Greene County, 38 in Warren County.

8:20 p.m. DP&L currently reporting about 650 customers without power. That includes 149 customers in Montgomery County, 108 in Miami County, 117 in Greene County and nearly 300 in Clinton County.

We’ve gotten reports of wires down in several areas of Dayton and near Miamisburg High School.

7:05 p.m.: We are hearing reports of wires down in several areas of Dayton and DP&L is now reporting about 130 customers in Montgomery County without power. An earlier outage in Logan County appears to have been restored, with only scattered outages reported in Logan, Shelby, Miami, Clark and Greene counties.

6:15 p.m.: Outages in Montgomery County were reportedly down to about 90 customers, according to DP&L’s online outage map. However new reports of wires down in western Montgomery County are being called in to emergency responders, according to emergency radio traffic.

About 195 DP&L customers were without power in Logan County just after 6 p.m.

Ohio Edison and Duke Energy were each reporting less than five customers affected by outages in Clark and Butler and Warren counties respectively.

5:20 p.m.: DP&L is still reporting about 190 customers without power in Montgomery County due to a downed tree. Ohio Edison is reporting just a handful of outages in Clark County.

4:30 p.m.: Wind is believed to have knocked down a large tree that has caused power to go out for homes on Markey Road in Harrison Twp., according to a Dayton Power and Light spokesperson.

A DP&L crew is working to repair power lines that were damaged by a large tree that fell and is blocking road. DP&L is reporting that 196 customers are experiencing an outage because of the damage caused by the tree.

3:03 p.m.: 198 outages reported in Montgomery County. Ohio Edison shows no more outages on its online outage map.

1:55 p.m.: DP&L is reporting nearly 200 outages in Montgomery County; Ohio Edison is reporting about 90 in the Springfield area.

11:30 a.m.: Power outages caused by winds from Hurricane Sandy are possible here in the Miami Valley, prompting Dayton Power & Light crews to remain in the area rather than going to the east coast. Once winds have subsided locally, crews will head east to provide aid, officials said. Call center representatives are being made available to assist east coast utility companies needing to answer outage calls.

11 a.m.: DP&L reports more than 400 employees and contractors are in the field today ready to focus on restoration. Residents are urged to have candles, flashlights and battery-powered radios ready in case of large outages.

Earlier: With the effects of Hurricane Sandy looming, Dayton Power and Light says that it is keeping its resources in the Miami Valley.

Winds are already picking up in the area, and the utility says it has up to 500 crews ready to go if local outages happen.

“At this point, with the forecast of 40-50 mile an hour wind gusts for the better part of 36 hours, we’ll make sure that our crews are here and hunker down for any type of outage activity” said Bruce Coppock, director of operations for DP&L.

DP&L says once the Miami Valley power is secured, it will look at sending crews to the East Coast to restore power once Sandy is done.

“We’re gonna do everything we can to get as many folks as possible over to the east coast to help those folks out, said Coppock. “(They) really appear to be in for something that we possibly have not seen in many, many decades.”

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Crash victim lived to fly, friend says

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

A 73-year-old Bellbook man killed in a plane crash Saturday morning was an experienced pilot who had built four planes like the “experimental aircraft” he flew that day, according to his wife.

Roger Flower died in the 8 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Some witnesses in the area did see the plane flying and the witnesses believe they did see something fall off the plane,” he said.

Flying out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, the plane flown by Flower crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 Ohio 380. Debris from the crash spread about 300 feet and the plane had extensive damage.

Flower was a naval aviator for 31 years who still loved to fly in his retirement, said Jan Flower, his wife of 50 years.

“It was his life, ” she said. “He was flying a plane that he had built and flew out of Greene County Airport and was there every day and loved it.”

After retiring from the Navy, he became a certified aviation engineer and began building his own aircraft, his wife said.

“He knew what he was doing about building it and just loved it and wasn’t ready to give up airplanes, so he built them,” she said.

Both natives of Ohio, Roger and Jan Flower have four sons and moved to Bellbrook eight years ago, when they were done traveling with the Navy.

She described her husband as “a leader, totally confident. (He) could tackle anything, could build or fix anything, loved his children and his grandchildren, (and) loved serving in his church.”

The OHSP is investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine, experimental/homemade aircraft, according to the patrol.

“According to the family members, it’s been flown before,” said Pearcy.

There was no flight plan filed for the plane and the destination of the flight was unknown, Pearcy said.

“As unfortunate as this incident is, it is fortunate that no other people were involved,” Pearcy said.

Arrest made in slaying of businessman

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 7:44 PM

Police have arrested a 20-year-old Dayton man in the slaying of a business owner found dead inside a burned out garage last week.

Anthony Lamar Stargell Jr. was arrested Wednesday morning and is in the Montgomery County Jail pending the filing of an unclassified felony murder charge.

Dayton Sgt. Dan Mauch said detectives believe Stargell shot and killed 54-year-old Tommy Nickles before setting a fire inside 838 S. Main St. on April 3.

“The fire did not do the damage that the perpetrator expected,” Mauch said Wednesday afternoon. He said evidence collected inside the business and from Nickles’ stolen work van helped lead detectives to Stargell. The van was recovered by police late April 3 in the 400 block of Leland Avenue.

A search warrant was executed at 2905 Oakridge Drive on Wednesday, where Stargell occasionally stays with family. He was taken into custody at about 11 a.m.

Nickles, of Kettering, died from multiple gunshot wounds and was found in a garage where he ran Quality One Electrical Service. A Golden retriever that had been shot to death also was found in the building, police said.

Nickles' family confirmed last week that he had been living in the building because of a recent divorce. They said they couldn’t fathom why someone would want to kill the father of two. 

“Tom was a good man, he was a good father,” said Gavin Whitt, Nickles’ godson.

Mauch said Stargell and Nickles knew each other. He said police are investigating robbery as a possible motive or that Nickles possibly owed Stargell money.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” he said. Police also are trying to locate several individuals who may have stolen property belonging to Nickles.

According to court records, Stargell was convicted of robbery in February 2011 and sentenced to five years’ probation.

His mother, Tonya Bailey, said her son recently got out of prison, but she doesn’t believe that he is responsible for Nickles’ death.

“I don’t think that he did do it, but if he did do it he didn’t do it by himself,” she said.

She said Stargell wasn’t on South Main Street on the night Nickles was killed. “He was here,” she said at her mother’s house on Wednesday.