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Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 5:45 PM
Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 5:45 PM
Thousands of trucks drive through the Miami Valley day and night and some may be falling asleep behind the wheel.
Truck drivers are at a higher risk of falling asleep for a number of reasons, but one local driver says federal regulations are now going too far.
Wayne Foutz of Dayton told us that he is a model driver and has never been involved in an accident in his 14 years as a commercial truck driver.
During a recent physical, Foutz was told that because of his size, he might be putting others at risk on the road. He was sent to a clinic where he said he was diagnosed with sleep apnea without ever seeing a doctor. A clinic employee handed him a machine.
"She came out with this thing under her arm and said the doctor sent an email and you have sleep apnea," he said.
Foutz is part of a growing statistic according to one study, that says nearly 30 percent of truckers have sleep apnea.
"They can become very, very sleepy, sleep much longer than they normally would, and sometimes be completely unaware of what is going on," said Dr. Mike Bonnet of
Kettering Sycamore Hospital. "It kind of becomes the perfect storm for people who are going to have alertness problems."
However, Wayne Foutz believes the government is going too far by making him buy a $1500 CPAP machine that monitors his usage.
All this for someone who says he does not have sleep apnea.
Congressman Larry Buchshon of Indiana is trying to put a stop to this.
"It's an issue...the government telling someone that they have to do something like wear a CPAP machine," said Buchshon.
Corey Flenorl is an over-the-road trucker and said he has seen his fair share of accidents. He supports the government screening truckers for sleep apnea.
"It's a much needed test, very much needed," Flenorl said.
Wayne Foutz says being monitored is invasive.
"If you're prescribed a medication, they don't send goons to make sure you take them," Foutz said. "I've got a wall full of awards that they've given me and
apparently, I've earned them in my sleep."
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:12 AM
— Voters in Greene County may see some new names for the commissioners race this year, and at least two communities and one school district will be asked to approve tax issues.
Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson is up for re-election and has already submitted his petitions for approval by the elections board, according to Greene County Board of Elections Director Llyn McCoy. Anderson, a Republican, is currently serving his third term on the county board of commissioners.
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Susan Lopez, director at the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center, has announced she will challenge Anderson for the seat. Lopez and Luke Steven Bujenovic, both Democrats, have pulled petitions and each will be working to collect and submit at least 50 valid signatures by Feb. 7 in order to appear on the May primary ballot, according to McCoy.
Yellow Springs Schools Board of Education approved a resolution Tuesday morning to seek a new tax levy and an income tax increase to pay for a new school building for students in grades 7-12.
The 4.7-mill levy will pay for a $12.7 million bond issue over 37 years, costing property owners about $164 annually per $100,000 in property value, according to Yellow Springs Schools Treasurer Dawn Bennett.
Voters in Yellow Springs will also see a request for a .25 percent income tax to pay for the rest of the capital project, generating an estimated $18.5 million, Bennett said.
Bellbrook City Council approved a resolution Monday to place a 1.75-mill levy on the May ballot.
The new tax request is a reduction of the 3-mill levy that voters narrowly rejected in November. City Manager Mark Schlagheck said council opted to just ask voters to fund one new firefighter position and not ask for approval of a new police officer position and other general improvements.
“We need to add staffing to the fire department to provide the best service we can for our residents,” Schlagheck said.
The new tax request would generate $313,000 a year for Bellbrook at an annual cost to property owners of $61 per $100,000 in property value.
In Beavercreek, council is considering a resolution to ask voters to approve a continuous police levy in November, according to City Manager Pete Landrum.
Commission candidates affiliated with a party who are interested in running for office must file petitions with the elections board by Feb. 7. Independent candidates must file petitions by May 7.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:21 AM
TROY — UPDATE @ 4:16 p.m. (Jan. 23):
The boil advisory in Troy has been lifted and the water system has returned to normal.
A boil advisory has been issued for part of Troy along South Peters Road and South County Road 25-A, according to the Miami County Sanitary Engineering Department.
The alert issued Monday includes the following subdivisions:
According to the department, the advisory was put into place at 8:25 a.m. due to a depressurization of the water distribution main on Peters Road. The issue occurred due to a valve closing error.
Residents impacted must boil their water for at least two minutes or use bottled water for drinking, cooking or human consumption, the county said.
The alert will be in place for at least 24-48 hours.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Two people were transported to a local hospital after being bit by dogs while attempted to break up a fight between two dogs Tuesday.
Officers responded to the 300 block of East College Avenue around 12:45 p.m.
According to investigators, a person was walking a dog in the area, when the dog began to charge toward another dog on a property in the area.
The two dogs began fighting and while trying to break up the fight the people involved were injured, authorities said.
The victims' conditions were not immediately known.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 2:59 p.m. (Jan. 23):
The Ohio State Highway Patrol released dash cam video Tuesday that shows the questioning and arrest of Dayton police officer Jermar Rayford for suspicion of OVI in Fairborn on Jan. 12.
In the video, Rayford denies having consumed any alcohol prior to the traffic stop for speeding.
“I’m a Dayton police officer...I’m not going to jeopardize my career,” Rayford tells troopers. “I ain’t been drinking though.”
The trooper told Rayford he smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, which Rayford said was a rental car.
“There ain’t nothing to it bro,” Rayford said.
Rayford declined to take a breathalyzer test on the scene after being asked multiple times if he would be willing to and was taken into custody.
“I don’t have to do a breath test,” Rayford said. “This is so beyond crazy.”
UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):
Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.
The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.
Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District. Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.
Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12.
According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek.
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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test.
Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning.
He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.
The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media.
Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.
At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.