Vectren, workers to meet with federal mediator

Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 11:45 AM
Updated: Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 11:45 AM

Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio and locked out members of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 175 will meet with a federal mediator Monday, the company said Friday.

Vectren spokeswoman Chase Kelley said the meeting was aimed at “continuing the dialog and see if we can get our people back to work.”

It’s the only meeting scheduled at the moment, she said.

On Nov. 16, workers Friday set up informational pickets at utility locations around Dayton after a lockout by the company.

Vectren said the union rejected its last offer for a new contract for nearly 130 members. Vectren added that it put staff in place to “ensure safe a reliable natural gas service continues for its customers.”

Union president Kelly Cooper said the meeting will be at the federal mediator’s office on Poe Avenue in Dayton.

“We’re hopeful in being successful in reaching resolution to the company’s lockout,” he said.

Among the labor issues outstanding are which workers are designated to respond to reports of gas leaks, the union and the company have said.

Widespread, substantial flooding reported in Butler County

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 8:22 PM

UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.: There is widespread, substantial flooding in certain areas" throughout Butler County, a dispatcher with the sheriff’s office said.

There are flooding issues in Hamilton and in the village of Seven Mile in St. Clair Twp., in Butler County.  

A Butler County sheriff’s dispatcher said there were a few places on U.S. 127 that have water over the road way. He said there were about a half-dozen houses in Seven Mile that had flooding.  

He said there were some roads flooded on the west side of Hamilton and a few on Hamilton’s East Side. The dispatcher said there was an power outage on the west side of Hamilton.

INITIAL REPORT

A downed tree limb hit a power line on Washington Mill Road and has knocked out electric service to approximately 141 customers in Greene County, Dayton Power & Light spokeswoman Kelly Millhouse said. 

A crew is on scene, making repairs, she said. 

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According to Greene County Sheriff's dispatch, a tree and power lines were reported down about 4:40 p.m., in the 3100 block of Washington Mill Road, southeast of Bellbrook and southwest of Xenia. 

ODOT asking motorists to use extra care Memorial Day weekend -- especially in work zones

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:33 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation is encouraging motorists to be extra careful this Memorial Day weekend.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking motorists to be aware, especially in and around construction work zones, as traffic is sure to pick up for the Memorial Day weekend.

We’re well into Ohio’s road construction busy season as the holiday weekend signals the unofficial start to summer.

Traffic can increase to upwards of 14 percent on Ohio roadways during the holiday weekend. That makes it the fourth highest traveled holiday of the year.

Last year, there were 6,041 work zone crashes resulting in 28 deaths.

"Drivers need to slow down and be alert, especially in work zones," Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray said in a prepared statement.

"Even though we do what we can to make them as safe as possible work zones can be a dangerous place." 

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This year is not expected to be any different, as AAA is already predicting 1.4 million Ohioans will drive more than 50 miles from home during the holiday. That’s an increase of 2.2 percent from last year. 

With these increases coming about, ODOT is working to reduce the size and impact of work zones as much as possible during the holiday weekend.

Motorists can plan ahead by following their social media accounts and downloading the OHGO app for traffic alerts and more than 600 live traffic cameras. 

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Of the 15 traffic deaths during the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year, four victims were not wearing a seat belt.

That is why ODOT will be working with the Ohio Highway Patrol to encourage those traveling by vehicle to buckle up. There will be more than 130 digital highway message boards will display "Click it or Ticket" and "Buckle up Buckeyes."

Wright State Police K-9 retiring from duty

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Wright State Police will honor police K-9 Galli during a special ceremony at the university’s Hearth Lounge in the Student Union Wednesday.

K-9 Galli will be retiring from the department and served the Wright State Police Department as the first explosive detection canine for the university.

Sgt. Kurt Holden is K-9 Galli’s handler.

“She was highly requested to assist other agencies and universities,” according to a statement from the university.  “In addition, she was requested to assist the FBI and Secret Service on multiple occasions for low-level and high-level Homeland Security operations.”

The ceremony is being held between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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2 psychologists offer court different assessments of teen charged in fatal Kettering shooting

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:53 AM

UPDATE @ 4:52 p.m. (May 24):

A psychologist hired by Kylen Gregory's attorney said the teenager could be helped by juvenile court treatment. 

Dr. Michael Williams said the teen shows signs of "emotionally cognitive and behavioral dysfunctions." 

Williams said Gregory shows signs of hostility and rebellion.

UPDATE @ 12:36 p.m. (May 24):

Montgomery County Juvenile Court psychologist Dr. Laura Fujimura testified for more this an hour, saying her investigation has shown several counseling attempts dating back to 2012 have failed.

Since being charged in Bowers' shooting, his lack of willingness to work with juvenile court counselors has continued.

She said Gregory has expressed a sense of entitlement, which she called "a relatively consistent theme" with him.

"An individual who has an air of entitlement doesn't readily accept the consequences or punishment" for their actions, she said.

Fujimura was one of three witnesses to testify for the prosecution this morning.

Fairmont High School Unit Principal Andrew White told the court Gregory was put into a special program at the school, initially because of academic issues.

The teen later experienced behavioral issues, he said.

But White said Gregory was not in a situation where expulsion was considered.

UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m. (May 24):

A woman who lives on the street where a Fairmont High School student was fatally shot Sept. 4 today described hearing what sounded like s gunshot that night.

Colleen Mallory of Willowdale Avenue testified she called 911 shortly after seeing a girl running from a car driven by Ronnie Bowers.

Mallory said she went out to the street and called 911 after hearing a "boom and a bang."

"It was very quick," she said.

Mallory said she later went to the drivers side of the car, saw blood and glass on Bowers, and touched his neck to check for a pulse.

INITIAL REPORT:

A hearing is scheduled today that will decide if a 17-year-old will be tried as an adult on murder and other charges in the death of a Kettering Fairmont High School student.

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Prosecutors are seeking to try Kylen Jamal Gregory as an adult in the Sept. 4 shooting death of Ronnie Bowers.

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