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WATCH: RTA driver who slammed into parked cars on paid leave

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 5:52 PM

LISTEN: 911 call released after RTA bus slams into parked vehicles on Troy Street in Dayton.

UPDATE @ 8:32 a.m. (March 7):

The RTA bus driver who crashed into several parked cars on Troy Street in the early morning hours Monday is on paid leave following the crash, according to The Greater Dayton RTA.

Bus driver Lisa Harmon was hired by RTA on Nov. 13 last year and completed her operator training on Jan. 11.

RTA said they are currently waiting for results from a post-crash drug and alcohol test.

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m. (March 6):

New video released to this news organization shows the driver of an RTA bus does not appear to be on a phone prior to a crash into multiple parked cars, despite a 911 caller reporting to dispatchers that she was.

A Dayton police crash report shows that “no distractions” were reported in the crash.

UPDATE @6:27 a.m. (March 6):

A RTA passenger was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after the bus crashed into several parked cars on Troy Street early Monday morning. 

A second passenger on the bus was not injured, according to a Dayton Police traffic report. 

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The driver was identified as Lisa G. Harmon. She was issued a citation.


We're working to find out more about an RTA bus accident on Troy Street early Monday where the bus damaged at least three parked vehicles. 

A video taken from the camera aboard the bus shows the coach as it slams into the rear of one parked vehicle in the 700 block of Troy Street about 12:30 a.m. Monday. 

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The coach continues on, forcing the first vehicle on top of the next vehicle parked in front of it. 

The driver of the bus was on the phone, a caller told a 9-1-1 operator. 

"A bus hit my car and another car," she said. "Please be quick." 

The woman told the operator that no one was in her car or the second car that was hit. 

"He hit very bad," she said of the RTA bus. "Please be quick." 

Jessica Olson, a spokeswoman with RTA, said any information beyond the video of the crash would have to be obtained from Dayton police.

We will update this developing report as we learn more. 

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Winter Storm: ‘Either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed’

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:21 PM

Another winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and southwest Ohio just in time for the first weekend of spring. While the track is still somewhat uncertain, parts of the area could see significant snow Saturday. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says we will need to pay close attention to this early spring storm.

A clipper-type system will push through southwest Ohio this weekend, but it’s too early to tell the storm’s track.

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“Here’s the bottom line: It’s an intense system and someone is going to see a lot of snow, we just don’t know where it’s going yet,” Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. “Right now, it looks like either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed.”

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Areas between Dayton and Cincinnati will see a lot of snow, Elwell said.

“But any small deviation in the track will play a huge role in who sees what,” he said.

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Winter Storm Watch issued for system that could bring snow to area this weekend

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:55 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current track and forecast for another spring storm.

Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.

Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Darke, Preble, Montgomery, Wayne, Randolph, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties from 2 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. Conditions are expected to be favorable for impactful snow, sleet or ice that can make travel difficult. 

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A quick-moving low pressure system will spread moisture back into the Miami Valley Saturday and Saturday night, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A band of snow will be possible that, at times, might mix with rain. The system currently is favoring the southern and western half of the Miami Valley where the watch was issued. This means areas such as Logan, Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer counties could see a sharp cut-off from moisture and possibly very little, if any, snow. 

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The track and intensity of this system is still in question, and fine-tuning will come together during the end of the work week. Counties under the Winter Storm Watch have the best chance to see sticking snow that will could be more than two inches. 

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A few factors that could limit impact in the Miami Valley: Warm road temperatures allowing for snow melt, snow falling during the day allowing for a mix with rain, the track shifting and pulling the accumulating snow further south.

A few factors that could increase impact in the Miami Valley: Staying colder than expected, a shift further north could spread more snow across the entire area and the intensity of the system. 

Stay with Storm Center 7 for the latest updates to this spring snow storm.

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CareSource: Downtown Dayton construction fire ‘no reason to delay’ completion of new offices

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

The new CareSource building under construction caught fire sending up black smoke that could be seen miles from Dayton

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. (March 22):

A CareSource spokeswoman said the organization does not anticipate today’s fire at the new CareSource building to delay the completion or opening of the new building.

“The new CareSource office location is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019 and at this time there is no reason to delay the completion and opening,” said Fran Robinson, spokeswoman for CareSource.

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Robinson said the fire at the construction site at First and Jefferson streets did not effect operations at any of its other four office locations in downtown Dayton.

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“At no time was the fire a danger to any downtown office location or staff,” Robinson said.

Robinson said approximately 2,000 staff work in Dayton for CareSource.

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The spokeswoman for CareSource spoke with our team about how Thursday’s downtown Dayton fire at the new CareSource construction site on Jefferson Street is impacting the company’s operations.

Fran Robinson said, “We want to let people know that our operations are not affected. Family and friends of those who work in our four CareSource buildings in downtown Dayton should know that the fire did not approach any of our other buildings.”

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“Our support lines are open and operational.” added Robinson.

“I think that the official word of what happened to cause the fire at the new construction site will have to come from the Fire Chief,” said Robinson.

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The new building is still set to open in the spring of 2019 and is expected to house 650 employees.

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Centerville students make Disney dreams come true for boy, 6, with cancer

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:45 PM

Centerville students make Disney dreams come true for boy, 6, with cancer

Students at Magsig Middle School are making a 6-year-old boy’s wish come true to visit Disney World.

The Centerville students raised more than $8,000 for Aiden and his family to make the trip through Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Aiden suffers from neoblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. This summer will be his first vacation, and first trip on an airplane.

“It’s breathtaking just to see everything that they did and not knowing who Aiden was, just the initiative to help someone out, it’s really good,” Aiden’s father Matt Young said.

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The fundraising efforts were led by Magsig’s lacrosse players, Student Council and Junior Optimist Club and supported by students, staff and community members, Magsig Principal Stacey Westendorf said.

The school is still accepting donations for the family.

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