Major Kettering road to close in both directions for months

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 1:11 PM

Stroop Road in Kettering has been reduced to one lane in each direction this year because of bridge damage. STAFF PHOTO
Stroop Road in Kettering has been reduced to one lane in each direction this year because of bridge damage. STAFF PHOTO

UPDATE @ 3:22 p.m. (Sept. 5):

The Montgomery County Engineers Office said the closure of the Stroop Road bridge will be delayed until Monday, according to a spokesperson.


A busy, half-mile stretch of Stroop Road in Kettering will close completely in both directions, from Labor Day through the end of the year, so a bridge can be replaced, according to city officials.

Stroop Road will be closed from Woodman Drive, near Routsong Funeral Home, to the Glenheath/Braddock intersection a half-mile east, just shy of Indian Riffle Park.

RELATED: Stroop Road bridge to be replaced

Last year, while the city of Kettering was repaving Stroop Road, they discovered deterioration in the beams of the small bridge over the Little Beaver Creek. City officials said the start of the paving work further compromised the integrity of the county-owned bridge.

Since then, traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction at the bridge site. That has led to frequent merging problems and occasional crashes as drivers not used to the lane closure don’t notice they have to move over.

Montgomery County officials have estimated the cost of the project at $1.4 million. Once the bridge is replaced, Stroop Road will go back to two lanes in each direction.

RELATED: Stroop Road lanes closed because of bridge issue

City officials are encouraging drivers to use Dorothy Lane and Woodman Drive to detour around the closed road, starting after Labor Day.

The project will affect traffic toward I-675 as well as The Greene Town Center just east on Stroop Road and the Kettering Recreation Complex on Glengarry Drive. It may also require Kettering City Schools to adjust some school bus routes for Indian Riffle Elementary School and Kettering Middle School, both on Glengarry Drive.

Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:36 AM

A drone helped save two swimmers in Australia on Thursday.
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A drone helped save two swimmers in Australia on Thursday.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Little Ripper turned out to be a lifesaver for two Australian swimmers caught in churning surf.

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Australian lifeguards were testing a new drone during a practice session at a beach in New South Wales when they received a call about two swimmers caught in 10-foot swells, according to Surf Life Saving New South Wales and The New York Times.

Lifeguard supervisor Jai Sheridan, who was operating the drone, responded and steered it toward the swimmers, releasing a yellow inflatable pod into the water, the Times reported. The swimmers grabbed the pod and were able to navigate safely to shore, Surf Life Saving reported.

The rescue took 70 seconds, Sheridan told the Times.

“The Little Ripper UAV certainly proved itself today it is an amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly,” Sheridan told Surf Life Saving. “I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes. On a normal day that would have taken our lifeguards a few minutes longer to reach the members of the public.”

WPAFB Friday Forecast: Chilly start, warm-up underway

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:06 AM

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After another chilly start, temperatures will make it back above freezing this afternoon for the first time in a week with highs in the middle 30s, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Skies will remain mostly sunny. Dry weather will stick around through the day Saturday with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. Temperatures are expected to rebound into the middle 40s.

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The warming trend will continue into Sunday, although you'll have to dust of the umbrellas with the chance for showers arriving by mid-morning.

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Showers will be even more likely Monday as high temperatures reach 50 degrees before falling late in the day.

No injuries from apartment fire on Summit Square Drive in Dayton

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:28 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:16 AM

SCENE: Crews fighting fire in apartment on Summit Square

UPDATE @ 12:12 a.m.: An arson investigator has been called to the scene of the apartment fire in the 800 block of Summit Square Drive. 

Dayton Fire Capt. Brad Baldwin said crews arrived to find heavy fire on the first floor of a unit and at least two people had climbed out of a second-floor window before crews arrived. 

The fire affected three apartments -- flames damaged one, smoke got into the adjoining units. 

One of the occupants said she heard "popping and cracking" coming from the kitchen, Baldwin said. 

No injuries were reported, he said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Crews are dealing with a fire in the 800 block of Summit Square Drive in Dayton. 

Dayton crews were dispatched just after 11 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Dayton police officer under investigation for OVI

We're hearing they arrived to find heavy flames in a first-floor unit. There are no reports of injuries. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news.

17 abandoned cats rescued from Wilmington apartment, humane official says

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:02 AM

(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)
(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)

Seventeen cats, most of them feral and unsocial, were rescued from a Wilmington apartment, where they had been abandoned.

Fayette County Regional Humane Society agents were called to the complex, in the 800 block of Xenia Avenue, to help Wilmington police because neither the Clinton County Humane Society nor the Wilmington Area Humane Society has humane agents, Brad Adams, Fayette County humane agent and outreach director, said in a prepared statement. 

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Seventeen cats were found and removed by the humane agents. 

According to FRHS Veterinary Technician and Humane Agent Danyel Bageant, most of the cats were feral and unsocial, clawing at agents. 

(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)

"Fortunately the cats had healthy body conditions and access to food and water inside of the apartment upon our arrival," Bageant said.

The cats that are candidates for the FRHS adoption program will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested for FeLV/FIV, rabies vaccinated, flea treated, and micro-chipped.

A Humane Agent has been in contact with the investigating officer of the Wilmington Police Department since the removal. 

A suspect has been identified and reports have been submitted to the Clinton County prosecutor for charges.