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Miami County 911 dispatchers want treadmill desk to combat long hours

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 6:56 AM


            Marge Murphy, president Acadia Lead Management Services, 4738 Gateway Circle, Suite A100, Kettering. Her workspace includes a treadmill where she can get some exercise while working, or just watch wildlife outside her window. JIM WITMER/STAFF
            Jim Witmer
Marge Murphy, president Acadia Lead Management Services, 4738 Gateway Circle, Suite A100, Kettering. Her workspace includes a treadmill where she can get some exercise while working, or just watch wildlife outside her window. JIM WITMER/STAFF(Jim Witmer)

Miami County commissioners gave verbal approval this week to a grant request to buy a treadmill desk for telecommunicators at the county-wide 911 Communication Center.

Jeff Busch, center director, said the intent of the desk would be to allow employees to lessen the impact of a sedentary job with shifts of 10 to 12 hours. Last November, he discussed with county commissioners and the center’s board of directors the possibility of buying the desk to allow interested employees to be more active.

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The center board of directors supported the concept, if outside funding could be secured to buy the desk to help avoid additional requests for treadmills from other departments. Busch said Wednesday he had discussed the possibility of securing a mini-grant through a local foundation. The estimated treadmill desk cost was $1,400.

After hearing liability concerns in earlier discussions, Busch said checks were made with lawyers, who said there is a workers’ compensation waiver for exercise equipment. A policy would be needed to prohibit use by non-employees and require proper footwear and training before use, he said.

A video from a dispatch center in California shared with commissioners Wednesday showed telecommunicators talking on the phone while walking at the desk. A maximum speed of 4 mph was mentioned.

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The dispatch center has six work stations and would buy one unit.

Commissioners Jack Evans and John “Bud” O’Brien said they were OK with the grant application.

Commissioner Greg Simmons said he had questions about a waiver and workers’ compensation claims. He said he would vote “no” if a formal vote was taken, but was OK with the majority’s support of the grant request.

Mutual aid called to Darke County house fire; firefighter injured 

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:11 AM

Multiple firefighters from around Drake County battle a fire.

UPDATE @5:07 a.m.

A firefighter that was reported to be down at the scene of a house fire in Darke County was checked on scene by a medic and is expected to be alright, fire officials said.

The firefighter is back in service at the scene of the fire in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road.

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Mutual aid has been requested from several surrounding jurisdictions. Water had to be trucked in to the scene.

FIRST REPORT

A firefighter has reportedly been injured in a fire in Darke County.

The fire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road. Around 3 a.m., crews reported there was an explosion and a firefighter was down, according to initial reports.

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The fire reportedly started in an attached garage before spreading to the home.

We have a crew headed to the scene. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Flooding threat continues this week; warm up on the way

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:59 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about how the rain will impact you this week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rounds of rain this week
  • Very mild temperatures
  • Minor flooding a continued threat

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: Scattered showers will continue to move in through the early morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out. It will be a very mild day with temperatures climbing into the low to mid-60s. Widespread rain will push north during the afternoon. There’s a chance for a downpour or two late in the day.

Tuesday: Rain should stay to the northwest. It will be a warm morning around 60. Temperatures through the afternoon will soar into the low to mid 70s. There will be sunshine and scattered clouds. Some dry time is expected during the afternoon. Scattered showers will move back in at night.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with the chance for a thunderstorm or two for the morning and afternoon. A cold front will push through during the day. Highs will be in the low 60s early and fall through the day. Watch for ponding on the roads and gusty winds.

Thursday: It will be a little cooler with highs in the mid 40s. Some dry time is expected during the day. Clouds will be broken with the chance for a few showers south.

>> 5-day forecast

Friday: More widespread rain will push into the Miami Valley through the day. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Several sinkholes open in Florida neighborhood, threaten homes

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:08 AM

Several sinkholes opened in a Florida neighborhood. (Photo: WFTV.com)
Several sinkholes opened in a Florida neighborhood. (Photo: WFTV.com)

Several sinkholes opened in The Villages Thursday, threatening several homes, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Four homes have been evacuated. Officials said the largest of the three holes is 35 feet deep and 18 feet wide. 

One of the sinkholes that opened up is outside Frank Newman’s home.

He said he heard strange sounds and wasn’t sure what was going on.

“At about 12:30 I was watching the Olympics when I heard something that I thought was thunder,” Newman said.

Hours later, he found out what was actually going on.

“My front door bell rings about 3:10. It was a policeman saying, ‘You got to get out of your house,’” Newman said.

Marion County Emergency Management was also at the scene and said that utilities to the four closest homes have been disconnected as a precaution.

The sinkholes go beneath two of the homes.

Photos: Sinkholes open in Villages neighborhood

Cracks formed outside Newman’s neighbor’s home and a hole opened up near her front door.

“In her house, she is seeing cracks inside the house on the floor and stuff,” Newman said. “She can’t get her car out of the garage because the garage door won’t open.”

Signs have been placed outside some of the homes warning the houses have been condemned.

Golf course officials are draining a lake to help the situation. Utilities officials said that if a water main break occurs, they will be able to handle it, but 20 homes could potentially lose water service if that happens.

Residents were allowed to briefly return to their homes to pick up some belongings.

Fatal shooting investigation underway in Springfield

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

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Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
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UPDATE @6:25 a.m.

Springfield police are investigating a fatal shooting on South Yellow Springs Street.

The coroner is on scene.

FIRST REPORT

Police have a crime scene taped off on South Yellow Springs Street in Springfield.

The scene is reportedly between Mulberry and Jefferson streets. Authorities declined to comment on the nature of the investigation.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.