2 possible arson fires investigated in Middletown

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 2:08 PM


            Middletown fire officials are investigating two possible arson fires in the city. FILE PHOTO
Middletown fire officials are investigating two possible arson fires in the city. FILE PHOTO

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.: Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Spaulding said he believes the home fire in the 1700 block of Church Avenue was “intentionally set,” though no arrests have been made.

He estimated damages to the second floor at between $60,000 to $70,000.

INITIAL REPORT:

Middletown fire and police investigators are determining whether people who allegedly started a house fire and poured lighter fluid on a car should be charged, according to police reports.

Police and fire were called Sunday morning to a residence in the 1700 block of Church Avenue on a report of a house fire. There were numerous people standing outside the residence, and two juveniles told police they saw a man enter the residence with a red gas can.

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The same man was seen leaving the residence with the can and he ran eastbound down Church toward Grimes Street, the juveniles told police. Then they saw smoke coming from the residence, the report said.

The description the juveniles gave police matched the description of a man who lives in the house, according to the report.

The property owners told police they were in the process of evicting the man and his girlfriend.

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On Tuesday, police and fire officials responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Hill Avenue and a female told police that her husband was trying to light her car on fire.

The man was seen standing on the hood of his wife’s 2002 Ford pouring what appeared to be lighter fluid, the report said.

When the woman called police, her husband ran toward Roosevelt Avenue, the report said.

Fire investigators smelled some type of accelerant coming from inside the vehicle, according to the report. The vehicle’s seats and carpet were wet, the report said.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:17 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 eastbound Ramp to I-75 south, Lane closure on the ramp Oct. 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to Us 35 east
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 705 between McClure Road and North Kuther Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 16 - 19. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 119 to SR 66.

Deputies respond to a shooting in Harrison Twp. 

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:02 AM

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported shooting that occurred late Tuesday night, according to initial reports.

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The incident occurred in the 4300 block of Fair Oaks Road around 11:55 p.m.

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Officials continue to investigate the details.

We will update this story as it develops. 

President Trump calls widow of fallen soldier, reportedly tells her he knew ‘what he signed up for’

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:41 PM

US President Donald Trump (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump reportedly told the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson that “he knew what he signed up for...” in a call Tuesday afternoon according to WPLG.

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Johnson’s body, one of the four Army servicemen killed in action in Niger on Oct. 4, returned to the United States Tuesday. The flight bearing Johnson’s remains landed at Miami International Airport, according to WPLG.

The plane was met by Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child. Also present was an honor guard and local politicians.

Trump called Johnson to offer his condolences, telling her that her fallen husband “knew what he signed up for,” adding that “when it happens it hurts anyway,” a congresswoman who said she was present for the call said.

That response is generating some controversy, with some saying the president was unnecessarily callous and blunt. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said she heard the call with Trump and couldn’t believe her ears.

“It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it,” she said.

Also killed in action on Oct. 4 were Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and four soldiers from Niger, according to the New York Daily News. Two other Americans were wounded.

Slow warming trend to get underway

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Warmer temperatures are expected in the Dayton area over the coming days.

Clear skies and seasonably cool weather is expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clear, not quite as chilly tonight
  • Slow warmup over next few days
  • No rain until late Sunday

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Warmer Mornings(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

DETAILED FORECAST

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Wednesday: Expect lots of sunshine. Temperatures will rebound to near 70 degrees by late afternoon.

Long-range Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Thursday: More sunshine is expected through the day. Highs will reach into the lower 70s.

Friday: A few high clouds will arrive, however skies will remain mostly sunny. Highs will reach well above normal, into the lower to middle 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures will start the weekend with highs in the middle 70s. 

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Sunday: Clouds will be on the increase, mainly late in the day. It will become breezy and mild with highs in the middle 70s. There is a chance for showers by late evening or at night.