Regional temps ranged from 99 to 113!

Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 7:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 11:56 PM

As a new record temperature of 102 degrees entered the Dayton record books Thursday, local officials declared a heat warning and opened cooling centers to provide relief.

Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County announced that a “Public Health Heat Warning” will remain in effect until further notice as highs are expected to remain above 90 degrees through the weekend.

“I have drunk three gallons of water today to stay cool – because one of those spray fans aren’t going to work,” said Luke Jenkins of Kettering who was hanging by the pool at the Stonebridge Apartments in Beavercreek after working outdoors all day.

“The weather is so hot, and it would be nice to have a cool breeze, but there is not,” said fellow pool-goer Chrissy Cowan of Beavercreek.

The official high temperature of 102 degrees was recorded at Dayton International Airport Thursday at 5 p.m. It surpasses the old record of 101 degrees for June 28 and ties the all-time record for the hottest day in June.

But temperature readings from sensors across the region paint a more accurate picture of what it felt like to live and work in southwest Ohio on Thursday.

According to a sensor at Kings Island in Mason, people walking the paved streets beneath the Diamondback experienced an air temperature of 113 degrees. Those in Darke County and points north may have felt temperatures ranging from 104 to 106 degrees. National Weather Service sensors recorded a high temperature of 103 degrees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.

In Butler and Warren counties, observed temperatures ranged from 99 degrees in Oxford and 100 degrees in Hamilton to 105 degrees in Lebanon and Fairfield.

The heat combined with windy, dry conditions to fuel several grass fires Thursday afternoon including one along southbound Interstate 75 in West Carrollton that briefly backed up traffic on the highway. Police said a truck lost its tire which caught the grass and a tree along the road on fire.

Miami Valley Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Thickel said doctors treated two patients for heat-related illnesses Thursday. Kettering Health Network’s five local emergency rooms treated a total of six patients, one of whom passed out while shopping and one who was overcome by the heat in their home with no air conditioner, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Long.

Animals were susceptible to the extreme heat as well. The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center was called to a home on Wroe Avenue in Dayton and found one dog in distress and one dog that had died of possible heat stroke.

ARC Director Mark Kumpf said the dogs’ owner left the animals in the back yard at about 7:30 a.m. with food and water, but had not returned at 4 p.m.

“The temperature in the back yard where the animal was deceased was over 115 degrees,” Kumpf said. “The dog may well have been in the shade when they left, but the sun doesn’t stay in one place all day.”

Another dog in distress was brought in to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton Thursday after being found in a cage in an abandoned home.

 “It’s very important  to keep your animals hydrated and keep them in a temperature controlled environment,” said Kristy Warren, marketing director for the humane society.

Some area pools and community centers reported an increase in patronage Thursday as parents sought out ways to keep the kids cool and entertained.

“Definitely the traffic of patrons has been up for us,” said Josh Sullenberger, director of the Huber Heights YMCA, which runs the new Kroger Aquatic Center.

“We’re absolutely maxed out,” at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Hamilton, according to Director Regina Johnson Phillips.

The Vandalia Recreation Center was busy after the city’s Parks and Recreation Department decided to cancel all outdoor activities for the day.

“When that heat index goes over 100 degrees, we go ahead and cancel them,” said Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

The City of Dayton’s Northwest Recreation Center on Princeton Avenue was forced to close after a transformer blew overnight.  The center is expected to reopen Friday morning, but the pool may be closed until Monday.

As a result, day camps and other activities were shifted to other city centers including the Greater Dayton Recreation Center on West Third Street.

“There has been an increase of about 125 people,” said Carl Lenoir, recreation supervisor. “It has been full all day, and then at five o’clock there was a rush for the pool.” Those who couldn’t escape the outdoors tried to avoid the hottest part of the day.

“We just started early so we could be done by about noon,” said Eric Jones of A&E Home Services, who had his roofing crew get to work on a house in Troy before dawn so they could keep cool. “It’s probably closer to 150 degrees up there. Plus you start tearing up the material because it’s too gooey and mushy.”

“You take a few more breaks, and if you need to you go in the shade, but we work through it,” said Shane Lipps, one of the Belgray, Inc. workers laying sidewalk in downtown Dayton as part of the Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway project.

The area remains under a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Friday, with Montgomery County under an excessive heat warning because the heat index is expected to stay above 100 degrees through Friday evening.

Simpson is forecasting a high of 97 degrees on Friday with increased humidity. There is a chance an isolated thunderstorm in the evening and into overnight. Highs in the mid-90s are expected through Monday with scattered thunderstorms possible each day.

Public officials have designated several buildings for use as cooling centers. Residents can seek relief from the heat today in the following buildings:

Montgomery County

 * Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St. (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

 * Lohrey Recreation Center and Belmont Pool, 2366 Glenarm Ave. (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

 * Kettering Recreation Center, 2600 Glenngary Drive (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

 * Moraine Payne Recreation Center, 3800 Main St. (closes at 9 p.m.)

 * Moraine Civic Center, 3050 Kreitzer Road (closes at 8 p.m.)

 *Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Dayton RTA transit centers

 Open during normal business hours as cooling centers.

 * South, 2730 Lyons Road

 * North, 2075 Shiloh Springs Road

* West, Westown Shopping Center

* East, Eastown Shopping Center

 * Downtown, Wright Stop Plaza, 4 S. Main St.

Greene County cooling centers

 *All public libraries 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Beavercreek Senior Center at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* The Golden Age Senior Center at 130 E. Church St. in Xenia

Darke County

The stations will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today

 * Greenville Library, 520 Sycamore St., Greenville

* Worch Library, 790 S. Center, Versailles

* New Madison Library, 142 S Main St., New Madison

* Arcanum Library, 101 North St., Arcanum

* Greenville YMCA, 301 Wagner Ave., Greenville

 *Versailles YMCA, 10242 Versailles-Southeastern Road, Versailles

 * Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, Ohio 502, Greenville

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

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Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

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Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.