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

U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

VIDEO: Sailor Sketched Pearl Harbor Attack Before He was Killed in Action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Boy exchanges prized Christmas gift to help homeless 

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:46 AM

Boy Gives Up Game Console To Help Those In Need For Holidays

An Xbox is tops for many gamers’ holiday wish lists. 

Mikah Frye was no different, until he noticed homeless people outside during the cold Ohio weather.

His grandmother said he asked what homeless people do when it’s cold outside. So he came up with an answer: giving those who needed them a blanket to stave off the chill, WJW reported.

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But he needed to find out how to pay for the gifts.

His grandmother suggested he give up one gift to help warm the homeless.

“He later said if the Xbox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets,” Mikah’s grandmother, Terry Brant,  told WJW.

Mikah’s family found themselves in a similar situation a few years ago. They had some financial difficulties and lost their home and had shelter thanks to the Access program, WJW reported.  

So far more than 60 blankets have been donated and have started to be given out to families in need. Each one has a message from Mikah that says, “They gave me a blanket, but I had to leave it. That’s why I want you to have your own blanket.”

He ends his note with “Today, I live in my own house, and someday you will too. Your friend Mikah.”

And while Mikah gave up his dream of an Xbox for those who need help, WJW reported that “Santa” is still trying to get the video game for the selfless child.

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Fire department recreates adorable holiday card one year later

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

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A fire department in Oklahoma is warming hearts again with their special holiday card.

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Last year, the Durant Fire Department went viral with their 2016 holiday card, which featured children of the firefighters.

Six of the station’s 33 firefighters welcomed new babies within six months of each another.

This year, the department decided to keep the tradition going with an “updated” photo.

Babies Ava, Owen, Nash, Mitchell, Gus and Brevyn donned matching outfits on their fathers’ firetruck.

Gus’ mother, Shembra Wilson, told ABC News, “It was a lot harder this year because they’re more mobile. We’re all jumping up and down acting like morons to get the shot and they’re looking at us like, ‘What in the world?’”

The department has decided to continue the tradition annually “to watch them grow.”

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Five tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

How to Avoid Package Theft

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps.

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So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty-handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall , a company that specializes in cybersecurity.

“A more sophisticated porch pirate might send you an SMS message or email with malware,” Miliefsky said. “That would let them gain access to your computer or smartphone, and they could install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Then, they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.”

They also might be able to locate you through the geolocating feature on your phone, he said. That would tell them when you are away from home, providing the final link in their well-laid plan.

Police tell us thieves mark their calendars with notes that say such things as  "Package theft Wednesday."

“If they know you aren’t home and that a package is scheduled for delivery, it’s going to be easy for them to steal it,” Miliefsky said.

There are, however, ways around even cybercriminals. Miliefsky offers these tips for outwitting porch pirates and keeping packages safe:

• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way, they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours while anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family members to ship packages to your work address.

• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on workdays, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safekeeping.

• If a neighbor can’t receive your packages and you can’t get them at work, another option is available. Miliefsky suggests trying Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a warehouse until you arrive home. Then you can arrange delivery for evening hours that better suit you.

• Disable geolocation on your smartphone so that thieves – or other hackers, for that matter – can’t track your location. There’s no need to make it easier for them.

• Set up a live recording video camera aimed at your porch. That could allow you to spot a theft as it happens and alert law enforcement officials, or at least provide you with video that might help identify the thieves.