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Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 3:25 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:24 PM
WEST CHESTER TWP. — UPDATE @ 4 p.m.:
West Chester fire crews discovered a fire in the attic space of an apartment, according to Fire Chief Rick Prinz.
All of the apartments were evacuated.
Three people suffered smoke inhalation and one of those people suffered minor burns, according to Prinz. All three — who were described by the fire chief as younger adults — were transported to West Chester Hospital, he said.
Due to wind conditions, the fire spread “very quickly,” Prinz said.
No cause has been determined, he said.
As many as 10 families have been displaced by the fire, according to Prinz.
West Chester Twp. officials say they have responded to a working fire at the Meadow Ridge apartment complex, near Muhlhauser Road.
Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said numerous calls came in at around 2:40 p.m. today with reports of heavy black smoke.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:41 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 7:39 p.m.: The DP&L online outage map now shows 126 customers without power along Brown Street, near Miami Valley Hospital and the UD student neighborhoods, from Chambers Street to U.S. 35.
A hospital administrator at MVH said the hospital is operating on generator power.
Elevators there stopped immediately when the outage struck about 6:45 p.m., she said. Workers and security were able to get everyone off the cars, she said.
No patients were put in danger because of the outage, she said.
Hundreds of businesses and residences along Brown Street, near Miami Valley Hospital and the University of Dayton student neighborhoods, are without power.
According to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map, nearly 1,200 customers are affected.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Guest lists being checked to track drug dealers
Calls began coming into the newsroom just before 7 p.m.
We’re hearing the outage extends along Brown Street, from Chambers Street west to U.S. 35.
Jimmy’s Ladder 11, in the 900 block of Brown, and Subway, in the 1100 block, are among the businesses in the dark.
We have a call into DP&L for details about the possible cause of the outage.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:41 PM
— The fight over a border wall, the fate of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, and the wrangling over the funding of an insurance program for children could force a U.S. government shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass legislation that would keep the government up and running.
A government shutdown doesn’t mean the government completely shuts down. Employees and services deemed “essential” would remain in place. Here’s a breakdown.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:46 PM
WRIGHGT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Thousands of Wright-Patterson employees were expected to report to work Monday morning for further instructions “to carry out orderly shutdown activities” if a partial federal government closure stuck at midnight Friday, base authorities said.
The scenario could be a replay of October 2013 when most civil service employees at Wright-Patterson were sent home on furlough at the state’s largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 personnel, but how many might be impacted in another temporary closure could not be answered Friday.
“It is difficult to determine how many employees would be impacted because a determination of the furlough parameters has not been released,” base spokeswoman Marie Vanover said in an email.
All military personnel, regardless of their job, would report for duty, according to the Defense Department.
Those who stay on the job — both military and civilian — will not be paid until a Congressional appropriations bill is passed, according to the Pentagon. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force planned to remain open over the weekend unless it receives a shutdown order, according to spokeswoman Diana Bachert. She said the museum would issue an update to the news media, and post an alert on the museum’s social media sites and its website if it must close.
Retired Col. Cassie B. Barlow, installation commander of Wright-Patterson the last time a shutdown hit, said Friday carrying out shutdown activities were “very complex” and “all encompassing.”
“I feel sorry for the folks on the base right now and what they have to go through,” she said. “It’s very frustrating. It’s frustrating for the commanders, but it’s also frustrating for all of the employees because they are starved for information right now and they’re listening to the news …
“It’s a stressful time especially when there’s a potential to not get paid,” she said, adding it was “no way” to treat employees or run a business.
The Pentagon issued a contingency plan Friday that listed broad categories where employees may be allowed to stay on the job, such as police, fire and medical services and other duties deemed “essential” to national security.
The reverberations of a government shutdown would be similar to the last one struck in 2013, according to Air Force Capt. Hope Cronin.
“We are hopeful that there is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations,” she said Friday afternoon. “However, at this time, we must plan for a range of scenarios” that include a short-term stopgap funding measure, a budget deal or a shutdown.
Air Force reservists were expected to attend a previously funded drill weekend Saturday and Sunday at the base with the 445th Airlift Wing, said spokeswoman Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris.
Among other impacts, U.S. District Court in Dayton would remain open, federal Judge Walter Rice said Friday. “I don’t expect any immediate change,” he said.
The U.S. Postal Service mail delivery and post offices would stay open and Social Security payments would continue to recipients, according to authorities.
The Ohio National Guard issued a statement Friday saying the agency would continue national defense operations and respond to state emergencies.
At the University of Dayton Research Institute, which has millions of dollars in federal contracts employing some 200 people, some employees may be prevented from doing their jobs and the institute “would need to find other work for them as possible,” John Leland, UDRI executive director, said in a statement. “Other contract work might have to shift temporarily shift from a government installation to a UD facility.”
Those changes are “disruptive” and “causes waste at taxpayer expense,” he added.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:12 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:54 PM
— A gradual warm-up will continue through the weekend and into the start of next week, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.
Tonight: Mainly clear skies are expected through the evening. Breezy conditions and chilly as temperatures fall through the 30s towards an overnight low in the upper 20s.
Saturday: Sunshine to start the day, but clouds will increase late, Elwell said. It will be breezy at times with highs in the lower to middle 40s.
Sunday: Lots of clouds are expected during the day with a chance for drizzle or light rain and fog. Highs will be in the middle 40s.
Monday: Rain will be likely, especially in the afternoon. Gusty winds will also be likely with highs in the lower 50s.
Tuesday: Colder air returns with blustery, cloudy conditions. A few passing flurries or snow showers are possible with highs in the middle 30s.