Vectren replacing more outmoded gas lines

Published: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 @ 5:23 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 @ 5:23 PM

Crews hired by the Vectren Corp. are back at work in the Dayton area replacing miles of below-ground natural gas pipeline, updating individual customer services and relocating indoor meters to the outside as part of a project that will total $48 million in Ohio and Indiana in 2013, jumping to $72 million during 2014.

Ritter Plumbing & Pipeline of Dayton, Miller Pipeline Corp. of Tipp City and the Fishel Co. of Dublin are all adding workers after being awarded portions of the contract in the Dayton area.

“It’s huge for us,” said Jim Wilson, area manager for Miller.

“We’ll add 30 workers and probably have 100 people working on this. It will mean a 40 percent to 60 percent upswing in our workload. Hopefully, if we do it right, it will mean a boost in profitability,” Wilson said.

Miller employees began several weeks of work in late January along South Main Street in Dayton and on intersecting streets to the east. Later, they will install four miles of new gas mains and 335 services in Oakwood.

Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, said projects in Eaton, Greenville and West Milton also will be among 16 in Ohio cities this year.

Since 2009 in Dayton, Ryan said 45.6 miles of main and 5,676 services have been replaced, with 18.34 more miles and 2,291 services planned this year.

Residents in affected areas will be contacted before work begins, which will be after the end of the school year in Oakwood, at the request of city officials.

Also due to regulations in the federal Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, Duke Energy plans to replace nearly 1,200 miles in Ohio by the end of 2015. Vectren began replacing gas mains across its service area in 2009.

The Evansville, Ind.-based company decided to accelerate renovation because new piping and systems have meant savings.

Ryan said Vectren has realized a 60 percent reduction in repair and service-call costs in Marion, Ind., and 40 percent in Anderson, Ind., two of the first cities completed.

“We are prioritizing replacement based on the condition of the infrastructure. We are doing this in older neighborhoods and we are being proactive with local communities about timing,” she said.

Many homes in the Dayton neighborhood west of Brown Street, where tractors, drillers and vacuum truck crews caused closure of a northbound lane of Ohio 48 on Tuesday, were built in the 1920s and ’30s. Bare-steel and cast-iron mains and individual service lines there will be replaced with polyethelene piping.

Meters located inside homes and businesses in those locations will be moved outdoors. “That improves safety and efficiency,” Ryan said. “If an incident occurred where we had to shut the gas off now, we would need to get into people’s houses to do that.”

The new lines also allow natural gas to be provided under higher pressure, “which enables future development.”

New pipes will be installed using directional horizontal boring, a “steerable” method that allows minimal impact to the surrounding area.

The old pipe will not be removed. “It is simply retired in place,” Ryan said. “We’re avoiding digging anything up. We prefer to go between the street and the sidewalk in a grassy area wherever we can.”

When work begins on services to individual homes and businesses, crews will briefly turn off the gas. “Once the meter is moved and installed outside, we will come back in and re-light the pilot,” Ryan said.

For more information, contact Vectren Customer Service at (800) 227-1376 or go to

Burglary suspect caught, arrested in Greene County

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Deputies in Greene County tracked down a burglary suspect this morning in the 1400 block of U.S. 68 North.

A homeowner called to report a burglary and responding deputies were able to make an arrest, according to Sgt. Sean Magoteaux.

There was a short pursuit through the woods and a creek, but deputies caught up to and arrested the suspect, Magoteaux said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The suspect’s identity has not been released. The incident remains under investigation and further details are not being released at this time.

Police: 'Movie money' being used to defraud Florida retailers

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

The “money” looks real and feels real, but to the right of Benjamin Franklin’s head, the $100 bill reads, “For motion picture use only.”

Despite the warning, a manager at Forever 21 at the Treasure Coast Square in Jensen Beach was fooled Wednesday by the $100 bill someone used to pay for $93.81 worth of women’s clothing and accessories, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. It was the fifth recent case of the “movie money” being used at county retailers.

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Deputies arrested the teenager suspected in the Forever 21 fraud case when managers at another chain store contacted authorities and said he tried to purchase $400 worth of merchandise with the fake bills.

A manager at the Forever 21 store told the Post on Friday that another manager took the counterfeit money. She said the scammers, a young male and  young female who looked to be about 16 or 17 years old, were purchasing items such as a bodysuit, fake eyelashes and an eyelash curler.

She said the bill appeared to be real, aside from the label saying it was for movies only, and she hadn’t seen the “movie money” used previously in the store.

The store has a machine to check for counterfeit money, but it wasn’t working at the time of that purchase, the manager said.

Deputies withheld the name of the teen apprehended in the fraud cases at the mall.

Other cases include using fake $20 bills as well as well as $100s. 

The Sheriff’s Office encouraged retailers in the area to make their employees aware of the fake bills being circulated.

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart shows off new baby

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is pictured here in an appearance on the ‘Today’ show in 2013. Smart and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, have welcomed a new baby boy to their family.
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Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has posted photos of her new baby boy on Instragram.

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The photos feature her husband Matthew Gilmour, daughter Chloe, 2, and newborn son James.

“These people are my whole world,” Smart wrote in a caption of a family portrait. “Whenever I look at them I realize how fortunate I am. I hope I never forget what a blessing a safe, healthy, happy family is.”

Earlier this month, the proud parents took baby James to get a “special blessing.”

“The sunshine made today the perfect day for an adventure with great Granny and Grandpa, and great uncle Neville!” she wrote in a photo caption of the family visiting with Gilmour’s parents in Scotland, where he’s from.

Another photo shows Chloe and James snuggling.

“Nothing better then seeing my two babies love on each other!” Smart wrote.

Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her home in Salt Lake City in 2002 when she was 14 by a homeless man, who her father had employed as a handy man, and his wife. She was rescued nine months later by police just 18 miles from the family home. 

Suspect, Brian David Mitchell, and his wife, Wanda Ileen Barzee, were eventually convicted in the Smart kidnapping and assault case. 



Fire ravages historic building near bike trail in downtown Loveland

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

A massive fire overnight damaged a historic building in Loveland in a popular part of the city for shopping and outdoor activities.

West Loveland Avenue near the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail is closed to pedestrians and motorists as Loveland-Symmes firefighters continue working after responding to the fire call around 1:30 a.m., according to our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

Flames spread from one end to the other of a mixed retail and residential building that has been renovated several times, according to WCPO’s report.

Everyone escaped the building and there were no reports of injuries, although a firefighter was overcome with exhaustion while fighting the flames, according to WCPO’s report.

Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder told the media outlet the part of the building that sustained the most fire damage did not have a sprinkler system, and the side that did have sprinklers sustained water damage.

The cause is under investigation and the city engineer’s office has been called to determine whether the building is structurally sound.