Weekend could end with light, freezing rain

Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 7:30 AM
Updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 7:54 PM

The up and down of daytime and nighttime temperatures will mean that streets and roads successfully treated by maintenance crews will go through a freeze-thaw-refreeze cycle Saturday and Sunday, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said.

There probably will be a few flurries overnight tonight, but no more accumulating snow, he said.

Area snow totals throughout the area measured from 1 to 2 inches southeast of Dayton to more than 4 inches in some parts of the area along Interstate 70..

And even through temperatures Saturday will not rise above freezing, some sun should be enough for salt to change any icy spots back to just wet ones. But, another night of temperatures in the teens will lead to more refreeze Saturday night into Sunday.

Expect some rain by Sunday evening. Snow on the ground means the air just above the ground will be cold enough for a freezing rain that should remain light, but it might be enough for a light glaze of ice on roads.

That expected light rain should not create any concerns about power outages.

We’ll be well above freezing long before sunrise Monday, Simpson said, and continue to warm early next week as waves of mainly light rain come in from the southwest. Highs will be in the 40s Monday, in the 50s on Tuesday.

A cold front Wednesday will bring the return of some colder air.

The following is a timeline of Friday’s weather events.

6:40 p.m.: Logan County cancels Level I snow emergency, according to the sheriff’s office.

2:23 p.m.: Winter weather advisories are canceled.

12:20 p.m.: Snow has stopped falling in many parts of the region.

11:38 a.m.: Logan County is under a Level I snow emergency, per officials.

11:17 a.m.: AAA announces that it has seen a 54 percent increase in local calls for assistance since Tuesday. “Our Roadside Rescue Team has helped hundreds of motorists … primarily with dead batteries and jump starts. With snow falling we’ve called in extra drivers to respond as accumulation and slick roads lead to more calls,” the release said.

10:38 a.m.: The end is in sight. Snow is expected to taper early this afternoon. According to Storm Center 7 meteorologist Rich Wirdzek, the evening commute will fare better but many side roads will stay snow covered. “Based on reports and snow rates, 2 or 4 inches of total accumulation is expected when this is all said and done,” he said. There’s no more snow in the forecast Friday night and Saturday, Wirdzek said.

10:26 a.m.: In Butler County, a vehicle crashed into a home on Britton Lane in Monroe. It was not clear if it damaged the home. A vehicle crashed into the fence of a home on Rickford Drive in Hamilton. There are multiple crashes in the region. In Montgomery County, a crash occurred at Wayne and Watervliet in Dayton.

10 a.m.: A van is against a center barrier wall on I-75 South at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, left lane is blocked.

9:30 a.m.: Snow is falling rapidly throughout the region, including in Butler and Warren counties. Find school and business closing announcements here.

9:06 a.m.: About an inch of snow has accumulated in the area of New Carlisle in Clark County. Witnesses say the snowfall is tough to travel through on Interstate 70.

8:55 a.m.: A weather spotter in Brookville, Ohio, has reported snowfall of 1.3 inches.

8:52 a.m.: Traffic is slow around Needmore Road exit on northbound I-75 as a semitrailer has gone off the road. The semi may have stalled, it doesn’t appear to be damaged. traffic on both sides of the interstate is moving at around 35 mph. - Nick Graham, Breaking News Team

8:25 a.m.: Some commuters are reporting slick roads as snow comes down heavier. Visibility is an issue. Police and other emergency responders are beginning to go to crashes throughout the region, according to scanner traffic.

7:56 a.m.: Snow is falling more rapidly in areas north of Montgomery County. Lighter snowfall is happening south.

7:30 a.m.: Grounds are coated in Shelby, Darke and other area north of the Southwest Ohio region. A winter weather advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. Wayne and Union counties in Indiana are included in the advisory.

5 a.m.: Around 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow is expected to fall, with the heaviest snowfall occurring mid-morning, said Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek. Some places could see 4 inches, Wirdzek said. Even with the light start to the snowfall, the expected accumulation is enough for the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for most of the viewing area until 5 p.m. today. That area includes Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties in Ohio. “Snow will take over for the majority of the morning commute, tapering down by early afternoon,” Wirdzek said. “Travel will be better for the drive home, but slippery spots may still exist.”

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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.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

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.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

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.