WHIO Reports: Drugs through the mail

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 4:55 PM

This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on drug addiction in the Miami Valley. 

Guests will discuss drug trafficking in the area with particular emphasis on a method of illegally sending and receiving through the mail from other countries through online ordering.  

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Guests: Lori Erion, Founder and Executive Director, FOA Families of Addicts; Scotty Mays, former user; and Chris Stewart, Reporter, DDN.

WHIO Reports will air at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday,  Feb. 19.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 3:41 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 7:20 AM

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On the eastbound U.S. 35 ramp to North Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton, police and medics responded to a two-vehicle crash with injuries reported around 7:05 a.m. The exit ramp from U.S. 35 is blocked in addition to both directions of North Gettysburg Avenue at the ramp. 
  • In the 5000 block of Ohio 705 in Shelby County, one person was killed in a crash involving a milk truck early Thursday morning.
  • On northbound Ohio 4 at Keowee Street, police and medics were dispatched to a crash reported at 6:36 a.m. There are no delays reported in the area. 
  • On northbound I-75 at Northwoods Boulevard in Vandalia, a vehicle fire reported at 6:44 a.m. The right lane is blocked. 

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Surface Street Incidents

  • On Stroop Road at Kettering Boulevard in Moraine, police and medics were dispatched to a crash reported around 7:20 a.m.
  • Water main break reported in the 1500 block of Berwin Avenue in Kettering. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Get a live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • In Trotwood, East Main Street will be closed between North Sunrise Avenue and Broadway Avenue for a water main repair on June 22 . 
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • I-70 between SR 202 and I-75, overnight lane closures June 12th – 19th between 6 pm and 7 am. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 between Preble County Line Road and South Kimmel Road, overnight lane closures June 12th – August 31st between 6 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 741 at Austin Boulevard, Intermittent lane closures and construction work May 22nd – August 25th.  
  • SR 49 between SR 721 and US 40, lane closures June 12th – July 31st between 7 am and 7 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 202 between Troy Villa Boulevard and Chesam Drive, Traffic pattern shift May 15th – July 21st. All southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound side of SR 202. There will be one southbound lane and one northbound lane operating on the northbound side of SR 202.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured from June 9 through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15th – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.

GREENE COUNTY

  • SR 343 between U.S. 68 and SR 72 in Greene County, will be closed between Monday, June 19 and Friday, June 23 for replacement of a culvert. ODOT said a detour will be posted and is listed as U.S. 68 to SR 794, to SR 72.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 4 Ramp to Enon Road, ramp closure June 13th – 25th The suggested detour from ODOT is: SR 4 to SR 369 to SR 4 to Enon Road.
  • SR 4 between I-70 and Enon Road, lane closures June 13th – 25th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Enon Road Ramp to SR 4, ramp closure June 13th – 25th. The suggested detour from ODOT is: SR 4 to SR 369 to SR 4 south
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 127 between US 36 and Kruckeberg Road, Daily lane closures June 12th – August 25th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 118 between SR 47 and the Mercer/Darke County line, lane closures June 16th – July 14th between 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 726 between Preble County Butler Township Road and East Washington Street, lane closures June 15th – July 21st between 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY 

  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction..
  • US 36 between Bollinger Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures June 12th – August 31st between  7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814, lane closures May 22nd – September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

 

 

 

Customers mourn the death of Kettering restaurant owner

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 7:25 AM

Customers are mourning the loss of a Kettering restaurant owner who regulars say made it a point to thank every diner as they left his eatery.

Jim Keadey, owner of KD’s Kettering BBQ at 3911 Marshall Road, died Monday night. He was 63.

Mr. Keadey had an extensive career in the Dayton-area food-service scene before founding his own eatery. An Alter High School graduate who went on to graduate from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, he worked at multiple Dayton-area restaurants — including the Peerless Mill, Peasant Stock and Murray’s Place — before founding KD’s Kettering BBQ in 2001.

The restaurant will be closed for one day, Saturday June 24, in memory of Mr. Keadey. It does not have Sunday hours, but will reopen Monday, June 26, and will continue in business, serving lunch and dinner six days a week with its regular hours going forward, according to Elizabeth Yinger, the restaurant’s long-time manager. Mr. Keadey’s wife Marianne is co-owner of the restaurant.

KD’s Kettering BBQ customers responded to news of Mr. Keadey’s passing with dozens of expressions of sympathy on the restaurant’s Facebook page, including this one that reads, “Jimmy was the sweetest soul and always had gracious hospitality.”

That sentiment was shared by regulars accustomed to chatting with the restaurant owner as he sat in his customary spot at the small counter inside the restaurant.

“He was the most customer-focused, customer-friendly restaurant owner I’ve met in my lifetime,” Paul Leonard, former Ohio lieutenant governor, former Dayton mayor and local attorney, said in a phone interview. “He was a kind man, and a father figure to his employees.”

Leonard was a regular customer for nearly 15 years and said he spent quite a bit of time at the counter talking with Mr. Keadey and other restaurant customers.

“It was like talking around the kitchen table with family,” Leonard said.

“Jim loved four things: his wife Marianne; his restaurant; baseball; and his animals, which were all rescues. Most of the time, we were talking about one of those four things.”

Another regular, Matt Goeller, said he first met Mr. Keadey on a Sunday shortly after the restaurant opened more than 15 years ago.

“I called the restaurant, and he answered the phone,” Goeller said. “I wanted to order a few slabs of ribs for a football game party that we were hosting.

“Jim informed me that the restaurant was closed on Sundays, but he would be there for a few hours and was happy to fire up the grill and cook my ribs. I have been a regular customer ever since.

“He took a genuine interest in all of his guests. I do not ever recall someone leaving without his personal thanks for their business,” Goeller said.

A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 East Stroop Road in Kettering, with a memorial service to follow at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SISCA or Dayton Humane Society.

Senate health care bill: What is in it, when it will be released; where you can read it

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 7:25 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Sen. McConnell says Republicans will have a

On Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will release a draft of the Senate’s health care bill. 

The draft, already slammed for being prepared behind closed doors, is said to be similar to the House health care bill, but will dramatically roll back taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act, according to a story from the Washington Post.

Here is what is known about the bill.

Where can I read it?

The draft of the bill is being released to senators Thursday at 9:30 a.m.  ET. The Senate will release the draft to the public after that.

What’s in it?

According to The Washington Post and The Associated Press, the draft of the bill will include: 

The bill would repeal most of the taxes that pay for the Affordable Care Act.

Subsidies to help purchase insurance would still be available. Those subsidies would be determined by income and the amount of premiums people pay. Americans earning between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. According to the draft, assistance will be capped for those earning 350 percent of the federal poverty level beginning in 2020.

The plan would eliminate waivers that have allowed insurers to boost premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions.

It allows for federally subsidized health care plans that cover abortion but cuts funding for Planned Parenthood for at least one year.

The Senate bill would also impose annual limits on the federal Medicaid funds that would go to each state.

The Senate would end the tax penalties the ACA implemented for people not buying insurance and certain employers not offering coverage.

Who is writing it?

According to McConnell, he initially chose a 13-member group to work on the bill. In the past weeks, McConnell's office has taken the lead drafting bill.

According to Sen. Mike Lee, (R-Utah), in a Facebook video, "It's apparently being written by a handful of staffers who are members of the Republican leadership in the Senate.”

According to other senators, staffers from the Senate Finance and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee are drafting it, the Washington Examiner reported.

What is the timeline?

The draft is to be released at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. A vote is expected to be called on the bill before next week’s July 4 congressional recess.

Can Democrats stop the bill? 

The bill cannot be filibustered because it requires only a majority vote to pass. On Monday, Democrats held the Senate floor and gave a series of speeches slamming the process and the bill. 

Can Republicans stop it?

Yes, they can. If three GOP senators vote no.

Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate. Assuming no Democrat is going to vote yes, if two Republican senators vote no, the vote ends in a 50-50 tie. Vice President Mike Pence can vote yes to break the tie and pass the bill.

What happens if the Senate passes the bill?

If the bill passes, the House must do one of two things: vote to pass the Senate bill as it is, or go into negotiations with the Senate to get a compromise bill. If they negotiate a compromise bill, that bill must then be voted on and passed by both the House and the Senate for it to become law.

Thursday marks World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 7:09 AM

File photo: A child takes a break from swimming on a hot afternoon at the Astoria Pool in the borough of Queens on the opening day of city pools.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Since summer is officially here, what better time is there than now to learn how to swim safely?

Thursday marks the eighth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Pools all over the world will be teaching kids and their parents water safety skills and showing how teaching children how to swim can save lives by preventing drowning.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that drowning is the main cause of unintended, injury-related death for children in the United States in the ages of 1-4. It’s second for children under the age of 14.

It isn’t just children who have difficulty swimming. The American Red Cross says that more than half of Americans can’t swim or don’t have basic swimming skills.

That’s where the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson comes in. The event promises to have more than 20,000 hours of water safety training in one day, in 20 countries over the course of 24 hours.

To find a participating location near you, click here.