Winds will remain strong through morning

Published: Sunday, October 28, 2012 @ 11:34 PM
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 11:57 PM

            A tree that came down on Markey Road in Harrison Twp. knocked out power to about 200 homes. High winds are believed to be the cause of the downed tree, officials said. (Staff photo by Jim Noelker)
A tree that came down on Markey Road in Harrison Twp. knocked out power to about 200 homes. High winds are believed to be the cause of the downed tree, officials said. (Staff photo by Jim Noelker)

Sandy is delivering on the promise of bringing high winds and rain to the Miami Valley.

Winds will peak overnight in the range of 40 mph to 50 mph with some gusts reaching 60 mph, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said.

As of 10 p.m., the strongest gusts recorded were 46 mph in Clinton and Logan counties. Gusts of 41 mph were recorded at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Dayton International Airport. The top gust in Montgomery County so far Monday was 44 mph at Dayton Wright Brothers Airport.

A wind warning and advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Late Monday night News Center 7 learned that Ohio Task Force One — a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team made up of local rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, engineers and hazardous materials technicians — has received activation orders to go the East Coast.

The last time the task force deployed was August 2011 for Hurricane Irene relief.

All members reported Monday night and will travel to Akron to meet another team in anticipation of possible air or ground movement to the coast. Sandy has knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and already caused major flooding — according to Simpson, high tide in New York was measured at 11.25 feet early Monday evening, breaking the all-time record set in 1821 — and challenges to those caught in the storm.

One Miami Valley area resident caught up in the storm is truck driver Gary Kline of Springfield, who Monday night was stuck north of Jonestown, Pa., off Interstate 81 at the terminal of the trucking company he works for. Kline reported seeing “trees bent sideways” and tall restaurant signs swaying in the wind.

Kline said the power in Jonestown has been out since 4:30 p.m. Monday and noted that he would sleep in his rig because “I could feel my truck rocking back and forth as I was driving.”

Closer to the Miami Valley, in addition to reports of power outages, some damage to trees was reported. A large portion of a 20-foot to 30-foot tall Cleveland pear tree fell into an above ground swimming pool at Karen Weaver’s home on McCraw Drive, in Union, Ohio.

At least a third of the tree hit the pool sometime between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m., she said.

“I’m glad it didn’t hit the house,” Weaver said. “The wind just whipped and it came crashing down.”

Winds are expected to lessen gradually through the day on Tuesday with wind speed falling back into the range of 30 mph to 40 mph by late afternoon.

Wind will be a factor as far as wind chill, which is expected to drop temperatures into the lower 30s Tuesday afternoon. The combination of wind chill and wet weather means the potential for hypothermia is high, Simpson said.

The Miami Valley sees more cases of hypothermia in windy wet weather when temperatures are above freezing than when it is very cold and dry, said Simpson.

After midnight, as temperatures fall into the lower 30s, some snowflakes will mix in.

At about 10 p.m. a rainy mix began changing to light across Logan and Champaign counties, Simpson said, and some flakes were showing up in Clark County as well. None of it was sticking, and anything that does overnight will just be on the tops of cars, decks, and maybe some grass, Simpson said.

All indications are that the roads will remain wet because temperatures will remain above freezing, he said.

Soon after sunrise, any snow will change back to rain, which will hang around at times through the day Tuesday. “Temperatures will rise from lower 30s to about 40 Tuesday afternoon, so it will be a miserable to be outside,” said Simpson.

Beggar’s Night Still a Go?

The storm did prompt some communities to postpone Beggar’s Night activities that had been planned for Tuesday evening. The evening’s forecast calls for wind, rain and temperatures near 40. The wind chill will make it feel like near 30.

The Village of Jamestown moved its Trick or Treat activities to Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mayor Jerrod Pickens announced Monday afternoon.

West Milton rescheduled its Beggar’s Night to Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cedarville changed its Trick or Treat to 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, police Chief Chris Gillaugh said Monday night.


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.

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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.

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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.