US automakers post first monthly sales gain of year in Sept.

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:55 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

The auto industry posted its first monthly sales gain of the year in September, led by strong truck and SUV sales and the replacement of cars destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

U.S. sales rose 6.1 percent to just over 1.5 million vehicles, according to Autodata Corp., as Toyota, Honda, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen all posted strong numbers. Of major automakers, only Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai reported sales declines.

Industry analysts predicted that positive sales would continue through the end of the year fueled by customers whose cars were destroyed by Harvey and Hurricane Irma in Florida. But sales aren't expected to be strong enough to match last year's record of more than 17.5 million.

Christopher Hopson, manager of light-vehicle forecasting for IHS Markit, said September had a perfect mix of hurricane replacement demand, high incentives, rising fleet sales and strong sales of outgoing 2017 models.

"While this strong level of demand isn't expected to be sustained throughout the fourth quarter, these short-term supports are not likely to drop off in a meaningful way, setting the stage for strong Q4 results," Hopson said in a statement.

GM reported on Tuesday that sales rose 11.9 percent from a year ago, while Ford sales rose 8.7 percent. Toyota posted a 14.9 percent increase, while Nissan sales were up 9.5 percent and Honda sales rose 6.8 percent. Volkswagen said its sales rose 33.2 percent over numbers that were depressed a year ago by its diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Fiat Chrysler sales fell 10 percent and Hyundai, which relies on cars for much of its results rather than SUVs and trucks, saw sales fall 14.4 percent. Both blamed reductions in sales to big fleet buyers such as rental car companies.

Industry analysts had predicted a small sales rise for the month, with the Edmunds.com auto site expecting a 0.4 percent increase. But automakers, aided by hurricane sales, powered past the forecasts.

For the first nine months of the year, overall industry sales were down 1.8 percent. September sales would have been even higher without Hurricane Irma, which forced many Florida dealerships to close for a week or longer due to lack of electric power.

Ford gained 5,000 to 6,000 sales from replacement of flooded cars in the Houston area, where it offered employee pricing. But it lost about 1,000 vehicle sales in Florida due to closed dealerships, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark LaNeve said on a conference call. He expects industry sales to get a boost through the rest of the year from cars being replaced due to hurricane damage.

Strong pickup truck and SUV sales once again propelled the September increase.

Ford's F-Series pickup sales rose 21 percent from a year ago, while SUV sales were up 8.8 percent. Inventory levels dropped to a 72-day supply, and LaNeve said Ford may even increase production to raise that a little. Automakers have been trimming production, especially of cars, for much of the year.

Even car sales, which have been battered during the past few years as buyers switched to SUVs and trucks, showed a bit of life. For instance, Toyota's midsize Camry, once the top-selling car in the U.S., posted a 13 percent sales gain as all-new 2018 models reached showrooms. Honda's Accord, once the No. 2-selling car, saw a 9.5 percent increase.

Still, Edmunds predicted that midsize cars would drop to the fifth-largest segment so far this year with just 10.7 percent of the market, the lowest share recorded since Edmunds began tracking numbers in 1991. Midsize cars were the top-selling segment in the U.S. just three years ago, but have been passed by compact SUVs, large trucks, midsize SUVs and even compact cars, Edmunds said.

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Prescription drug take back day opportunity for local residents

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:09 PM

drug take back day opportunity for residents
Eric Risberg/AP
drug take back day opportunity for residents(Eric Risberg/AP)

This Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, the Dayton Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

This day gives residents the opportunity to help prevent drug abuse, theft, and accidental poisonings by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

On National Drug Take Back Day in October of 2017, Americans turned in more than 912,000 pounds of prescription drugs. 

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The drug drop-off is free and anonymous, no questions asked, but note that it is pills or patches only - liquids, needles, or sharps cannot be accepted. 

There will be five drop-off sites around the city of Dayton; 

**City of Dayton Safety Building - 335 W. Third St. 

**Central Patrol Operations Division - 248 Salem Ave. 

**East Patrol Operations Division North - 417 East Helena St. 

**East Patrol Operations Division South - 2721 Wayne Ave. 

**West Patrol Operations Division - 951 Washington St. 

If you are unable to bring in your used, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, the five Dayton sites will also have a drug drop-off box available for use Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information or to find additional drop-off sites, go to takebackday.dea.gov.

Got at tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Father punches woman trying to kidnap his son, police say

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

Woman Punched In Face By Father While Trying To Kidnap Son

Police in Tennessee say a father's quick actions stopped his 5-year-old son from being kidnapped Monday.

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A man called authorities Monday to report that a woman had grabbed his son and tried to run away from him.

The father punched the woman and got his child back, according to police.

Authorities identified the attempted kidnapper as Gina A. Ricard, 53. Officials said after the incident, she went to a nearby fire station and told them that she tried to stop a kidnapping.

According an arrest affidavit, Ricard was incoherent and said that she “believes God told her (to) help.”

She was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated kidnapping.

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Woman believes she was victim of shooter who uses slingshot

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:33 PM

Woman believes she was victim of shooter who uses slingshot

Nicole Miller was driving through Dayton on US Route 35 East when she heard her window shatter. 

This past Friday afternoon, Miller was driving home with her son from downtown when she heard a loud and shattering noise. 

She pulled off of 35 to check her vehicle where she found her whole window to be shattered out and completely gone. 

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Miller thought she got hit or something fell on the car, but after filing a report with Dayton Police, she realized it could be a slingshot that fired a ball bearing at her vehicle. 

This is where the projectile struck Nicole Miller's minivan. (Mike Campbell/Staff)

According to NewsCenter 7's Mike Campbell, this isn't the first time an accident has happened like this on US Route 35 in Dayton. 

Back in February 2018, two similar incidents also occurred, totaling to at least four that have been reported. 

Anyone with information about these attacks using a suspected slingshot, please call Mike Campbell at NewsCenter 7.

Got at tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Miami Twp. seeks Austin Landing signal to ‘efficiently control’ traffic

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:44 PM


            Austin Landing’s developer plans to install a traffic signal at the Landing Way/Liverpool Lane intersection separating Kohl’s and Kroger at the mixed-retail complex in Miami Twp. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Austin Landing’s developer plans to install a traffic signal at the Landing Way/Liverpool Lane intersection separating Kohl’s and Kroger at the mixed-retail complex in Miami Twp. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

A resolution to authorize an agreement to install a traffic signal in Austin Landing has been approved by Miami Twp. trustees.

The measure approved by trustees Tuesday night states “a need for a traffic signal exists to efficiently control the ingress and egress of traffic” near Austin Landing’s Ohio 741 entrance.

The traffic signal is planned for the Landing Way/Liverpool Lane intersection separating Kohl’s and Kroger just inside the eastern entrance to the mixed-use retail complex that’s home to about 2,500 jobs. The intersection now has a two-way stop sign for north and south traffic.

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It will be “the developer’s responsibility to install, maintain and operate the signal at their costs,” according to township records.

The signal was approved more than two years ago before VisCap Development took over management at Austin Landing. VisCap President Larry Dillin said earlier this year he intended to complete the project this year before a Buffalo Wild Wings opens next to Kohl’s.

Land is now being cleared for the new restaurant.

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The cost of the traffic signal work was estimated at $250,000 in 2015. At that time, the project called for the Ohio 741 entrance to have three turn lanes, two of which would be northbound, officials said. It would also increase the number of pedestrian crossings.

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