Long-discussed U.S. 35 widening could move forward

Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 4:18 PM

Third lane could be added to U.S. 35 between Smithville and I-675

Long-discussed plans to widen U.S. 35 from east Dayton to Beavercreek Twp. inched closer to becoming a reality after a vote today by a metropolitan planning organization.

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission members overwhelming voted in favor of allowing the commission to take part in negotiations with a state organization about potential ways to fund the project.

Studies and local stakeholders for years have called for extending U.S. 35’s three lanes from east Dayton, where the road shrinks to two lanes, out to Interstate 675.

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Local officials say the road has a dangerous bottleneck that hurts traffic flows and has contributed to auto crashes.

“As you know, it’s been priority No. 1 for years,” said Brian Martin, executive director of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission later this month will meet with the state’s Transportation Review Advisory Council to discuss funding opportunities for the U.S. 35 widening project .

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The council helps the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) develop the selection process for choosing projects to fund.

The project would focus on the roughly three-mile stretch of the road from Livingston Avenue to I-675.

The regional planning commission proposes using some of its funds for the project if ODOT agrees to contribute as well.

The commission says it could contribute about $2.9 million toward the $14 million project and may ask the state?? for about $8.7 million, according to the commission.

The funds would be part of the next solicitation period in 2024.

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Municipalities and organizations across the region for years have wanted to widen U.S. 35, with some local officials calling it the region’s “top infrastructure priority.”

Up to this point, the main obstacles have been financial.

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The project was always expected to be expensive, and cities including Dayton and Riverside did not have funding available to contribute, according to the planning commission.

But projected costs have fallen.

ODOT two years ago estimated construction costs would be $25 million, Martin said. Last year, the state estimated it would it would cost $21 million, he said.

But now, ODOT says the project would cost about $14 million, which makes it more obtainable to the commission and worth pursing, Martin said.

The project needs a local funding match in order to be upgraded to a high priority for ODOT, and the region can step in to help provide some needed funding, Martin said.

Dayton and Riverside have been long-time advocates for the project, and so have Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, officials said.

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General store employee diagnosed with hepatitis A in Wayne County, Indiana

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:24 PM

A case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at Casey's General Store located at 704 E. Main Street in Centerville, IN. 

According to a press release issued by the Wayne County Health Department, an investigation found the employee worked while ill on July 5.

Anyone who consumed food or drink that was prepared at the store on or between July 5 to July 12 is advised to receive a vaccination by July 26 to prevent illness. 

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The Wayne County Health Department, located at 201 E. Main St. in Richmond, is administering vaccines on Thursday, July 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. Those receiving vaccinations are asked to enter through the building's North door at the Environmental Division's office. 

The health department is also urging anyone who believes they may be affected to:

  • Monitor health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food
  • Stay at home and contact healthcare provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. The virus spreads when an infected person does not wash his/her hands adequately after using the toilet or engages in behaviors that increase risk of infection.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes may also appear. People can become ill up to seven weeks after exposure.

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Careful hand washing, including under the fingernails, with soap and water, along with vaccination of anyone at risk of infection, will prevent the spread of this disease. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hepatitis A vaccination for the following groups:

  • All children at age one year
  • Travelers to countries that have high rates of hepatitis A
  • Family members and caregivers of recent adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common
  • Men who have sexual contact with other men
  • People who use injection and non-injection illegal drugs
  • People with chronic (lifelong) liver diseases, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C
  • People who are treated with clotting-factor concentrates
For more information, contact the Wayne County Health Department at 765-973-9245 or the Wayne County Community Health Center at 765-973-9294.

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Local artists team up for 9th Annual Art Splash

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 7:21 PM

URS will host the 9th Annual Art Splash for local artists on Tuesday
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Local artists spent Tuesday creating with more than 300 children, adults and seniors during the ninth annual Art Splash.

United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton played host the event for those who attend youth and adult services programs.

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This year’s talent includes photographers, visual artists and musicians. They will work with a variety of media including sculpture, painting and metal.

“Art is one of the many enrichment activities we offer the individuals we serve each day,” said URS Executive Director Dennis Grant. “Thanks to the generosity of these local artists, we can offer a meaningful cultural experience to them.”

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The URS Art Splash is only one of many events held in conjunction with the 15th annual URS Rubber Duck Regatta that will be held on Sept. 15 during the Hispanic Heritage Festival. That’s when 20,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Great Miami River at RiverScape Metropark for a chance to win seven great prizes.

For more information about this event, visit www.daytonducks.com or call 937-853-5464.

For more information about URS and its events, visit www.ursdayton.org.

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Identity of man fatally electrocuted at Hamilton home released

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:59 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

David E. Robertson, 67, of Hamilton, was doing chimney work on a house in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue when he made contact with a power line, according to Hamilton police.

Robertson was found unresponsive and could not be revived by the Hamilton Fire Department, according to the police report.

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UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. July 16:

An autopsy was performed today on the man who was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue in Hamilton, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

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Results are expected to be released Tuesday, officials said. 

Because the incident took place at a residence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, doesn’t have jurisdiction, said Scott Allen, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor.

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He said OSHA only has jurisdiction to conduct an investigation if the accident took place at a business and there was an employee/employer relationship.

FIRST REPORT (July 14):

A man was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. at 2327 Pleasant Avenue, according to a release.

Units from the Hamilton Fire Department responded to a reported electrocution, and upon arrival found a male subject had made contact with power lines while operating on a portable articulating lift.

The equipment was quickly de-energized through the rapid efforts of the Hamilton Electrical Utility Division.

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It was determined that the lift operator did not survive the event and the Butler County Coroner and Hamilton Police Department are investigating the incident.

The man was removed through the cooperative efforts of the employees from the fire, police, and electrical divisions.

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Springfield homicide victim identified 

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:08 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:37 AM

Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

UPDATE @ 9:40 a.m. (July 16):

The victim in Saturday’s homicide shooting as been identified as Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. 

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m. (July 15):

Springfield police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that occurred Saturday evening in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

The neighborhood was quiet Sunday afternoon, but Saturday night, police tape, investigators, and police cars swarmed the area. “It’s a bit disturbing. What can occur,” said Michael Carey of Springfield who lives on E. Rose Street.

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He first heard about the news shortly after the victim was found dead. He’s not happy another homicide happened, but he isn’t shocked either. “It’s kind of typical around this whole area because it happens every now and then,” said Carey.

For now, Carey hopes whoever did this will be caught. “I’m just concerned about our well-being.”

UPDATE July 15 @1:09 a.m.:

A shooting that occurred late Saturday night near E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue has been ruled as a homicide, the Springfield Police Department confirmed.

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Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

No suspects have been named at this time. 

FIRST REPORT July 14 @11:08 p.m.:

A male in his 50’s was shot twice Saturday evening at E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

Police crews were dispatched around 10:30 p.m., with detectives and crime scene investigators en route.

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The victim’s injuries are unknown at this time.

We will update this page when more information becomes available.

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