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Grain bin fire extinguished quickly in Greene Co.

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 7:58 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

UPDATE @ 2:54 p.m.

According to a Greene County Fire Official a grain bin fire early Friday morning was extinguished quickly with minimal damage. The cause of the fire is believed to be the bin’s motor shorting out.

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Amazingly, the official reported almost all the grain was able to be salvaged. 

FIRST REPORT 

Fire crews in Greene County are on scene of a grain bin fire.

About 6:45 a.m. Friday, a dryer fire was reported in a grain bin at Con Mar Farms LLC, 3827 Port William Road, Jefferson Twp.

Heavy flames reported at former Hewitt Soap Factory; flames visible for miles

Mutual aid was being called from the area.

We will update this report.

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Dayton standoff winding down; Alleged suspect not home

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:12 PM

Standoff

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.:

SWAT members are putting their gear away at the scene, and it appears the standoff is winding down. 

Apparently, the suspect they were seeking was not there and his mother reportedly told police that he is at a mental health facility in Mason, according to Montgomery County dispatch.

UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.:

Police are communicating on the bullhorn again.

 

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.:

Police are entering one of the homes.

Police have lights directed on the house in the 100 block of Livingston Avenue, but they are no longer communicating with a bullhorn nor have their sirens on.

 

UPDATE @ 8:35 p.m.:

Police are surrounding a second house and have their guns drawn in the 200 block of Livingston Avenue.

People were seen coming in and out of the house, Montgomery County dispatch confirmed.

The original SWAT scene remains active at the house in the 100 block of Livingston Avenue.

UPDATE @ 7:40 p.m.:

Police are using a bullhorn to communicate with a suspect who is inside a home involved in a standoff with police. 

"You are under arrest. You need to come to the door with your hands up," an officer announced on the loudspeaker. 

Area residents are outside watching the police activity, with many recording the event on their smartphones.

FIRST REPORT:

The Dayton police SWAT team is on scene of an apparent standoff in the 100 block of Livingston Avenue.

Crews were dispatched at 4:22 p.m., Montgomery County Dispatch confirmed.

Livingston Avenue at Florence Avenue is currently closed.

We have a crew on scene and will update this page when more information becomes available. 

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Senate OKs $116 million for massive NASIC project at Wright-Patterson

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:36 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:36 PM

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The Senate late Monday passed a $716 billion defense bill that included $116 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center - one of the largest projects in Wright-Patterson’s recent history.

By a vote of 85-10, the Senate passed its version of the defense bill, which authorizes defense programs for the 2019 federal spending year that begins in October. Both Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, voted in support of the bill.

The House version of the defense bill, which passed last month, authorized $182 million for the full NASIC project, but it would be paid out or appropriated over a number of years starting with $61 million in the first year.

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The differences between the two versions will have to be worked out in a conference committee before a final appropriations bill is passed.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, whose district includes Wright-Patterson, had pushed for authorization of the entire construction cost.

The Air Force had asked for $116 million in its initial budget request and was expected to ask for the remainder in future years, according to a spokeswoman for Portman. Portman’s office had initially indicated the senator would pursue additional funding, but the Air Force had requested the additional amounts in 2020-2023, a spokeswoman said.

The expansion is expected to relieve overcrowding at the secretive intelligence center, where some employees share desks and work in shifts. NASIC has added about 100 people a year between 2000 and 2015, spokeswoman Michelle Martz said.

Loren B. Thompson, a Virginia-based senior defense analyst with the Lexington Institute and a defense industry consultant, said with the return of great power competition with Russia and China, NASIC’s intelligence analysis will be in growing and greater demand and bring “total job security.”

“Making China and Russia the focus of our military strategy increases the importance of what NASIC does. After all, terrorists and insurgents like the Taliban don’t have air forces or space programs, whereas China and Russia do,” he said in an email.

He added that NASIC “is central to understanding the state of aerospace technology from missile defenses to stealthy aircraft in the countries that will likely remain America’s key competitors through mid-century.

“China and Russia are the only two countries in the world that have the ability to destroy the U.S. economy, and perhaps our democracy, with their nuclear arsenals,” he said. “So working at NASIC in the years ahead is likely to offer the closest thing to total job security that you can find in modern-day America.”

Saves jobs at Research Lab

Separately, the defense bill also blocked the transfer of a manufacturing technology office with 55 jobs from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson to the Pentagon.

The Pentagon had planned to move the office, which had been at Wright-Patterson since 1987, last Oct. 1, archives show. But Brown sponsored a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act to keep the jobs at Wright-Patt.

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Brown and three of his congressional colleagues had sent a letter last August to Secretary of Defense James Mattis warning the move could lead to “disorganized and haphazard development” of future programs and put at risk dozens of active projects.

Brown praised the inclusion of the provision in the defense bill Monday.

“The workers at the Lab have the deep institutional knowledge and experience we need to continue making these defense manufacturing investments, and to oversee the program to ensure current projects are successful and cost-effective,” he said.

Charlie Ward, chief of the AFRL manufacturing and technologies division, said in a statement there were no plans to move the manufacturing and industrial technologies division to Washington.

CONTINUING COVERAGE

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Dayton flights canceled: What’s really going on

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:28 PM

An American Airlines plane at the Dayton airport.
Staff Writer
An American Airlines plane at the Dayton airport.(Staff Writer)

The technical problems that canceled hundreds of American Airlines flights in the past week are becoming more regular as airlines consolidate and “patch together” their systems instead of creating a new cohesive one, an aviation expert told the Dayton Daily News.

American Airlines canceled or delayed at least 745 total flights after two “technical issues” on Thursday and Sunday at PSA Airlines, a regional carrier for American based in Dayton.

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About 675 flights serviced by American Airlines regional carrier PSA were canceled Thursday and Friday, followed by another 70 more after a second “technical issue” Sunday morning. Flights Monday were also on a reduced schedule until noon. At least 30 flights through the Dayton International Airport were affected since Thursday.

Both issues at PSA Airlines are related to a crew scheduling and tracking system, which the Dayton-based airline uses to assign crews to each aircraft, Katie Cody, a spokeswoman with American Airlines told the Charlotte Observer.

 

American Airlines has dispatched a group of technical workers to PSA’s headquarters in Dayton to resolve the “technical issue,” according to media reports.

“It isn’t really a glowing recommendation of the confidence level American has in the carrier,” aviation expert Jay Ratliff said.

While Ratliff recognized that PSA is receiving a lot of negative national attention as the airline attempts to take care of the problems, he said it won’t be remembered negatively forever.

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“They’ve been doing so well for so long that they’re just flying under the radar,” he said.

The quickly growing airline doesn’t have a history of issues, he said, and while passengers may remember this experience, others nationally will not.

“A week from now people will forget about it, especially when another airline comes up with another computer issue,” Ratliff said.

What to do if your flight is canceled

1. Check for an online reroute that arrives or departs at different airports with different regional carriers

2. Ask about interline agreements that allow you to switch airlines when one has cancelled flights.

3. Don’t be picky. Let the airline know if you’re willing to fly to a different airport in the state that isn’t experiencing as many issues.

American Airlines isn’t the only one to experience computer issues, with Delta, Southwest, United and Allegiant also suffering big cancellations and delays due to computer issues in recent years.

American Airline flights were first halted at 4 p.m. Thursday after problems emerged at PSA’s local operations center in Dayton. The outage affected about 4 percent of American’s global flight operations, primarily shorter routes from its hub in Charlotte, N.C., American Airlines officials said.

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“We understand that these cancellations have been frustrating for our customers, and we are doing everything in our power to get things back to normal as quickly as possible,” American spokesman Ross Feinstein said.

With the summer months being some of the most traveled times for vacation and business, Ratliff said flights across airlines are at a 90 percent load capacity right now, making it hard to put displaced passengers on later flights.

“We’re talking about a lot of displaced passengers that we can look at two or three days before everyone’s going to make it to their destination,” he said.

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Forest Park vision includes relocated Harrison Twp. government center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

A new town square anchored by a relocated Harrison Twp. government center is the centerpiece of a consensus redevelopment plan for the Forest Park area, officials and planners announced Tuesday.

The redevelopment area includes a 54-acre tract in Harrison Twp. that was once the location of a thriving amusement park and later a shopping center that fell out of fashion and into decay.

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Planner Joe Nickol called it a “first draft” and “the part in the process where we lay out all the hard work that has to be done.”

“What really quickly bubbled up to the top was the idea of exploring further the idea of relocating the township hall to this site. It’s at the center of the township,” Nickol said. “It meets a need in that what we’ve heard anecdotally is the township hall is undersized and we’re in a position to help the township meet the needs of the community.”

Securing funding and building the vision could be a decade or more away, but planners also announced some activation activities at the site that aren’t expensive or complicated and can happen soon. Events could include closing down parts of Riverside Drive for events, gatherings where people could build and launch small hot air balloons and refurbishing an old post office for community events.

The current township offices are at 5945 N. Dixie Drive. The township consists of about 6.3 square miles just north of Dayton.

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The town center concept was popular with residents who graded the alternatives at an April meeting. About 100 people attended the meeting Tuesday.

The result of a four-year process, the redevelopment plan could be a big leap forward for the area on top of some smaller recent positive steps, said Kristofer McClintick, Harrison Twp. administrator.

A nearby 549-unit apartment complex has been refurbished top to bottom. Two schools — Dayton Public’s Charity Adams Earley Academy and the The Horizon Science Academy, a charter school — are in the plan area and attract students. The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio-Dayton office draws activities and people.

“We feel this will be the anchor site to continue that investment all along that North Main corridor,” McClintick said.

MKSK Studios, consultants out of Covington, Ky., developed the plan for County Corp, working in partnership with Harrison Twp. and Montgomery County.

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