Hazing, alcohol issues force another Ohio State fraternity to close

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 6:59 AM

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Ohio State University.

A second fraternity has been suspended at Ohio State University following a months-long ban on all Interfraternity Council activities.

The Sigma Alpha Mu chapter at Ohio state was had its charter suspended by it international parent organization last week, according to an announcement.

The chapter ceased operations immediately on Friday and the length of the suspension was not released, according to the announcement. Both hazing and alcohol problems were cited as the main reasons for the charter suspension.

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“Our top priority is to create a healthy and safe environment for our members and to foster a culture of responsibility in our chapters,” said Executive Director Andy Huston. “We simply will not tolerate such violations of policies, expectations and values.”

Sigma Alpha Mu’s demise comes just a few months after Ohio State suspended all 37 IFC fraternities on campus.

In November, OSU suspended all recruitment, new member and social activities but school started lifting suspensions over the last two months. The group Zeta Psi is the only fraternity from that initial campus-wide ban that remains on full suspension, according to Ohio State’s greek life website.

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All other fraternities have been approved to again host recruitment events and all but three have been approved to have new member activities again. Ohio State has also approved 29 to begin hosting social gatherings again, according to its website.

In January, Ohio State suspended its Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter for three years after an investigation found violations of the student code of conduct had occurred. The investigation found the chapter was guilty of hazing, endangering behavior and improper use of alcohol, an OSU spokesman said last month.

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Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM

Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.

The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.

VIDEO: Beavercreek tornado of 2015

Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.

“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.

Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.

“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.

A tornado toppled cars and tore roofs off businesses at the Greene Crossing Shopping Center May 26, 2015, in Beavercreek. LISA POWELL / STAFF FILE

Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.

“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”

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The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.

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There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.

“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”

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Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

A bicyclist was killed late Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while headed west on West Main Street.

  • Bicyclist pronounced dead at scene
  • Victim’s identity not yet released
  • Motorist taken to hospital as precaution

The bicyclist was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main Street just before noon when he was ended up in the path of an oncoming SUV and was struck, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.

The victim, described as an older man from the Troy area, was not identified. 

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

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The driver of the SUV was not believed to be injured but was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy as a precaution.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto expected to strengthen, tropical storm warning issued for Gulf Coast area

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:50 PM

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Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to strengthen as a tropical storm watch has been issued for parts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi drenching Memorial Day weekend plans for much of the Gulf Coast. 

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Florida Gulf Coast including from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River as well as north near the Aucilla River to the Mississippi/Alabama border, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Heavy rainfall is expected as the storm, with sustained winds of 40 mph, continues to move at 13 mph through the Dry Tortugas. 

Five day forecast map. (Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

A storm surge watch has also been issued for parts of Florida and the Mississippi/Alabama border, officials said

The latest forecast ends the tropical storm and storm surge watch for parts of Louisiana. 

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Showers, storms push through this evening

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 4:40 PM

A few storms are expected in the Dayton area this evening, with more dry time Sunday & Monday.

Showers and a few storms will push through this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. An isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out through midnight.

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    QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:  

    • Few showers, storms move through this evening
    • Isolated shower or storms Sunday/Monday
    • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day 

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    Overnight: Dry conditions are expected as temperatures drop into the middle to upper 60s. Fog will be likely early Sunday.

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    Sunday: A dry start is expected to the day, which will be hot with highs in the upper 80s. With the daytime heat, there may be an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like most will stay dry. Don’t cancel your outdoor plans, but have a backup plan indoors.

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    Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine, hot and humid again for Monday. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees. Once again, an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out.

    Tuesday: Another hot day is expected with highs near 90 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

    Wednesday: The chance for rain, maybe storms, returns with highs in the middle 80s. Rain comes from the remnants of Alberto, the first named tropical storm of the Atlantic season.

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    Thursday: The remnants of Alberto will give us more rain. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

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