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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 7:00 AM
MIDDLETOWN — A proposed wind tunnel at a Middletown business to be used for indoor skydiving has already gone on a growth spurt, even though construction hasn’t yet started.
Start Skydiving received approval this week to increase the height of its proposed vertical wind tunnel another 50 feet, from 130 feet to 180 feet. The approval amended a previous development plan approved last fall.
Once completed, the project will be the tallest indoor vertical wind tunnel in North America, according to John Hart of Start Skydiving.
The project will allow people to have a skydiving experience in a more controlled environment as well as complement the outdoor skydiving business at the airport, he said.
In addition to the recreational component to be built at the Middletown Regional Airport, Hart said the facility could also be used for aerospace research by businesses and the military.
City economic development officials said the proposed facility would create about 30 jobs. In addition to the research component, the project could be eligible for funding through an new $50 million JobsOhio research and development program.
The wind tunnel features a single loop design and has a 17-foot diameter and recreates the physics of free-fall by producing a more 20-foot-wide column of air at the top so skydivers can practice for several hours instead of several minutes experienced from a free-fall from a plane. The proposed wind tunnel would have a 90-foot freefall, he said.
“There would be nothing like this in North America,” Hart said.
Hart told the Middletown Planning Commission this week that he is already working to procure military and commercial contracts to use the proposed facility. In addition, he said about $8.5 million in parts to build the wind tunnel are already in crates waiting to be shipped from Dubai to Middletown.
“We can have a $20 million wind tunnel and build it for $10 million,” Hart said. “We could have a groundbreaking in the spring and it could be done in a year.”
He said the planning commission’s approval helps the project get one step closer to completion.
FIRST REPORT: Indoor skydiving coming to Middletown
Hart said he did not foresee any issues with the Federal Aviation Administration about the location of the wind tunnel building and believes it would be approved.
When asked how the recently announced indoor skydiving facility planned for Liberty Twp. would impact the proposed Middletown facility. Hart, who is a shareholder of iFLY, the company developing the Liberty Twp. site, said that there would be no impact because they are operating “a totally different business plan.”
He said the proposed Middletown facility will be for multiple purposes, unlike the Liberty Twp. facility.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:13 AM
— A pursuit that started on Interstate 75 ended on Dayton Cincinnati Pike early Tuesday morning when the vehicle hit Stop Sticks.
The pursuit started around 3:30 a.m. on northbound I-75 in Warren County. The vehicle exited the highway at Austin Boulevard, and the pursuit continued through Miamisburg and Miami Twp.
Crews requested Franklin police to place stop sticks on Dayton Cincinnati Pike at Crains Run Road. The vehicle reportedly struck the Stop Sticks, and the pursuit ended just north of Pennyroyal Road at the border of Franklin and Miami Twp.
Franklin police, Springboro police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office are on scene.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
As President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats on Monday, demanding again that Congress act to tighten federal immigration laws, more Republicans in the Congress began to distance themselves from a recent Trump Administration policy change, which has resulted in the separation of some 2,200 illegal immigrant families detained by border authorities.
“As the son of a social worker, I know the human trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), as he asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “take immediate action to end the practice of separating children from families at the border.”
“We as compassionate Americans absolutely detest watching families being pulled apart,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), who in a speech on the Senate floor said on one hand the President is correct to call for action in Congress on immigration – but that the Trump Administration has been wrong to separate so many families in the last six weeks, labeling the situation “a mess.”
At the White House, the President didn’t shy away from the controversy, again blaming Congress for not acting, and making it clear he wants to stop a recent surge in illegal immigration across the southern border.
“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” the President said. “Not on my watch.”
The President will take that sharp message on Tuesday evening to a meeting of House Republicans at the Capitol, trying to rally them to get behind a piece of immigration legislation, which could solve a series of issues.
GOP leaders though have been trying for months to figure out a deal, but have found the party too splintered over what to do on DACA, younger illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” and ways to tighten what Mr. Trump says are odious loopholes in immigration law.
“A county without borders is not a country at all,’ the President declared, as he said that illegal immigrants are bringing “death and destruction” to America.
“They are thieves and murderers and so much else,” Mr. Trump added.
But Mr. Trump’s criticism of Democrats and Congress has drawn more opposition in recent days from within his own party, who feel the White House is wrongly trying to use the plight of immigrant children to force through immigration law changes.
“President Trump has chosen to implement this policy and he can put an end to it,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), “but he chooses not to do so and instead blames others.”
“The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) via Twitter.
While Mr. Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the separation of families, it was the Trump Administration that decided to take this step in early May, by prosecuting adults for illegally entering the country.
That move to enforce the law triggers a situation in which children are removed from their parents, leading to the uproar of recent days.
“This is the Trump administration’s policy,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). “President Trump could put an end to this immoral policy right now.”
Republicans have floated various ideas in recent days – it wasn’t clear if any could make it through the House, as immigration has vexed GOP lawmakers for years, as this latest battle has turned up the heat even more.
“It’s not good policy to separate children at our border from their parents & release them into the US,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). “It’s also not good policy to just immediately release an entire family together into the US when that family enters our country illegally.”
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:50 PM
MORAINE — Tons of trash dumped in a wooded area off Germantown Pike, which has caused an overpowering stench, is part of a Monday law enforcement raid at the property that led to one arrest.
A large law enforcement presence was at a Germantown Pike property all day.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, a special weapons and tactics team and Regional Agencies Narcotics and Gun Enforcement task force members were on scene at a home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and deep into the woods of the property.
Deputies brought a semi and dumpster back into the woods. They were seen moving some of the trash around. They hauled away a backhoe as evidence.
Neighbors said deputies carried piles of items from that wooded area, as well as from a house and garage.
“They found stuff back there. They’ve carried out huge tubs, looked like it was really heavy. Big boxes of things. They carried out stuff in cloths, white cloths.”
Neighbors said the RANGE task force was ready to break down the home’s front door when one of them offered a key. They said they watched deputies carry out several guns, and then the task force did break a door to get into the garage.
One man was spotted handcuffed in back of a cruiser.
Logan R. Lucas, 23, was arrested at 2 p.m. during the raid in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, online jail records show. He has not been formally charged.
Deputies removed items from the home and deep in the woods behind the property, but so far have not said what led to the investigation.
Crews also removed two dogs along with their food and water bowls from the home, Jacobs said.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:50 AM
— UPDATE @2:50 a.m. (June 19): Power has been restored in Montgomery County, according to DP&L.
UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m. (June 19):
Outages in Montgomery County number nearly 1,300, according to the Dayton Power & Light’s online outage map.
At 11 p.m., there were more than 4,100 power outages reported.
UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. (June 19):
There are 1,586 Dayton Power & Light customers without power, down from more than 4,100 without service in Montgomery County reported at 11 p.m. Monday.
UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (June 19):
Power has been restored to half of the original 4,100 customers reported out of service at 11 p.m.
There are now 2,138 without power as Dayton Power & Light crews work to restore service.
The cause of the outage is unknown.
UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.:
About 500 people have power restored so far when Dayton Power & Light’s online outage map reported 4,100 customers in the dark.
There are now just more than 3,600 without power.
More than 4,100 Dayton Power & Light customers are in the dark in Montgomery County.
Crews were sent to investigate why service was interrupted and to restore power, according to a utility spokeswoman.
The power outage was reported at 11:07 p.m.
According to the online outage map, service is expected to be restored by 1 a.m.