Community offers prayers for family that lost 2 of 3 children in I-70 crash

Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

Community gathers for memorial for children who died in crash

Ascension Church in Kettering was nearly full Monday night at a prayer service for David and Christina Bereda, who lost two children in a vehicle accident July 18, on I-70 West near the Illinois-Indiana line. 

Brennen and Finley Bereda, ages 5 and 1, were killed when a semitrailer rear-ended the SUV their mother, Christina, was driving, Indiana State Patrol officials said. 

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Family friend Pat Taylor said she received a call Monday that the third child, 3-year-old Jordan Bereda, has been released from a hospital in Indianapolis. He was taken there from the accident suffering from a broken arm, but Taylor said doctors found the other day that he had a broken leg. 

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A donation page for the family has been shared more than 35,000 times and has garnered at least $81,000 in donations in less than a week. 

"They'll never get over it," Taylor said outside the church. "It's going to be a long road. But with the support that have from their family members, they'll get through."

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Man hears ‘boom, boom, clack’ before tree falls on vehicle in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:55 PM

A large tree has fallen on top of a Jeep on La Belle Street in Dayton after a batch of heavy rain moved through the area Tuesday afternoon.

Two large trees were apparently struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon as a batch of heavy rain moved through the area.

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A large tree fell on a Jeep on La Belle Street in Dayton, and across town, a branch believed to weigh 2,000 pounds landed atop a vehicle in the 100 block of Five Oaks Avenue in Dayton.

A 2,000-pound branch fell from a tree during heavy rain Tuesday, June 19, 2018, on Five Oaks Avenue in Dayton.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

Sidney More was headed to the store this afternoon, driving on Five Oaks Avenue.

“I stopped at the stop sign and I heard a big boom, boom clack! And then I see a big light come down and then hit this tree.

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“There was like a little fire when it hit the tree and then the tree fell,” he said. “That’s when it hit the street. It fell  hard and fast.”

More said he backed up and went back home. “I did not go to the store. I did not want to take no chances.”

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Lightning is reportedly the reason the tree on La Bell Street toppled.

Crews were working to remove the tree from the road. 

No injuries were reported in either incident.

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Woman, 87, ID’d as victim in fatal wrong-way downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning.

The victim killed in a wrong-way crash Tuesday morning in downtown Dayton was identified as 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Officers were dispatched to a report of a crash with one person trapped near the intersection of West Fifth Street and South Perry Street around 9 a.m. 

Investigators said a red car traveled the wrong direction on West Fifth Street and crashed into the silver car, sending the silver car into a pole. Investigators didn’t indicate which vehicle Clouse was in. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets. 

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“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said. 

I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.” 

The intersection was reopened by police around 11:30 a.m.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:43 PM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

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Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

  • No major incidents to report. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west
  • I-75 between Northwoods Boulevard and the Miami County Line, Nightlylane closures June 4 - July 9 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.

GREENE COUNTY

  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

WARREN COUNTY

MIAMI COUNTY

  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - August 31. 

DARKE COUNTY

  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - August 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lighsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 722 between Gordon-Landis Road and SR 49, Dailylane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - August 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

MERCER COUNTY

  • SR 49 between Park Road and Zehringer Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 18 - 25. The official detour is: SR 119 to SR 118 to SR 219.
  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 29 between SR 274 and Pleiman Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 66 between SR 47 and Russia Houston Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • SR 66 between SR 48 and Schlater Road, Daily lane closures May 14 - June 22 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.  

CLARK COUNTY

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 
  • US 42 between Bershet Street and Short Street, ROAD CLOSURE July 9 - 13. The official detour is: SR 72 to I-70 to SR 41.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - August 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.

LOGAN COUNTY

  • SR 347 between Rogers Road and C - 154, ROAD CLOSURE June 29 - July 7. The official detour is: SR 347 to US 33 to SR 739 to SR 347.
  • SR 47 between County Road 12 and SR 292, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 4 - 25. The official detour is: County Road 5 to SR 540 to SR 292 to SR 47.
  • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
  • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

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Chemicals found in Dayton water prompt new letters to customers

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:49 PM

A water well field at Huffman Dam operated by the city of Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
A water well field at Huffman Dam operated by the city of Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

A potentially dangerous substance once used as a firefighting foam at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that infiltrated groundwater and prompted the shutdown of several Dayton water wells has now been detected in drinking water bound for customers.

The system operators, however, say the level of polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) is well below allowable limits.

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Both the city of Dayton and Montgomery County are sending customers notices with the results of recent testing of treated water leaving the city’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. The results of March testing show PFAS detected at a level of 7-13 parts per trillion.

Officials stress that level is significantly below the EPA health advisory limit of 70 ppt for lifetime exposure, but it marks the first time PFAS have been detected in water after the treatment process.

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“The city’s water remains safe, with readings well below the EPA health advisory limit,” wrote Michael Powell, Dayton’s Department of Water director, in an email sent to customers. “Additionally, the city will continue to use the latest available technology to proactively monitor and safeguard our drinking water in coordination with the Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA.”

Dayton’s well fields supply water for 400,000 residents in multiple jurisdictions. In addition to Dayton they include those in Centerville, Harrison Twp., Kettering, Miami Twp., Washington Twp., and others.

Joe Tuss, Montgomery County administrator, said the county, in coordination with the city, will begin testing water within the distribution system for PFAS.

“We want to understand what that means if the treated water coming out of the plant is 7-13 parts per trillion, which is extremely low,” Tuss said. “What does that mean as it moves through the distribution system?”

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Seven drinking water production wells were turned off last year at Dayton’s Huffman Dam well field as a precaution, officials said earlier. Monitoring wells detected polyfluroalkyl substances on site. In the last six months, Dayton has installed 77 of 150 additional monitoring wells to help isolate the sources of PFAS and to optimize pumping, according to the city.

At certain levels, the substances can cause major health concerns. Studies indicate high-level exposure to the contaminant may lead to testicular and liver cancer; changes in cholesterol; low birth weight in newborns; liver tissue damage; and effects on the immune system and thyroid, according to the U.S. EPA.

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