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Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 11:40 PM
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.
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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:55 PM
DAYTON — Two large trees were apparently struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon as a batch of heavy rain moved through the area.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:20 PM
DAYTON — 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.
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.
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.
“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.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:43 PM
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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:49 PM
— 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.
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.
“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?”
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.