Is your car ready for the cold? Dead battery calls keep AAA crews busy

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 9:33 PM

Dead battery calls keep AAA crews busy

The cold is keeping AAA emergency roadside crews busy.

From midnight to noon today, crews helped more than 250 drivers, most for dead batteries.

Crews are helping just as many or even more members tonight.

“It’s been pretty chaotic,” said Ron Reynolds, whose been working for AAA for about eight years.

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“When temperatures drop like they have the batteries don’t seem to make it so we’re out running a lot of battery calls tonight, last night,” he said.

So far, he’s responded to eight calls in four hours, and is going from one to another.

“Just be patient with us. We’ll get to you,” he said of members waiting for service.

Some people accidentally leave an interior light on, which drains the battery, or other batteries are simply too old to handle the cold.

Reynolds said when batteries reach three to five years, they need to be checked and possibly replaced.

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AAA offers the following tips to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the cold:

  • Make sure your tires are inflated for cold weather.  A “cold weather pressure” is typically posted on a sticker inside the driver's door. Tires need more pressure when it is cold and under-inflated tires are more likely to sustain a blow out or flat. 
  • Make sure your battery is strong. It takes a battery twice as much power to start a vehicle when temperatures drop below freezing.  Most batteries last between three and five years so any battery older than three is at risk.
  • Stock a cold weather emergency kit. Most important is a fully charged cellphone so you can call for help. Also keep an extra charger; extra coat, gloves, hats and blanket; flare or flashlight with extra batteries so you can see and be seen, especially at night; and shovel, ice scraper and de-icer.
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Victims in shooting outside Dayton club ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m.:

The two victims who died after a shooting in Dayton have been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died at Miami Valley Hospital Saturday morning, according to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.


Two people have died after a shooting in Dayton Saturday.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue outside of Ricky’s Jazz Lab on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

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A 27-year-old male died at the scene and a female was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where she died, Schloss said.

Police found the male and female shot in a blue Ford pickup truck outside of the club, Schloss said.

Further information about the victims was not known.

Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 333-STOP.

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Spring is back for the weekend

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

The chance for rain returns early next week.

It will be a chilly morning with temperatures climbing out of the 30s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. There will be some patchy morning frost but will quickly melt after sunrise. Some high clouds build for the afternoon but it will stay dry and mild with temperatures approaching 60 degrees. Clouds will linger through the night but it won’t be too cool. Overnight lows will be near 40 degrees.

5-Day Forecast


  • Patchy morning frost
  • Scattered clouds, still warmer for the weekend
  • Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend


Sunday: It will be partly sunny and mild again with temperatures closer to normal in the lower 60s.

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Monday: Clouds increase with the slight chance of a few showers south, late. Highs will reach into the middle 60s.

Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers. Highs will drop back into the upper 50s.

County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with a high near 60 degrees.

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Jungle Jim’s to unveil new attraction: It’s top secret, but here are a few clues

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Several new projects are in the works at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield

Jungle Jim’s International Market will unveil a “sweet” new something on Saturday — but the surprise is staying under under wraps until then. 

The secret-for-now item will become part of the store’s permanent decor on Saturday, which also happens to be National Jelly Bean Day. 

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Here’s what the international grocer is revealing:

  • There are only 50 of “it” in the world.
  • “It” was 10 years in the making.
  • “It” had to be delivered by truck from California.

“We’re happy that this will reside amongst all the other wild things to see at Jungle Jim’s,” said Lizz Jungkunz, the Fairfield store’s candy manager and buyer. “It’s a gift to the Jungle, but we also feel like it’s a gift to the community because of its uniqueness and how special it is to Jungle Jim, personally.”

“It’s bigger and better than anything anyone could have imagined and we think the public is going to love it,” she said.

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To celebrate the addition of the one-of-a-kind “sweet treasure” to the store’s already over-the-top decor, Jungle Jim’s is planning an unveiling event, with store founder “Jungle Jim” Bonaminio on hand to take photos with families next to the new attraction.

Other family activities in conjunction with the event will include a Jelly Belly Beanboozled Challenge, where brave participants will spin a flavor wheel to win coupons and prizes.

The store also will have more than 1,000 Jelly Belly sample giveaways in addition to a “guess how many” contest that will feature prizes.

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Two-vehicle accident sends one to hospital in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

One person was sent to a hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Beavercreek Saturday.

Crews responded to the accident on Dayton Xenia Road near Grange Hall Road around 8:40 a.m.

A Federated Auto Parts van collided with a red SUV, according to Beavercreek police.

The driver of the Federated Auto Parts van was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Both vehicles needed towing.

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