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Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be dangerous trick, experts say

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:54 PM

Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be a dangerous trick

Some drivers say they have a trick to keep from slipping and sliding in ice and snow -- they let some air out of their tires. 

Experts say it can help, but it can also be dangerous. 

Ralph Creamer of Dayton said it's a technique he started using years ago on the job. 

"I answered calls and I lowered the tire pressure and that helped me out," Creamer told News Center 7’s Rachel Murray. "It gives you good traction and I would recommend it if the snow is deep enough." 

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Under-inflation works by increasing the surface area of the tire - increasing the area where the rubber meets the road. 

"If you deflate it, the center goes in and it makes the shoulders more pronounced as a footprint on the snow," said Mark Breining, manager of Grismer Tire in Dayton. 

Breining cautions that low tires can be hazardous. 

Low tires create too much tire sidewall flex which makes steering sloppy and it could ruin your tires. 

"If a tire runs consistently below 25 percent of its recommended pressure, it is considered a run-flat over a period of time and should be replaced," said Breining. 

The drag created by under-inflated tires will also hit you in the wallet by decreasing gas mileage. 

If you are considering this tactic check with a professional first. 

Buying quality tires is an even better option than under-inflation, according to Breining.

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Hot, humid Memorial Day; possible afternoon downpour 

Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 3:44 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at what she is tracking today and what is developing for the middle of the week.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Hot and humid Memorial Day
  • Slight chance for a pop-up storm
  • Best chance for rain middle of week

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A mild and muggy morning, so expect temperatures to soar to 90 degrees this afternoon. Close to the record, the warmest Memorial Day which is 95 degrees, is from 1895! Sunshine and scattered clouds through the day, but the heat and humidity will make the heat index values rise to the low to mid 90s. There’s a small chance for a pop-up downpour or storm from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Most areas will stay completely dry as the night stays mild. 

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TUESDAY: A mild, but dry morning. Clouds increase through the afternoon with highs in the upper 80s. A very muggy day with heat index values reaching the low to mid 90s again. A few showers are possible at night.

WEDNESDAY: Scattered showers and storms for the day. Remnant of Alberto that move nearby will bring gusty winds and heavy rain at times. A mostly cloudy day with cooler temperatures in the lower 80s. 

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THURSDAY: Muggy and mild still with mostly cloudy skies. They’ll be some passing showers and storms during the day with highs in the middle 80s.

FRIDAY: A few more showers early in the day as clouds decrease towards evening. Temperatures reach the low 80s. 

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Mother carries kids out of burning duplex, says those responsible will get caught

Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 12:21 AM
Updated: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 4:41 AM

SCENE: Crews respond to fire on Kammer Avenue in Dayton

UPDATE @5 a.m.: A woman said she ran outside wither her kids when her husband yelled there was a fire and to get out.

Amanda Starling said she couldn’t see anything inside the house as she ran with her children, ages 5 and 8, because it was filled with smoke. When she got outside, she saw it was engulfed in flames.

Fire crews said the fire is suspicious, and Starling said she was told an investigator took gas cans for evidence.

“Someone intentionally did this, and whoever did this is going to get caught for what they did,” Starling said. “People don’t even care if you have kids in the house.”

No one was injured.

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UPDATE @ 1:45 a.m: The fire that occurred at a duplex on Kammer Avenue Monday morning is being investigated as suspicious, Dayton fire officials say.

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Crews responded to the structure fire in the 300 block around 12:20 a.m. with heavy fire coming from the first floor. 

The residence where the fire occurred was occupied by two adults and two children who were all able to escape unharmed. There was no one inside the adjacent residence. 

There are no exact damage estimates, but the fire did expose to other parts of the duplex, according to officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

INITIAL REPORT

Officials are responding to Kammer Avenue on reports of a structure fire that occurred early Monday morning. 

Crews were dispatched to the residence in the 300 block around 12:20 a.m. on reports of a working fire, per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details. 

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One dead in Huber Heights shooting

Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 4:02 AM
Updated: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 5:23 AM

UPDATE @5:23 a.m.

Huber Heights police are looking for a man responsible for a fatal shooting.

Huber Heights Police Sgt. Brad Reaman said found the fatal victim, a male in his late teens to early 20s, in a garage in the 7300 block of Charnwood Drive. The victim, who had been shot once, was pronounced dead about 10 minutes after offices arrived.

Reaman said a witness and the victim were in the garage when a male approached them. An altercation occurred, and at some point a gun was displayed before the victim was fatally shot.

The investigation is in its early stages, and it’s unknown if a robbery led to the shooting

Reaman said the street is quiet, and police don’t respond to the area often. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Huber Heights police at (937) 233-1565.

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UPDATE @4:50 a.m.

One person is dead following a shooting report on Charnwood Drive in Huber Heights.

The Montgomery County Coroner is on scene. Police said there is one victim.

We are working to gather additional details. 

FIRST REPORT

Police are responding to an incident in Huber Heights.

Police tape is up around a house in the 7300 block of Charnwood Drive. There are several police cruisers and one medic on scene.

We have a crew on scene, and this story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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ATV crash in Clark County sends man, child to area hospitals

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:58 PM



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A man and child were taken to area hospitals Sunday afternoon following an ATV rollover crash.

The crash was reported around 2:20 p.m. in the 4600 block of New Carlisle Pike, west of Springfield.

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A man was taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, and a child was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening, according to crews on the scene.

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