Harvey (Day 5): Ohio Task Force 1 remains in Houston area

Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 9:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 4:42 AM

OHTF1: In a box truck with evacuees

UPDATE @ 4:40 a.m. (Aug. 29): Ohio Task Force 1 and Gabrielle Enright remain in Houston while waiting for their next assignment. 

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UPDATE @ 9 p.m. (Aug. 28): Ohio Task Force 1 remains in the Houston area, assigned to perform water rescues.

More than 1,000 people have been rescued in the last eight hours as water levels continue to rise because Tropical Storm Harvey is lingering over southeast Texas.

OHTF1: More from Houston

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m. (Aug. 28)

Ohio Task Force 1 will head to the southern part of Houston to perform boat rescues, after the Houston area received over 30 inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey. 

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The task force has been given a window until around noon Central Time before water will be released from a levy or dam. 

Ohio Task Force 1 is busy in Houston

News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright remains with Ohio Task Force 1 in Texas, and we’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. (Aug. 27)

Ohio Task Force 1 is in Katy, outside Houston, ready to operate water rescue missions. The Houston area has been deluged by ‘unprecedented flooding” from torrential rains from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Rainfall totals are approaching 20 inches, recorded at the Houston Intercontinental Airport, according to the Weather Prediction Center.

(Gabrielle Enright/STAFF)

UPDATE @ 1:21 p.m.Ohio Task Force 1 has been given a new destination -- Katy, Texas, outside Houston.

>> Listen to WHIO Radio on AM 1290 and News 95.7 for LIVE coverage of the active situation in Texas.

UPDATE @ 1:05 p.m.

Ohio Task Force 1 will soon be leaving the Texas town of Tivoli and head for San Antonio to stage.

“We are seeing lines of medics and charter buses headed to Houston,” WHIO-TV’s Gabrielle Enright reports, along with videographer Chuck Hamlin.

UPDATE @ 11:05 a.m. 

Ohio Task Force 1, in the small southeast Texas town of Tivoli, helped “rescue” a fire truck trapped when the firehouse collapsed.

There were no injuries resulting from the collapse as the team was able to help the fire crew get their fire engine back in service.

There have been no reports of people in the town being trapped.

(Gabrielle Enright/Staff)

UPDATE @ 10:05 a.m. (Aug. 27) DAY 3: Ohio Task Force 1 spent the night in Robstown, Texas, and now is in the area of Tivoli, a short distance from the San Antonio Bay and southeast of Victoria. 

In Tivoli, task force members are assessing damage and sending information to FEMA to help determine if the town should receive federal help and funding. 

The town of roughly 400 people, northeast of Corpus Christi and southwest of Houston, takes its name from the town of Tivoli in the Lazio region of central Italy. 

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the latest impacts from Harvey and also what could become another tropical storm to our east.

Meantime, Ohio Task Force 1 members are anticipating they will be moved to the Houston area. 

In an effort to meet up with the task force, WHIO-TV's Gabrielle Enright and Videographer Chuck Hamlin are staging between where the task force is now and where they will go.  

Enright and Hamlin will provide with you with updates, video and more as they move forward.

UPDATE @ 12:15 a.m. (Aug. 27)

Ohio Task Force 1 arrived Saturday night in Robstown, Texas, about 30 miles from Corpus Christi.

The urban search and rescue team expects to be put to work today assisting local resources. Ohio Task Force 1 was deployed to Robstown along with Texas Task Force 1 and Missouri Task Force 1.

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. (Aug. 26) DAY 2

Ohio Task Force 1 has been deployed and is headed to Robstown, Texas, not far from Corpus Christi.

Teams there requested support in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall and subsequent torrential rains as it stalls in the region as a tropical storm, News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright said. She and videographer Chuck Hamlin are traveling with the task force.

Ohio Task Force 1 and Missouri Task Force 1 are leaving from San Antonio, and will meet up with Texas Task Force 1 in Robstown.

Support efforts are expected to begin and first light.

Ohio Task Force 1 moving to Robstown, Texas

EARLIER (Aug. 26)

Ohio Task Force 1 learned during a conference call today that they will remain on standby to assist with any search and rescue missions, however at this point they have not received any missions from FEMA.

News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright and videographer Chuck Hamlin are traveling with the group as they prepare for possible search and rescue missions related to Hurricane Harvey.

DAY 1: Ohio Task Force 1 leaves Dayton for Texas

So far, the task force is being held primarily for flooding concerns. While there are a lot of damage reports coming in, Texas resources have been able to handle them.

The task force arrived in San Antonio early Saturday morning and many of the crew were finally able to get some rest around 4:45 a.m. when they slept on cots at the AT&T Center.

MAP: Ohio Task Force One Location

The team is continuing to have regular meetings and are creating tactical plan should they be called for a mission.

The drive from Dayton to San Antonio is approximately 18 hours.

This news organization was the first to report to you that 49 members are part of the activation group, which learned of their mission in a conference call Thursday night (Aug.24). 

The crew worked to load the task force vehicles before they left their base in Kettering early Friday morning.

Our News Center 7 teams have traveled with the Task Force for several other missions they’ve been assigned to, including Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Reporter Gabrielle Enright reports just outside Little Rock, Arkansas, on the latest conditions from Hurricane Harvey.

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Homemade bottle bomb found along Island MetroPark bikepath

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning. 

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Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field around 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, Lt. Mark Arendt of the Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division said. 

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The device was found partially burnt-up and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said. 

Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated. 

“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.” 

The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said. 

No injuries were reported. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Police: Wrong-way driver causes fatal downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

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

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.:

A wrong-way driver caused a crash that killed one person in downtown Dayton Tuesday morning, according to police. 

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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. 

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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. The crash killed one person, but investigators didn’t indicate which vehicle that person was in. 

The identity of the victim will not be released until family has been notified.

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.

Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 10 a.m.:

One person has died following a crash near the intersection of West Fifth and South Perry streets in downtown Dayton, according to dispatchers. 

Police continue to block West Fifth street near the bridge and South Perry Street is blocked at West Fourth Street. 

We’ll update this page as more details become available. 

FIRST REPORT

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

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The crash was reported at the intersection of West Fifth South Perry streets and near Sinclair College, around 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

Police have requested a crash reconstruction to the scene to investigate the crash, according to our crew on the scene. 

The condition of the driver was not immediately available. 

Police have blocked eastbound West Fifth Street at the bridge and South Perry Street at West Fourth Street for the investigation. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Warren County drivers to pay $5 more for vehicle registration

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:38 AM


            Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison will have another $1.1 million for road and bridge projects since the county commissioners approved a $5 increase in motor vehicle fees. He stands in front of a list of counties that have added the fee. STAFF / LAWRENCE BUDD
            Lawrence Budd
Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison will have another $1.1 million for road and bridge projects since the county commissioners approved a $5 increase in motor vehicle fees. He stands in front of a list of counties that have added the fee. STAFF / LAWRENCE BUDD(Lawrence Budd)

Warren County vehicle owners will pay another $5 for registration next year.

This morning, the county commissioners approved the increase, which is expected to raise another $1.1 million a year for road and bridge projects.

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Revenue from the existing fee, increased in phases since 1968, is shared with other local governments.

“We’re really falling behind,” County Engineer Neil Tunison said. “We’re doing about a third of the roads we need to do.”

Warren County would be the 14th in Ohio to add the charge, joining Montgomery, Hamilton and Clermont counties in the Miami Valley. The new fee was authorized by Ohio lawmakers in 2017, Tunison said.

Tunison said some of the new money would fund local matches on major projects funded primarily with state or federal funds.

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County Commissioner Dave Young noted this was the first increase in 13 years and said good roads were part of keeping Warren County an attractive place for businesses and residents.

“I’m not even going to blink an eye,” Young said.

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There were no comments from the public in two public hearings preceding Tuesday’s unanimous vote by the commissioners.

Commissioner Tom Grossmann said he was not planning to vote for the increase.

“You convinced me,” Grossmann said.

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The county engineer’s office’s annual budget is about $8.4 million in revenue, $6.1 million from the vehicle registration fees and $2.3 million from gas tax.

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Ohio police dog struck, killed by car: ‘Play ball in heaven, my buddy’

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM

BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.

A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.

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“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook. 

The police department will post more information about a memorial when details are finalized. 

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