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Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 12:20 AM
— Dayton broke another snow record for the area with the most number of measurable snow days in April. A tenth of an inch of snow was measured Monday night, making it the fifth day there has been measurable snow this month, according to the National Weather Service.
A Freeze Warning will last until 10 a.m. Tuesday for the following counties: Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Butler, Warren, and Clinton.
“Unprotected plants could be damaged or killed as temperatures drop into the low 30s”, Zontini said.
TONIGHT: While some flurries are still possible, steadier snow showers have ended for most areas. A Freeze Warning is in effect tonight for areas along and south of I-70. It will be cold with temperatures falling to around 30 degrees by morning
TUESDAY: While a few flurries will be possible in the morning, clouds will gradually break as we head through the day. Temperatures will be slightly warmer, but remain cool with highs in the middle to upper 40s.
WEDNESDAY: Clouds will be on the increase through the day with a chance for showers by late afternoon. It will also become windy and milder with highs reaching into the lower 60s.
THURSDAY: There is a chance of showers, mainly during the first half of the day. Clouds will break late with cooler, blustery conditions. Highs will drop back into the upper 40s.
FRIDAY: Sunny skies will end the week with a moderation in temperatures getting underway. Highs will rebound into the middle 50s.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies will start the weekend with highs in the upper 50s.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:51 PM
— Heavy rains have washed away sections of some local roadways, prompting emergency closures and repairs by Montgomery County and Miamisburg officials to keep drivers safe.
Rainfall ate away a stretch of Upper River Road near Miamisburg, leaving a guardrail dangling above the Great Miami River and forcing the county to close a stretch of Upper River, according to Gary Shoup, Montgomery County chief deputy engineer.
“With all the rain we’ve been having – not just at this location but at other locations in the county – there have been some landslides,” Shoup said Monday. “A small portion of the road is gone. The posts of the guardrail are no longer embedded into the earth. They are just hanging there.”
The damage prompted at least the third recent road closure and fourth emergency action to keep drivers safe in and around Miamisburg due to roadways threatened by erosion, according to officials.
Last week, Miamisburg officials ordered emergency repairs on a portion of Ohio 725. The state route was closed in both directions at times between Riverview and Linden avenues for repairs to an eroded embankment and ditch, according to the city.
“We caught it early and got out there ahead of it,” said Miamisburg city engineer Bob Stanley.
He said the Ohio 725 issue was directly related to the amount of rain pounding Miamisburg’s most heavily traveled route that carries more than 20,000 vehicles a day.
“What we were seeing was significant erosion from runoff from the roadway,” Stanley said.
On Upper River Road, a landslide from the riverbank along the road took about two feet off a lane along a 50- to 100-foot section between Farmersville-West Carrollton Road and Soldiers Home Miamisburg Road. About 150 vehicles used the road daily during a 2016 traffic count, Shoup said.
Along Ohio 725, large rocks have been fixed in place with concrete to help stabilize the area, Stanley said. The initial work is running the city about $80,000 to be addressed by an emergency ordinance next week, he said.
A section of Lower Miamisburg Road shared by Miamisburg and Montgomery County is also closed due to “slippage,” he said.
“It’s a hillside issue, not a river issue,” Stanley said.
Shoup said near-historic rainfall levels in February — normally when precipitation would come as slow-melting snow — as well as more record-setting rainy days since, laid the groundwork for the problems.
“It’s not unique to us, it’s throughout all of southern Ohio — the heavy rains and similar situations we’re encountering,” Shoup said.
The proximity of a swollen Little Twin Creek and Manning Road became a concern a couple months ago, prompting Montgomery County crews to place a concrete barrier between the roadway and creek west of Venus Road as a safety precaution, Shoup said.
This February was the fourth rainiest on record, with 5.62 inches at Dayton International Airport, the most since 1990, according to National Weather Service records. Precipitation in March was about a quarter inch more than average, while so far in April is running about one and half inches above normal, even before counting any rainfall Monday or Tuesday.
Montgomery County commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday to keep Upper River Road closed until the engineer’s office can assess the feasibility of a permanent fix. Detours are currently place.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:06 PM
RIVERSIDE — The City of Riverside said it is the victim of a computer virus that currently has certain police staff unable to access about a year's worth of files.
In a phone conversation Monday afternoon, City Manager Mark Carpenter confirmed the malware infection came in early last week, and initially appeared to be an "email fax."
The virus is still under investigation, but Carpenter said a Riverside police and fire server has, at present, lost about a year's worth of files.
Carpenter says the city is currently working with two outside companies to recover the data, some of which is backed up by hard copies.
No citizen personal information is at risk as a result of the virus, Carpenter said.
He added that the city did not pay money as is often the case in ransomware attacks.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:03 PM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:
A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Cruiser was rammed by a stolen car in the parking lot of a Valero gas station in Harrison Twp. Monday, according to deputies.
Deputies approached the stolen vehicle that was parked in the lot of the Valero gas station at 2800 Philadelphia Drive, according to a media release from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
“As deputies approached the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle noticed the deputies, re-entered (the) vehicle and fled the area. In fleeing the area, the driver of the vehicle struck a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle,” deputies said the in the release.
There were no injuries initially reported, according to emergency scanner traffic.
Our crew on the scene observed two people detained at the scene and placed in the back of cruisers.
No other details were provided by investigators.
An officer’s cruiser was reportedly struck by a vehicle on Philadelphia Drive this afternoon, according to initial reports.
The incident was reported around noon.
We’re working to learn more.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:24 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:37 PM
SHELBY COUNTY — UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m.:
Deputies have identified the victims of a fatal crash involving a horse-drawn buggy in Shelby County Friday night.
Sarah Schwartz, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Ohio 47 near the Logan, Shelby county line around 9:10 p.m. Friday, according to a media release from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Sarah’s husband, Henry Schwartz, 26, and their two children, Elmer, 18-months, and Ester, 4-months, were all ejected in the crash, deputies said.
Elmer and Ester were transported by a CareFlight medical helicopter to Dayton Children’s Hospital and remain in critical condition.
Henry was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where he is also listed in critical condition, deputies said.
Earlier, the Steven Eugene Hunter, who deputies have accused of fleeing the scene of the crash, made an initial court appearance in a Shelby County court. Hunter’s bond was set at $150,000.
A man accused of leaving the scene of a fatal crash involving a horse-drawn buggy in Shelby County made an initial court appearance Monday morning.
FIRST REPORT: SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical
Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident in connection to the crash that killed a 23-year-old woman Friday night.
Hunter’s bond was set at $150,000, per the request of the county prosecutor, during the arraignment in Sidney Municipal Court.
Additional details about the crash have not been released by investigators. At last check, three people, including two children and a man, were all in critical condition at Dayton hospitals.