Local NAACP members, church leaders stay encouraged in light of hospital closing

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Local NAACP and church leaders said they are encouraged by “assurances” by Premier Health in the wake of the planned closing of Good Samaritan Hospital.

A community forum on the issue set for Feb. 10 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is one reason for that encouragement, said Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward. 

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The community must “find a pathway forward,” said Corey Cunningham, founder and senior pastor of The Inspiration Church on Philadephia Drive. 

Foward and Cunningham expressed those concerns this morning at a news conference three days after officials from Premier Health - the hospital’s parent company - announced the closing of the hospital that has been a northwest Dayton anchor for nearly a century. 

Premier CEO Mary Boosalis said Wednesday Good Samaritan Hospital will close its doors by the end of the year and move 1,600 jobs out of the northeast Dayton neighborhood, where it been located on Philadelphia Drive since the late 1920s. 

RELATED: Local leaders ‘saddened’ by announced hospital closing 

Boosalis called the closing a “most difficult but necessary decision.” It was one that shocked many in the community and Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said “we are gravely concerned about an exit of that anchoring presence.” 

Premier said its goal is to offer all employees other positions in the company. But that isn’t much solace for the neighborhood around the massive complex, which was first constructed in 1928 and added onto many times since.

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WATCH: 13-year-old leads deputies on 100 MPH chase in Houston 

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:16 AM

A 13-year-old boy was arrested after leading Houston deputies on a high-speed chase that lasted more than 20 miles in a stolen vehicle.

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It was not until the teenager crashed the vehicle that officials discovered he was only in the sixth grade, Houston-based television station KTRK reports.

The chase began after the teen was spotted going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. Refusing to stop, he jumped on and off several Houston highways reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour. He eventually made his way downtown, where he crashed.

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The chase took a turn when a pursuing deputy crashed into another vehicle. The deputy and driver of the other vehicle were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The 13-year-old driver, who was not cooperative with detectives in telling them where he got the stolen car, was arrested and faces felony charges.

His name was not released because he is a juvenile.

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Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:29 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about what this is and who is at risk!

An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties for smog.

With temperatures expected in the upper 80s with abundant sunshine and light southerly winds, conditions will be conducive for the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, and may lead to elevated air pollution levels, according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.

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Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. Residents should contact their health care provider if any of these symptoms occur. The general public is not likely to be affected, according to the agency.

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To reduce smog, particularly on Air Pollution Advisory days: 

  • AVOID DRIVING IF POSSIBLE. Carpool or take the bus, or for short trips, walk or ride a bike. 
  • REFUEL YOUR VEHICLE AFTER 8 P.M., or if possible, don’t refuel at all when Air Pollution Advisory notices have been issued. Also, make sure your gas cap fits tightly. 
  • IF YOU MUST DRIVE, combine errands or delay them until the Air Pollution Advisory is lifted. 
  • DRIVE A CAR THAT IS WELL-TUNED. Avoid “jackrabbit” acceleration and excessive idling, especially at drive-through windows. 
  • AROUND THE HOME, limit use of small gasoline-powered equipment such as lawn mowers and trimmers. 
  • MOW YOUR LAWN AFTER 6 P.M. when the sunlight is not as strong and smog is less likely to form. 

For more information about air pollution, visit www.miamivalleyair.org for details and to register to receive “Air Pollution Advisories” via email.

In Butler and Warren counties, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service.

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Man fights, pepper sprays Dayton police officer prompting ‘signal 99’ call

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 1:47 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:39 AM

A man got into a physical altercation with at least one Dayton police officer and pepper sprayed the official, prompting a ‘Signal 99’ officer assistance call early Friday morning. 

A police report states officials arrested Aaron Goings, 26, in the 100 block of N. Wright Avenue after being dispatched on a suspicious circumstance call around 1 a.m.

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Goings, who was reportedly injured as a result of the fight, was transported to Grandview Medical Center.

No word on his condition.

He is not currently listed on the Montgomery County Jail website at this time, but the report states his charges include assault, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, possession of drugs, and possessing a drug abuse instrument. 

Officials from several jurisdictions in Montgomery County responded to the assistance call. 

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Heat, humidity, possible storms through Memorial Day

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:13 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down your Friday forecast

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Warm and dry day
  • Few storms over the weekend
  • Hot and humid through Memorial Day

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST:

TODAY: Clear skies this morning, and expect highs to soar into the mid-80s. Sunshine and a few clouds for the day with a very high UV Index with elevated tree and grass pollen counts. A Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties. Overall dry day and night.

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SATURDAY: Some passing clouds with it being very warm and muggy. Highs peak in the upper 80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Expect sunshine and a few clouds, but we could see a passing shower or storm during the day.

SUNDAY: A mostly dry day with sunshine and a few clouds. Warmer and still muggy with a heat index reaching the low 90s as the actual air temperature peaks around 90 degrees.  

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MEMORIAL DAY: Sunny and very warm and muggy with highs around 90 degrees. The heat index value reaches in the mid 90s. There’s a very low chance for a shower or storm with most areas being dry. Fun fact: The warmest Memorial Day on record is 95 degrees from 1895!

TUESDAY: A dry start with highs well above normal again. Highs reach in the upper 80s with sun and clouds. There’s a chance for an afternoon pop up storm. 

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