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Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 9:17 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A new report ranks Springfield as a city with one of the highest burglary rates in the country but local police say break-ins have dropped significantly in recent years.
The report released by ADT Security Services this week uses FBI crime statistics from 2015.
Springfield is listed as the city with the 5th most burglaries per 1,000 people in the country. But the ranking doesn’t reflect the trend in local burglaries, Springfield Police Division Capt. Mike Varner said, which have been steadily declining.
“From 2011 through 2016, over the last five years, burglaries have been going down,” Varner said, “and in fact, from 2011 to 2016 burglaries are down 40 percent.”
In 2011, the city saw 1,615 break-ins, according to data from the Springfield Police Division. That number has been declining since 2011. In 2016, Springfield reported about 960 burglaries.
The break-ins are likely motivated by drugs, Varner said.
“A lot of burglaries are related directly to drugs,” he said. “Persons who are out trying to fund their drug habits.”
For the full story, go to SpringfieldNewsSun.com.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:36 PM
OVERNIGHT: Some lingering rain from Monday night will slowly taper to the south and east. The flooding threat remains until the wet weather comes to an end. Look for the weather to remain mild and muggy, with lows in the middle 60s.
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, warm and muggy again with a chance of a few passing showers or storms, mainly during the peak heating of the day. The threat for severe weather is low, but areas to the south and east of Dayton could see an isolated strong to severe storm with gusty winds and hail. Highs for the day should climb to about 80. A cold front will pass through and high pressure settles in for the night. Skies will clear, humidity will drop and temperatures will fall into the upper 50s.
WEDNESDAY: Finally, dry and comfortable with a mix of sun and clouds. A high in the upper 70s.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice, with highs in the lower 80s.
FRIDAY: A great way to finish the week with lots of sunshine and high temperatures. Highs in the middle 80s.
SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and a bit more humid. Chance of a few pop-up shower or storms into the afternoon. Highs in the middle 80s.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:05 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Middletown will launch an avionics technician training program this fall.
The new program will be announced Tuesday at the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees meeting at Cincinnati State Middletown at 3:15 p.m.
The city of Middletown and MADE are investing $72,000 for the avionics lab, according to a press release from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
Those interested in a career in the avionics industry can obtain fundamental skills through the program, according to the release.
Avionics Technicians install, repair and maintain electronic components such as navigation or communications systems found on different aircraft including helicopters, airplanes, jets and drones. They also work in the aerospace parts industry, according to the release.
Avionics technicians are listed as an in-demand career in Ohio with entry-level salary positions averaging at $43,000, the release said. Experienced workers make an average of $85,000.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:09 PM
WEST MANSFIELD, Logan County — Deputies and a medic unit are on the scene of a semitrailer crash that left the driver trapped and forced the shutdown of state Route 292 north of West Mansfield in Logan County.
The driver's condition is not known.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision
The accident was dispatched about 9:45 p.m. as a motor vehicle crash at state Route 292 and County Road 50, north and east of Bellefontaine.
The semi is in a field, on its side and diesel fuel is leaking, we're hearing. A hazardous materials unit has been requested.
State Route 292 will be closed until further notice, according to Logan County Sheriff's Dispatch.
We will update this developing report as warranted. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:44 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:01 PM
UPDATE @ 9:54 p.m.:
The top of a pole was struck by lightning, causing the second large outage that occurred at 7:22 p.m. in Bellefontaine.
Lightning damaged the pole and a transformer, causing 287 customers to lose power, Millhouse said.
Power was restored to all customers except one. Millhouse said crews are making final repairs and hopes to have power fully restored by midnight.
UPDATE @ 9:37 p.m.:
Approximately 86 customers are without power in Clark Co., 77 in Pleasant Township, according to the FirstEnergy outage map.
Trees and power lines are down in the 4200 block of Runyan Road, county dispatch has confirmed.
UPDATE @ 9:13 p.m.:
Two large outages affected two different parts of South Main Street in Bellefontaine within two minutes of each other, according to Director of Operations Kelly Millhouse of DP&L.
DP&L crews found blown fuses due to heavy lightening at the first outage reported at 7:20 p.m. in a predominately commercial area of town, Millhouse said.
All 373 customers have had their power restored except for one, said Millhouse.
The second outage occurred two minutes later at 7:22 p.m. and affected 287 customers in a predominantly residential area, according to Millhouse.
Multiple crews are currently patrolling the area of South Main Street near Cross Pointe Circle and South Detroit Street to determine the cause, Millhouse said.
Millhouse said it shouldn’t be too long for restoration but does not have an estimated time of restoration.
Nearly 373 customers were reported without power in the Bellefontaine area around 7:20 p.m. Monday, according to the DP&L Outage Map.
Logan County dispatchers said they believe the outages were weather related.
Estimated restoration time is currently reported to be midnight, according to the DP&L Outage Map.