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Neon sign sparks small fire outside Quincy’s in Dayton

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM

A neon sign caught fire outside of the restaurant at 865 North Main Street around 3:30 a.m., according to our first responder.

A neon sign caught fire early this morning outside Quincy’s restaurant.

Crews were called around 3:30 a.m. to 865 N. Main St. The road was closed at Miami Boulevard for a few hours as Dayton fire crews were on scene.

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How safe are air shows? Here’s how many crashes occurred in past decade

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

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John Cuday, president of the Virginia-based International Council of Air Shows, contends air shows are safe for spectators. No spectator at an airshow – which has different rules than air races -- has been killed since the 1950s because of safety measures in place, he said.

“There is no motorsport in the world that has the safety record of spectators that we do,” he said.

The danger is primarily to pilots, he said.

“The flying that these guys do is more dangerous than standard flying, but they take this risk knowingly” and mitigate risk, he said.

In what he described as a four-legged stool, the first safety measure is distance between pilots and people.

Small planes, for example, stay at least 500 feet away from spectators. Jets operate up to 1,500 feet away.

“I’ve actually charted where the wreckage has landed and that system has acted precisely as it was to work,” he said.

Additionally, pilots’ knowledge and flight routines are evaluated every year.

Acrobatic maneuvers toward spectators are banned and an acrobatic sky box sets aside restricted airspace for performances.

“That’s the four-legged stool we have come to rely on and it’s worked very, very effectively to protecting spectators,” he said.

INITIAL REPORT: 

In late June just a year ago, a Thunderbird jet flipped over after taxiing at the Dayton International Airport.

The crash occurred on June 23 prior to the Dayton Air Show, and injured Pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves and Tactical Aircraft Maintainer Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova. The F-16 sustained significant damage, and the Thunderbirds cancelled all performances at the air show.

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The Thunderbirds jet mishap was the first major aviation related incident at the air show since the fatal crash of a wing walker and a pilot in front of thousands of horrified spectators on June 22, 2013.

Air shows can be risky for performers. Approximately 52 percent of civil air show crashes that occurred from 1993 to 2013 involved at least one fatality, according to FAA’s General Aviation and Air Taxi Survey and the National Transportation Safety Board data. The data studied 174 civil air show crashes.

Here’s what we know about air show safety: 

1. How many deaths have occurred as a result of crashes and mishaps at air shows and races in the U.S.? 

This news organization reviewed data from the Federal Aviation Administration, which showed that 44 fatalities have occurred in the past decade as a result of injuries sustained in crashes and incidents at air shows and races in the United States. This news organization reviewed fatality reports from 2007 to 2017. That number increases looking at incidents globally. 

2. Have deaths occurred at the Dayton Air Show? 

In Dayton, three deaths have occurred since 2007 at the air show. In 2013, a stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker. 

Wicker was wing walking at the time of the crash, sitting on the underside of the inverted 450 HP Stearman named “Aurora.”
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The plane did a cartwheel and burst into flames as it hit the ground. A fire truck was at the crash within two minutes and extinguished the flames.

Since 1990, there have been 160 crashes at air shows and air races across America. Not a single year during that time was there not a crash. Wingwalker Jane Wicker, 46, and pilot Charlie Schwenker, 64, crashed and were killed at the Vectren Dayton Air Show on Saturday, June 22. The biplane appears to have crashed just inside the 500-foot show line which is marked by orange construction barrels seen at right. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

In 2007, aerobatic pilot Jim LeRoy failed to maintain clearance from the ground during an acrobatics routine and crashed his 400-horsepower, single-seat biplane, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. 

The safety board found that “smoke oil” present in the air where the performers were flying also contributed to the crash. 

LeRoy’s yellow Bulldog Pitts continued from a spiral spin into the ground, slid 300 feet and burst into flames. LeRoy was killed on impact.

3. How many crashes have occurred in the past decade?  

Approximately, 96 aviation accident reports related to air races and shows have been filed since 2007, according to NTSB data. However, most of the accidents investigated did not result in fatalities. 

People on the ground watch as Jim Leroy's plane burns following his crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show, Saturday, July 28, 2007.(Peter Wine)

4. What has been the worst air show crash in recent U.S. history?

A plan crashed into spectators at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada in September 2011. The crash killed the pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 spectators. It also injured more than 60 others, according to federal investigators. 

5. What regulations are in place to keep pilots and spectators safe at air shows?

The FAA provides aviation event organizers with assistance when planning a safe aviation event. Planes are no longer allowed to fly over crowds at air shows inn the U.S., and significant changes occurred after the Reno accident in 2011. Spectators have to be staged a specific distance away from where planes are performing now, and airshows have to follow a ground operations plan

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2 accused of backing into sheriff’s cruiser, triggering pursuit, remain in jail

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

2 in custody following pursuit in Dayton

UPDATE @ 5:10 p.m. (June 19): Two people remain in jail on preliminary charges stemming from a pursuit that involved hitting a sheriff's cruiser. 

Christopher Harvey, 28, is detained pending the filing of three charges -- felonious assault, felony failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer, and probation violation. A judge Tuesday afternoon set Harvey's bail at $50,000. 

Also in jail is Blaire Kennerly, 27, detained pending the filing of one charge -- misdemeanor failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer. She is due in court Wednesday. 

Christopher Harvey (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

WHIO-TV on Tuesday obtained surveillance video that shows the truck backing into the cruiser at a Germantown Shell station on early Monday. 

Montgomery County deputies spotted a pickup truck three different times early Monday before they were able to get it stopped. Deputies had been looking for the truck after a 911 call accusing the driver of disorderly conduct at a bar. Deputies said they saw a man driving the truck when they lost it at some point during the pursuit. 

Blaire Kennerly (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

Deputies said when they spotted the truck again, they gave chase and managed to get it stopped near Germantown Pike and Frytown Road in Jefferson Twp. 

They broke the driver's side window and said the occupants refused to get out. That's when they discovered a woman behind the wheel. They arrested that woman, later identified as Kennerly. 

Deputies also arrested the man with her, Harvey, who they believe was driving when the pickup hit the cruiser.

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No injuries were reported.

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Woman, 87, ID’d as victim in fatal wrong-way downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

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

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m.:

The victim killed in a wrong-way crash this morning in downtown Dayton was identified as 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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. 

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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Chemicals found in Dayton water prompt new letters to customers

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:49 PM


            A water well field at Huffman Dam operated by the city of Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
A water well field at Huffman Dam operated by the city of Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

A potentially dangerous substance once used as a firefighting foam at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that infiltrated groundwater and prompted the shutdown of several Dayton water wells has now been detected in drinking water bound for customers.

The system operators, however, say the level of polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) are well below allowable limits.

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Both the city of Dayton and Montgomery County are sending customers notices with the results of recent testing of treated water leaving the city’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. The results from March testing shows PFAS have been detected at a level of 7-13 parts per trillion.

Officials stress that the significantly below the EPA health advisory limit of 70 ppt for lifetime exposure, but it marks the first time PFAS has been detected in water after the treatment process.

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“The city’s water remains safe, with readings well below the EPA health advisory limit,” wrote Michael Powell, Dayton’s Department of Water director, in an email sent to customers. “Additionally, the city will continue to use the latest available technology to proactively monitor and safeguard our drinking water in coordination with the Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA.”

Dayton’s well fields supply water for 400,000 residents in multiple jurisdictions. In addition to Dayton they include those in Centerville, Harrison Twp., Kettering, Miami Twp., Washington Twp., and others.

Joe Tuss, Montgomery County administrator, said the county, in coordination with the city, will begin testing water within the distribution system for PFAS.

“We want to understand what that means if the treated water coming out of the plant is 7-13 parts per trillion, which is extremely low,” Tuss said. “What does that mean as it moves through the distribution system?”

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Seven drinking water production wells were turned off last year at the well field as a precaution, officials said earlier. Monitoring wells detected polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) on site. In the last six months, Dayton has installed 77 of 150 additional monitoring wells to help isolate the sources of PFAS and to optimize pumping, according to the city.

At certain levels, the substances can cause major health concerns. Studies indicate high-level exposure to the contaminant may lead to testicular and liver cancer; changes in cholesterol; low birth weight in newborns; liver tissue damage; and effects on the immune system and thyroid, according to the U.S. EPA.

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