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Celina mayor declares State of Emergency; 8 injured following storms

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 1:14 AM

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UPDATE @12:55 a.m. 11/6/17

Grand Lake and Havemann Roads will remain closed Monday as emergency crews assess damages, according to a post on the City of Celina’s Facebook page.

Electric crews will be working throughout the night to clear downed power lines, remove broken utility poles and restring new lines. 

An apparent tornado caused significant damage to buildings and property mainly on the east side of town.

>> PHOTOS: November storms, tornado in the Miami Valley

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m. 11/5/17 

Mayor Jeffrey Hazel has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Celina after two possible tornadoes ripped through the Mercer County city Sunday.

In a release, Celina police said a tornado entered the city from the southwest, causing damage to a home along Lakeshore Drive before crossing Grand Lake and damaging multiple businesses including Wendy’s, Lakeshore Auto, Crown Equipment, Dollar General and C-Town Wings among others.

>> ‘Horrific damage,’ injuries reported from Mercer Co. tornado

Celina police said eight people within the city limits were treated for non-life threatening injuries, with four being transported to area hospitals.

Off-duty officers and emergency crews responded to the scene with crews from Montezuma, Rockford, Mendon and Chickasaw assisting in recovery efforts.

Officers said Mayor Jeff Hazel and Ohio State Senator Keith Faber directly assisted with the ongoing emergency with Senator Faber providing additional propane tanks to keep power running throughout the night at Celina Police Command Center.

Those living in and near Celina are encouraged to stay away from affected areas as crews continue to work to clean up debris, according to the release.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.

The Celina mayor says eight people were injured; all believed to be non-life threatening. 

Watch as mayor gives update to News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy.

EARLIER REPORT

Several Celina businesses have been significantly damaged following severe weather in the area Sunday afternoon. 

Our crew in Celina reports a portion of the roof to Crown Equipment Corporation is missing and an exterior wall has suffered significant damage.

A string of businesses in the area, including a nearby restaurant, are heavily damaged, according to our crew. 

A Dollar General has signs down and the front of the structure blown off.

A Dollar General on Havemann Road in Celina heavily damaged by Nov. 5 storms.

>> Reports of heavy damage, injuries at Celina restaurant

The National Weather Service reports as many as 6 injuries at a Celina restaurant in the area. 

>> Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Miami Valley

An additional injury was reported by the service on Ohio 29 after a power pole fell. 

We will continue to update this developing story.

A Dollar General on Havemann Road in Celina heavily damaged by Nov. 5 storms.
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Kettering Health Network celebrates completion of radiation therapy center

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:48 PM

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Kettering Health Network is celebrating the completion of the new radiation therapy center at Soin Medical Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 3 for members of the media.

The public is invited to a community open house for its entire comprehensive cancer services on May 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Kettering Cancer Care is located at the hospital's Ollie Davis Pavilion in Beavercreek. 

Attendees will be able to tour the center and meet oncology physicians. 

According to a press release, the success of the cancer center allowed for an $8 million expansion to cancer services provided at Soin. 

Phase one of the expansion doubled the infusion center in size to 13,000 square feet to accommodate more chemotherapy patients. 

Clinical exam rooms also doubled in size to support the growing on-site medical oncology team. 

The expanded infusion center opened in fall 2017. 

The radiation center was completed in phase two of the expansion.

The 8,300-square-foot radiation therapy center includes a linear accelerator for radiation therapy, as well as a CT simulator and scanner to support the addition of an on-site radiation oncology team. 

Greene Medical Foundation provided a $3 million grant to cover part of the cost. 

Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of 8 hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. 

For more information, visit www.ketteringhealth.org.

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Witness to near-drowning at Island MetroPark voices safety concerns

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 11:11 PM

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Briana Greenwood, witness to the near-drowning of a 2-year-old boy at Island MetroPark on April 21, is advocating for changes because of safety concerns about access to the water at the park. 

Park employees notified Greenwood in an email that the boy is doing fine, but she is still concerned. 

Greenwood told park officials, in a letter, how the boy wandered from his parents and wound up in the river. 

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The child's father pulled him out. He coughed up water after CPR was performed. 

Signs at the park warn that adult supervision is required, but Greenwood advised officials there is no barrier to keep children out of the water. She suggested a "strong, sensible fence" be put up. 

Mark Hess, chief of Public Safety for Five Rivers MetroParks responded to Greenwood: "We will take your ideas and others into consideration as we evaluate this incident and look for ways to prevent such incidents in the future."

Greenwood frequents the park about once a week with her son and is concerned an incident like the one on April 21 could happen again if a barrier is not put in. 

"This simple precaution could save many lives of the thousands of children and families that enjoy the MetroParks," wrote Greenwood. 

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Bill could cut defense jobs around Ohio; not Wright-Patt, Turner says

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:40 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:40 AM


            Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said Wednesday a House Republican measure that could threaten civilian defense jobs in other parts of the state won’t impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said Wednesday a House Republican measure that could threaten civilian defense jobs in other parts of the state won’t impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said Wednesday a House Republican measure that could threaten civilian defense jobs in other parts of the state won’t impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“None of the agencies impacted” are headquartered at the state’s largest single-site employer, Turner said.

Central Ohio civic and business leaders urged Ohio members of Congress Wednesday to kill the measure, a proposed amendment that, if passed by the House and Senate, would be included in next year’s defense bill.

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The amendment calls for a 25 percent cut in the number of agencies that largely employ civilian workers.

Opponents say the measure could impact the 6,000 jobs at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and Defense Logistics Agency in Whitehall as well as another 2,000 jobs in Cleveland.

“These defense jobs in Central Ohio are really important and we want to do everything we can to make sure they are growing, not shrinking,” said Alex Fischer, president and chief executive officer of the Columbus Partnership.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, wants to include the reduction in the 2019 defense authorization bill. It takes dead aim at what is known as the Fourth Estate, a nickname for agencies that deal with defense administrative issues.

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Thornberry has argued the measure would save $25 billion a year, which could be plowed into actual military spending.

In a conference call today with Ohio reporters, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he doubted such a measure could pass the Senate. He said Thornberry “takes an ax to show he can cut defense spending when there are better ways to do that than these across-the-board cuts,” adding “it’s not very well thought out.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said the defense agencies “in Columbus and Cleveland play very important roles supporting our men and women in uniform, including making sure they get paid, have the repair parts they need for their equipment, and have the information technology systems needed for mission success. These aren’t functions we can get rid of.”

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New dad woes: Prince William struggles to stay awake at event days after birth of baby

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 5:55 AM

Video shows Prince William appearing to struggle to stay awake during a service at Westminster Abbey Wednesday. 

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a baby boy Monday. They have not announced the baby’s name.

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