RTA drivers’ strike: Here’s how some Daytonians are getting around

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

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With the RTA strike in full swing, WHIO’s Malik Perkins went around the city of Dayton Wednesday to find out how people who normally rely on the bus system have been getting around and how much it’s costing them. 

He found that the strike is benefiting ride share companies such as Uber because more people are using that service, although the prices are higher. Taxi cabs, carpooling and walking are other ways people are getting around. 

With the exception of walking, those other transportation services cost three to four times more than what they’d normally cost on the RTA. For instance, a bus ride from downtown Dayton to the Dayton mall typically costs $2. But it costs between $5-$7 on Uber and about $10 by cab.

Those prices are too expensive for some people, like Cynthia Young. So she walks whenever she has appointments or other business to tend to. 

“I have to sit down and actually catch my breath,” she said. “I have to go sit in the hospital, Brown Street in different restaurants or at the bus stop.”

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Pinning ceremony honors new VA Medical Center director Jill Dietrich 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:14 PM

Jill Dietrich
Veteran Affairs
Jill Dietrich(Veteran Affairs)

Newly appointed VA Medical Center Director Jill Dietrich's pinning ceremony was held this afternoon, marking the first time a woman has been sworn in to the leadership role in the VA’s 150 year history. 

"I was just extremely happy to be joining the ranks of the senior executive service and come lead the Dayton VA Medical Center, " said Dietrich. 

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Dietrich says she wants to create a high level of trust with the veterans and increase employee engagement. 

"Listening sessions, and walking around talking to people and tours, the culture here is phenomenal. "People here care and they want to do what is best for the veterans," said Dietrich. 

The Dayton VA has faced issues in the past, from a dental hygiene scandal in 2011 where a dentist was accused of not changing gloves between patients. 

In 2015, a whistleblower brought attention to a patient backlog in the pulmonary clinic. 

Officials say improvements have been made locally. 

The VA is currently facing national issues like concerns over hiring enough qualified staff and providing timely patient access to healthcare. 

The top of the VA is also facing problems.  

President Donald Trump fired VA secretary David Shulkin last month, and has nominated White House doctor Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to take his place. 

Dietrich says despite what's going on with the VA in Washington, the mission does not change at the local level here in Dayton.

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Layer Park opening could be delayed a few months

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:15 PM

Layer Park opening could be delayed a few months

The reopening of Layer Park in Miami Twp. could take a couple more months, despite the sign out front indicating "Park will open in Spring 2018." 

The park has been shut down since January 2016 because of high levels of lead and arsenic found in the ground. 

The lead and arsenic was initially found back in 2013, when the park was the site of a former shooting range.

Those tests only came to light in early 2016, in what the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admitted was a big mistake. 

The federal EPA used more than $3 million from a super fund to clean up the park, costing the township nothing. 

EPA work initially wrapped up in October, but the grassy areas still need more work, we've been told. 

Dave Hill, a resident who lives next to the park, is glad the digging and hauling of dirt is over so he can regain some peace and quiet. 

"Big semi trucks, hauling it out, all that earth moving equipment back there, steam shovels," Hill said. 

Township contractors installed a new play set, basketball hoop, and planted 60 new trees. 

The parking lot has also been redone. 

Hill says the reopening can't come soon enough, and is hopeful the park will reopen soon so he can take his grand kids.

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Greene County sheriff removes body from vet clinic near Yellow Springs

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:45 PM

Greene County sheriff removes body from vet clinic near Yellow Springs

Update@4:13 p.m.

Greene County deputies were dispatched to the scene just after 11 a.m., and upon their arrival they found an individual with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Chief Deputy Mike Brown. He declined to release anymore information, saying the case remains under investigation. 

First report: 

The Greene County sheriff’s and coroner’s offices are investigating after deputies responded to a reported shooting at a veterinary clinic near Yellow Springs.

Crime scene tape is up around Hosket Veterinary Service, 4450 U.S. 68 North, where authorities responded this morning to a reported shooting.

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A coroner’s investigator was dispatched to the scene, according to Greene County Coroner’s Office Administrator Bill Harden.

Harden deferred all other questions to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s Capt. David Tidd advised their detectives are involved in an active, open investigation at that location.

According to emergency scanner traffic, officers were dispatched around 11:20 a.m. to the report of a self-inflicted gunshot at the veterinary clinic.

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This news organization has a crew on scene working to gather more information.

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Street back open after gas leak in Fairborn

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:08 PM

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.

The street is back open and the scene clear after a gas leak shut down a portion of West Hebble Avenue this evening in Fairborn.

FIRST REPORT

A gas leak has forced the closure this evening of a portion of West Hebble Avenue.

The street is closed from Third Street to Central Avenue.

Vectren is on the scene to start digging for the gas shutoff, according to a social media post from the Fairborn Fire Department.

There are no evacuations, Fairborn police dispatch said.

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