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SAFETY ALERT: Ingredient found in everyday food can be fatal for pets 

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Ingredient found in everyday food can be fatal for pets

Sugar substitute xylitol is becoming more and more popular in everyday items and WHIO consumer reporter Rachel Murray reports it could be fatal if consumed by a dog. 

Xylitol is used in items such as toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm and even peanut butter. The latter being the most concerning since dog owners like to hide pills inside peanut butter in order to get their dog to take medicine. 

Chewing gun and mints are also items that could contain xylitol and dog owner Parker Hollander found out first hand just how devastating these items could be for a dog. 

Hollander did not think it was a big deal when his dog Nellie got into a package of mints. Thirty minutes later Nellie couldn’t even walk. "She tried walking over to me and she started stumbling and falling over,” stated Hollander.  “I had to pick her up and she was shaking in my arms, I was terrified,” said Hollander. Immediately Nellie was taken to the veterinarian and was able to survive because of Hollander’s fast response.  

Just one stick of gum with xylitol can be potentially lethal for a small dog as it causes a sudden drop in glucose and live failure. Other symptoms of xylitol poisoning include weakness, being wobbly on their feet and seizures. Veterinarians say even the smallest amount of exposure warrants a trip to the emergency room. 

Many animal groups have called for warning labels on products that use xylitol, but until that happens it is important that animal owners know the growing list of products that contain it.  

Which Products Contain Xylitol? Here's a List!

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Local police dog struck, killed by car: ‘Play ball in heaven, my buddy’

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM


An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.

A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.

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“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook. 

The police department will post more information about a memorial when details are finalized. 

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Read this REMARKABLE letter sent to slave master from escaped slave living in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 7:26 AM

A freed slave, living in Dayton, wrote a letter to his former master rejecting a request to return to his plantation.

A remarkable letter written by an escaped slave living in Dayton to his former master was the subject of a public program recently at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.

Today is Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which commemorates the emancipation from slavery in the U.S. Slaves had acted to secure their own liberty, including Jordan Anderson.

» UNMATCHED COVERAGE: Escaped slave living in Dayton sends rejection letter to former master

Jordan Anderson (spelled Jourdan in some documents) and his wife Amanda, escaped slavery from a Tennessee plantation in 1864 and eventually made their way to Dayton.

After the Civil War, the slaveowner, Col. Patrick Henry Anderson, contacted Anderson and asked him to return to work on his farm.

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Anderson’s reply, dated Aug. 7, 1865, was addressed “to my old master,” and published in the Cincinnati Commercial newspaper and then reprinted in the New York Daily Tribune on Aug. 22, 1865. 

“Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you… Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living.”

Jordan Anderson was a former slave who worked on a plantation in Big Spring, Tennessee. He wrote an infamous letter to his former master who had requested he return to the farm to work. Wikimedia Commons

In a measured tone Anderson asks what his former master is offering, and goes on to request back pay for decades of abusive labor:

“I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well.”

The Dayton Daily News is committed to bringing you in-depth coverage of issues that matter to you. Read more about Anderson’s life in Dayton in this interactive report by reporter Lisa Powell.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 7:44 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No major incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • In the 8500 block of Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, a semi crashed into the ditch around 7:30 a.m.
  • On East Dixie Drive at the I-75 underpass in West Carrollton, police and medics responded to a crash reported around 7:20 a.m.
  • At Fountain Avenue and Columbia Street in Springfield, a three-car crash was reported shortly before 5 a.m. A vehicle ran a red light, striking another car. Two cars came to a rest on their tops. Two people were injured and taken to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west
  • I-75 between Northwoods Boulevard and the Miami County Line, Nightlylane closures June 4 - July 9 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 



  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - August 31. 


  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - August 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lighsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 722 between Gordon-Landis Road and SR 49, Dailylane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - August 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.


  • SR 49 between Park Road and Zehringer Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 18 - 25. The official detour is: SR 119 to SR 118 to SR 219.
  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 


  • SR 29 between SR 274 and Pleiman Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 66 between SR 47 and Russia Houston Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • SR 66 between SR 48 and Schlater Road, Daily lane closures May 14 - June 22 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.  


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 
  • US 42 between Bershet Street and Short Street, ROAD CLOSURE July 9 - 13. The official detour is: SR 72 to I-70 to SR 41.


  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - August 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.


  • SR 347 between Rogers Road and C - 154, ROAD CLOSURE June 29 - July 7. The official detour is: SR 347 to US 33 to SR 739 to SR 347.
  • SR 47 between County Road 12 and SR 292, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 4 - 25. The official detour is: County Road 5 to SR 540 to SR 292 to SR 47.
  • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
  • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 


  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

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Driver critically injured after rollover crash in Darke County

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:53 AM

The roof of a police patrol car at night, with the blue and red lights flashing (stock photo).
kali9/Getty Images/iStockphoto
The roof of a police patrol car at night, with the blue and red lights flashing (stock photo).(kali9/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A driver was critically injured in a rollover crash in Darke County early Tuesday morning.

A 1998 grey Cadillac Deville driven by Kory Dusko, 25, of Greenville, was traveling northbound on Ohio 121 when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control, rolling the vehicle, according to a release. 

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Dusko was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in critical condition.

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