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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:59 AM
GASPER TWP., Preble County — People living near a road construction project along U.S. 127 say drivers are ignoring road closed signs.
There are dozens of signs along U.S. 127, including one in Eaton that gives a 4-mile warning of the road closure ahead.
Shelly Rowland’s house is just behind some railroad tracks, where her family shares a quiet street with a half dozen other homes. There’s only one way in, and one way out.
“That kind of isolates all of us down here on Old Camden Pike and on Brower Road,” she said.
Twice in the last 24 hours, the family’s way out has been blocked.
Brower Road is the last opportunity for drivers to turn around before hitting the construction closure on U.S. 127. But semis often can’t make it over the steep grade of the train tracks to turn around.
Rowland said this is dangerous, “I mean that’s our only way out, Brower Road on 127.”
She said one of her neighbor’s called 911 Wednesday afternoon, but medics were not able to access their street.
“The life squad actually had to carry the person on a gurney over the railroad tracks around the stuck semi to get to the ambulance that’s parked on 127,” Rowland said.
Law enforcement arrived quickly to make sure the rail was shut down.
But with two children, the Rowlands said they are concerned about what their options would be if a semi blocked their path during an emergency.
“If an accident happens with the semis and we’re cut off —which happened twice today, two hours at a time — what do we do? Nobody can get through,” she said.
The Rowlands said there is plenty of signage, but now they hope law enforcement can make sure trucks are turning around sooner than they have been.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 3:05 AM
TODAY: Lots of clouds around this morning with a stray shower possible and temperatures rising out of the 60s. Some isolated areas of fog are also possible.
“The Miami Valley is still under the influence of a low pressure system to our south, so a few hit or miss showers are likely today, mainly in the afternoon”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.
It will be a cooler than normal afternoon in the upper 70s, but still quite muggy. Chance for showers diminish tonight, but clouds linger. Staying mild and muggy with lows in the middle 60s and the possibility of a few areas of patchy fog redeveloping.
TOMORROW: Tuesday will be very similar to Monday with mostly cloudy skies and the slight chance for a few passing showers, mainly in the afternoon. Highs for the day around 80 degrees and muggy.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with the slight chance of a passing shower again, especially east. A few rumbles of thunder are also a possibility with any shower. Highs for the day reach into the lower 80s and still muggy.
THURSDAY: Sun and some clouds for the day, a bit warmer and muggy with highs in the middle 80s. An approaching cold front may bring a few showers or storms later in the day.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and warm with lowering humidity. Highs peak around 80 degrees.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:38 AM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 5:40 a.m: Fire crews battled flames from a house fire that occurred on Omard Drive early Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Good Samaritan Hospital has officially closed
The incident was dispatched as a working fire in the 1400 block just before 5 a.m., per initial reports.
According to our crew, there is apparent damage to the structure that also exposed to a nearby home, causing damage to that structure as well.
We’ll continue to update this story with more details as they become available.
We are responding to a report of a house fire on Omard Drive in Xenia.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:16 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 2:37 AM
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Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:03 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Middletown police are warning residents about a group of teens pulling people over impersonating police officers.
Police made the public warning on its Facebook page on Sunday evening.
Police said four white teens are driving around Middletown in a blue or gray convertible that has a light on the dashboard as well as a loud speaker and air horn.