Sidney grad killed in Florida was assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 2:35 PM

Former Sidney football star dies in TV tower collapse

UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m. 

Marcus Goffena was in Florida to help repair towers that were damaged by Hurricane Irma, his relatives said. 

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“That was just the way he was. He wanted to get there to help out,” Marcus’ father told this news outlet during a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

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His mother added: “He loved what he was doing, he was really proud of what he was doing.”

Goffena started working for the Texas-based Tower King II, a company that performs maintenance and construction of large broadcast towers, about six years ago, but he and his family knew the dangers of his job, they said. 

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“It’s scary ... every time he’s up in the air,” his mother said. “We knew that. We knew it was a dangerous job.” 

Goffena’s father said he was notified of his son’s death from the owner of Tower King II Wednesday. 

“[I felt] disbelief. I couldn’t believe it was true,” his mother said. 

Goffena’s family said his job took him all over the county, but he was very family-oriented, and loved coming back to Sidney to spend time with his family. 

“He loved to live life to the fullest. He always had a smile on his face,” his mother said. 

Goffena’s autopsy was scheduled to be completed today, and funeral arraignments were still pending, his parents said.

A witness who talked with WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida, explains what he heard and saw prior, during and after scaffolding collapsed, killing 3 people.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m. 

Family members have confirmed Marcus Goffena, 31, of Sidney is one of the three victims killed in a Florida scaffolding accident Wednesday. 

FIRST REPORT

A Sidney man was killed in a scaffolding accident at a TV tower in Miami, Fla. Wednesday. 

Sidney City Schools Superintendent John Scheu confirmed to this news outlet one of the three people killed in the accident yesterday was a graduate of Sidney High School. 

This news outlet is withholding publishing the victim’s name until we’ve confirmed the next of kin have been notified. 

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According to the Associated Press, three men died after the scaffolding they used to reach the top of a 100-story tall transmission tower collapsed. 

Officials told the AP, the tower transmits signals for two stations in Miami, WPLG and WSVN. The men were contract workers for a Texas-basked company, Tower King II, that builds and maintains television antennas. 

FCC Antenna Tower Registration records say the 1,032-foot tower was built in 2009 and is owned by Miami Tower, LLC.  

WSVN owner and president Edmund Ansin said in a statement to the AP that the men were performing work required by the FCC.

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Temperatures soar, high UV index for the day 

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:58 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how warm we get today and how muggy it gets this weekend.

>> Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • UV index very high today
  • Dry rest of work week
  • Hot, humid with storms this weekend 

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A quiet morning with low humidity and plenty of sunshine through the day. Highs soar into the low to mid 80s, which is about 10 degrees above normal. UV Index is very high for the afternoon. Expect it to be dry from start to finish. 

FRIDAY: Another dry day with highs in the middle 80s, so it’ll start to feel a little muggy. UV Index will be very high again. Sunny skies for the afternoon with a a few clouds at night. 

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SATURDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds with lots of dry time during the day, but winds out of the south will help to increase moisture. Dew points climb and it will feel hot and humid as highs reach in the upper 80s. High humidity will make it feel like 90 (heat index). A few afternoon/early evening storms may develop.

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SUNDAY: Sun and clouds again with highs in the upper 80s, but even muggier for the day. The heat index values rise to the low 90s, but the UV Index will likely still be high. An afternoon pop up storm is possible again. 

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MONDAY: Dry time expected, especially early in the day. Another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 80s. Heat index values will be in the low 90s. A pop up storm is possible during the day with most spots looking to stay dry. 

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Clark Co. homeowner trying to kill weeds sets garage ablaze, fire officials say

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 5:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 5:42 AM

SCENE: Fully engulfed garage fire in Clark County

UPDATE @ 6:00 a.m: A homeowner attempting to kill weeds surrounding his garage with a torch, caused the entire garage to go up in flames, officials say.

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Springfield Twp. fire crews were dispatched to the 2000 block of Scioto Street around 4 a.m. on reports of a fully involved detached garage fire, per initial reports.

The fire did not expose to the house and no injuries were reported. 

Damage estimates are expected to be around 10 to 15 thousand dollars, as the structure, which had tools and appliances inside, was a total loss.

Fire officials are ruling the fire as accidental. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews responded to the 2000 block of Scioto Street in Clark County on a reported detached garage fire early Thursday morning.

Photo by iWitness 7 contributor Susan Fain

Initial reports indicate the fire was fully involved with possible exposure around 4 a.m. 

Photo by iWitness 7 contributor Susan Fain

We’re on scene and will update this story with additional details. 

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 4:42 AM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 4:45 a.m: U.S. 127 north and south have reopened following a crash that involved a semitrailer late Wednesday night.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital. 

Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation. 

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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. 

The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time. 

Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242. 

The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia. 

Traffic in the area is affected until further notice. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 4:04 AM

An Air Quality Advisory is in place for Thursday in Butler and Warren counties
Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell
An Air Quality Advisory is in place for Thursday in Butler and Warren counties(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

An Air Quality Advisory will be in effect today for Butler and Warren counties.

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency issued the advisory in anticipation of high ozone levels. It also includes Clermont and Hamilton counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky.

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Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion, according to a release from the agency.

To help reduce air pollution:

  • Take the bus, carpool, bike or walk instead of driving 
  • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m., do not top off 
  • Do not idle your vehicle 
  • Combine trips or eliminate unnecessary vehicle trips 
  • Keep your vehicle maintained with properly inflated tires and timely oil changes 
  • Avoid use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Avoid use of oil-based paints and stains on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Never burn leaves or other yard trimmings 
  • Always burn clean, seasoned wood in outdoor fire pits, fireplaces and wood stoves 
  • Avoid using fire pits or fireplaces for non-essential home heating on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Conserve electricity

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service. 

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