‘Silent killer’ in Dayton meets its match: Barbershops

Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 1:42 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

            High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because often it does not cause pain or result in other obvious symptoms.
High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because often it does not cause pain or result in other obvious symptoms.

Here in Dayton, getting a haircut can be a life-saver.

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because often it does not cause pain or result in other obvious symptoms. Alarm bells often don’t go off until it’s too late.

But people don’t have to visit a doctor to get their blood pressure checked. They can swing by City Stars Unlimited barbershop, at 1649 N. Gettysburg Ave., and get a nice trim while they are at it.

Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County, in conjunction with Sinclair Community College, placed blood pressure cuffs at City Stars as part of minority health month, which is in April.

Public health would like to put blood pressure monitors at other barbershops and salons across Montgomery County because they are popular gathering spots and a community resource, said Haley Riegel, public health’s grant manager for communities preventing chronic disease.

“You should just be aware of what your blood pressure is,” she said.

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Danny Beasley, a 32-year-old barber at City Stars, died in late 2017 from heart complications, officials said.

Beasley was black, and black men are at a much higher risk of hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure, than other segments of the population.

About half of black residents tested in Montgomery County have high blood pressure, and black people tend to have high blood pressure at earlier ages, compared to other races, Riegel said.

Last month, City Stars hosted a three-hour event that allowed visitors to get free blood pressure checks, which was part of “Minority Health Month.” The checks were part of project named after Beasley.

The blood pressure cuffs remain at the barbershop. Public health trained the shop’s staff on how to use the equipment and screen visitors.

Using barbershops to combat hypertension isn’t a new concept — it’s used in other communities across the nation, Riegel said. But projects across the nation have proven effective at improving community health.

People who have eleveated blood pressure can combat it by changing their diets, losing weight, taking medication, exercise regularly and limit alcohol.

People with high blood pressure should consult their doctor or other medical experts.

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Skies clearing tonight, rain moves in Monday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:20 PM

Filtered sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with rain returning as early as Monday.

More clearing is expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. 

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Rain moves in Monday
  • More rain Tuesday/early Wednesday
  • Another round of rain later Friday

5-Day Forecast


Overnight: More clearing is expected overnight. It won’t be as cool, with temperatures dropping into the middle 40s for most of the region.

Monday: After a dry start in the lower 50s, rain is expected to move in headed toward lunchtime. Highs will be in the lower 60s. Periods of rain are expected, but there will be some breaks, especially in the evening.

Tuesday: A few more scattered showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Wednesday: A pre-dawn shower is possible, otherwise it should be drying out. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

County-by-County Weather

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower 60s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but rain returns later in the day. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

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Old North Dayton celebrates opening of Ahiska Turkish mosque

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:15 PM

Old North Dayton’s Ahiska Turkish mosque Sunday afternoon celebrated its grand opening.

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The event at the Osman Gazi Mosque, at 1508 Valley St., was open to the entire community, and featured dignitaries from across the globe.

Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St.(CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF)

Celebrations included a picnic in a park owned by the mosque and a prayer service.

The Dayton area has a growing community of more than 1,000 Ashiska Turkish families, according to estimates.

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Two-vehicle injury accident causes I-75 shutdown for nearly 3 hours in Dayton

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

UPDATE @ 6:50 a.m.:

The two-vehicle injury accident that occurred on northbound Interstate 75 Sunday morning is under investigation, according to police.

All three of the adult males involved in the crash were taken to an area hospital with unknown conditions, according to Sgt. Cash of the Dayton Police Department.

One of the occupants involved was described as being in “pretty bad shape.”

It was not clear what exactly happened in the Sunday morning crash but the Crash Reconstruction Unit is attempting to piece it together, Cash said.

UPDATE @ 5:28 a.m.:

All of Interstate 75 is now open after a vehicle accident caused a nearly three hour shutdown.

UPDATE @ 5:22 a.m.:

The left two lanes at northbound Interstate 75 are open between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident shut the road down for nearly three hours.

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The right lane remains closed.


Northbound Interstate 75 is closed between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident in Dayton Sunday.

Crews were dispatched around 2:45 a.m. to the accident.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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Dayton Duplex fire under investigation

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:45 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

SCENE: Fire breaks out at Dayton duplex

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.:

The fire that started at a duplex in the 200 block of Warren Street in Dayton is under investigation.

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No one was injured in the fire that started in the rear of the two-story building Sunday morning, according to District Chief Brad Baldwin of the Dayton Fire Department.

Baldwin said the fire was well involved when crews arrived.

Flames blew out of the front and sides of the duplex when crews made entry to the front of the first floor, Baldwin said. 

Firefighters tried to control the flames as the buildings on both sides of the duplex were evacuated, according to Baldwin.

It is not yet known what started the fire or if anyone was inside at the time. 

Damage estimates were not yet known but the roof had caved in.


Firefighters are on scene of a working two-story duplex fire where flames were reportedly showing in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched around 6:20 a.m. to the 200 block of Warren Street.

Buckeye Street at Warren Street is closed.

We are hearing reports that adjacent buildings are being evacuated.

We will update this story as we learn more.

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