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Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 10:45 AM
UPDATE @ 8:36 a.m. (June 16):
A man suspected of impersonating a police officer at Caddy’s Tap House earlier this month has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.
Christopher Boehmer entered a plea of not guilty to impersonating a police officer, disorderly conduct, possession of drugs and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, according to court records.
A 21-year-old Beavercreek man said to be impersonating a police officer while in possession of a loaded handgun and intoxicated is facing charges following an incident at Caddy's Tap House Friday morning, according to a Beavercreek police report.
Christopher Boehmer was a customer at the bar, 2760 Towne Drive, around 1:30 a.m., and according to the report had been "showing people a police badge and a firearm."
Four bouncers approached Boehmer and questioned him about the badge and gun and the 21-year-old tried to run, the report said.
While running, a bouncer told police Boehmer appeared to be reaching for his waistband, so the bouncers tackled the suspect and held him to the ground, according to the report.
One of the bouncers took the gun from Boehmer and told police they found a bullet in the chamber of the weapon and seven others in the magazine, the report read.
According to the report, after officers arrived they searched Boehmer and found suspected marijuana and a badge saying "State of Ohio - Police".
Police said Boehmer told them he purchases police badges on the internet to collect and "didn't mean to cause problems."\
Boehmer was issued a summons to court for impersonating a police officer, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He's due in court June 16 and weapons charges are pending testing of the weapon, according to the report.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:55 AM
MIAMI VALLEY — The Miami Valley is under a Heat Advisory until 8 p.m. Monday.
With a heat index of 100 degrees outside, it's making any prolonged work outdoors dangerous.
Little ones and their families at Orchardly Park were staying cool by staying in the water Monday and also remaining hydrated.
But some people weren't playing in the sun. They were working and working to keep cool.
Tree trimmers were in Riverside Monday morning, cutting down limbs around the Valley Worship Center on Valley Pike.
Trimmers started the work at 9 a.m. and planned to be there for five to six hours.
"We've been working for about an hour and a half now and I'm already hot," said Josh Patterson, tree trimmer for Tackett Tree & Shrub Service.
Patterson said he's never experienced heat exhaustion on the job.
"I've been doing it so long, you just get used to it."
Thankfully, their bosses have seen to it that their coolers are overflowing. They filled coolers with ice and drinks to keep their core temperatures down.
But in the ER at Kettering Medical Center, this time of year doctors see an influx of patients suffering from the sun.
"We see everything from heat-related cramps so severe you can have abdominal pain, cramping, sometimes you'll have severe nausea and diarrhea," said Dr. Nancy Pook, medical director of Kettering Medical Center Emergency Department. "It doesn't make sense right, but when you're body is shutting down sometimes different people act differently."
Kettering lacrosse players were practicing in the heat from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday.
Dr. Pook said they're fine as long as they take plenty of water breaks in the shade.
But in this heat, she said it's better to get all outdoor work done in the coolest parts of the day, either early morning or late evening.
"People with respiratory problems out in the heat really get into trouble with difficulty breathing," said Dr. Pook. "We watch out for our cardiac patients because lots of them are on diuretics, so pills that decrease their fluids inside anyway."
Kids under the age of 4 are also at risk because their bodies can't properly regulate their temperature yet.
Parents at Orchardly Park's splash pad had the right idea, keeping their children in the cool water.
The workers at Tackett Tree & Shrub Service said they're going to have to focus on getting their job done as quickly as possible.
"A lot of times if it's too hot we'll hurry up and finish that job, move on for the day and go home," said Patterson. "But nine times out of 10, you just try to stay positive and push through."
Dr. Pook also said that you want to take breaks in air conditioning, as you can bring your core body temperature down.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:15 PM
SOUTH OF WEST ALEXANDRIA, PREBLE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: The woman killed in a single-vehicle crash in the 6000 block of Halderman Road has been identified as 29-year-old Megan Harris of Indiana, Sgt. Frank Simmons of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post said.
“Upon arriving on scene we saw a red Chrysler Pacifica that apparently had gone off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected and went off the left side of the roadway, striking a tree almost splitting the car into two pieces,” Simmons said.
Speed is definitely a factor, but drugs and alcohol are not suspected, he said.
“Based on our evidence collection and the visual inspection of the vehicle, the damages sustained, she was traveling at a high rate of speed.”
UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: Troopers with the state patrol are continuing their investigation of the fatal, single-vehicle accident in the 6000 block of Halderman Road.
Halderman will be shut down in both directions until further notice.
A crash in the area of Twin Creek and Halderman roads, south of West Alexandria, involves a fatality, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The crash was reported around 4:20 p.m.
According to initial reports, a vehicle crashed into a ditch in the area, the patrol said.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:58 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:58 PM
WASHINGTON TWP. — The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals (SICSA) is looking to break ground later this year and start construction in 2019 on a $5 million new facility in Washington Twp.
SICSA is a non-profit pet adoption center and animal shelter, that has rescued and adopted more than 7,500 animals through the years. The shelter has been part of the Miami Valley since 1974. SICSA has performed more than 6,900 spays and neuters during the last three years.
The organization is working with the township board of trustees to open a 27,000 square-foot building, proposed on Washington Church Road, north of Lyons Road and overlooking Interstate 675. Trustees approved the plans for the new facility last year, after the adoption center raised nearly 50 percent of the $5 million needed for the development.
Township Development Director Ryan Lee said the board of trustees has approved the final development plan for the proposed location and SICSA. Township trustees approved the preliminary plans last year.
“We are excited to see this property developed and to welcome SICSA to the Washington Township community,” Lee said.
The facility will house a total of 73 kennels and space for about 100 cats and would be soundproof to protect both the animals and nearby residents.
The agency’s current location, 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, is expected to remain open, according to agency officials, who added that September is the target for the groundbreaking of the new Washington Twp. location.
Nora Vondrell, executive director of SICSA, said the organization currently has 700-800 volunteers. With the addition of the new center, she said “significantly more volunteers will be needed to support both sites.”
SICSA is a “no kill” facility. In 2016, the center had 1,654 adoptions and just more than 26,000 volunteer hours, according to its website.
According to Vondrell, in Montgomery County, 48 percent of all stray animals are euthanized. About six years ago, the rate was around 65 percent.
SICSA also helps reduce the number of euthanized animals by taking some in from the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.
Here are five things to know about the SICSA adoption center:
1. SICSA stands for The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals. The adoption and animal shelter has rescued and adopted more than 7,500 animals through the years.
2. The shelter has been part of the Miami Valley for 43 years, beginning in 1974.
3. SICSA is a “no kill” facility.
4. In 2016, the center had 1,654 adoptions and just more than 26,000 volunteer hours, according to its website.
5. The location for the proposed new 20,000-square-foot building is on Washington Church Road, north of Lyons Road overlooking Interstate 675.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
— The summer equinox is upon us, but it appears the hazy, hot and humid weather arrived early. Temperatures soared over the weekend into the 90s as the first heat-wave of the year arrived in time for Father’s Day.
An official heat wave occurs when temperatures soar to 90 degrees or higher for at least three days in a row.
The Weather Prediction Center has placed much of the Miami Valley in a risk zone for flash flooding through the first half of this week.
As temperatures have climbed, so has the amount of moisture in the air. With the increase in humidity, it becomes quite uncomfortable to go outside for any long periods of time, especially late in the afternoon or early evening. The reason for this is because with more moisture in the air, the moisture your body produces to help you cool doesn’t readily evaporate.
Without that evaporation, your body will sweat easily, making you feel even more uncomfortable. After an extended period of time, serious heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
The good news is as we head through the week, the heat will begin to ease a bit. Temperatures are forecast to drop out of the 90s and hold in the 80s for the next few days. Unfortunately, there will be very little relief in the humidity which will likely lead to a few issues. First, the humid conditions will increase the amount of mold spores in the air. This, in turn, can cause allergic reactions. Also, mosquitoes have been on the increase. Warm and muggy evenings are a favored environment for these pesky insects.
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The biggest concern with the humid air may become the threat for heavy rainfall and an increased potential for flash flooding.
A very slow-moving frontal boundary will be sliding southward across the Miami Valley through the middle of the week. As it does, showers and storms will become more and more widespread across the area. These storms will have plenty of tropical moisture to work with, meaning rainfall rates from storms could become quite high. It is the type of environment that is forecast this week where flash flooding can become an issue. We saw similar flooding happen on June 8 which led to the closure of U.S. 35 of Dayton’s west side.
While forecasting exactly where flash flooding will occur is nearly impossible, this is a good reminder if you are traveling and you drive into an area with extremely heavy rainfall, slow down! Also, be sure you turn your headlights on to help with visibility when driving through rain.
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