Why is steam coming from the Great Miami River?

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Great Miami river freezes over

The temperature has been so cold recently that local bodies of water are starting to give off steam. 

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The Great Miami River and Mad River are frozen in multiple spots and near Deeds Point the Mad River is almost frozen from bank to bank. 

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With the frigidly low temperatures the water in the river is now warmer than the air around it and causing the appearance of steam coming from the water.  

“Even though the water feels very cold it's still much warmer than the air around it. The air temperature is around zero or below and the river is significantly warmer, so it's just condensation. The river, just because it is much warmer, is condensing steam,” Kurt Rinehart, chief engineer of the Miami Conservancy District, said.

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This can be compared to what happens when you have a pot of boiling water in your kitchen that gives off steam because it’s warmer than the atmosphere around it. 

We will continue to monitor the affect that the low temperatures are having on our local bodies of water and bring you the latest updates.  

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6 men charged in Ohio prison drug smuggling attempt

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:42 AM

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Georgia Department of Corrections
Staff photo(Georgia Department of Corrections)

Six men, including three from Dayton, have been charged for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into an Ohio prison, according to the Department of Justice. 

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Alton Herron, 46, Rodney Herron, 27, and Daviontae Norvell, 26, all from Dayton are among the six men indicted on drug-related charges, a Department of Justice spokesperson said in a media release Thursday. 

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Joseph Brodbeck, 59, of Columbus, Gerry Branner, 27, of Cincinnati, and William A. Lowery, 30, were also indicted on the same charges. 

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The six men are accused of conspiring to distribute Suboxone, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana inside the Lonon Correctional Institute in Madison County, according to the release. 

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“Brodbeck was a contract employee of the prison’s food service company and worked in the prison kitchen. He allegedly smuggled narcotics in to inmates after purchasing the narcotics in various cities in Southern Ohio, including Middletown, Dayton and Springfield, the spokesperson said in the release.” 

The other five charged were all inmates of prison in London at one point and allegedly paid Broadbeck for the drugs, according to investigators. 

All six are facing a charge of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison, according to the Justice Department. 

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2 in custody after apparent standoff with police at Dayton home

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Marshall Gorby/Staff
Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

Two people, a man and a woman, have exited a Dayton home on Wesleyan Road and have been taken into custody following a standoff with police. 

Police have not indicated the nature of the standoff and additional details about the investigation were not immediately available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

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Multiple police officers have responded to an address on Wesleyan Road and the road is currently blocked in the area.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of Wesleyan around 11:15 a.m. and remained on the scene around noon.

We’re working to learn why police have responded to the area.

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Vandalia police chief’s funeral today

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:35 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:29 AM

Thousands turned out to honor former Vandalia police chief who recently passed away. Check out the funeral procession.

Vandalia residents and city staff are paying tribute to Police Chief Douglas Knight, who died Friday.

Knight had announced just weeks before that he would be retiring at the beginning of June.

“As a person, as an organization, as a community, we are heartbroken,” said Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey. “Doug fell in love with the people of Vandalia, and he made it his life’s work to serve and protect them.”

Funeral services started today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Christopher Catholic Church. 

Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight died unexpectedly on Friday just weeks after his announcement of retirement effective in early June.(Staff Writer)

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There will be marked police vehicles and representatives from other police agencies will stage their vehicles for the procession in the Vandalia Municipal Building parking lot on James Bohanan Drive, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

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A Vandalia fire engine presented the United States Flag at the south side of National Road at Perry Street.

Hundreds paid their final respects to Vandalia Police Chief Doug Knight Thursday at his funeral. Knight died unexpectedly Friday weeks before he was set to retire.

The Dayton Police Department Honor Guard members are coordinating part of the funeral and organizing the formation of uniformed officers at St. Christopher Parish and Polk Grove Cemetery, according to Hopkins.

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The Kettering Police Department Honor Guard will perform the firing battery, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard will play Taps, and the Brookville Fire Department will provide the bag piper. All of that will take place at the cemetery Thursday.

Vandalia Police Department officers will honor Chief Knight and perform the flag folding and presentation to the Knight family at the cemetery.

The city has placed a wreath at the Justice Center on James Bohanan Drive and placed an unmanned police cruiser at the corner of National and Bohanan to honor the chief.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Colleen, his children Steven and Erin, and the rest of the Knight family during this very difficult time,” Crusey said.

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Multiple OVI checkpoints planned for Friday night

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

Monroe police officer Doug Leist works at an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4.
Monroe police officer Doug Leist works at an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4.(Nick Graham/MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL)

At least three sobriety checkpoints are planned for Friday night.

The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting a checkpoint and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Xenia Post announced they will be conducting two checkpoints in Greene County.

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The state and federally funded checkpoints are being held “to deter and intercept impaired drivers,” according to the patrol’s release.

In a prepared statement, Lt. Matt Schmenk, commander of the OSHP Xenia Post, said last year 405 people were killed in 379 OVI-related crashes across Ohio.

“State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers,” Schmenk’s statement reads. “OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

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The times and locations of the checkpoints will be released on Friday.

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