Winter weather strikes the Miami Valley, other areas

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

A look at the winter weather across the Miami Valley and the United States

The Miami Valley wasn't the only area that saw a snowy Christmas or bitter cold temperatures this week. 

>>Chilly afternoon with chance for snow near week’s end 

“Erie, Pa. has had 63.8-inches of snowfall since Christmas Eve,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “That is more snow than the Dayton International Airport has received in the last three years. Erie has had up to 99-inches of snow this month, which is the record for the most snowfall for December.”

Cold, arctic air arrived across most of the United States Wednesday morning and clear skies caused the Miami Valley to have frigid temperatures, Zontini said.

Some colder areas: 

  • Rockford: minus 6 degrees 
  • College Corner: minus 5 degrees 
  • Bellefontaine: minus 4 degrees 
  • Germantown: minus 4 degrees 
  • Springfield: minus 2 degrees 
  • Dayton International Airport: minus 2 degrees 

>>When were we THIS cold?

“The Dayton International Airport reached minus 2 degrees for the first time since February 2015 and almost reached the record of minus 4 degrees,” according to Zontini.

Minnesota dropped to a record low of minus 36 degrees Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth. 

South Florida was maintaining temperatures in the 70s this morning.

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Ban medical marijuana businesses, Kettering city staff suggests

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 11:09 PM

Kettering Assistant City Manager Steven Bergstresser discusses why city staff recommended council ban medical marijuana businesses in the city.

Kettering city staff members in a presentation to City Council Tuesday evening strongly recommended that there be a permanent ban on medical marijuana businesses in the city.

A March 23 memo from city staff to council had also asked for enacting a ban on the businesses in the city. The primary reason given is that Ohio’s medical marijuana program is in conflict with federal law, which considers marijuana a Schedule 1 drug.

Kettering Assistant City Manager Steven Bergstresser placed more than 10 slides chock full of details he felt would convince council members to replace the city’s temporary moratorium with a permanent ban.

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“We looked at it from a legal perspective, land use perspective and a legal perspective,” he explained. “From a legal perspective it is still illegal at a federal level and so we felt that because of that disconnect between state law and federal law and the fact that businesses operating marijuana operate on a cash only basis so it leads to a potential of increased crime.”

Bergstresser stressed to Council that research conducted on other states that have enacted marijuana usage revealed problems that Kettering should avoid.

“California and Colorado have published reports that they have seen detrimental impact on their communities after the establishment of marijuana in their communities,” he said. “The FDA says that it has not approved marijuana for medical use. So that was enough evidence to recommend a ban here in Kettering.”

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Possession and use of medical marijuana in compliance with state law would be allowed, and those individuals who desire to possess and use medical marijuana would be able to acquire it from nearby dispensaries in neighboring jurisdictions according to Bergstresser.

“I am sure that there are people in Kettering that have qualifying medical conditions like Parkinson’s or cancer to name a few who could potentially benefit from medical marijuana we aren’t medical professionals. We looked at the ban from the areas that we feel Kettering can control from a regulatory standpoint,” he explained. “Folks that still want to use medical marijuana if a ban is enacted in Kettering, they could still use it in Kettering, they would just have to go to another community to obtain it.”

Dayton, Beavercreek and Riverside are among those who permit it. Other cities that have passed bans include Oakwood, Huber Heights and Springboro.

Resident Lisa Crosley, a business owner in the city, said she agreed with city staff’s recommendation to ban medical marijuana businesses.

She said it could “cause legal problems” for the city because it will pit state and federal laws against each other and also cause problems for business owners because of the “bad reputation” marijuana has.

Council did not vote on the issue Tuesday evening and will have until May 31 to make a decision as the city’s moratorium will expire then.

“They could extend the moratorium if they want more time to make a decision,” Bergstresser said. “The schedule is kind of up to them with how they want to proceed.”

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Madison Local Schools board votes to allow arming of teachers, staff

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:04 AM



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The Madison Local School District board voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow district teachers and staff to carry weapons to be "prepared and equipped to defend and to protect students," according to an ordinance that passed.

According to the ordinance, any staff members who want to carry a deadly weapon must be approved and receive written authorization from the superintendent, Cincinnati Local12.com and WLWT.com reported. 

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The vote came more than two years after 14-year-old Austin Hancock brought a gun into the cafeteria at Madison Junior-Senior High School and shot two classmates. 

Austin Hancock admitted shooting two fellow classmates at Madison Jr./Sr. High School in February 2016. (Staff)

Those people must "be permitted under Ohio law to carry a concealed handgun and must undergo response to active shooter training and re-certify each year prior to being authorized to convey and/or possess deadly weapons or dangerous ordnance in a school safety zone of the Madison Local School District," according to language in the ordinance. 

Training and certification could take months, so whether anyone would be armed before next school year is not clear.

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Dayton woman ID’d as ‘aggressive’ driver killed in Riverside head-on collision

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

Several ambulances and the coroner responded to a multi-vehicle accident on Woodman Avenue on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:12 p.m.: Alpha Adams, of Dayton, is the driver killed this afternoon in the head-on collision on southbound Harshman Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

An autopsy on the Woodman Park Drive resident is scheduled for Wednesday.

UPDATE @ 8:19 p.m.: 

The scene of the fatal accident on southbound Harshman Road is said to be cleared, according to Huber Heights police, which dispatches for Riverside police.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has not yet released the name of the 46-year-old woman driver killed in the multiple-vehicle accident. 

Police have offered no word about the driver of the other vehicle involved in the head-on collision.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: 

The fatality is a 46-year-old woman who witnesses said was driving erratically, “being aggressive and making hand gestures” just before she was involved in a head-on collision on southbound Harshman Road near Airway Road and Woodman Drive, Riverside police Sgt. Dave Crigler said.

Witnesses said the woman appeared to be driving erratically on Harshman, headed toward Airway, when she sideswiped a school bus, then hit a second vehicle as she continued on.

She drove left of center as she approached the intersection at Airway Road, striking another vehicle head-on, the sergeant said.

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Three other people were injured in the accident that involved as many as eight vehicles, he said, and they have been taken to different hospitals.

One person was killed and three people were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident Tuesday on southbound Harshman Road, near Airway Road, in Riverside. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

There were no children on the school bus, Crigler said.

“Witnesses said the woman was being aggressive and making hand gestures. We don’t exactly know what the hand gestures were,” the sergeant said.

Zeke Bowling, whose girlfriend was driving one of the vehicles struck in the incident, said she was taken to a hospital and his daughter and son were also in the girlfriend’s vehicle.

Bowling characterized the fatality was the result of a road rage incident.

Crigler said he could not confirm whether the fatality was the result of road rage.

INITIAL REPORT

Police and medic units have been dispatched to a multiple-vehicle accident at Woodman Drive and Airway Road, and we’re hearing the coroner has been called to the scene as well.

The accident was dispatched about 3:45 p.m. and we’re hearing there is at least one entrapment. We’re also hearing that four medic units from area jurisdictions have been dispatched to the scene.

We have a crew on the way. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

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Dayton woman arrested for child endangering after kids escape house for fourth time

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

A woman was arrested Monday after two of her children, ages 3 and 5, were found at the door of a Family Video store on Wayne Avenue, according to Dayton police.

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The children were in their pajamas and had left their house unsupervised to buy candy at the video store. According to a Dayton Police report this is the fourth time the children have escaped their home and shown up at the video rental store. 

The children were sent to stay with a family friend when their mother was taken into custody. 

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