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Vicious dogs: Ohio moves to change laws on dog owners

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:31 PM


            Vicious dog law reform gains momentum in Statehouse
Vicious dog law reform gains momentum in Statehouse

Four years after the gruesome attack that killed Dayton resident Klonda Richey, state lawmakers are taking a double barrel approach to finally putting more teeth in the state’s vicious dog laws.

State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday testfied on a bill in the Ohio House that mirrors legislation being sponsored by state Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City. Having “companion” bills in both chambers often increases the chances that legislation will pass.

“We have got to tell owners — whatever breed you have, if you have a dog that’s biting you can’t take that lightly,” said Rezabek.

The bills call for requiring investigation of every complaint call made to dog wardens, mandating that dog owners respond to warnings and postings from dog wardens, allowing witnesses to give sworn statements regarding problem dogs, increasing penalties for owners who fail to control their vicious dogs, requiring annual registration of dangerous dogs, extending a ban on dog ownership by violent felons or child abusers to five years and giving local authorities more discretion.

Rezabek said if a dog is provoked to attack, the owner must prove it. Currently, the law requires prosecutors to show there was no provocation in the attack.

“We want a good law that will protect the community,” Rezabek said.

Related: Lawmakers look to toughen Ohio’s vicious dog laws

The bills in the House and Senate are both named after Richey, who was fatally attacked by her neighbor’s mixed breed mastiffs on Feb. 7, 2014. Richey, 57, had called local authorities dozens of times to report concerns about the dogs in the two years leading up to her death.

Klonda Richey bills failed to gain traction in two previous legislative sessions: one died in committee in 2014 and Beagle’s bill introduced in April 2015 was voted out of the Senate in December 2016 without enough time to go through the House.

Related: Changes to dog laws still sought one year after fatal attack

Rezabek and Huffman said in their written testimony that a few months after Richey’s death, a dog that had previously attacked another dog mauled a 7-month-old baby to death; and in April 2017, a Dayton man was mauled to death by a pit bull that had been the source of previous complaints.

Electrical fire reported at Kettering Health Network building

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:09 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:10 AM

Crews are responding to a reported electrical fire at the Kettering Health Network building in Miamisburg.

The fire at the business on Prestige Plaza was reported before 5 a.m. 

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Isolated storms, strong winds to develop today

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at when more storms develop.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Isolated storms today, possibly strong
  • Warmer than normal week
  • Dry time returns

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A mild and muggy morning, yet a quiet start to the day. Some sunshine and scattered clouds expected into the afternoon. Isolated storms develop late afternoon that may become strong with the main threat being strong to damaging winds. Activity tapers off into the night, but a few showers may linger. Highs reach around 80 degrees with it being a little breezy. 

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TUESDAY: A passing rain shower is possible in the morning. It’ll be warm and muggy again for the afternoon as highs peak in the 80s. Another passing shower or storm is possible towards late afternoon with heavy rain and gusty winds being the main threat. Expect it to dry out into the night. 

WEDNESDAY: Not as muggy as other days, but still becoming very warm as highs reach in the low 80s. Expect sunshine and scattered clouds through the day.

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: A great day with plenty of sunshine. It won’t be too muggy, yet it’ll be warm with highs in the low 80s again, which is warmer than normal. 

FRIDAY: The dry stretch continues with warmer than normal temps in the middle 80s. Humidity will be low for the day with lots of sunshine. 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:41 AM

SCENE: Car fire on NB I-675
SCENE: Car fire on NB I-675

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Airport Access Road South between US 40 and I-70, Lane closure May 8 - 31. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Diamond Mill Road between Upper Lewisburg-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, ROAD CLOSURE April 30 - May 20. The official detour is: Upper Lewisburg Salem Road to Wellbaum Road to Brookville Salem Road
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 4 between Infirmary Road and Frytown Road, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - June 3. The official detour is: SR 725 to I-75 to SR 4
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 48 between Monument Avenue and Riverview Avenue, BRIDGE CLOSURE May 18 - 21. The officials detour is: north Monument Avenue to Great Miami Boulevard to SR 48; south: Great Miami Boulevard to Riverside Drive to Monument Avenue to SR 48. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • I-675 near Dayton Yellow Springs Road, daily LANE CLOSURES, on both the north and south lanes due to bridge work May 21 - May 24 between 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. 
  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

WARREN COUNTY

MIAMI COUNTY

  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • SR 721 between Sugar Grove Road and Deeter Road, ROAD CLOSURE May 7 - 28. The official detour is SR 721 to SR 718 to SR 48 to US 36 to SR 721
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - August 31. 

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 705 between Groff Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE May 14 - 28. The official detour is: US 127 to SR 119 to SR 118
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - August 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sweitzer Street/West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - 31. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway 

MERCER COUNTY

  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
  • SR 49 between Menchhofer Road and SR 219, ROAD CLOSURE April 16 - 30. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 118 to SR 219
  • SR 49 between SR 119 and St. Joes Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE May 7 - 25. The official detour is: SR 119 to SR 118 to SR 219
  • SR 29 between Wabash Road and Burrville Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE May 24 - June 13. The official detour is SR 49 to SR 219 to SR 118.

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
  • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

CLARK COUNTY

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • Upper Valley Pike between State Route 296 and Lippincott Road, ROAD CLOSURE, starting April 16 for approximately four weeks.

LOGAN COUNTY

  • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
  • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 235 between Van Gorder Road County Road 54 and Main Street County Road 91, Lane closure April 30 - May 25.
  • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

  • SR 501 between Infirmary Road and National Road, daily lane closures April 30 - June 1 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

Dayton to activate 5 red-light cameras for 30-day warning period

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:32 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:58 AM

Five traffic enforcement red-light cameras will be activated starting today at two intersections.

Three cameras will be at James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street, and two others are at Linden Avenue and South Smithville Road. A 30-day warning period begins Monday at both locations, according to a release from the city.

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During the warning period, the registered owner of a vehicle committing a violation will be sent a warning in the mail. After 30 days, citations will be issued by mail, according to the city.

Activation of these red-light cameras completes the Dayton Police Department’s plan for traffic enforcement cameras.

Following is a list of fixed-site camera locations, along with the current locations of mobile speed trailers:

  • West Third Street at James H. McGee Boulevard (three red light cameras) 
  • North Gettysburg Avenue at Fairbanks Avenue (two speed cameras) 
  • North Main Street at Siebenthaler Avenue (one speed camera) 
  • South Keowee Street between East Third Street and East Fourth Street (two speed cameras) 
  • South Smithville Road at Linden Avenue (two red light cameras) 
  • Area of Troy Street and Stanley Avenue (two mobile speed trailers) 
  • North Main Street near Forest Glen Avenue (one mobile speed trailer). 

The Dayton Police Department also uses six handheld speed enforcement camera units. 

There have been 84 fewer injury crashes (432) to date in 2018 compared to 516 injury crashes during the same period in 2017, the city reported.

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