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WATCH: Drone video shows Keowee Bridge coming apart

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

See drone video of the Keowee Street Bridge demolition project in Dayton

The Keowee Street Bridge over the Great Miami River is coming apart. Contractors have begun the process of demolishing the more than 80-year-old concrete and dirt-filled structure.

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Last month, about half of the bridge decking was jackhammered out, revealing tons dirt/slag fill underneath that sat atop the concrete arches of the bridge. Dump truck loads of the debris were hauled away.

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Contractors have started the demolition process for the old Keowee Street Bridge over the Great Miami River. Decking has bee removed about halfway across the span. Dirt and foundry slag that filled the concrete based bridge is being removed before the concrete structure is demolished. The bridge replacement will take about two years according to Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

A construction bid of $8.8 million was awarded to Eagle Construction for a new bridge and the demolition. 

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The Keowee St. Bridge is the last of the filled arch bridges in Montgomery County and carried about 20,000 cars daily between Harrison Township and the City of Dayton. 

Contractors have started the demolition process for the old Keowee Street Bridge over the Great Miami River. Decking has bee removed about halfway across the span. Dirt and foundry slag that filled the concrete based bridge is being removed before the concrete structure is demolished. The bridge replacement will take about two years according to Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

The bridge is structurally deficient, according to Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner.

“It’s in very poor condition. There’s pieces of concrete falling off onto the bike path and into the river. It needs to be done for the safety of the public.”  

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The new bridge will be wider and is being designed to “accommodate the needs of the rowing community. The spans are longer. They’ll be able to pass two skulls underneath, side-by-side. The project will take about two years, or two construction seasons,” Gruner says.

Contractors have completed a detour for users of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail on the north side of the Keowee Street Bridge. The bridge was closed to traffic in December and the Eagle Bridge Company is preparing to demolish the 81-year-old structure and rebuild a new bridge over the next two years. The Great Miami River Recreational Trail passes under the north side of the Keowee Street Bridge along the river. The short detour of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail ramps up to Embury Park Road and crosses North Dixie Drive on the north side of the bridge with a length of about one thousand feet. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

Detours around the bridge have been posted for vehicle traffic since it closed in December and contractors have completed a detour for users of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail on the north side of the Keowee Street Bridge.

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Memphis funeral home hit by lightning, burns down moments before service

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

Fire engulfed a Memphis funeral home after it was hit by lightning Saturday.
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Fire engulfed a Memphis funeral home after it was hit by lightning Saturday.(Fox13Memphis.com)

Tennessee funeral home burst into flames after it was hit by lightning, moments before a service Saturday morning.

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Storms blew through Memphis on Saturday, bringing strong winds and dangerous lightning. Around 8:30 a.m., lightning hit the Forest Hill Funeral Home.

Relatives and friends had gathered for the funeral of Crystal Hudson, 39, who died from pneumonia on June 18.

“I prayed to God, please do not make me have to bury her in the rain. I told him, I didn’t care how we did it, just please don’t make us bury her in the rain,” said Yolanda Griffin, Hudson’s mother.

Hudson was described as an amazing mother and the life of the party.

“She’s missed, I’m telling you, she’s left a huge hole in our lives," Griffin said.

Hudson’s funeral was set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

“When we arrived at the funeral home, it was on fire, up in blazes; luckily, they were able to get her body out, so we’re grateful for that," Murray Jividen said.

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Crews respond to Cincinnati Financial for report of fire

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:59 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

A fire was reported at Cincinnati Financial in Fairfield on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

UPDATE @11:20 a.m.

Fire crews cleared the scene shortly after 11 a.m.

We are working to gather additional information.

FIRST REPORT

Emergency crews are responding to Cincinnati Financial for a reported fire.

The fire was called in around 10:25 a.m. as occuring on the third floor of the southeast tower of the company, which is located at 6200 South Gilmore Road.

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Units responding to the scene told dispatchers the fire broke out in an elevator but was already extinguished as of 10:32 a.m. and there was no known flame.

Power was shut down to the building as a precautionary measure.

The company’s nearly 3,000 employees make it the largest employer in Fairfield and the second largest employer in all of Butler County.

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Warmer temperatures return this week

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

A slight chance for rain is there today in the Dayton area.

It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storm cannot be ruled out, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST: 

  • Slight chance for a stray shower today 
  • Warmer temperatures return this week 
  • Rain returns Tuesday evening and Wednesday

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Tonight: Decreasing clouds are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower to middle 60s. 

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected, highs in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s, chance for rain returns in the evening. 

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Wednesday: A few showers likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s. 

Thursday: A hot day expected with partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 80s.

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WATCH: 'Permit Patty' appears to call police on girl selling bottled water in viral video

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

File photo of bottled water. A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial San Francisco girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.
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File photo of bottled water. A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial San Francisco girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.(denvit / Pixabay.com)

A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.

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According to USA Today, the girl's mother, Erin Austin, captured the alleged phone call on video, which has been viewed millions of times since it was posted Saturday. She said the incident occurred outside her apartment near AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.

"This woman don't want to let a little girl sell some water," Austin says in the 15-second clip, focusing the camera on a woman holding a phone. "She's calling the police on a 8-year-old little girl."

As the woman, identified by HuffPost as Alison Ettel, crouches behind a concrete wall, Austin adds: "You can hide all you want; the whole world's gonna see you, boo."

"And illegally selling water without a permit? Yeah," Ettel says, pointing to her phone.

"On my property," Austin interjects.

"It's not your property," Ettel replies.

>> Watch the video here

Austin and the girl's cousin, Raje Leeshared the footage with the hashtag #PermitPatty, USA Today reported.

"Make this [expletive] go viral like #bbqbecky," Austin captioned the video, referring to the hashtag used after a different woman was recorded calling the police on a black family for using a charcoal grill at an Oakland park. "She's #permitpatty."

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The posts sparked a debate about whether Ettel's actions were racist.

"For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white [men] that [were] selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay?" Lee tweeted. "Don't answer. Just ask yourself that."

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"I didn't think in San Francisco my biracial child would have to go through something like this," Austin told KNTV.

Ettel told HuffPost that race had nothing to do with it, adding that she didn't really call the police. 

"They were screaming about what they were selling," Ettel said, claiming she had no problem with the girl, only Austin. "It was literally nonstop."

She added: "I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her."

The drama seemed to have a happy ending for Austin's daughter, who received four free tickets to Disneyland from a Twitter user who saw the video, Lee tweeted.

>> See the tweet here

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