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Published: Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 4:31 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 4:51 AM
Almost all departing and arriving flights at area airports are on time this morning, despite heavy travel for Christmas and storms that caused damage across the U.S. Wednesday.
At Dayton International Airport, fliers said they were happy to see their flights were on time, but they were worried about their connecting flights getting delayed or canceled.
As of early Thursday morning, all flights are on time in and out of Dayton. Latest flight information is available here.
Two flights were canceled early Thursday morning out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, including a United flight to Newark and an American Airlines flight to Washington D.C. Flight information for departing and arriving flights out of Cincinnati is available here.
At Port Columbus International Airport, one flight was canceled and another was delayed as of early Thursday morning. An American Airlines flight to Washington D.C. was canceled and a United flight to Newark was delayed. All other flights are on time. Latest flight information for Port Columbus is available here.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:11 AM
— The city of Dayton has agreed to loan $10 million to a partnership that is working to revive the Dayton Arcade.
It is one of the city’s largest economic development investments since the construction of the Schuster Center and the ballpark where the Dayton Dragons play. The loan was announced today at the Dayton City Commission meeting.
The resurrection of the nine-building arcade complex would have the same kind of dramatic and far-reaching impact as the opening of Fifth Third Field in 2000 and the Schuster performing arts center three years later, which are among the main reasons why downtown welcomes about 7.2 million visitors annually, said Dayton officials and local economic development leaders.
“Much like Schuster, RiverScape and baseball, the arcade seeks to be catalytic because there is 1 million square feet of vacant space around it that already is in conversation with developers who are waiting to see what happens with the arcade,” said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.
She later said, “The city hasn’t invested in a project like this, to this level, in 15 years.”
Most of the funding for the project has been secured, and if this plan does not succeed, it’s extremely unlikely there would be another opportunity like this again to bring the long-vacant complex back to life, officials said.
City officials said the arcade project would be another major downtown destination and would increase the tax base and be a magnet for new investment in that part of downtown.
But officials also said the arcade’s innovation hub will have a programming presence in all corners of the city to ensure the entire community benefits from the project.
The Dayton City Commission today will authorize the loan of up to $10 million to the Dayton Arcade LLC to help provide one of the last major pieces of funding for the first phase of the project, officials said.
The city’s loan only will be “activated” if the development partners close on the project’s financing, which is expected to take place in August.
The loan will be interest-only for seven years. The city will internally borrow its own funds and repay that over seven years with economic development funds. At the end of seven years, the borrower will need to repay, refinance or reach another agreement about the loan.
The funding means the city will have a “participatory” piece of the revenue generated by the arcade moving forward, said Diane Shannon, Dayton’s director of procurement, management and budget.
The interest on the loan will be the same return as the city would have earned had it left the funds invested, Shannon said.
“This keeps us active in the game for a seven-year period, and then we’ll have a day of reckoning,” she said.
The development agreement approved today provides an early release of up to $2 million in funds to pay for demolition work inside the arcade to help obtain accurate construction bids. Internal demolition is expected to begin in early June, with bids being solicited the f0llowing month.
The loan is a big commitment for the city, but it was already invested in the project.
In 2015, the city of Dayton contributed about $450,000 for repairs and other work on the arcade to keep it dry and stable and prevent further deterioration. The city also agreed to contribute about $1 million to the project help pay for architectural, engineering and other professional services.
The city also committed $2.5 million of its federal HOME dollars to help create new apartments inside the arcade.
The $1 million the city committed to professional services will be returned by the developer when the city brings the $10 million to the closing, officials said.
The Dayton Arcade is a civic piece of real estate that has been expected to perform as a conventional piece of real estate, which is not financially feasible, said John Gower, urban design director at CityWide.
“You have to bring all these other financing sources to the table, because you would never be able to debt finance this thing,” Gower said.
The arcade partners have been awarded tens of millions of dollars in low-income housing tax credits, new market tax credits, state and federal historic tax credits and other incentives.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:10 PM
— Mainly clear skies and pleasant conditions are expected with temperatures in the 70s this evening, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Tonight: Skies will be clear with comfortable temperatures dropping into the middle 50s.
Thursday: Lots of sunshine is expected with temperatures rebounding back into the lower 80s. Humidity levels will remain low.
An Air Quality Advisory is issued for Thursday for Butler and Warren counties. Help reduce air pollution by taking the following actions:
Friday: Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast but temperatures will heat up into the middle 80s.
Saturday: The heat and humidity will begin to build with partly cloudy skies. There is a chance for some afternoon and evening pop-up thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 80s.
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Sunday: It will be quite warm and humid with partly cloudy skies and a chance for pop-up thunderstorms.
Memorial Day: Expect it to be partly cloudy and humid Monday with a continued chance of mainly afternoon/evening pop-up storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:19 PM
HAMILTON — A former Butler County resident was arrested last weekend in Hamilton on sexual assault charges from Wayne County, Ind.
Shawn D. Jones, 41, was booked into the Butler County Jail at 1:23 a.m. Sunday after he was located in the 600 block of East Avenue.
Jones was taken into custody after police learned he may be in the city. He was spotted on the porch of a house and arrested, according to Hamilton Sgt. Brian Robinson
On May 17, an arrest warrant was issued by Indiana law enforcement for Jones’ arrest for rape, aggravated battery, criminal confinement and strangulation, all felonies, according to an article in the Palladium-Item newspaper.
Jones, formerly of St. Clair Avenue in Hamilton, allegedly punched a woman in the face and beat her with a belt May 5 in her Richmond, Ind., home, according to court records. He also allegedly tried to hit the woman with an electric heater, but she blocked the blow with her arm, which resulted in a broken bone, according to court records.
Jones is also accused of sexually assaulting the woman multiple times and of choking her to the point she could not breathe.
He waived an extradition hearing this week in Butler County Common Pleas Court and is awaiting transport back to Indiana.
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 5:29 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:30 PM
A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers have called on the U.S. EPA leader to release a chemical pollution study that reportedly shows lower threshold levels for groundwater contamination that could impact more than a hundred military bases, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but the head of the agency said he doesn’t have the authority to release the study.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, in his own letter this month, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from California to Massachusetts in a separate letter, urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to release the study after Politico, citing newly released emails, reported the White House and the EPA had sought to block the public release of the U.S. Health and Human Services report because “it would cause a public relations nightmare.”
But in a response to Turner’s letter and the other congressional leaders, Pruitt wrote this week the Health and Human Services agency had the right to release the research findings, but “the EPA does not have the authority to release this study.”
Turner now has urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar to release the report.
Chemical substances known as perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been found in the groundwater at Wright-Patterson and near a Dayton firefighting training site on McFadden Avenue. The material, commonly found in many household items, also was found in an old formula of firefighting foam sprayed at both sites.
Authorities say the water in the Dayton distribution system is safe to drink, and the substances have not been found in water delivered to consumers.
“Administrator Pruitt’s letter made it clear that the EPA is not currently blocking the release of the study on PFAS, although it did not indicate whether it had sought to block this release previously,” Turner said in a statement.
“The release of this study is a public health and safety issue for every community with a military installation, including mine,” Turner, whose district includes Wright-Patterson, wrote to Azar. The EPA has set a lifetime health advisory exposure level of 70 parts per trillion.
“If this study finds, as reported, that this is no longer an accurate level of safety for our water, Congress and our constituents need to know immediately so we can begin to address it,” Turner added.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement Wednesaday to this news outlet: “Keeping information from people about the health and safety of their water is disgraceful. The EPA and HHS must release this report immediately and work with the Air Force and the city of Dayton to ensure the water is safe.”
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said in a statement Wednesday: “(It’s) important to ensure EPA’s health advisories are up to date and reflect the best available science and information. The EPA and HHS should release this report immediately to ensure that the men and women serving our country, as well as our communities supporting them, are drinking clean, safe water.”
The EPA was part of a national leadership summit Tuesday that sought to address PFAS concerns around the nation. The federal agency reportedly barred some members of the press while Pruitt was speaking.
In a May 18 letter, 13 House representatives on both sides of the political aisle from California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington state, had asked Pruitt to release the report. The lawmakers noted studies have linked the substances to cancer, thyroid disease, increased cholesterol, and fertility issues, among health concerns.
The group also sent a letter to Azar, according to U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, who was among those who co-signed the document.
“It’s a little hard for me that (Pruitt) won’t act to have the report released when he seems to have the authority to block the report,” he said Wednesday, referring to published reports. State policy makers especially could use the data to set contamination threshold levels, Kildee said.
“It ought to be out there,” he said. “We’ve seen this happen too many times.”
His district includes Flint, which has faced an ongoing drinking water crisis related to lead contamination.
The Department of Defense has identified 126 military installations that showed the chemical substances in excess of the EPA’s lifetime exposure advisory threshold where the firefighting foam was sprayed, lawmakers said.
The Health and Human Services study, known as the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “concluded that PFOS and PFOA can cause human harm at a much lower level of exposure than previously acknowledged by EPA,” the lawmakers said.
City of Dayton officials have urged Wright-Patterson to take more aggressive action to prevent tainted groundwater migrating off base and potentially threatening groundwater pumping wells along the Mad River. Base authorities say they have installed monitoring wells to track where a contamination plume is headed and have pointed to the city’s firefighting training site as a possible source of contamination.
As a precaution, the city of Dayton closed several production wells along the Mad River.
Wright-Patterson built a $2.7 million groundwater treatment plant to reopen two drinking water production wells that had been closed because they had exceeded health advisory levels.
Brown’s office said the senator will offer an amendment to an upcoming defense bill for the Air Force to reimburse the city of Dayton for costs incurred with dealing with tracking and dealing with the potential contamination.