WEEC NEWS – FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014


The National Weather Service said the damaging winds that brought down utility poles and trees in Waynesville were the result of a “microburst”.

I’m Ruth Book reporting on this story and more for the WEEC News!

The microburst caused winds that reached 75 miles per hour and lasted less than five minutes around 2:30am Thursday. They were straight-line winds, which are gusts not associated with rotation and are different from tornado winds. No one was hurt, but some residents of Waynesville were left without power after nine power poles snapped on Bellbrook Road. There were also reports of tree limbs on power lines that caught fire. Also, a tree fell onto a home and left a large hole in the roof.

News Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek said showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and some of those storms could bring brief wind gusts with the potential to cause damage and flooding. Temperatures today will peak in the low 80’s.

As heavy rains, storms and flooding continue to impact several states throughout the Midwest, including Ohio, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Regional office will continue to monitor the situation and urges all residents to remain vigilant especially for potential power outages, rising flood waters and dangerous road conditions as a result of severe weather. FEMA is working with federal partners, including the National Weather Service to monitor severe weather throughout the Midwest. Residents who have homes impacted by wind or flood damage should document damages and keep track of expenses incurred as well as contact their insurance company to report the damage and file a claim. If flooding has occurred and it is safe to do so, take action to limit the damage to personal items. To learn more about how to be better prepared for severe weather, go online to www.ready.gov.

Power was out to about 2,800 homes and businesses this morning after a car crashed into a utility pole in Englewood. That crash happened around 2:30am in the 400 block of North Main Street and power was restored by 4am.

A woman said her neighbor boy was coming from a park and was struck by a car in the 400 block of Leland Avenue in Dayton around 8:30pm. The young woman who hit the boy didn’t get out of the car to check on him, but waited for a teenage girl to get in the car, then both left the scene. The boy was taken to Dayton Children’s with injuries not considered life-threatening.

A man was found Thursday evening by Clark County Sheriffs deputies after they were called around 5pm last night by family members to check on the welfare of the resident in the 600 block of Victory Road. Sgt. Chad Brown said the man was found deceased in the home. The death of that man is under investigation.

Dayton Police held a press conference Wednesday and said that an RTA bus driver’s claim that three black teenagers shot and stabbed him is not supported by the evidence and reconstruction of the incident by a police investigation. Police Chief Richard Biehl said that key elements of driver Rickey Wagoner’s story, in particular the sequence of events and ballistics tests on the gun that was said to be used in the shooting – could not have happened as described. When Chief Biehl was asked about a motive, he said that Wagoner appeared to be in some financial stress with over $100,000 owed to the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office on about a dozen homes for which he owes property taxes, as well as his own residence. Wagoner declined to comment. The RTA said that the ten-year veteran bus driver had an excellent work record before the incident.

Police have filed charges against Juan Douglas Wofford for felonious assault and having weapons under disability in the shooting of 32 year old Carlos Knight around 2pm Thursday in Douglass Park in Middletown. The 28 year old man allegedly shot Knight in the head in the crowded park. Middletown Lt. Scott Reeve said there had been a previous conflict between the two. Wofford and Knight met in the park and Wofford pulled out a gun, but Knight was unarmed. Knight was shot at close range. Knight was taken by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital. Wofford fled in a red Jeep.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is providing some tips for when motorists hit the highways during this summer! ODOT Director Jerry Wray says, “We do everything we can to keep motorists safe, especially in work zones, but motorists have a responsibility to do everything they can to keep our families and our workers safe this summer as well – stay alert, buckle up, eliminate distractions, put down the cell phones, drive sober and allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination.” Ohio has a new Move Over law that now requires drivers to move over one lane when passing by any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. They say following too closely is the leading cause of crashes in Ohio and remember to obey reduced speed limits. Fines will be doubled in work zones for speeders. Seatbelts are the most effective safety feature and help to save many lives. You can also get up-to-date information on traffic flow, construction and weather conditions by going on-line to: www.OhGo.com.

Many military veterans and service members will receive college credit for military training, experience and courses under legislation recently signed by Gov. John Kasich. The legislation required Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey to create uniform standards for awarding credit by Ohio’s two- and four-year public colleges and state boards issuing occupational licenses and certification. The standards, and an appeals process for disputes, must be developed by December 31st and institutions must begin awarding credit on July 1st. In the report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, each institution must provide priority registration for courses to veterans and service members and designated at least one person to serve as a contact for veterans. One other point…colleges cannot charge for evaluation, transcription and application of college credit for military experience.

The Ohio Academy of Science has announced the employment of twenty educators as Regional STEM Education Advocates who will fan out over Ohio to work with local schools to implement “Believe in Ohio”, a program that prepares high school students for the future through regional STEM education forums, online courses, assignment of mentors, awards and scholarships. Advocates will recruit and mentor teachers and students, work with and assess teachers, help recruit, coordinate and orient real-world student mentors among other responsibilities.

We have a 60 percent probability of rain showers and thunderstorms tonight. Lows will drop to 66. Look for sunshine Saturday and Sunday with highs near 81 tomorrow, going on up to 83 on Sunday. By Monday, we will see temperatures at 87 and showers and thunderstorms will again be possible on Monday night and Tuesday.