WEEC NEWS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2014


A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THERE WILL BE HEAVY SNOWFALL WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES POSSIBLE. SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF WEDNESDAY MORNING…BUT GUSTY NORTH WINDS MAY RESULT IN AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW ON WEDNESDAY. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND SNOW ACCUMULATIONS. REMEMBER…A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

LAST WEEK’S COLD WINTERY WEATHER KEPT MANY DINERS FROM VISITING PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS DURING THE MIAMI VALLEY RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION’S WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK. ABOUT THIRTY LOCAL RESTAURANTS HAVE CHOSEN TO EXTEND THEIR SPECIALS THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH. TO FIND OUT WHICH RESTAURANTS ARE EXTENDING THEIR SPECIALS, GO ON-LINE TO WWW.DAYTONDAILYNEWS.COM.

A SPRINGFIELD GARDEN HAS BEEN NAMED A STANDOUT IN OHIO TOURISM IN THE FEBRUARY EDITION OF OHIOTRAVELER.COM! IT’S NOT THE KIND OF GARDEN YOU USUALLY THINK OF…IT’S THE HARTMAN ROCK GARDEN AND IS LOCATED IN THE SOUTHWEST QUADRANT OF SPRINGFIELD. FRANK SATULLO OF THE OHIO TRAVELER SAYS, “THERE ARE ROCK GARDENS AND THEN THERE IS HARTMAN ROCK GARDEN IN SPRINGFIELD, OHIO.” HE CONTINUES, “TRUST ME THERE IS NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT!” THE ROCK GARDEN WAS BUILT BY AN ORDINARY RESIDENT IN AN ORDINARY NEIGHBORHOOD MAKING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS OUT OF STONE IN HIS BACKYARD. THERE ARE OVER FIFTY STRUCTURES MADE OUT OF ROCK WITH HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF STONES WERE USED TO CREATE THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND GARDEN…AND VISITING IT IS FREE! THE HARTMAN ROCK GARDEN IS LOCATED AT 1905 RUSSELL AVENUE IN SPRINGFIELD. TO LEARN MORE, GO ONLINE TO: WWW.HARTMANROCKGARDEN.ORG.

THERE WAS A SERIOUS CRASH IN SPRINGFIELD SATURDAY AROUND 2AM. BRANDON DIXON AND MADISON BURKITT WERE INSIDE A BLACK CHEVROLET CORVETTE WHEN IT CRASHED INTO A TREE AT THE INTERSECTION OF SOUTH BELMONT AND KENILWORTH AVENUES, ACCORDING TO SPRINGFIELD POLICE. THIS MORNING, OFFICIALS AT MIAMI VALLEY HOSPITAL LISTED BIRKITT AND DIXON IN CRITICAL CONDITION. CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES HAD ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE CAR IN THE 1000 BLOCK OF NORTH BELMONT AVENUE, ACCORDING TO THE NEWS-SUN REPORT, BUT THE DRIVER, DIXON, WOULD NOT STOP. THE CRASH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

A MAN IN PREBLE COUNTY WAS FLOWN TO MIAMI VALLEY HOSPITAL AFTER CRASHING ALONG U.S. 35 AROUND 3:30 SATURDAY AFTERNOON NEAR WEST ALEXANDRIA. THE OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL SAID ONE PERSON WAS HURT WHEN THE VEHICLE WENT OFF THE ROAD AND WRECKED. THE DRIVER WAS TRANSPORTED OT THE HOSPITAL BY CAREFLIGHT.

A 21 YEAR OLD TROY RESIDENT, KATNIE MOORE, WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE AND NOT BREATHING ON HER BUNK INSIDE A CELL AT THE MIAMI COUNTY JAIL SATURDAY MORNING. MEDICAL PERSONNEL AT THE JAIL PERFORMED CPR BUT SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE HOSPITAL THE MIAMI COUNTY CORONER, DR. STEVE HUFFMAN SAID, “THERE WAS NO OBVIOUS SIGN OF A PHYSICAL CONDITION THAT KILLED HER.” HUFFMAN SAID THERE WERE NO EXPECTATIONS OF FOUL PLAY OR SUICIDE, BUT TOXICOLOGY TEST RESULTS WILL TAKE UP TO EIGHT WEEKS TO COMPLETE. MOORE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY TROY POLICE ON FRIDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY VIOLATING A PROTECTION ORDER WHICH STEMMED FROM A JANUARY 20TH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT INVOLVING HER BOYFRIEND.

TEENAGERS SERVING TIME IN CLARK COUNTY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE FOOD AT THE CLARK COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER’S “HARD TIME CAFÉ” FRIDAY. THIS IS PART OF A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP THE JUVENILES SEEK EMPLOYMENT ONCE THEIR SENTENCE ENDS. MORE THAN 160 INVITED GUESTS WERE SERVED IN THE CENTER’S GYM WHICH WAS DECORATED LIKE A 50’S DINER. EACH TEEN WAS INTERVIEWED BY AN EMPLOYEE OF OLIVE GARDEN AND LEE’S FAMOUS RECIPE THEN PLACED IN AN APPROPRIATE JOB. JOE HUNTER, FACILITY DIRECTOR, SAID THE IDEA WAS TO GIVE THE TEENS A CHANCE TO INTERACT POSITIVELY WITH THE PUBLIC, WHILE LEARNING AND CULTIVATING NEW SKILLS. SHELLEY DAVIS, A CLARK COUNTY TEACHER SAID, “PROGRAMS LIKE THIS HELP CHILDREN SEE THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND IMPROVE THEIR LIVES.” SHE ALSO COMMENTED, “THE FOOD WAS GOOD, SO MAYBE THERE’S SOME CHEFS.”

THE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IS ACTIVELY MONITORING COMPLAINTS REGARDING PROPANE PRICES AND SHORTAGES. ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINE WILL ALSO BE WORKING WITH OTHER STATES TO LOOK FOR POSSIBLE ANTI-COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE SALE OF PROPANE. DEWINE STATED, “WE WANT TO ASSURE OHIOANS THAT WE WILL CAREFULLY MONITOR REPORTS OF POTENTIAL PRICE GOUGING OR OTHER UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES RELATED TO THE EXTREME COLD.” THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WANTS ALL OHIOANS TO BE SAFE DURING THESE COLD DAYS. HE SAID, “IF YOU USE PROPANE TO HEAT YOUR HOME, BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL. CONTACT YOUR PROPANE SUPPLIER BEFORE YOUR TANK REACHES EMERGENCY LEVELS AND REACH OUT FOR HELP AS SOON AS YOU NEED IT.” IF YOU SUSPECT PRICE GOUGING OR OTHER UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES, YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE BY CALLING 1/800-282-0515 OR BY GOING ONLINE TO: WWW.OHIOATTORNEYGENERAL.GOV.

THERE IS A WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WITH SNOW TO BEGIN LATER TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND THAT SNOW WILL EXTEND THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. WE COULD ALSO SEE SOME FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET TUESDAY NIGHT. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS ACCUMULATIONS COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM 5-10 INCHES POSSIBLE. HIGHS ON THURSDAY WILL PEAK AT 30 DEGREES WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS TUESDAY NIGHT AT 24. TEMPERATURES ON WEDNESDAY WILL GO TO 27 AND THEN DIP ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 6 DEGREES OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY. FOR TONIGHT THOUGH, LOOK FOR CLOUDY SKIES AND LOWS TO DROP TO 15.