WEEC NEWS – MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014


A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 10 AM WEDNESDAY. WINDS FROM THE WEST AT 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED DIMINISHING TO AROUND 10 MPH TONIGHT. WE’LL HAVE SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH TUESDAY DECREASING TO AROUND 10 MPH TUESDAY NIGHT. BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS TODAY. THE COLDEST VALUES OF 10 BELOW TO 15 BELOW WILL OCCUR TONIGHT. HIGHS WILL ONLY BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ON TUESDAY AND THEN DROP BACK BELOW ZERO TUESDAY NIGHT. WIND CHILLS WILL BE IN THE 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO RANGE TUESDAY AFTERNOON…FALLING TO 25 TO 35 BELOW ZERO TUESDAY NIGHT. FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR WITH EXPOSURE TO THE BITTER COLD. PLEASE DRESS WARM AND BE CAREFUL IF YOU NEED TO BE OUTSIDE TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY!

MANY OF OUR LISTENERS NEED PROPANE TO STAY WARM DURING THIS BITTERLY COLD WEATHER! LOCAL PROPANE DEALERS SAID THEY ARE RESTRICTING DELIVERIES TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL CUSTOMERS ARE BEING SERVED BECAUSE OF THE PROPANE SHORTAGE ACROSS OHIO AND THE MIDWEST. PRICES FOR THE HEATING FUEL HAVE RISEN AS HIGH AS $4-$5.50 A GALLON FROM $2.95 A GALLON ON JANUARY 13TH. COLLETT PROPANE INC. IN XENIA, SUPPLIES 7,000 CUSTOMERS IN MOSTLY RURAL WARREN, CLINTON AND GREENE COUNTIES AND THEY SAY THEY HAVE HAD TO RESTRICT CUSTOMERS TO 100 GALLONS WHICH IS ENOUGH TO SUPPLY A HOUSEHOLD FOR 10-20 DAYS DEPENDING ON THE USAGE. DAVE WEDDERBURN, VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, SAID HE HAS HAD TO SEEK SUPPLIES FROM AS FAR AWAY AS TEXAS. MOLLIE O’DELL, NATIONAL PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION SPOKESWOMAN, SAID IN A DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARTICLE THAT THE SHORTAGE IS THE WORST IN 25 YEARS.

WITH THE SNOWFALL AND BLOWING WINDS, SEVERAL COUNTIES HAVE ISSUED SNOW EMERGENCIES. UNDER A LEVEL ONE WHICH MEANS THAT ROADWAYS ARE HAZARDOUS WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS, INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: BUTLER, CLARK, GREENE, MIAMI, PREBLE, AND IN INDIANA, WAYNE COUNTY. RANDOLPH COUNTY IN INDIANA IS UNDER A TRAVEL WATCH. CHAMPAIGN, DARKE AND LOGAN COUNTIES ARE UNDER A LEVEL 2 SNOW EMERGENCY WHICH MEANS THAT ROADWAYS ARE HAZARDOUS WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. ONLY THOSE WHO FEEL IT IS NECESSARY TO DRIVE SHOULD BE OUT ON THE ROADWAYS. YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR EMPLOYER TO SEE IF YOU SHOULD REPORT TO WORK.

SUNDAY’S WINTERY CONDITIONS LED TO A SERIES OF CRASHES THROUGHOUT THE AREA AND THANKFULLY MOST OF THEM DID NOT HAVE INJURIES. THERE WAS AN INJURY CRASH WHEN A SEMI COLLIDED WITH A CAR ON INTERSTATE 75 NORTHBOUND, NEAR THE I-70 INTERCHANGE. HEAVY DAMAGE WAS REPORTED TO THE CAR AND SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO MIAMI VALLEY HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES.

ON SATURDAY, A WOMAN WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER HER MINIVAN WAS HIT BY A SNOW PLOW TRUCK IN SPRINGFIELD. APPARENTLY THE PLOW DRIVER ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A TURN AND COLLIDED WITH THE MINIVAN. THE DRIVER OF THE MINIVAN WAS TRAPPED INSIDE HER VEHICLE UNTIL EMERGENCY CREWS COULD EXTRICATE HER. HER INJURIES WERE NOT THOUGHT TO BE LIFE-THREATENING.

A SPRINGFIELD WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING WAS FOUND LYING IN THE BACK YARD OF HER HOME IN THE 400 BLOCK OF WEST PARKWOOD AVENUE IN SPRINGFIELD BY A FAMILY MEMBER. 55 YEAR OLD MARCIA WHITAKER WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JANUARY 22ND AFTER RELATIVES REPORTED THAT THEY HAD NOT SEEN WHITAKER IN ABOUT A WEEK. WHEN SOMEONE WENT TO CHECK ON HER PETS ON SATURDAY, THEY SAW WHITAKER FACE DOWN IN THE SNOW. MEDICS SAID SHE HAD BEEN DEAD FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME. POLICE SAY THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY.

TROTWOOD POLICE TOOK AN ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY SUNDAY AFTER A STANDOFF WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS THAT LASTED ABOUT TWO HOURS. 18 YEAR OLD KARLTON JONES WAS BOOKED IN THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL. A TEAM OF SWAT NEGOTIATORS WAS CALLED IN TO ASSIST IN THE STANDOFF.

SHOPPING CARTS CAN BE A MAJOR SOURCE OF INJURIES FOR OHIO CHILDREN, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY FROM NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN COLUMBUS. RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT FROM 1990 TO 2011, MORE THAN 530,000 CHILDREN WERE TREATED IN EMERGENCY ROOMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH SHOPPING CARTS – INCLUDING FALLS, ENTRAPMENT AND CARTS THAT TIPPED OVER ON THEM. DR. GARY SMITH WITH NATIONWIDE’S CENTER FOR INJURY RESEARCH AND POLICY SAYS PARENTS’ AND CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR PLAY A FACTOR, BUT THERE ARE ALSO FLAWS IN SHOPPING CART DESIGN. THE STUDY RECOMMENDS SOME DESIGN CHANGES, SUCH AS IMPROVING PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE SAFETY BELT OR RESTRAINT SYSTEMS, AND PLACING THE SEATING AREA OF THE CART NEAR THE FLOOR. DR. SMITH SAYS THE LATTER CHANGE IMPROVES SAFETY BY LOWERING THE CART’S CENTER OF GRAVITY, WHICH REDUCES THE RISK OF A TIP-OVER. FALLS WOULD ALSO BE LESS SERIOUS IF THE CHILD IS SITTING CLOSER TO THE FLOOR. HE DESCRIBES THE VARIETY OF INJURIES CHILDREN CAN SUFFER FROM A SHOPPING CART-RELATED ACCIDENT. DR. SMITH GIVES THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS: “THEY SHOULD USE THE RESTRAINT SYSTEMS THAT ARE THERE AND, AS BEST THEY CAN, WATCH THEIR CHILDREN AS CLOSE AS THEY CAN, AS THEY SHOP. BUT EVEN THAT IS TOUGH TO DO. THESE INJURIES CAN AND DO OCCUR IN JUST THE TIME IT TAKES TO REACH FOR SOMETHING ON THE SHELF, AS YOU TURN YOUR HEAD.” THE STUDY IS PUBLISHED IN THE JANUARY PRINT ISSUE OF CLINICAL PEDIATRICS.

STUDENTS ENTERING THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON’S NEW PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM THIS FALL WILL TRAIN IN STATE-OF-THE-ART EXAM ROOMS…THANKS TO A GENEROUS DONATION FROM MIDMARK, A LOCAL MANUFACTURER AND SOLUTIONS PROVIDER FOR THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY. THEY HAVE SUPPLIED BARRIER-FREE EXAM TABLES, SEATING, CABINETRY AND CARE EXCHANGE COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS FOR TEN EXAM ROOMS, AND THE EMERGENCY AND OPERATION SIMULATIONS ROOMS. THE PA PROGRAM PLANS TO ENROLL ITS FIRST STUDENTS THIS FALL, PENDING PROVISIONAL ACCREDITATION IN MARCH. PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND APPLY ONLINE AT: WWW.GO.UDAYTON.EDU/PAPROGRAM.

OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINE IS WARNING OHIOANS TO BEWARE OF UNEXPECTED EMAIL MESSAGES THAT APPEAR TO BE UTILITY BILLS. IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN THIRTY REPORTS OF UTILITY BILL EMAIL SCAMS FROM CONSUMERS ACROSS OHIO. DEWINE SAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF, YOU SHOULD FOLLOW THESE TIPS: DON’T RESPOND TO UNEXPECTED EMAIL MESSAGES FROM SENDERS YOU DON’T KNOW. A SCAM EMAIL CAN LOOK VERY SIMILAR TO ONE FROM A LEGITIMATE BUSINESS. DON’T CLICK ON LINKS OR OPEN ATTACHMENTS, BECAUSE DOING SO CAN PUT MALWARE ON YOUR COMPUTER. COPY AND PASTE THE EMAIL’S FIRST FEW SENTENCES INTO AN INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE AND ADD THE WORD “SCAM”. THE RESULTS MAY INDICATE WHETHER OTHERS HAVE REPORTED SIMILAR EMAIL MESSAGES. SKIM THE EMAIL FOR MISSPELLED WORDS OR GRAMMATICAL ERRORS WHICH COULD SIGNAL A SCAM. DESIGNATE UNWANTED EMAIL AS JUNK BEFORE DELETING IT SO FUTURE MESSAGES FROM THAT SENDER WILL BE ROUTED TO YOUR JUNK EMAIL. IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT, CALL YOUR UTILITY COMPANY USING A NUMBER THAT YOU KNOW IS LEGITIMATE. IF YOU SUSPECT A SCAM OR AN UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICE, CONTACT THE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AT 1/800/282-0515 OR GO ON-LINE TO: WWW.OHIOATTORNEYGENERAL.GOV.

A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM WEDNESDAY. WINDS FROM THE WEST AT 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED DIMINISHING TO AROUND 10 MPH TONIGHT. WE’LL HAVE SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH TUESDAY DECREASING TO AROUND 10 MPH TUESDAY NIGHT. THE COLDEST VALUES OF 10 BELOW TO 15 BELOW WILL OCCUR TONIGHT. HIGHS WILL ONLY BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ON TUESDAY AND THEN DROP BACK BELOW ZERO TUESDAY NIGHT. WIND CHILLS WILL BE IN THE 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO RANGE TUESDAY AFTERNOON…FALLING TO 25 TO 35 BELOW ZERO TUESDAY NIGHT. WE COULD ACTUALLY GET ABOVE ZERO ON WEDNESDAY WHEN HIGHS HIT 15 DEGREES WITH SUNSHINE. FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR WITH EXPOSURE TO THE BITTER COLD.