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I-70 East near Clayton reopens after 4-vehicle crash sends child to hospital

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.: All lanes of I-70 East near Clayton are now open again, according to the state patrol.

The lanes reopened about 7:30 p.m., according to patrol dispatch.

UPDATE @ 6:48 p.m.: 

One lane is open on I-70 East near Clayton, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

UPDATE @ 5:51 p.m.: 

Four vehicles, including a semitrailer, are involved in the chain-reaction accident that has shut down eastbound I-70 near Clayton.

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The semitrailer ended up in the ditch, on its wheels, when the driver took evasive action to avoid the three vehicles that had crashed in front of him. 

A baby in a car seat from one of the vehicles has been taken to Dayton Children's Hospital for evaluation, according to the state patrol. 

One of the drivers will be cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance, according to the state patrol. 

Eastbound I-70 will remain closed near Clayton at least another 30 minutes.


As many as five vehicles, including a semitrailer, are involved in a vehicle accident on I-70 East near Clayton in Montgomery County. 

The accident was dispatched as a multiple-injury accident, and we are working to learn more about the people reported to be injured. 

Eastbound traffic is being diverted onto Hoke Road until further notice. 

The semitrailer is in a ditch, on its wheels. 

The accident was reported just after 4:30 p.m. and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are on scene. 

We will update this developing report as we learn more. Stay with for breaking news. 

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Mike Huckabee on board quarantined American Airlines plane in Nashville

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was among the passengers on board an American Airlines plane that was quarantined in Nashville early Thursday. That plane has since “been cleared” and the passengers allowed to leave, according to WZTV.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 9:10 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Huckabee thanked American Airlines employees for their professionalism  in a tweet Thursday morning.

“Kudos to @AmericanAir pilot and crew -- handled medical issue on red eye from LAX to Nashville very professionally,” Huckabee wrote. “We were held for a while as medical personnel made sure the person wasn’t Gwyneth Paltrow from Contagion. Seriously, hope the lady is okay -- taken on gurney.”

Airport officials said in a statement released to The Tennessean Thursday morning that American Airlines Flight 1289 was quarantined as a precaution because of fears that a passenger’s recent illness might still be contagious. The plane has since been cleared and all passengers released, according to multiple reports.

Officials did not identify the illness.

Update 8:40 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Nashville International Airport spokesperson Shannon Sumrall said in a statement released to The Tennessean that passengers were held Thursday morning on American Airlines Flight 1289 as a precaution because of a passenger’s recent illness.

Sumrall told the newspaper that a physician “medically cleared” the passenger ahead of the flight, but that the passenger did not have paperwork to confirm his or her health.

“(The passenger) was talking bout the recent illness and other passengers on board became worried of exposure,” Sumrall told The Tennessean. “For safety, passengers were held by BNA (Nashville International Airport) Police until contact was made with the physician to confirm clearance, which it was.”

Officials did not identify the illness.

Update 7:52 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: The American Airlines passenger who appeared to be ill “has been cleared,” WZTV reports. The passengers are now off the plane, the station said.

Original report: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on board an American Airlines plane that has been quarantined in Nashville, WZTV reports.

Flight 1289, which traveled from Los Angeles to Nashville overnight, was detained at Nashville International Airport after a passenger appeared to be sick, an American Airlines spokeswoman told the news station.

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Huckabee tweeted about the incident early Thursday.

“5 hr red eye flight on @AmericanAir Nashville from LA. On ground for 40 min and now told someone on board is sick & we are being towed to other gate and quarantined until all checked out. Can’t get up to go to bathroom or get off plane. It’s the Russians! I just know it!” he wrote just after 6:30 a.m. EDT Thursday.

“1 hr after landing got to far away gate where @AmericanAir will hopefully get us off this plane! Medical [personnel] at gate. Hope it’s not because I got that straw in CA,” he added.

According to WZTV, “the plane was taken to a remote portion of the airport where emergency personnel were waiting for the plane.” Those on board were instructed to stay put as a Vanderbilt Hospital doctor examined the patient.

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New telephone area code for the Miami Valley has been revealed 

The new telephone area code for Southwestern Ohio has been determined.

>> 937 filling up: New phone area code coming to our area

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today approved a plan to implement the new 326 area code, which will take effect on March 8, 2020, according to a release.

The new number will only affect new phone subscribers, and those trying to contact them. Current telephone numbers with the 937 area code will not change.

The 326 area code will overlay the existing 937 area code, which is expected to run out of available phone numbers in 2020, the PUCO said. 

On implementation of the new code, beginning February 2020, all local calls will require dialing the full 10- or 11-digit phone number in order to complete local calls.

To prepare for the change, beginning August 10, 2019, customers are encouraged to begin 10- or 11-digit dialing for all local calls so that it is second nature when it becomes necessary come February.

The PUCO has listed a few more important facts about the area code overlay:

  • Calls currently considered local calls will remain local calls. Calls between 937 and 326 are local calls. 
  • Long-distance calling will not change.
  • 911 and other three-digit numbers (211, 311, 411, 811, etc.), if available in the local community, will not change.
  • Customers should begin or continue to identify their phone number with the area code
  • Customers are encouraged to update any saved contacts, speed dials, business cards, personal checks, preprogrammed alarm devices, etc. to include the area code + telephone number format.

The North American Numbering Plan Administrator identified a plan with the PUCO to implement the new area code with the existing geographical boundaries of the 937 area code.

A copy of the Commission finding and order is available on the PUCO’s website at Click on the link to Docketing Information System and enter the case number 17-2329-TP-COI.

No weather survey planned after funnel cloud spotted in Champaign and Logan counties 

UPDATE @ 8:53 a.m. (Aug. 1):

The National Weather Service said they have no plans at this time to conduct a storm survey in Champaign or Logan counties following Tuesday night’s tornado warning.

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The decision was made after the weather service spoke to local authorities who reported no damage from the storm, a spokesperson said.

There have been multiple reports of funnel clouds, but there have been no confirmed tornadoes. 


A tornado sighting in Urbana on Tuesday night, reported by Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin, deputies and weather spotters, has yet to be confirmed, said National Weather Service forecasters in Wilmington. 

Viewers sent in photos of a funnel cloud reportedly near Grimes Field Airport on U.S. 68.

Reports of the suspected twister came to this newsroom just before 9 p.m., moments ahead of a weather service-issued tornado warning for Champaign County. That warning expired about 9 p.m. and was extended into Logan County until 9:30 p.m. 

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There have been no reports of damage in Champaign County, according to sheriff's dispatch. 

The funnel cloud reportedly was seen first in the area of Muzzy Road, then reportedly took a northeasterly path toward the Settler's Ridge Apartments on state Route 29, over the airport and was last seen over the Ohio Caverns south and east of West Liberty, a sheriff's dispatcher said. 

A Logan County Sheriff's dispatcher said there were no reports of damage in that county. 

Jackson Nunamaker and a friend thought it would be fun to get in their vehicle and follow what he said was a tornado.

“We saw it touch and then shoot back up,” the 18-year-old Urbana resident told WHIO-TV’s Sean Cudahy.

>> PHOTOS: Images from our viewers of funnel cloud

Nunamaker said the funnel cloud took them along U.S. 68, onto North Ludlow Road and into West Liberty.

They rolled down their windows, he said, and shot video of the funnel cloud. Nunamaker said he has never seen one that big.

“It was fun but at the same time scary,” he said, noting the wind lifted their vehicle for a second.

A weather service meteorologist in Wilmington said they had no confirmation of a tornado and were not sure whether any investigators would be sent to Champaign County on Wednesday. 

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Crumbling concrete under Miami County bridge prompts calls for repair

Signs of deterioration on the Piqua-Lockington Road bridge have caused concern for some people who use it, and the worry has prompted Miami County engineer's officials to announce that crews will shore up the span with fresh concrete. 

Engineers tell WHIO-TV's Sean Cudahy the damage is to an outside pillar and some of the crumbling from the underside of the two-lane bridge is caused by runoff from winter salt. 

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Officials with the engineer's office also said the county would close the span if it was not safe to use. 

Residents in the area of the bridge who use traverse it daily raised concerns with the sheriff's office because they thought there was a safety issue. 

"Semis and farm equipment drive this road every day," said Paul Johnson, who uses the bridge that crosses the Great Miami River north of Piqua. 

"I was a little concerned…thought maybe I should try to get a hold of somebody," he said. 

Crews will be out in the next couple of weeks to pour fresh concrete to strengthen the span's pillars, according to the county engineer’s office.

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1 arrested after police say he pointed shotgun at another person

Police arrested a man accused of pointing a shotgun at another man at Wilmington and Nordale avenues on Monday night, a Dayton sergeant said. 

The man, whose name was not released, was to be booked into the Montgomery County Jail pending a charge of aggravated menacing. Police are still working to determine what led to the incident that was reported just after 11 p.m., the sergeant said. 

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The victim called 911 and several police officers were dispatched on what was described as a weapons complaint. No shots were fired and no one was injured. 

Police recovered the weapon and seized a large pickup truck the suspect had been driving, the sergeant said. 

We will update this developing report as more details are released. 

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Missing Adult Alert cancelled for northern Ohio man, 79

UPDATE @ 3:40 a.m: The statewide Missing Adult Alert has been canceled for James Doud, 79, by the Brook Park Police Department, according to a press release. 

Mr. Doud was located safely, the release stated. 


An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 79-year-old northern Ohio man who has not been seen since he left his home Monday afternoon. 

James Doud has Alzheimer's and was last seen about 5 p.m. leaving his residence on Almont Drive in Brook Park, Cuyahoga County. 

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He is 6-feet-tall, about 200 pounds, has gray hair and blue eyes. He was believed to have been wearing a brown T-shirt and demin jeans. 

Authorities believe he was last seen driving a blue 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis bearing Ohio license plate GHW 9939. 

Call or dial 911 if you see Doud or the car. Call 866-693-9171 for the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit or 911 to be transferred to the Brook Park Police Department.

Man killed in single-vehicle crash in West Milton identified

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (July 31): 

The man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Hayes Street in West Milton Monday night has been identified as Michael Close, 60, of West Milton, according to Miami County Coroner William Ginn. 

Additional details were not available. 

UPDATE @ 10:53 p.m. (July 30):

A 60-year-old man killed tonight in the vehicle accident may have suffered a medical emergency, but officials won't know for sure until an autopsy is performed, West Milton Police Chief Harry Busse said. 

The man, whose name will be released pending notification of his kin, slammed into a utility pole as he was heading west on Hayes Street, the chief said. A witness thought the car was about to make a turn in the area of North Jay Street, just west of state Route 571, the chief said. 

SEE ALSO: Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for 79-year-old

A Miami County Coroner's investigator pronounced the man dead at the scene. He has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, but Miami County is in charge of the case.


Police are investigating a fatal, single-vehicle accident in the Miami County village of West Milton. 

The accident was reported just before 8:30 p.m. in the area of Hayes and North Jay streets, just west of state Route 571. 

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We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news. 

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No arrests made in shots-fired investigation involving Butler Twp. police

UPDATE @3:50 p.m. (July 30):

No arrests have been made in a shots-fired investigation involving Butler Twp. police Friday evening.

Butler Twp. police were dispatched to the 3000 block of Benchwood Road around 10:12 p.m. on a disorderly call involving guns. The first officer who arrived on scene found multiple people running from the scene and a gunshot was fired, according to police.

The dispatcher issued a “signal 99,” which means an officer is in need of assistance, to get more help to the scene.

No one was injured and no arrests have been made.

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UPDATE @ 8:00 p.m. (July 28):

Officers put out a “Signal 99” (officer in need of assistance) call after reports of shots-fired around 10:00 p.m. Friday night in the 3000 block of Benchwood Road.

Cameron Glover of Butler Twp. says he was in shock when he heard an officer was in distress near his neighborhood.

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“It always seems to be local pedestrians or an innocent bystander that gets hit by these bullets. When they go flying around the neighborhood they don’t have a name on them, it is quite dangerous. The police got to watch out,” said Glover.

Three people were detained, but police have not stated whether they have made any arrests or if they have any suspects at this time.

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.: Three people have been detained in the shots-fired investigation, Butler Twp. police tell us. 

The initial police dispatch was on a report of people reported to be pointing guns at each other.

According to police, the "signal 99" (officer in need of assistance) was activated because the Butler Twp. officer who first arrived on scene heard two gunshots and didn't know whether he was being fired upon or whether the people were firing at each other. 

Everyone took off running when the officer arrived. 

Detectives have been called to the scene. 

Police continue to block traffic on Benchwood Road until further notice.

UPDATE @ 11:05 p.m.: 

Police have blocked traffic to Benchwood Road as the investigation of the shots-fired report continues in Butler Twp.

Officer from Dayton, Vandalia and Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies are on scene.


A report of shots fired in the 3000 block of Benchwood Road in Butler Twp. prompted a "signal 99' call (officer in need of assistance). 

Law enforcement officers from various area jurisdictions responded to the call, which was made about 10:15 p.m. It was canceled about 10 minutes later, but police were told to continue to the scene. 

We have a crew en route. We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news. 

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28-year-old woman identified as victim in Auglaize County crash

UPDATE @ 11:56 a.m.: The victim of a fatal accident near St. Johns Twp. has been identified as Brittney Schankle.

The 28-year-old Canton woman died after a collision with a semi-truck on U.S. 33 late Thursday, according to the Ohio State Patrol Wapakoneta post.

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The driver of the semi-truck was treated on the scene and released, according to patrol.

UPDATE @ 4:35 a.m.: U.S. 33 has reopened in both directions following a fatal crash that occurred at the State Route 65 intersection near St. Johns Twp. in Auglaize County. 

UPDATE @ 3:50 a.m: The driver of a minivan was killed after a head-on collision involving a semitrailer occurred on U.S. 33 near St. Johns Twp. in Auglaize County late Thursday night.

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According to troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wapakoneta Post, around midnight the minivan driver was traveling eastbound on U.S. 33 when it went left of center. This caused the van to make head-on impact with a semitrailer that was traveling westbound near the intersection of State Route 65. 

The driver of the minivan was pronounced dead on scene. An Auglaize County coroner's investigator responded to the incident.

No word if the semi-truck driver suffered injuries due to the crash. 

U.S. 33 has been closed in both directions for nearly four hours.

The crash remains under investigation.

The identity of the minivan driver was not immediately available. 


One person has been killed in a reported head-on collision involving a car and a semitrailer on state Route 65 North and U.S. 33, in St. Johns Twp. east of Wapakoneta, in Auglaize County.

U.S. 33 is closed in both directions until further notice, according to a dispatcher with the Ohio State Highway Patrol post at Wapakoneta.

The accident was reported about midnight. 

An Auglaize County coroner's investigator is on scene. We're hearing the person killed is a female who was in the car. There is no word about the truck driver. 

We're working to learn more about this incident. Stay with for breaking news. 

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