City OKs more money to demolish vacant houses

Published: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 7:16 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 7:16 PM

The City Commissioners approved Wednesday $875,000 in change orders to enable contractors to tear down more than 80 vacant houses and buildings throughout the city.

City staff estimates there are at least 7,000 abandoned structures in the city.

“Our goal is to demolish 150 abandoned structures this year. Through September we have demolished 130,” Shelley Dickstein, deputy city manager, said prior to the meeting. On average, it costs the city around $10,000 to demolish a vacant structure, she said.

The money comes from federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Dyer Construction of Brookville landed the original $106,441 contract in 2011. Two change orders later — Wednesday’s change order was for $500,000 — the contract is worth $684,741 through November 2013. The latest change order is for the demolition of nearly 2.8 million cubic feet.

Charles Jergens Construction of Dayton saw its 2012 contract increased by $375,000 for the demolition of just over 2 million cubic feet through December 2014. The original contract was for $420,976. The contract has had two change orders and is now is now worth $827,792.

“You can expect to see more of these (demolition contracts) in the weeks and months ahead,” City Manager Tim Riordan told the commissioners.

In other business, the commissioners approved using $185,000 in city development funds for Miller-Valentine Operations for the retention of 17 full-time jobs, the creation of 26 full-time jobs and the renovation of 8,000 square feet of space at 137 N. Main St. If the company does not fulfill its pledges of jobs and renovation, it must repay the money, according to the development agreement.

Cedarville HS band plays Greenon fight song in honor of student killed in crash

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

At tonight's Greenon vs Cedarville game, Cedarville's band played Greenon's fight song to honor Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, who died in a car accident on Sunday (CONTRIBUTED/Mariah Gossett).

The Cedarville High School marching band tonight played the Greenon High School fight song in honor of the marching band member killed in a weekend crash.

The Cedarville band faced Greenon fans when they played the fight song.

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It was in tribute of 16-year-old Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a Greenon  junior who was a passenger in a car that crashed Sunday afternoon on Fowler Road in Clark County. He was a member of the marching band and on the swim team.

The musical tribute happened during the football game at the Cedarville stadium, which Greenon’s varsity team won with a score of 7-6. Video above was contributed by student Mariah Gossett.

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The driver of the car was a fellow Greenon student, 16-year-old Andrew Scott, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a crash this academic year.

A crash in August killed David Waag and Connor Williams.

Woman taken to hospital after Miamisburg fire; garage set afire last week

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detatched garage, though he would not provide further details about that incident.

The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.

One person was sent to a local hospital tonight after a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

The victim’s condition was unknown.


Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

Ex-Gators quarterback Chris Leak loses teaching license after allegedly asking student to touch his genitals

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:23 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:23 PM

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A former Florida Gators quarterback did not contest allegations that he asked an underage student to touch him inappropriately.

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Edgewater High School football coach and Art Recovery teacher Chris Leak, who played quarterback at the University of Florida just before Tim Tebow, voluntarily surrendered his Florida Educator’s Certificate amid allegations that, around Sept. 5, 2016, he received a massage from a 15-year-old female student and asked the student to touch his penis, according to an order filed by the Florida Education Practices Commission on Tuesday. 

Leak allegedly was wearing only a towel when he received the massage.

As a condition of the voluntary surrender of his certificate, Leak will never have the certificate reinstated and will not be allowed to apply for a new one. He also chooses “not to contest any of the allegations or charges” levied against him in the Administrative Complaint, according to documents.

SB I-75 back open after semi, 2-car crash in Tipp City

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

FROM SCENE: I-75 in Tipp City closed for crash between semi, 2 cars

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Two southbound lanes of Intersate 75 in Tipp City are back open following a crash involving a semi hauling new cars and two cars.

A third lane remains closed for road construction.


The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Tipp City are closed tonight following a crash involving a semi and two cars.

The highway is shut down just south of exit 68, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The crash was reported around 7:45 p.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.