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Chief: Springfield Twp. firefighter who lost leg to come back stronger

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Updated: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

David Noble is retired from the Air Force. Contributed photo
David Noble is retired from the Air Force. Contributed photo

A friend of the firefighter whose leg had to be removed after he was hit by a car said he’s in good spirits as he gets treated in the hospital.

David Noble, 72, was responding to a crash at the intersection of U.S. 68 and Fairfield Pike when he was struck and pinned against a car. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and his leg had to be amputated. He remained in critical condition as of Friday afternoon.

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“It affects everybody. It affects all the members,” former Springfield Twp. Fire Chief John Roeder said.

Roeder still volunteers as a firefighter and was chief when Noble was sworn in as a firefighter about two years ago. The crash has been hard on all the firefighters, Roeder said, but he’s confident Noble will recover quickly.

“It’s life altering. No one’s going to say it’s not,” Roeder said. “But I think with his attitude, his mentality, that he’ll probably come back stronger.”

Troopers said Noble responded to the crash in his personal vehicle and was the first on scene. It’s no surprise to Roeder that Noble stopped to help. Noble is also retired from the Air Force and an experienced rescue diver.

“If there was an accident and no one was there yet, he would stop and offer assistance,” he said. “Just like any of us would. That’s what we’re trained to do.”

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The fire department and township communities have come together to support Noble, Roeder said. People have dropped off cards and flowers to the hospital.

“The support will be there because that’s just what we do,” he said.

A spot for Noble will be open in the fire department when he’s ready to return, Roeder said.

A neighbor near the intersection of U.S. 68 and Fairfield Pike who didn’t want to give her name said the high speed on U.S. 68 has caused many crashes. She has seen many speeders in the area and said she would like to see the intersection redone.

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Data from the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee shows that since 2007, there have been 29 crashes near that intersection.

Of those crashes, 14 involved injuries. That’s a high number of injury crashes, according to TCC Transportation Director Scott Schmid, but it’s probably because of the high speeds on U.S. 68.

Fatal accidents have happened in the area in the past, Schmid said, but not close enough to the intersection to be counted in the crash data.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash to determine if the driver who hit Noble was distracted and if the weather contributed to the accident. Investigators don’t suspect drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, according to Lt. Brian Aller, Springfield Post Commander.

The driver may face charges, Aller said.

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You could lose your tax refund with this latest IRS scam

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

A sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is growing, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account.

There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and, in one case reported in Maryland, it appeared a fraudulent refund check had been deposited using a smartphone. 

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According to the IRS, the victim will then receive a call or recorded message saying they need to return the funds to a collection agency-which is actually the scam account. 

If you pay the scammers, you will get a double whammy hit to your bank account when the IRS or your bank realize that the deposit was bogus and withdraws the funds.

The number of victims jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand in just days, after more tax practitioner data breaches, according to the IRS.

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The IRS has these recommendations to avoid getting scammed:

If you notice a suspicious deposit, contact your bank to have the money returned to the IRS and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. 

If you receive a paper check, write “void” in the endorsement field on the back and return it to the location printed on the check. 

If you mistakenly cashed the erroneous refund check, submit a check for the full amount to the IRS location near you. 
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Police: Two charged following fight and lockdown at Middletown High School

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:49 AM


            Middletown High School was on lockdown Friday afternoon after an altercation in the school and students thought one boy may go home and get a gun.
Middletown High School was on lockdown Friday afternoon after an altercation in the school and students thought one boy may go home and get a gun.

Two Middletown High School students were charged with disorderly conduct after a disturbance Friday in the school that caused a lockdowns at multiple schools, Middletown police said.

After the fight, someone in the crowd yelled: “He’s probably going to get a gun,” according to Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division of Police.

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But police don’t believe anyone “threatened” to get a gun, Reeve said.

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The alleged comment was reported by students to school officials, who immediately informed police, causing a rush to the school. Police then closed down the school’s doors, keeping anyone from leaving or coming in, Reeve said.

Some school parents rushed to the school and were distraught in the Middletown High School parking lot because they could not enter the building to pick up their children.

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Police rarely called to Middletown bar where man was hit, later died

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11:10 AM


            Middletown police have been called to the Old Crow Bar, 1217 Jackson Lane, three times this year, according to police records. RICK McCRABB/STAFF
Middletown police have been called to the Old Crow Bar, 1217 Jackson Lane, three times this year, according to police records. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

Middletown police rarely respond to call for service at a Middletown bar where a man was punched and later died Saturday, according to police reports.

Police have been called to Old Crow Bar, 1217 Jackson Lane, three times this year, for reports of a bad check, possible OVI arrest and for Saturday’s incident.

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John W. Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar, died Saturday morning after an incident in the Middletown bar, according to Middletown police and friends.

Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division of Police. Fugate fell backward off the stage and hit his head on the concrete floor, Reeve said. He was unconscious when police arrived at 1:18 a.m., Reeve said. Fugate was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died Saturday, police said.

Reeve said police know who allegedly punched Fugate, but no charges have been filed. After the investigation is complete, the facts will be presented to the Butler County Grand Jury for consideration, Reeve said.

In 2017, police responded to the bar once for a possible drunk patron on Sept. 15, according to police reports.

Police were called to the bar four times in 2016 for reports of domestic dispute, drugs, public disturbance and breaking and entering.

Reeve said Old Crow has changed management a few times, and while it was “a problem at times,” it’s not causing a nuisance now.

Fugate’s autopsy was performed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, but results have not been released, officials said.

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Two Warren County school threat cases in court today

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:17 AM


            Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby during an earlier school threat case in Warren County.
Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby during an earlier school threat case in Warren County.

Two Warren County boys in detention are scheduled to appear today in juvenile court in connection with alleged school threat cases.

One boy, 17, of Turtlecreek Twp. is charged with inducing panic by texting, “THAT’S IT IM GONNA SHOOT UP A SCHOOL I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE” to friends on Feb. 15.

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This case stems from an incident reported on Friday night by Lebanon City Schools involving a student threatening a student in another district using social media.

He is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. in the Warren County Juvenile Court.

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Another juvenile is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. hearing on charges including inducing panic and intimidation of a witness in the court in Lebanon, according to court officials.

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No complaint has been filed in this case.

We will continue to gather information and update this story as new details come out.

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