Defense contractor opens new Beavercreek office

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

            Defense contractor opens new Beavercreek office

Defense contractor MEI Technologies has opened a Beavercreek office to focus on providing best-value solutions and support to the U.S. Air Force, the company announced.

“By establishing a presence here in Dayton, we are fully committed to supporting the community, the future of the Air Force and its warfighters,” said Richard (Dick) Watters, deputy program manager and business development manager in Dayton.

MEIT, which has been around for 25 years, currently supports the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center community by utilizing its expertise and experience in engineering, information technology, modeling and simulation and program management.

The new Dayton-area office, at 4031 Col Glenn Hwy, Suite 140 in Beavercreek, is the sixth location for MEIT.

Man shot, killed on Linden Ave. in Springfield identified

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 2:20 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

A Springfield man was shot and killed Friday morning in the city's second homicide of the year, both coming in the span of eight days. Brandon Jamal Dearmond, 30, of Charles St., was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of Linden Avenue.

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Police were initially dispatched to the area of Linden and Rose Street, but could not find a victim, according to a report from the Springfield Police Division. Officers were then given an address in the 1300 block of Linden and found four or five people yelling for help on a porch. 

The victim was located next to a lawnmower, according to the report. Initial reports said as many as 30 shots had been fired. 

Officers began CPR on the porch, then medics arrived and continued to attempt to resuscitate Dearmond. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“Officers spoke with several people at the house as the crime scene unit was called out to collect evidence,” the report says. 

One neighbor said she heard several gunshots fired. 

“I went down there and saw the crime scene tape, people, sirens, police,” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous. 

This is the second homicide of the year in Springfield. 

Jeffery Rife, 36, was shot and killed on March 18 in the 500 block of Clairmont Avenue. 

MORE: Springfield homicide underscores increased gun violence

Another man was shot on Linden Avenue on March 16. Jimmy L. Dornon, 31, was found on the ground with a gunshot wound on his left side, according to a police report, and taken to the hospital. 

He was riding his motorcycle when he was shot by a man driving a white Ford Explorer, police said. Dornon told officers that he had recently sold the SUV to the suspect but didn’t know who he was, according to the report. 

The two recent shootings on Linden Avenue are scary, the neighbor said. 

“This neighborhood used to be a real good neighborhood,” she said. “But it seems like it’s going down.” 

She walks her dog in the neighborhood daily, she said, but now she doesn’t think it’s safe. 

“I know the police can’t be everywhere, but we certainly need them over here now,” she said. 

Police didn’t have any updates on Dearmond’s case as of Friday evening. The investigation is ongoing, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said.

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Wittenberg breaks ground on $40M sports complex

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 5:23 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Wittenberg University leaders broke ground Friday on a $40 million indoor athletic facility that they hope will help with student recruitment and facilitate more connections with the Springfield community.

Among the features of the new 125,000 square-feet complex will be an indoor 100-yard artificial turf surface; a six-lane, 300-meter indoor track; a 7,000-square-foot weight room; a sport performance, strength training and wellness center; technology-enabled classroom space; updated locker rooms; and modern court surfaces for tennis, volleyball and basketball.

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“It will impact this community because of the opportunities that will avail themselves to different programming,” Interim President Dick Helton said.

Wittenberg is a major local employer with a total of more than 350 employees and an estimated $70 million economic impact on the Springfield community. But it has also made millions in cuts and is now on its third full-time president in about a decade.

The new complex, along with improvements to the 1929 Field House and the 1982 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center, should help the university grow and retain students, he said.

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Dayton Dragons install safety net upgrade, cancel city EMS contract

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 5:21 PM

Dayton Dragons install safety net upgrade, cancel city EMS contract

Thanks to safety upgrades at Fifth Third Field, the Dayton Dragons decided it no longer needed to staff Dayton Fire Department medics at home games.

“They did terminate the contract with the city to provide EMS services this season,” Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey L. Payne said. “That is a direct result of them enhancing their netting in the stadium.”

The protective netting now covers all lower-level seating, and the height of the netting is raised five feet to better protect upper-level club seating and luxury boxes, Bob Murphy, the team’s president and general manager announced in August.

RELATED: Fifth Third Field to install additional safety netting

Dayton medics used to be stationed at the first and third base lines, where fans were more at risk from foul balls and flying broken bats.

“With the netting, hopefully there will be very little that will get through there,” Payne said.

If anyone has a medical issue at the ballpark, the Dragons, which is a Class A Cincinnati Reds affiliate, staff and supply a first aid room.

“And, as always, if there is anything that is beyond their staff to handle, they call 911,” he said, noting that there are procedures so the Dayton medics know the best ways to enter the facility to quickly reach a person in need of help.

A representative of the Dayton Dragons could not be immediately reached for comment.

Three structures involved in Riverside fire

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

UPDATE@ 1:40 p.m.

Three structures were reportedly on fire: Sparky’s Auto Center, a house next to the auto center, and a garage behind the house. Sparky’s Auto Center has sustained tremendous damage and has been reported as a total loss. The house behind the auto center has substantial damage as well. There was one person inside and he was checked out at the scene for minor injuries. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 12:41 p.m.

Riverside police and Riverside fire department are handling the active fire scene at Sparky’s Auto Shop on Valley Pike, not Huber Heights fire crews.

We’ve learned at least one person is being checked out by medics called to the scene.

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m.

Heavy smoke and flames are coming from Sparky’s Auto Center at 2401 Valley Pike. Riverside fire crews are assisting Huber Heights fire department. There are no reports of injuries or cause of the fire at this time. We’ll continue to post updates to this breaking news as details become available.

FIRST REPORT @ 12:11 p.m. 

Huber Heights fire crews are calling for extra help at a structure fire at an auto shop at 2401 Valley Pike. We have crews on the way and will update this story as soon as new information is available.