Fairborn to invest $1.3M in Main Street projects

Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 9:20 PM
Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 9:20 PM
By: Steven Matthews - Staff Writer

The city of Fairborn plans to invest nearly $1.3 million on a pair of projects that city officials say will ultimately lead to more interest downtown.

Main Street received a $2 million facelift last year, and these two projects — connecting two bike paths and making more road improvements — will complete Fairborn’s goal of redefining the city’s historic downtown by 2015.

“We’ve been working on it for many years, and having it completed will be a great accomplishment,” City Manager Deborah McDonnell said. “It also sets the stage for development along Xenia Drive and new redevelopment along Kauffman Avenue. It’s critical that we finish that and move on to other projects.”

More than half of the cost will be funded by grants that were awarded to the city. City Council recently approved resolutions agreeing to comply with Ohio Department of Transportation requirements, such as design standards and contractor selection.

A three-quarter-of-a-mile bike path is scheduled to be constructed in 2014, a project that will cost $666,204 and provide bike access to Main Street. The design phase will begin this spring.

The third and final phase of Streetscape will follow a year later. The first two phases — which entailed a two-thirds mile stretch from Broad Street to Pleasant Street — were completed in October and cost $2 million.

The third phase of Streetscape is estimated to cost $621,476, which includes storm sewer work, curb and sidewalk replacement, striping and landscaping from Pleasant Street to Dayton Drive — just under a quarter of a mile. A gateway feature, similar to the one at Main Street/Broad Street, could be constructed at the Main/Dayton intersection, City Engineer Jim Sawyer said.

The remaining balance for the bikeway ($286,019) will come out of the Capital Improvement Fund, while the County Motor Vehicle License Tax funds will help pay for phase III ($321,476).

“You can’t just do one thing to make a town,” said Linda Riffle, president of the Downtown Fairborn Betterment Association. “You can’t just remodel storefronts or redo streets. You have to do this in combination to have an attractive downtown. The bike path and Streetscape will only make Main Street better.”

Joann Scott — owner of Expressions Coffee House at 313 W. Main Street — said business hasn’t returned to the level that it was prior to the Streetscape construction. Expressions was averaging about 160 to 170 individual purchases per day, but that figure now hovers around 120 or 130.

Scott said she’ll have a better gauge in the summer of how the downtown upgrades have impacted her business.

“Our growth was going well until that happened,” Scott said. “We see some spikes when there’s an event downtown, and our regular customers are really dedicated and never stopped coming. But it will take a while for everyone to come back. I definitely think the (bike path) will be helpful.”

The bike path will be a 10-foot wide hard surface that connects the existing bike path on Central Avenue at Ohio Street and the one on Xenia Drive that ends just east of Dayton Drive. The new bike path will also feature fencing and a rest area along the side, Sawyer said.

“It’s one of those things we’ve needed for a very long time,” Riffle said. “Fairborn is the perfect place to have a bike path close to downtown because we do have a downtown with stores, restaurants, a library — things for people to do.”

The average daily traffic count for Main Street is 3,000. Sawyer said an updated traffic count hasn’t been taken since construction was completed in October.

Kettering drug busts net 6 arrests at two homes

Updated: Friday, December 02, 2016 @ 9:18 PM
By: Breaking News Staff


            Kettering drug busts net 6 arrests at two homes
Clockwise from top left: Daryl Crusoe, Eric Frazier, Patricia Patterson, Shelley Smith, Michael Shephard and Amber West (Montgomery County Jail)

Drug raids today and Thursday in Kettering led to six arrests at two separate homes in the city.

The Kettering Police Department posted information about the drug busts this afternoon on its Facebook page.

The city department’s vice unit and officers along with members of the Tactical Drime Suppression Unit — which includes Kettering, Centerville, Germantown, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, West Carrollton and Springboro police departments — seized various illegal drugs and paraphernalia and equipment while executing search warrants today on Judith Drive and Thursday on Telford Avenue, according to police.

Three people were arrested today on Judith Drive: Eric Frasier, 41; Patricia Patterson, 35; and Shelley Smith, 46; and three more people were arrested Thursday at the Telford Avenue home: Daryl Crusoe, 47; Michael Shephard, 38; and Amber West, 33, police said.

All six are being held in the Montgomery County Jail, on suspicion of the following charges:

Crusoe — probation violation

Frazier — aggravated drug trafficking and two counts of child endangering

Patterson — drug trafficking, drug possession, child endangering, possessing criminal tools, possessing drug abuse instruments

Shephard — parole violation

Smith — drug possession, permitting drug abuse, child endangering

West — permitting drug abuse, possessing drug abuse instruments

Gatlinburg wildfires: Area man sends photo of what’s left of son’s home

Updated: Friday, December 02, 2016 @ 8:49 PM
By: Sharahn D. Boykin, Breaking News Staff - Staff Writer

UPDATE @ 7:29 p.m. (Dec. 2): Grant Reed, the grandfather of the missing girls in Gatlinburg, sent a picture of what’s left of his son Michael’s house in the Chalet Village neighborhood.

“We can go up there tomorrow,” Grant Reed said tonight in an email to WHIO-TV.

EARLIER REPORT

As the death toll from the Gatlinburg wildfires continues to rise, a Centerville grandfather remains hopeful that his daughter-in-law and granddaughters will be found alive.

Friday marked the fourth day Grant Reed’s daughter-in-law Constance and his granddaughters — Lily, 9, and Chloe, 12 — were missing. The last time anyone heard from them is when Reed’s son Michael spoke to his wife Constance on Monday. She called to tell him the fire was close to their Wiley Oakley Drive home in the Chalet Village neighborhood.

“She called me about 8:15 p.m. and said there were flames across the street from our house and she didn’t know what to do,” Michael Reed said during a Nov. 29 interview with a local news station. “I told her to call 9-1-1, and that was the last time I talked to her.”

VIDEO: Man searches for wife, 2 daughters in evacuations

On Thursday, Grant Reed and his daughter, who lives in Toledo, traveled to Gatlinburg to help in the search. In an News Center 7 interview, Grant Reed said 20 percent of the Chalet Village neighborhood had not yet been searched.

The elder Reed said he appreciates everyone’s prayers here in the Miami Valley. He posted the following update on Facebook earlier this week:

“Thanks to everyone who continues to pray for the safe return of my daughter in law Constance Reed and my two beautiful granddaughter Chloe and Lily. There was a forensic team at the home site today but we have not learned yet if they have found anything. We are still holding out hope that they found their way to another house in the area that was not burning. Roads are still impassible and much of the area has not been searched yet. Thanks again and please continue to pray.”

In a News Center 7 interview, Reed said his daughter is spending time with her 15-year-old nephew, who is Michael Reed’s son. They will be checking with the animal shelter set up at the Sevier County Fairgrounds where stray animals are being kept in an attempt to find the family’s missing dogs and cat.

In the interview with a local news station, a tearful Michael Reed described how he and his son got in their van to drive home, but got stuck in traffic. It took him an hour of driving through fallen trees and brush fire before he reached his home, according to a family member.

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“I actually drove our van all the way up the road in the fire to get to our house and when I got there it was completely engulfed,” he said.

By the time Reed was able to make his way to Wiley Oakley, everything was gone, he said.

“I’m just hoping for a miracle,” said Reed, who choked up before pulling up pictures of his family on his phone to show viewers in hopes that someone has seen his wife and daughters.

Reed said he went back into Gatlinburg, before he was allowed, to find his family. He and a friend checked with other shelters in the area without any luck.

Many have reached out to help and make a donation to the family’s GoFundMe account, which was set up on Dec. 1. On Friday, 144 people had contributed $6,378 to the fund’s $15,000 goal.

While the search for the missing Reed family continues, the number of wildfire-related deaths rose to 13 on Friday, said Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters. An additional person died after suffering a heart attack, he said.

The number of those treated for injuries increased to 85.

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Five of the people who died, including a 71-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife and a married couple, both ages 61, were identified by name by an Sevier County assistant medical examiner.

In addition to family members, nurses at the school the Reed girls attend said they are devastated and heartbroken about the situation, according to a CBS report.

“We are truly a family, and this is hurting all of us — our teachers, our principal, our assistant principal and us,” Donna Casey said, choking up on her tears.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Springfield teen pleads not guilty by insanity in brother’s death

Updated: Friday, December 02, 2016 @ 8:24 PM
By: News Staff


            Springfield teen pleads not guilty by insanity in brother’s death
Nicholas Starling appears in Clark County Common Pleas Court on Friday. Jeff Guerini/Staff

The 16-year-old Springfield teen charged in connection with the death of his 14-year-old brother pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity today.

Nicholas Starling appeared in the Clark County Common Pleas court today on charges of aggravated murder, three charges of murder and two charges of tampering with evidence. His bond was set at $100,000.

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He’s been accused in the Oct. 30 beating and stabbing death of his 14-year-old brother.

Harley Starling was found dead in the boys’ Superior Avenue home. Nicholas Starling was arrested hours after police began their investigation, Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said, and evidence indicates that the older brother allegedly beat Harley with a baseball bat and then stabbed him.

Last month a Clark County Juvenile Court approved moving the case to adult court, where Nicholas Starling could face life in prison without parole, Wilson said.

Clark County Public Defender Jim Marshall is representing Nicholas Starling.

“All this (not guilty by reason of insanity plea) does is it puts the court on notice that we’ll be filing paperwork asking for a mental health evaluation,” Marshall said.

He didn’t have a timeline yet for when a possible mental health evaluation might be given. Marshall declined to comment on why he was seeking a not guilty by reason of insanity plea.

Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said his office will address whatever claims are raised by the defense at trial.

Nicholas Starling remains in the Clark County Jail, according to court records.

Rose bookie found dead in his Franklin apartment

Updated: Friday, December 02, 2016 @ 8:20 PM
By: Ed Richter - Staff Writer

A Franklin man who was best known as Pete Rose’s former bookie was found dead in his apartment last month.

According to the Warren County Coroner’s Office, Ronald Peters was found dead in the bedroom of his East Second Street apartment about 5 p.m. Nov. 19 during a welfare check by Franklin police. According to Coroner’s Investigator Doyle Burke, police were called to the apartment building after residents complained of strange odors. Burke said the last time Peters was seen alive was Nov. 8

He said there were no signs of foul play and that an official cause of death is pending until toxicology tests are completed.

Burke said Peters received an indigent cremation, and the remains were turned over to his family. The two-sentence death notice only said that he had passed away, with services at the convenience of the family.

“The last few years were really tough on him,” said David Chicarelli, a Franklin attorney who represented Peters over the years. “He had a lot of major illnesses and tried to work…. The last time I saw him was six to eight months ago.”

Chicarelli said Peters traveled setting up car auctions for dealerships and had always kept a place in Franklin.

“He was very personable and was a very good, confident golfer,” Chicarelli said. “Everyone liked him.”

He said Peters had owned Jonathan’s Cafe, a downtown Franklin bar that was the place that everyone went to in the 1980s. The bar has since been razed.

It was at that bar where Rose, baseball’s hit king, has admitted to placing bets with Peters through Thomas Gioiosa and Paul Janszen, who were Rose’s associates.

The three were the primary witnesses in the 1989 investigation by baseball lawyer John Dowd that led to the agreement in which Rose accepted a lifetime ban. As the concerns about Rose’s gambling were being investigated, Peters claimed to have taken bets from the former Cincinnati Reds All-Star and manager exceeding $1 million during a two-year period. Chicarelli said that Peters was never bitter toward Rose.

Chicarelli said that while Peters regretted what happened to him and Rose, he felt Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.

When Rose finally admitted to betting on baseball in his 2004 book, Chicarelli said, “This whole thing was about everybody calling Ron a liar. Well, when I say everybody, Major League baseball believed him. If you want to use the word vindication, (Peters) told the truth.”

Chicarelli said Peters had said in the past that Rose bet on baseball, but never said he bet on the Reds.

In 1989, Peters agreed to a plea bargain and was convicted and sentenced to 24 months in prison on federal charges of cocaine distribution and making a false statement on his 1985 income tax return.

In 2001, Peters was sentenced to six months in prison for owing $39,000 in dependent support. He previously served a year in prison, from April 1998 to March 1999, for a theft conviction, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

In June 2004, Peters was shot in the head outside a Dayton grocery store parking lot after suffering a gunshot wound behind his left ear. A security guard for a nearby church told police he heard two shots, then saw another man get out of the Thunderbird and run.

Chicarelli believes that the shooting may have contributed to his death. He had a number of illnesses since then.

He said nearly two years ago that Peters asked him to review a contract and had received an advance for a book deal. However, Chicarelli said he never heard what had become of that deal.