Fairborn OKs area's first public CNG fueling station

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 10:40 PM
Updated: Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 10:40 PM

            Fairborn OKs area's first public CNG fueling station

The first public compressed natural gas fueling station in the Miami Valley will be in the city of Fairborn.

Fairborn City Council approved 5-2 Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio’s request to build a public CNG fueling station at its Fairborn site, 1135 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road. Councilmen Jim Hapner and Robert Wood voted against it. The discussion lasted nearly two hours before a standing-room-only crowd.

Vectren operates a CNG station at that site to serve its own private six-vehicle fleet, so this location makes sense for expansion because it already has the appropriate infrastructure in place, company officials said.

There are no current plans to expand beyond this project, said Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio.

Of Vectren’s six operational centers in southwest Ohio, the Fairborn site is the only one that has a CNG station. It will be only the 13th public CNG station in the state.

“If you want to put Fairborn on the map, put one in Fairborn,” Ryan said. “It’s a great thing to do for the community and the state of Ohio.”

Ryan said there will be minimal impact to traffic and the condition of roadways. Vectren expects the public CNG fueling station to average 10 vehicles a day, mainly service and trash-sized trucks.

The station is expected to be open to the public as early as the summer, barring any unforeseen delays or regulatory issues. The cost of the expansion for Vectren will be about $900,000.

“I’m not so sure there’s a hidden agenda by Vectren,” said Hapner, who questioned Ryan about the monetary investment. “I don’t think it’s a wise business decision.”

The unmanned CNG station — accessed from Trebein Road — will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On-site surveillance cameras will be monitored at Vectren’s headquarters in Evansville, Ind.

The project had already been delayed a month in order to answer concerns raised by citizens who live just north of the site. Those concerns included safety, traffic flow and the location of the proposed site.

“I look at it as Vectren making an investment in Fairborn,” Councilwoman Marilyn McCauley said. “It’s not how much taxes we’re going to get or how many jobs it’s going to produce. It’s an investment in the future of this city and the businesses in the city.”

Middletown police officer involved in 2-car crash

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

            Middletown police officer involved in 2-car crash

A Middletown police officer was transported to the hospital after a two-car crash today in downtown Middletown.

The crash occurred about 3 p.m. at Central Avenue and Clinton Street.

Officer Becki Leukhardt was transported to Atrium Medical Center for evaluation.

MORE: Middletown police see spike in officer crashes to start 2017

A 2008 Lexus driven by Patricia Schaefer, 84, of Middletown started to change lanes on Clinton Street when it struck the police cruiser near the intersection, according to Middletown police Sgt. Andy Warrick.

“It appears she didn’t see the cruiser in her blind spot,” Warrick said.

Schaefer was also taken to the hospital to be evaluated. She has been cited for improper lane change.

Leukhardt is “very sore” from the crash, but does not have any major injuries, according to Warrick.

There have been at least five other crashes involving Middletown police cruisers since Jan. 1.

HGTV to air 'Fixer Upper' and 'Flip or Flop' spin-off shows

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:18 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:01 PM

HGTV to air 'Fixer Upper' and 'Flip or Flop' spin-off shows

HGTV fans, get ready for more “Fixer Upper” and “Flip or Flop.”

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Joanna Gaines, star of hit show “Fixer Upper,” is getting her own spin-off show on HGTV.

In her new show, Gaines will bring viewers a behind-the-scenes look at her creative process when designing a home. The show will be called, “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design” and is set to premiere on March 28 after the season finale of “Fixer Upper.”

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HGTV has also announced it will produce several spin-offs of “Flip or Flop” set in various cities outside of Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s native in Orange Country, California. “Flip or Flop” remains one of the most popular series on the network despite the stars’ very public divorce.

“The tremendous, consistent ratings success of the original ‘Flip or Flop’ with Tarek and Christina El Moussa inspired us to take a new look at house flipping programming,” said Scripps’ U.S. programming and development GM Allison Page, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We saw an opportunity to highlight what works in other regions by featuring successful couples that had mastered the art of flipping in their town.”

The series spin-offs will be set in Las Vegas, Nevada; Fort Worth, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Chicago, Illinois.

Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:17 PM

Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow

A military Humvee was stolen from the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to the armory, 4630 Allen Road, where suspects cut through a chain link fence and accessed a secured area where the Humvee was stored. The Humvee was locked at the time of the theft, but the suspect disabled the locking mechanism and drove the vehicle off the premises, troopers said.

The Humvee is marked with bumper numbers 174 and 1-145 near the left tail light and HQ-51 near the right tail light.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the highway patrol at 216-265-1677 or #677.

Man charged with stealing $150,000 from Tipp City hotel

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:50 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:46 PM

Man charged with stealing $150,000 from Tipp City hotel

TROY - A Dayton man charged with stealing more than $150,000 from a Tipp City business pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft Thursday in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Timothy Villasenor, 54, is accused of stealing from the LaQuinta Inn in Tipp City between Jan. 1, 2013, and April 20, 2016. The indictment alleges more than $150,000 but less than $175,000 was stolen.

Villasenor's pretrial hearing was scheduled for April 4. He was released on his own recognizance.