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Fairfield police chief to retire in February

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:30 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

            Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey will retire in February 2018 after nearly two decades leading the city of Fairfield Police Department. Dickey, 70, who was formerly the police chief of Englewood, started with the Fairfield department in June 1999. STAFF FILE PHOTO
Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey will retire in February 2018 after nearly two decades leading the city of Fairfield Police Department. Dickey, 70, who was formerly the police chief of Englewood, started with the Fairfield department in June 1999. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey has turned in his resignation.

Dickey’s last day on the job will be Feb. 26, 2018, which is also when City Council plans to formally hire a new police chief, the Journal-News has learned.

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The first job postings went out to the Ohio Police Chief’s Association on Thursday.

“It’s bitter-sweet,” said City Manager Mark Wendling, who called Dickey a “transformative chief.”

“He’s really modernized the department, brought in accreditation, and he’s really transformed this department into one of the most respected in the region,” he said.

Dickey, who has been in law enforcement for 48 years, says it’s time for him to step down.

“It’s something that (my wife) Susan and I have been discussing for a long time, and it’s nothing more than it is the right decision at the right time,” Dickey said. “It’s just time to pass the baton.”

Over his tenure, Dickey led the department to achieve accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and oversaw the construction of Fairfield’s Justice Center more than a decade ago.

Accreditation is something that City Council wanted to see the police department achieved, said Mayor Steve Miller, who was a city councilman when Dickey was hired.

“That was something we as a council wanted at the time,” he said. “We wanted to become accredited.”

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Accreditation provides the department with a set of standards similar, if not identical, to standards of other police departments, said Miller.

Dickey was hired in June 1999 following the resignation of former police chief Gary Rednour in November 1998. He was selected out of nearly 90 applicants, including then-acting chief Richard St. John.

Dickey, an Air Force veteran, was the Englewood police chief for the better part of a decade and was the police chief and village administrator in New Lebanon. He served as a deputy sheriff, corporal and detective over a 12-year career with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

“Mike’s been here a long time and I think he’s done a good job,” Miller said. “He came into a police department that was good and I think he made it better.”

Under his watch, Miller said Dickey has made some good hires over the years, and “he’s stacked the deck.”

“He’s got some people who should help the next chief,” he said.

Dickey said he has a “great respect and love” for law enforcement and being the chief in Fairfield — which he called “a great community” — has been “personally satisfying.”

“It’s been the best years of my life and I’ve been able to do something I’ve absolutely loved,” he said. “I didn’t have a day I didn’t look forward to going to work. From that perspective, it’s bitter-sweet.”

Wendling said candidates, likely by December, will go through an assessment and the top five will be interviewed. Interviews could happen after the first of the year.

Wendling said there is at least one viable internal candidate for the job, but declined to elaborate further.

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Businesses evacuated after gas leak in Huber Heights

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 

Some businesses along Executive Boulevard have been evacuated after a gas leak in Huber Heights, according to crews on the scene. 

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Fire crews and police continue to block both directions of Executive Boulevard, east of Old Troy Pike, where the construction crew struck the gas line. 

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Executive Boulevard is blocked in both directions in Huber Heights after a construction crew struck a gas line Thursday morning. 

Vectren crews have been requested to the scene to isolate the leak, according to initial reports. 

Dispatchers said there have been no reports of evacuations in the area. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.

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Billy Graham funeral arrangements announced, public viewing scheduled

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

Billy Graham Dead at 99

Funeral arrangements have been announced following the death of famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham. The well-known religious figure, who counseled several presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.

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McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back with an app

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has been available at some restaurants since early February.
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has been available at some restaurants since early February.(McDonald's)

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back at some locations this week. 

USA Today reported on Wednesday that the fast-food restaurant has brought back the popular minty treat

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This year, there is no other flavor. In 2017, the restaurant had four Shamrock Shake flavors outside of the mint one: frappe, chocolate, hot chocolate and mocha. Instead, McDonald’s is offering a Shamrock Shake Finder app on iOS and Android so customers can locate the popular dessert.

“Fans simply need to download the app and from there, locate participating restaurants locations, swap Shamrock Shake-themed stickers and raise a shake with friends to toast St. Patrick’s Day,” McDonald’s said of the app in a Feb. 12 news release. “In addition to helping fans find the nearest Shamrock Shake, the app also features a brand new camera mode, featuring an augmented reality (AR) experience for iPhone X.”

The Shamrock Shake was introduced in 1970 and is typically only available for a limited amount of time, disappearing around St. Patrick's Day.

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People possibly trapped in North Terry Street fire

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

A fire has been reported on North Terry Street this morning.

Firefighters responded to an address in the first block of North Terry around 11 a.m.

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Initial reports indicated there may be people inside the house and we’re working to confirm those reports.

At least two medics were called to the scene, according to records.

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