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Clark County police blitz targets Bethel Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

Clark County police blitz targets Bethel Twp.

Multiple police agencies teamed up Friday night to crack down on drug and traffic violations in Bethel Twp.

Five police agencies held a blitz where they heavily patroled the township. More than 20 police cruisers hit the streets as officers pursued drugs and other criminal activity.

For Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Beller, it was routine patrol.

“I spend a lot of time out here. I’ve been out here four or five years now, Bethel Twp., New Carlisle area si I know almost everybody. It’s not that big of an area,” Beller said.

Along with knowing the area, it’s about knowing what to look for.

“The things I look for most are drugs, OVIs and driving under suspensions. But tonight we’re just looking for everything,” he said.

A teenage girl was pulled over and taken into custody for suspicion of drug possession after K-9s detected drugs inside her car. Deputies also found a marijuana grinder in her pocket.

Beller and other officers conducted multiple traffic stops throughout the evening.

“You see that? That’s crystal meth ...,” Beller said.

Minutes later, the U.S. Marshal’s Service found men hiding in closets inside an apartment with syringes and drugs. They also were wanted on outstanding warrants.

“There have been blitzes before but never before where all these different agencies were working together,” Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said.

The agencies conducted the law enforcement operation at the request of township trustees.

“As the warm weather is approaching, we wanted people to know that we are still diligent in watching out for the residents of the township,” Trustee Nancy Brown said.

The agencies involved included the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Springfield Police Division, Ohio Investigative Unit, U.S. Marshal’s Service. 

Stats on Friday night’s operation are expected to be released later today.

Fire causes significant damage to Dayton house

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:41 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Dayton fire fighters are battling a house fire on Anna

UPDATE @ 9:35 a.m. 

Investigators believe a fire that significantly damaged a house on Anna Street in Dayton is suspicious. 

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Firefighters responded to the house in the first block of Anna Street around 8:30 a.m. and reported seeing heavy smoke from the structure. 

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The fire was contained to the second floor of the structure but did cause significant damage. 

Firefighters said the house is vacant and the fire is considered suspicious. 

No injuries were reported. 

UPDATE @ 9:10 a.m. 

Firefighters continue to work to extinguish a house fire that broke out in the first block of Anna Street in Dayton Wednesday. 

There have been no initial reports of injuries and it is unknown if the house is occupied. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters have responded to a reported house fire in the first block of Anna Street in Dayton Wednesday morning. 

Crews were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. and reported smoke coming from the second floor of the structure. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Xenia Council votes 5-1 in favor of CSU pre-annexation deal

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

Central State University campus from the air

With one member dissenting, Xenia City Council approved a pre-annexation agreement with Central State University, one of the required components in the city's petition to bring the university into the city's corporate limits.

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The pre-annexation agreement spells out the first of three phases for the annexation to be implemented and what services the city will provide to the university. 

The city owns approximately 41 acres of the Ohio to Erie Trail, which is "contiguous" with about 4.5 acres of state land that is used by CSU, and that meets the requirements for a Type 2 annexation, according to the agreement. 

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A Type 2 annexation has been referred to as a balloon-on-a-string annexation, in which a municipality leverages a small strip of land to acquire a large tract of property. 

Councilman Dale Louderback does not support the push to annex the university and voted "no" on the pre-annexation agreement. 

Louderback said the city stands to gain only $158,000 in added annual income tax revenue, and Xenia taxpayers will have to pay more on water bills to accommodate the loss in the 20 percent surcharge the university is currently paying for water and sewer services from the city. 

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"People think I'm anti-CSU. I'm not anti-CSU. I represent the taxpayers of Xenia. I just don't think it's a good business decision," Louderback said. 

The pre-annexation agreement states that the city and the university "shall cooperate with each other in the proposed annexation," including signing and filing the appropriate petitions with the Greene County Board of Commissioners.

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The agreement states the city will provide a host of services to the university: fire protection and inspection; EMS and law enforcement services; engineering staff; parks and recreation programming; street maintenance; and water/sewer services. 

Council members also approved a memorandum of understanding regarding police services to the university. The memorandum states the university will continue to maintain its own police force and the city will provide mutual aid as requested.

Earthquake insurance: Something you may want to consider

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

The devastating earthquake in Mexico City may have you thinking about the earthquake risk in the Miami Valley and whether or not your home and belongings are covered by insurance.

In general, most standard homeowners insurance policies do not include earthquake coverage, according to the Ohio Insurance Institute. 

The cost of coverage depends on your home’s location, what it is made out of, deductibles, and your insurer. 

Earthquake insurance is calculated on a “per $1,000 coverage” basis, and coverage for wood-frame structures is typically cheaper, according to the OII.

In Ohio, the cost for earthquake insurance is about 25 cents per $1,000 on a wood frame home and 47 cents per $1,000 of coverage on a brick home. 

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There have been six reported earthquakes in Ohio in 2017- none of them in the Miami Valley, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

At least 200 earthquakes with an Ohio-epicenter have been reported since 1776 with at least 15 of them causing minor to moderate damage, according to the ODNR. 

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News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray is finding out more about the earthquake risk in the Miami Valley and whether or not you should consider adding earthquake insurance on to your homeowners policy. Watch today at 5pm. 

Natural gas leak reported in Brookville

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

Vectren has arrived on scene for a reported gas leak in Brookville

Fire crews are on the scene of a natural gas leak in the 500 block of Vine Street in Brookville Wednesday morning. 

Dispatchers confirmed firefighters were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. after a gas meter was struck. 

Neighbors have reported to this newsroom that there are evacuations in the area, but dispatchers were not able to confirm those reports. 

A Vectren Energy crew has been requested to the scene. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available.