4 cycling events in Dayton that you don’t want to miss

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Become part of the strong cycling community that has developed here in Dayton by attending these four events coming up in May 2017. (Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission)
Become part of the strong cycling community that has developed here in Dayton by attending these four events coming up in May 2017. (Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission)
The annual Bike-to-Work Day breakfast will be held on Friday, May 19, from 7-9 a.m. at Riverscape MetroPark. (MVRPC)

The Miami Valley is home to the nation’s largest paved trail network. Over 340 miles of multi-use trails, connecting schools, parks, and attractions, provide residents the opportunity to explore our region. You can become part of the strong cycling community that has developed here in Dayton by attending these four events coming up in May…

  1. Miami Valley Cycling Summit | Friday, May 5: Held at the Wright State University Student Union (3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.) on Friday, May 5, from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the Miami Valley Cycling Summit is free and open to the public. Registration is required at cyclingsummit.com. By bringing together local advocates, elected officials, community staff, and national speakers, the Miami Valley Cycling Summit creates an open discussion to shape the future. National experts will detail how cycling can benefit numerous aspects of our community, region and nation. The event is hosted by Bike Miami Valley, with the help of a local coordinating committee, and is supported by a variety of park districts, city, county, and regional governments, and visitors bureaus. Immediately following the summit, a “grassroots social” will be held at The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Dr., Beavercreek, on Friday, May 5, at 5 p.m. 
  2. Miami Valley Cycling Summit Century Ride | Saturday, May 6: A fundraiser for Bike Miami Valley, the Century Ride will be held on Saturday, May 6. Starting at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center (120 Fairground Road, Xenia) at 6 a.m., the ride is along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Bike either 62 or 100 miles, with awards to those who complete the ride. Early registration is $25, and onsite registration is $35. Click here to learn more and to register
  3. American Trails 2017 International Trails Symposium | Sunday, May 7: A free public event associated with the American Trails International Trails Symposium will be held at the Dayton Convention Center (22 E. Fifth Street) from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The Dayton area is widely recognized as the Outdoor Capital of the Midwest, which is why the city was selected as host for this year’s symposium. The public is encouraged to attend this free event to discover, learn and celebrate trails. Click here for more information about the free public day event. 
  4. Five Rivers MetroParks Bike-to-Work Day | Friday, May 19: Come to Riverscape MetroPark (237 E. Monument Ave.) from 7-9 a.m. on Friday, May 19, for a free pancake breakfast in celebration of Bike-to-Work Day. Whether you’re a seasoned cycling commuter or a first-time bike rider, gather to share the culture and the fun of biking to work. Groups of riders from the same business or university may want to participate in the Team Challenge. There will be live music, exhibitor booths, tours of the bike hub, and a photo booth. The first 500 riders to register and check in onsite will receive a prize, courtesy of Five Rivers MetroParks and presenting partner MVRPC. More details are available at MetroParks.org.
To plan your own trip on the regional bikeway, check out the newly updated www.MiamiValleyTrails.org. There, you can access a visitor guide, as well as a trail map that shows where to park, trail access points, and restroom locations along the way. If you’d like a paper map of the regional bikeway, please contact the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission at (937) 223-6323.

OSHP cadet accused of armed robbery while dressed as trooper

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

22-year-old Gregory Payne was arrested Thursday for aggravated robbery and impersonating a police officer. He resigned from the OSHP academy five days after police say the incident happened.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol cadet is facing charges after he was accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint while he was wearing an Ohio State Highway Patrol uniform.

Gregory Payne, 22, of Cincinnati was accused of robbing a woman of her cell phone in the area of the 6900 block of Cedar Alley in Cincinnati on Sept. 10.

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“[Gregory Payne] While wearing an Ohio State Highway Patrol uniform stopped a citizen, told her she was not free to leave and told her if he had his patrol car he would take her to jail,” according to an affidavit filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court Wednesday.

Payne was a member of the patrol’s cadet program at the time of the accused crime, but he resigned Sept. 15.

The affidavit indicated Payne pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the woman and ripped the cell phone from her hands.

Payne was arrested Thursday, but has posted bond and was released on his own recognizance.

Dayton to activate red light cameras in October, officials say

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 1:48 PM

Dayton traffic could begin Oct 1.

The city of Dayton will activate red light cameras as early as Oct. 1, with 10 cameras posted at five locations across the city, officials announced in a press release Friday. The camera system activation follows an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions imposed by the state legislature in 2015. 

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During October, speed or red light violations will result in warnings. However, beginning Nov. 1, violations detected by cameras will generate citations with an $85 fine, with additional penalties for late payments or unpaid fines, the release said. Citations are mailed to registered vehicle owners and include payment and appeal directions. 

Camera sites were chosen based on data showing vehicle crash locations and types. Cameras will be located in the following locations:

  • West Third Street at James H. McGee Boulevard (three red light cameras)
  • North Gettysburg Avenue at Fairbanks Avenue (two speed cameras)
  • North Main Street at Siebenthaler Avenue (one speed camera)
  • South Keowee Street between East Third Street and East Fourth Street (two speed cameras)
  • South Smithville Road at Linden Avenue (two red light cameras).

Additional camera locations may be activated in the future. The Dayton Police Department's mobile "speed trailer" and hand-held speed cameras are also used as needed. 

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The city's use of traffic safety enforcement cameras is designed to save lives and to prevent injuries and property damage, according to the release. There has been a 40 percent increase in vehicle crashes in Dayton since 2014, which corresponds to the period the previous camera program was shut down, the release said. 

In 2016, there were more than 4,000 crashes on Dayton roads, resulting in more than 1,000 injuries and 31 fatalities. These deaths and injuries were preventable, the release said. 

 "Public safety is always our top priority," said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. "Camera enforcement is very effective in reducing accidents in high-risk areas."

Rollover crash reported on Fenner Road in Miami County

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 1:40 PM

A rollover crash with a person possibly trapped inside has been reported on Fenner Road this afternoon.

The crash was reported between Greenlee and Johnson roads around 1:30 p.m.

It’s unclear if there are any injuries in the crash.

Bellefontaine man killed in Logan County rollover crash

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

A 23-year-old Bellefontaine man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Logan County Friday morning. 

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State troopers and medics responded to Ohio 292 in Perry Twp., Logan County around 7:25 a.m. on reports of a single vehicle rollover crash. 

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An initial investigation found a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Ethan P. Zack, 23, of Bellefontaine, was traveling north on Ohio 292 when he traveled off the right side of the roadway, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The SUV crashed into a fence post and a culvert, causing it to roll at least one time. 

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Zack was pronounced dead at the scene by the Logan County Coroner. 

Troopers said Zack was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Other factors remain under investigation, but alcohol does not appear to be a cause.