Driver OK after car crashes into Springfield pond

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 8:02 AM

A car ends up in a pond at Snyder Park in Springfield.

UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m.

The driver of a vehicle that traveled into a pond this morning on Snyder Park Road climbed out of the window of the submerged vehicle and was not hurt.

The driver reported he had stopped but the vehicle traveled into the water when his foot became entangled in the acceleration and brake pedals.

EARLIER

Crews are responding to Springfield after a car crashed into a pond.

Initial reports indicate at least one person is out of the car and is swimming. It’s unknown if anyone else was in the car.

The accident happened in the 1500 block of Snyder Park Road.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Daytonian shares Muhammad Ali’s favorite title belt and legacy

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Tony Shultz (right) holding Ali's belt with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman with world champions Zab Judah and Jessie Vargas.
Tony Shultz (right) holding Ali's belt with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman with world champions Zab Judah and Jessie Vargas.

The decorated green strip of leather was the first WBC title belt custom-made for a boxer, and that boxer was Muhammad Ali, according to Tony Shultz, a Daytonian who shares the belt with everyone he meets. 

The 39-year-old who lives in the Dayton View Triangle neighborhood is a former boxer who trained with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones Jr. 

Shultz said the belt was given to him at Ali's funeral by Ali's wife, Lonnie.

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"This was the first belt created for a champion," Shultz said. "It was created to divide all the weight divisions. This was the heavyweight championship belt and named the "Ali WBC Belt" because it would always have his image on it as the division's greatest champion." 

The belt has the signatures of many famous boxers — including Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and Neon Leon Spinks, who defeated Ali in 1978 in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. 

Shultz said the belt was Ali’s favorite and he often wore it around the house. 

"After he passed away, Lonnie (Ali's wife) decided that she wanted to keep the Ali legacy alive and the best way she could do that was having a belt in circulation," Shultz said. "All the other belts are either in the Ali Center, they're in the museum or his kids have them. This is actually the only Ali belt that's in circulation, outside of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' belt which just sold at a private auction." 

Shultz said he was given the belt on the condition that he share it with people and thus share Ali's legacy. 

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"Lonnie gave it to me, said 'Tony, here's the deal. I want you to have every champion that you know, every champion that you meet, sign it … have their story told. I want (to continue) Ali's legacy of humanity, his spirit of equality, fairness, and most importantly that of conquering any challenges," he said. 

At the last sparring session for Dayton Fight Night competitors at the Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Shultz brought the keepsake and let anybody who wanted to have a photo taken with it draped over their shoulder. 

Shultz will be sharing the amazing keepsake tonight at Memorial Hall at Dayton Fight Night. Tickets are $20. The doors open at 7 p.m.

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Hundreds join annual heart walk at Upper Valley Mall

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:20 PM

Clark Champaign County heart walk at Upper Valley Mall

More than 300 people, mostly in red, participated in the annual Clark and Champaign Counties Heart Walk today at the Upper Valley Mall.

The local walk joins efforts by the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and stroke. The annual event also featured vendor booths and a health fair, and was sponsored by Springfield Regional Medical Center.

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Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R, other spots

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:15 PM

Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along rivers

As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”

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A Flood Warning is in effect through 5 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties. Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning goes into affect at 10 p.m. and lasts through 5:48 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m Monday in Butler County near Middletown.

There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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Franklin working on school resource officer, quality of life matters

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 12:00 AM


            The city of Franklin, the Franklin City Schools, and the Warren County Educational Services Center are discussing the employment of a full-time school resource officer that would split their time between Franklin High School and the two WCESC learning centers in Franklin. That was one topic Franklin City Council was updated on during its annual planning work session on Saturday. ED RICHTER/STAFF
The city of Franklin, the Franklin City Schools, and the Warren County Educational Services Center are discussing the employment of a full-time school resource officer that would split their time between Franklin High School and the two WCESC learning centers in Franklin. That was one topic Franklin City Council was updated on during its annual planning work session on Saturday. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Franklin officials spent four hours Saturday hearing progress reports on several ongoing projects and was updated on several key topics during its annual planning meeting.

The agenda was so packed, one council member said they may need to have another meeting to discuss items that individual council members wanted to discuss. Council also scheduled departmental updates for the police, fire/EMS, and public works departments at their meetings over the next several weeks.

“It takes time to do things but we’ll keep plugging at it,” said Mayor Todd Hall. “This is a good process for us.”

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Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:

School Resource Officer

Councilman Michael Aldridge asked about reinstating school resource officers in light of the recent school shooting tragedies that have happened elsewhere and more recently in Florida. Police Chief Russell Whitman said the city has been in discussions since September with the Warren County Educational Resource Center about a school resource officer at its two learning centers in the city. He said that discussion was expanded to include the Franklin City Schools for an officer at the high school in November.

Whitman said the plan was to have one officer that would split their time for both school entities during the nine-month school year and would cover 75 percent of the costs of the officer’s salary, benefits and a cruiser. The officer would work for the city the other three months of the year with the city covering the remaining 25 percent of the costs.

He said the WCESC board have approved the proposal. The Franklin school board has the proposal on its agenda and will be discussing the proposal at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Whitman said Franklin used to have a school resource officer program but had to end the program due to budget cuts in 2007 about the time of the recession.

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Forever Franklin

Amy Johnson and Rodney Roberts of the Forever Franklin board told council they are continuing their organizational efforts that started last spring. The organization is planning several projects as part of the accreditation process to become a Main Street community to assist downtown revitalization.

The organization is looking at obtaining some trash cans and benches and promoting some events this year including a periodic guided tour of the city’s murals that would end at a downtown restaurant.

Johnson and Roberts said the organization is wrapping up their efforts to obtain their 501 (c) 3 nonprofit tax status so donations would be tax deductible.

They reported they are receiving the support of downtown businesses in their efforts.

Park, pool renovations

The city is working with the Warren County Regional Planning Commission on plans for the expansion of Community Park on the south side of Ohio 123. In addition, the city received a $105,000 state NatureWorks grant for concrete and plumbing work at the Paul Elmer Fitzgerald Pool that is jointly owned with Franklin Twp. That work will be done this year, according to city officials. In addition, a proposed plan for a splash pad is getting a second look due to the high maintenance costs to operate it.

Signage

Council is considering a new entrance sign at the Ohio 73 gateway and is considering adding a digital messaging capability. There was also discussion about putting “Welcome to Franklin” on the fencing on the East Fourth Street bridge over I-75 which is between both of the exits to Franklin. Council also agreed that a Luke Kennard Mr. Ohio Basketball sign be re-erected at one of the city’s gateways. Some of the signs were stolen last year as Kennard, a Franklin High School alumnus, entered the NBA draft and forced the city to take the others down.

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