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Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Police Lt. Steve Maynard will be the next police chief for the city, according to City Manager Mark Wendling.
Maynard was one of nine candidates to succeed Chief Mike Dickey, 70, who will retire on Feb. 26. Maynard’s first day as chief will be that same day. His starting salary is $113,000 a year.
INITIAL REPORT: Fairfield police chief to retire in February
“He knows the department really well, he’s been an officer here for 19 years and he’s worked really hard to put himself in this position,” Wendling said.
Maynard, the lone internal candidate for the job, was hired as a patrol officer by the Fairfield Police Department on June 21, 1999 — the same day as Dickey was hired to be the department’s police chief.
Wendling said he and Maynard have similar ideas as to the future of the police department, and he’s also “a great representative of the department.”
Maynard said he’s dedicated to the community he’s served for 19 years.
“Our police leaders and officers have been focused on developing and maintaining a good relationship with the citizens of Fairfield whom we are responsible to protect and serve,” he said. “I am dedicated to this community and very much look forward to leading the department’s continued strong service to residents.”
Maynard, a graduate of both the Northwestern Center for Public Safety and the FBI National Academy, was assigned to be a detective from June 2003 to August 2008 where he, among other things, led undercover sting operations involving vice crimes.
He was promoted to sergeant in August 2008 and then to lieutenant in April 2015 where he was involved in implementing and administering departmental policies and procedures, developing the department’s budget and purchasing, developing training programs, and community relations.
Mayor Steve Miller “fully supports” Wendling’s police chief choice.
“In the time that I’ve known Steve, he has always been an outstanding police officer,” said Mayor Steve Miller. “I think he will make an excellent police chief for the city of Fairfield.”
Dickey said Maynard has “worked long and hard” to prepare himself for police chief, and considers him to be “a progressive thinker and is willing to address issues in a straightforward manner.”
“In our conversations, he wants to be involved in the fabric of the community,” he said. “I have every confidence he can lead the Fairfield Police Department for the next several years.”
Fairfield City Councilman Ron D’Epifanio, chairman of city council’s Public Safety Committee, said he’s pleased with the choice.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:14 AM
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Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:23 PM
KETTERING — Lyn Grant has gotten comfortable during the nearly 40 years she has lived in Kettering.
But she's not naive enough to allow her comfort to lull her into unrealistic feelings of safety.
"I've notice the neighborhood changing a little bit," Grant told News Center 7's Lauren Clark on Monday evening. "We had a car stolen once."
To keep tabs on her neighborhood and its surroundings, Grant said she'll probably make use of a new online crime-mapping tool the police department is offering in partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions "to be aware, to be on the lookout."
The tool, Community Crime Map, makes information easily available for Grant and her neighbors who want to monitor crime.
According to Kettering police officials, Grant and people like her inspired the department to partner with LexisNexis to create the crime-mapping tool.
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It's easy to use:
* Either enter your ZIP code or select OH-Kettering from the pull down list of communities
* You can also search by date range and event
* All incidents in the area you select will display on the map by type of crime
* The Data Grid tab displays crime information by incident type, date, location
* The Analytics tab displays graphs and charts of crimes by type, by day of the week and time of day
* In the top right corner of the page, you can sign up for daily, weekly or monthly crime alerts by incident type
Residents also can sign up to receive crime alerts and neighborhood watch email reports of recent crimes from the police department.
Miami Twp. recently contracted with LexisNexis to provide the service. Troy in Miami County and Bellbrook in Greene County are doing the same.
If your community has partnered with LexisNexis, you too can find out crime data for where you live.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
MIAMI VALLEY — Spring will officially arrive at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region over the next 48 hours.
RELATED: Winter Weather Advisory in effect
Precipitation is expected to develop early Tuesday morning across the far southern Miami Valley and spread northward toward I-70 by daybreak. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but as temperatures drop toward daybreak, a band of freezing rain is possible.
The morning commute may not be too bad, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
"The last few days of mild temperatures has helped push road surface temperatures well above freezing. That means that main roads should just be wet early Tuesday," he said. "However, elevated surfaces like cars, bridges and decks could become slippery."
But the wintry weather won't be over yet.
A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. Tuesday and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A break in the precipitation is expected midday Tuesday before returning in the evening. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity Tuesday night, Elwell.
"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.
This is something we'll have to watch closely as new model data comes in."
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:53 PM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:42 PM
GREENVILLE — UPDATE @ 10:39 p.m.:
Power has been restored to the nearly 200 DP&L customers who were without power Monday night, according to the DP&L Outage Map.
A tree had fallen on power lines around 6:30 p.m. on Jaysville-St Johns Road in Greenville.
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Almost 200 DP&L customers are without power because of a fallen tree in Greenville Monday night.
A large tree fell on DP&L power lines around 6:30 p.m. on Jaysville-St Johns Road north of US-36, according to dispatchers.
The scene has been cleared but DP&L is working to restore power, according to DP&L spokesperson Mary Ann Kabel.