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Future of 89 homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in limbo

Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 12:00 AM

The Air Force has asked dozens of private developers for ideas to either tear down or renovate 89 historic brick homes among the last of government-owned housing in the military branch, officials say.

Air Force officials outlined options at two public forums this week at Fairborn High School on what to do with the homes in the Brick Quarters Historic District for 30 “key and essential” personnel — or senior military and civilian leaders officials say must live on base because of their crucial roles in the event of an emergency.

Project leaders are weighing a dozen alternatives, including keeping government ownership or privatization, demolition, renovation, constructing new homes or a mix of all those options of the Tudor Revival-style brick homes built in the mid-1930s and that are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

As part of the plans, the 19th-century Foulois House, home to a high-ranking general, would be renovated and 10 government-owned homes along Yount Drive built in 1975 would be demolished, plans show.

A major renovation could cost up to $700,000 per home, and less extensive renovation focused on repairs could cost about $150,000, according to Michael D. Ackerman, an Air Force Civil Engineer Center planning expert at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, said in an interview Tuesday the brick homes were significant historically not only because of the age and character of the buildings but should also be preserved because because of the early Air Force leaders who lived there.

“Those buildings play a big role in the story of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and we want to see demolition minimized to the maximum extent possible,” said Sculimbrene, a former Wright-Patterson employee who oversaw maintenance of military housing on the base in the 1980s.

Air Force officers often looked at a living assignment in one of the brick homes as a sign of career success, added Sculimbrene, also a former officer.

“They stand for something and the brick quarters clearly do stand for the gems in military housing for officers,” he said.

Navy Capt. Rees Lee, and his wife, Sally, live in one of the brick homes. The captain who is the commanding officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton at Wright-Patterson, said the brick homes are “really historically unique” and “should be preserved.”

He advocated to keep the neighborhood intact beyond the 30 “key and essential” leaders on base “because I think when you bring senior leaders together in one place into a neighborhood that benefits the base in intangible ways when leadership knows each other.”

When an individual or crisis on base happens, “things get done and things get done because you know each other,” the military officer said.

“We love living there,” Sally Lee added. “We love the … historic character of the house, but we really love the neighborhood. We love the fact that it really is a close-knit neighborhood. We get to know our neighbors.”

Warren K. Brown, 73, of Fairborn, who listened to the options at a sparsely attended Monday hearing at the high school, said the high price tag for major renovations was a concern.

Initially, he said he favored the least expensive option to complete minimum repairs needed to meet building code and safety issues. “I would look at the most cost-effective method because it is our money being spent,” he said.

The public may submit written comments through Oct. 9. Comments may be submitted to Wright-Patterson Public Affairs, 5135 Pearson Road, Building 10, Room 235A, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433 or via email at 88abw.pa@us.af.mil or www.wpafb.af.mil/units/cev.

The Air Force could make a decision late next summer.

Two injured after car crashes into Dayton building

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 12:28 AM

A car crashed into this building near the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue Saturday morning. Malik Perkins/Staff

UPDATE @ 5:13 a.m.

One person has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital and another sent to Grandview Medical Center following a crash at the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue Saturday morning, according to dispatchers.

Dispatchers said the conditions of both victims remain unknown at this time.

EARLIER REPORT

A car has reportedly crashed into a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

Dayton crews were dispatched to the crash at the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue around 12:05 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate two people at the scene are injured. 

Dispatchers could not comment on the severity of either victim's injuries, but said medics have yet to leave the scene.

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Health advisory posted at Kiser Lake due to algae bloom

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 5:19 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6:25 PM


            Andrew Headlee, a maintenance worker at Kiser Lake State Park, posts a sign on the beach warning people of the toxic algae in the water in 2015. State officials issued another public health advisory on Friday for the lake in Champaign County, recommending that visitors take caution when going to the lake. Bill Lackey/Staff

State officials posted a recreational health advisory at Kiser Lake State Park in Champaign County on Friday, alerting residents after sampling showed high levels of algal toxins.

The is the second time in recent years that a public health advisory has been posted at the popular recreational beach due to high levels of microsystin, a toxin produced by the algae.

The advisory indicates that an algal bloom has been detected, and the Ohio Department of Health says swimming and wading aren’t recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women, those with certain medical conditions and pets.

EARLIER COVERAGE: Toxic algae warning issued for Champaign County’s Kiser Lake

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources conducted sampling at the lake and found levels of about 11.7 parts per billion, according to information from the state’s BeachGuard website.

Any level detected higher than 6 ppb prompts a health advisory, state officials said. If detected levels reach 20 ppb, the health department recommends residents avoid all contact with the water, according to information from the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the water, said Matt Eiselstein, a spokesman for ODNR. Once officials pull two samples below 6 ppb, the health advisory will be lifted.

Other beaches across the state are also under toxic algae advisories. Two beaches at Buckeye Lake have been under an elevated recreational health advisory since June 16 after state officials found toxin levels higher than 25 ppb.

Most algal blooms aren’t harmful but some are a type of cyanobacteria than can produce toxins. The blooms can have several causes, including warm temperatures and stagnant water. Some toxins can produce symptoms that include rashes, stomach issues, dizziness or other health concerns.

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The Springfield News-Sun conducted an extensive review of the region’s lakes, rivers and streams as area residents prepare for summer recreation. The News-Sun interviewed water experts, state officials and public records about the health of the region’s waters. Read more in Sunday’s Springfield News-Sun.

Medic dispatched to report of pedestrian strike in Germantown

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:21 PM

Police on the scene of a reported pedestrian strike, in the 500 block of Dayton Germantown Pike in Germantown, have located the victim who is between two parked vehicles.

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A medic unit has been dispatched and CareFlight is being put on standby for the accident, reported at 11 p.m.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report.

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Man indicted in break-in, desecration of Miamisburg church

Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 10:14 AM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:55 PM

UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m. (June 23)

A 25-year-old man was indicted today in connection to a break-in last month at Miamisburg Christian Church.

Joshua C. Mullins is charged with desecration, burglary and possession of criminal tools, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

He was arrested after Miamisburg police responded around 8 a.m. May 31 on a report of a breaking and entering at the church, 1146 E. Central Ave. A church member who entered the sanctuary saw that someone had ransacked the building.

A police K-9 found the suspect, who has been held in the Montgomery County Jail since his May 31 arrest.

EARLIER (May 31)

Police arrested one person after responding this morning to the report that someone was inside the Miamisburg Christian Church.

Police said a church member entered the sanctuary this morning and saw that someone had ransacked the place. She left and called police to report the break-in.

Miamisburg officers and Montgomery County deputies responded around 8 a.m. to the church on East Central Avenue on a breaking and entering call. Police said a K-9 was able to locate the burglar, who was apparently looking for valuables to steal.

The suspect, whose identity has not been released, told officers that another person was in the church but no one else was found after an extensive search.

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We’re working to gather more details on this developing story.