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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.

Cincinnati fatal nightclub shooting: At least one Dayton region victim 

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 4:41 AM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

CINCINNATI — No arrests have been made after 16 people were shot and one person was killed early Sunday inside the Cameo Night Club.

  • O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was fatally shot
  • Fifteen others were wounded by gunfire; two people were critically injured
  • Two victims may be from Dayton area
  • Multiple shooters are reported to be involved

RELATED: Deadly Cincinnati nightclub shooting: What we know now

UPDATE @10:23 a.m. 

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac confirmed authorities are searching for more than one suspect. 

“I believe by the number of shots fired there was more than one,” he said.

UPDATE @9:37 a.m. 

One of the Cameo Night Club shooting victims is a Trotwood-Madison High School graduate.

We are working to bring you more information about the shooting victims. 

UPDATE @7:55 a.m.

At least two of the victims in the shooting at the Cameo Night Club are from the Dayton area, according to reports.

Multiple posts on Facebook have called for prayers for two men who live in Trotwood.

We are working to learn more about their conditions. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

EARLIER

A small memorial has formed outside the Cameo Night Club a day after 16 people, one fatally, were shot early Sunday.

As of early Monday morning, five victims remain at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, including two who are in critical condition and three who are in stable condition. Eight victims had been taken to the hospital following the shooting, and victims with more minor injuries were taken to other hospitals.

Police continue to look for the suspects involved. No arrests have been made.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agencies also are involved in the investigation. Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, and Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, released statements and offered their offices’ resources to assist the police investigation.

Witness report of the shooting 

A woman on vacation in Cincinnati from Chicago was outside Cameo Nightclub, just feet away from gunfire inside.

“Twelve to 17 shots, sounded like bombs, said Sherell, who declined to give her last name. “It was just so loud.” 

She and her boyfriend were going to leave after he got “a bad feeling,” but their car was blocked in. Her boyfriend was going to go inside to inform a manager, and “that’s when the bullets rang out, and we were standing right there ... I thought I was going to die.”

She said she dove to the ground, with her boyfriend covering her.

“Everybody was running and diving because the shots kept going, they did not stop,” she said.

The victims

Police said the victims were taken to four area hospitals and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

Multiple gunmen were involved in the overnight shooting of 16 people, including one fatally, at the Cameo Night Club, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the emergency dispatch center began receiving calls that people had been shot at the club. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said a dispute erupted inside the club located at 4601 Kellogg Avenue before shots were fired by multiple suspects.

O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was fatally wounded, according to police. 

Fifteen others were wounded, including at least two people who are in critical condition.

“This is the highest amount of casualties I’ve ever been aware of in a shooting,” said Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Daniel Hils, a lifelong Cincinnati resident who has worked in the law enforcement field for about 30 years.

Eight of the victims were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Other victims with more minor injuries have been taken to other area hospitals, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

The incident was not a terror act, but appeared to involve two groups of people, Isaac said.

RELATED: 3 Things to Know about Cameo, site of deadly nightclub shooting in Cincinnati

There were four off-duty officers in the parking lot outside when it happened, Hils said.

“These cops, they did what first-responders do,” he said. “There were shots being fired and people were running from this club in fear and our people ran in.”

Hils described the shooters as “cold-hearted” because of the high probability that innocent bystanders would be hit by gunfire in the crowded club.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley asked for prayers for those injured or killed, and said police need the public’s help from the public to solve this crime.

Robert Woods of Fairfield said his daughters have been to the club before, and that he warns his children to stay away from clubs.

“It’s a shame you can’t go out dancing, go out to the club, without there being some trouble,” he said.

Next door to the club at the Hitching Post restaurant, worker Amanda Beck said she was taken aback by news of the fatal shooting.

“In this world we just need to be better people, I think,” she said.

Beck said it is concerning that the suspects are at large, and that at this point police appear to not have names or descriptions of those involved.

“It’s definitely concerning,” she said. “But I know we have great police and everybody’s doing as much as they can so I feel as safe as I possibly can.”

Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or police at 513-765-1212.

City to sell old life squad unit to school for $1

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:41 AM


            City to sell old life squad unit to school for $1

Franklin City Council recently approved the sale of a 2000 McCoy Miller Life Squad to the Warren County Career Center for $1.

Fire Chief Jonathan Westendorf said the former life squad unit was transferred to the city from JEMS as part of the division of assets when the two entities separated and that the unit has reached the end of its useful life as a transport for the sick and injured.

However, Westendorf said there was a significant opportunity for its use by the Warren County Career Center to help train firefighters and emergency medical technicians in the care, treatment and transportation of patients. He said while classroom simulation is good, the reality of space limitations, movement and other obstacles that are found while working in the back of an ambulance is much better.

Westendorf said selling the squad, which is no longer useful to the city, to WCCC will have a long-term benefit students, patients and the overall community.

Centerville could get 44-unit housing complex

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:38 AM


            Centerville could get 44-unit housing complex

Residential developments in Centerville continues to boom, and now another housing community being proposed in the city.

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Preliminary development plans for Savannah Place at Yankee Trace, a proposed housing development on Yankee Street, were submitted to Centerville. The plans are scheduled to be discussed Tuesday at a planning commission meeting.

The community would be south of another development—Common Place at Yankee Trace—and north of the housing community that surrounds the Yankee Trace golf course.

MORE: City approves more than $60M in residential developments

The proposed development would have 44 duplex units, distributed among 22 buildings over 14 acres south of the Commons at Yankee Trace.

Each building will include a one-story unit combined with a two-story unit. Each unit would include a three-car garage, plus two spaces in the driveway.

Significant expansion for Honda supplier in Springfield

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:34 AM

Significant expansion for Honda supplier in Springfield

A Japanese auto parts manufacturer will invest $55 million and add 85 jobs at the Champion City Business Park in Springfield, a significant expansion of its original plans for the site.

Topre America first announced in December it would invest $10 million and add 20 jobs to build a Springfield plant to manufacture high-strength steel parts for the Acura MDX.

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Company leaders said Monday they will now make a much bigger investment. Topre will build a 146,000-square-foot facility in the Champion City Business Park, which was once home to an old Navistar factory. The deal announced Monday is contingent on state and local incentives, according to information from the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

“The Springfield community is the perfect strategic location for us to locate and expand our operations,” said Brad pepper, vice president of Topre America. 

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