Grant will allow bikeway to be built on Huffman Dam, officials say

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 5:53 PM

Cyclists will soon be able to ride on top of the Huffman Dam with ease as a nearly $325,000 renovation project was announced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday. 

After receiving a Clean Ohio Trails grant at around $244,000, the Miami Conservancy District is set to build a 0.6 mile trail section for bikers, officials said in a press release. The path is set to be complete as early as this year. 

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MCD manager for watershed partnerships Sarah Hippensteel Hall says the roadway on top of the dam is bumpy and in poor condition but knows that bikers still find the path useful. 

"Now we can remove the old road and build a proper bike trail that will provide a smooth ride and allow better access between the Mad River Trail and the north side of the dam near the entrance to Huffman MetroPark," Hippensteel Hall said in the release. 

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The trail will run from the intersection of the Mad River Bike Trail and Wright Brothers-Huffman Prairie Bikeway to Lower Valley Pike, near the entrance to Huffman MetroPark, according to MCD. 

A former roadway on top of the dam has been closed to vehicular traffic for several years and the renovation project will provide cyclists with an easier ride.

Large pothole causes several flat tires in Harrison Twp.

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 9:31 PM

At least five vehicles have hit a large pothole resulting in seven flat tires at Klepinger Road and Salem Avenue in Harrison Township.

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According to scanner traffic, an officer asked about a road crew just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Tamara Gaddis, one person who hit the pothole, said she turned into a store parking lot and noticed she had two flat tires and bent rims. 

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Five other cars were at the lot that were effected, Gaddis said. 

“I thought it was just me, and there were five other cars. The pothole has been there a while but it’s escalated and it’s gotten bigger,” according to Gaddis.

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Centerville veteran’s active shooter training credited with saving lives of two witnesses to Las Vegas shooting

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

Local 25-year veteran officer recognized for active shooter training helping Las Vegas shooting witness

A Centerville police officer with years of experience with the department was recognized Monday for his extensive work in the law enforcement community, to include active shooter training that a Las Vegas shooting witness credited with saving his life.

Officer John Davis has served as a community relations officer with Centerville police since 2012, but has been with the department for 25 years.

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Davis has taught “Run, Hide, Fight” training to a variety of organizations throughout the region and the country to educate and prepare participants on how to respond to active threats, according to city officials.

Davis said he was recently contacted by an individual who participated in the training, when he was teaching in Long Beach, Calif. The individual told Davis the training came into use while he was in Las Vegas at the time of last year’s mass shooting.

“He credited the training with saving his and his wife’s life,” Davis said.

Davis has taught courses across Ohio and in Orlando, Las Vegas, Indianapolis and Long Beach.

Davis also has roles with the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association.

Piqua man accused of rape is competent for trial, judge decides

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:16 PM

Stanley Fraley (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)
Stanley Fraley (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)

A Piqua man charged with felony rape has been found competent for trial, a Miami County Common Pleas judge ruled.

Stanley Fraley, 61, is charged in a case involving an adult woman who told Troy police she was raped with force. 

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Fraley had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Tuesday, Judge Jeannine Pratt said the report of an evaluation of Fraley found he was able to understand and assist in court proceedings and was not suffering from any mental disease or defects at the time of the offense. 

Trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6.

Fraley remains in the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Miami Valley native discusses Alaska earthquake experience 

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

Miami Valley native discusses Alaska earthquake experience

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska forced families to evacuate their homes last night around 4:30 a.m. local time. 

News Center 7’s Lauren Clark spoke with a Tipp City native who is now living in Anchorage and felt the effects of the quake in her home.

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“The bed started to move a little bit, and I looked over at my doorway and the door was swinging,” said Miami Valley native Katherine Krupa.

Krupa moved to Alaska three years ago with her husband Joe, who is an army Lieutenant Colonel from Centerville. 

When my husband said, "Oh, we're going to Alaska.”  “I just never thought about earthquakes,” stated Krupa.

Krupa has since learned that earthquakes are a regular occurrence in Alaska, which is located in the Ring of Fire. 

The Krupa’s home was not damaged, but friends of theirs were forced to leave their home and seek higher ground after Tsunami warnings.

Lauren Clark’s full interview with the Tipp City native will be on News Center 7 beginning at 5 p.m.