Law enforcement patrols making Springfield bicycle trails safer

Published: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 9:16 PM

Springfield bicycle trails are becoming safer this summer with the help of community partners and local law enforcement.

The Springfield Police Division is expanding its bicycle patrols to Springfield's greenway trail network. 

The Little Miami Trail, Simon Kenton Trial and the east-west connector, Buck Creek Trail will be patrolled by certified bike patrol officers to off-duty staffing from now into early fall, Clark County Combined Health District officials said Friday. 

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CCCHD officials hope this benefit will allow officers to build an even closer relationship with the community and promote residents to get outdoors in a safe environment. 

Right now, more than 75 patrols have been scheduled since late June and will continue through late October, pending favorable weather, according to CCCHD officials. 

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) theorizes that law enforcement, city workers, and resident volunteers can create a climate of safety in a community right from the start, according CCCHD officials. 

Funding has been provided through the Springfield Conservancy District, the health district's Creating Healthy Communities Coalition, Cycling Clark County, the National Trail Parks and Recreation District and Springfield Police.

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Family displaced, home damaged in Miami Twp. fire

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 9:33 AM

Miami Township crews battle a garage fire this morning.

A Miami Twp. family will be displaced after a fire damaged their home on Carnation Road Tuesday morning. 

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Firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 6100 block of Carnation Road around 8:10 a.m. and found a fire in the attached garage. 

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The blaze was contained to the garage, but smoke spread throughout the home, according to investigators. 

Two children and an adult were able to evacuate before firefighters arrived on scene. No injuries were reported but the family will be displaced. 

The cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation. 

Wright State’s Raiderthon raises $45K for local hospital

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 9:49 AM


Wright State University helped raise more than $45,000 for Dayton Children’s Hospital during its fifth annual Raiderthon dance marathon, school officials announced Tuesday.

The event was held Saturday in the Student Union Apollo Room on campus from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday.

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More than 400 dancers registered for the 2017 edition of the fundraiser and school officials said over the last four years nearly $200,000 has been raised for Dayton Children’s.

5 must-see police body cam videos from recent area incidents

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 9:25 AM

5 overdose victims will live, video shows rescue underway

As a debate continues about body cameras and public records, a local state representative is pushing a bill that will attempt to define when videos should be public and when police can withhold them from public release.

State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, has proposed a bill that states that body camera video is generally a public record, except if it’s taken in a private home or business, involves the victim of a sex crime or is part of a confidential ongoing investigation.

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Here are five examples of must-see body camera footage optained by this news organization:

1. Body cam footage released after Ohio news photographer shot

Watch as body cam video shows when a deputy fires his weapon and shoots Andy Grimm, a photographer for the New Carlisle News.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office released body-camera footage, radio traffic and other documents related to an officer-involved shooting. New Carlisle News staff photographer Andy Grimm was shot by Clark County Sheriff’s deputy Jake Shaw in the incident in September.

2. ID released in deadly Englewood standoff

A man shot himself today after firing a shot at Englewood police during a standoff.

Englewood police released body camera video of a standoff that turned deadly in September 2016. The man who police say fatally shot himself after firing at Englewood officers was identified as 24-year-old Clarence Sanford of Englewood, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

3. Xenia officer honored for life-saving actions caught on body cam

Bodycam video of possible drug overdose

For his quick actions in saving a life at a crash in January, Xenia Officer Patrick Walsh was awarded the Casey Elliott Memorial “City’s Finest” Award. The Casey Elliott Award, named after a former patrolman and captain who served the Xenia community for 35 years, is the highest honor in the Xenia Police Division and was presented to Walsh as part of the division’s 26th annual awards ceremony.

4. Sidney police: 5 overdose victims will live, video shows rescue underway

5 overdose victims will live, video shows rescue underway

All five people who overdosed within an hour and a half in Sidney in September will live, according to Sidney Police Chief Will Balling. Balling said officers were dispatched on two separate overdose calls, with police finding two overdose patients during their first call. Dash and body camera footage shows officers dropping off the victims only to return an hour later on a report of three overdose patients in a car in the hospital’s parking lot.

5. Girl, 4, found in marsh in woods, screaming before rescue

BODY CAM: Girl found in marsh in woods, screaming
Clark County deputies who found the child in a wooded area in August 2016 said she was wearing a days-old diaper and had some scratches on her legs, but she wasn’t injured worse, especially in the heat. A body camera the officer was wearing during the search captured images and sounds from the rescue. The child can be heard screaming in the video. When Irons heard the child, she said a sense of relief filled her.

5 things to love about the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, even if you don’t like sports

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:07 AM

Brutus Buckeye directs the band after Ohio State's win over Michigan

It’s that time of year again — Michigan Week.

Ohio State and Michigan will battle Saturday during the 114th edition of the rivalry. OSU coach Urban Meyer is 5-0 against Michigan, and he’ll move into third on the Ohio State list of most wins against the Wolverines if the Buckeyes win on Saturday. He’s currently tied with his mentor, Earle Bruce, who was 5-4.

But even if you don’t care about sports, there are still plenty of reasons to find the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry interesting. Here are five:

1. Ohio and Michigan have been battling against each other off the field since the 1800s

Issues between Michigan and Ohio started during a dispute in 1835 and 1836. The states argued over ownership of the Toledo Strip, drawing state borderlines.

“This famed rivalry did not get started on the football field, but rather a conflict over the Toledo Strip. The conflict erupted when both Ohio and Michigan claimed Toledo as a part of their statehood petition. After a brief and bloodless battle, Ohio gained the disputed area from Michigan,” Ohio State said on its website.

2. Ohio State once insisted they play against Michigan in a blizzard

Ohio State insisted on playing against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Nov. 25, 1950 during a raging blizzard. On that Saturday, five inches of snow had already fallen before the game kicked off, and it kept falling during the game. Winds gusted to almost 30 mph, creating near white-out conditions at times. It was the worst blizzard to strike Columbus in 37 years.

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3. Ohio State players get some bling if they beat Michigan. 

Ohio State started the “Gold Pants” tradition decades ago. After a victory against Michigan, Ohio State players and coaches receive a gold miniature charm shaped as tiny football pants. “Many former football players recall receiving their Gold Pants as their most memorable part of their careers at Ohio State,” according to Ohio State.

4. Darth Vader went to the University of Michigan

Ohio State fans will say Michigan appeals to the Dark Side, but it’s also the alma mater of Darth Vader — kind of. American actor James Earl Jones, who is famously known for voicing Darth Vader in Star Wars, graduated from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance in 1955. He initially enrolled at Michigan as a pre-med student.

5. Students actually lived in Ohio Stadium

During the Great Depression, OSU Dean of Men Joseph Park found that top students couldn’t afford college and thought the university was missing out on talented applicant, according to the OSU library archives.

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“He identified two locations on campus where about 75 men could live in barracks style: the ground floor of Larkins Hall, to be known as the Buckeye Club, and the southeast tower of Ohio Stadium, to be known as the Tower Club. The next year, 78 men enrolled in the first two scholarship dorms. Throughout the Great Depression, the number of deserving students from poverty-stricken Ohio families far outpaced the supply of housing. In 1935, with support from the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA), dorm floors for another 100 students were constructed, suspended from the stadium’s structural supports,” according to OSU library archives.