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Lightning strikes cause multiple house fires in Darke Co.

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 9:01 PM

Lightning strikes are to blame for at least two house fires in Darke County Sunday evening, according to dispatchers.

Firefighters remain at the scene of a now extinguished fire in the 2200 block of McFeeley Petry Road. 

Crews were sent to an additional fire caused by a lightning strike in on White Springs Road earlier this evening, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said no injuries are reported in either fire, with the scene on McFeeley Petry Road being the more severe of the two fires. A third fire under invest

We continue to monitor this report.

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Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:01 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

            Bruce Robertson
Bruce Robertson

Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson’s recent retirement came amid an ongoing investigation into allegations of criminal conduct, according to city manager Wayne Davis.

“There were allegations of criminal conduct, therefore we’re following up with conducting an internal investigation into those allegations,” Davis said in response to questions from the Dayton Daily News/WHIO I-Team.

“At this time there’s no evidence of criminal activity, however our investigation is not complete,” Davis said.

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Bruce Robertson retired on Feb. 9 after working for the city nearly 40 years. His two-page letter of resignation cited “a serious medical condition” for the reason he decided to retire.

When asked if the investigation was connected to Robertson’s decision to retire, Davis said: “Not from what was shared with me.”

Davis said the internal review is being conducted by the law director and started sometime after Jan. 24.

This news organization has reached out to Robertson. This story will be updated with his comments if they are obtained.

The city of Centerville released a statement about the investigation. Here is the full statement:

“Centerville Police Chief Bruce Robertson retired on February 9, 2018, after 40 years of service to the city of Centerville. Around the time of Chief Robertson’s retirement, City Manager Wayne Davis was made aware of allegations of potential criminal misconduct in office, and an internal investigation was initiated.

“At this point, the investigation has uncovered no evidence of criminal activity. The investigation is still ongoing, and the city is not at liberty to discuss the details of the investigation at this time. The city will continue to cooperate with providing information as it becomes available.”

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The chief’s personnel records do not indicate the reason for the investigation.

Records from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio, show Robertson has been paid $32,294 to teach classes there since 2010, including $5,600 for seven training sessions in 2017. Davis confirmed the city is looking into whether Robertson was reimbursed for the same hours he worked as police chief, which could violate state law. He would not say whether those allegations are part of the criminal probe, however.

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His most recent performance review in 2016 included positive reviews.

“He cares deeply about the men and women of the Centerville Police Department and strives to maintain the high professional reputation of the organization,” the review says.

But he was also given a formal, verbal warning in December and told to attend a course on harassment in the workplace because of an incident last August, according to the records. While talking with officers about preparations for a rally supporting transgender issues, Robertson jokingly asked a police officer “How’d your surgery go?” The officer complained and the comment was determined to be inappropriate by the city, the records show.

Robertson retired and was rehired in 2014. His employment contract in June 2017 was extended to January 2019.

Robertson was paid $127,501 in 2016, according to the I-Team Payroll Project.

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Teen accused in Springfield school threat makes court appearance

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:31 PM

A Springfield High School student was in Clark County Juvenile Court because of alleged threats posted on social media

The Springfield High School student charged in connection with a school threat that caused local schools and schools across the country to take safety precautions made her first court appearance Friday.

The 17-year-old junior stood before Clark County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Vaughn and cried as the judge told her she was being charged with inducing panic, a felony in the second degree.

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“(The threat) was tracked to the phone of the suspect,” Vaughn said, reading her charging document.

The potential penalty, if she is convicted, is between one year to until she is 21 years old in the Ohio Department of Youth Services, Vaughn said.

The student’s next court date will be Wednesday.

“The court finds given the seriousness of the offense that the defendant be held at this time,” Vaughn said.

The defendant will make her way through the juvenile court system and not be moved to adult court, Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said.

The juvenile court system can handle incidents like these, he said.

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“This case will remain in juvenile court for adjudication and the State of Ohio will not seek to have this defendant bound over to adult court,” Wilson said.

What the suspect allegedly did was serious, Wilson said, and it will be prosecuted.

“The actions of this defendant caused serious public inconvenience and alarm,” Wilson said. “This defendant and any other person who posts or issues these kinds of threats will have to answer for their actions in front of a judge.”

He said no one should make threats against a school.

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“Local law enforcement will continue to take these threats seriously and anyone caught making these types of threats will be arrested and charged,” he said.

Clark County had a strenuous week with school threats and security. On Tuesday, an unloaded gun was found in an 8-year-old Simon Kenton student’s backpack. And there had been rumors that a gun was found at Springfield High School on Wednesday. Superintendent Bob Hill said the rumors, which concerned many parents and community members on social media, was not true.

Also on Friday, Clark County deputies investigated a supposed threat towards Northwestern Local Schools.

The Northwestern student was arrested at the start of school Friday morning, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and a one-call sent to parents by the district.

“There was another threat and another arrest was made,” Clark County Chief Deputy Travis Russell told the Springfield News-Sun.

Northwestern School Superintendent Jesse Steiner said a student made an online post that was perceived by some to have threatened the school, but that student did not mean to.

READ: Springfield student arrested in Facebook threat: 4 things to know

Steiner said the online post was taken out of context, and the student did not intend to harm anyone.

“At no point was anybody in danger,” Steiner said. “People could have misinterpreted the post. The kid did not threaten anyone.”

The post is a reason why it might be a good idea to talk to kids about what they post online, Steiner said.

“This is a great time to talk about what they post online and how they say it,” he said. “Have that conversation so they can keep their kids safe.”

The status of the student’s case was unknown Friday afternoon.

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K99.1FM named finalist for national radio award

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:02 PM

James Frye “Frye Guy” and Nancy Wilson have been manning the mics at K99 together since 2010, and there’s no more dynamic duo in country radio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
James Frye “Frye Guy” and Nancy Wilson have been manning the mics at K99 together since 2010, and there’s no more dynamic duo in country radio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

K99.1FM has been recognized for its commitment to the community.

The National Association of Broadcasters announced the finalists for the 31st Annual Crystal awards and WHKO-FM (K99.1FM) in Dayton was selected.

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The award recognizes radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Ten winners will be selected from the 50 finalists. Winners will be announced at the April 10, 2018 NAB show in Las Vegas. 

Nick Roberts, vice president of marketing and radio operations for Cox Media Group Ohio, said: “Nancy Wilson, Frye Guy, our marketing team and staff are the most dedicated public servants that I’ve ever worked with. K99.1FM on a weekly basis is involved with helping charities around the region, including raising funding for Dayton’s Children’s Hospital, over 4 million to date.”

>> Get to know K99’s Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy

Rob Rohr, market vice president for Cox Ohio said: “Nancy and Frye are not your typical morning show hosts. They are passionate about helping this community and lead by example by rolling up their sleeves and making a huge difference.” 

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James Frye “Frye Guy” and Nancy Wilson have been manning the mics at K99 together since 2010, and there’s no more dynamic duo in country radio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

About Cox Media Group Ohio 

Cox Media Group Ohio is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and marketing company reaching over 94 percent of the region’s population each week with compelling news and entertainment content. Properties include WHIO-TV Channel 7, the #1 CBS affiliate in America, The Dayton Daily News, K99.1FM Radio and Cox Digital Marketing. Cox owns over 20 products and brands in Dayton and Cincinnati. 

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About NAB 

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age.

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Fairfield chooses from within for next police chief

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

Fairfield police Lt. Steve Maynard was named on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, to be the next Fairfield police chief, succeeding retiring chief Mike Dickey. Maynard’s first day as chief will be on Monday, Feb. 26, which is the same day Dickey will retire. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE
Michael D. Pitman
Fairfield police Lt. Steve Maynard was named on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, to be the next Fairfield police chief, succeeding retiring chief Mike Dickey. Maynard’s first day as chief will be on Monday, Feb. 26, which is the same day Dickey will retire. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE(Michael D. Pitman)

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.

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“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.”

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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.

“I’m sure there were some strong candidates but I was glad to see the decision made by our city manager, Mark Wendling, who we have total trust in, he chose somebody from within (the department),” he said. “He’s paid his dues … and he’s well thought of by his peers.”

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