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Vandalia moratorium won’t stop Miami Valley Shooting Grounds’ bid for new permit

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:58 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:45 PM

Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight revoked the permit for Miami Shooting Grounds following complaints from a neighbor that bullets from the range were landing on his property. STAFF
Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight revoked the permit for Miami Shooting Grounds following complaints from a neighbor that bullets from the range were landing on his property. STAFF

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m. (Nov. 8): The city of Vandalia has issued a six-month moratorium on issuing permits for shooting ranges, as well as permits to discharge a firearm within city limits. 

That's the word from city spokesman Rich Hopkins. 

The moratorium has no affect on the two applications already submitted to the city by the owners of the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds, he said. 

Those permit applications were submitted before the moratorium went into effect, he said. Those two applications will be decided upon, in the near future, based on their merits, Hopkins said.


The Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner will reapply this week with the city of Vandalia for a permit to operate the gun range, an attorney for the business said.

Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight stripped the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds and its owner Dana Tackett of their permit to discharge firearms. The chief made his decision after finding firearms were discharged “in a manner that is not compliant” with the permit, according to a letter.

Instead of appealing the chief’s decision, the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds will begin anew the permit process.

MORE: Vandalia man sues shooting range, alleges stray bullets hit land

“There was no appeal filed, rather, the shooting grounds is preparing permit applications to address the chief’s concerns,” said Timothy Rudd, the range’s attorney.

The range will submit an application this week for the indoor range and a separate application regarding the outdoor range will follow, Rudd said.

Last month, the Dayton Daily News and WHIO revealed a Vandalia police officer said he “retreated behind” his cruiser when responding Sept. 7 to a call in over errant bullets from the shooting grounds.

The officer’s superior said it “was obvious … that the shooters were a threat to public safety and not in compliance with the permit” the police chief issued in 2007, according to the officer’s report.

MORE: Miami Valley Shooting Grounds loses permit

In his revocation letter, the Vandalia police chief alleged Tackett, the range, and its representatives violated the permit or Vandalia’s ordinances by:

• Discharging firearm(s) from a place other than the permit premises;

• Failing to take all necessary measures and provide supervision sufficient to ensure that projectiles are confined to the property;

• Firing weapons in a direction other than from east to west perpendicular to and using as backstop the 50-foot hill on the western edge of the permit premises;

• Projectiles not being confined to the property;

• Knowingly discharging a firearm in or on a mother vehicle.

Previously, Rudd said the chief’s decision to revoke the permit “has nothing to do with any projectiles” going onto the land of Jamie Spencer, a person who owns property near the range and is suing it and Tackett.

Spencer alleges stray bullets are flying onto his property, according to a Sept. 8 complaint in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Last week, the shooting grounds asked the court to allow a second extension before they respond to the complaint. The 21-day extension would allow two additional defense attorneys on the case to “thoroughly investigate and research” Spencer’s claims.

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Residents displaced, units damaged after Fairfield apartment building fire

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

UPDATE @ 5:50 a.m: About 35 people were displaced and two dozen apartment units were damaged after a fire occurred at an apartment complex in Fairfield Tuesday morning, according to our partners at WCPO. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Cause of Xenia house fire on Glen Kegley Drive under investigation

Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive around 12:30 a.m. after a resident smelled something burning and found a fire in the third floor utility room.

A total of 24 units were impacted, 12 as a result of the fire, and the other 12 due to utilities in the complex being shut off, according to the American Red Cross, who assisted the displaced residents. 

Fairfield firefighters worked to control the heavy fire for over 2 hours with assistance from Forest Park and Colerain Township Fire Departments. 


Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.

Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.

We will continue to update this story as additional details become available. 

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Winter Weather Advisory for some this morning, accumulating snow starts tonight

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:57 AM

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


  • Winter Weather Advisory for Montgomery and Preble counties Tuesday morning until 11 a.m.
  • Winter Weather Advisory for ALL from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Rain and freezing rain possible Tuesday morning
  • Snow accumulates Tuesday night to Wednesday

>>Track the latest conditions with Live Doppler 7 Radar

>>UPDATING: School and business delays and closings


TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Montgomery and Preble counties until 11 a.m. Tuesday due to freezing rain in the area. 

RELATED: Commutes on Tuesday, Wednesday will be messy: What you need to know

Some snow showers and freezing rain have made their way up from the south with temperatures being at or below freezing for the morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

Rain and freezing rain will mix through the morning  with the possibility of a light ice accumulation that could develop on elevated surfaces, bridges, and overpasses before and around sunrise. 

“Drivers should take their time if they are out before the sun comes up,” Zontini said. 

Temperatures improve during the day by climbing to a high the low 40s after sunrise with some dry time expected in the middle of the day. 

Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m. Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result. 

>> Don’t deflate tires to drive on ice, snow

WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. It’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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The city of Dayton gets a mascot. Mayor Whaley says, ‘I like this guy.’

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:01 AM

            Dayton employees were honored at a city commission meeting for their work and customer service. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Dayton employees were honored at a city commission meeting for their work and customer service. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

He’s not a stunt pilot like UD’s Rudy Flyer. And he can’t howl like Wright State’s Rowdy Raider.

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But the city of Dayton’s new mascot, Captain Customer Service, looks to be a big cheerleader for customer service “all-stars” within the government organization.

Captain Customer Service will be called to help honor and highlight the work of people who display or embody the city’s core values of strong customer service, said Tammi Clements, Dayton’s deputy city manager.

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“We hope that will bring a little more attention to the things we’re trying to do,” she said.

Captain Customer Service will be played by Andrew Estevez, the TV production specialist for the city’s office of communications and public affairs.

Estevez may don a cape and other superhero garb.

His main duty will be to recognize employees for “outstanding” customer service, which is the point of the city’s Dayton Delivers all stars program.

MORE: Dayton looks for new ways to get residents to recycle more

Government agencies for years have turned to some quirky mascots to promote their initiatives. There’s Deputy Drip, who raises awareness about water conservation in Nevada and Twisty the LED light bulb in Seattle.

Sports teams, of course, have mascots, including local fan favorites Heater, Gem and Roofman of the Dayton Dragons.

Dayton city commissioners praised plans for the new mascot at a special meeting last week. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said, “I like this guy: I think it’s supposed to be fun, and this is fun.”

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Coroner requested to Fuyao after reported forklift accident

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:32 AM

SCENE: Coroner requested to Fuyao Glass after reported accident

UPDATE @ 5:58 a.m: The Montgomery County Coroner been requested to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine after a reported forklift accident occurred Tuesday morning. 

RELATED: OSHA levies new safety allegations against Fuyao

Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to 2801 W. Stroop Road with one person reportedly unresponsive.

Additional details have not been released.


Crews are responding to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine on reports of an accident involving a forklift.

The incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. at the business located at 2801 W. Stroop Road, per initial reports. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story. 

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