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Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:58 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:45 PM
VANDALIA — 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.
EARLIER REPORT (Oct. 23)
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.
“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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:31 PM
KINGS MILLS, Warren County — Changes are being promised for Kings Schools in the wake of last week’s racist incident that drew national attention, but Tuesday evening district officials said details about those changes will come later.
That was the message from Kings’ leader and school board members, who took the resignation of their board vice president in the wake of some white, local teens wearing basketball jerseys that displayed racist slurs.
The Kings Board of Education voted 4-0 to formally accept the resignation of member Kerry McKiernan, who previously cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings -- from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.
The names on the backs of the jerseys included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team played in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League.
McKiernan, whose son played on the now banned team that used Kings’ facilities, did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting and has not responded to requests for comment.
Last week McKiernan emotionally announced his intentions to resign, citing his failure to stop the team from wearing the jerseys during its first four games.
Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet he will soon be proposing systemic changes design to raise student, school staffers and community members’ awareness of the importance of racial and other diversity for the predominately white Warren County district.
“It’s really important to move forward and sustainable change is extremely important to us so that we can work to create a more loving, acceptable tolerant society,” said Ackermann. “We believe this is a community and societal issue around racism … intolerance, hate and bigotry and we all need to work together to make Kings the best place for all of our kids.”
He declined, however, to give details as to what district efforts are coming, saying the changes are still being studied.
“I don’t want to create something just to create something. Sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Ackermann.
Tom Squires, an African-American parent at Kings, was among the more than a dozen residents who attended the board meeting.
Afterward, Squires said the jersey incident, which has drawn national media attention, was “unfortunate.”
“We didn’t pay that close of attention as parents and we should have. We have to react swiftly and we have to make sure that people understand that this is not a district that condones that kind of thing,” said Squires, who has lived in the Deerfield Twp. school community for more than a decade.
“When you make a mistake you have to make sure you correct that mistake. Sometimes it’s not always fast but we have to make sure we make the right correction,” he said.
“This thing (reaction to the incident) is still evolving so it’s kind of hard for me to be critical of the district. They are still trying to make the correction and I think we should give them the opportunity to do so,” said Squires.
Under Ohio school law, the board now has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new board member and agreed during its meeting to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Applications will soon be available on the Kings Schools website.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:15 PM
— UPDATE @ 3:02 p.m.:
Judge Richard Skelton has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the city of Dayton’s emergency vacate order for the Newcom building.
Skelton said the building owner must purchase infrared heaters today for the remaining 18 tenants in the building. He ordered that the building be available for inspection to the court.
Skelton said he will review the matter every two days and planned to inspect the building tonight. “I will be watching this very closely,” Skelton said.
UPDATE @ 2:07 p.m.:
Judge Richard Skelton said he is willing to work with the building owner to avoid kicking residents out of their homes.
But he said he wants to know how quickly owner Howard Heck can acquire infrared heaters for the 18 residents who remain in the building.
About seven residents have moved out owing to the vacate order.
Heck’s attorney at first said his client would order the heaters on Amazon, but Skelton said he wanted a quick and definite plan for obtaining the heaters.
Skelton took a short recess in court to allow Heck time to try to figure out how he could get the heaters quickly.
The roughly 50 residents of a downtown Dayton apartment building who were ordered to vacate by Tuesday if the heating system was not repaired were awaiting the results of an emergency hearing this afternoon
Last week, city of Dayton housing inspection officials issued an emergency vacate order to residents at the Newcom Building, located at 255 N. Main St.
The building’s boiler was shut off because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can cause deadly poisoning.
Dayton crews discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the boiler room after responding to a medic call at the Newcom building.
The city told the building’s ownership it had to repair or replace the boiler by Tuesday or the building would be boarded up and all residents would be required to leave.
The building is not safe to live in because it does not have a functioning heating system, officials said, and the especially cold weather poses a threat to residents.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:50 AM
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:39 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 10:49 p.m.: Burning embers that jumped from the fireplace onto something combustible led to the house fire on Kensington Drive, Dayton Fire Battalion Chief Barry Rose said.
The resident started the fire and then left the house. He was not injured, Rose said.
Rose estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $10,000.
Crews are on the scene of a house fire in the 1900 block of Kensington Drive in Dayton.
We're hearing there is fire in the attic of the 1-1/2 story dwelling. Crews were dispatched about 9:45 p.m.
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We're also hearing that everyone who was inside has been able to escape without injury.
We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.