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Middletown church, Hamilton business team up for 5 families in need

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

Volunteers from Berachah Church in Middletown helps renovate a bathroom for wheelchair bound resident

Life got a little easier this week for five Middletown families in need thanks to the efforts of a local church, its team of volunteers, and a Hamilton business.

Berachah Church, as part of its Hands & Feet Ministry, is renovating five homes this weekend and plans to unveil the improvements to the owners at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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This is the 10th year the Middletown church has performed home improvement community service, said Clark Helvey, pastor of outreach and missions. The church has renovated 65 Middletown homes and built a handicapped-accessible playground named “Elley’s Hope,” in honor of the daughter of Berachah Pastor Lamar Ferrell and his wife, Maryanne. Elley was born with spina bifida.

Ferrell said while the renovations were being completed, the families — including a retired Middletown police officer, a woman with a disability, a man battling terminal cancer and a person with multiple sclerosis— were sent away until Sunday’s unveiling.

“We’re making some families really happy,” Ferrell said.

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Some of the projects include installing windows, heat and air conditioning, painting and landscaping, and relocating a washer and dryer to make them more accessible. He estimated the value of the labor and materials at $100,000.

Sam Brock, along with other volunteers from Berachah Church in Middletown, help renovate a bathroom and closet for a wheelchair bound citizen, Thursday, May 18, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

One of the renovations is taking place in the 1200 block of Barnitz Street. Volunteers from Berachah demolished the bathroom Thursday, then church volunteers and workers from FinPan Inc., a family owned Hamilton business for the last 40 years, installed a handicapped-accessible shower for the woman.

A large bathtub was removed and a shower, with a 2½-inch step, was installed. Now, the woman will be able to shower with less assistance from her husband, said Renee Robertson, national sales and marketing manager for FinPan. The company has partnered with Berachah before and was eager to help renovate the bathroom, Robertson said.

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Ferrell said it’s important for members to take their message outside the walls of the church.

“To love is to serve and you can say you love, but we are showing the love of Jesus to those who have needs,” he said.

Berachah stands for “the place of blessing,” Ferrell said.

“Everywhere we go we want to be a blessing,” he said.

He was asked if if would be “easier” for his congregation and church leadership not to volunteer in the community. Why spend a weekend renovating the homes of strangers?

“We would not be fulfilling the commission that Jesus left us,” he answered. “We would be disobedient to our Lord.”

Huber Police believe no one home at hostage situation

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m.:

Huber Heights police say they are now not sure if there’s anyone inside a home where a woman reported a hostage situation. A woman came into police station and claimed there was a hostage situation.

Police made contact with the male resident, who was at work, and he’s now on the way home. Police will still do a sweep of the house.

UPDATE @ 12:56 p.m.:

Police are investigating a reported hostage situation at a home in the area of Endicott and Powell roads, however officers are still trying to verify the report, investigators said.

Police said a woman came into the Huber Heights police station reporting that a man at the house was holding someone inside hostage.

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Police are unsure if anyone is inside the residence, however are treating it as an active situation, officers said.

At least seven police cruisers are on the scene.

INITIAL REPORT:

We’re working to learn more about police activity reported in the area of Endicott and Powell roads in Huber Heights Wednesday afternoon. 

Dispatchers confirm multiple officers have responded to the area, but details of their investigation were not available. Initial reports indicate the investigation centers around a home near that intersection.

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Life after Lotto: Clark County past winners give advice

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Cole Barker of Springfield is one of the luckiest lottery winners in Clark County. He’s claimed more than 65 prizes of $600 or more over the years, including a $2 million win in 2011. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Bill Lackey
Cole Barker of Springfield is one of the luckiest lottery winners in Clark County. He’s claimed more than 65 prizes of $600 or more over the years, including a $2 million win in 2011. BILL LACKEY/STAFF(Bill Lackey)

As Powerball players across the country play their lucky numbers and wait for the largest lottery drawing in history Wednesday night, Clark County residents who have already won big prizes offered their advice.

 

Should an Ohioan strike it very, very rich, the most common tip was to keep it quiet.

 

“The first thing you do is get an attorney and a CPA,” said Cole Barker, of Springfield. “And you make sure you do a blind trust so no one knows that you’ve won.”

 

Barker is one of the luckiest lottery winners in Clark County. He’s claimed more than 65 prizes of $600 or more over the years, including a $2 million win in 2011.

 

He doesn’t play the lottery as much as he used to but has had recent wins of $10,000 and $5,500. He was also on Cash Explosion on Saturday and won $9,400.

 

But even someone as lucky as he’s been can’t imagine winning the estimated $1.4 billion that anyone who matches all five numbers and the Powerball will get.

 

“For that not to be hit. That’s pretty amazing,” he said of the Powerball streak.

 

The next drawing is at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday. If a winner chooses the cash option they would get an estimated $868 million before taxes. The jackpot could grow as more people buy tickets.

 

“The cash payout is over $800 million and after Uncle Sam I think it drops down to about $450 million … but even $400 million. Could you imagine how many people you could help?” Barker said.

 

An Army veteran, he’s chosen to give some of his winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project and other veteran’s charities. Other winners said they’ve given much if not all of their winnings away, to churches and other charitable organizations.

 

Other local winners also recommended claiming lottery prizes through a blind trust, which an attorney can set up. It protects the identity of the winner from the public.

 

One Clark County man who won $1 million didn’t want to give his name because he got so many unsolicited calls following the publicity of his win in 2010.

 

He also said keeping quiet about the money at first is best, and to try not to spend any of it for a year to give yourself time to mentally adjust.

 

“I did not do a blind trust, and there were a lot of people that came out of the wood work,” Barker said. “I actually lost a couple of friends over it. Was estranged with a family member because of it. It was surprising some people’s reactions.”

 

Stephen Keeling, of Springfield, won $3 million playing the Super Lotto game back in 1987. He said getting a financial adviser is key.

 

“That’s a lot of money to handle all by yourself,” he said.

 

There are attorneys who specialize in representing lottery winners.

 

D. Bowen “Bo” Loeffler, an attorney with offices in Port Clinton and Sandusky, gives his top pieces of advice for lottery winners on his website.

 
     
  1. Properly secure the winning ticket (i.e. a portable fireproof safe, a safety deposit box).
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  3. Make multiple copies of the winning ticket and put them also in safe keeping.
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  5. Maintain as much privacy and limit disclosure of the winning ticket as much possible.
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  7. Consider claiming the winning lottery prize through a blind trust to protect your identity. Many states permit a lottery winner to utilize a blind trust to claim the winning monies in order to protect the winner’s identity and privacy.
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  9. Before officially claiming the lottery prize, consider reviewing with an attorney and an accountant, the legal, tax and accounting ramifications of winning and claiming the lottery prize.
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  11. Put into place a temporary estate plan.
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Like Barker, Keeling said life hasn’t changed too much after becoming a millionaire.

 

“They’re dreaming,” Keeling said of anyone who thinks a lottery win will solve their problems. “It’s all about the same.”

 

Keeling is retired now but because of a disability, not because of his win, he said.

 

Barker and his wife both still work, but have purchased a home in Florida they visit and plan to eventually retire to.

 

“If I was to hit ($1.4 billion) I think I would give up my day job. I think traveling and fishing would be my day job,” Barker said.

 
When asked if he’s buying tickets for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, he said, “of course.”

Witnesses restrain man accused of park sex act until PD arrives

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

A man arrested in possession of strawberry kiwi flavored lubricant while performing a sex act in a local park was pinned down by witnesses until police arrived, according to a report.

Kevin Hibner, 61, of Beavercreek, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a public indecency charge.

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Dayton police responded to Triangle Park around 4 p.m. Tuesday after witnesses said Hibner walked past a group of people smoking hookah in the parking lot and entered a shelter, where he was said to have pulled his pants down to perform a sex act on himself, a Dayton police report read.

The group smoking hookah began filming Hibner performing the sex act and some individuals held down the 61-year-old until police arrived on the scene, the report said.

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Police reviewed the video and determined Hibner appeared to be performing a sex act on himself.

During his arrest, police found a bottle of strawberry kiwi flavored lubricant in his pocket, which was taken as evidence.

Hibner has two previous convictions in Dayton for public indecency, including one in 2008 at the same park.  In 2008, Hibner was placed on 2 years probation and ordered to therapy.

NB I-75 ramp to Austin Blvd. reopens after car fire

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On the northbound Interstate 75 ramp to Austin Boulevard in Miami Twp., crews have extinguished a car fire that was reported around 11:30 a.m. Police blocked the ramp for about 30 minutes but reopened it around noon.

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Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • US 40 between Preble County Line Road and Diamond Mill Road, daily lane closures July 31st – October 14th between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 725 between SR 4 and Union Road, Daily lane closures July 31st – October 14th between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 4 between Dayton-Liberty Road and SR 725, daily lane closures July 31st – October 14th between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 202 between Troy Villa Boulevard and Chesam Drive, traffic pattern shift August 2nd – September 25th. All northbound traffic will be shifted to the southbound side of SR 202. There will be one southbound lane and one northbound lane operating on the southbound side of SR 202.
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to U.S. 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 north ramp to US 35 west, overnight ramp closure August 2nd at 2 a.m. to August 23rd at 6 am. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 east to Perry Street exit to Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, ramp closure March 28th – September 23rd. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures July 24th – October 31st between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am. The northbound side will become double lane closure between 10 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 between I-75 and I-675, nightly lane closures August 14th – September 30th between the hours of 7 pm and 6 am. These will become double lane closures at 9 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, lane closures April 3rd – September 15th. Two lane will remain open at all times.
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, shoulder closure May 8th – September 12th. Both the inside and outside shoulders will be closed for road work. Road will be open.
  • I-70 between Preble County Line Road and South Kimmel Road, overnight lane closures June 12th – August 31st between 6 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 49 between US 40 and SR 721, daily lane closures August 14th – September 2nd between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 49 between Siebenthaler Avenue and Shiloh Springs Road, nightly lane closures August 14th – September 2nd between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 49 between Brookville-Salem Road and I-70, rolling roadblock August 27thbetween the hours of 7 am and 9 am. These closures will be brief, lasting approximately 15 minutes.
  • US 35 between Perry Street and James H. McGee Boulevard, nightly lane closures August 20th – 23rd between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open.
  • SR 741 at Austin Boulevard, intermittent lane closures and construction work May 22 – August 25.  
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured from June 9 through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15th – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Road, bridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures April 11th – October 31st.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • US 68 north Ramp to US 40 east, ramp closure July 17th – August 30th. The official detour is: US 68 north to SR 41 to US 68 south to US 40 east
  • I-675 north over I-70, traffic pattern switch. The two lanes of northbound traffic are shifted to the southbound side just south of the overpass. Two northbound lanes will be open. Once over the bridge, the right lane will be an exit only for I-675 north to I-70 west. The left north bound lane will be for thru traffic to Spangler Road. 
  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 41 between Donnels Creek Lane and SR 235, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 west near I-675, lane width restrictions April 5th – October 31st. The roadway will be restricted to 22’ in this area.
  • I-70 between SR 41 and SR 56, nightly lane closures August 20th – 24th between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • US 127 between US 36 and Kruckeberg Road, lane closures August 13th – September 17th. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • US 36/SR 571 Ramp to US 127 north, ramp closure  August 13th – September 17th. The official detour is: US 127 south to SR 49 to US 127 north 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 127 south Ramp to US 36/SR 571, ramp closure August 13th – September 17th. The official detour is: US 127 south to SR 49 to US 127 north

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY 

  • SR 29 between Elm Tree Road and Millerstown Road, daily lane closures August 21st – October 15th between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 36 between Bollinger Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures June 12th – August 31st between  7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and Cambrian Road, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 245 between SR 296 and Gilbert Road, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between Hickory Grove Road and Water Street, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.plo
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814, lane closures May 22nd – September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • I-75 north Ramp to SR 47, ramp closure August 25th between the hours of 7:30 am and 4 pm. The official detour is: I-75 north to SR 29 to I-75 south to SR 47.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures August 7th– November 17th. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 am and 4 pm.
  • SR 274 between SR 66 and SR 29, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 274 between I-75 and SR 65, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 274 between Sidney-Freyburg Road and Lochard Road, road closure August 21st – 25th. The official detour is: SR 274 to I-75 to SR 119 to SR 65 to SR 274.
  • SR 274 between Lochard Road and Reineke-Schipper Road, road closure August 24th – 25th. The official detour is: SR 274 to I-75 to SR 119 to SR 65 to SR 274.
  • SR 29 near SR 274, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 66 between Enterprise Drive and Greenback Road, road closure July 10th – October 13th. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36 to SR 185.
  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th – August 26th. The official detour is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road
AUGLAIZE COUNTY
  • I-75 between SR 219 and Breese Road, nightly lane closures August 6th – October 31st between the hours of 6 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 119 between SR 716 and SR 66, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 274 between SR 364 and SR 29, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 117 between SR 67 and SR 196, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 197 over the Auglaize River, annual bridge inspections August 23rd between the hours of 8 am- 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections. 
  • SR 198 over the Auglaize River, annual bridge inspections August 23rd between the hours of 8 12 pm-4pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections. 
  • SR 197 over the St. Marys River, annual bridge inspections August 23rd between the hours of 8 am- 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections. 
  • SR 116 over the St. Marys River, annual bridge inspections August 23rd between the hours of 12 pm- 4pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections. 
  • US 33 between SR 65 and SR 366, daily lane closures August 21st – October 15thbetween the hours of 7 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
  • SR 364 between SR 219 and SR 703, daily lane closures August 21st – October 15thbetween the hours of 7 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.