Moraine appeals Ohio EPA findings and orders on Stony Hollow Landfill

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 8:10 PM

Residents turned out for Monday night's, June 19, 2017, public hearing on the Stony Hollow Landfill. (Nick Blizzard/Staff)
Residents turned out for Monday night's, June 19, 2017, public hearing on the Stony Hollow Landfill. (Nick Blizzard/Staff)

Moraine has appealed the Ohio EPA findings and orders for a Dayton landfill that has been the focus on hundreds of odor complaints with local officials saying they suspect the site is on fire.

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The filing to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission on the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s directives for Stony Hollow Landfill was issued June 1 because, in part, the state agency does not specify the cause of the odors, an attorney for the city said.

“It’s hard to know” the cause of the odors, said Pete Precario, an environmental attorney hired by the city. He noted officials “suspect the landfill is actually on fire” due to chemical reactions.

The appeals commission is a state body with oversight of the Ohio EPA, officials said.

Moraine officials met Monday night with about 50 residents of Dayton, Jefferson Twp., Kettering, Miamisburg and West Carrollton – five of the many communities where complaints have been lodged against the Waste Management Inc.-owned landfill on South Gettysburg Avenue.

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The appeal covers orders filed by the Ohio EPA May 3, when the agency fined Stony Hollow $16,000 and issued 19 directives for it to follow in monitoring and resolving the odor issue. 

Stony Hollow Landfill’s odor emissions last year began drawing of complaints, spurred a class-action lawsuit and a ban from the city of Dayton. This year, as odor issues continued, Montgomery County, which contracts with the landfill, investigated hauling its solid waste elsewhere before the Ohio EPA took its action May 3.

Waste Management officials have said they want to make sure the landfill “completes all action items on schedule and adheres to the standards outlined in the plan,” according to Senior Public Affairs Manager Kathy Trent.

Since the orders were issued, Stony Hollow has complied with them and is “progressing toward meeting future milestones,” according to Pierce.

Those guidelines deal with increasing odor surveillance around the perimeter of the landfill, conducting multiple odor surveys each week at random intervals throughout the morning, afternoon and evening hours at specified locations, according to Ohio EPA Spokeswoman Dina Pierce.

Agency Director Craig Butler also ordered Stony Hollow to take steps to reduce odors by installing a temporary cap over the reaction area and installing odor controls on the landfill’s leachate tanks. To ensure the safety of the surrounding neighbors, Stony Hollow was ordered to increase air monitoring through the end of 2017 and to notify Ohio EPA and local officials when a scheduled activity or a malfunction may cause off-site odors, according to Pierce

Pierce said an odor hotline was established at 937-356-6203 or online at

“Residents are welcome to contact Ohio EPA with odor complaints, but keep in mind that this is less efficient because it adds an extra step as Ohio EPA then has to contact landfill personnel to investigate the odor issue,” according to Pierce. 

One flown to hospital from scene of Champaign Co. multi-car crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening.

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Land owners turn out to hear plans for County Road 25-A area in Miami County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:11 PM

Public meeting planned for developing I-75 interchange

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.): Property owners and interested citizens attended the first of at least two public meetings tonight pertaining to a study being conducted in Miami County. 

The study focuses on the future of an undeveloped interchange off I-75 and County Road 25-A, between Piqua and Troy. 

The area under study includes 3,000 acres. 

Consultants from Burton Planning Services of Westerville, Ohio, will return with their recommendations within the next couple months.

The county contract with Burton Planning was for $48,000. There are seven interchanges on I-75 through Miami County. The one under study is the only exit that remains rural.

Residents and land owners attended a public meeting Monday night about the undeveloped interchange of the interstate and County Road 25-A between Piqua and Troy. (Steve Baker/Staff)


A community meeting on the future of the County Road 25A area between Troy and Piqua will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St.


The Miami County commissioners hired Burton Planning Services earlier this year to help conduct a study of the future of the area bordered to the south by Troy, to the north by Piqua, to the west by Washington Road and to the east by the Great Miami River. 

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The area also includes the undeveloped area near Exit 78 of Interstate 75.

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Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM


A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

I-675 wrong-way crash: 18-year-old victim ‘best friend anybody could ask for’

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:38 PM

Two men died in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 675 in Centerville Monday night.

(UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m. Oct. 23): Kalip Grimm, 18, one of two men killed in the Oct. 16 wrong-way crash on I-675 in Centerville, is being remembered as “the best friend anybody could ask for.”

Two of his best friends, in Collin Hare and Ty Marker, spoke about Grimm following his funeral Monday morning.

“His personality was just an amazing thing and every time he saw you, every single time, he said, ‘wasss up baby.’ That was his go-to line,” Hare said.

Hare and Marker wore orange -- Grimm’s favorite color.

Nearly 400 vehicles were part of the procession and there were nearly 2,000 signatures in the guest book.

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  • Police: Melvin Bonie Jr., 69, was the wrong-way driver 
  • Grimm was driving the car Bonie hit head-on, police said
  • Police: Initial findings point to excessive speed, not alcohol

Grimm graduated from Miamisburg High School in the spring and was working a full-time job since graduation, according to his mother Stacy Grimm. His 19th birthday would have been Sunday

I-675 wrong-way crash, Oct. 16, 2017. Staff photo

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The fatal crash Monday occurred five days before Kalip’s 19th birthday, Grimm said.

Melvin Bonie Jr. was a Beavercreek resident who was a retired analyst from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to friend Karen Rase of Beavercreek.

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He was a wine connoisseur who spent much of his retirement traveling, collecting art and enjoying dinners, she said.

“He never made ordinary stuff other people would make,” she said. “When he did cook…it was roast duck and he always had the perfect wine. “

Bonie was a wine consultant with Tramonte & Sons, according to the wine distributor’s website, who was known to attend and hold wine-tastings around the area.

A native of New Orleans, he was a graduate of the University of New Orleans, according to his Facebook page.

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more both men.