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Mother describes tragic account of 2-year-old’s drowning

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

2-year-old who drowned on Easter Sunday identified

UPDATE @ 12:48 p.m. (April 17):

A Preble County couple is still trying to comprehend the death of their two-year-old son after he was found submerged in the family’s pool on Easter Sunday.

“I guess Nathan had got outside and we didn’t notice.  The back door was open,” said Jennifer Melton, mother of Nathan Melton, 2.  “I just went back to the pool and I found him underneath the water.”

Nathan Melton was transported to a local emergency room where he was pronounced dead, the Preble County Coroner’s Office said.

Jennifer Melton said the Preble County Sheriff’s Office told her they’re still investigating the incident.

According to the boy’s mother, the family had gathered at their home in the 4600 block of Ohio 503 North between West Alexandria and Lewisburg Sunday around 10 a.m. to celebrate Easter.

She said Nathan Melton “was so sweet” and “you could never be mad at him.”

Jennifer Melton had one warning for other parents who may have a swimming pool on their property.

“If you have a pool, make sure you have a gate around it,” she said.

The family is still in the process of making funeral arrangements.

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m. (April 17)

This child has been identified as Nathan Melton, according to the Preble County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is being conducted but the office said the presumed cause of death is drowning.

EARLIER REPORT

The Preble County Coroner’s Office is investigating after a 2-year-old boy died in a suspected drowning, officials said this morning.

Investigators said they recovered the boy’s body at a residence in the 4600 block of Ohio 503 North.

The circumstances surrounding the child’s death were not immediately released and his identity also has not been released.

The coroner’s office said the death happened sometime Sunday and an autopsy will be performed to determine an official cause and manner of death.

We’re working to learn more information.

Beavercreek budgets $5.8M in road construction projects

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

A major project to widen Dayton-Xenia Road and add sidewalks is ongoing in the city of Beavercreek. Richard Wilson/Staff
A major project to widen Dayton-Xenia Road and add sidewalks is ongoing in the city of Beavercreek. Richard Wilson/Staff

Beavercreek residents can expect to see some significant road construction projects this year.

City leaders announced they have budgeted about $5.8 million in road construction improvements for the year.

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Major thoroughfares that are slated to get improvements include National, Indian Ripple, North Fairfield and Shakertown roads.

Work to widen Dayton-Xenia and Shakertown roads is ongoing and expected to be wrapped up by the summer.

In addition, officials said the city is aiming to beat last year’s record total of “16 centerline miles” that were resurfaced.

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Residents with questions should call the city engineer’s office at (937) 427-5513.

Warren County’s Massie Twp. meeting tonight over fire department future

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:43 AM


            The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.
The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.

The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.

Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer force resigned too.

“They left us with a skeleton crew,” Trustee David Crisenbery said this morning.

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The township, home to about 1,500 residents, is on the south side of Caesar Creek Lake. The department handles emergency calls from the lake.

Since Hines’ resignation, fire and emergency calls are being handled by the remaining department along with mutual aid from fire departments in Wayne Twp., Warren County, and Chester Twp., Clinton County.

The trustees are also weighing creating a joint fire district with Chester Twp. with new levies supporting the operation.

“That is the goal,” Trustee Daryl McKinney said.

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A larger district qualifies for more grants, McKinney said.

The Massie Twp department operates on a $92,000 budget from two levies.

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Crisenbery said the township could seek an additional local levy to fund part-time paid firefighters. Also, Hines’ replacement could be picked, Crisenbery added.

“Anything’s possible tonight,” Crisenbery said. “All options, I feel, should be on the table.”

Hines could not be immediately reached.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the township fire station, 10 N. Harveysburg Road.

Surgical mask wearing men wanted for Union CVS robbery

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Two men who were wearing surgical masks are wanted after they attempted to rob the CVS Pharmacy on South Main Street in Union Monday night.

Officers responded to the business at 124 S. Main St. around 9 p.m. after the suspects entered and passed a note to a pharmacy worker demanding prescription drugs, according to Union Police.

The first suspect was described as being in his early 20s with a grey zip-up sweatshirt, dark pants, black winter hat, a white latex glove and blue surgical mask, investigators said.

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The second suspect, also in his early 20s, was said to have been wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black winter hat and blue surgical mask, police said.

Police said the men threatened to shoot the worker if they didn’t hand over the drugs, however a gun was not scene.

Both men fled the store before getting the items, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Union Police at 937-836-0912.

At least 2 dogs rescued in Middletown fire on Young Street

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

Baltimore St fire in Middletown

UPDATE @ 11:06 a.m. (Jan. 16):

No people were home when a duplex on Young Street caught fire Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the residence in the 1100 block shortly before 9:30 a.m.
Several cats and dogs were rescued from the house and the American Red Cross is assisting the residence.

Kevin Gordon, hugs his dog Leo, after Middletown Division of Fire rescued the dog from Gordon Home. Photo by Marshall Gorby

A cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Temperatures and icy conditions made a “tough job tougher,” said Middletown Deputy Fire Chief Dave Adams.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (Jan. 16):

Firefighters rescued at least two dogs from a duplex on Young Street after fire damaged the upper level of the building, according to officials.

It’s unknown if any injuries were reported.

INITIAL REPORT:

A fire has been reported at a residence on Young Street in Middletown this morning.

Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Young around 9:25 a.m.

We’re working to learn whether any injuries have been reported.