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Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 11:16 PM
MADISON TWP., Clark County — UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m: A chimney was the cause of a log house fire in the 10000 block of S. Charlestone Pike late Saturday night, according to officials.
The home’s owner noticed an off-smell when the family lit the chimney which caused the fire to start and eventually spread to the attic area of the log-style cabin.
Crews responded close to 9:45 p.m. and were able to stop the fire and isolate damage to the attic area.
The family was able to evacuate the home unharmed, but will be assisted by RedCross in being displaced due to water and smoke damage.
Officials say damage estimates will range from 30 to 40 thousand dollars.
The cold temperatures and structure of the home being made of wood posed challenges for fire crews, according to a Madison Twp. firefighter, but help from surrounding departments such as Harmony Twp. and Springfield Twp., allowed the task to be completed effectively.
Fire crews from multiple jurisdictions were called Saturday night to a log house fire.
The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of South Charleston Pike.
Smoke and fire was showing from the two-story log house when crews arrived.
Additional tanker trucks and manpower from other fire departments were requested as crews worked to put out the fire under harsh weather conditions.
We are working to learn more about what caused the fire, and how crews contended with the low temperatures.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM
Englewood — The Englewood Police Department is looking for tips regarding a theft that occurred on Sunday, January 14. Two suspects were involved in a reported pickpocketing at a local restaurant.
Once the victim discovered her wallet was missing, the suspects had already charged nearly $6000 in purchases.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
TODAY: Mostly cloudy skies are expected today with a few passing showers at times. With temperatures hovering just above freezing most of the day, we could see a mix or rain and even snow at times. No accumulation is expected as the ground is too warm to support anything frozen.
TOMORROW: Colder temperatures start the day in the mid-20s. Some passing flurries are also possible for the first part of the day. Highs peak in the mid-30s as clouds decrease at nighttime.
THURSDAY: There will be sunshine throughout the day with temperatures warmer than normal in the low 40s. The day will be dry.
FRIDAY: We continue to see temperatures improve with sunshine and a few clouds as highs reach around 50 degrees.
SATURDAY: The day will be breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees. Rain showers will start to arrive and become more widespread into the night.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
MIDDLETOWN — No reason was given Monday for the unexpected resignation of the CEO of the Middletown Community Foundation.
T. Duane Gordon, who led the foundation for more than 10 years and grew it into one of the state’s most powerful organizations, resigned earlier this month, Carole Schul, board president of the foundation, told this news organization on Monday.
She refused to say why Gordon resigned. His name has been removed from the foundation’s web site.
Schul said that while the MCF searches for a permanent replacement, longtime Middletown businessman Dan Sack will serve as interim director. Sack, who worked at Armco for 24 years and as a private businessman for 20 years, said his top priorities are keeping the foundation “moving in the right direction” and finding a permanent replacement for Gordon.
When asked why he resigned, Gordon said in a text message to this media outlet that he didn’t wish to “discuss beyond” what was said in the news release.
He was hired in December 2007 as executive director of the Middletown Community Foundation. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in communications and journalism, Gordon’s first career was as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Madison County Journal.
“On behalf of the entire Board, and the Middletown Community Foundation, we want to thank Duane for his dedicated service during a time of growth and against a challenging economic backdrop,” Schul wrote in an email to this news organization.
“We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. The Foundation remains dedicated to its mission to secure permanent and growing assets for the Middletown area’s changing needs, and looks forward to a productive year.”
According to a national study, the Middletown Community Foundation was the No. 1 most active community foundation in Ohio, which has 80 community foundations and the No. 21 most active foundation in the United States, which has more than 750 community foundations; and was ranked for the first year ever in the top 100 for per capita giving, at No. 59, with approximately $44 in gifts received per resident it serves in its communities.
Earlier this year, the MCF board of directors approved nearly $100,000 in grants to 14 local organizations.
The largest grant, worth $20,000, was awarded to People Working Cooperatively, a group that repairs homes for Middletown-area families.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:32 PM
GREENE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 12:20 p.m.
At least 10 homes were evacuated after a construction worker, digging the basement for a new home, hit a natural gas main line, causing a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard east of Fairborn, according to fire officials.
Some of the homes are unoccupied or under construction, according to investigators.
No injuries have been reported.
We’ll update this page as new details become available.
Multiple fire crews have responded to reports of a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard east of Fairborn Tuesday.
Initial reports indicate a contractor struck a main natural gas line, causing the leak.
Reports indicate firefighters are conducting evacuations in the neighborhood.