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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 7:43 AM
A newly established committee will explore the possibility of building a dog park in Huber Heights.
Mayor Jeff Gore established the temporary committee to consider the dog park’s creation, with the hopes of seeing a proposal within 60 days. Gore said some of the research for the park already exists.
“I think the city has an appetite for this,” Gore said. “I think this is a great way for us to show that we can take interest that the community has and put it into action and move forward with it in a positive way.”
In February, Councilwoman Nancy Byrge made a presentation to council outlining her vision for a dog park. She cited her experience knocking on doors during her recent campaign as confirmation that residents would be interested.
“Seventy-five percent of the doors I hit had a dog, at least one,” Byrge said during the presentation.
A location for the park is not yet selected, but Byrge proposes building the park on land the city of Huber Heights already owns, in a location easily accessible by road with adequate space for off-street parking. She also suggests the park be built within walking distance of residential areas and away from children’s playgrounds.
Byrge said the park should be built on a minimum one acre of land with separate spaces for large and small dogs.
In the long term, Byrge recommended the creation of a nonprofit group that would sponsor dog shows and competitions, and hold fundraising events to cover the costs of improvement and maintenance at the park.
Byrge also said grants or other alternative forms of funding could be available for the park.
Several other communities or parks systems in the region have dog parks, including Centerville, Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Montgomery County and Xenia. A new dog park is under construction in Miamisburg without use of taxpayer dollars, using the assistance of the Miamisburg Community Foundation.
The dog park committee will meet at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.
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Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
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Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5:37 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.
A electrical fire that started in the basement of a residence on Pinehurst Avenue has been extinguished, according to Dayton District Fire Chief Adam Landis.
No injuries were reported. He estimated the damage at $10,000.
Landis also said the cause of the fire is under investigation and the residents will be able to stay in their house.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
HUBER HEIGHTS — A 32-year-old Huber Heights man was arrested Wednesday on a charge accusing him of committing a hate crime when federal authorities said he attacked a man outside a Cincinnati restaurant because the man identified himself as Jewish.
Izmir Koch -- also under indictment in Montgomery County involving a June 2016 fight on Valley Street in Dayton -- remains in federal custody following his arrest on one count of committing a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Koch already has appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
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According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Koch was outside a restaurant with others on Feb. 4, 2017, when he allegedly yelled out asking if anyone outside the restaurant was Jewish.
A victim responded that he was Jewish and it is alleged that Koch then ran to the man and punched him in the head. When the victim fell to the ground, Koch and others continued hitting and kicking him.
The victim suffered injuries from the attack, including rib contusions and a fracture of his orbital floor - the bottom portion of an eye socket.
"Physically attacking someone because you think he's Jewish or Christian or Muslim or any other religion is a federal crime," U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in the prepared statement. "This office prosecutes hate crimes."
According to one Cincinnati media report, the victim was not actually Jewish, Glassman said at a news conference.
KOCH INDICTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
A check of Montgomery County online court records shows that Koch was indicted in July 2016 on two counts of felonious assault (deadly weapon and serious harm). The status of the case is labeled "reopened" and a motion in the case was filed Tuesday.
In that motion filed by the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, Koch and at least five other men accused of assaulting a man in a fight and stabbing June 7, 2016, outside SMS Trucking, 1602 Valley St., are claiming self-defense.
The fracas involved men of Russian descent, police have said.
One of the co-defendants claimed to a police detective that they committed the assault because the man "made disparaging comments about their mothers, and their culture does not permit such comments."
The co-defendant also told the detective they all fought with the man because "they were not scared of him and they needed to handle the situation on their own."
The prosecutor's office has asked the trial judge to compel the co-defendant to testify as to those statements.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
— Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.
A clipper-type system looks to spread snow into the region this weekend, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
The storm system looks to arrive late Friday night or into Saturday morning. The current forecast track would bring snow across much of the Miami Valley during the day Saturday.
“Snow accumulation, perhaps heavy, would be likely along and north of the Ohio River should the current forecast track hold,” Elwell said, “but a lot can still change.”
If the system adjusts north, then the threat will be for more of a mix or perhaps even more rain than snow, Elwell said.
However, the system could escape to the south with little to no local effect.
“We’ll know a lot more on the potential threat of this system by late Thursday. Stay tuned!” Elwell said.