Outage closes 3 schools, thousands without power in Springfield

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 9:58 AM

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Two Springfield City schools have closed for the day and about 3,300 are without power across Clark County due to an outage Monday morning.

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The Clark Center, which has preschool classrooms and is home to the district’s administrative offices, and Snyder Park Elementary School will be closed Monday. School district administrative staff members have moved over to work at the Springfield Center for Innovation: The Dome on South Limestone Street.

Also affected Monday morning was Rockway School in the Clark-Shawnee Local Schools district although classes remain in session. A district spokeswoman said buses were already on routes when the power went out and finished their pickups. The school has temporary provisions for lighting and meal prep so the school can remain open.

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The school will re-evaluate if power isn't restored soon, the spokeswoman said.

Ohio Edison’s website reports that about 2,200 customers in Springfield are without power, with several more around Clark County with no electricity.

Several traffic lights are reported as out as well, including at the intersection of West Main Street and South Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.

Springfield police investigate drive-thru break-ins

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:49 AM

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Springfield police are investigating three  early morning break-ins.

The Tunnel Drive Thru in the 1800 block of E. Main Street, the Beverage Depot in the 700 block of S. Burnett Road and Beverage Oasis were broken into sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., according to police.

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It’s unknown what was stolen.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Car crashes into pole, catches fire in Dayton

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:09 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

Car strikes pole, bursts into flames

A loud explosion could be heard as a car burst into flames after crashing into a pole in Dayton early Friday.

The crash was reported around 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of James H. McGee Boulevard and Germantown Street.

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A spare tire exploded when the car caught fire, according to fire officials. 

When firefighters arrived, the occupants had fled. No one was in the car when it caught fire.

Most at Beavercreek meeting oppose medical marijuana in community

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:14 PM

Beavercreek residents weigh in on medical marijuana in community

Most of the two dozen residents who gave feedback about medical marijuana told city leaders they don’t want to see it in any form.

Right now, Beavercreek law allows for dispensaries, cultivation and processing sites. No one has applied for a license in Beavercreek, and the deadline is Friday.

“The issue is will you be able to sell your house?” Denise Buell said. “And the next question may not be for it, if you have a cultivation facility right down the street you may have difficulty selling it, so why bother even buying there?”

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Not everyone was against it, including Beavercreek resident Mary Lou Hopun, who said she suffers from a chronic illness.

“There's no discussion being held here about the science of medical marijuana and how it's not addictive, and they talk about the type of people that will come to this area and the property values that will go down. This is all just conjecture," Hopun said.

After Friday’s state application deadline, city leaders will get another nine months to decide whether to change rules. Earlier this week, council members decided against a moratorium.

“We’re hearing the public ... You’re going to have three new council members come January on council, they could have a total different perspective,” City Manager Pete Landrum said.

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Another public meeting is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, with a state representative. The meeting also will be held at Beavercreek City Hall, 1368 Research Park Drive.

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Medical marijuana lab breaks ground in Yellow Springs

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:07 PM

Ground broken on medical marijuana facility in Yellow Springs

Heavy equipment already started moving dirt for one of Ohio’s first medical marijuana facilities.

Cresco Labs Ohio LLC and several village leaders and residents gathered Thursday morning in a cornfield next to Antioch University. 

“Yellow Springs was founded on wellness,” Village Council President Karen Wintrow said. “People came to the yellow spring in Glen Helen for the healing waters so the idea of a wellness company, a health company, being here is a perfect fit. This facility is going to be sitting adjacent to farm fields in an area that we have really identified that we want to remain agriculture.” 

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The 50,000-square-foot environmentally sound greenhouse will be built along East Enon Road. It is expected to initially provide about 25 jobs, and possibly more because Cresco will seek a medical marijuana processing license.

Cresco has agreed to pay for the infrastructure, which includes building roads, installing water, sewer and electric service, said Village Manager Patti Bates.

“We’re looking at a month build that will be followed by some cultivation and we should have product for patients by June of 2018,” Cresco Labs CEO Charles Bachtell said.

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Those who were the driving force behind the failed 2015 marijuana legalization issue in Ohio are now backing a plan to put an issue on the November ballot that, if approved by the voters, would make marijuana legal for recreational use. 

It’s not clear how that would affect the medical marijuana industry in the state.

“We are a medical cannabis operator and currently we operate only in medical programs,” Bachtell said. “We’ve evaluated Ohio for about a year as a medical program so that’s what we’re focused on right now.”

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