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Semi overturns, traps driver on U.S. 27 in Butler County

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

UPDATE @ 8:55 p.m.

A truck driver had to be cut from the cab tonight after his semi overturned into a ditch on Ross-Millville Road.

The road is back open following the single-vehicle crash reported at 4:49 p.m.

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Ross Twp. police said one of the truck’s rear wheels got caught on the berm, which pulled over the entire truck into the ditch. The driver, who is from Washington state, was trapped and was not extricated until 7 p.m.

The crash pulled down live power lines, so utility workers had to come and turn off power so rescuers could free the driver.

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The driver was conscious and talking when he was freed and taken by AirCare to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. His name, age and condition were not released.

Roads were clear at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.

FIRST REPORT

A portion of Ross-Millville Road will be closed this evening for an undetermined amount of time after a crash involving a semi.

The crash, reported just before 5 p.m., happened on that stretch of U.S. 27 between Kirchling Road and Red Wing Court.

There was at least one injury, and the truck was the only vehicle involved, according to Butler County Sheriff’s dispatch. The trailer was empty.

The extent of injuries was not available.

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Gov. John Kasich wants group to act on gun issues by next week

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:15 PM

Gov. Kasich forms group to tackle gun violence in Ohio. Getty Images
Gov. Kasich forms group to tackle gun violence in Ohio. Getty Images

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he is hoping that a group he’s convened to find solutions to gun violence in the state will be able to deliver something by the end of business next week to the Ohio General Assembly.

Kasich, in Washington, D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association, declined to lay out what the group is considering, but said they’ve reached agreements on four different issues. The governor’s office declined to disclose the members of the group, but Kasich said they are on both sides of the gun debate.

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Kasich himself said he advocates complete background checks and “the need to have these large magazines” but acknowledged that the committee may go in a different direction. “One of the things I don’t want to do in this process is put my finger so much on the scale that the committee doesn’t have a chance to work,” he said.

He said he’s talked to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Senate President Larry Obhof as well as some members to say “this is not going to go away.”

“It’s apparent,” he said. “People are saying something has to be done. And I think that peole are saying do something. When people demand something over and over and over again politicians usually respond.”

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Kasich talks debt, New Hampshire

Kasich also spent time in D.C. where he accepted the Concord Coalition’s “Economic Patriot” Award and led a panel discussion on the nation’s woes.

Kasich, who chaired the House Budget Committee the last time the federal government balanced the budget in 1997, didn’t sound particularly optimistic about the nation’s current spending path.

“The biggest problem with spending is it’s all theoretical and hypothetical,” he said. “Nobody cares.”

He said Republicans and Democrats alike have contributed to the ballooning debt, which he predicts will ultimately have a “dramatic impact” on our economic growth.

“They’re all in the game – all of them,” he said. “Spend money like there’s no tomorrow.”

He also visited the nation’s capital on the same day that Politico reported he was preparing to run for president in 2020. Kasich dismissed the report, saying he told his wife “pay no attention.”

Still, he was more coy at the Concord Coalition event, saying he’d urged Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to run as a Democrat and urging those running in the state to “be real…because the people in New Hampshire are really cool. They smell a fraud.”

“And by the way,” he said, to laughter. “I like New Hampshire a lot.”

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Dayton special election set; Fairchild, Ward declare candidacies

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:11 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:05 PM


            Daryl Ward and Darryl Fairchild.
Daryl Ward and Darryl Fairchild.

The Dayton City Commission today voted to hold a special election on May 8 to replace Commissioner Joey Williams, who has resigned after 16 years in office.

Two well-known faith leaders have already declared for the seat: Daryl Ward and Darryl Fairchild.

Though Williams was re-elected to a fifth term in November, he officially stepped down today, a decision he says was motivated by a more demanding travel schedule related to his new job.

The election is 74 days away, but Dayton residents who wish to replace Williams have just two weeks to collect 500 signatures of registered Dayton electors to appear on the ballot. The deadline is March 9.

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That is a tall order considering that commission hopefuls usually have months to acquire the necessary signatures, said Darryl Fairchild, who plans to run for Williams’ seat.

This afternoon, Daryl Ward, the senior pastor of Omega Baptist Church, also announced he is dropping out of the Montgomery County Commission race to instead run to try to replace Williams.

Fairchild said the timing of Williams’ announcement seems deliberate to create a short window to discourage people from running. Dayton municipal special elections must take place 60 to 90 days after a vacancy on the commission.

Fairchild, the manager of chaplain services at Dayton Children’s Hospital, fell just 208 votes short of winning a spot on the commission in 2015, when he was edged out by political newcomer Chris Shaw.

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He and another challenger were defeated by a much larger margin in November by Williams and other incumbent Commissioner Jeffrey Mims Jr.

Fairchild said since November’s election, Dayton has seen some of the negative consequences of failing to address the issues he says he prioritizes, including neighborhood development.

“We have Good Sam closing, we’ve got schools potentially closing, we’ve got Aldi’s closing and we have threats to our water well field,” he said.

Fairchild said he would push the city to develop a comprehensive plan for its neighborhoods, similar to the plans the city has for downtown and the Webster Station neighborhood.

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This afternoon, more than 40 people joined Ward at the Montgomery County Board of Elections as he took out a nomination petition to show their support for the long-time pastor.

Ward was flanked by family members and friends and the crowd included all four members of the Dayton commission and Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley.

Rev. Ward said he is running for commission because of his love for the city and its citizens.

Ward said he was very sick several years ago, but though his body was shutting down, his vital organs were in tact and strong.

“That’s like Dayton — we’ve got a lot of problems, but we have people, we have water, we have a strength of a wonderful history,” he said. “I would be so proud to be a part of helping that history become a bright future.”

Ward said his best traits are his wisdom and maturity and he’s an excellent listener.

Dayton’s last special election to fill a vacancy was in June 2001, when Edythe Lewis won a seat vacated by her husband Lloyd E. Lewis Jr., who died about three months earlier.

Office-seekers had a short window to file a petition after the city had passed an ordinance calling for a special election: Just 10 days.

Edythe Lewis finished the last remaining months on her husband’s first term in office.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said it will be challenging for Dayton residents who want to serve on the commission to get the signatures they need in two weeks. But, she said, it’s been done before in even shorter time frames.

“It can be done, it just takes incredible organization, which is something you need to be a city commissioner anyway,” she said.

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JUST IN: Could a new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers be coming to The Greene?

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:48 AM

Is Raising Canes Chicken Fingers coming to The Greene?

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers may be re-thinking its plans to build a restaurant near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and instead locate its second Dayton-area location in the shadow of The Greene Town Center.

According to documents filed with the city of Beavercreek’s planning commission, a new Raising Cane’s is in the works adjacent to the Waffle House on Indian Ripple Road, directly across from The Greene’s main entrance.

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A public hearing will be held on March 7 on an application to modify a 1.17-acre tract of land on the north side of Indian Ripple Road and west of the existing Waffle House restaurant “to allow for the construction of a restaurant known as Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers,” according to Beavercreek city records.

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While it’s a necessary first step, the application is no guarantee that all other aspects of the project will fall into place and a restaurant will be built on time and on schedule — as Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee, RCO Limited, knows all too well. RCO Limited had wanted to build its first Dayton-area Raising Cane’s restaurant on a vacant tract on Kemp Road just east of North Fairfield Road in north Beavercreek, and submitted plans for the restaurant to the city of Beavercreek in late 2016.

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Those preliminary plans were approved by Beavercreek City Council, but stalled after encountering complications over the sale of the property necessary to make the project work. There has been no indication whether the project will move ahead, and if so, when. RCO Limited went on to open its first Dayton-area location in late June 2017 on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp.

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A message left Thursday night seeking comment from Andria Morgan, spokeswoman for Raising Cane’s local franchisee RCO Limited, on the Indian Ripple Road project had not been returned by this morning, Friday Feb. 23.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016.

Morgan has said RCO Limited has found a very loyal customer base as it has opened stores in Ohio. In 2004, the franchisee opened the first Raising Cane’s outside of Louisiana when it launched its first Ohio location in Columbus.

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The chain prides itself on a limited menu and a simple concept, focused on chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then hand-battered and cooked to order. Also featured on the menu are crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and sauces that are made in-house every day.

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The chicken-restaurant market is becoming intensely competitive in the Dayton area, which has added more than a dozen new restaurants from national chains, regional start-ups and local, independent operators in the last three years.

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Police: No threat today at Fenwick High School

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:34 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:09 PM


            Bishop Fenwick High School was on a “soft lockdown” this morning, meaning classes were conducted but no one was allowed to enter or leave the school, officials said. ED RICHTER/STAFF
Bishop Fenwick High School was on a “soft lockdown” this morning, meaning classes were conducted but no one was allowed to enter or leave the school, officials said. ED RICHTER/STAFF

UPDATE @1:15 P.M.:

There was no threat at Fenwick High School this morning, Middletown police have determined.

A former student entered the Ohio 122 school building to visit former teachers and was walking through the school at some point by himself, said Middletown Maj. David Birk.

“Some people who were unfamiliar with the former student became suspicious, but there was not threat at all,” Birk said.

INITIAL REPORT:

A Middletown high school is on lockdown this morning.

A notice from Bishop Fenwick High School this morning states: “Bishop Fenwick High School is currently on a ‘soft lockdown.’ This means that teaching continues in the building, but no one will be permitted in or out of the building until the lockdown is lifted. Everyone is safe in the building.”

Middletown Maj. David Birk said a student was acting suspiciously and the school called police. As a precaution the school was placed on lockdown. Birk said officers are on scene investigating and talking with those involved.

The school is asking for people to not call the school so phone lines can remain open.

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