Warren County tourism generates record visitors

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 11:10 AM


            Hundreds waited in line and gathered for an announcement just after 10 p.m. that turned out to be the Mystic Timbers wooden roller coaster Thursday night, July 29, 2016, at Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason. The coaster will be completed in spring of 2017. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Warren County attracted a record number of tourism-related visitors in 2016, the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced at its Annual Partner Meeting today.

According to attendance figures compiled by the WCCVB, the county’s numerous entertainment, shopping and dining attractions accounted for nearly 12 million visitors in 2016, surpassing a previous record of 11.8 million visitors set in 2015.

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Phillip S. Smith, president & CEO of the WCCVB, credits the influx in visitation to the county’s budding reputation as both a convenient and affordable travel destination.

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“No matter your age or interests, you’re bound to find an event, attraction or accommodation that appeals to you in Warren County,” Smith said. “Couple our wide array of affordable entertainment, dining and lodging offerings with the fact that we’re also just a short drive away for most, and it’s easy to see why we’ve become such a popular option for travelers.”

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Among the county’s most visited attractions in 2016 were Caesar Creek State Park, Kings Island, Miami Valley Gaming, the Western & Southern Open, and the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

According to the latest economic study conducted by the state of Ohio, tourism is the county’s number one industry, accounting for one in every nine jobs, or 11 percent of the workforce.

3 injured in Kettering house explosion

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 12:17 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 3:46 AM

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UPDATE @ 3:46 a.m. 

Three people were injured in a Kettering house fire on Pamela Sue Drive early Wednesday, according to officials. 

“We had some injuries but everyone was out of the house at the time,” said Kettering Fire Battalion Chief Mike Miller. “... It could’ve been a lot worse. There could’ve been a lot more injuries, but right now we have one serious injury and two minor injuries.”

Four people evacuated the home by the time emergency crews arrived on the scene. 

Vectren has checked gas meters in the area, and crews have determined the area is safe, Miller said 

“We don’t have anymore natural gas showing up on any of the meters,” he said. 

The explosion is under investigation.

INITIAL REPORT @ 12:17 a.m. 

Firefighters are investigating an explosion at a home on Pamela Sue Drive in Kettering, possibly caused by a natural gas leak. 

Crews were dispatched to the 400 block of Pamela Sue Drive around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday on initial reports of a house fire. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates crews found no fire, but significant damage to the structure and a strong smell of natural gas. 

One person reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident. 

We have a crew at the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Driver overdoses, crashes on SB I-75 in Miami Twp. 

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:49 AM

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UPDATE @ 1:50 a.m. 

State troopers confirmed a driver overdosed and crashed on southbound Interstate 75 Wednesday morning. 

Investigators said the first unit to arrive on the scene found the vehicle off the highway and in a tree line south of Ohio 725 in Miami Twp. 

A Miami Twp. officer reportedly broke the driver’s side window and administered three doses of Narcan to revive the driver. 

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State troopers said the driver was taken into custody and the overdose is believed to be the only factor in the crash.

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No additional injuries were reported and no lanes of the highway were blocked. 

FIRST REPORT

Emergency crews have responded to a crash on southbound Interstate 75, south of Ohio 725 in Miami Twp., where the driver is believed to have overdosed. 

Police and medics were dispatched to the highway around 1 a.m. to check for a crash reported in the area. 

According to police scanner traffic, the vehicle was found off the highway near the tree line. 

An officer broke a window to the car and administered at least one dose of Narcan, according to initial reports. 

It was not immediately known if any lanes of the highway were blocked. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Police investigate robbery at Dayton UDF; suspects reportedly located

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 2:31 AM

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UPDATE @ 2:55 a.m. 

Four people have reportedly been detained in the area of Riverside Drive and Wampler Avenue who are believed to be suspects in the UDF robbery in Dayton, according to police scanner traffic. 

Initial reports indicate a vehicle was stopped near that intersection with two men and two women taken into custody. 

Ski masks were reportedly located inside the vehicle. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

Police are responding to reports of a robbery at the UDF at North Dixie Drive and Siebenthaler Avenue.

Around 2:20 a.m., two males wearing green Halloween masks reportedly robbed the store.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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2 adults, small child injured in Dayton vehicle crash 

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 7:54 PM

UPDATE @ 9:03 p.m.: Police are looking for a female who was driving a sedan in the collision that left the other car on its top with two adults and a small child trapped in the wreckage.

The injuries to the three are non-life threatening, Dayton Sgt. Andrew Zeczhini said. They are at a hospital.

According to the preliminary report, the female driving the at-fault car ran off, the sergeant said.

According to witnesses, a third car was involved in the accident. That contention is under investigation.

If you saw anything, you are asked to call Dayton police at 937-333-COPS or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.

UPDATE @ 8:34 p.m.

Two adults and an infant are in the hospital following a rollover crash in Dayton. 

Firefighters at the scene tell our crew the two adults were taken by medics with serious injuries, while the baby's condition is unknown at this time. 

Our crew reports a Dodge neon at the scene is on its top and a damaged Buick next to it on a lawn. 

We will continue to follow this developing story and post the latest here.

EARLIER REPORT (March 28)

Crews are responding to a reported rollover crash involving an infant in Dayton. 

Police and medics were dispatched the intersection of Rustic Road and Norman Avenue around 7:37 p.m. 

Dispatchers said an infant was reportedly trapped in the car after the crash and a bystander may have taken the infant to the hospital. 

We have a crew heading to the scene and working to learn the conditions of those involved in the crash.

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