Middletown may restart Citizen Police Academy

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:52 PM


            Participants in Hamilton Police Department’s Hispanic Police Academy learn about firearms safety. The Middletown Police Department is planning to restart its Citizen Police Academy in 2018. CONTRIBUTED

A Facebook post that inquired how many people in Middletown would be interested in participating in a Citizen Police Academy has already resulted in more than two dozen people interested in signing up.

Lt. Jimmy Cunningham said police Chief Rodney Muterspaw posted the inquiry last week on the Middletown Division of Police’s Facebook page.

“It’s going to happen in early 2018,” Cunningham said.

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He said the last time Middletown police hosted a citizen police academy was about 10 years ago. Since then, he said budget cuts and lack of community interest were two reasons why the department has not hosted an academy.

“It shows transparency and gives the community an idea of what goes on in the police department,” he said.

Cunningham said the program runs six to eight weeks on a weeknight and those who participate learn more about police procedures, policies and tactics as well as going on a ride-along with a patrol officer and spending some time at the police shooting range getting familiar with weapons. Participants will also learn about making traffic stops as well as how evidence is collected and how criminal investigations are handled.

He said the department’s instructors teach the various classes during the citizen police academy.

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Cunningham said about 20 people are accepted in a class, but that the details and participation costs are still being worked out. He said more information will be coming later this year.

“It’s a great community tool and gives police a chance to give back to the community,” he said.

Other area communities such as Trenton, Monroe, Hamilton, Fairfield Twp., and West Chester Twp. have hosted citizen police academies in the past several years.

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

Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

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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Security changes coming to Magic Kingdom

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:54 PM

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Security changes coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom may affect how long guests spend in the security line.

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The theme park is moving the lines to outside the transportation and ticket center, where guests will be screened as soon as they get off the tram coming from the parking lot.

Security barricades are already in the ground and tents are up, but it’s still not clear when the area will be operational.

"Everyone at the transportation and ticket center will be screened there before they get on a ferry boat or a monorail, which will alleviate a lot of the hustle and bustle and craziness of that front area of the Magic Kingdom,” said Tom Corless of WDW News Today.

It also means guests will be screened prior to getting on the monorail or ferry, increasing security beforehand.

“Mass transportation is definitely always a target in any big city,” Corless said. “And certainly, at Disney World, the monorail handles thousands and thousands of guests at a time.”

Corless said eventually, guests going to a monorail from a Disney hotel will be screened from there.

There will still be a security checkpoint outside the train station at the Magic Kingdom, but it will be smaller, primarily for guests coming from the buses or water taxi.

The new security area appears to be much larger, with the option to add more personnel.

“The staffing will have to be in place, but regardless, it should just be a better experience for people,” Corless said.

A Disney World spokesperson said in a statement, "As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the arrival experience for guests at the entrance to Magic Kingdom park, we have relocated some of our bag checks and metal detectors to the transportation and ticket center, and the monorail stations at Disney's Contemporary resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Village resort.”