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Another company will add a location in Monroe, bringing jobs

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

            Blue Buffalo will open a second Monroe location in March at 675 Gateway Blvd.
Blue Buffalo will open a second Monroe location in March at 675 Gateway Blvd.

A natural pet food company with a Monroe location just west of Interstate 75 will open a second location just east of the highway.

Blue Buffalo plans to occupy a nearly 144,000-square-foot logistics building at 675 Gateway Blvd. in Monroe, in Warren County.

The new building, which is scheduled to be operation by March, will be the second location in the city for the Connecticut-based company. It will continue to occupy the 390,000 square feet it moved into in 2013 less than six miles away at 1201 Logistics Way in Monroe, in Butler County.

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Blue Buffalo’s Monroe operations distribute pet food to retailers throughout the eastern half of the United States.

The company employs 60 people at its current location. The new facility is expected to generate 20 new jobs.

“It obviously speaks to our strengths, our location within the region and our connectivity to transportation,” Monroe City Manager William Brocktold this media outlet. “We’re lucky to have had the assets in place for them to consider us going forward. Much like us, we like to have these opportunities here in Monroe. We’re a growing city, they’re a growing business and I think we partner together well that way.”

Blue Buffalo routinely supports Monroe projects, including the city’s police K-9 unit, Brock said.

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The company is the second in the past year to locate additional operations in Monroe. Last January, Hayneedle announced that it would maintain operations in 721,000 square feet of space at 1001 Logistics Way while also opening a 994,000-square-foot facility on Gateway Boulevard.

Blue Buffalo’s decision to open in a second location gives both companies a presence in each of the IDI Logistics industrial parks in Monroe – Monroe Logistics Center on Logistics Way and Park North at Monroe on Gateway Boulevard.

“Having two companies locate additional facilities in Monroe in the past year speaks to the strength of the partnership between the companies, the City of Monroe and IDI Logistics,” said Jennifer Patterson, assistant to the city manager. “That partnership is essential to successful growth for everyone.”

Hayneedle and Blue Buffalo aren’t the only major players at the Park North at Monroe. Amazon plans to open a nearly 1.4 million-square-foot fulfillment center at 700 Gateway Boulevard in the third quarter of this year.

Company officials said they were excited with Blue Buffalo’s strategic decision to stay in the Monroe area.

“The Gateway location fit our space requirements and is ideally located for our logistical needs,” said David Kerley, distribution center supervisor. “Additionally, the City of Monroe has been a very good business partner to Blue Buffalo.”

Will Roberson Jr., Blue Buffalo’s director of warehousing and distribution, said the company has found success in partnering with both the city and IDI Logistics in expanding its warehousing and distribution footprint in the Midwest.

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Water main break closes Fairfield Twp. road

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:17 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

            Hamilton Mason Road is closed between Huntsman Way and Enterprise Park Drive in Fairfield Twp.
Hamilton Mason Road is closed between Huntsman Way and Enterprise Park Drive in Fairfield Twp.

A water main break prompted the emergency closing of Hamilton Mason Road in Fairfield Twp. overnight.

Hamilton Mason Road is closed between Huntsman Way and Enterprise Park Drive, according to the Butler County Engineer’s Office.

Crews are working to repair the water main and the road is expected to reopen later today.

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Surveillance released of robber who claimed he had grenade

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 5:11 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 5:49 PM

LoanMax Title Loans store robber had gun for sure -- and maybe a grenade

UPDATE @ 9:07 a.m. (April 19):

Police have released surveillance images of the robber who stole money from the LoanMax store in the 5700 block of North Springboro Pike at West Alex-Bell Road.


Witnesses told police the robber had a hand grenade and threatened to use it if money wasn’t put in his bag, according to investigators.

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m.: Police are looking for a male in his late 20s or early 30s who for sure displayed a handgun when he robbed the LoanMax Title Loans store of an undetermined amount of cash. 

West Carrollton police Sgt. Alex Flynn said police are working to confirm whether the robber was holding a grenade in his other hand. 

Flynn said a Dayton police K-9 unit was brought in to help search for the robber, who fled on foot.

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Police were dispatched just before 4 p.m. on the report of an armed robbery at the business, in the 5700 block of North Springboro Pike at West Alex-Bell Road. 

The robber was wearing a baseball cap, surgical mask over his face, dark long pants and a hoodie with a reflective vest over it, Flynn said. 

If you saw the robbery or the suspect, you are asked to call West Carrollton police dispatch at 937-859-3688.


A masked man believed to have been armed with a handgun -- or a grenade -- has robbed the LoanMax Title Loans store in the 5700 block of North Springboro Pike and West Alex-Bell Road in West Carrollton. 

The incident was dispatched minutes ago and police are preparing to issue a BOLO -- Be On the Lookout -- for area law enforcement agencies. 

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There are no reports of injury. We have a crew en route. We will update this developing report. 

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911 operator sentenced to jail, probation for hanging up on emergency calls

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:23 AM

911 Operator Accused of Hanging Up on Calls Sentenced to Jail, Probation

She was supposed to be the connection between residents and emergency services, but instead of speaking to callers to the Harris County 911 center, she hung up on them. Creshanda Williams found out this week she will be spending time in jail and on probation for not dispatching help.

Williams was found guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, KTRK reported.

The investigation of Williams’ calls started after Jim Moten said he dialed 911 after seeing two vehicles speeding. He thought his call was dropped after 45 seconds. The call wasn’t dropped, he was hung up on. Court documents said that Williams was the person who answered Moten’s call and hung up, saying “Ain’t nobody got time for this. For real.”

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Court documents said that Williams had an abnormally large number of what are called “short calls,” or calls that last less than 20 seconds. The documents stated that “thousands of short calls have been attributed to the defendant from October 2015 through March 2016,” KTRK reported.

Williams worked for the 911 call center for a year and a half, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The calls she received ranged from robberies to homicides in addition to speeding cars, KHOU reported. Williams allegedly told investigators that she hung up on calls because she didn’t want to talk to anyone.

Williams has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months probation, the Chronicle reported.

Her supervisor had been placed on a year of internal probation, officials said last year, the Chronicle reported.

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College students create app making it easier to track diabetes

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

When it comes to diabetes, the numbers are staggering -- 30 million Americans are estimated to be living with the disease, 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed annually in the United States and about 25 percent of those patients don’t know they have the disease.

Those numbers caught the attention of some Harvard students who came up with an easy way for people to track their blood sugar levels.

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It’s an app called Checkmate Diabetes.

Harvard graduate student Michael Heisterkamp is part of the team developing the app and is also a diabetes patient. 

“You need to check 4-5 times a day, up to eight times a day, depending on what your doctor recommends, and that can be a bit of a grind," Heisterkamp said.

All those tests are essential for a person with diabetes because they need to make sure they’re in a safe range.

Dr. Jason Sloane, an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, said ‘the biggest problem is, once complications hit, it’s very hard to reverse them.”

Harvard senior Emi Gonzales got the idea for the app when there was a guest speaker in a class.

“He had lost his leg and was about to lose his other leg," Gonzales said. "And I talked to some more people with diabetes and this just seemed like a situation that needed fixing.”

The app makes a game out of tracking blood sugar levels, creating competitions within a person’s network. 

“If you have a scoring system and someone is doing better than you, pushing you, you know you want to get to first right," Gonzales said.

Checkmate Diabetes also offers the ability to connect with other patients.

Soon, they’ll start adding prizes.

Sloan, who has consulted with the budding entrepreneurs, said gamification has been shown to work for health care.

He believes this approach can get people to pay attention to diabetes earlier. 

“It has the potential to change things dramatically,” Sloan said. “Convincing young people, from my experience, has been very difficult. Even from a personal perspective, one of the last things I wanted to pay attention to was my blood sugar.”

Dr. Sloan said earlier interventions can reduce serious complications like kidney failure, amputations, and heart disease later in life.

Checkmate Diabetes is free to download.

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