City OKs golf course land sale after 1996 home improvement mistake

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 6:43 PM


            Miamisburg City Council has approved an ordinance to sell about 0.044 acres of Pipestone Golf Club land for $500, records show. FILE PHOTO
Miamisburg City Council has approved an ordinance to sell about 0.044 acres of Pipestone Golf Club land for $500, records show. FILE PHOTO

The city of Miamisburg has approved the sale of a a piece of Pipestone Golf Club land to an adjoining property owner.

The Miamisburg City Council on Tuesday night agreed to sell 1,742 square feet on the 18th hole of the city-owned course to a Berwick Court property owner who this year discovered a 1996 home improvement project crossed into golf course land, said Miamisburg Economic Development Director Chris Fine.

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While Michael Fink of Berwick Court filed for a permit and completed some swimming pool and hardscape work more than two decades ago, it was only earlier this year when he discovered that some of his property improvements “encroach on city owned property” and approached officials about resolving the issue, city records show.

Miamisburg City Council was made aware of the issue earlier this year, shortly after it was discovered, Fine said. Council agreed to see the land – the equivalent of slightly more than 0.0446 acres on Pipestone’s southeastern edge – for $500, records show.

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Boil Advisory for the village of North Hampton

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM

According to Jeff Clevenger - Operator of record of the North Hampton Water Treatment Plant - there is a boil advisory for the Village of North Hampton in Clark County.

The tower pressure dropped under 20 psi, and residents need to boil water for three minutes. 
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Residents should bring water to a roiling boil for at least three minutes before using for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth. 

Bacteria samples will be collected on Monday, and testing takes 24 hours.

The boil advisory will be in effect until at least Tuesday.

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2-year-old boy taken to hospital after near-drowning at Island MetroPark

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:39 PM

A 2-year-old boy was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital after he fell in to the Great Miami River at Island MetroPark Saturday afternoon. 

The child fell in to the water near the Helena Street bridge park area. 

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed he was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Tabatha Davis, who witnessed the incident and called 911, said there is nothing there to keep children from running into the water. 

In the 911 call, she states it initially seemed as if the child wasn't breathing, but after CPR was performed by his parents, he threw up the water. 

"He ran over there so fast, in the blink of an eye," said Davis. "There is no blockage to the water and I think they really need to do something about that." 

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Davis was there with her granddaughter, and gave the child a piece of candy when he approached her. 

Davis said he and his mother went to a picnic table near the water and ate the candy, then she looked up and he was gone. 

"I heard her scream, 'Where's my baby?' and I looked up and he was in the water," said Davis. 

Briana Greenwood, another witness, wrote a letter to park officials making them aware of her safety concerns. 

"My two concerns here are the safety of the parks despite the posted warnings, and the availability of park rangers in case of an emergency. Thankfully, the park was full of families and parents so we were able to dial 911 as instructed on the Metro Parks website, but I would like for there to be posts with buttons that people can push throughout the trails and near playground areas," Greenwood states in the letter. 

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"I was scared, horrified and worried for this family," wrote Greenwood. 

Greenwood said she will petition for a "strong sensible fence" to be put in to block the water ways. 

Greenwood was at the park with her son when she assisted the child's parents in looking for him. 

"This simple precaution could save many lives of the thousands of children and families that enjoy the MetroParks," wrote Greenwood. "I ask this not only for the safety of my own child, but the safety of others' children."

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Dayton fire recruit allegedly involved in bar fight

Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

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A 23-year-old Dayton Fire Department recruit was accused of punching someone at Timothy’s Bar & Grill on Brown Street near UD, according to a police report.

A University of Dayton student stopped police that were patrolling the area around Timothy’s and told officers his friend was assaulted inside the business, the report states.

Police spoke with the suspect who said he was talking to a girl at the bar when someone tried to hit him, the report states.

He said he wasn’t sure what was going on and started swinging back and was not sure if he hit anyone. He told police he was a recruit for the fire department.

Timothy’s staff told police they saw the offender hit the victim in the back of the head and then escorted him from the bar. The victim had trouble articulating what happened, and all parties were intoxicated, the police report states.

The suspect was summons arrested for misdemeanor assault and the victim was ordered to the prosecutor’s office, the report states. 

Earlier this year, a Dayton firefighter, Jacob Freels, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated, which was his third arrest for OVI in the last four years, records showed.

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Dayton’s newest mosque to open; public and international guests expected

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 1:09 PM


            Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St. The mosque hosts its grand opening on Sunday. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St. The mosque hosts its grand opening on Sunday. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The first official Ahiska Turkish mosque in many years has a grand opening in Old North Dayton on Sunday that is expected to attract dignitaries from across the globe and that is a testament to the strong growth of the local Turkish population.

But the Osman Gazi Mosque and Sunday’s celebration aren’t just for Turkish people or Muslims, leaders say.

The mosque, located at 1508 Valley St., is a public place that welcomes the entire community, and the goal is to unite people with interfaith events and activities, said Mirza Mirza, who is the secretary on Osman Gazi’s board of directors.

“We want to create something that is multicultural, multilingual, and gets everyone together,” he said.

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Osman Gazi’s grand opening is at 1 p.m. Sunday, and festivities include a picnic in a park owned by the mosque and a prayer service.

Local leaders, out-of-town guests and religious representatives and consul from Turkey will be in attendance. The public is invited and encouraged to come.

People have prayed at the Valley Street building since it was first purchased by Osman Gazi in 2014. The building was formerly a funeral home that had been vacant for years.

But using donations, Osman Gazi has transformed what was an eyesore into an eye-catching house of worship.

The exterior of the building is turquoise, with green trim. The inside has Ottoman Empire-style designs, featuring colorful tile and turquoise carpet that were hand-crafted in Turkey.

A gold chandelier hangs from the ceiling. On the ceiling is written the “99 names of god.”

The walls are covered in calligraphy, and entryway arches have been painted to resemble roman stone.

More than $500,000 was invested into the prayer spaces, and that doesn’t count other projects.

“We tried to put a 1,000-year history in this house,” Mirza said.

Osman Gazi’s investment in that part of Old North Dayton is far from over.

Leaders purchased an old church building across the street that it is using as a school .

The school hosts Saturday and Sunday classes for children on the Koran and Islam. Right now, the school is open only to Turkish children and a couple of kids from Somalia.

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But once the building is renovated, possibly by next year, classes will be opened up to everyone, Mirza said. Also, the school plans to host after-school programming, such as sport leagues and other recreational activities.

The church and school have a significant amount of green space that leaders hope to use for barbecues and other community events.

The mosque has taken years to build because there were fewer Ahiska Turkish families in the Dayton region several years ago, and families often have limited incomes shortly after relocating here, Mirza said.

But the Dayton area has more than 1,000 Ahiska Turkish families now, according to some estimates, that is concentrated in Old North Dayton.

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