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UPDATE: Salvation Army to add $4.3M expansion to Kroc Center land

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

Soccer field and amphitheater coming to Salvation Army Kroc Center

Just seven years after building the $40 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in North Dayton, the Salvation Army plans to expand across the street with an amphitheater and soccer field to fill the growing needs of children in the neighborhood.

The Salvation Army wants to begin construction in the spring on the $4.3 million expansion and open the field in 2019, with the 1000 N. Keowee St. center expanding across Webster Street onto land it bought from Dayton Public Schools.

The Dayton center is one of 25 Kroc centers built across the country in disadvantaged neighborhoods, the legacy of McDonald’s heiress Joan Kroc, who died in 2003. She bequeathed $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army to create places where children and families could find recreational, educational and cultural activities otherwise beyond their reach.

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Major Stanley Senak said the regulation soccer field will cater to the interests of the children they work with, including the growing immigrant population in the area. Staff had previously spotted kids playing with a makeshift soccer field in the area, which helped prompt the idea.

“In this community we have a larger immigrant population and they play soccer,” Senak said. “We were looking at what would meet the needs in this community.”

The project will be funded with Salvation Army resources from philanthropist and McDonald’s heiress Joan Kroc’s donation to the national organization, which also helped fund the seven-year-old Dayton community center.

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The center has about 120 children participate in its after school program but also has additional child focused programs and families that it helps at Christmas, with emergency utility assistance and other family focused programs

Jerry Bowling III, president of the McCook Field Neighborhood Association, said he was excited when he learned the Kroc Center had plans for the empty lot and will bring more options for event space.

“The fact that that land is being used is huge, plus it also expands the capabilities of the Kroc Center and the Salvation Army to serve the community,” he said.

While the Dayton center has plenty of indoor space, like a large worship center and 128-seat movie theater, Business Administrator Tim Erlandson said they could use more outdoor space for recreation.

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There is room at the original 17 acre site to tear down more trees and develop more of the green space, but the Salvation Army decided they wanted to keep the green space on the original campus. The property across the street gave them the opportunity to expand and maintain the green space on the original campus.

The site will also have an amphitheater where people can bring their lawn chairs and attend concerts and events. Senak said they have “big dreams” for the new outdoor event area and want it to be a place where neighbors can gather for events.

“It will be something where the neighborhood can come and have a fun time,” Senak said.

There also will be a building constructed at the end of the lot that can house the Salvation Army’s mobile feeding canteen and can be used as a warehouse, bathrooms for the center and a concession area.

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The soccer field will be able to serve as a lacrosse field. The project will also include a walking track wrapping around the field, a splash pad, and outdoor pickleball courts. Senak said interest in pickleball has picked up in Dayton and its the fastest growing sport in America.

“It’s really picked up on our indoor courts,” he said.

By the numbers: Dayton Kroc Center

• $4.3 million expansion project

• $40 million original investment in the center

• 120 children enrolled in after school program

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police seek missing Springboro teen

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

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Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe; suspect still sought

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Suspect sought after Amber Alert issued

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:

An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.

The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.

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An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.

They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.

The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.

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The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.

For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.

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German explosion: 25 hurt, 4 seriously, in Wuppertal blast

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:09 AM

A car and a house are destroyed after an explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, June 24, 2018. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)
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A car and a house are destroyed after an explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, June 24, 2018. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)(Henning Kaiser/AP)

At least 25 people were hurt in an explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, police said Sunday.

According to The Associated Press, four victims were hurt "severely" in the blast and ensuing fire late Saturday at a "several-story building." The other victims suffered slight injuries, the AP reported

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"It can currently not be ruled out that there are still other people in the building," police said Sunday, according to Deutsche Welle. "The rescue efforts are ongoing."

Authorities are looking into what caused the blast, the AP reported.

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Car splits in half on impact at Dayton intersection crash 

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM

Police were dispatched to the intersection of N. Main Street and Delaware Avenue Sunday after a car split in half on impact.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:48 a.m. 

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Witnesses say the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and swerved into a pole to avoid a semi-truck, causing the car to split in half on impact. The driver was seen crawling out of the car and fled the scene.

Dayton police use a K9 to track a suspect seen fleeing from the scene of an auto accident where the vehicle split in half on impact.(JEFFREY BROWN / STAFF)

Police are using a K9 to track the suspect. 

It is unknown at this time if the driver sustained any injuries.

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No other vehicles were involved.

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