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Fairfield police chief to retire in February

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:30 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

            Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey will retire in February 2018 after nearly two decades leading the city of Fairfield Police Department. Dickey, 70, who was formerly the police chief of Englewood, started with the Fairfield department in June 1999. STAFF FILE PHOTO
Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey will retire in February 2018 after nearly two decades leading the city of Fairfield Police Department. Dickey, 70, who was formerly the police chief of Englewood, started with the Fairfield department in June 1999. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey has turned in his resignation.

Dickey’s last day on the job will be Feb. 26, 2018, which is also when City Council plans to formally hire a new police chief, the Journal-News has learned.

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The first job postings went out to the Ohio Police Chief’s Association on Thursday.

“It’s bitter-sweet,” said City Manager Mark Wendling, who called Dickey a “transformative chief.”

“He’s really modernized the department, brought in accreditation, and he’s really transformed this department into one of the most respected in the region,” he said.

Dickey, who has been in law enforcement for 48 years, says it’s time for him to step down.

“It’s something that (my wife) Susan and I have been discussing for a long time, and it’s nothing more than it is the right decision at the right time,” Dickey said. “It’s just time to pass the baton.”

Over his tenure, Dickey led the department to achieve accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and oversaw the construction of Fairfield’s Justice Center more than a decade ago.

Accreditation is something that City Council wanted to see the police department achieved, said Mayor Steve Miller, who was a city councilman when Dickey was hired.

“That was something we as a council wanted at the time,” he said. “We wanted to become accredited.”

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Accreditation provides the department with a set of standards similar, if not identical, to standards of other police departments, said Miller.

Dickey was hired in June 1999 following the resignation of former police chief Gary Rednour in November 1998. He was selected out of nearly 90 applicants, including then-acting chief Richard St. John.

Dickey, an Air Force veteran, was the Englewood police chief for the better part of a decade and was the police chief and village administrator in New Lebanon. He served as a deputy sheriff, corporal and detective over a 12-year career with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

“Mike’s been here a long time and I think he’s done a good job,” Miller said. “He came into a police department that was good and I think he made it better.”

Under his watch, Miller said Dickey has made some good hires over the years, and “he’s stacked the deck.”

“He’s got some people who should help the next chief,” he said.

Dickey said he has a “great respect and love” for law enforcement and being the chief in Fairfield — which he called “a great community” — has been “personally satisfying.”

“It’s been the best years of my life and I’ve been able to do something I’ve absolutely loved,” he said. “I didn’t have a day I didn’t look forward to going to work. From that perspective, it’s bitter-sweet.”

Wendling said candidates, likely by December, will go through an assessment and the top five will be interviewed. Interviews could happen after the first of the year.

Wendling said there is at least one viable internal candidate for the job, but declined to elaborate further.

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Flash Flood Watch issued for some, isolated storms possible today

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tracks the chance for more storms Friday.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for some counties in the area until midnight. 

The watch is in effect for Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby counties until midnight. 

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  • Damaging winds 
  • Minor flooding risk in the afternoon
  • More storms in the afternoon & evening

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TODAY:Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off. 

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SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night. 

SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry. 

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine. 

TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s. 

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July 4, 2018: Some quotes on what freedom means

Published: Saturday, July 01, 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

The History of July 4th

America will celebrate Independence Day in a couple of weeks, and in honor of July 4th, here’s what some patriots, politicians and just plain people have to say about freedom.

“The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic - have always blown on free men.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” – Robert J. McCracken

"The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly." – John F. Kennedy

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." – Malcolm X

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” – George Bernard Shaw

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” – Erma Bombeck

“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” – Thomas Jefferson

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

"The essence of America—that which really unites us—is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea—and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn't matter where you came from, but where you are going." – Condoleezza Rice

“Freedom is never free.” – Author Unknown

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” – William J. Clinton

"Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country." – Calvin Coolidge

“My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing, Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From every mountainside, Let freedom ring!” – Samuel Francis Smith

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.” – Ronald Reagan

"So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring." – Martin Luther King Jr.

"Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty." – Samuel Adams




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Toys R Us announces day stores will close for good

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

Toys R Us To Close All U.S. Stores

Toys R Us will be no more after next week.

The toy retailer, which started liquidating in March, has said that all Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations will close on or before next Friday, June 29 via posts on the company’s social media pages.


The locations that are still open are currently offering what’s left for up to 70 percent off. Many stores are also selling the fixtures, reported.

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There had been hope that some of the 735 stores in the U.S. could remain open after Isaac Larian, MGA Entertainment CEO and the creator of Bratz dolls, offered $675 million to buy some of the U.S. locations, in addition to $215 million for some Canadian stores, but Toys R Us said no, claiming the offer “was well below the liquidation value of the assets he was seeking,” reported.

It’s not just North American shoppers who are losing the toy store. It was announced this week that the Toys R Us Australian locations will close. There were 44 stores that some had hoped were going to survive, but now are expected to close over the next few weeks, ABC in Australia reported.

People walk by a Toys R Us store in Brooklyn on June 8, 2018 in New York City. All 735 Toys R Us stores in America are set to close by the end of June leaving 33,000 workers without a job or severance pay. Many of the employees losing their jobs have worked for the company for decades. Toys R Us has been owned by the private-equity giant Bain Capital. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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OVI checkpoint tonight in East Dayton, Oregon District

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:13 AM


A sobriety checkpoint will be set up tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at two locations in Dayton.

The first will be around East Third and Terry streets, near Taqueria Mixteca restaurant. After that, the checkpoint will move to South Keowee Street near East Fifth Street in the Oregon District.

The checkpoint will be operated by the Dayton Police Department, along with members of the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.

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The OVI Task Force seeks to reduce the number of crashes involving drunken and intoxicated drivers.

“Driving while impaired is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on the roadway,” police said.

In 2017, there were 594 crashes involving alcohol in Montgomery County.

Twelve people died in those crashes and 234 were injured. In 348 crashes, property was damaged crashes.

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