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Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:15 AM
It’s been 10 years since the Blue Jacket theater group performed at Caesar’s Ford Park, and now the dilapidated buildings are slated to be torn down.
A padlock on the front gates keeps the public out of the park at 520 S. Stringtown Road. The structures, which were built in the 1970s, have not been maintained and now pose safety hazards, Greene County officials said.
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“It’s a sad end of an era, but the future is bright,” said Brandon Huddleson, Greene County administrator.
Rezod LLC has been awarded the $308,851 contract to demolish the buildings and clear the way for reopening the 65-acre park and exploring new recreational options for residents.
To pay for the three-month project, county commissioners approved spending $208,000 out of the general and capital funds, and the park district is providing $100,000. County officials have not said when the demolition work will begin.
Memories of the Blue Jacket theater
Many people, like Kevin Carsey of Beavercreek, earned lifelong memories working at the amphitheater and seeing the life of Blue Jacket, a famous American Indian who lived in the Greene County region, portrayed in the open air.
“It is a sacred land,” said the 39-year-old father of two. Carsey got chills as he recalled walking the trail toward the back of the property and being near the area that was dubbed “the medicine wheel.”
“At the end of the show, the actors would say ‘look around you at the forest and listen to the streams nearby’ … The spiritual piece of that is just huge for those of us who worked at the theater,” he said.
Carsey and others want an opportunity to visit the park and the buildings before they are torn down. Carsey said there was always a ceremony at the beginning of the shows to show respect for the Americans Indians who once lived in the region. He hopes the county allows a similar ceremony before the demolition work begins.
Elizabeth Gutierrez Burke, 33, of Riverside, started acting in the shows when she was 12. When she wasn’t acting, she would work as an usher, and her siblings also participated in the shows.
“We weren’t just a cast, we were a family that transcended seasons,” Burke said. “That show will always be a part of every cast and crew member to grace that stage.”
‘A beautiful piece of property’
The strong sentimental ties the community has to the park are not lost on Greene County Parks and Trails Director Chrisbell Bednar.
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“A lot of people grew up out there,” Bednar said. “They had their summer job out there. A lot of people have great, fond memories of being part of the show or seeing the show.”
Bednar said the seats that make up the amphitheater will be disassembled and removed before demolition in an effort to preserve them for future use. She said measures will be in place to try to avoid damaging the concrete that forms the seating area, but the iconic light tower, which shined down onto the large outdoor stage, will have to come down.
“It’s a beautiful piece of property,” Bednar said. “We want to make it a multi-use facility for various programs throughout the year. Cycling and equestrian groups have made inquiries, and they need a big facility, but right now we can’t open it to the general public.”
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:16 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:37 PM
FAIRFIELD — The three-minute, 20-second 911 call from an officer-involved fatal shooting this morning in Fairfield reveals a woman making panicked pleas.
Screaming “no!” and “help!” the woman yelled out the address once very quickly, and said: “He’s stabbing me!”
The dispatcher continues to ask the woman to say the address again.
“Please yell your address to me so I can send help,” the dispatcher says. “Shout your address, your apartment number.”
One of the officers says: “I heard someone yell ‘help!’”
The dispatcher said an officer is outside if someone could run outside and flag them down.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:07 AM
— A 1-year-old Washington state boy battling a rare genetic skin disorder is bathed twice a week in bleach to deter infections, USA Today reported.
Alicia Barber of Chattaroy gave birth to Jamison Stam in May 2017. The boy was born with harlequin ichthyosis, a recessive inherited disorder. Jamison is covered with plates of thick skin that crack and split apart, according to the First Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types.
Harlequin ichthyosis affects about one in 500,000 people, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
Jamison was given no chance to live.
"I was severely depressed," Barber told USA Today, "I didn’t go to see him. The state felt like I couldn’t provide proper care for him at that time."
Jamison was in foster care for five months late last year. Barber went to counseling and said she decided to be "the mom Jamison needed me to be" and take over the boy’s day-to-day care. As a mother to a 7-year-old and stepmother to a 6-year-old boy, Barber knew it would be a full-time job.
Jamison's doctors recommended a bleach bath to prevent infections, but they are painful. Barber gives the child morphine to ease the pain, but worries that it affects his already slow breathing, USA Today reported.
"Some days I wake up and I think how am I going to get through another day," Barber told USA Today. "That small voice says ‘Alicia we are going to do this.’ … God is carrying me the most."
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:34 PM
NEW YORK — A man who cut off his wife’s arm with a steak knife in Brooklyn on Thursday is still at large, New York police say.
The woman’s arm was severed just above the elbow, investigators told WNYW. Police said she also lost two fingers in the attack.
Yong Lu, 35, is wanted by New York police after he fled the scene, New York police tweeted.
WANTED: Male, Asian, approximately 5’6, 130 lbs for felonious assault that occurred on 55th street between 4-5 ave. on June 21st. Help us find this individual, share information. #800577TIPS pic.twitter.com/BynpwZ0c1w— NYPD 72nd Precinct (@NYPD72Pct) June 22, 2018
The 35-year-old victim is pregnant, WCBS reports. She is hospitalized in stable but critical condition.
WANTED: Help us find Yong Yu, 38 y/o, 5'8", wanted in connection to assault/attacking a 35-year-old woman with a knife yesterday near 55 St./5 Ave #Brooklyn. If you see him, call 911. Share info by calling #800577TIPS. pic.twitter.com/C23j3l1jtB— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 22, 2018
The couple has a 7-year-old son, WNYW reports.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:22 PM
UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m. (June 22):
Body camera footage obtained through a public records request shows police and fire personnel rushing to help a trash truck driver for Rumpke who crashed into a Xenia nursing home.
Timothy Plemons, 58, of Dayton, suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening, according to a crash report.
No citations have been issued in the crash, according to the report.
The report shows that Plemons was driving northwest on a private driveway when he drove of the left side of the road. Plemons then drove off the right side of the road before he hit a tree and the building, the report shows.
Xenia police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m. (June 21): The Rumpke trash truck has been pulled from the building it crashed into this morning.
The office the Rumpke trash truck hit was the home administrator's office, Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson said. The nursing home administrator was in the front of the building and was not injured.
"We've had some of these issues before [a car hit the treasurer's office on Main Street some time ago]... I wasn't expecting to see a trash truck actually inside our building," he said.
Huddleson said, "by the grace of God, the folks that were in those offices were out in the field or out in other places in the building."
He noted it's hard to imagine that anyone who would have been in the building could have escaped.
There are about 50 residents in the building, but the entire wing where the truck hit is all administrative/maintenance offices.
There was some ancillary flooding in the damaged portion of the building, because of the sprinkler system that activated. Otherwise, he said, it's business as usual at the nursing home.
UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.:
A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.
No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m.
A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident.
The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said.
A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning.
Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building.
While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building.
Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated.
Additional details were not available.