Clash at last New Year’s Eve celebration ‘a fluke’ says Yellow Springs police chief

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 6:19 PM

Yellow Springs police, holiday revelers clash on New Year's Eve

The traditional ball drop that heralds the new year in Yellow Springs is officially sanctioned for the first time in the village, where police and citizens clashed during the last New Year’s Eve celebration.

Miami Twp. Fire and Rescue is officially sponsoring the event and their equipment − along with the village’s public works truck − will be on-hand to block traffic on U.S. 68 as 2017 comes to an end Sunday night.

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The road is expected to be blocked to traffic from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., or when the crowd disperses, said Miami Twp. Fire Chief Colin Altman.

In years’ past, U.S. 68 traffic was blocked by a barricade or two as residents gathered to watch the ball drop and celebrate with friends and family. 

This year the fire equipment will provide a more secure blockade to motorized traffic, and the hope is the event will be as fun and “family-friendly” as it always has been, said Police Chief Brian Carlson. “We want to bring back the way it used to feel for everybody,” Carlson said. “Last year was kind of a fluke.”

Last year as people continued to celebrate after the ball drop, a near riot ensued as police attempted to clear the streets using cruisers, sirens and Tasers.

Yellow Springs resident Dave Chappelle spoke at the meeting.

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The incident drew harsh criticism from residents, who attended village council meetings by the dozens in an effort to push for a change in policing procedures.

Change came swiftly, as then Police Chief David Hale resigned his post within days in an effort to “heal the rift” that developed between the community and its residents. Carlson was subsequently named interim chief and was made permanent for the position months later.

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Two police officers who were working that night are no longer employed by the village. Officer Allison Saurber resigned her position in February, citing differences of opinion on police procedures, and Officer R.J. Hawley’s employment ended with a separation agreement in May. 

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3 NEW reasons to hang out in Xenia 

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Devil Wind Brewing gears up to open in Xenia

We see you over there, Xenia. 


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Some great places to explore have opened in Greene County’s county seat in the last few years. 

Here are a few reasons to visit Xenia soon. 


You have to try One Bistro's super buttery toast.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Spots like Nick’s Restaurant have long been go-to places, but there are a few relatively new kids on the block. 

One Bistro, 87 E. Main St., has great food — and you can help those in need. 

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Pizza is on the menu at One Bistro in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

As with the Miamisburg location, the Xenia restaurant has suggested prices on its meals ranging from $6 to $9, but people can also pay what they can afford. 

Paying a little more than the recommended amount “pays it forward” and helps feed needy people.

Other options include Tables of Contents Cafe, 30 S. Detroit St., and 5 Points Cafe. That breakfast and lunch spot is located at 51 E. Main St.

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Devil Wind Brewing recently opened at 130 S. Detroit St. in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Downtown Xenia is the home of one of the Miami Valley’s newest breweries. 

Devil Wind Brewing recently opened its doors in a 3,000-square-foot space at 130 S. Detroit St. It is just steps from the bike path. 

The 90-seat brewery gets its name from historical reports that the Shawnee Indians that inhabited Greene County referred to the Xenia area as “Land of the Devil Wind.”

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Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles recently opened in Xenia.(Photos: Amelia Robinson)

Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles is a nerd paradise. 

Located at 68 S. Detroit St., the recently opened shop has both vintage Star Wars and Star Trek toys and tons of other vintage toys that will take you back to your childhood. 

Devil Wind Brewing recently opened at 130 S. Detroit St. in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

You have to try One Bistro's super buttery toast.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles recently opened in Xenia.(Photos: Amelia Robinson)

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5 credit card skimmers found during weekend sweep in Montgomery County

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:47 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 10:39 AM

Chuck Hamlin/Staff
Chuck Hamlin/Staff

Five credit card skimmers were found in gas pumps during a sweep of area stations last weekend, according to Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith. 

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This was the first discovery of multiple skimmers at one time since August 2013 and was the most-ever reported in a three-day period in one Ohio county, Keith said during a press conference Tuesday morning. 

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The skimmers were found at stations in Germantown, Miamisburg, Moraine, and West Carrollton, as a part of a larger sweep that covered Butler, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery and Warren counties.

Nearly 800 pumps were checked in 100 separate locations across the six counties, but no other devices were found in other counties, Keith said. 

“All of the skimmers we found had been installed in the same type of fuel dispensers,” Keith said.

“The criminals who placed these devices were clearly targeting stations with these type of gas pumps because of their vulnerability and ease of access.” 

The locations where skimmers were found were: 

  • Marathon: 2822 Dayton-Germantown Pike, Germantown
  • Main Street Carryout: 155 South Main Street, Miamisburg
  • Ameristop: 1903 South Alex Road, West Carrollton
  • Shell: 106 South Alex Road, West Carrollton
  • Marathon: 4520 South Dixie Drive, Moraine 

The skimmers were Bluetooth-enabled, meaning those who set up the devices didn’t have to return to the pumps directly to retrieve the data collected, Keith said. 

Consumers who purchased fuel at the pump at the affected locations are urged to monitor bank accounts and credit card statements and report any suspicious activity to the financial institution. 

Keith also urged consumers to always use a credit card, rather than a debit card, when paying for fuel at the pump as another layer of protection for consumers. 

“This threat is real. It is ongoing and it demands that it be taken seriously,” Keith said. 

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith addresses the media after five credit card skimmers were found on gas pumps during a weekend sweep. Chuck Hamlin/Staff

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Gas leak reported on Woodman Drive in Kettering

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:40 AM

UPDATE @ 9:38 p.m.

The Great Clips and Sprint store on Woodman Drive were evacuated for a gas leak that is now under control. All employees were allowed back in the businesses. 


Crews were dispatched to the 3000 block of Woodman Drive Tuesday morning for the report of a gas leak at Great Clips. Both the Sprint and Great Clips store are reportedly being evacuated. We are on our way to the scene and will bring you any updates in this developing story. 

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Father injured in Auglaize County double shooting dies from injuries

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

One of the victims of a double shooting in Auglaize County April 11 died from his injuries Tuesday morning, according to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dexter Lee Turner, 47, died from his injuries Tuesday morning at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Auglaize County Sheriff Allen Solomon said in a media release. 

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Dexter’s son, Alim Amir, 25, was also shot in the incident, but an update on his condition was not released. 

“Now that the case is a homicide it doesn't really change the way we have been investigating the case” Solomon said in the release. “It was a serious case to begin with and was being treated that way and now it has become even more serious.” 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the case. 

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