Crews battle apartment fire in Washington Twp.

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 3:34 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 3:58 PM

Crews battle house fire in Washington Twp.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. 

Crews continue to extinguish hot spots after a fire broke out in the second floor of an apartment on Woodgrove Drive in Washington Twp. 

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The fire appears contained to one unit and all occupants were able to evacuate the structure safely, according to our crew on the scene. 

Additional details were not available. 

Jim Noelker/Staff

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters have responded to reports of an apartment fire on Woodgrove Drive in Washington Twp. Wednesday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the 8400 block of Woodgrove Drive around 3:20 p.m. and reported fire in the walls of the home, according to initial reports. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Belmont mother’s threat complaint 1 of 18 police responses to the school this year

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

Belmont High School in Dayton. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
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Belmont High School in Dayton. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF(JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF/JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF)

Video a Belmont mother said shows a teacher threatening her son at the high school Wednesday led to a police response to the school, one of 18 so far in 2018, according to records.

The mother said the dispute began over her son playing music on a computer inside the school and then escalated.

Since Jan. 1, Dayton police have responded to the high school 18 times, several which included assaults and fights, according to records.

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Dayton Public Schools has made changes in the wake of the numerous incidents at the school.

“Because of this type of behavior occurring regularly at Belmont, the district took strong action and adjusted that building’s disciplinary support,” a statement from the district read.

Belmont is now managed by a team of 11 Dayton Public Schools staff members, who daily, carefully monitor the details of academics and discipline, according to the district.

We’re working to learn whether a school investigation is underway into the Wednesday video, a police report indicates no criminal activity occurred during the incident.

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Veterinarian ID’d in death investigation at business near Yellow Springs

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:46 PM



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The death of Veterinarian Dr. Charles Scott Hosket has impacted the Greene County community he served for several years.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office released a statement today identifying Hosket as the victim of what the sheriff’s office is calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was found Thursday in his office at Hosket Veterinary Service, 4450 U.S. 68 North, near Yellow Springs, according to the release.

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The news came as a shock to many who for many years brought their animals to Hosket for care.

Hosket was known to be generous in caring for animals even when customers couldn’t pay, according to friends and family who have contacted the Dayton Daily News.

“I mean, this is so devastating. It’s hard to even talk about it,” said Pamela Davis, who was among the people who arrived at Hosket’s business for an appointment Thursday, only to find deputies engaged in their investigation. 

“My sympathy is to the family. All we can do is lean on each other and be supportive of them,” said Kathy McConehea, of Yellow Springs.

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The Greene County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death.

Greene County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Brown said on Thursday the death appears to be from a self-inflicted gunshot. 

Deputies were dispatched Thursday at 11:12 a.m. to the business, 4450 U.S. 68 North, and found Hosket’s body after the shooting incident was reported to the emergency dispatch center. 

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Pharmacists joining forces to fight opioid epidemic

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:08 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:08 PM


            Cat litter can be used to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription pills safely, according to the Ohio Pharmacists Association. Pour water into a plastic, sealable bag with the litter and the pills, mix them up and then dispose in the trash. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
Cat litter can be used to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription pills safely, according to the Ohio Pharmacists Association. Pour water into a plastic, sealable bag with the litter and the pills, mix them up and then dispose in the trash. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

Pharmacists are the latest group banding together in Ohio to fight the opioid epidemic.

The Ohio Pharmacists Association announced at its annual conference in Columbus, Friday, the creation of a task force to promote safe medication practices that prevent powerful narcotics from getting into the wrong hands and spurring addiction.

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The OPA is also encouraging more local task forces, which many cities and counties have in place to combat the high number of opioid overdoses in their communities to include a local pharmacist.

“Often we are left out,” said Ernest Boyd, executive director of OPA. “We have the most training in the safe use of drugs.”

Pharmacists have been on the front lines of the opioid crisis, Boyd said, advising patients on new prescribing guidelines for acute or short-term pain, and explaining why the number of pain pills they receive may now be limited. They also are able to explore alternaive pain management options with patients, including over-the-counter options.

Pharmacists are also working to educate patients on proper use and the importance of proper disposal of narcotics.

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Boyd and Dr. Michael Ybarra, an emergency physician and deputy vice president of advocacy and strategic alliances for the drug industry group PhRMA, demonstrated several techniques for disposing of unused pills at a press conference Friday morning.

In addition to drug disposal bags that many counties and pharmacies are distributing for free, there are two common, household products that can be used to safely dispose of unwanted medication. Those are coffee grounds and cat litter. By placing those substances in a plastic bag and adding the pills and water, the medication becomes safe to throw away in the trash.

“Do what you have to to get these drugs out of the house,” Ybarra said. It’s estimated that 60 percent of people who become hooked on opioids started by taking something out of a medicine cabinet, he said. Safe disposal keeps powerful drugs from getting into the hands of children and teens.

OPA is working with Generation Rx, a statewide education program for young people about proper medication use.

Pharmaceutical knockoffs laced with fentanyl have been identified in deaths of young people on college campuses in Ohio, Boyd said. Students are taking as little as one pill they think is Xanax or another substance and are dying of fentanyl overdose.

“We are encouraging youth to not get pills on campus or from friends,” Boyd said.

National Drug Take Back Day is April 28 and Ohio’s pharmacists are encouraging customers to turn in any unused pills at hundreds of locations across the state on that day.

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Thousands of lacrosse players coming to Middletown this weekend

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:28 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:02 PM


            More than 4,500 people are expected to visit Middletown on Saturday for the 13th annual Steel City Shootout. There are 150 teams that will be participating in the 2018 tournament. FILE PHOTO
More than 4,500 people are expected to visit Middletown on Saturday for the 13th annual Steel City Shootout. There are 150 teams that will be participating in the 2018 tournament. FILE PHOTO

More than 4,500 lacrosse players and their families and friends will be converging Saturday on Middletown’s Smith Park for the 2018 Steel City Shootout lacrosse tournament.

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The 13th annual one-day youth tournament will host 150 lacrosse teams from throughout southwestern Ohio and Kentucky. The matches will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the last match to begin at 6 p.m., according to Kevin Kimener, one of the event’s organizers.

Mary Huttlinger, executive director of the Middletown Visitors Bureau said the average day visitor spends about $111 each, according to a formula developed by TourismOhio.

She said the estimated total of people — players, families and friends — coming to Middletown is between 6,000 and 7,000. That would be an economic impact of between $666,000 and $777,000 to the city as a result of the lacrosse tournament, she said.

No street closures are planned around Smith Park for the event, according to Maj. David Birk, deputy Middletown police chief.

But, he warned drivers: “I would be very cautious around Tytus Avenue, Main Street and Reinartz Boulevard. It’s going to be extremely busy.”

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