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Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 10:01 PM
BETHEL TWP., Clark County — UPDATE @ 12:15 a.m: Multiple crews responded to a farmhouse fire in the 9000 block of Lower Valley Pike late Wednesday night.
Per initial reports, the fire occurred around 9:20 p.m. prompting fire crews from Bethel Twp., Vandalia, Huber Heights, Springfield Twp, and other surrounding departments to respond.
There was one occupant inside of the house at the time of the fire, but they were able to get out without injury.
The fire remains under investigation, but officials believe it started in the basement and spread to other areas of the home.
When asked about challenges with putting the fire out, crews cited the cold weather as one, which they said is one reason mutual aid was requested.
Crews were called tonight to a report of a large house fire in the Medway area.
According to initial reports, crews encountered heavy fire when they responded around 9:20 p.m. to the 9000 block of Lower Valley Pike.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is blocking a portion of the roadway.
It is not clear what sparked the fire, nor whether any injuries have been reported.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:16 PM
YELLOW SPRINGS — UPDATE @ 8:01 p.m.: The shooting at the Hosket Veterinary Services on Thursday is being investigated as a self-inflicted fatality, Greene County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Brown said.
Deputies dispatched about 11:20 a.m. to the business, 4450 U.S. 68 North, found an individual who had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Chief Deputy Mike Brown said. He declined to release any more information, saying the case remains under investigation.
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A Greene County coroner’s investigator has removed the body.
Community members and friends who went to the business said they are stunned that something like this happened here.
“I mean, this is so devastating. It’s hard to even talk about it,” said Pamela Davis.
People who had come to the business for appointments found deputies engaged in their investigation of the incident.
“My sympathy is to the family. All we can do is lean on each other and be supportive of them,” Kathy McConehea, of Yellow Springs.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:14 PM
DAYTON — Newly appointed VA Medical Center Director Jill Dietrich's pinning ceremony was held this afternoon, marking the first time a woman has been sworn in to the leadership role in the VA’s 150 year history.
"I was just extremely happy to be joining the ranks of the senior executive service and come lead the Dayton VA Medical Center, " said Dietrich.
Dietrich says she wants to create a high level of trust with the veterans and increase employee engagement.
"Listening sessions, and walking around talking to people and tours, the culture here is phenomenal. "People here care and they want to do what is best for the veterans," said Dietrich.
The Dayton VA has faced issues in the past, from a dental hygiene scandal in 2011 where a dentist was accused of not changing gloves between patients.
In 2015, a whistleblower brought attention to a patient backlog in the pulmonary clinic.
Officials say improvements have been made locally.
The VA is currently facing national issues like concerns over hiring enough qualified staff and providing timely patient access to healthcare.
The top of the VA is also facing problems.
President Donald Trump fired VA secretary David Shulkin last month, and has nominated White House doctor Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to take his place.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:15 PM
MIAMI TWP. — The reopening of Layer Park in Miami Twp. could take a couple more months, despite the sign out front indicating "Park will open in Spring 2018."
The park has been shut down since January 2016 because of high levels of lead and arsenic found in the ground.
The lead and arsenic was initially found back in 2013, when the park was the site of a former shooting range.
Those tests only came to light in early 2016, in what the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admitted was a big mistake.
The federal EPA used more than $3 million from a super fund to clean up the park, costing the township nothing.
EPA work initially wrapped up in October, but the grassy areas still need more work, we've been told.
Dave Hill, a resident who lives next to the park, is glad the digging and hauling of dirt is over so he can regain some peace and quiet.
"Big semi trucks, hauling it out, all that earth moving equipment back there, steam shovels," Hill said.
Township contractors installed a new play set, basketball hoop, and planted 60 new trees.
The parking lot has also been redone.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:08 PM
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.
The street is back open and the scene clear after a gas leak shut down a portion of West Hebble Avenue this evening in Fairborn.
A gas leak has forced the closure this evening of a portion of West Hebble Avenue.
The street is closed from Third Street to Central Avenue.
Vectren is on the scene to start digging for the gas shutoff, according to a social media post from the Fairborn Fire Department.
There are no evacuations, Fairborn police dispatch said.