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Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Police Lt. Steve Maynard will be the next police chief for the city, according to City Manager Mark Wendling.
Maynard was one of nine candidates to succeed Chief Mike Dickey, 70, who will retire on Feb. 26. Maynard’s first day as chief will be that same day. His starting salary is $113,000 a year.
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“He knows the department really well, he’s been an officer here for 19 years and he’s worked really hard to put himself in this position,” Wendling said.
Maynard, the lone internal candidate for the job, was hired as a patrol officer by the Fairfield Police Department on June 21, 1999 — the same day as Dickey was hired to be the department’s police chief.
Wendling said he and Maynard have similar ideas as to the future of the police department, and he’s also “a great representative of the department.”
Maynard said he’s dedicated to the community he’s served for 19 years.
“Our police leaders and officers have been focused on developing and maintaining a good relationship with the citizens of Fairfield whom we are responsible to protect and serve,” he said. “I am dedicated to this community and very much look forward to leading the department’s continued strong service to residents.”
Maynard, a graduate of both the Northwestern Center for Public Safety and the FBI National Academy, was assigned to be a detective from June 2003 to August 2008 where he, among other things, led undercover sting operations involving vice crimes.
He was promoted to sergeant in August 2008 and then to lieutenant in April 2015 where he was involved in implementing and administering departmental policies and procedures, developing the department’s budget and purchasing, developing training programs, and community relations.
Mayor Steve Miller “fully supports” Wendling’s police chief choice.
“In the time that I’ve known Steve, he has always been an outstanding police officer,” said Mayor Steve Miller. “I think he will make an excellent police chief for the city of Fairfield.”
Dickey said Maynard has “worked long and hard” to prepare himself for police chief, and considers him to be “a progressive thinker and is willing to address issues in a straightforward manner.”
“In our conversations, he wants to be involved in the fabric of the community,” he said. “I have every confidence he can lead the Fairfield Police Department for the next several years.”
Fairfield City Councilman Ron D’Epifanio, chairman of city council’s Public Safety Committee, said he’s pleased with the choice.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:28 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:45 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital suffering from non-life threatening injuries from the three-vehicle accident on I-75 South at state Route 4 in Dayton.
The accident involves a semitrailer, a pickup truck and a car.
Dayton police said their preliminary investigation indicates that the pickup hit a guardrail impact absorber at the split from the interstate to the state route, then returned to the interstate.
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The semi, in trying avoid the pickup tuck, collided with the passenger car.
Police and medics are trying to determine which vehicle the injured party was in.
One lane on the far left remains open.
An accident on I-75 South at state Route 4 involving a semitrailer and several vehicles has traffic backed up to at least Needmore Road in Harrison Twp.
The accident, dispatched just after 4 p.m., about a mile south of the Stanley Avenue exit.
Dayton police, fire and medic units have been dispatched to the scene.
One lane on the far left is open to traffic.
We have a crew headed to the scene. We will update this developing report.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:29 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:25 PM
OXFORD — One of the toughest bicycle races in the world passed through a TJ Maxx parking lot this week in Oxford.
By the time riders competing in Race Across America (RAAM) arrived in Oxford, they had pedaled more than 2,400 miles. The cross-country bike race began June 12 in California.
This was the first year Mickey Simonds was in charge of the time stop in Oxford. She and many volunteers are members of Golden Tri, a biking group that started as training for the Zoom RedHawks Triathlon Festival.
“Biking was our focus,” Simonds said.
Although many members stopped competing in triathlons, Golden Tri continues to bike together. On Saturday mornings, a dozen or more Oxford riders meet up and pedal to Brookville or Camden for brunch.
The group also has a personal connection to Race Across America. One of the Golden Tri members, Lisa Brunckhorst, competed as part of a team in 2015. Brunckhorst also managed the time stop in Oxford for several years.
The ride from Oceanside, Calif. to Annapolis, Md., is a grueling one. The route is 30 percent longer than the Tour de France and gives riders half as much time to finish, according to the RAAM web site. Bikers have to ride non-stop for up to 12 days in order to finish the race. Riders can compete on their own or as a team of up to eight.
Rick Boethling, executive director of Race Across America, worked on the crew for his father when he competed in the race. He singled out this region of Ohio as one of the most supportive for competitors.
By 6 a.m. Thursday, the support crew for one of the racers, Thomas Haas, was set up along the tent.
Chris Guetl, media manager for the crew, said Haas was riding to raise money for Type 1 diabetes. Haas is trying to become the first diabetic to finish the race, Guetl said.
Many teams competing in RAAM use the competition as a fundraiser for charities. The race has raised more than $2 million for charities since it began in 1982. This year’s charities also include cancer research, handicap assistance, and the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes.
In addition to Guetl, the Austrian crew included doctors, mechanics, and a physical therapist. The car following him was ready to help with everything from snacks and water to major bike disasters.
“Basically, the crew does everything for the rider except pedal the bike,” Boethling said.
Oxford’s Mike Minium was another previous crew member for RAAM. He had driven behind Matt Bond, a rider from Dayton who competed in 1991 and 1992.
“I had to rest at motels or camp along the road,” Minium remembered. “You have to be ready immediately for anything.”
When the time stop was moved into Oxford in 2010, Minium began volunteering for the race. Earlier this week, he and another volunteer planted hundreds of signs along the RAAM route between Chillicothe and Greenfield, Ind. The signs help outline the path for the riders and warn cars to be more careful during the race.
At 10:20 a.m., Thomas Haas finally started approached the time stop. As he pedaled down Locust Street, the volunteers sprung into action. They cheered for Haas, rang cowbells, and waved the Austrian flag. His was one of five flags they waved for riders on Thursday, along with the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:23 PM
— 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.
THIS EVENING:Partly sunny with a few passing showers or storms into the early evening. Some isolated storms may become intense with locally heavy rain and strong wind gusts. Severe threat is low, but the potential exists that a couple of storms may produce damaging winds. Storms will weaken and taper of into the night. Clouds linger with temperatures falling into the middle 60s late.
TOMORROW: Mostly cloudy, mild and still a little muggy with the chance of a few passing showers or isolated storm. A little bit of a breezy afternoon with temperatures in the upper 70s. Some breaks in the clouds Saturday night with temperatures dropping into the lower 60s.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a passing shower. Most of the area will remain dry with highs in the lower 80s.
MONDAY: Mostly sunny and comfortably warm for Monday. Temperatures rise into the lower 80s.
TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and warmer for Tuesday. Highs in the middle 80s.
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with showers and a few storms developing. A very warm and muggy day with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s.
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.