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No ‘famous’ pizza in Vandalia: Casey’s General Store proposal rejected

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 6:52 AM


            Sketch of a Casey’s General Store planned for Huber Heights. CONTRIBUTED
Sketch of a Casey’s General Store planned for Huber Heights. CONTRIBUTED

Vandalia won’t be home to a new Casey’s General Store gas station, unlike Huber Heights and other communities which are expected to soon be home to the growing convenience store chain with “famous” pizza.

Vandalia city council rejected a proposal to build a Casey’s in the city, said city spokesman Rich Hopkins.

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The proposed Vandalia site was located at the National Road and Helke Road intersection, where a Shell station is already located, Hopkins said.

“The zoning in that area does not permit two gas stations on the same side of the street within 500 feet of one another and it does not permit a gas station within 200 feet of a residential zone,” Hopkins said. “The company asked for two variances, which council denied.”

In addition to Huber Heights, Casey’s is building additional locations in New Lebanon and Clayton.

The owner of the Flowerama store in Huber Heights said his location at 6007 Old Troy Pike is open for business for the next couple of months - including for Valentines Day - but will close pending a deal with Casey’s General Store to build a new gas station on the corner lot.

MORE: Flower store remains open as Casey’s prepares to enter market

Casey’s, which markets itself as “Famous for Pizza,” has made a recent push into Ohio. The business is an ubiquitous staple in many rural Midwestern communities, especially in Iowa where it is headquartered.

Established in 1968, Casey’s General Stores Inc., (NASDAQ: CASY) operates more than 2,000 stores in 15 states. The company plans to build or acquire 90 to 120 stores in fiscal year 2018, according to its second quarter results.

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2 teens arrested after Target break-in, pursuit in Huber Heights

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:46 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:19 AM

Two 18-year-old men were arrested Wednesday after breaking in to the Target in Huber Heights, stealing one to three video game consoles and possibly more items.

UPDATE @ 7:30 a.m: Huber Heights police have arrested two 18-year-old males in connection with a Target break-in that led to a pursuit early Wednesday morning.

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Ankeese Brown and Cy’Ran Campbell, both from Dayton, are currently in Montgomery County Jail, according to the jail website.

The teens are suspected of breaking into the Target on Executive Blvd., where one to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen. 

They then led police on a pursuit on Old Troy Pike that ended on Taylorsville Road after an officer made contact with the left rear tire of their vehicle, causing it to spin. 

Their charges are pending at this time. 

Two 18-year-old males were arrested Wednesday morning after a chase following a break-in at Target in Huber Heights.

UPDATE @5:10 a.m.

One to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen when a Target was broken into early Wednesday morning.

Police said the two to three males who broke into the store also attempted to break into a locked phone case, but were unsuccessful. 

Officers responded to Target located the suspect vehicle traveling south on Old Troy Pike near I-70. The vehicle did not stop and continued south on Old Troy Pike, and near Taylorsville Road, an officer made contact with the left rear tire, spinning the vehicle. 

A few minutes later, the vehicle stopped on Taylorsville Road. Two inside the vehicle were detained.

UPDATE @ 3:20 a.m: Two men are in custody after reportedly breaking into Target and leading officials on a pursuit Wednesday morning, officials say.

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Huber Heights police were dispatched to the store at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. on reports of a break-in, per initial reports.

After seeing a car that matched the suspect vehicle description, a short, low-speed pursuit began southbound on Old Troy Pike near the I-70 overpass, according to officials.

The pursuit ended in the 5600 block of Taylorsville Road and the suspects were apprehended.

Officials say the men could face charges including failure to comply and breaking and entering. 

No word on if anything was taken from the store. 

INITIAL REPORT

Police are responding to a break-in that occurred at the Target in Huber Heights Wednesday morning. 

The incident occurred at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., per initial reports. 

There are at least three subjects reportedly involved.

We’re on the way and will update this story with additional details. 

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Kettering approves $6.9 million police station project

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM


            The City of Kettering plans to expand and renovate its police department facilities. The existing police facility at the Kettering Government Center will be renovated, and an additional floor will be added for office space for the chief, captains, and administrative staff. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
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The City of Kettering plans to expand and renovate its police department facilities. The existing police facility at the Kettering Government Center will be renovated, and an additional floor will be added for office space for the chief, captains, and administrative staff. Photo: CONTRIBUTED(Contributed)

City leaders voted to approve initial funding for a multi-million dollar plan to expand and renovate the Kettering Police Department.

Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve $525,000 in initial funding to start a $6.9 million renovation to the existing police facility at the Kettering Government Center.

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City Manager Mark Schwieterman said the project will add an additional floor for office space for the chief, captains and administrative staff.

After the meeting, he said passage of the initial funding request will allow the city to enter into a design services contract in 2018 and by mid-2019 be ready to put the renovation project out to bid.

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“We anticipate because it is a renovation and they will have to work around our existing operations that it will take about 18 months to complete construction,” Schwieterman said. “So, I would say at this point that the earliest we would see a completed product would be in 2021.”

Schwieterman feels an update to the police facility is necessary.

“Certainly, we need some renovations to our police department. It has been a very long time since we’ve had an overhaul in that facility,” Schwieterman said. “New HVAC and mechanical equipment is necessary, and we also need to change the space utilization because our police station doesn’t operate in the same manner that it operated 30 years ago.”

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Modernization with an eye towards the future is something he feels will make the new design a benefit to the community.

“I think it will be a benefit to the public in that we will bringing some access to the ground level of this plaza. But also, certainly a benefit to our operations as we will build a new station that is built around the way we police today,” Schwieterman said.

The latest effort to improve public safety facilities comes on the heels of a multi-million dollar overhaul of the fire department. The city went from seven fire stations to four, with the Dorothy Lane station to be finished this year.

“In total, the fire department project is roughly $30 million for those new stations and the equipment,” Schwieterman said.

No resident spoke against the project Tuesday, and Mayor Don Patterson said that the community expects city leaders to make smart investments to improve facilities.

“One of the reasons that people stay here in Kettering and don’t want to leave is because we make investments to improve what we have here in the community,” he said.

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‘Goodbye sale’ set for iconic roller rink that opened more than 60 years ago

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Rezoning means what's left of Skyborn Drive-In, Skateland will disappear

The last artifacts inside an iconic roller rink opened in 1956 will be sold off during a massive garage sale-style goodbye event.  

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Thousands and thousands of people took spins around Skyborn Skateland in Fairborn before it closed for good in 2015. 

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The rink’s building and land have been sold to nearby Barrett Paving Materials, but its contents will be sold off from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28. 

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The content of Skyborn Skateland is being sold(Skyborn Skateland)

“Everything that is inside of the building is going to be for the sale: skates, the lockers, the table, the sound system,” said Joyce Brinkley, an assistant to Skateland’s owner David Ripp. 

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Sections of the rink’s floor, equipment in its snack area and the skate ramp are also among items up for grab. 

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SALE FROM ITS EVENT SALE ON FACEBOOK 

— All items MUST be paid for in CASH during the Sale Hours 

— Please do not request an earlier or later viewing or pick-up time. These times are non-negotiable. 

— Items not picked-up or paid for, during sale hours will be resold within 24 hours after the sale closing time. 

Many items for sale not listed anywhere. 

Please show up to see what is available. 

All Rental Skates per pair $10, most are ok, but a bit musty from sitting.

Police Beacons - 3, as is (might work) one shell, $10 each

Popcorn Machine $100 

Soft Pretzels Storage and display unit $25

Gehl's Nacho and cheese dispenser $20 

San Jamar cup dispenser $10 

Picnic table $50 

First come 1st served on all sales listed her. You must take item with you by end of the day you buy it. 

Small misc item will be priced the day of the sale.

Almost everything can go. 

The content of Skyborn Skateland is being sold(Skyborn Skateland)

The content of Skyborn Skateland is being sold(Skyborn Skateland)

The content of Skyborn Skateland is being sold(Skyborn Skateland)

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Documents: Piqua man, 21, made school shooting threat after girlfriend, 14, was bullied

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 3:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

William Ingle (Contributed Photo/Miami County Sheriff's Office)
William Ingle (Contributed Photo/Miami County Sheriff's Office)

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A 21-year-old Piqua man, accused of threatening to carry out a school shooting, said he made the threat “due to his 14-year-old girlfriend being bullied at the junior high school,” according to court documents. 

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William C. Ingle was arraigned in a Miami County court Wednesday morning. Bond was set at $25,000, but was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. 

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Ingle will remain in custody at the Miami County Jail. 

FIRST REPORT (May 22):

A 21-year-old Piqua man was arrested Tuesday after police said he made threats to carry out a school shooting. 

Around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Piqua police received a call that a man made threats, including “shooting up” a school, using explosives, and referring to other school shootings as “amateurs,” Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison said in a media release.

Following an investigation, police took the suspect, identified as William C. Ingle, into custody around 12:30 p.m., police said. 

Ingle was arrested on preliminary charges of making false alarms and was booked in the Miami County Jail. 

Investigators alerted Piqua City Schools shortly before police arrested Ingle, but did not lock down any of the schools. Police said other protective measures were taken in advance and did not require lockdowns. 

“I’m pleased that our entire community takes threats like this seriously,” Jamison said in the release. “We have citizens willing to ‘say something’ when they ‘hear something.’”

“Our officers are assertive in using any protective measures available to us during these investigations.”

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