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Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:46 AM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m: Xenia Twp. fire department responded to a residential structure fire in Greene County early Wednesday morning.
Units were dispatched to the 1200 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road just after midnight on a structure fire, where they were met with heavy smoke near the back of the house.
There was one occupant inside of the residence at the time of the fire, but they were able to escape without injuries.
Officials say their only issue with battling this fire was getting to it, with it being winter and the roads being slick.
No word on damage estimates, but officials say the home will need internal rehab.
Crews continue to investigate what started the fire.
Crews are on scene of a structure fire in the 1200 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road in Greene County.
The incident occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, with flames showing from the structure, per initial reports.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:12 PM
MIDDLETOWN — A former Middletown police chief has died.
Russell Dwyer, who served as police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St. Burial in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Born Jan. 31, 1938 to Lillian and Lawrence Dwyer in Warren County, Ohio, Dwyer graduated from Franklin High School, attended Miami University, and was later awarded the Bishop Medal and a graduate of the FBI Dignitary Protection Academy.
Dwyer retired after 27 years of service from the City of Middletown/Division of Police where he served as police chief for 13 years. He was involved with many organizations and held various positions within the Middletown community; secretary/treasurer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police; secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police; founder of the Narcotics Division for the City of Middletown; founder of Safety Town; founding committee for the All American Weekend; member of the Chamber of Commerce; member of the Rotary Club; director of safety at Bob’s Truck Service; director of safety and vice president for Excel Trucking; news director for WPFB radio; and a member of the Madison Athletic Boosters.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Dwyer; children Anthony Dwyer (Molly), Robert Dwyer, Dennis Cox (Kathy) and Dana Stephens (Matt); sisters Norma Baird and Crystal Harsha (Ron); brothers Roger Dwyer (Kathy), Ralph Dwyer (Joyce) and Paul Dwyer (Marty); eight grandchildren, Russell Dwyer, Anthony Dwyer, Dylan Dwyer, Brandon Dwyer, Ashley Cox, Allison Cox, Alex Cornele and Lucas Cornele; four great grandchildren, and a very special caregiver, Mariah Smith.
Middletown police department’s Facebook page read: “With sad hearts we inform you that former Police Chief Russell Dwyer passed away last night. He was the Chief from 1975 -1987 and served the City of Middletown for over 30 years. MPD’s thoughts are with his family today.”
Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief, said he met Dwyer after he had left the department. Every time, Muterspaw said, Dwyer took “a real interest” in his career.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— We see you over there, Xenia.
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.
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.
>> ‘Pay what you can’ restaurant to open in Xenia (Aug. 13, 2015)
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.
>> RELATED: 5 Points Cafe to opens in Xenia (March 12, 2018)
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.”
>> PHOTOS: Take a look inside Devil Wind Brewing
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.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 5:10 PM
RIVERSIDE — UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: The fatality is a 46-year-old woman who witnesses said was driving erratically, “being aggressive and making hand gestures” just before she was involved in a head-on collision on southbound Harshman Road near Airway Road and Woodman Drive, Riverside police Sgt. Dave Crigler said.
Witnesses said the woman appeared to be driving erratically on Harshman, headed toward Airway, when she sideswiped a school bus, then hit a second vehicle as she continued on.
She drove left of center as she approached the intersection at Airway Road, striking another vehicle head-on, the sergeant said.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Arrest made in drug case
Three other people were injured in the accident that involved as many as eight vehicles, he said, and they have been taken to different hospitals.
There were no children on the school bus, Crigler said.
“Witnesses said the woman was being aggressive and making hand gestures. We don’t exactly know what the hand gestures were,” the sergeant said.
Zeke Bowling, whose girlfriend was driving one of the vehicles struck in the incident, said she was taken to a hospital and his daughter and son were also in the girlfriend’s vehicle.
Bowling characterized the fatality was the result of a road rage incident.
Crigler said he could not confirm whether the fatality was the result of road rage.
Police and medic units have been dispatched to a multiple-vehicle accident at Woodman Drive and Airway Road, and we’re hearing the coroner has been called to the scene as well.
The accident was dispatched about 3:45 p.m. and we’re hearing there is at least one entrapment. We’re also hearing that four medic units from area jurisdictions have been dispatched to the scene.
We have a crew on the way. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
MIAMISBURG — Four primary election state lawmaker candidates took questions during a forum of panelists from WHIO Radio and Dayton Daily News and offered south Montgomery County voters a chance to talk with candidates in Miamisburg on Monday.
>> Voter Guide
Three Republicans and one Democrat weighed in on key issues ahead of the May primary, according to News Center 7 Reporter Sean Cudahy.
Democrat candidate Zach Dickerson called for bipartisanship. His primary opponent, Autumn Kern, was not at the forum.
The Republican candidates discussed taxes, Medicaid and schools. All of the candidates answered questions regarding gun control.
“We’ve made their jobs difficult enough by giving them so many restrictions,” Republican candidate Sarah Clark said.
“There are smarter, better ways to make our schools safer,” Dickerson said.
“I do not believe that students should be armed...in any capacity,” Republican candidate Marcus Rech said.
“Right now, it’s up to each community and that’s how I think it should be,” State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, said.
The forum was organized by the Dayton League of Women Voters who said they think it’s important for people to know where the candidates stand.
The primary election is set for May 8.
COVERING ALL SIDES
We reached out to the candidates in the local area who are on the May 8 ballot. Learn more about them and the issues in our interactive voters guide at vote.daytondailynews.com