Hamilton medical marijuana ban may get update

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:07 AM


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Hamilton leaders are considering updating their ban on medical marijuana facilities so city ordinances are better synced with state law.

Hamilton City Council in February of 2015 approved legislation that prohibited sales of medical marijuana in the city. More than a year later, in May of 2016, the Ohio General Assembly approved a bill allowing use of medical marijuana and established the medical-marijuana control program, which took effect Sept. 8.

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“Notably, that act permits the legislative authority of a municipal corporation to prohibit cultivators, processors or retail dispensaries within the municipal corporation,” Hamilton’s city attorney, Heather Lewis, recently told members of city council. “There is a narrow exception for research and testing facilities.”

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The legislation Hamilton approved before the state law was approved “is actually narrower than the one the state law permits cities to prohibit,” Lewis said, noting Hamilton can either revise its ordinance or enact a new one.

“And I would suggest that there may be some good argument in favor of putting that in a different section of our codified ordinances,” Lewis said.

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Hamilton’s ordinance does not conflict with state law, “but we could harmonize the language so that we’re using the same defined terms that the state law is using,” she said.

Also, “we could broaden our ordinance to also prohibit cultivators and processors,” she said. “As it stands right now, our zoning ordinance only prohibits the sale portion of the law,” Lewis said.

Vice Mayor Carla Fiehrer and other council members said they are interested in seeing the city draft such legislation.

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Local sports celebrity arrested in Dayton ATV incident

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton
Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton

Robert Martin Jr., 30, known as the “legless football player” who gained national attention in 2005 for playing defense at Colonel White High School in Dayton, was booked into Montgomery County Jail Sunday morning for failing to comply with officers.

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According to a Dayton police report, Martin was driving one of the eight to 10 ATVs traveling southbound on N. Main Street around 12 a.m.

Several of the ATVs then fled in different directions from police moments later in the area of E. Third St and Main, the report said.

An officer followed Martin, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, driving a blue Kawasaki ATV to the railroad tracks in the 300 block of N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.

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According to the report, Martin was found on the ground crawling toward nearby bushes while the ATV was on its side.

When asked his name, Martin said, “It’s me, Bobby.”

Martin was issued traffic citations and faces charges in Clark Co. for an outstanding OVI warrant.

Police have not confirmed if any of the other drivers were arrested. 

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Truck cab fire causes delays on NB I-75 in Miami County

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:55 PM



Wende Gard / Contributed
(Wende Gard / Contributed)

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

Traffic is moving but motorists should expect delays due to a truck cab fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A.

No one was reported injured in the fire dispatched sometime before 7:45 p.m.

(Wende Gard / Contributed)

FIRST REPORT

Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a semi truck caught fire, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatch.

The incident was reported shortly before 7:45 p.m. at exit 69, near Tipp City.

Fire and EMS is on scene, but it’s not clear what led the vehicle to ignite.

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Boil advisory lifted for Franklin Twp.

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9:50 PM

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (May 26)

The Warren County Water and Sewer Department lifted a boil advisory Saturday morning for affected residents on Pekin Road and Honeytree Lane.

FIRST REPORT

A boil advisory has been issued for some residents of this Warren County township.

The affected areas include Pekin Road addresses 2895-3209 and all of Honeytree Lane. 

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Residents in these areas are advised to boil water for two minutes over the next 24 hours.

Anyone affected can call Warren County Water & Sewer for further details at (513) 695-1377. 

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All eyes on the Tropics and Alberto; remnants could reach Miami Valley

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:30 PM

Saturday evening update on Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it continues to move over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines Monday afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

The forecast track then indicates the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here on Wednesday and Thursday. The main threat for this area would be some decent rain; however, there could be a few storms as well, Collar said.

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It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.

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