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Man at UD rec center falls several feet

Published: Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 10:44 AM
Updated: Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 3:18 PM

Medics rushed a window-washer to Miami Valley Hospital Friday morning after he fell more than a dozen feet at the University of Dayton’s campus recreation center.

The university confirmed the man, a sub-contractor, fell in the pool area of the rec center. The facility is located on the corner of Evanston Avenue and Kiefaber Street.

Witnesses said the man was alert and conscious, but writhing in pain as he was being loaded into an ambulance. His injuries are not life-threatening.

A coworker, Lamar Buress, spoke to News Center 7. He said the man fell as he was climbing up a ladder.

“By the time I looked … I saw him in mid-air and then he hit the ground,” Buress said. “Gravity took over.”

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Jungle Jim’s to unveil new attraction: It’s top secret, but here are a few clues

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Several new projects are in the works at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield

Jungle Jim’s International Market will unveil a “sweet” new something on Saturday — but the surprise is staying under under wraps until then. 

The secret-for-now item will become part of the store’s permanent decor on Saturday, which also happens to be National Jelly Bean Day. 

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Here’s what the international grocer is revealing:

  • There are only 50 of “it” in the world.
  • “It” was 10 years in the making.
  • “It” had to be delivered by truck from California.

“We’re happy that this will reside amongst all the other wild things to see at Jungle Jim’s,” said Lizz Jungkunz, the Fairfield store’s candy manager and buyer. “It’s a gift to the Jungle, but we also feel like it’s a gift to the community because of its uniqueness and how special it is to Jungle Jim, personally.”

“It’s bigger and better than anything anyone could have imagined and we think the public is going to love it,” she said.

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To celebrate the addition of the one-of-a-kind “sweet treasure” to the store’s already over-the-top decor, Jungle Jim’s is planning an unveiling event, with store founder “Jungle Jim” Bonaminio on hand to take photos with families next to the new attraction.

Other family activities in conjunction with the event will include a Jelly Belly Beanboozled Challenge, where brave participants will spin a flavor wheel to win coupons and prizes.

The store also will have more than 1,000 Jelly Belly sample giveaways in addition to a “guess how many” contest that will feature prizes.

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Two-vehicle accident sends one to hospital in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

One person was sent to a hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Beavercreek Saturday.

Crews responded to the accident on Dayton Xenia Road near Grange Hall Road around 8:40 a.m.

A Federated Auto Parts van collided with a red SUV, according to Beavercreek police.

The driver of the Federated Auto Parts van was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Both vehicles needed towing.

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‘A big boom went off over my head’: Butler County woman almost hit by stray bullet

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

Jesse VonStein is the owner of Lake Bailee Recreational Park and Gun Range. VonStein said gun shots often ring out from the nearby woods — not just his gun range — and he can’t be held responsible for that.
STAFF FILE PHOTO/2013
Jesse VonStein is the owner of Lake Bailee Recreational Park and Gun Range. VonStein said gun shots often ring out from the nearby woods — not just his gun range — and he can’t be held responsible for that.(STAFF FILE PHOTO/2013)

A Butler County community has taken action against a local gun range after a woman said a bullet from the business came within five feet of her face as she sat inside her home.

Berneice Wright was watching television at about 2 p.m. April 12 in her living room of her home in the 1900 block of Gephart Road when she said a bullet burst through her window, shattering a glass candle holder next to her.

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“This big boom went off kind up over my head and I discovered it was a bullet had come through my front window,” she said. “It hit a candle on my table which was on the other side of me, shattered it all to pieces.”

Wright’s home is about two miles from Lake Bailee Recreational Park and Gun Range, and she said this month’s close call is not the first time she and her neighbors have had bullets from the business pepper their properties.

A St. Clair Twp. woman said she was almost hit by a gun bullet as she watched television inside her home on Gephart Road. The bullet, she said, came from the nearby Lake Bailee Recreational Park and Gun Range; the owner of the gun range disputes that.

The incident prompted St. Clair Twp. trustees to hold a special meeting last week, where they passed an emergency resolution.

“The township solicitor is hereby authorized and directed to bring legal action on behalf of the township against Lake Bailee in order to cause the firing ranges at Lake Bailee to be permanently enjoined from further use and operation as a firing range until all such range(s) at Lake Bailee can contain all projectiles/bullets fired at such range,” the resolution reads.

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That action angered Jesse VonStein, the shooting range’s owner, who denied his establishment was the culprit in Wright’s close call, especially since no one was shooting a rifle that afternoon.

“They’re going to make me do this and make me do that, when we didn’t do anything wrong in the first damn place,” he said. “That makes me angry.”

VonStein told the Journal-News he went to Wright’s house after the incident and examined the bullet hole, then did some homework measuring distance and elevations of his range, her house, and a berm between the two. He determined that even if someone was using a rifle, they couldn’t have hit Wright’s window.

The sheriff’s deputy who responded to the incident was told the last person using the gun range was shooting a revolver, according to a police report. While at the gun range, the deputy could hear shooting in the distance, according to the report.

VonStein said shots often ring out from the nearby woods — not just his gun range — and he can’t be held responsible for that.

“We run a tight range, there’s range officers there. I teach concealed carry, combative firearms, women’s self defense, in-home defense,” he said, adding that he plans to contact his attorney about the township’s resolution.

“This is not a fly-by-night operation and safety matters are A-number-one,” he said.

St. Clair Twp. Solicitor Gary Sheets said he is continuing to research the issue.

“I have not as yet been able to find a criminal statute which makes it an offense to operate a firing range which is incapable of capturing all projectiles fired from that location,” he said.

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Two arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM


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Two OVI checkpoints and saturated patrolling took place in Beavercreek and Fairborn Friday night.

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It was reported that 510 motorists passed through the two checkpoints, according to Lieutenant Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

The checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. until midnight in Fairborn, according to Schmenk.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints by saturated patrols in the area, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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