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Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:58 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:45 PM
VANDALIA — UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m. (Nov. 8): The city of Vandalia has issued a six-month moratorium on issuing permits for shooting ranges, as well as permits to discharge a firearm within city limits.
That's the word from city spokesman Rich Hopkins.
The moratorium has no affect on the two applications already submitted to the city by the owners of the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds, he said.
Those permit applications were submitted before the moratorium went into effect, he said. Those two applications will be decided upon, in the near future, based on their merits, Hopkins said.
EARLIER REPORT (Oct. 23)
The Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner will reapply this week with the city of Vandalia for a permit to operate the gun range, an attorney for the business said.
Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight stripped the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds and its owner Dana Tackett of their permit to discharge firearms. The chief made his decision after finding firearms were discharged “in a manner that is not compliant” with the permit, according to a letter.
Instead of appealing the chief’s decision, the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds will begin anew the permit process.
“There was no appeal filed, rather, the shooting grounds is preparing permit applications to address the chief’s concerns,” said Timothy Rudd, the range’s attorney.
The range will submit an application this week for the indoor range and a separate application regarding the outdoor range will follow, Rudd said.
Last month, the Dayton Daily News and WHIO revealed a Vandalia police officer said he “retreated behind” his cruiser when responding Sept. 7 to a call in over errant bullets from the shooting grounds.
The officer’s superior said it “was obvious … that the shooters were a threat to public safety and not in compliance with the permit” the police chief issued in 2007, according to the officer’s report.
In his revocation letter, the Vandalia police chief alleged Tackett, the range, and its representatives violated the permit or Vandalia’s ordinances by:
• Discharging firearm(s) from a place other than the permit premises;
• Failing to take all necessary measures and provide supervision sufficient to ensure that projectiles are confined to the property;
• Firing weapons in a direction other than from east to west perpendicular to and using as backstop the 50-foot hill on the western edge of the permit premises;
• Projectiles not being confined to the property;
• Knowingly discharging a firearm in or on a mother vehicle.
Previously, Rudd said the chief’s decision to revoke the permit “has nothing to do with any projectiles” going onto the land of Jamie Spencer, a person who owns property near the range and is suing it and Tackett.
Spencer alleges stray bullets are flying onto his property, according to a Sept. 8 complaint in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:11 AM
SOUTH VIENNA, CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 3:15 a.m: One person was transported to an area hospital after a fire occurred at a mobile home in South Vienna early Thursday morning.
Fire crews responded to the 10000 block of Buena Vista Road just after 2 a.m. on a fully involved trailer fire, according to initial reports.
Damage estimates were not immediately available, however, officials said damage to the inside of the trailer was severe.
The occupant that was able to escape the fire was sent to the hospital for observational purposes, officials confirmed.
The fire remains under investigation.
Crews are responding to the 1000 block of Buena Vista Road on a mobile home fire that occurred early Thursday morning.
Initial reports indicate the trailer was fully involved just after 2 a.m.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:21 AM
THURSDAY: Butler and Warren counties are under a Air Quality Alert from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mostly sunny skies are expected with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. It will be warmer with highs reaching into the middle 80s. There is a chance showers could arrive overnight.
FRIDAY: Expect a chance for showers and storms, especially by afternoon. There is a chance for one or two stronger storms, especially southwest of Dayton by evening. Highs will be in the middle 80s.
SATURDAY: Numerous showers and storms are expected scattered throughout the day. Outside of storms, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the lower 80s.
SUNDAY: Expect lots of clouds with occasional showers and storms. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
MONDAY: Partly sunny skies will start the week with a lingering chance for passing showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 1:52 AM
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Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:13 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:16 PM
WASHINGTON TWP. — UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m.: The condition of the woman found unresponsive, at the side of an in-ground swimming pool at a private residence on Ladera Trail in Washington Twp., is still not known.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Twp. fire personnel arrived and took over medical treatment. They took the woman to Kettering Medical Center.
A 44-year-old woman has been taken to a hospital after what is being called an accidental near drowning at a private residence in Washington Twp.
Officials tell us the woman may have fallen into an in-ground pool at the home in the 1700 block of Ladera Trail. Medics were able to find a pulse as they took her to a hospital, officials said. Her condition was not immediately known.
Family members were performing CPR on the woman when medics arrived, said officials, who were told the woman was in the water less than a few minutes.
The call was dispatched just before 8:30 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch.
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