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Moraine appeals Ohio EPA findings and orders on Stony Hollow Landfill

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 8:10 PM

Residents turned out for Monday night's, June 19, 2017, public hearing on the Stony Hollow Landfill. (Nick Blizzard/Staff)
Residents turned out for Monday night's, June 19, 2017, public hearing on the Stony Hollow Landfill. (Nick Blizzard/Staff)

Moraine has appealed the Ohio EPA findings and orders for a Dayton landfill that has been the focus on hundreds of odor complaints with local officials saying they suspect the site is on fire.

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The filing to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission on the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s directives for Stony Hollow Landfill was issued June 1 because, in part, the state agency does not specify the cause of the odors, an attorney for the city said.

“It’s hard to know” the cause of the odors, said Pete Precario, an environmental attorney hired by the city. He noted officials “suspect the landfill is actually on fire” due to chemical reactions.

The appeals commission is a state body with oversight of the Ohio EPA, officials said.

Moraine officials met Monday night with about 50 residents of Dayton, Jefferson Twp., Kettering, Miamisburg and West Carrollton – five of the many communities where complaints have been lodged against the Waste Management Inc.-owned landfill on South Gettysburg Avenue.

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The appeal covers orders filed by the Ohio EPA May 3, when the agency fined Stony Hollow $16,000 and issued 19 directives for it to follow in monitoring and resolving the odor issue. 

Stony Hollow Landfill’s odor emissions last year began drawing of complaints, spurred a class-action lawsuit and a ban from the city of Dayton. This year, as odor issues continued, Montgomery County, which contracts with the landfill, investigated hauling its solid waste elsewhere before the Ohio EPA took its action May 3.

Waste Management officials have said they want to make sure the landfill “completes all action items on schedule and adheres to the standards outlined in the plan,” according to Senior Public Affairs Manager Kathy Trent.

Since the orders were issued, Stony Hollow has complied with them and is “progressing toward meeting future milestones,” according to Pierce.

Those guidelines deal with increasing odor surveillance around the perimeter of the landfill, conducting multiple odor surveys each week at random intervals throughout the morning, afternoon and evening hours at specified locations, according to Ohio EPA Spokeswoman Dina Pierce.

Agency Director Craig Butler also ordered Stony Hollow to take steps to reduce odors by installing a temporary cap over the reaction area and installing odor controls on the landfill’s leachate tanks. To ensure the safety of the surrounding neighbors, Stony Hollow was ordered to increase air monitoring through the end of 2017 and to notify Ohio EPA and local officials when a scheduled activity or a malfunction may cause off-site odors, according to Pierce

Pierce said an odor hotline was established at 937-356-6203 or online at

“Residents are welcome to contact Ohio EPA with odor complaints, but keep in mind that this is less efficient because it adds an extra step as Ohio EPA then has to contact landfill personnel to investigate the odor issue,” according to Pierce. 

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Father injured in Auglaize County double shooting dies from injuries

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

One of the victims of a double shooting in Auglaize County April 11 died from his injuries Tuesday morning, according to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dexter Lee Turner, 47, died from his injuries Tuesday morning at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Auglaize County Sheriff Allen Solomon said in a media release. 

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Dexter’s son, Alim Amir, 25, was also shot in the incident, but an update on his condition was not released. 

“Now that the case is a homicide it doesn't really change the way we have been investigating the case” Solomon said in the release. “It was a serious case to begin with and was being treated that way and now it has become even more serious.” 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the case. 

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Ohio included in ice pop recall list for possible listeria

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:38 AM

A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops for possible listeria contamination, and Ohio is included in the list of 15 states. 

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According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, W.Va., is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk. 

In addition to Ohio, the ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The ice pop products, sold 12 to a pack, were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reports.

The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.

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The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B.

So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the product.

Listeria is a bacteria that causes food poisoning and is especially dangerous to the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women. While a pregnant woman may experience mild, flu-like symptoms, the illness caused by Listeria -- called listeriosis -- can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery or life-threatening infection in newborns.

Symptoms in people besides pregnant women can include fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

Consumers who have purchased the affected ice pops are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

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Rural King fined for forklift violations at local store

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

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Rural King Supply Inc. is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for failing to maintain forklifts properly at its Xenia location, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The national farm supply company has been cited for the violations at the Xenia store, 1900 Progress Drive, and is facing $258,672 in penalties, according to the release.

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An OSHA investigation substantiated complaints that employees were allowed to operate a damaged forklift after employees had reported it to have faulty brakes, according to the release.

OSHA determined that “the company failed to take the forklift out of service, or perform needed repairs.”

Ken Montgomery, OSHA Cincinnati area office director, said in a prepared statement: “This employer ignored employee concerns about unsafe conditions, disregarded safety procedures, and put their workers at risk for serious injuries by failing to maintain safe equipment.”

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Rural Kings has 15 days after receiving the citation to comply, request an informal meeting with Montgomery or contest the findings with the Independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

A Rural King representative at the company’s headquarters in Illinois declined to comment for this story.

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3 NEW reasons to hang out in Xenia 

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Devil Wind Brewing gears up to open in Xenia

We see you over there, Xenia. 


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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. 


You have to try One Bistro's super buttery toast.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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. 

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Pizza is on the menu at One Bistro in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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) 

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Devil Wind Brewing recently opened at 130 S. Detroit St. in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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 recently opened in Xenia.(Photos: Amelia Robinson)

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. 

Devil Wind Brewing recently opened at 130 S. Detroit St. in Xenia.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

You have to try One Bistro's super buttery toast.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles recently opened in Xenia.(Photos: Amelia Robinson)

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