People with disabilities find new Montgomery County Fair site difficult to navigate

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 11:57 PM

Disabled fairgoers find difficulties getting around new fairgrounds

A Dayton woman said her trip to the Montgomery County Fair was cut short because she couldn’t get around.

Daveina Petticrew said the new fairgrounds site in Jefferson Twp. is not accessible for people with disabilities. 

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“I couldn’t even get in the bathroom,” she said. 

Recent surgery has kept Petticrew from getting around as much as she'd like to, but taking her 5-year-old granddaughter to the fair is a tradition. 

Daveina Petticrew of Dayton said she had a great deal of disappointment and difficult getting around in a wheelchair at the Montgomery County Fair’s new home in Jefferson Twp.(SEAN CUDAHY / STAFF)

Petticrew said she rented a wheelchair Tuesday to take to the newly opened fairgrounds off Infirmary Road. 

But she was disppointed by what she found. 

“You can’t use the wheelchair anywhere else. The rocks are the size of your fist and smaller,” she said. “There’s no way to get the wheelchair from the rides unless someone’s pulling.” 

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She said getting in and out of the fairgrounds’ new buildings was difficult, too. 

“There’s no button to be able to push on the door for the wheelchair to be able to try to go in, so if somebody doesn’t hold the door for you, then you can't get inside the door,” she said. 

Montgomery County Agricultural Society Executive Director Greg Wallace said the new facilities passed inspections and comply with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. 

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“Absolutely. We have our occupancy permits, which we passed all of the required rules for ADA,” Wallace said. 

However, he admitted there are things fair organizers have realized during the event’s inaugural year in Jefferson Twp. that need to be improved. 

“One of the concerns that we’ve had, and again, we didn’t think about, is we have a lot of gravel. And so that makes things a little more difficult for wheelchairs,” he said. 

And one other thing: “The doors do not have push buttons” to automatically open doors. 

Wallace also said the contractor that was supposed to rent scooters at this year’s fair backed out just last week.

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These are all things the fair board wants to try to find the money to improve. 

In the meantime, Petticrew said she is worried about what some young people might find when they come out this week. 

“There’s going to be disabled children that are going to be wanting to come to the fair this year and they’re not going to be able to, because they’re not going to be able to have their wheelchairs in there,” she said.

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Victim in Springfield homicide identified 

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

Police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that killed Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. The shooting occured in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

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Authorities were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found Edley who was shot multiple times according to police. 

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No arrests have been made in this shooting and police currently do not have a description of any suspects. 

We will continue to update this story with any information we receive. 

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Passing storms expected through the evening; flood advisory for Darke County

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Showers and thunderstorms are expected for our Monday, but a much drier change is on the way.
    • Flood Advisory until 7:30 p.m. for Darke County - Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained roads will occur along with minor flooding of farmland near waterways.
    • Scattered storms to taper off after dark
    • Cooler, less humid air arrives for midweek
    • Unsettled weather returns for the coming weekend

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This evening: Expect passing showers and storms. A few may contain gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. Temperatures will be in the 80s but fall into the 70s where rainfall occurs.

Overnight: Any lingering showers will taper off with clouds breaking. Temperatures and humidity will drop with lows in the upper 60s by morning.

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Tuesday: Skies will become mostly sunny. It will be warm but less humid with highs in the middle 80s.

Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with much less humidity. Highs will top out near 80 degrees.

Thursday: Expect another nice day under mostly sunny skies. Highs will rebound back into the middle 80s.

Friday: Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for scattered showers and storms developing by afternoon. The humidity will also be on the rise with highs in the middle 80s. 

Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially in the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Dayton police continue to investigate shooting death of 70-year-old man

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:41 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Markell Simpson (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Markell Simpson (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE@4:38 p.m.:

Dayton police on Monday afternoon declined to comment on the relations between the victim and the suspect. However, officers acknowledged that both men lived at the address where the shooting occurred. 

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They’re working on the motivation, putting the case together to present for the consideration of change,” Lt. Jason Hall said of investigators. 

Residents at the apartment complex expressed shock at Lawrence’s death, saying the 70-year-old worked around the complex.

“He was a neighborhood maintenance man, he spoke to the kids, if you needed help, he was there to help, really sad and unfortunate,” said one woman who asked not to be identified.

Boy, 6, found wandering alone on busy Centerville street 

Most residents at the complex seem to think Lawrence was killed while sitting on a couch, something police did not confirm Monday.  They’re not sure why Simpson would shoot him but say, if he did, it just doesn’t make any sense.

UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m.: 

A woman, who identified herself as the mother of a 19-year-old arrested on a murder charge, called police after receiving a call from her son, according to a 911 call obtained by this news outlet. 

“I just left work. He called me and said ‘come home,’” the woman said. 

“And he said he shot someone, my roommate.”

The call ends with the woman saying she arrived at home followed by “Oh my God,” before the line disconnects. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 


A 19-year-old man has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder after a reported shooting at a Dayton home Sunday morning. 

Officers and medics were dispatched around 7:30 a.m. to the home in the 3700 block of Lakebend Drive on reports of a person shot, according to dispatch records. 

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A man listed as the victim in a Dayton police incident report was identified as Robert Lawrence, 70, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. His cause and manner of death were still under investigation, according to officials. 

A man arrested at the scene, identified as Markell Simpson, 19, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder, according to jail records. 

Additional details were not available. We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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 Off-duty Troy firefighter dies unexpectedly

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

An off-duty Troy firefighter/paramedic passed away unexpectedly Friday evening.

Jason Holfinger, 38, died unexpectedly at his Covington home, according to his obituary.

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He is survived by his wife and three children.

Holfinger joined the Troy Fire Department in 2013.

Grief counseling has been offered to Troy firefighters.

Visitation will be at Koinos Christian Fellowship Church in Troy on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.

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A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.  at the church.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

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