Rollover crash blocks left lane of I-70 east in Clark County

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash in Clark County slows EB I-70

UPDATE @ 9:55 a.m. 

The left lane of Interstate 70 east remains blocked following a rollover crash near the Ohio 72 exit in Clark County. 

The driver lost control traveling in the left lane, causing the vehicle to roll, according to state troopers. The driver suffered minor injuries, but was not transported to an area hospital. 

Additional details were not available. 


The left lane of Interstate 70 east is blocked at Ohio 72 in Springfield Twp. following a rollover crash Monday morning. 

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The crash was first reported around 9 a.m. and has injured at least one person, according to initial reports. 

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Additional details were not immediately available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Police surround home in Xenia, at least one person in custody

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Police activity in Xenia

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m.:

One person has been taken into custody according to Xenia Police. 

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.:

We’re hearing reports that someone has been taken into custody after running from the building that was surrounded in the area of East Market Street and North Monroe Drive, according to initial emergency dispatch reports.


Police activity has been reported in the 200 block of East Market Street this afternoon after police have reportedly surrounded a home in the area.

Initial dispatch reports indicated a person may have pointed a gun at a law enforcement officer around 3 p.m.

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Dayton to get $4.3M athletic fields, pickleball courts, band shell

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

The Salvation Army Kroc Center has purchased this land across Webster Street to build a soccer field and amphitheater. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
The Salvation Army Kroc Center has purchased this land across Webster Street to build a soccer field and amphitheater. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Once again, the Salvation Army plans to bring new recreation options to the McCook Field neighborhood.

And this time, fans of a funny-sounding and fast-growing sport will get places to play their games.

The Salvation Army wants to construct an outdoor recreation facility at a seven-acre site across from the $40 million Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center, which is located at 1000 N Keowee St.

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The project will create a soccer and lacrosse field, an amphitheater, pickleball and tennis courts and other new spaces.

The Salvation Army got a boost on Tuesday night when the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved two variance requests benefiting the project.

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The $4.3 million new recreation facility will be constructed on the former site of McGuffy Elementary School, which was demolished in 2012.

On the western half of the property will be athletic fields for soccer and lacrosse and new bleachers, according to a report by city of Dayton staff.

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The eastern half will contain a band shell, a grassy field for flex uses, six courts for tennis and pickleball and a storage building, the report states. The site will have restrooms, a concession area and a running path that encircles the fields, according to a site plan.

Pickleball is played by two or four players and blends elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton.

The Kroc Center, at Webster and Keowee streets, opened in 2010, bringing new investment and amenities to a struggling, working-class area.

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The center offers a worship center, recreation center, food pantry, movie theater, dance studio, piano lab, outdoor spaces and banquet center. The campus also has an early childhood center, a technology cafe and after-school tutoring for schoolchildren.

The center was paid for with $1.5 billion in funds that Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s Corp. founder Ray Kroc, gave to the Salvation Army to help create community centers in under-served neighborhoods.

The Dayton charity received $66 million, to help fund construction of the facility and its long-term operations.

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On Tuesday, the Salvation Army was granted a use variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals, which was needed because recreation facilities are not permitted in that part of the city. The group also obtained a variance to install a 56-foot-high sign tower.

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Insect infestation pushed Vandalia, other cities into Tree City program

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

            Students from the Vandalia-Butler School District help with Arbor Day celebrations in 2016. CONTRIBUTED. Students from the Vandalia-Butler School District help in the Arbor Day celebrations in 2016. CONTRIBUTED.
Students from the Vandalia-Butler School District help with Arbor Day celebrations in 2016. CONTRIBUTED. Students from the Vandalia-Butler School District help in the Arbor Day celebrations in 2016. CONTRIBUTED.

An invasive insect that devastated local tree populations actually helped spur Vandalia and many other Miami Valley cities to become part of the Tree City USA program.

The city lost 150 trees just at Helke Park on Randler Avenue because of the emerald ash borer. There were 300 city-owned trees total lost.

The city began to replant trees to make Vandalia green again. As a result, the city turned in its application to become part of the National Organization called Tree City USA, as many other cities in the area have.

“That is why our designation as a Tree City USA means so much to us. Because the job of protecting and preserving our tree population is up to all of us,” said Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer.

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The Tree City USA program began greening up many cities and towns across America since 1976. A nationwide movement, that provides the necessary framework for communities to expand their public trees, according to The Arbor Day Foundation’s website.

To become part of this organization, cities must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

There are more than 3,400 communities in Tree City USA, which is part of the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization as said on their website. They have a commitment to support programs to make the world greener and healthier.

Ohio is the top state in the country with 243 Tree Cities. The Miami Valley has 22 cities, alone, that are part of Tree City USA — including Vandalia, Dayton, Kettering, Centerville, Oakwood, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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“Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure of our city, and they also provide environmental and economic benefits,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Clark. “They promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles; moderate climate, conserve, water and provide vital habitat for wildlife; reduce energy use and increase property values.”

Vandalia has made a strong commitment to making America greener, a spokesman said.

“We’ve taken a twofold approach to replacing them. Most of the trees we lost were in a densely wooded area, and we decided to convert the space into a disc golf course,” said Communications Manager Rich Hopkins. “So we didn’t do anything to replace the ones we lost in the dense wooded area, choosing instead to make the area a little more accessible.”

“We have, though, replaced about 20 trees in other areas of the park.”

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This year the city will be holding its fourth annual City of Vandalia Arbor Day celebration on Friday at Helke Park right next to Helke Elementary School at 1 p.m.

The children from Helke Elementary will help plant a tree by throwing in the dirt. The mayor will read a proclamation to all who attend.

“The City of Vandalia has always felt very strongly that it is important to preserve and protect our tree population. Trees improve our property value, they provide shade and beauty at our city parks, and I’m told they make some of the holes at our Cassel Hills Golf Course a little more challenging,” Setzer said.

“This is a long-term project that we’ll need to continue for many years,” Hopkins said.

All 22 Miami Valley cities are celebrating Arbor Day in some way. Visit their city websites for more information.

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Visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s website for more information on how to get involved.

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Greenville man charged in connection to January Family Dollar robbery

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:56 PM

Franklin Brown (Contributed Photo/Darke County Jail)
Franklin Brown (Contributed Photo/Darke County Jail)

Charges have been filed against a Greenville man in connection to the January robbery of a Family Dollar location, according to police. 

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Franklin J. Brown, 22, of Greenville, will be charged for the Jan. 31 robbery at the store on 300 Martin Street, Greenville police said in a media release Thursday. 

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Brown is accused of robbing a woman who was handing money to the cashier to pay for items, according to police. 

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Brown is not currently listed in custody, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested in February for unrelated charges, according to officials at the Darke County Jail. 

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