Solid Waste District’s hub reopens after fire

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 5:04 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 3:03 PM

SCENE: Fire crews respond to structure fire in Moraine

UPDATE @ 3:03 p.m.

The Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station has reopened following a trash fire at the county garbage hub this morning. Operations for “both commercial and public traffic, and our operations are getting back to normal,” according to a statement from spokeswoman Brianna Wooten.

“We will be open for regular business hours the rest of the week,” according to the statement. “Our planned Appliance Amnesty event, which was cancelled today, will continue as planned tomorrow.”

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UPDATE @ 12:37 p.m.

A trash fire at the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station likely started with a smoldering load being hauled to the facility, Moraine’s fire chief said today. 

The cause of the blaze, which began about 5 a.m. and is expected to be extinguished this afternoon, cannot be pinpointed. But it is not uncommon for smoldering garbage left by residents and deposited by haulers to start fires at the Sandridge Road site, Moraine Fire Chief David Cooper said.

UPDATE @ 9:59 a.m.

All county employees who work at the site have been diverted to other locations, Wooten said. All trash haulers which use the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station are being diverted to landfills as the site has been closed while crews work to extinguish a fire.

UPDATE @ 9:44 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station is closed to commercial traffic and private citizens as crews continue to work to extinguish a fire, according to a news release.

The fire started inside trash on the tipping floor at the site on Sandridge Road in Moraine. No injuries have been reported and no equipment or structures have been damaged, according to the county.

The site was set to hold a three-day Appliance Amnesty program beginning today, said Brianna Wooten, spokeswman for the county's Environmental Services. 

The appliance disposal program which had been set to run through Saturday allows county residents to get rid of large household appliances at no charge, Wooten said.

"We hope that we'll still be able to accept those, but right now the program is going to be on hold a day," she said.

Crews from Dayton, Kettering and Moraine fire departments responded to the fire shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday. 

“The fire is partly suppressed, but still active,” Wooten said in a release. “We are currently waiting for an opportunity to bring in a piece of equipment to stir the trash and get to the base of the fire and completely extinguish it.”

The county hopes to reopen the transfer station later today.

UPDATE @ 7:45 a.m.

A fire at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District continues to burn this morning

The fire was reported around 4:50 a.m., and as of 7:45 a.m., heavy smoke continues to billow from the building.

We are working to find out what caused the fire. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Crews are working to extinguish a fire at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District.

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The fire was reported around 4:50 a.m., and as of 5:55 a.m., heavy smoke was still showing from the building located in the 2500 block of Sandridge Drive.

On SCENE: Smoky conditions at Moraine structure fire

Motorists on I-75 in Moraine will drive through the smoke, according to our crews.

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Additional information was not immediately available. 

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Armstrong Air & Space Museum to celebrate 49th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum will celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing Saturday and Sunday with NASA astronauts Don Thomas and Robert Springer, as well as other guests and weekend long activities. 

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Saturday, the astronauts will kick off the festivities by declaring the start to the annual Run to the Moon 10k, 5k, and 1 mile runs beginning at the museum at 8:00 a.m. Springer will give a presentation in the museum's Astro Theater at 2:00 p.m., followed by Thomas at 3:30 p.m. Autograph sessions with both astronauts will be held in between presentations in the Modern Space Gallery, located in the south wing of the museum. 

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Saturday's events also include the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Animals Alive! program, Imagination Station: Extreme Science Demos, Star Wars characters, the Lost in Space robot, Moon Pie eating contest, and kids trivia. 

Sunday, the Toledo Zoo will feature their Zooper Challenge program, followed by Magician Russo's Bent Reality show. Inside the Astro Theater, Thomas will have a second presentation at 1:00 p.m. The festival will come to a close with the Lima Area Concert Band in the pavilion at 7:00 p.m. 

Both days of the festival will include rocket launches by local clubs of the National Association of Rocketry, science demos by the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, outdoor inflatables, face painting, a DJ, LEGO building and a mini golf course. 

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Visitors will have the opportunity to share their stories of inspiration by space exploration through participating in the oral history project. 

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Washington Twp. apartment complex fire caused by lightning strike

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:47 PM

Storms roll through Miami Valley; lightning major cause of damage

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.:

Some of the biggest damage caused by today’s storms was from lightning, including the apartment complex on Seabreeze Court who saw the most damage due to lightning igniting parts of the roof.

“It’s indescribable. I mean it was really really loud you just heard it sounded like a crash,” said a neighbor.

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10 fire trucks and two ambulances were called out to this apartment building around noon on Friday.

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“Me and my boyfriend smelled all the smoke coming through our windows, ran downstairs and saw that the backside of this building caught of fire,” said a resident.

Fires happening due to lightning was the story of the day in most of the Miami Valley.

“These thunderstorms intensified very quickly. They were producing a lot of lightning in particular a lot of cloud to ground lightning,” said Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Lightning caused a lot of damage, however, the Miami Valley was able to avoid the worst of the storms because of rain early in the afternoon.

SCENE: Washington Twp. fire possible started by lightning strike

“It was an incredibly close call we had the instability at least higher up in the atmosphere but because we stayed in the mid-60s through the day we were lucky we did not get the severe weather to the west,” said Elwell.


Firefighters are on the scene of a fire reported at the Chesapeake Landing Apartments in Washington Twp. Friday afternoon. 

LOCAL WEATHER: Strong to severe storms expected today; tornadoes, high winds, and hail possible

Crews responded to the 1600 block of Seabreeze Court around 12:30 p.m. and reported a working fire in the structure. 

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Initial reports indicate the fire might have been caused by lightning that struck the building. 

There are no reports of any injuries, however firefighters did have to rescue a dog from one of the buildings, firefighters said.

A second alarm has been requested to help fight the blaze, emergency scanner traffic indicates. 

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

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Gravesite for ‘Buckskin Girl’ gets new headstone with her name

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Marcia Sossomon King was found dead in Miami County 37 years ago. She was known as the 'Bucksin Girl' until her remains were recently identified.

It took nearly 37 years before a positive ID was made of Jane Doe whose body was found along a Miami County road, but only a short time for donations and creation of a new stone marking her grave in Troy.

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Marcia Sossomon King of Arkansas, who was 21 when she died in 1981, was remembered Friday with the placement of the stone and a memorial service at Riverside Cemetery. The name Sossomon, her father’s last name, was added at the request of her family.

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The body of the Jane Doe, also known as “Buckskin Girl” for the jacket, was buried at the city cemetery weeks after its discovery with a marker identifying the grave as Jane Doe’s.

Nine members of King’s family attended the Friday service.

“Words don’t describe the feelings we have for all of you, how you have loved her and taken her in your arms,” said her stepmother Cindy Sossoman.

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She said King’s father, John Sossomon, died in January, a few months before she was identified. Cindy Sossomon said King was very trusting and obviously fell into the wrong hands. However, thanks to Miami County investigators and the community, she soon “was in good hands ... in the loving hands of people here.”

King’s identity was confirmed this spring thanks to new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with ID confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.

She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. She had no socks, shoes, bags or any form of ID. She did have a buckskin jacket, which was shown in efforts to find out her name and led to her being known as the Buckskin Girl.

“We are grateful this day has come, that Marcia has a name other than Buckskin Girl,” said the Rev. Greg Simmons, chaplain of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

The stone was the result of a private fundraising effort led by retired Piqua police officer Paul Sullenberger with assistance from the FOP lodge. He asked the some 50 people gathered to say King’s full name aloud.

“Her name is written in stone and etched in our hearts and minds,” Sullenberger said.

“I just can’t thank people enough,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said of the efforts to provide the stone.

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Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Lord said the investigation into who killed King continues with a focus on establishing a timeline for the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.

“She has been placed in Louisville, Kentucky, approximately 14 days prior to her being found,” he said. “We continue to seek the assistance from anyone that may have had contact with her in April of 2014 in Ohio or Kentucky.

Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s tip line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit helps make arrests

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:26 PM

In an effort to reduce drug sales, gun crimes, and traffic pursuits in the City of Dayton, officers utilize the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) aircraft to track vehicles who fail to comply with traffic stops. These air patrols are helping to catch drivers in pursuit from police cruisers.

On Thursday, four arrests were made in two different incidents with the help of the OSP aviation unit, according to Dayton police reports.

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Ahlea Graham-Johnson, 23, was charged with obstructing official business and a parole violation. Charles Warren, 28, was charged with obstructing official business and was later released. James Mitchel, 39, was charged with obstructing official business, failure to comply, improper use of CCW fire arms, carrying concealed weapon, and having weapons while under disability. His next court date is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Ahlea Graham-Johnson, 23

Graham, Warren, and Mitchel were all passengers of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala while traveling at an excessive rate of speed with a loud exhaust when they failed to comply to a traffic stop initiated by a cruiser illuminating their overhead lights and sirens. 

James Mitchel, 39

An OSP aircraft was hovering above when they took over the pursuit and followed the Chevy for about 15 minutes before it parked in the rear of 749 Taylor Street. Three individuals fled from the vehicle, and were then caught and arrested.

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During a different incident, Marcus Blackwell, 22, was arrested and charged with obstructing official business and failure to comply with order. His next court date is set for Monday at 1:45 p.m.

Marcus Blackwell, 22

Blackwell was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger with excessive tint when he failed to comply to a traffic stop when a cruiser activated their emergency lights.

An OSP aircraft took over the pursuit by keeping visuals on the Charger. Blackwell turned onto Stormont Drive, parked, and started walking down the sidewalk before police showed up and arrested him.

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