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UPDATE: Oregon District businesses are bouncing back after devastating blaze 

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:56 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:56 PM

Archived photo of Ulrike Massey in her store Spice Paradise, 8 Brown St. in the Oregon District. The shop started under the Activated Spaces Pop-Up project. JIM WITMER/STAFF
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Archived photo of Ulrike Massey in her store Spice Paradise, 8 Brown St. in the Oregon District. The shop started under the Activated Spaces Pop-Up project. JIM WITMER/STAFF(Jim Witmer)

Finding a commercial mixer among a sea of boxes probably never felt as good as it did for Ulrike Massey.

“I was so elated. I can’t bake cookies without it,” the owner of Spice Paradise in the Oregon District said. “When I found the mixer I was like ‘yes, one more step toward being in business.’”

>> Salar owner after fire: ‘My heart is broken for my people’ (Dec. 30, 2017)

Spice Paradise was among about a half-dozen business impacted by the New Year’s Eve weekend blaze that gutted much of Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., in Dayton’s Oregon District. 

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Dozens of workers have been displaced or are otherwise out of work. 

Hicks Barber Shop & Shave Parlor thus far is the only affected business in the Emporium building at 400 E. Fifth St. to reopen. 

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James Hicks of Hicks Barbershop on devastating New Year’s Eve weekend blaze. Video by Amelia Robinson

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Massey hopes to have a soft reopening in mid-March and a grand reopening in April. 

As part of his updates to tenants, Massey said Adil Baguirov, the building's owner, says all impacted businesses plan to return.

The Salar space and the upper level of the building sustained significant damage. Work continues. 

>> Multiple Oregon District businesses to be closed for months after destructive fire; owners vow to return  (Feb. 2, 2018)

Massey said she is happy to be a part of downtown Dayton’s reemergence.

“We were offered spaces in other parts of town. I just didn’t want to do it,” she said. 

Like Hicks, Massey and her husband, David, launched Spice Paradise in 2013 as part of Activated Spaces’ Popup storefront downtown occupancy project.

Massey said her inventory of spices and other food items were destroyed by the smoke. 

She said her time has not been wasted. 

After the fire, Massey started working out of a temporary space, fulfilling wholesale orders mainly.  

She left that space Friday and is now in the process of sorting through boxes and unpacking.  

Massey came up with new cookie recipes and plans to offer more gluten-free options.

“I am not the kind of person to sit around,” Massey said. “I’ve done some serious work and some things I don’t have time to do when the shop is open.”  

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Archive photo: Assorted products that can be found at Spice Paradise in the Oregon District. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

Ulrike Massey of Oakwood and her husband David recently opened Spice Paradise at 8 Brown Street in Dayton’s Oregon District. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

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REPORT: Naked man popping balloons in street in custody

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:18 PM

Contributed by the Montgomery County Jail
Contributed by the Montgomery County Jail

A man is in custody after standing naked in the road while popping balloons with his mouth, according to Dayton police reports.

Samuel Tumaini, 25, was detained in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of public indecency early Monday morning, read the report. 

Police were dispatched to Newport Avenue around 12:45 a.m. Monday after a report of a man standing in the road naked while staring off into the distance, according to the report. 

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On arrival, officers saw the suspect standing in the road, popping balloons with his mouth while naked, read the report. 

The officers reportedly called him to approach the vehicle and then handcuffed him and placed him in the back of the cruiser. Officers noted a language barrier while attempting to speak to the man, according to the report. 

They located his clothes on the ground nearby, read the report. 

After the suspect was detained, a woman approached the officers and said the man stares at her and her underage niece while they are outside, read the report.

She added that she noticed the suspect standing in the road naked while staring into space and became concerned, according to the report.

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Cooling centers beginning to open in response to relentless heat 

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:13 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:05 PM

Jim Noelker/Staff
Jim Noelker
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(UPDATE @ 3:05 p.m., June 18): A number of people are taking advantage of designated cooling centers throughout the Miami Valley to beat the relentless heat and humidity that has hit the region. 

In Dayton, the Greater Dayton Rec Center, the Northwest Recreational Center and Lohrey Recreational center are places where people can beat the heat. 

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"We have a lot of people that don't have air conditioning or fans, " Nicole Burger, Greater Dayton Rec Center, told News Center 7's Malik Perkins on Monday morning. "When the weather gets hot like this, we need to give them some relief." 

Heat Advisory remains in effect

City of Dayton 

Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St., Dayton, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Lohrey Recreation Center and Belmont Pool, 2366 Glenarm Ave., Dayton, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Drive, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Clark County 

Meijer, Hillcrest Avenue 

Wal-Mart, Bechtle Avenue 

Wal-Mart, Tuttle 

Upper Valley Mall 

New Carlisle Public Library, 111 E. Lake 

Clark County Public Library branches 

  * Main, 201 S. Fountain, Springfield 

  * Houston, 5 W. Jamestown St., South Charleston 

  * Enon, 209 Main St. 

  * Southern Village Shopping Center, 1123 Sunset Ave., Springfield 

Park Shopping Center, 1119 Bechtle Ave., Springfield

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Man arrested following false shooting call in Centerville

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:29 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Officers and medics responded to a home in the 8200 block of Rhine Way Monday morning on initial reports of an unresponsive person.

UPDATE @ 2:47 p.m.:
A 37-year-old man could face multiple charges after police said he called in a false shooting and home invasion report from a home on Rhine Way.

Tyre Johnson was taken into custody and is said to have been involved with a previously burglary at the address, said Officer John Davis with the Centerville Police Department.

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Johnson told police he made the false call Monday morning, Davis said.

UPDATE @ 11:12 a.m.:

A 37-year-old man is being detained following a false report of a shooting and home invasion on Rhine Way this morning, according to Centerville police.

Additional details about the incident are expected to be released later this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 9:15 a.m.:

A report of a shooting after a home invasion robbery at a Centerville home was a false call, according to investigators. 

Officers and medics were dispatched to the home in the 8200 block of Rhine Way around 8 a.m. after a man called dispatchers and claimed he shot an intruder. 

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Centerville police surrounded the house but found no initial evidence of a crime. Officers later forced entry into the home and found nothing. 

Police said the investigation will continue into who made the false call. 

Additional details were not available. 


We’re working to learn more about a police investigation occurring at a Centerville home Monday morning. 

Officers and medics responded to a home in the 8200 block of Rhine Way around 8 a.m. on initial reports of am unresponsive person, according to scanner traffic. 

According to initial reports, a person called into dispatchers and said they shot an intruder, before hanging up. Police have not found any evidence of a crime at the house, but are continuing to investigate, according to scanner traffic and our crew on the scene. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Shots fired in I-75 road rage report

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Dayton police are investigating an alleged road rage incident during which shots were fired and a vehicle was rear-ended, according to the report.

A Dayton man was northbound on I-75 at North Main Street around 3:26 a.m. Monday morning when a black Cadillac reportedly pulled beside him and fired shots.  

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The man ducked and braked hard, according to the report, resulting in a third vehicle hitting him from behind. 

No injuries were reported.  

Police located a single bullet hole in the front passenger seat that went through the front passenger door, according to the report. The bullet reportedly appeared to have entered through the left rear door. 

The man did not recognize the Cadillac or the man who shot at him, according to the report, but did note an earlier incident. 

When the man entered I-75 from U.S. 35, the black Cadillac was in the lane next to him, read the report.  

The man sped up to pass the Cadillac so that he could merge onto the highway, but then the Cadillac also accelerated, according to the report. 

The man reportedly sped up again and passed the Cadillac. 

Approximately a half mile later, the Cadillac pulled up beside him and rolled down the window before firing multiple shots, according to report. 

The woman driving the third vehicle did not report seeing gunshots or a black Cadillac.  

Police searched the area for bullet casings, but none were found, read the report.

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