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Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 8:08 PM
DAYTON — Residents of West Dayton feel the lack of grocery stores in the area has caused a “food desert,” leaving many without access to fresh food options.
“It’s getting crazy, I’ve never seen it so bad,” resident Judy Cameron told News Center 7’s Mike Campbell.
One resident has taken his concerns to City Hall, hoping officials can help provide viable food options instead of high-priced convenience stores.
“Let's get some adequate stores and get some adequate food to let people feed themselves and their kids,“ resident Keith Lander said. “I'm going to keep talking about it until we get this desert with some water in it.”
Aldi’s, the most recent full-service grocery store to leave the area, closed its doors a few weeks ago. The store was located in the Westown Shopping Center, around the corner from Gettysburg Avenue where an abandoned Kroger has sat since 2008.
“It's just hard and we're losing a lot of people in the neighborhood, lots of places abandoned and boarded up, it's not good for the property value,” Cameron said.
City leaders say they're looking for community based initiatives like the proposed Gem City Market cooperative food market and locally owned stores. They expect no help from large, corporate grocery chains.
“They're worried about quarterly reports, shareholders, they don't really care about feeding people, that's what their interest is,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:40 PM
WEST MILTON — UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m.:
A propane gas leak caused an explosion in the basement of a home in West Milton Sunday morning.
Larry Jinkins said he was asleep when the explosion happened in his home this morning.
Jinkins, his wife, five kids, and three dogs were in the home during the time of the explosion.
He said the fire department told him they were very lucky they were not hurt.
Jinkins rented the house that is now uninhabitable and said they had a temporary line due to a former gas leak that needed to be put underground.
UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m.:
The family of five that were at the house during the time of an explosion were displaced and are being aided by the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
An explosion occurred at or near a house in West Milton Sunday morning.
The explosion was reported around 8:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of Iddings Road.
It’s not yet known what caused the explosion or the extent of damages, but DP&L was called to the scene, according to Deputy Adams of Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
Two adults and three children were at the home but not injured, said Adams.
West Milton Fire Department is on scene.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:05 PM
FRANKLIN — UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m:
The motorcycle crash that occurred earlier today was fatal, Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed.
A 40-year-old was believed to be traveling northbound on Riley Street near Van Horne Street. He was possibly racing a vehicle before losing control, hitting a curb, and being thrown from his motorcycle--Sgt. Wolf of Franklin confirmed. He was also believed to be wearing a helmet.
The vehicle he was racing is unknown, and no one else was injured.
Emergency crews are on scene of a reported accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Franklin.
According to dispatchers, crews are at the scene of North Main Street at North River Street.
The crash reportedly occurred around 3:20 p.m.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM
— A report card from Sinclair Community College, an annual report for the Huffman bicycle company and a Bible with a bit of history were among the items discovered in a time capsule opened in Miamisburg on Saturday.
“Fifty years ago this time capsule was buried in Veterans Park with memorabilia from 1968,” the emcee announced to the crowd gathered at the beginning of the city’s weeklong bicentennial celebration.
The white container, with “Miamisburg Area Sesquicentennial 1818 - 1968” on the side, was unsealed and broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page.
Many who watched the ceremony remembered the stores, barber shops and other establishments represented in the container that have long closed, such Mobley Cafe, Arcade Cafe and the Riviera Lounge.
A letter to the mayor at the time from then-President Lyndon B. Johnson was included in the container.
An annual report for the Huffman Manufacturing Company states the company made more than $42 million in sales in 1967, netting $1.5 million.
Old newspapers provided a somber reminder of the Vietnam War. At the top of a Miamisburg News broadsheet was a report on the death of Cpl. William Ebright, who was killed in action.
A man told the crowd about the Bible that was pulled out of the time capsule. He said he was there when his mother placed the Bible in the container.
The Bible had been given to Mark Dennis before he was deployed to Vietnam, the man said.Dennis was also killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter he was riding in, and though his remains were never found the Bible was returned to the family, the man said.
More activities are planned today through next Sunday as the city celebrates its 200th birthday.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:18 PM
DAYTON — One person was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and one was treated at the scene of an apartment fire in Dayton Sunday.
Crews were called to the first floor apartment fire in the 1600 block of Bancroft Street around 11:30 a.m.
No one was in the apartment where the fire started but the flames did run up to the outside of the second floor apartment, according to Dayton fire official Brad Baldwin.
Everyone evacuated the building with help from neighbors.
Two of the four apartments in the building are uninhabitable at this time because of damages, according to Baldwin.