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Xenia Council votes 5-1 in favor of CSU pre-annexation deal

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

Central State University campus from the air

With one member dissenting, Xenia City Council approved a pre-annexation agreement with Central State University, one of the required components in the city's petition to bring the university into the city's corporate limits.

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The pre-annexation agreement spells out the first of three phases for the annexation to be implemented and what services the city will provide to the university. 

The city owns approximately 41 acres of the Ohio to Erie Trail, which is "contiguous" with about 4.5 acres of state land that is used by CSU, and that meets the requirements for a Type 2 annexation, according to the agreement. 

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A Type 2 annexation has been referred to as a balloon-on-a-string annexation, in which a municipality leverages a small strip of land to acquire a large tract of property. 

Councilman Dale Louderback does not support the push to annex the university and voted "no" on the pre-annexation agreement. 

Louderback said the city stands to gain only $158,000 in added annual income tax revenue, and Xenia taxpayers will have to pay more on water bills to accommodate the loss in the 20 percent surcharge the university is currently paying for water and sewer services from the city. 

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"People think I'm anti-CSU. I'm not anti-CSU. I represent the taxpayers of Xenia. I just don't think it's a good business decision," Louderback said. 

The pre-annexation agreement states that the city and the university "shall cooperate with each other in the proposed annexation," including signing and filing the appropriate petitions with the Greene County Board of Commissioners.

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The agreement states the city will provide a host of services to the university: fire protection and inspection; EMS and law enforcement services; engineering staff; parks and recreation programming; street maintenance; and water/sewer services. 

Council members also approved a memorandum of understanding regarding police services to the university. The memorandum states the university will continue to maintain its own police force and the city will provide mutual aid as requested.

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Don’t miss this week’s episode of Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast, Kirstie Zontini joins us back on ground to talk about her flight with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels! She talked with Lt. Andre Webb who is Blue Angel number 7. He is the narrator for the team and an advanced pilot. Webb is from Lawton, Oklahoma and graduated from the U.S. Naval academy in 2008. 

 

“I still can’t believe I was able to fly with the best of the best!” said Zontini. 

 

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Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini also talk about what planets to look for in June and explain precipitable water.

 

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BODY CAM: Police, fire rescue trash truck driver after he hit Xenia nursing home

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Xenia Trash Truck Body Cam

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m. (June 22):

Body camera footage obtained through a public records request shows police and fire personnel rushing to help a trash truck driver for Rumpke who crashed into a Xenia nursing home.

Timothy Plemons, 58, of Dayton, suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening, according to a crash report.

PHOTOS: Trash truck crashes into front of nursing home

No citations have been issued in the crash, according to the report.

The report shows that Plemons was driving northwest on a private driveway when he drove of the left side of the road.  Plemons then drove off the right side of the road before he hit a tree and the building, the report shows.

Xenia police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m. (June 21): The Rumpke trash truck has been pulled from the building it crashed into this morning. 

PHOTOS: Trash truck crashes into front of nursing home

The office the Rumpke trash truck hit was the home administrator's office, Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson said. The nursing home administrator was in the front of the building and was not injured. 

"We've had some of these issues before [a car hit the treasurer's office on Main Street some time ago]... I wasn't expecting to see a trash truck actually inside our building," he said. 

This is the damage done to the Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Xenia when a Rumpke trash truck crashed into it Thursday morning. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)

Huddleson said, "by the grace of God, the folks that were in those offices were out in the field or out in other places in the building." 

He noted it's hard to imagine that anyone who would have been in the building could have escaped. 

There are about 50 residents in the building, but the entire wing where the truck hit is all administrative/maintenance offices.

There was some ancillary flooding in the damaged portion of the building, because of the sprinkler system that activated. Otherwise, he said, it's business as usual at the nursing home.

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.: 

A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.

No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m. 

A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

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Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor,  711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

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

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Flash Flood Watch issued for some, isolated storms possible today

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tracks the chance for more storms Friday.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for some counties in the area until midnight. 

The watch is in effect for Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby counties until midnight. 

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  • Damaging winds 
  • Minor flooding risk in the afternoon
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TODAY:Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off. 

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SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night. 

SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry. 

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MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine. 

TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s. 

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Police chief: Officer shoots, kills man who fatally stabbed woman

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

Fairfield police and Ohio BCI on scene of stabbing and shooting on Friday, June 22, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m.: 

Two people, a man and a woman, are dead following a stabbing and officer-involved shooting in Fairfield, according to police. 

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Officers responded to the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive around 6 p.m. Friday after receiving a 911 call from a woman indicating she needed help, Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said. 

The first Fairfield officer on the scene, identified as Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran, found a man stabbing a woman inside the townhouse. 

In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking the man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Maynard said. 

The woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her stab wounds but later died from her injuries. 

“This is a very traumatic event (for) the officers ... this is a sad day,” Maynard said. 

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m.: 

The Butler County Coroner’s Office has responded to the scene of a reported shooting and stabbing on Gelhot Drive in Fairfield. 

Additional details were not available. 

Our crew remains on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT:

Officers are on the scene of a shooting and stabbing that occurred in Fairfield Friday morning.

The incident was reported around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive. 

A medical helicopter was requested to the scene, but was unable to fly.

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Officers were reportedly on scene when the shooting happened. No officers were injured, according to initial reports.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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