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Yellow Springs advises residents brown water is safe to drink

Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

Yellow Springs' brown water safe to drink, officials say

Testing a new water pump in the village of Yellow Springs has led to brown water coming out of faucets, but despite appearances, it’s OK to drink, according to Village Manager Patti Bates.

The tainted water will clear if residents turn their faucets on and let the water flow, Bates said.

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According to the news release from the village manager’s office, the new pump and hydrants were tested along Dayton-Yellow Springs Road and East Enon Road.

“We apologize for this and ask for patience, as this may happen periodically as we move forward with the construction of the new plant,” the village news release states. “The water is safe for consumption and we will try to let you know, in advance, when the next tests are scheduled.”

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Whether anyone is willing to drink the brown water is another matter.

In a discussion about the issue on the Yellow Springs Open Discussion Facebook page, several people commented that the water looked more like a dark beer. Others challenged village officials to be the first to try it. 

Village officials are working with the Ohio Rural Water Association to come up with a new method of hydrant flushing that will lead to better water quality, according to the village manager’s office.

Residents with questions or concerns should call the village manager’s office at (937) 767-1279.

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REPORT: Naked man popping balloons in street in custody

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

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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. 

Police were dispatched to Newport Avenue around 12:45 a.m. 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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Crews called to 3-vehicle rollover crash in Clayton

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:45 PM


A driver who ran a red light tonight caused as three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Taywood and Old Salem roads.

The vehicles involved in the crash reported around 8:15 p.m. included a pickup truck, car and minivan, which was on its side.


It is not clear whether there were any injuries, but there initially was someone trapped in the overturned vehicle, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

One of the drivers was cited for a red-light violation, but dispatch was not able to confirm which vehicle’s driver was at fault.

Crews cleared the scene at 9:40 p.m., dispatch said.

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Forest Park vision includes relocated Harrison Twp. government center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

A new town square anchored by a relocated Harrison Twp. government center is the centerpiece of a consensus redevelopment plan for the Forest Park area, officials and planners announced Tuesday.

The redevelopment area includes a 54-acre tract in Harrison Twp. that was once the location of a thriving amusement park and later a shopping center that fell out of fashion and into decay.

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Planner Joe Nickol called it a “first draft” and “the part in the process where we lay out all the hard work that has to be done.”

“What really quickly bubbled up to the top was the idea of exploring further the idea of relocating the township hall to this site. It’s at the center of the township,” Nickol said. “It meets a need in that what we’ve heard anecdotally is the township hall is undersized and we’re in a position to help the township meet the needs of the community.”

Securing funding and building the vision could be a decade or more away, but planners also announced some activation activities at the site that aren’t expensive or complicated and can happen soon. Events could include closing down parts of Riverside Drive for events, gatherings where people could build and launch small hot air balloons and refurbishing an old post office for community events.

The current township offices are at 5945 N. Dixie Drive. The township consists of about 6.3 square miles just north of Dayton.

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The town center concept was popular with residents who graded the alternatives at an April meeting. About 100 people attended the meeting Tuesday.

The result of a four-year process, the redevelopment plan could be a big leap forward for the area on top of some smaller recent positive steps, said Kristofer McClintick, Harrison Twp. administrator.

A nearby 549-unit apartment complex has been refurbished top to bottom. Two schools — Dayton Public’s Charity Adams Earley Academy and the The Horizon Science Academy, a charter school — are in the plan area and attract students. The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio-Dayton office draws activities and people.

“We feel this will be the anchor site to continue that investment all along that North Main corridor,” McClintick said.

MKSK Studios, consultants out of Covington, Ky., developed the plan for County Corp, working in partnership with Harrison Twp. and Montgomery County.

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Miamisburg man killed in Warren County motorcycle crash

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:09 AM

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UPDATE @ 7:05 a.m. 6/18/18:

The Warren County Coroner’s Office has identified the man involved in a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday in Franklin.

Stephen C. Booth, 40, of Miamisburg died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Riley Street near Van Horne Street, according to Chief Investigator, A. Doyle Burke of Warren County Coroner’s Office.

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.

We are on the way to the scene to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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