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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 7:19 AM
— The city of Monroe has unveiled a nearly $10 million plan to redevelop Monroe Bicentennial Commons, formerly known as Americana/LeSourdsville Lake amusement park.
As those plans unfold, watch the video above to take an aerial tour of the site in a unique view from our Sky7 drone.
Remnants of the park can still be recognized, and some work is already being done near the site, as Butler Tech is building a $3 million adult education campus on 36 acres.
VIDEO: MORE ABOUT THE PARK’S PLANS
VIDEO: ABOUT THE PARK’S HISTORY AND PURCHASE
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
FRANKLIN — A condemned city-owned structure will be demolished by Warren County.
Franklin City Council recently gave its approval for Warren County to demolish the building at 525 Riley Blvd.
According to City Manager Sonny Lewis, Warren County will use Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds for the demolition project, which includes the bidding, asbestos removal and demolition.
Depending on the amount of asbestos to be removed, Lewis said the cost for the demolition project is estimated at $25,000, with the city paying 50 percent of the costs.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 2:02 p.m.:
A 74-year-old missing Springfield man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease has been found alive and is being provided medical attention after being found in a wooded area where police have been searching for him since this morning.
Jack Dietsch’s vehicle was found around 8:15 a.m. abandoned in a field in the area of Titus Lane in Springfield Twp., Clark County.
Multiple officers from different Clark County agencies responded. An airplane, a drone and K-9 units initially were used to try to find Dietsch, authorities said, but were unable to do so. Officers began a ground search this afternoon, which led to Dietsch.
UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m.
A black Chevrolet Cruze owned by Jack W. Dietsch, a missing 74-year-old man from Springfield, was found Thursday morning in Springfield Twp.
According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Dietsch has not been located and an extensive search of the area with a K-9 unit is planned to take place.
Dietsch, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, was last seen Monday and does not have medications on him, according to authorities.
Officers are reportedly searching in the area of a vehicle found abandoned in the area of Titus Lane in Clark County, according to initial dispatch reports.
Initial reports indicated officers may be looking for a person who was reported missing to authorities.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol also was contacted to possibly provide an aircraft to assist with the search, reports indicated.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:33 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:35 PM
— The severe weather that spawned numerous tornadoes across the Central Plains will shift east and south overnight and into the day Friday, with the threat for severe weather developing here during the afternoon hours, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
“While a line of storms will be possible in the morning, the main activity is expected to occur near or shortly before sunset,” Elwell said.
The storm system responsible for the severe weather in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas will slowly shift into the Ohio Valley and then stall across the area through the weekend.
"The threat for severe storms will decrease some over the weekend," Elwell said, “but we will likely pick up some much needed rainfall over the next 72 hours.”
Despite the recent dry conditions, there could be some flash flooding if the rain falls too hard, too fast, Elwell said.
The weather pattern change also is forecast to hold temperatures into the upper 70s this weekend.
Friday: It will be warm, breezy and muggy with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The first round will move through in the morning and may bring gusty winds and heavy rain during the commute, mainly between 7 and 9 a.m. A lull in activity is expected through midday, when temperatures will climb into the lower 80s with increased humidity. Isolated showers and storms begin to develop during the afternoon with a more significant line coming through during the evening Damaging wind gusts will be possible with the strongest storms late in the day.
Saturday: Expect on and off showers and storms through the day. While there will be some dry time, rain may be heavy at times. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.
Sunday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a continued threat for passing showers and storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.
Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies will start the day with scattered showers and storms redeveloping during the afternoon. Highs will be a bit higher, climbing into the middle 80s.
Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures rising into the middle 80s. There will be a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:18 PM
RIVERSIDE — UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.: Sandy’s Towing will match, dollar for dollar, any donation up to $1,000 to help the Riverside Amateur Baseball Association clean up the damage to its concession stand this week from vandalism, towing company co-owner Doug Thoma told News Center 7’s John Bedell.
UPDATE @ 3:09 p.m. (July 19):
Two juvenile males were taken into custody Thursday afternoon in a breakingand entering at a Riverside baseball league’s concession stand.
The two were booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of breaking and entering, according to Riverside police.
Mad River Local School employees identified the juveniles after viewing surveillance footage, according to police.
More than $2,000 in damage was done to the Riverside Amateur Baseball Association concession stand on Monday night.
UPDATE @ 4:32 p.m. (July 18)
A group of teenagers reportedly is responsible for more than $2,000 in damage done to a Riverside baseball league concession stand.
The suspects squeezed though a ceiling vent to break in to the concession stand Monday night, according to Amanda Edens, Riverside Amateur Baseball Association vice president.
“Just pure devastation,” she said. “Completely — everything’s just demolished. It’s horrible.”
“They had taken ketchup, mustard bottles — squirted everything everywhere. They dumped the drawers. They broke into the safe.”
Surveillance cameras mounted to neighboring Beverly Gardens Elementary School reportedly helped police identify the suspects as they made off with boxes of candy.
Police have yet to make any arrests, but Edens said she recognized the teens.
“They come here; they play basketball,” she said. “We feed them; they purchase things here. They’re probably here all the time.”
Edens noted that the incident was “completely senseless.”
“I don’t understand it, and I hope these kids have some kind of punishment that equals the damage they have created.”
However, multiple people have rallied around RABA and have offered their help.
“We’ve had several parents reach out to us, wanting to do some fundraising,” Edens said.
A Riverside concession stand was vandalized with multiple items stolen.
The Riverside Amateur Baseball Association’s concession stand had an estimated 50 Blow Pops and $50 worth of Fricker’s coupons taken, according to a Facebook post by RABA.
Images posted to the page showed food smeared on the door and various items strewn across the concession stand.
Riverside police are investigating.