West Chester’s new Boys & Girls Club ‘one of the best in Ohio’

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

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A community’s collective dream to brighten the future for local youth will soon become a reality as the new $6.8 million Boys & Girls Club prepares to open.

The youth club, which at 30,000 square feet is six times larger than the current youth center on Smith Road, will open for public tours on Dec. 3 and begin operation on Jan. 4, when students at Lakota Schools return from winter break.

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The woman who was one of the main driving forces behind the project recently walked around construction crews finishing up the interiors of the youth club and said the facility is a reflection of area residents’ dedication to the next generation.

Patti Alderson — board director for the club and a top official with the Ohio alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs — is in charge of the private fundraising and solicitation of state grants as officials campaign to raise money toward the project.

Alderson is familiar with many other such clubs around the state and she said the youth of West Chester and Liberty townships will have access to one of the best in Ohio.

“If it’s not the best, it’s darn close to it. We have everything the kids need here,” said Alderson as she stood outside the club, which sits on the site of the former Lakota Union School at 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, across from the post office.

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The youth center is a brick and mortar transformation of the two townships’ love for future generations, said Alderson.

“This club is here because we have a community that cares. We have raised $6.3 million … quite frankly it’s amazing. There is not a community in the state that can do what we’ve done,” she said.

For area youth, which will include students at Lakota Local Schools — the eighth largest school district in Ohio.

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Besides a gym and indoor sports, the new center will feature a variety of fun and educational activities and programs as well as a cafe. In the spring, outdoor playground equipment will be installed near an already constructed outdoor basketball court.

The club will also offer community meeting and event spaces for area adults.

The spacious, visually striking, two-story building is also the most visible symbol of a revitalized Olde West Chester business district that lines Cincinnati-Dayton road, just south of the Interstate 75 exchange to West Chester Road.

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Alderson said because the new club is so much bigger than the current facility, which serves on average 300 students daily, they can’t yet estimate how many more youngsters and teens will make the center part of their after-school day.

“We just don’t know what all we can do with the club yet,” she said.

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HOW TO HELP

Fundraising continues to cover operations at the new Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.

For more information about the club and how to donate, click here

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Husband, wife accused of raping children, committing sex crimes over 10-year span

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:17 AM

John and Dava Henley of Drummonds, Tennessee, are accused of committing sex crimes against children over a 10-year span.
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John and Dava Henley of Drummonds, Tennessee, are accused of committing sex crimes against children over a 10-year span.(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

A west Tennessee husband and wife are accused of committing sex crimes against children over a 10-year span.

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John and Dava Henley are charged with two counts of rape and four counts of aggravated sexual battery. 

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John Henley is also charged with aggravated rape of a child and rape of a child, according to the indictments.

Investigators said in one charge, the couple verbally directed a child to have sex with another child. 

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The charges stem from incidents that spanned from 2006 to 2016, the indictments said.

The children were between the ages of 3 and 13 when the crimes occurred, according to investigators.

Shelby County court records show the Henleys' home address to be in Drummonds.

While the crimes happened in Shelby County, WHBQ uncovered the investigation likely originated there. 

The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office took an incident report regarding the Henleys in June 2017. It listed two juvenile victims, and the investigation was looking into allegations of forcible fondling and sexual battery.

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A spokesperson with the Tipton County Sheriff's Office told WHBQ that the couple was never arrested there because authorities discovered the incidents happened in Shelby County and passed over the case.

Right now, Dava Henley has a $500,000 bond.

John Henley has an $850,000 bond.

A court date has not been set.

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1 hospitalized after mobile home fire in Clark County

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:11 AM

UPDATE @ 3:15 a.m: One person was transported to an area hospital after a fire occurred at a mobile home in South Vienna early Thursday morning.

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Fire crews responded to the 10000 block of Buena Vista Road just after 2 a.m. on a fully involved trailer fire, according to initial reports.

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Damage estimates were not immediately available, however, officials said damage to the inside of the trailer was severe.

The occupant that was able to escape the fire was sent to the hospital for observational purposes, officials confirmed. 

The fire remains under investigation. 

INITIAL REPORT 

Crews are responding to the 1000 block of Buena Vista Road on a mobile home fire that occurred early Thursday morning. 

Initial reports indicate the trailer was fully involved just after 2 a.m.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with more details. 

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Fort Hunter Liggett tent collapse: 22 injured at California military base, officials say

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:44 AM

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File photo of ambulances.(Kenn Kiser / Freeimages.com)

More than 20 people were injured late Wednesday when a tent collapsed at Fort Hunter Liggett in California, officials said.

Here is the latest information:

Update 2:26 a.m. EDT July 19: According to the military base’s official Twitter account, 22 soldiers were hurt when “a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter landing’s rotor wash blew over a tent structure” in a “remote training area.” Officials said four soldiers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

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Contrary to earlier media reports, nobody was killed in the incident, officials said.

“This incident occurred during an annual U.S. Army Reserve exercise, Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) that trains Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers,” the base tweeted.

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Air Quality alert issued for some today; stormy pattern developing to end the week 

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:21 AM

Rain and storms come back by the weekend.

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  • Air Quality Alert issued for Butler, Warren County from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. today
  • Temps on the rise to end the week 
  • Much needed rain arrives Friday, lingers into weekend

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THURSDAY: Butler and Warren counties are under a Air Quality Alert from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mostly sunny skies are expected with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. It will be warmer with highs reaching into the middle 80s. There is a chance showers could arrive overnight.

FRIDAY: Expect a chance for showers and storms, especially by afternoon. There is a chance for one or two stronger storms, especially southwest of Dayton by evening. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

>> County-by-County Weather

SATURDAY: Numerous showers and storms are expected scattered throughout the day. Outside of storms, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the lower 80s.

SUNDAY: Expect lots of clouds with occasional showers and storms. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies will start the week with a lingering chance for passing showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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