Daily Dispatch: Ohio News
Family calls for equitable treatment of minority Toledo Fire Department recruits
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
The family of a recently terminated Toledo Fire Department recruit is calling on city officials to improve the way they treat minorities vying for positions in the department. Earl Murry, a spokesman for Major Smith III, told a crowd of about 40 on Thursday at the Frederick Douglass Community Center that he believes the recruit was fired because he is black.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Toledo Blade
Toledo home goes up in flames, cause under investigation
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:57:32 -0700
Toledo Firefighters are working to figure out what cause a home to go up in flames Friday morning. Firefighters were called out around 5:00 a.m. to a home located at 1277 Blum Street near Nebraska. The battalion chief on scene tells 13abc they battled heavy smoke and flames upon arrival. The battalion chief added that a power line fell onto the house and Toledo Edison was needed to turn off electricity to the house.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 3:57:32 AM - SOURCE: WTVG-TV 13abc Toledo
Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department treasurer faces theft charges; police say he mishandled $10K
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:48:57 -0700
The Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department treasurer faces theft-in-office and tampering-with-evidence charges after police say he misappropriated at least $10,215 of the department’s funds. Police arrested fire Lt. Richard Wittkugle this week after police and fire department investigations. The Eagle Joint Fire District, which serves the city and township, conducted an internal investigation into Wittkugle’s accounting practices after fire Chief Ron Stanish noticed discrepancies in his pay sheets, according to a police report.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 10:48:57 PM - SOURCE: Youngstown Vindicator (Vindy.com)
Huber Heights Family displaced following kitchen fire
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:39:50 -0700
A family is displaced after flames ignite in their apartment kitchen. Huber Heights firefighters were called out to Mt. Carmel St. just after 11:00 Thursday Night. Smoke was seen billowing out of the complex windows. The family tells Fox 45 that the smoke detectors alerted them to the flames. Everyone made it out of the apartment safely.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 6:39:50 AM - SOURCE: WRGT-TV Fox 45 Dayton
Cleveland Firefighter indicted on theft, money laundering
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:36:01 -0700
A 25-year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department was indicted, Wednesday, on several charges. 46-year-old Damon Johnson was indicted on charges of grand theft, money laundering, tampering with records, forgery and identification fraud. Johnson was relieved us his duties, Thursday, pending the outcome of the case.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 5:36:01 PM - SOURCE: WKYC-TV NBC 3 Cleveland
Dover firefighters train on river for water rescues
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:34:30 -0700
Firefighters had good reason to take advantage of this week’s mild weather to take a flat-bottomed motorboat to Canal Dover Park. From there, they entered the Tuscarawas River to practice boat safety, operations and rescue techniques in the water, under the leadership of Capt. Michael Mossor and Lt.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 3:34:30 AM - SOURCE: New Philadelphia Times-Reporter
Columbus assistant fire chief to become new chief in Fort Worth
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:27:27 -0700
Columbus Fire Assistant Chief Jim Davis is leaving to become the new fire chief in Fort Worth, Texas. Davis, 54, joined the Columbus Division of Fire in November 1988. He was promoted to assistant chief in April 2016 and had led the Training and Emergency Medical Services Bureau until May. Since May, Davis had lead the division’s administration bureau.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 3:27:27 PM - SOURCE: Columbus Dispatch
Toledo Fire and Rescue Chief candidates vying to be first female, second African American in history
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:35:30 -0700
Toledo Fire and Rescue Chief Luis Santiago is set to retire in just over two weeks, after more than 30 years of service. Now, it's time to find his replacement, and Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz announced the three finalists on Wednesday. "I've actually been around all of them, in different capacities.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 7:35:30 PM - SOURCE: NorthwestOhio.com WNWO
Authorities give all clear to South Akron area rocked by fire and explosion. No injuries reported
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:21:47 -0700
No one was injured in a fire and explosion that rocked an industrial area in Akron on Wednesday and prompted a large-scale evacuation. But a hazardous materials team didn’t reach the site for more than two hours because officials feared butadiene — the primary chemical used by Emerald Performance Materials — could cause a secondary explosion or chemical reaction with other materials there.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 6:21:47 AM - SOURCE: Columbus Dispatch
Former Avon Lake fire chief pleads out on coercion
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:48:31 -0700
The former chief of the Avon Lake Fire Department pleaded guilty July 17 to a trio of misdemeanors. Glen Eisenhardt, 41, of Medina, was indicted by a Lorain County grand jury June 11, 2017, on single counts of extortion, unauthorized use of property and telecommunications fraud. As part of a plea agreement with the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office, Eisenhardt pleaded guilty to charges of coercion, attempted unauthorized use of property and attempted telecommunications fraud.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 4:48:31 PM - SOURCE: Lorain Morning Journal
Fire damages multiple units of Relax Inn motel in Moraine
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:45:01 -0700
Multiple units of the Relax Inn motel in Moraine were damaged after a fire broke out Thursday morning. Crews were dispatched to the motel at 3333 South Dixie Drive around 9 a.m. and found heavy smoke and flames coming from one of the units. Smoke from the fire was visible by crews from over a mile away, Moraine Fire Chief David Cooper said.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 6:45:01 AM - SOURCE: WHIO-TV Dayton
Person hospitalized after mobile home fire in South Vienna
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:39:11 -0700
A person was hospitalized after a mobile home fire in Clark County early Thursday morning. Crews responded to the 1000 block of Buena Vista Road, just off I-70, around 2:15 a.m. Thursday on reports of a fire. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from a mobile home. Crews were able to knock down the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 2:39:11 AM - SOURCE: WDTN-TV 2
3 finalists eyed for Toledo's next fire chief
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:49:24 -0700
While expected to make the final decision next week, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz on Tuesday identified three candidates being considered to lead the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department. Mayor Kapszukiewicz identified the internal candidates for the fire chief position as Assistant Chief Karen Marquardt, Battalion Chief David Hitt, and Battalion Chief Brian Byrd.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 6:49:24 PM - SOURCE: Toledo Blade
Madison Fire Department suffers rocky reopening
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:13:12 -0700
The Madison Township Fire Department, closed three years ago in a controversy that divided the community, partially re-opened on July 3, but not as smoothly as its leaders would have liked. The department now responds to fire and rescue calls but will not respond to medical emergencies until it receives a pharmaceutical license, probably in August.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 1:13:12 PM - SOURCE: Newark Advocate
'Code red' vacant home total loss after fire in east Toledo
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:05:50 -0700
Crews are on the scene of a house fire Wednesday morning. The fire is happening on the 600 block of Platt Street in east Toledo. Huge flames were coming out of the home when crews arrived. The house has been vacant for years and is deemed a code red building because of a prior fire. Code red means that fire crews will not enter because the building is too dangerous.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 7:05:50 AM - SOURCE: ToledoNewsNow
Fire destroys group home used for homeless adults in Evanston
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:45:39 -0700
A fire destroyed everything inside a group home one day before residents were set to move out. The house on St. Leger Place was used for homeless adults, according to Sanctuary Homes Foundation, a small family business based in Cincinnati. Residents were in the process of transitioning to a new location in Avondale and were scheduled to move all their furniture Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:45:39 PM - SOURCE: WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati
Harpersfield tradition set to start on Friday
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:50:08 -0700
The Harpersfield Volunteer Fire Department is set to host the 44th annual Beef Roast Festival over the July 20 -22 weekend at the Community Recreation Center on Cork-Cold Springs Road, just west of Route 534. Volunteers and firefighters will begin cooking the beef on Thursday and it will be ready to eat by the time the festival begins on Friday at 5 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 1:50:08 AM - SOURCE: Ashtabula Star Beacon
Off-duty Troy firefighter dies unexpectedly
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:59:33 -0700
A Troy firefighter/paramedic died at his Covington home Friday evening. Jason Holfinger, 38, is survived by his wife and three children, according to his obituary. Holfinger joined the Troy Fire Department in 2013. Grief counseling has been offered to Troy firefighters. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 2:59:33 PM - SOURCE: My Dayton Daily News
Whitehall business damaged in second alarm fire
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A large fire at a business in Whitehall closed several roads closed Tuesday morning. Columbus Fire received a call at approximately 11:49pm Monday on the report of a large fire at Wirthman Bros. Inc., an auto parts store located at the corner of E. Main Street and Barnett Road in Whitehall. East Main Street between S.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC 4 News
Related: Driver arrested after crashing into fire truck at 2 Alarm fire scene near Whitehall
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:46:19 -0700
A large fire near Whitehall forced firefighters to call in for more help, but that wasn't the only thing they were concerned with. A driver was arrested after they drove through the scene and into a firetruck overnight Tuesday. Columbus Police said that driver was arrested after they crashed into a firetruck.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 4:46:19 AM - SOURCE: WSYX-TV ABC 6

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