Local News Briefs Monday, October 5th

Weekend Crash Claims Life

A one-car crash Saturday morning at the west edge of Troy claimed the life of a local man. State troopers say 55-year old Kevin Croft of Troy was pronounced dead at the scene north of the intersection of State Route 55 and Nashville Road. Croft was not wearing a safety belt when his car slammed into a tree along Nashville Road. The accident remains under investigation.

Wastewater Treat Plant Expansion

A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday for the Piqua Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion. The project meets the Ohio EPA mandate and compliance schedule to eliminate Sanitary Sewer Overflows. The design flow is nearly twice that of the old plant and the new peak flow is nearly triple that of the old. The project was funded through a loan from the Ohio EPA.

New Shelby County COVID-19 Cases

Ten more cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Shelby County as of Friday. Currently, six Shelby County residents are hospitalized because of the virus and 525 have recovered.

Hydraulic Canal System Lowering

Beginning today (Oct 5), the city of Piqua will be lowering the hydraulic canal system so that work can be performed on a manhole structure that sits along the canal. There will be no boat access to Swift Run Lake during this time. The city anticipates the canal will be lowered for approximately three weeks.

Early Morning Blaze In Sidney

A pre-dawn fire Saturday in Sidney caused thousands of dollars in damage to a two-story duplex in the 300-block of Enterprise. Firefighters found the structure fully engulfed in flames when they arrived and all of the occupants were safe. Firefighters from multiple departments worked for several hours to bring the blaze under control. The loss to the building and its contents is estimated at $55,000. The State Fire Marshall’s office is assisting to determine the cause.

Homicide Suspects Arraigned

Two suspects in a Champaign County homicide were arraigned Friday. 52-year old Valerie Rider’s bond was set at $1-million and her husband, 54-year old Rodney Rider Senior of rural St. Paris had his bond set at $500,000. His preliminary hearing is tomorrow and hers on Friday. The body of the victim, 25-year old Whitney Hostler of western Champaign County, was found last Thursday (Oct 1) in a wooded ravine near Kiser Lake Road.

Meeting Cancelled

The Piqua City Commission Meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Oct 6), is cancelled due to no pending legislation for approval by the Piqua City Commission.

Virtual Meeting For City Commission

The Piqua City Commission will meet virtually at 6 o’clock this evening in Executive Session regarding a replacement for City Manager, Gary Huff. Huff, who plans to retire in January, has been city manager of Piqua since October of 2011.

Darke County 2 Car Accident

On the outskirts of Greenville, a car and pickup truck collided at the intersection of New Madison-Coletown Road and State Route 502 Saturday afternoon. Both vehicles ended up in a field. A medical helicopter took the driver of the car, 53-year old Jennifer Champ of Akron to the hospital. Initial reports indicate Champ failed to yield to the pickup, driven by 39-year old Shawn Hartsock of Union City, Ohio. He was not injured.

Wage, Salary & Benefits Survey Compiled And Available

The 2020 West-Central Ohio Chambers Wage, Salary & Benefits Survey has been compiled from the data collected by the 131 companies who completed the survey. For those companies who completed the survey a free copy of the completed analysis is available by contacting the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce. If you were not a participant, a copy of the report can be requested at a cost of $100.

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