Local News Briefs Tuesday, September 22nd

Miami County COVID-19 Numbers

As of Monday at 2pm, Miami County Public Health reported a total of 1359 cases of COVID-19 with 127 individuals hospitalized and 49 confirmed deaths. The number of those presumed to have recovered is 1060.

Shelby County COVID-19 Numbers

Meanwhile in Shelby County, the health department reported three deaths related to COVID-19 Monday morning, increasing the number of Shelby County deaths attributed to the virus to 11. The department says the dead are a woman in her 40s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 100s died of COVID-19. As of Monday, 428 Shelby County residents have recovered.

Farm Accident Results In Death

A farm accident near Maria Stein has claimed a life. 39-year old Timothy Dirksen was trapped inside a silo on his farm on Cassella-Montezuma Road. It’s believed that Dirksen was overcome with fumes from inside the silo. Dirksen was flown by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital where he died.

Blood Donors In High Demand

Community Blood Center is in critical need of blood types A positive, O positive and type B and is calling on donors to help avert a blood shortage. Donors must make an appointment at DonorTime.com or by calling 937-461-3220. Donors can help the Center protect against COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing at blood drives.

Troy Stabbing

Charges were expected to be filed yesterday (Monday) following a stabbing between two teenage boys Friday night in Troy. The incident happened in the 800-block of Fountain Street. According to police, it was the result of an ongoing argument. No word on the condition of the person who was stabbed in the chest.

County Engineer's Office Implements Safety Measures

The Miami County Engineer’s Office has made changes intended to increase driver awareness of stop signs at the intersection of Troy-Sidney and Peterson Roads where two serious accidents occurred in August. The size of the stop signs was increased from 30-inches across to 36-inches and lowered closer to the pavement to get it more into the driver’s field of view. In addition, bright strips were placed on sign posts; and stop bars of white lines were placed across the pavement. The changes cost around $500.

Fall Farm Fest Canceled

The Miami County Park District has canceled its annual Fall Farm Fest scheduled for Oct. 10-11 at Lost Creek Reserve. The primary concern is always the health and safety of the staff, volunteers and guests. With many tight walkways, it was not possible for people to socially distance.

Prelim Hearing Scheduled For Pursuit Suspect

A preliminary hearing for a Fairborn man is scheduled for tomorrow (Sept 23) following a police pursuit in Piqua last Friday. The chase ended with a stolen vehicle crashing into a duplex in the 300 block of South Main Street. Arrested at the scene was 19-year old Coltin Downing. No injuries were reported. Downing, is charged with failure to comply with an officer, receiving stolen property, and resisting arrest. He’s also cited for a number of traffic violations.

Man Indicted For Sex Crimes

The Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted a Miami County man for alleged sexual offenses. 30-year old Bradley Stangel of West Milton will face arraignment Thursday on charges of gross sexual imposition and rape involving a five-year old girl.

D.R.E.A.M. And Skyline Team Up

Miami County D.R.E.A.M. pet rescue will hold a fundraiser “Benefit Night” at Skyline Chili in Troy on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Skyline Chili will donate 20 percent of purchases made by supporters who present a flyer found online at Facebook.com/Dream4pets and the Event page at Dream4pets.org. Order at the drive through or place a carry-out order at 937- 335-7005. Funds raised are used to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs in Miami County and beyond.

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