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This historic downtown building began with, ‘Build me a damn bank’

The Dayton Daily News building, a long-time centerpiece of the community at the corner of Fourth and Ludlow Streets, is a stunning example of architectural elegance. Wander along the site today and you will be amazed at the exterior detail. Roman Corinthian columns rise into an ornate entablature detailed with lions’ heads, dentils and intricate moldings. Arched stone with decorated intrados...


Police investigating after 2 found dead in hotel room

Police investigating after 2 found dead in hotel room

Police in Miami Twp. are investigating after two people were found dead in a room at InTown Suites, 8981 Kingsridge Drive. Police were called to the hotel after someone called 9-1-1 and reported seeing two unresponsive people inside the room. The 9-1-1 caller reported the unresponsive people were a male and female, according to the call log at the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. Two...
Kettering’s highest paid employees: I-Team Payroll Project

Kettering’s highest paid employees: I-Team Payroll Project

The city of Kettering paid 122 employees more than $100,000 last year — a number higher than the much-larger city of Dayton — according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. Local governments make payroll with your money, which is why the I-Team has assembled and made available a searchable database of pay for public employees. This year’s I-Team...
Police search for vehicle’s occupants after pursuit in Kettering and Moraine

Police search for vehicle’s occupants after pursuit in Kettering and Moraine

Police are looking for multiple occupants that fled from a vehicle after a police pursuit through parts of Moraine and Kettering early Wednesday morning.  A Moraine officer attempted to stop a vehicle he observed traveling north in the southbound lanes on South Dixie Drive around 12:15 a.m., according to police scanner traffic.  Three people were observed by both Kettering and Moraine officers...
Health care bill hurts Ohio job growth, critics say

Health care bill hurts Ohio job growth, critics say

Efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act threatens to reverse years of steady job gains in Ohio’s health care sector and put the broader statewide economy at risk. Those were the findings in a new report Tuesday from Policy Matters Ohio, which detailed how the health care sector has grown on the state and county level over the past decade and...
Overheating equipment blamed for small house fire in Oakwood

Overheating equipment blamed for small house fire in Oakwood

A house recently purchased and currently under renovation suffered ‘very minor’ damage after a piece of equipment overheated.  Firefighters said a floor sander overheated and filled the house with smoke, but only damaged a small portion of a floor.  No injuries were reported.   Firefighters have responded to a report of a house fire on Orchard Drive in Oakwood late...
NFL loosens up celebration dance rule

NFL loosens up celebration dance rule

The National Football League is relaxing some rules around celebration dances for players, according to an announcement from Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday. “We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown," Goodell said a letter to fans. “And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves...

H.S. Results for 5/23: Edgewood volleyball tops Chillicothe

In an out of conference game, the Edgewood boys volleyball team bested Chillicothe, winning all three sets to sweep the match. Edgewood won the first set 25-14, dominated the second 25-7 and ended the third 25-17 to win the match 3-0. David Testas contributed 12 kills and four aces in the win, while Jeremiah Beeler also had four aces, tacking 27 assists. Logan Flynn chipped in eight kills and three...
Cincinnati Reds lose thanks to wild pitch in eighth

Cincinnati Reds lose thanks to wild pitch in eighth

A fan, presumably of the Cleveland Indians, heckled Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto from the front row Monday. Another fan recorded the exchange and posted the video to Twitter. “I remember when you used to be good,” the fan said. “I remember when you used to be thin,” Votto said. That was a great comeback by Votto. One night later, the Indians had a comeback of their...
4 Miami Twp. businesses busted for alcohol sales to underage customers

4 Miami Twp. businesses busted for alcohol sales to underage customers

Four retail liquor establishments in Miami Twp. have been accused of selling alcohol to minors, the Miami Twp. Police Department said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. The names of the businesses have not been released, but police department officials said a supervised compliance check of 11 "places that distribute alcohol" turned up the four in violation.  The remaining locations were...
Adult court may await accused shooter of Fairmont teen in homicide

Adult court may await accused shooter of Fairmont teen in homicide

Two psychologists are among 12 listed witnesses who may testify today at a hearing to see if a 17-year-old will face adult murder charges in the Sept. 4 fatal Kettering shooting of a Fairmont High School junior. Both defense counsel for Kylen Jamal Gregory of Kettering and prosecutors seeking to try him as an adult in the homicide of 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers are expected to present evaluations of...
Reds’ Robert Stephenson pitching better in May

Reds’ Robert Stephenson pitching better in May

Robert Stephenson remains an option for the Cincinnati Reds if they decide to go a different way with their starting rotation. With Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 6.75 ERA), Tim Adleman (2-2, 6.19) and Lisalverto Bonilla (0-2, 6.38) struggling, the Reds have the worst rotation in baseball. The starters’ 5.81 ERA is more than two points higher than the 3.32 ERA of Reds relievers. Stephenson has a 6.35...
Start of Bengals OTAs special for Thompson, Jackson

Start of Bengals OTAs special for Thompson, Jackson

The start of OTAs can have a routine feel for some players as their years in the NFL roll on, but the start of practice Tuesday was especially meaningful for a couple of Cincinnati Bengals. It marked the first practice for cornerback William Jackson since the 2016 first-round pick tore his pectoral muscle Aug. 1. And it signified the end of an even longer drought for defensive tackle Brandon Thompson...
Regional high school track and field meets

Regional high school track and field meets

The following are this week’s regional track and field times and sites. The top four in each event advance to next week’s state meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. WEDNESDAY D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton 5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, discus. 6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals...
Schebler exceeding expectations after slow start

Schebler exceeding expectations after slow start

Pitcher Tim Adleman saw a group of reporters standing by right fielder Scott Schebler’s locker at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. “You guys waiting to talk to Babe Ruth?” Adleman asked. Schebler needs 689 home runs to catch Ruth. A more realistic goal would be leading the National League in home runs. No Red has done that since George Foster hit 40 in 1978. »WATCH: How...
Lewis opposed to NFL relaxing celebration rules

Lewis opposed to NFL relaxing celebration rules

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has seen his share of touchdown celebrations having coached Chad Johnson for eight seasons and Jeremy Hill for three, but he hasn’t grown any fonder of them. On Tuesday, Lewis made it clear he was not pleased with the NFL’s decision to relax the rules of celebrations. “I’m not for that at all,” Lewis said. “We had a good...
Regional high school baseball pairings, results

Regional high school baseball pairings, results

THURSDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS D-I at University of Cincinnati Centerville vs. Lakota West, 2 p.m. Fairfield vs. Cin. St. Xavier, 5 p.m. D-II at Mason Ross vs. Col. St. Francis DeSales, 2 p.m. Waynesville vs. Chaminade Julienne, 5 p.m. D-III at Athletes in Action, Xenia Carlisle vs. Cin. Country Day, 2 p.m. Cin. Hills Christian Academy vs. Fredericktown, 5 p.m. D-IV at Carlton Davidson Stadium...
Regional high school softball pairings, results

Regional high school softball pairings, results

WEDNESDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS D-I at Centerville Lebanon vs. Lakota West, 2 p.m. Springboro vs. Mason, 5 p.m. D-II at Mason Spg. Shawnee vs. Jonathan Alder, 2 p.m. Greenville vs. Clinton-Massie, 5 p.m. D-III at Wright State University Northwestern vs. Badin, 2 p.m. West Liberty-Salem vs. Col. Ready, 5 p.m. D-III at Findlay Pemberville Eastwood vs. N. Robinson Col. Crawford, 2 p.m. Coldwater...
Edison State to build student career center with help of $2.5M gift

Edison State to build student career center with help of $2.5M gift

Edison State Community college will be building a student career center with a $2.5 million donation from the Robinson Fund. According to officials with the college, the funds will be used to create a 5,200-square-foot student career center at the Piqua Campus. It will be used to integrate students into a growing regional workforce, Edison officials said. President Dr. Doreen Larson said, "I...
Regional softball: Lebanon striving for better outcome against West

Regional softball: Lebanon striving for better outcome against West

Lakota West High School softball coach Keith Castner is sure the Lebanon Warriors have the last meeting tucked away in their heads. And posted somewhere in their locker room. Riding a solo home run from Allie Cummins in the bottom of the sixth and a sacrifice fly that scored Megan Brankamp, the Firebirds knocked Lebanon — then the defending state runner-up — out of the Division I sectional...
Council approves purchase of 305 acres of research park

Council approves purchase of 305 acres of research park

UPDATE @ 7:50: Kettering City Council has approved the purchase of 305 acres at Miami Valley Research Park on a 7-0 vote. Steve Johnson, president of Sinclair Community College and chairman of the Miami Valley Research Foundation, was in attendance and thanked council for their consideration of purchasing the land. “It’s very important to us that good steward ship continue,” Johnson...
New pet supplies shop opens downtown

New pet supplies shop opens downtown

A new pet supplies business is preparing to open at 133 E. Third St. Project Warmth, to be found on the first floor of Oriel Studios, offers handmade pet beds, mats, leashes, collars, leash hangers, toys, bandanas, hammocks, harnesses, coats and more, the Downtown Dayton Partnership announced Tuesday. RELATED: New downtown Air Force office part of emerging ‘innovation district’ &ldquo...
Badin seeking elusive regional softball win against Northwestern

Badin seeking elusive regional softball win against Northwestern

Badin High School’s softball team is eager for its fourth crack at the regional tournament. The Rams will face Springfield Northwestern in a Division III regional semifinal Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wright State University, a rematch of last year’s regional semi that the Warriors won 4-0. BHS is 0-3 as a regional participant, also making it to this point in 1992 and 2015. “This...
5 Raiders earn HL postseason awards

5 Raiders earn HL postseason awards

Five Wright State baseball players earned all-league recognition when the Horizon League announced its postseason awards Tuesday. Freshman pitcher Ryan Weiss was selected as the Freshman of the Year and joined second baseman Matt Morrow on the first team, while junior pitcher Danny Sexton, junior pitcher Derek Hendrixson and freshman third baseman Seth Gray made second team. This is the fourth consecutive...
Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Former University of Miami All-American and a member of the 1989 national championship team Cortez Kennedy, also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 48, according to the Orlando Police Department. No cause of death has been given to this point. Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that, “they are investigating Kennedy’s death, but also said ‘there is...
Kettering qualifies for state auditor award

Kettering qualifies for state auditor award

A recent financial audit of the city of Kettering by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report, according to a press release by Yost’s office. The city’s record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. RELATED: City, local group spar over mailer sent to Kettering residents “Taxpayers expect accurate financial records...
Fractured hand to sideline Kirkpatrick for a couple of weeks

Fractured hand to sideline Kirkpatrick for a couple of weeks

Cincinnati Bengals starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was a surprise spectator for the start of OTAs due to a fractured right hand. Kirkpatrick declined to say how he hurt his hand, only that it was a “freak accident” that recently occurred off the field. »RELATED: NFL to loosen celebration rules He said he expects to return to practice within a couple of weeks. Tuesday marked the...
Sewage blamed for odor at building slated for indoor bike park

Sewage blamed for odor at building slated for indoor bike park

Work to renovate a building on East First Street that is destined to be an indoor bike park stopped this afternoon because of an odor coming from sewage, according to a Dayton fire official. Two workers reported the smell and one became nauseous before exiting the building, according to the official. Dayton firefighters opened windows and ventilated the building. The source of the odor was determined...
One suspect accused of dumping woman’s body in Kettering has court date

One suspect accused of dumping woman’s body in Kettering has court date

One of the suspects accused of dumping the body of a Middletown woman found dead of an apparent overdose in Kettering on Sunday is set to appear in court Wednesday morning. Charles E. Hall, 64, who was initially booked on suspicion of tampering with evidence was released under 48 hour rule Tuesday, but was subsequently charged with receiving stolen property and is being held on $75,000 bond, according...
NFL to loosen celebration rules; will Ickey Shuffle make cut?

NFL to loosen celebration rules; will Ickey Shuffle make cut?

Are we going to have to start calling the NFL the Some Fun League? Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed Tuesday more celebrations will be allowed this season.  This sounds like good news for former Cincinnati Bengals great Chad Johnson but not so much Ickey Woods. Going to the ground and using the ball as a prop (such as Johnson pretending a golf putt in one celebration and giving the ball a chest...
Reconstruction of Springboro’s central crossroads about to begin

Reconstruction of Springboro’s central crossroads about to begin

The last tenant of the old shopping center that anchored the northwest corner of Ohio 73 and Ohio 741 was moving out inventory today as the final steps were in motion leading to reconstruction of this city’s central crossroads. A Troy contractor, Milcon Concrete, is expected to huddle with Warren County engineers in coming weeks to nail down details of a contract for almost $3.1 million for...
West Carrollton study focuses on mapping downtown corridor’s future

West Carrollton study focuses on mapping downtown corridor’s future

West Carrollton is ready to a hire a consultant to map the future on its West Central Avenue corridor, including 20 acres of city-owned land where paper mills once stood. RELATED: Fraser demolition in final phase A Columbus firm is the top choice to perform the study, which involves the city’s center district spanning Central from Elm Street to Miami Avenue, according to the city. It includes...
3 reasons Cleveland Cavaliers should not be worried - yet

3 reasons Cleveland Cavaliers should not be worried - yet

No sane Cleveland Cavaliers fan should be concerned about losing the Eastern Conference finals to the Boston Celtics, but here are three reasons to relax just in case prior to Game 4:  The league’s best player took heat for having a small presence in Boston’s Game 3 win Sunday night, so you can bet he will come back with a vengeance tonight.  Boston might have gotten the drop...
Local jobless rates fall in April

Local jobless rates fall in April

Regional jobless rates declined sharply last month as employment rose in most counties and major cities, based on numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Montgomery County, the area’s most populous county, the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from 4.8 percent in March and 4.7 percent in the same month a year ago, according to the jobs report. Meanwhile...
Fire Blocks group gobbles up Third Street real estate

Fire Blocks group gobbles up Third Street real estate

The group that wants to create a vibrant urban district called the Fire Blocks has already acquired the bulk of buildings on the 100 block of East Third Street. But now, the Fire Blocks development group has expanded its reach with the acquisition of multiple commercial properties on the 400 and 500 blocks of East Third Street. A group called 535 E Third LLC just spent $200,000 to buy the vacant,...
Investigators unearth evidence in 2010 case of missing woman 

Investigators unearth evidence in 2010 case of missing woman 

The missing persons case involving Nikki Lyn Forrest of Piqua continues as investigators are excavating in the rear of a property in Troy: Two pieces of evidence have been found and will be sent to a crime lab Tuesday’s search was prompted by new information Dayton cold case investigators collected Nikki Lyn Forrest, 19, was four months pregnant when she disappeared in September 2010...
Sports Today: Reds top Indians, Joey Votto claps back, more recruiting updates

Sports Today: Reds top Indians, Joey Votto claps back, more recruiting updates

The Reds beat the Indians last night, but I’m still pretty much over interleague play.  As for the game, Jim Kelch said this on the radio broadcast, but it bears repeating: That was a textbook 2017 Reds win. Journeyman starter pitches six strong innings, three best relievers back it up with shutout ball.  Offense scores early to get a lead and tacks on late with some small...
Blown tire sends truck hauling trailer off I-675 South

Blown tire sends truck hauling trailer off I-675 South

No one was seriously injured when a pickup truck hauling a trailer full of lawnmowers crashed on I-675 South this morning. Southbound traffic was slowed at 8:30 a.m. around the Yankee Street exit as Washington Twp. crews responded to the scene. Officials tell us the full-size pickup truck blew a tire and the driver lost control, careening off the right side of the highway where the trailer overturned...
WATCH: Here’s how Joey Votto deals with hecklers

WATCH: Here’s how Joey Votto deals with hecklers

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is raking again this season.  Votto is hitting .292 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI. And the haters are still out there.  Good thing he has a game plan for when they attack — even at his own ballpark.  Votto and the Reds got the last laugh last night, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-1.  He had one of the Reds’ 10 hits on the night...
Murderer sent to prison for April 2016 fatal shooting

Murderer sent to prison for April 2016 fatal shooting

DAYTON — The man convicted on charges related to the murder of a 48-year-old veteran has been sent to prison.   The victim, Thomas Johnson, was shot at a Speedway in Trotwood Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries Dshawn Lynch was found guilty of murder on May 9 on charges related to Johnson's death...
Huber Heights company to show off expansion today

Huber Heights company to show off expansion today

A California company that has moved its headquarters to Huber Heights is cutting the ribbon on its newly refurbished and expanded facility today. NDC Technologies announced in March it was moving its headquarters operation from Irwindale, Calif. to 8001 Technology Blvd. in Huber Heights. The business already had a presence there when it made that announcement. RELATED: One of the area’s largest...
101 acres of Warren County farmland wanted for housing

101 acres of Warren County farmland wanted for housing

A property owner has requested rezoning of 101.6 acres of farmland at 2007 Lytle-Five Points Road for residential development. The land, owned by Clark Ventures, is near the Warren-Montgomery county line. MORE: Township doubles in population over past decade It is on both sides of Lytle-Five Points Road, 36.7 acres on the south side to be rezoned to suburban residential zone, 64.9 acres on the north...
New store opens at Town & Country in Kettering

New store opens at Town & Country in Kettering

A new home decor and arts store has opened at Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering. Two artists, Charity Yingling and Caleb Thomas, opened C & C Studios at the Town & Country earlier this month. The gallery space and store sells home decor, original art pieces and paintings and gifts. The store’s slogan is “Where creativity is contagious,” and will celebrate its one-month...
Corrections officer sentenced for selling cell phones to inmates

Corrections officer sentenced for selling cell phones to inmates

The former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer convicted of providing inmates with cell phones will spend a year in federal prison, a judge ruled Tuesday while saying a message needed to be sent to law enforcement. Michael Rose Jr., 29, was convicted of to attempted extortion under color of official right. He was accused of providing multiple cell phones to inmates to conduct heroin trafficking...

Bitters: What exactly they are, and how to use them in cocktails and more

Think of bitters like the spice rack of the cocktail world. That's the first thing Hunter Bryant, bar manager at Haven in Tampa, tells me when I sidle up to the restaurant's bar on a recent weekday for a Bitters 101 lesson. It instantly helps me understand the allure of the alcoholic extracts.  Like most people, I was familiar with bitters, those mysterious dark dashes of potent liquid gingerly...
Trump leaves Middle East with hope for peace, but no plan for it

Trump leaves Middle East with hope for peace, but no plan for it

In case there was any doubt, President Donald Trump made it exceedingly clear: He wants a deal. “I intend to do everything I can,” he said on Tuesday.   Moreover, he left after a 28-hour visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank convinced that he has partners in peace after meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
Manchester attack: Security at local concert venues gets renewed focus

Manchester attack: Security at local concert venues gets renewed focus

In the aftermath of this week’s deadly terror attack outside a concert venue in Manchester, England, operators of area concert sites have become hyper-sensitive about the safety of performers and audiences. Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer supervises the city-owned Rose Music Center and asserts that he keeps the round-the-clock safety at music events at the forefront of his thoughts. ...

Opinion: Trump’s policies weaken womens’ health around the world

When video surfaced last fall of Donald Trump boasting about sexual assault, outrage erupted. But if Trump’s words about women were offensive, his policies are incomparably more consequential — and may cost more lives than in any other area of his governance. Yes, the phrase “war on women” may seem hyperbolic, but it also reflects the devastating impact of Trump’s policies...
How you can help Therapeutic Riding Institute

How you can help Therapeutic Riding Institute

The Therapeutic Riding Institute provides therapeutic horseback riding experiences for children and adults with disabilities. The mission is to enhance lives by providing accredited therapeutic equine experiences in a safe, fun and compassionate environment. “It is amazing to visit our arena during a class session,” says executive director Marleen Milkis. “We watch as students achieve...

Preparing for failure at graduation

It’s possible I’m a terrible mother. I have a crisis of confidence in my girl. She’s supposed to graduate this weekend. Between you and me, I’m not sure she’s going to make it. I scroll through Facebook seeing photo after photo of students boldly holding up their diplomas. “Look at what I’ve done!” Their smiles scream through my screen. As for our ceremony...
Annual adidas Warrior Soccer Classic Tournament heads to area

Annual adidas Warrior Soccer Classic Tournament heads to area

Hundreds of players and thousands of spectators are expected to fill fields in greater Dayton this weekend for the 31st annual adidas Warrior Soccer Classic Tournament.  The event, set for Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29), is billed as one of the largest soccer tourneys in the country, bringing in approximately 25,000 players, family members and spectators.  More than 500 teams will compete...
Manchester explosion: Here’s what we know about the victims

Manchester explosion: Here’s what we know about the victims

Authorities continue  to sort out what happened Monday night when a man who police believe was a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside an arena in Manchester, England. The explosion happened moments after the conclusion of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande. At least 22 have been confirmed dead and 59 injured as of 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.
Amanda Seyfried is in love with being mom

Amanda Seyfried is in love with being mom

In March, Amanda Seyfried and husband, Thomas Sadoski, welcomed their first daughter together. And it’s been a dream come true for the new mother, according to a red carpet interview with E! Online. “Man, I love being a mother... I love my family so much. I couldn’t, like, be more in awe of my life right now,” she told a reporter from the website at the debut for the &ldquo...
Theresa May upgrades UK terror threat to highest possible level

Theresa May upgrades UK terror threat to highest possible level

In the wake of yesterday’s suicide bombing in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May has warned the United Kingdom that another attack may be “highly likely,” if not “imminent.” May also announced that the nation had raised the national terror threat level to its highest possible level: critical. The prime minister also announced that military units would be deployed...
Former Troy standout named new football coach at Northwestern

Former Troy standout named new football coach at Northwestern

Northwestern athletic director Jeff Hobby had to lead one of the quickest coaching searches of his career this month to find a new football coach, but he believes he’s found a coach that can make school’s program into one of the area’s best. Former Troy standout Shane Carter was approved by the school board last Thursday to lead the Warriors’ program. He succeeds Sam Johnson...
New footage shows teacher kissing his young student on lips

New footage shows teacher kissing his young student on lips

Recently obtained surveillance video shows a Florida teacher kissing a 10-year-old male student in his classroom. Brian Kornbluth, 28, was arrested in February after the principal at Somerset Academy in Boca Raton reported the incident to police. The principal told police that he had been notified by another teacher about Kornbluth’s unusual requests to have certain students moved into...
Author J.D. Vance returns to Middletown for grads, reveals plans

Author J.D. Vance returns to Middletown for grads, reveals plans

Middletown High School graduate and internationally famous author J.D. Vance closed a highly personal circle in his life Tuesday when he delivered the commencement speech to graduates from his former school. But before he took the stage in front of the overflowing audience at Princeton Pike Church, Vance talked exclusively with the Journal-News. The best-selling author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A...
Memorial Day weekend means ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign in full force

Memorial Day weekend means ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign in full force

The Ohio Highway Patrol is enforcing the "Click It or Ticket" program heavily this holiday weekend. To combat the increase in the possibility of accidents because of heavy traffic brought on by Memorial Day, seat belt focus will be emphasized by troopers until the end of May.  "Troopers see the deadly results that follow when motorists decide not to buckle up," said Col. Paul...
School staff members caught on camera fighting in classroom

School staff members caught on camera fighting in classroom

A teacher and a paraprofessional were caught on camera fighting in front of students at Stone Mountain Middle School on Friday. Video shows at least two students trying to break up the fight, but it didn’t work. Another staff member had to intervene to stop the two adults from punching each other. “I mean that’s not a good example in front of kids. That was just bad,” parent...
Netflix nabs Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna film pitched by Twitter users

Netflix nabs Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna film pitched by Twitter users

It’s happening! Netflix just scored a deal to produce a movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o -- a concept created by Black Twitter.  According to Entertainment Weekly, the project was just made official during a negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival this week, but the idea originally started brewing on social media in April.  It began when one Twitter ...
Mom, boyfriend under investigation for putting her son in car trunk

Mom, boyfriend under investigation for putting her son in car trunk

A 10-year-old boy found in the trunk of a car in Darke County on Monday night has prompted a criminal investigation focused on the actions of his mother and her boyfriend.  A passer-by, who saw what appeared to be someone putting a child in the trunk of a four-door sedan about 8:30 p.m., called 9-1-1 and followed the car until sheriff's deputies stopped the car in the area of U.S. 127 and state...
Tom Cruise confirms ‘Top Gun’ sequel is in the works

Tom Cruise confirms ‘Top Gun’ sequel is in the works

It’s official and straight from Maverick’s mouth. Despite reports about a sequel to the 1986 Naval airplane action/drama film circling for years, Tom Cruise has not confirmed it’s happening until he was asked about it on “Sunrise,” Australia's morning talk show Wednesday local time. “It's true, yeah it's true,” Cruise said. “You know what? I'm going...
Trump seeks $52B increase in defense spending

Trump seeks $52B increase in defense spending

The Trump administration unveiled a $639.1 billion defense budget proposal Tuesday that it says is a step toward restoring military readiness levels that would boost the number of airmen in uniform. As part of the budget, however, the administration is asking for a new round of military base closures in 2021. RELATED: Trump budget calls for $3.6T in spending cuts, boost to defense The proposed defense...
Tampa Bay mayor’s joke about shooting media, watch them ‘cry like little girls,’ falls flat 

Tampa Bay mayor’s joke about shooting media, watch them ‘cry like little girls,’ falls flat 

 A Florida mayor’s joke about firing blanks from a machine gun at the media has landed him in hot water.  Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who joked about pointing the gun at reporters as part of a military exercise, said he has told that same joke before but it didn’t get much criticism until he told it again at a Special Operations Industry Conference last week, according to the ...
Police: Manhunt underway for killers who lured 2 people in Craigslist-type transaction

Police: Manhunt underway for killers who lured 2 people in Craigslist-type transaction

A multiagency manhunt is underway for the people who allegedly killed two men during a robbery in Georgia. Sheriff Joe Chapman said the two men were lured to Clegg Farm Road in Social Circle, Georgia, on Monday to be robbed. They ended up being shot. Tire marks can be seen where a truck veered off the road and crashed into the fence. Investigators said the victims had posted something on a website...
Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

An elderly man is keeping his wife’s memory alive by sewing blankets for those in need. “I just felt there was a need,” said Clayton Shelburne, 88, of Zionsville, Ind. “I enjoy doing it. If my wife was here, she would be happy I’m doing this too.” For 10 years, Clayton and his wife, Delores, spent their free time making blankets to donate to different organizations...

COMMENTARY: Trump ‘s warm welcome in Middle East is no surprise

“We just got back from the Middle East,” President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East. As Trumpisms go, this one is easy to forgive, particularly given how exhausted the president must have been after a weekend of jet-lagged diplomacy, (non-alcoholic) bacchanalia and sword dancing. But it does...

COMMENTARY: Roger Ailes turned news into a lifestyle choice

For years I boasted about graduating from the same university as Fox News chief Roger Ailes. My boast became somewhat muted after Ailes was forced out last year in a sexual harassment scandal. Yet my fellow Ohio University graduate, who died Thursday at age 77, left such a deep and indelible impression on the worlds of politics and media over the past half-century that we ignore his ideas and influences...
Ariana Grande back in Florida hometown after concert bombing

Ariana Grande back in Florida hometown after concert bombing

Ariana Grande has reportedly returned to her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, after her Manchester, England, concert was the site of a terrorist bombing on Monday night. According to E News, Grande and her mother Joan Grande were greeted at Boca Raton Airport earlier today by boyfriend and musician Mac Miller. Sources from People magazine reported that as she departed the private...
Butler County libraries kick off summer reading programs in June

Butler County libraries kick off summer reading programs in June

Butler County’s two library systems will kick off their summer reading programs in June with the theme “Build a Better World.” Summer reading programs at both MidPointe Library System and The Lane Libraries start June 1. The two-month programs offers books, prizes and events for all ages, all for free. MIDPOINTE LIBRARY SYSTEM The youth program is divided into three age groups: birth...

COMMENTARY: Remembering Watergate’s lessons

Given all the other excitement coming from Washington recently, you might have missed this historical anniversary. On May 17, 1973, millions of Americans sat down in front of their TVs to watch the start of the Congressional hearings on Watergate. And on May 17, 2017, 44 years later, Robert Mueller was appointed to be a special prosecutor to investigate any collusion between Team Trump and the Russian...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: New fireworks law in Ohio?

Ready for some fireworks? Our Statehouse reporter, Laura A. Bischoff, writes that a new bill could radically change the state’s now-restrictive fireworks laws. She writes: “Fireworks could be going off in your neighborhood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if pending legislation becomes law. State representatives are backing a bill to dramatically change Ohioans’ access to consumer-grade...
Franklin man imprisoned for child sexual abuse

Franklin man imprisoned for child sexual abuse

A Warren County judge sentenced Joseph Plummer, 37, of Franklin, to 48 months in prison for the sexual abuse of a child. In April, Judge Robert Peeler found Plummer guilty of two counts of felony gross sexual imposition Plummer will be required to register as a Tier II sexual offender and report every 180 days for 25 years.  Plummer sexually assaulted a child who was under the age of 13...
Feds indict 5 for robbing Middletown pharmacies

Feds indict 5 for robbing Middletown pharmacies

A federal grand jury returned two indictments Tuesday charging five men with robbing two Middletown pharmacies, according to a U.S. Dept. of Justice press release. The men are accused of stealing prescription drugs including morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone so that they could sell the drugs on the street. EARLIER: Feds charge 3 in wake of 26 pharmacy robberies The grand jury charged Dayton&rsquo...
Senior student barred from Christian school's graduation because she's pregnant

Senior student barred from Christian school's graduation because she's pregnant

Maddi Runkles is a senior at The Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland. >> Read more trending news With a 4.0 grade point average, athletics commitments and a leadership role in the school’s Key Club, she was all set to graduate this spring. Then came her son, Grayson. Runkles learned she was pregnant in January. The Heritage Academy, a conservative Christian school, considers premarital...
Man ‘dared’ United crews to ‘drag him off’ flight

Man ‘dared’ United crews to ‘drag him off’ flight

People aboard a United Airlines plane chanted “lock him up” as a “disruptive man” was escorted off a flight, authorities said.  The flight from Shanghai to New Jersey was reportedly delayed for hours Sunday because a man allegedly commandeered a row of seats and wouldn’t get out of a seat that wasn’t his, NBC4 reported.  While passengers were deplaning...
Kings Island free for military service members Memorial Day weekend

Kings Island free for military service members Memorial Day weekend

Kings Island is letting the military get in free this Memorial Day weekend. From Friday through Memorial Day, the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest is offering free admission to active and retired members of the U.S. military.  A valid military ID must be presented.  Continuing this deal, implemented in 2010, admission at no cost will be given to active and retired military...
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