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Investigations


VIDEO: Fight in jail caught on camera

*** Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Jerrid Campbell was suspended for 10 days after an internal investigation found he broke departmental policy when he punched inmate Daryl Wallace. Campbell said the inmate was upset about the lack of hot water, was yelling obscenities and being disruptive. Campbell admitted to violating the confrontation policy of jail employees but...
County settles suit brought by heroin addict, father who died in jail

County settles suit brought by heroin addict, father who died in jail

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** The family of a 25-year-old...
Jail cameras capture some drama, few details

Jail cameras capture some drama, few details

*** Montgomery County jail corrections officers are required to document every time they use force on an inmate, such as pepper spraying or forcing them to the ground. Montgomery County records say from mid-2015 to mid-2016 such incidents averaged 15 times per month. “The Sheriff’s Office policy is that its personnel will use only the force that is reasonably necessary to bring an incident...
Officer who sheriff tried to charge for jail assault claims unfairness

Officer who sheriff tried to charge for jail assault claims unfairness

*** As Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer faces mounting lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates at the county jail — spurring county commissioners to request a federal review — he said his office has presented criminal charges to the prosecutors against one of his own. That Sept. 28, 2015, incident — which is captured by surveillance footage — has not led to a lawsuit...
More oversight sought for area jails

More oversight sought for area jails

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** In responding to Montgomery...
Officers spit on, attacked in jails bursting with mentally ill

Officers spit on, attacked in jails bursting with mentally ill

*** As his department faces criticism over mounting lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says he needs more resources to deal with drug addicts and the mentally ill. Plummer says the eight lawsuits his department faces, some of them years old, is a small number considering the 800 inmates his facility holds at a time. The bigger problem...
Lawsuits allege deadly neglect of inmates in Butler, Warren counties

Lawsuits allege deadly neglect of inmates in Butler, Warren counties

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** Butler County recently...
15 lawsuits allege mistreatment of inmates at area jails

15 lawsuits allege mistreatment of inmates at area jails

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** As allegations against...
Attorney: ‘No rationalization’ for not watching suicidal inmate in jail

Attorney: ‘No rationalization’ for not watching suicidal inmate in jail

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** The mother of a man who...
Lawsuit: Man hospitalized after Butler County Jail failed to provide diabetes meds

Lawsuit: Man hospitalized after Butler County Jail failed to provide diabetes meds

*** A Fairfield Twp. man is suing the Butler County Sheriff’s Office alleging he suffered hallucinations and went into intensive care after corrections officers failed to provide his diabetes medication while he was at the county jail. Arthur Freimuth was arrested March 24, 2015 on domestic violence charges. His lawsuit alleges he and his wife told jail staff that he desperately needed diabetes...
Million-dollar drug keeps local woman alive

Million-dollar drug keeps local woman alive

After she was told to prepare for the worst, a Middletown woman was given new life by medicine that is so rare — and expensive — interns aren’t allowed to handle it. Now, Lisa Gose and her husband, Don, have a new challenge: how to pay for it. In 2015, a mystery blood disorder put Lisa near death as multiple organs began failing throughout her body. “They didn’t know...
Sheriff sends warning: ‘I’ll hold county commissioners accountable’

Sheriff sends warning: ‘I’ll hold county commissioners accountable’

*** Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer responded to county commissioners’ request for a federal investigation into problems at the jail with a video address to his staff about the county’s “aggressive, politically charged” allegations. “These inflammatory statements have the potential of putting both you and your families at risk,” Plummer said in an address...
Ex-pharmacy benefit manager CEO pleads guilty to paying kickbacks

Ex-pharmacy benefit manager CEO pleads guilty to paying kickbacks

The former chief executive of a Nebraska pharmaceutical benefits manager company has pleaded guilty to making illegal kickback payments in order to obtain business from employer health plans. Douglas Pick, 57, pleaded guilty in federal court in Tyler, Texas, on Monday to making unlawful kickback payments, and his former company, Pharmaceutical Technologies Inc., agreed to pay more than $8.5 million...
Nearly 20K Ohioans from ‘banned’ countries

Nearly 20K Ohioans from ‘banned’ countries

Nearly 20,000 Ohioans were born in the seven countries that are part of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, including more than 1,600 residents of the nine-county area surrounding Dayton, according to an I-Team analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Catholic Social Services, which administers federal refugee resettlement locally, helped 376 refugees resettle to the Dayton area last year. About...
5 people from ‘banned’ countries in area jail; Here’s why they’re there

5 people from ‘banned’ countries in area jail; Here’s why they’re there

Of the 103 inmates held at the Butler County jail under a contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, five come from countries listed under President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, according to an I-Team analysis of jail records. One went straight from state prison, where he served a sentence for aggravated robbery, to the jail where he is facing deportation to Iraq...
States look for solutions to growing number of aging sex offenders

States look for solutions to growing number of aging sex offenders

As states like Ohio deal with a growing number of aging registered sex offenders, another state is examining what to do with elderly sex offenders when they are in need of nursing home care. In Iowa, lawmakers are studying whether to establish a separate facility for sex offenders to keep them away from other nursing home residents. A Dayton Daily News examination found numerous examples of lax oversight...
Consumer beware: Drug discounts may contain catch

Consumer beware: Drug discounts may contain catch

Coupons, patient assistance programs and other drug discount offers have become a big part of the prescription market as consumers struggle to deal with rising costs for their medications. But some in the health care industry question the overall impact of these programs, which critics say mask rising prices while employers and insurance providers still foot the bill. IN-DEPTH REPORT: ...
By the numbers: 40 Dayton Public Schools bus accidents this year

By the numbers: 40 Dayton Public Schools bus accidents this year

The Dayton Public Schools bus crash Thursday morning will be among the dozens across Ohio this school year. Our I-Team is working to learn more about school bus accidents and the hard numbers behind the incidents, which often involve children. Here are four fast facts this newsroom knows about Dayton Public Schools bus accidents from August to December of this current school year, according to...
Butler County settles jail death lawsuit for $285K

Butler County settles jail death lawsuit for $285K

Butler County officials have settled a federal lawsuit brought by the daughter of a woman who died at the jail in 2012, according to federal court records. The suit alleged inmate Ruby Farley died from complications from withdrawal that corrections officers and jail medical staff ignored. Farley, 52, was in jail for contempt of court. ORIGINAL REPORT: Butler County sheriff sued over jail death Farley&rsquo...
Local school attorney: Raid of superintendent’s home ‘out of nowhere’

Local school attorney: Raid of superintendent’s home ‘out of nowhere’

An attorney for local charter school Watkins Academy said the school board had no warning the superintendent’s home would be raided Wednesday as part of a theft investigation. “It came out of nowhere,” said Edmumd Brown, the school’s attorney. He said the board is planning to schedule an emergency meeting to discuss the allegations listed in the search warrant affidavit. FULL...
Bill aims to curb outsourcing, abuse of foreign worker program

Bill aims to curb outsourcing, abuse of foreign worker program

A bill proposed by a Silicon Valley lawmaker this week would boost how much companies would have to pay workers brought to the U.S. under the controversial H-1b visa program. The bill, proposed by U.S. Rep Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif, aims to curb outsourcing and abuse of the program by raising the required pay levels for workers on H-1b visas. President Donald Trump has favored a similar approach. Such...
Miami U’s handling of sexual assault faces federal review

Miami U’s handling of sexual assault faces federal review

Miami University has joined a ballooning list of universities in Ohio and across the nation facing U.S. Department of Education investigations into the schools’ handling of sexual assault allegations. The DOE received a complaint on Aug. 1, 2016, that Miami didn’t properly respond to reports of sexual violence, and as a result students “were subjected to a sexually hostile environment...
Consumers kept in dark over drug pricing

Consumers kept in dark over drug pricing

Abigail Martin is grateful for the life-saving drugs her 22-month-old son Aston takes for his epileptic seizures, but the listed price — $180,000 for an eight-week treatment — leaves the Miami Twp. mother shaking her head. “For Aston they are life-saving drugs that if he didn’t have them he’d be having seizures and that could kill him,” Martin said. “It&rsquo...
Who’s really controlling your drug prices? 5 things to know

Who’s really controlling your drug prices? 5 things to know

While high-profile stories of price increases for life-saving prescription medications have earned negative attention for pharmaceutical manufacturers, many in the public are unaware of the role played by a less visible piece in the drug supply chain — pharmacy benefit managers. While these companies say they save employers millions by using their collective buying power to negotiate rebates...
Trump: Drug companies ‘getting away with murder’

Trump: Drug companies ‘getting away with murder’

Editor’s note: In order to give our readers the best information from which to make health care decisions, the Dayton Daily News is digging into what drives prescription drug prices with a multi-part series. The full investigation will run in Sunday and Monday’s papers and look for more from this investigation online this week. Reforming the drug industry has become a hot political topic...
I-Team FactCheck: Does Trump’s Ed Secy pick owe Ohio $5.3M?

I-Team FactCheck: Does Trump’s Ed Secy pick owe Ohio $5.3M?

One major criticism leveled by opponents of Betsy DeVos’ nomination as education secretary is the claim she owes the state of Ohio $5.3 million in fines for a political action committee she was involved in violating state elections laws. “This $5.3 million that Betsy DeVos owes Ohio could pay for more teachers, technology upgrades and critical priorities to help us educate Ohio kids...
No charges from golf course thefts

No charges from golf course thefts

A police investigation into the former golf pro at Dayton’s Community Golf Course found 19 golf carts were potentially stolen from the city-owned golf course, eight people had paid thousands of dollars for memberships that were never deposited and bank deposits were missing, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team. The total value of the missing golf carts and cash was estimated...
Riders struggled during RTA strike

Riders struggled during RTA strike

As representatives of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and union officials haggled over pay and benefits amid a bus driver strike last week, 24-year-old Heidi Gentis played the role of chauffeur. “Do you need a ride?” she yelled to Chuck Bond as the 50-year-old pushed a Walmart shopping cart containing two grocery bags, a case of Sprite and his walking cane down the sidewalk...
Ohio lawmaker pay sixth highest in U.S.: See how they compare

Ohio lawmaker pay sixth highest in U.S.: See how they compare

Editor’s note: Our I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2016 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have a suggestion for our Payroll Project, email I-Team reporter...
Wright State trustee reprimanded over son’s hiring

Wright State trustee reprimanded over son’s hiring

The Ohio Ethics Commission publicly reprimanded Michael Bridges, president of the Wright State University Board of Trustees, for his role in the hiring of his son at the university’s research arm. Ethics commission investigators found Bridges emailed his son David’s resume to two administrators and helped set up a meeting between David and Wright State Research Institute Director Dennis...
WSU trustee reprimanded over son’s hiring

WSU trustee reprimanded over son’s hiring

The Ohio Ethics Commission publicly reprimanded Michael Bridges, president of the Wright State University Board of Trustees, for his role in the hiring of his son at the university’s research arm. Ethics commission investigators found Bridges emailed his son David’s resume to two administrators and helped set up a meeting between David and Wright State Research Institute Director Dennis...
Dayton RTA chief, union leader agree: They don’t like each other

Dayton RTA chief, union leader agree: They don’t like each other

Negotiations between the Greater Dayton RTA and the union representing its drivers and mechanics stalled again Thursday — the latest episode in a complex and bitter relationship between the two men leading the organizations ahead of a strike set to begin next month. Glenn Salyer, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 president, and Mark Donaghy, the regional transit authority’s chief executive...
Union sets strike that would halt Dayton RTA service next month

Union sets strike that would halt Dayton RTA service next month

Greater Dayton RTA drivers and mechanics will walk off the job once finished with their after-midnight routes Jan. 9 if a deal is not reached between their labor union and the regional transit authority. The strike could strand the system’s roughly 30,000 daily riders — including workers, shoppers, the disabled and Dayton public students — for the first time in nearly six decades...
Veterans boards raise pay; services for vets varies widely by county

Veterans boards raise pay; services for vets varies widely by county

The recent decision to nearly double the pay of Greene County veterans service commissioners highlights a long-standing disparity among county veterans agencies, how they operate and how much they aid veterans. Greene County commissioners recently approved the raises, which will boost pay for all five veterans service commissioners to $650 a month when they start their next terms. Commissioners are...
Educator accused before child porn charge

Educator accused before child porn charge

Prominent local educator James Uphoff continued working with juveniles as a volunteer court special advocate after he was accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old student at an Oakwood school event in 2010, an I-Team investigation found. That 2010 incident did not result in criminal charges but Uphoff, now 79, agreed to stay away from junior high school events for the rest of 2010 and seek...
Charter school official accused of buying Mercedes with state money

Charter school official accused of buying Mercedes with state money

A $40,000 Mercedes-Benz was among the things a Columbus-area charter school operator was accused of buying after pocketing $88,750 in state money, landing her three years in prison this week. The case is the latest in an ongoing pitched battle about charter schools that is likely to intensify with President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of staunch charter school advocate Betsy DeVos for secretary...
Auditor: Darke Co. ambulance company over-billed Medicaid by $448,000

Auditor: Darke Co. ambulance company over-billed Medicaid by $448,000

A Darke County ambulance company over-billed Medicaid by $448,000, according to a state audit released this week, illustrating Ohio’s ongoing efforts to tamp down a problem previously exposed by the I-Team. The state audit found that Integrity Ambulance Service lacked the proper paperwork to justify hundreds of transports from July 2011 through June 2014. The company is ordered to repay the...
$2 million study of pandas in China part of government waste report

$2 million study of pandas in China part of government waste report

A report released this week claims to tally $247 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending and regulations into a football pun-laden report heavily critical of fraud, and taking swipes at arts and science spending. “Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball,” was assembled by U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, who said Donald Trump’s election as president...
Bill would abolish boards, overhaul professional licensing in Ohio

Bill would abolish boards, overhaul professional licensing in Ohio

Ohio lawmakers today proposed a massive overhaul of professional licensing in Ohio with legislation to abolish 11 licensing boards and consolidate them under three new boards and two existing ones. The changes aim to streamline professional licensing in the state and address concerns that many of the state’s professional licensing boards are open to legal challenges in the wake of a U.S. Supreme...
Army general fired after visiting ‘Hooker Hill’ on public dime

Army general fired after visiting ‘Hooker Hill’ on public dime

A U.S. army major general misused a government credit card, spending thousands of dollars in an area known as “Hooker Hill” in South Korea and at the Cica Cica Boom club in Rome, according to a recent report from the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense. The report found that Maj. Gen. Ronald Lewis misused government credit cards for personal expenses; lied about the misuse...
Proposed sex offender registry changes would be based on risk

Proposed sex offender registry changes would be based on risk

Eight years after Ohio tightened its sex offender registration laws to comply with federal standards, a state committee is considering changes that could make it easier for sex offenders to get off the registry if they no longer are a threat to society. Among other changes to Ohio’s criminal laws, the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee will vote Thursday on a set of changes already unanimously...
New law would shrink size of state government

New law would shrink size of state government

Republican state lawmakers hope to end the year with a pair of measures meant to shrink the size of state government: one by shedding useless state committees and the other looking at whether to pitch entire departments. The Ohio Sunset Review Committee has proposed a list of 13 state committees they say have outlived their useful purpose and should be abolished. “Generally what we found were...
Allegedly stolen money should have funded foreclosures, tax collection

Allegedly stolen money should have funded foreclosures, tax collection

A former Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office employee accused of stealing $75,000 from the department allegedly pocketed money that would have been used to fund foreclosure actions and delinquent real estate tax collection. David Bruns was fired Aug. 22, according to county records. On Aug. 30, county prosecutor Mat Heck requested Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien handle the investigation...
Criminal investigation of Dayton golf course contractor continues

Criminal investigation of Dayton golf course contractor continues

The criminal investigation of the company that ran Dayton’s Community Golf Course in Kettering continues a month after city officials said they would not pursue charges against the firm, an I-Team investigation found. The investigation began in April over concerns that money was missing related to services provided by Walther Golf. Dayton had paid Walther $914,988 since 2012 for golf services...
Six months later, skepticism, rumors abound in Pike County

Six months later, skepticism, rumors abound in Pike County

Six months later, these wooded hills are holding tight to their secrets. Neighbors say it’s much quieter on Union Hill Road than it was when Chris Rhoden Sr. and his family raised fighting roosters, bred dogs and salvaged cars for sale. Chris Jr. would tear up and down the road on a four-wheeler. The mobile homes where the father and son and six members of their family were found shot to death...
Lawmakers: Sex offenders in nursing homes issue begs for answers

Lawmakers: Sex offenders in nursing homes issue begs for answers

Ohio lawmakers want to take a closer look at how the state monitors sex offenders living in nursing homes, and some advocates support changes to how those on the offender registry are classified. “You brought a problem to light that I really didn’t think about. I just want to look at what other states are doing and what Ohio can do to protect the other residents of the nursing homes and...
Tipp City razes controversial house

Tipp City razes controversial house

A one-story house in Tipp City that sat atop a large, corroding storm drain was demolished by the city Monday, wiping away years of controversy and finger-pointing in about an hour. The controversy had pitted the owner of the house at 274 Miles Avenue, James Labosky, against the city council and administration. The city eventually bought the house and decided to demolish it rather than attempt some...
Convicted rapist says his care hurt by his offender status

Convicted rapist says his care hurt by his offender status

Carlos Campos has long suspected his status as a registered sex offender contributed to problems getting quality care. Campos in 1979 was convicted of kidnapping, rape, attempted rape and having a weapon under disability. In her testimony during his trial, the 15-year-old victim recounted how Campos and another man forced her into their car and assaulted her for two hours, according to news accounts...
Lax rules, missing information put nursing home residents at risk

Lax rules, missing information put nursing home residents at risk

The residents of Roselawn Gardens knew another registered sex offender was being admitted to their small, one-story nursing home of roughly 40 beds. They were informed that his care plan, like the other six offenders in the Stark County home, would require checks every hour around the clock. What they didn’t know — what even the operators of the home say they didn’t know —...
5 things to know: Sex offenders in Ohio nursing homes

5 things to know: Sex offenders in Ohio nursing homes

Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the issue of sex offenders living in nursing homes.
Ohio’s sex offender registry missing critical information

Ohio’s sex offender registry missing critical information

Scott Russell Cook, 48, is in prison after pleading guilty to rape for the assault of an 85-year-old woman in the northeast Ohio nursing home where they both lived. Officials at Roselawn Gardens in Alliance said they had no idea Cook previously had attacked a 92-year-old woman at a Cleveland nursing home. Matt Dapore, COO of Roselawn owner Hillstone Healthcare, said a notation on the state sex offender...
Deputies fired over racist texts retired on disability

Deputies fired over racist texts retired on disability

Two Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies reportedly fired last year for exchanging racist text messages both quietly took disability retirement, an I-Team investigation found. A third employee given a 30-day suspension had that suspension reduced to three days, forcing the department to pay him back for several weeks of missed work. The discipline followed a sheriff’s office probe into...
Despite law, sex offenders living next to Ohio schools

Despite law, sex offenders living next to Ohio schools

….. Registered sex offenders in Ohio aren’t supposed to live within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare center, but the I-Team found six nursing homes currently housing nine offenders that are next door, across the street or around the corner from school properties. That includes a Springfield nursing home resident who has legally lived near Lagonda Elementary School for two years despite...
Special report examines dangers of sex offenders in nursing homes

Special report examines dangers of sex offenders in nursing homes

Nursing homes residents are among our most vulnerable citizens and safeguards are in place to protect them. But an investigation by this newspaper found that many seniors are not always safe from registered sex offenders who might be living down the hall. >> RELATED: Despite law, sex offenders live near schools The I-Team found that about 140 sex offenders reside in 43 nursing homes across Ohio...
Missing paperwork raises questions about pepper spray probe

Missing paperwork raises questions about pepper spray probe

A Montgomery County Jail sergeant was not disciplined for pepper spraying a restrained inmate in the face in November 2015, but she received a warning four months later for not completing required paperwork, according to county records obtained by this newspaper. Sheriff Phil Plummer has since said the incident — which spurred a lawsuit by the inmate, Amber Swink — violated department...
Miami U. sexual assault reports down; liquor, drug citations up

Miami U. sexual assault reports down; liquor, drug citations up

Reports of sexual assaults have steadily been decreasing at Miami University’s main campus in Oxford, according to a federally required report released by the university this month. There were 10 forcible sex offenses reported on campus last year and seven on non-campus property, compared to 18 total reports in 2014 and 20 in 2013. One of the survivors last year was a student who reported to...
Report: Rape outpaces other crimes at Ohio State

Report: Rape outpaces other crimes at Ohio State

There were more rapes reported at Ohio State University’s main campus last year than any other kind of major crime, such as aggravated assault, burglary, robbery or motor vehicle theft. This is according to OSU’s campus safety report, an annual report required of all colleges and universities under the federal Clery Act. The report says 25 rapes were reported on campus and five in non-campus...
Ranks of working poor include those who defend country

Ranks of working poor include those who defend country

Half an hour before the front doors were unlocked at 2 p.m., dozens of men and women stood in line Tuesday outside the FISH Food Pantry in Fairborn. “They will line up a couple of hours before we open,” said pantry food manager Jane Doorley. “Sometimes it will wrap around the building.” Among those waiting are fathers and mothers, some with disabilities, but most have jobs...
50 years later, memories of the west Dayton riot

50 years later, memories of the west Dayton riot

***** The recent I-Team special report on Dayton’s worst race riot brought back memories for two area men: one a relative of the man whose death sparked the Sept. 1, 1966 riot, another a local guardsman deployed in the aftermath. Hours after Lester Mitchell’s fatal shooting, Chip Lytle got a call at his home in Kettering. His National Guard unit was called up. Lytle was in the Ohio Army...
New law keeps inspector general reports public

New law keeps inspector general reports public

A new state law effective Wednesday prohibits Ohio courts from completely scrubbing findings of wrongdoing by state employees from the public record, a practice first revealed by the I-Team. Court expungement orders no longer will apply to investigative reports produced by the Ohio Inspector General. Previously, sealing these reports wiped out agency recommendations meant to improve oversight and...
The staggering cost to keep America safe

The staggering cost to keep America safe

Most Americans are familiar with the War on Terror being waged overseas, but fewer know about the U.S. government’s efforts to combat terrorism at home, which have consumed more than $1 trillion since al-Qaida hijackers turned passenger planes into guided missiles 15 years ago today. Drawing from years of post-9/11 data and experience, some question whether the threat of terrorism on American...
Payroll Project: 96 at Sinclair make more than $100K

Payroll Project: 96 at Sinclair make more than $100K

Administrators held the highest-paying jobs at Sinclair Community College in 2015, according to an I-Team analysis of payroll data at the public college. The first person with the word “professor” in his title ranked 16th in pay: mathematics professor Robert Chaney, whose 2015 gross pay was $132,013. Above him were eight vice presidents and two associate provosts. The high cost of college...
Lasting Scars: West Dayton and the 1966 riots

Lasting Scars: West Dayton and the 1966 riots

Fifty years ago, west Dayton burned. The drive-by shooting of a black man in front of his home kicked off one of the city’s worst race riots on Sept. 1, 1966. The killing was the final spark for west Dayton, which was seething with frustration over issues related to race and segregation. Today, Dayton metropolitan area remains one of the country’s most segregated. The Great Miami River...
Teen given probation in Ohio in sex assault case not going to UD

Teen given probation in Ohio in sex assault case not going to UD

A Massachusetts teen who pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges received court permission to serve probation while attending college in Ohio — saying he planned to attend the University of Dayton — and won’t have to register as a sex offender. UD officials wouldn’t discuss the issue Tuesday, but released a statement saying David Becker “will not be a student here this...
Payroll Project: Trotwood’s highest-paid employees

Payroll Project: Trotwood’s highest-paid employees

Trotwood City Manager Michael Lucking topped that city’s payroll last year despite leaving halfway through the year and becoming interim economic development director of West Carrollton, according to an I-Team analysis of city payroll data. Lucking made $149,578 last year, including vacation and sick leave payouts totaling more than $40,000 after he retired in July 2015. City leaders initially...
Payroll Project: Fairborn’s highest paid employees

Payroll Project: Fairborn’s highest paid employees

Ten Fairborn city employees brought home six-figure pay last year, which is twice as many as in 2014, according to an I-Team analysis of city payroll data as part of the I-Team Payroll Project. The city of more than 33,000 residents had 174 employees make at least $50,000 last year, slightly more than the 164 paid that much in 2014. The city’s highest public workers in 2015 were: 1. Deborah...
Wright State taking steps to get budget under control

Wright State taking steps to get budget under control

Wright State trustees today took steps to tighten controls over the school’s finances as they continue to assess the university’s budget deficit. University finance director Jeff Ulliman told trustees he is still tallying how much they will have to cleave from the school’s reserves to balance the books from last year. The school wrote off $4.5 million owed to WSU by its applied research...
With no law, panhandlers hit streets in force

With no law, panhandlers hit streets in force

Panhandlers in Dayton haven’t had to worry about being arrested in nearly a month because the city repealed its restrictive ordinance in July and a new law has yet to take effect. As a result, the city and downtown organizations have received increased complaints about people begging for money, especially at hot spots near highway exit and entrance ramps. “They were right back out there...
Payroll Project: UC coaches make more than $2 million

Payroll Project: UC coaches make more than $2 million

*** Eight of the University of Cincinnati’s 20 highest-paid employees last year were sports administrators or coaches, led by the head football and basketball coaches, who pulled in more than $2 million each. UC’s overall financial health has stayed flat in recent years as most of Ohio’s public four-year universities have declined, according to an I-Team analysis of state data. An...
Ohio official: Election will not be ‘rigged’

Ohio official: Election will not be ‘rigged’

The day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said at a Columbus rally that he’s concerned the November election will be “rigged,” Ohio’s elections chief countered by saying the state’s electoral process is fair and bipartisan. “Hillary Clinton is wrong when she says it is hard to vote and Donald Trump is wrong when he says the system is rigged,&rdquo...
Payroll Project: WSU exceeded payroll budget by $15 million

Payroll Project: WSU exceeded payroll budget by $15 million

*** A major driver of Wright State University’s budget deficit is the school’s exploding payroll costs. Last year, the university spent $15.2 million more in salaries and wages than what was budgeted, according to school budget documents. University officials concede this was one of several reasons WSU’s financial health took a massive hit, dropping to second lowest in the state...
Payroll Project: $200K, $300K salaries increasing at Miami University

Payroll Project: $200K, $300K salaries increasing at Miami University

*** Miami University officials credit conservative spending as a big part of why their overall financial health has remained among the strongest in the state in recent years. But this doesn’t mean the Oxford university’s payroll isn’t growing. Payroll records obtained as part of the I-Team Payroll Project show Miami paid 13 people more than $300,000 last year and 69 people more than...
Payroll Project: Football coach top earner at Miami University

Payroll Project: Football coach top earner at Miami University

*** Miami University officials credit conservative spending as a big part of why their overall financial health has remained among the strongest in the state in recent years. But this doesn’t mean the Oxford university’s payroll isn’t growing. Payroll records obtained as part of the I-Team Payroll Project show Miami paid 13 people more than $300,000 last year and 69 people more than...
Flag at half-staff: Old Glory etiquette debated

Flag at half-staff: Old Glory etiquette debated

For more than a third of the summer, American flags have flown at half-staff signifying a nation in mourning over terrorist attacks and the deaths of U.S. citizens. The lowered flag has been a symbol of Barack Obama’s presidency, due in part to a surge of national tragedies but also because the rules about when the flag flies at half-staff appear to be expanding. The I-Team dug into the history...
Local hospitals among hundreds with multiple privacy complaints

Local hospitals among hundreds with multiple privacy complaints

More than 700 allegations of patient privacy law violations have been filed against Ohio health care facilities since 2010, with most of the ensuing investigations closed after minimal guidance from the federal agency tasked with oversight. The largest health care privacy breach in Ohio occurred in Springfield last year when a contractor working for Community Mercy Health Partners inadvertently disposed...
Dead people got food stamps in Ohio, audit shows

Dead people got food stamps in Ohio, audit shows

A state audit released this week outlines abuses of Ohio’s food stamp program, including more than 1,800 instances of dead people receiving aid. The study of Ohio’s $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, covered the first six months of 2015. Problems uncovered, which included recipients carrying large balances on benefit cards and spending large sums outside the...
Audit: Food stamps awarded to dead Ohioans

Audit: Food stamps awarded to dead Ohioans

An audit of Ohio’s food stamp program found dozens of cases of dead people being awarded benefits and other instances of potential fraud, Auditor Dave Yost announced Tuesday. The findings included 36 cases in which recipients were issued $24,406 in benefits more than a year after their death, with $13,598 being spent in nine cases. “There needs to be tighter controls over these dollars...
Campus Sex Assaults: Zero rape reports at Central State raises concern

Campus Sex Assaults: Zero rape reports at Central State raises concern

….. Central State University had only one sex offense reported to campus police in 2014 and 2015, which was investigated as an assault. The university reported zero forcible sex offenses in 2014, the most recent year for which universities are required to report crime statistics under federal law. This is cause for concern for activists such as Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations...
Campus Sexual Assaults: Ohio U. victim ‘was failed on multiple levels’

Campus Sexual Assaults: Ohio U. victim ‘was failed on multiple levels’

….. The sexual assault that led Ohio University student Dedrick Peterson to be sentenced to five years in prison wasn’t the first time he was accused of sexually assaulting a female student. Peterson, a former member of OU’s marching band, pleaded guilty in February 2015 to three counts of sexual battery from an incident that ocurred at OU’s 2013 homecoming weekend. Peterson...
Campus Sex Assaults: Supreme Court decision made our analysis possible

Campus Sex Assaults: Supreme Court decision made our analysis possible

….. Many of the sexual assault police records reviewed as part of the I-Team’s investigation into how Ohio campus police handle rape cases has never before been made public. This is because prior to last year police at private universities — such as the University of Dayton and Wittenberg University — considered themselves exempt from the public records law that applies to...