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Investigations


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,&rdquo...
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

Staff Writers Jeremy P. Kelley and Cornelius Frolik contributed reporting. 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...
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...
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...