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Battle heats up over how Ohio should draw congressional district lines

Rather than fix a broken system, a plan backed by Republican state lawmakers will make certain Ohio voters get gerrymandered congressional districts for years to come, according to grassroots groups that are pushing a vastly different reform package. The groups — Common Cause Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio NAACP — came out against the lawmaker’s plan Monday, saying...
Closing arguments Tuesday in Montgomery County Jail mattress lawsuit

Closing arguments Tuesday in Montgomery County Jail mattress lawsuit

The civil lawsuit of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate who was denied a mattress could reach a federal jury Tuesday. Testimony wrapped up just after noon in David O. Cooper’s lawsuit against Montgomery County in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. RELATED: Inmate slept on toilet; jail staff hoped to protect him from himself U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice released jurors until Tuesday...
Ohio inmate wants to be killed by firing squad

Ohio inmate wants to be killed by firing squad

Attorneys for a condemned killer whose execution was stopped last year after 25 minutes of unsuccessful needle sticks are once again recommending the firing squad as an alternative. The execution could also proceed if the state adopts a closely regulated lethal injection process that includes a headpiece to monitor the brain activity of death row inmate Alva Campbell and medicine to revive him if...
Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement to return to Dayton in 2020

Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement to return to Dayton in 2020

A coveted National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony of aerospace legends will return to Dayton in 2020, the organization announced Monday. The enshrinement will be in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. this year, and at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Denver, Colo., in 2019 , the organization said. The site of the Dayton event was not announced, but in 2016 &mdash...
One trench death lawsuit defendant declares bankruptcy

One trench death lawsuit defendant declares bankruptcy

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the sister of a man “buried alive” when a Washington Twp. trench collapsed in June 2016 is on hold because one of the defendants has filed bankruptcy. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik Blaine dismissed the case involving the death of James B. Rogers, 33, of Winchester, because South Dayton Builders and Remodelers Inc. owner Timothy Scott...
Where do Ohio senators stand on shutdown vote?

Where do Ohio senators stand on shutdown vote?

The Senate has set for a noon vote today on a bill that would pay for the government to stay open through Feb. 8 — 10 days shorter than the original Feb. 18 end date that the House had passed. The idea, suggested Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was that the Senate would immediately after that move to resolve a debate over how to treat immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and...
Thousands head back to work at Wright-Patt as shutdown ends

Thousands head back to work at Wright-Patt as shutdown ends

Michael Heironimus, a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base civil service worker for nine years, trekked to work Monday only to be handed a furlough notice. The mood was somber, he said. “There is a lot of apprehension, especially folks who have not gone through this before and do not know what is going to happen,” he said. The shutdown, at least this time, was short-lived. Thousands of civilian...
Aggressive tactics from local drug agents are raising privacy concerns

Aggressive tactics from local drug agents are raising privacy concerns

Some Montgomery County hotels where opioid trafficking is known to occur voluntarily provide guest lists to law enforcement agencies — tactics that have raised privacy concerns in other states. Court testimony obtained by this news organization reveals that some hotels voluntarily turn over guest registries that law enforcement use to do background checks. In at least one case, a local hotel...
Sen. Sherrod Brown donates pay during shutdown

Sen. Sherrod Brown donates pay during shutdown

Under relentless attacks from Republicans for blocking a vote on a bill that would have kept the federal government open, Sen. Sherrod Brown said he would donate his paycheck during the shutdown to an Ohio diaper bank which helps low-income families.  Brown, D-Ohio, announced the move in a statement Saturday on the first full day of a partial shutdown of the federal government. Senate Democrats...
Women’s March draws thousands to downtown Dayton

Women’s March draws thousands to downtown Dayton

A few thousand women and supporters gathered at Courthouse Square Saturday on the near one-year anniversary of the marches that took place the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The event was organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others. The rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights...
Crowded governor field puts Democratic race up for grabs

Crowded governor field puts Democratic race up for grabs

Nobody denies the Democratic field of candidates running for Ohio governor is crowded. But the whether that is a good thing for the party — and its fortunes in November — depends on how the five candidates behave, according to political experts and party officials. “I am not sure we can assume that a tight primary will damage a candidate for a general election unless the party emerges...
Shutdown: Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough

Shutdown: Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown. Hundreds of people had trekked inside the world’s largest military aviation museum Saturday morning before the closure at 1 p.m. The fallout was the latest from the federal closure expected to affect thousands of workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force...
Wright Patt: Workers to show up Monday even if shutdown still in place

Wright Patt: Workers to show up Monday even if shutdown still in place

Thousands of Wright-Patterson employees were expected to report to work Monday morning for further instructions “to carry out orderly shutdown activities” if a partial federal government closure stuck at midnight Friday, base authorities said. The scenario could be a replay of October 2013 when most civil service employees at Wright-Patterson were sent home on furlough at the state&rsquo...
Democrat Kucinich picks running mate in Ohio governor’s race

Democrat Kucinich picks running mate in Ohio governor’s race

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Friday chose Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples as his running mate in his bid for Ohio governor. Samples fills out the field of lieutenant governor candidates in the 2018 race to replace Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is term limited. Kucinich, 71, on Wednesday announced his decision to run in the Democratic primary. Samples was elected to council in 2013, works...
Losers appeal Ohio medical pot licensing decisions

Losers appeal Ohio medical pot licensing decisions

State officials are scrambling to hold more than 60 appeal hearings for companies that did not win medical marijuana cultivator licenses in Ohio. So far, 68 of the 161 rejected applicants have filed for a “119 hearing,” in which a hearing officer listens to the state and the business present their cases on why the licensing decision should stand or be reversed. The window is still open...
Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Ohio’s flu-related hospitalizations increased by more than 50 from the previous week, new data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health said. The increase was smaller than previous weeks, prompting some optimism and words of caution from one local expert. “While it looks like (the flu) may be leveling off, it is still significantly higher than the five year average,” said...
Lawsuit against Clark County for jail death moves to federal court

Lawsuit against Clark County for jail death moves to federal court

The mother of a Springfield woman who died of an overdose in the Clark County Jail has refiled her lawsuit against the county in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Kristy Marie Parker, 32, died Jan. 20, 2016 from an overdose of drugs brought into the facility by another inmate. In March 2017, Marcia Galvan-Thompson was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter...
Wright Patt’s Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine marks 100th

Wright Patt’s Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine marks 100th

Filled with life-like medical mannequins, dark cargo plane fuselages and a centrifuge that spins humans in circles at high speed, the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine is unlike most schools. One of the biggest prizes gained at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in recent years, the school marked its 100th anniversary in ceremonies Friday. The $194.5 million school opened in a sprawling new building...
Threat of government shutdown wearing on workers

Threat of government shutdown wearing on workers

The specter of a partial federal government shutdown looms at midnight Friday, but many federal employees feel “immune” to the threat of being sent home in a repeated cycle of last-minute stopgap spending measures to avert a shutdown, union leaders say. “I think employees are actually getting immune to it,” said Troy Tingey, president of the American Federal of Government Employees...
How could government shutdown affect Springfield residents?

How could government shutdown affect Springfield residents?

Some Springfield seniors said they’re worried about their Social Security benefits should the government shut down this week, but a local professor says the affect in the Miami Valley won’t be great if it’s short. A shutdown could occur if lawmakers can’t reach an agreement this week on funding the government at least in the short term. The last federal government shutdown...
Revenge porn victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’

Revenge porn victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’

Nine months ago, Katelyn Bowden was shocked and humiliated to find intimate photos of her from her ex-boyfriend’s stolen cell phone landed on dozens of websites. Bowden reported it to the police, only to be told the only crime committed was the cell phone theft. “I was told that in the state of Ohio, the cell phone had more rights than me, a human being,” said Bowden, of Youngstown...
Fairborn first in nation to test Air Force tech for police, fire

Fairborn first in nation to test Air Force tech for police, fire

The city of Fairborn will be the first municipality in the nation to test Air Force Research Laboratory-developed technology to separate radio chatter that tends to get jumbled in emergency situations, officials say. GlobalFlyte, a self-described transformative technology firm, developed the integrated management system from both Air Force research and the commercial market to use communications,...
Ohio Chief Justice helps kick off county’s mental health court docket

Ohio Chief Justice helps kick off county’s mental health court docket

County jails were never meant to be de facto mental institutions, but they have become them, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor said Thursday. O’Connor was the keynote speaker as the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court inaugurated its mental health docket — the fourth specialty court after drug treatment, veteran’s court and the women’s therapeutic docket. O&rsquo...
Pillich picks Marion mayor as running mate in governor’s race

Pillich picks Marion mayor as running mate in governor’s race

Democrat Connie Pillich picked a three-term mayor and former public school teacher as her running mate in the 2018 race for Ohio governor: Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer. “I knew I needed a local leader to join me in making Ohio a place that works for everyone. Scott Schertzer had to make hard choices and tough calls during the depths of the recession, compounded by a state government that actively...
Logan County research center seeks $7.8M in state loans for expansion

Logan County research center seeks $7.8M in state loans for expansion

A nonprofit automotive research center in Logan County is seeking more than $7.8 million in low-interest state loans to assist with financing the construction of a state-of-the-art conference center and office space to accommodate new clients. The Ohio Controlling Board is expected to consider a request next week to grant about $8 million in low-interest loans to the Transportation Research Center...
What if a government shutdown happened? Five things to know

What if a government shutdown happened? Five things to know

The federal government faces a partial federal shutdown threat today without a $1.1 trillion appropriations spending budget or a temporary stopgap spending measure in place. Here’s what could happen in the Miami Valley if a shutdown occurs: FURLOUGHS: A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spokesman said this week the base had not received guidance on what actions to take. But the last time a federal...
Lawmakers take steps to remove Ohio Supreme Court justice from bench

Lawmakers take steps to remove Ohio Supreme Court justice from bench

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, a Democrat, is stepping off the bench Jan. 26 but Republican lawmakers are hot on his heels, calling for him to appear before the Ohio General Assembly to explain why he is campaigning for governor while also serving as a justice. Judicial conduct rules mandate that judges resign when the become candidates for non-judicial elected office, according to...
One Year Later: What do Ohio Dems who voted for Trump say now?

One Year Later: What do Ohio Dems who voted for Trump say now?

Saturday marks one year since the inauguration of President Donald Trump -- how is he doing? CNN Correspondent Martin Savage in Youngstown, Ohio, spoke to some Ohio Democrats who voted for Trump. The industrial city was hard-hit by job loss, business closings and population decline. The answer for many here was Donald Trump. In 2016, about 7,000 registered Democrats switched party affiliations, according...
LGBT bill picks up support in Ohio

LGBT bill picks up support in Ohio

For nearly 10 years, advocates for gay rights have pushed for legal changes that would protect LGBT Ohioans from discrimination in housing, jobs and places of public accommodation, but in each legislative session the efforts have stalled. State Rep. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, said this time around, though, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is backing the bill, giving her hope that it’s an idea whose...
Trial date scheduled for alleged Trotwood shooter

Trial date scheduled for alleged Trotwood shooter

The trial for alleged Trotwood “active shooter” William D. Gibson has been tentatively scheduled for March 5. Gibson, 42, faces 10 counts of felonious assault on peace officers and 11 other counts for allegedly firing at police after calling 911 on Oct. 13, 2017 to say his wife accidentally shot herself. RELATED: Alleged Trotwood shooter’s cruiser statements will be allowed in court...
Inmate slept on toilet; jail staff hoped to protect him from himself

Inmate slept on toilet; jail staff hoped to protect him from himself

David Cooper wore only a gown as he slept sitting up on a toilet in a Montgomery County Jail cell visible from an area lighted and air conditioned 24 hours per day, according to statements made in court Wednesday. Cooper, 35, who was determined to be a suicide risk by jail personnel, slept without a blanket in that condition — or on a concrete floor — for much of his four-month stay at...
First exercise of new year set at Wright Patt

First exercise of new year set at Wright Patt

Wright-Patterson will launch its first base-wide exercise of 2018 between Jan. 29 to Feb.5, authorities say. RELATED: Will a shutdown happen? Wright-Patt in holding pattern Base personnel and visitors may be delayed getting through or out of gateways at times during the security exercise, officials said. RELATED: Ohio fighter jet unit heads to Baltic region Communities outside the base may see more...
Kucinich enters governor’s race with call to “reclaim” the state and bring back Democrats who voted for Trump

Kucinich enters governor’s race with call to “reclaim” the state and bring back Democrats who voted for Trump

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich told local Democrats that it is time to reclaim Ohio and start spending state resources on things that help everyone rather than tax cuts for the wealthy. “I’m in the position to get in the game and say, ‘Look, this changes. We have to be fair to all Ohioans,’” said Kucinich, speaking to the South Dayton Democratic Club on Wednesday after...
Area community college to open Troy location this year

Area community college to open Troy location this year

A local community college is planning to open a new location in a northern suburb of Dayton. Edison State Community College in Piqua is planning to open a location in Troy later this year, spokeswoman Andrea Francis told this news organization. The community college plans to start offering classes at a Troy location this fall and one focus area for courses there will likely be health services, Francis...
Ohio officials tell residents not to worry: We’re not Hawaii

Ohio officials tell residents not to worry: We’re not Hawaii

Breath easy Ohio: The type of panic that occurred from a false alarm about an imminent missile strike in Hawaii over the weekend wouldn’t likely happen here. If you have a cell phone that receives text messages, you will automatically receive any alerts sent over the emergency system to warn Ohioans of tornadoes, flash floods or even an incoming ballistic missile. But Jay Carey, spokesman for...
Fears grow as shutdown deadline nears

Fears grow as shutdown deadline nears

President Donald Trump and Congress appear to be careening toward a partial shutdown of the federal government, though lawmakers expressed some hope Tuesday they can at least approve a temporary spending bill that would keep the government running beyond the Friday deadline. It’s far from a sure bet, though, and there are growing fears the government will partly close for the first time since...
State nears end of probe into deadly shooting involving Moraine police

State nears end of probe into deadly shooting involving Moraine police

The state has among the last pieces of evidence it needs to complete its criminal investigation into how a Dayton man died in an October shooting involving Moraine police officers. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation said Tuesday it has the final autopsy report on 23-year-old Jamarco McShann, who died from “multiple shotgun and gunshot wounds” after a confrontation with Moraine officers...
Jury picked in federal jail mattress case; openings Wednesday

Jury picked in federal jail mattress case; openings Wednesday

An 8-person jury was selected Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to hear the civil rights trial of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate who was forced to sleep without a mattress or blanket for parts of his four-month stay. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Court documents show that both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys agree that David O. Cooper, 35, has...
Will a shutdown happen? Wright Patt in holding pattern

Will a shutdown happen? Wright Patt in holding pattern

In a familiar and more frequent holding pattern in recent months and years, thousands of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees await word on whether the federal government will avert the latest shutdown threat on Friday. Congressional Democrats and Republicans appear further at odds now than perhaps anytime since September. Since then, Congress passed stopgap spending measures three times because...
Dayton man killed in Moraine police shooting died of multiple wounds

Dayton man killed in Moraine police shooting died of multiple wounds

A Dayton man killed in a shooting involving two Moraine police officers in October died of several gunshot wounds, according to the coroner’s office final report. The cause and manner of Jamarco McShann’s Oct. 20 death was “multiple shotgun and gunshot wounds,” the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said this morning. He could not specify how many wounds McShann sustained...
Ohio fighter jet unit heads to Baltic region

Ohio fighter jet unit heads to Baltic region

Ohio’s only fighter jet wing has sent 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons to Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, officials said. RELATED: New flight controls added to B-17F Memphis Belle The Toledo-based 180th Fighter wing deployed the fighter jets and 250 Ohio Air National Guardsmen to Amari Air Base, Estonia, in the Baltic region. The mission will last about three months, according to Staff...
Most barges accounted for after breaking loose on Ohio River

Most barges accounted for after breaking loose on Ohio River

Twenty-five of the 27 barges that broke free on the Ohio River recently have been accounted for, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The ice and high water from the weekend storm caused the barges to break free from Jack’s Run Mile 4 and float two miles down the river.  Some wound up against the Emsworth Locks and Dams, where operations are currently suspended, according to officials. ...
This area man turned a Twitter coach mix-up into hilarious ongoing joke

This area man turned a Twitter coach mix-up into hilarious ongoing joke

A man from Dayton has gained notoriety in recent weeks thanks to a college football coach of the same name. Jeremy Pruitt is a local man who was mistaken on Twitter by football fans as being the new coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. Another Jeremy Pruitt was named Tennessee’s football coach on Dec. 7. The mix-up began in...
Despite snowfall, hundreds of downtown Dayton marchers celebrate King

Despite snowfall, hundreds of downtown Dayton marchers celebrate King

A few inches of snow couldn’t keep hundreds of people from gathering to walk in Dayton’s march celebrating the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. “I march for the man, Martin Luther king Jr., that’s why I’m here. It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing, if it’s sleet, it does not matter,” said marcher Marlon Shackelford...
Jordan: Clinton, not Trump, sought Russia help to influence election

Jordan: Clinton, not Trump, sought Russia help to influence election

Rep. Jim Jordan has emerged as a top defender of President Donald Trump as the Justice Department’s Russia investigation continues, leading some to wonder if the GOP insurgent known for causing heartburn to the party establishment has become a surrogate for the president. For Jordan, it’s very straightforward: He says it was the Hillary Clinton campaign — not the Trump campaign &mdash...
Trial to start of inmate suing for not getting mattress in jail

Trial to start of inmate suing for not getting mattress in jail

The civil rights trial of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate forced to sleep for four months without a mattress or blanket is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The civil lawsuit is the first of several filed against jail staff in recent years for alleged abuse and/or neglect to go to trial. Four other cases have settled for $888,000 plus the county spent...
More public officials dinged for ethics violations

More public officials dinged for ethics violations

The Greene County developmental disabilities superintendent, a Harveysburg village council member and two state government administrators were among 26 public officials the Ohio Ethics Commission entered into settlement agreements with last year to resolve alleged ethics violations. This is an increase from 2016, when the state agency reprimanded 14 public officials. RELATED: 14 public officials reprimanded...
State bill halts West Carrollton farm animal work, but city posts survey

State bill halts West Carrollton farm animal work, but city posts survey

Pending state legislation has city planners suspending further research into allowing small farm animals in residential areas. But West Carrollton officials still are asking residents to weigh in by taking a short survey on the issue, which has been discussed in several area cities, Beavercreek, Dayton and Huber Heights among them. Ohio House Bill 175 would allow – but limit the number of -...
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: What we know about Wright Patt

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: What we know about Wright Patt

U.S. lawmakers are in session today but no deal is in sight to prevent an extended government shutdown. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday and other local governmental institutions, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be closed Monday as Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a deal to fund governmental operations. Both sides are dug in at the moment, with...
Drug crisis in Ohio: What solutions are making a difference?

Drug crisis in Ohio: What solutions are making a difference?

During a year of record deaths from drug overdoses in Springfield and across Ohio, glimmers of hope also exist as organizations and local governments have begun to find solutions that might make a difference. More than 30 news organizations statewide have partnered to share those solutions and help communities think about which ones might be adaptable locally. Your Voice Ohio will be holding forums...
Area law enforcement using hotel guest lists to track drug dealers 

Area law enforcement using hotel guest lists to track drug dealers 

In an effort to combat drugs coming into the area, local law enforcement agencies have started asking hotels to hand over guest lists so they can conduct background searches.Although the move raises privacy concerns, law enforcement officials said it’s necessary, given the area’s drug epidemic, said Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Brem, commander of the Miami Valley...
Good Samaritan closing: Employees still in shock 

Good Samaritan closing: Employees still in shock 

A day after the announcement that Good Samaritan Hospital will shut its doors for good at the end of the year, employees said their still trying to come to grips with the initial shock.  Some didn't know anything about it prior to the announcement, while others say they'd heard behind-the scenes rumblings. But all of them said Thursday that there's no way to prepare for the way in which they...

Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour. A dark sky is expected. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very bright. The shower peaks pre-dawn April 22. Eta Aquariids- This shower peaks May 5 before dawn. There are typically 10-20 meteors per hour. Delta Aquariids- View before July 27-30. The best viewing is before dawn. There are usually 15-20 meteors...
How the federal budget battle impacts Ohio’s medical marijuana industry

How the federal budget battle impacts Ohio’s medical marijuana industry

The only legal obstacle preventing federal prosecutors from cracking down on Ohio’s medical marijuana program is a budget provision that expired with the federal budget on Friday. The provision prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal funds to crack down on medical marijuana in states where it is legal. In Ohio, the medical pot program is supposed to be fully operational by...
Male shot in leg in Dayton, police searching for suspect

Male shot in leg in Dayton, police searching for suspect

The incident occurred as a group of juvenile males were walking east on Edison Street. When they got to Ardmore Avenue, a blue SUV showed up and fired shots, striking one of the males in the leg, police said.  The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment. Police are searching for suspects after an 18-year-old male was shot in the leg at the intersection of Edison Street  and...
Premier planning to redevelop Good Sam site once hospital closes

Premier planning to redevelop Good Sam site once hospital closes

Premier Health officials have told this news organization that they want to "transform" the soon-to-be former main campus of Good Samaritan Hospital once the facility closes at the end of the year. They don't know exactly what redevelopment will look like on the site once the buildings are razed, but they say it's a process they will be here to see through. "Unlike other Dayton-based...
4 jailed suspects did Facebook Live during standoff in Dayton

4 jailed suspects did Facebook Live during standoff in Dayton

Four people remain in Montgomery County  Jail in connection to a SWAT standoff in Dayton Thursday.  Around noon Thursday, Justin D. Simmons, 23, was taken into custody for aggravated burglary; inducing panic;  and various warrants for traffic and parole violations, according to the jail website. Also arrested with him were Nichole Floyd, 22, for inducing panic; ...
Hippo Kiss: Fiona’s smooch on canvas can be yours

Hippo Kiss: Fiona’s smooch on canvas can be yours

In celebration of the first birthday of Fiona — the premature hippopotamus who beat the odds and captured hearts around the globe — fans will get a chance to win a one-of-a-kind “Hippo Kiss” painting, and become an official Fiona parent. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is marking Fiona’s first birthday with a special ADOPT (Animals Depend on People Too) promotion...
Pastor: Community ‘in shock’ after news about Good Samaritan closing

Pastor: Community ‘in shock’ after news about Good Samaritan closing

Hours after Good Samaritan Hospital officials announced Wednesday that the facility will close later this year, reaction about the community impact has been wide ranging. "It's devastating news, I was shocked" said Daryl Ward, pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton.  His church is just down the street from Good Samaritan Hospital, and he’s had conversations with his parishioners...
Another cold night, but gradual warm-up coming

Another cold night, but gradual warm-up coming

Wind chills will fall to around zero degrees under mainly clear skies overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Another cold night ahead Dry, temperatures approach freezing Thursday Warm-up continues, chance for rain this weekend Thursday: Sunny skies return with a slow warm-up getting underway. Highs will be near 30 degrees by late afternoon. Friday: Mostly...
VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

The meteor lit up the sky Tuesday just after 8 p.m. The dashboard cam video was shared by Mike Austin as he was driving north on I-75 near Bloomfield Hills, north of Detroit, Michigan.  The meteor was also seen from northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario, Canada.  It is not known whether the meteor dissipated in the atmosphere or made it to the ground or into Lake Michigan.
Local Republicans Jordan, Davidson at odds with party over spy bill

Local Republicans Jordan, Davidson at odds with party over spy bill

When the Republican-controlled U.S. House this week approved an extension of a National Security Agency program that permits the agency to monitor phone calls and e-mails between foreigners abroad and Americans, local Republicans Warren Davidson of Troy and Jim Jordan of Urbana were among the 164 lawmakers to vote no. The bill, which now goes to the Senate where passage is expected.. Opponents say...
Gov candidate Cordray talks shape of Ohio, Mellencamp lyrics in odd tweets

Gov candidate Cordray talks shape of Ohio, Mellencamp lyrics in odd tweets

Democrat Richard Cordray was barred by federal law from talking politics while serving as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the past seven years. Now he is running for Ohio governor and he is unleashed. He’s taken to Twitter and his comments are getting a lot of reacitons. “Ohio has a unique and pleasing shape, I have always thought. Kind of a pentagon or home plate...
Body found wrapped in cloth on Dayton property identified

Body found wrapped in cloth on Dayton property identified

The body of a woman found in the brush on a property in the first block of Ernst Avenue Friday has been identified as that of Kathleen Driscoll, 31, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. According to a Dayton police report, Driscoll’s body was found “concealed in the tightly wrapped blue cloth and appeared to have some type of black tape keeping the...
Ohio Senate candidate: President Trump ‘says what people are thinking’

Ohio Senate candidate: President Trump ‘says what people are thinking’

As politicians from both parties weighed in on reports that President Donald Trump referred to countries such as Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole” countries, two key Ohio Republicans responded in wildly different ways. Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci, who dropped out of the GOP gubernatorial primary Thursday in order to run for the U.S. Senate, appeared on Fox & Friends, where he defended the...
Ohio Republican Senate race battle of multimillionaires

Ohio Republican Senate race battle of multimillionaires

Ohio’s U.S. Senate Republican primary now pits two multi-millionaires against each other, with both claiming the anti-establishment mantle. Cleveland investment banker Mike Gibbons was already in the GOP race when front-runner, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, dropped out last week. On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, said he was dropping his bid for Ohio governor and entering the Senate...
“Hillbilly Elegy” author mulls Senate bid, but does he live in Ohio?

“Hillbilly Elegy” author mulls Senate bid, but does he live in Ohio?

Even as Ohio advisers to “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance say Vance is seriously considering launching a bid against Sen. Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate, Republicans privately are concerned that the author, who has never before held public office, may have problems that would prove disastrous to his bid. Key among their concerns: His residency and his critical comments about President...
Ohio looks for ways to change how congressional districts are drawn

Ohio looks for ways to change how congressional districts are drawn

A Republican redistricting proposal drew a stiff rebuke from the groups gathering signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment in November, meaning Ohio could have separate ballot issues this year that change how congressional districts are drawn. Unless the parties agree on a single plan, the Republican proposal could appear on the May primary ballot and a separate proposal drafted by groups...
Timeline for Friday’s winter storm

Timeline for Friday’s winter storm

After a brief thaw Thursday the Miami Valley will get another big taste of winter. Here is the latest thinking and timeline for this winter storm.  Thursday: The warmest day of the week by far means highs near 60. This is good news for the roads since there won’t be any chances for frozen precipitation. That said, moisture streaming in ahead of this system will bring the chance for rain...
Butler Twp. police are looking for men who burglarized a Vandalia self-storage unit 

Butler Twp. police are looking for men who burglarized a Vandalia self-storage unit 

Butler Twp. police are still looking for as many as two men who eluded police after stealing property and a pickup truck from a self-storage facility in Vandalia. The storage units, in the 10780 block of Engle Road, are believed to have been broken into by one or two men Monday morning.  They broke into several storage units to steal furniture, electronics as well as a pickup and trailer to haul...
Woman accused of stealing from elderly man in Miami County

Woman accused of stealing from elderly man in Miami County

A Troy woman was indicted by a Miami County Grand Jury on a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing money from an elderly person pleaded not guilty in county Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Summer Cook, 34, is accused of a third-degree felony for allegedly stealing approximately $11,000 from the man and using it for her personal use between April 2016 and June 2017, according to county prosecutors...
Democrats Cordray, Sutton join forces in governor race

Democrats Cordray, Sutton join forces in governor race

Former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray has joined forces with former congresswoman and Obama-era official Betty Sutton in the race for Ohio governor. The move comes as Democrats position to win back control of the key battleground state in November. The new team is expected to draw big-name Democratic support that could include former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden...
Significant winter storm possible Friday into Saturday

Significant winter storm possible Friday into Saturday

Our Storm Center 7 meteorologists are closely monitoring a potential winter storm that could impact the Miami Valley as we end the week. The travel forecast for Thursday through Saturday is a mixed bag of precipitation, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said Wednesday. The evening commute is expected to feature wet roads as rain showers move in through the overnight.  “As cold...
RTA to offer free rides on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

RTA to offer free rides on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The RTA will offer free rides to the Dayton community all day during Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15., according to a press release.  The service will be for all RTA regular fixed route buses and RTA Connect paratransit services. RTA buses will operate on a reduced Saturday service schedule in observance of the holiday Monday. RTA business offices will also be closed in accordance...
Democrat O’Neill picks school principal to join governor ticket

Democrat O’Neill picks school principal to join governor ticket

Democrat William O’Neill has picked a Cleveland educator as his running mate in the race for Ohio governor. Chantelle E. Lewis, of East Cleveland, is a former city council member and school board member, a one-time Cleveland schools teacher and a current elementary school principal in Lorain County. O’Neill caused a national stir in November when he volunteered candid details of his sexual...
Troy woman admits to pain medicine theft from relative in hospice care

Troy woman admits to pain medicine theft from relative in hospice care

A Troy woman accused of stealing prescription drugs belonging to a relative who was under hospice care pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft of drugs in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Melissa Clark, 53, was charged with the Nov. 11 possession of the stolen medications, including morphine pills. She was on probation at the time of the offense after pleading to another charge involving theft of liquid...
Man accused of using fake $100 bills at Upper Valley Mall

Man accused of using fake $100 bills at Upper Valley Mall

A Columbus man has been accused of passing fake $100 in Clark County and across the Miami Valley region. Derrick Wilford, 29, has been charged with three counts of forgery. He appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday but his case was continued. Springfield police met with agents of the U.S. Secret Service in July to discuss counterfeit $100 bills turning up at banks in Springfield, Huber...
Man accused of passing counterfeit bills, committing other crimes in Midwest arrested in Troy

Man accused of passing counterfeit bills, committing other crimes in Midwest arrested in Troy

A man suspected of passing $100 counterfeit bills was back in court Monday, days after being arraigned for forgery and other crimes, according to a press release.  The additional counterfeit charges against Jurode Jordan, 31, at large, was filed by Troy police.  Jordan was previously arraigned Friday in the same court on warrants charging him with six counts of forgery and single counts...
Convicted felon charged after firing shots in home

Convicted felon charged after firing shots in home

A Dayton man who was previously convicted of a crime was arrested Sunday morning after he told police he fired a weapon in his home to scare his girlfriend, according to a police report.  Robert L. Barber, 59, was charged with weapons under disability and aggravated menacing, and ordered in to court.  Bonds set at $500,000 in human trafficking, sex crime case  Officers were dispatched...
Piqua ice anglers enjoy great day for fishing

Piqua ice anglers enjoy great day for fishing

Ice anglers on Ohio’s lakes and reservoirs Sunday had a great day for fishing. The ice was thick and the temperatures were well above zero. On Echo Lake and Franz Pond in Piqua, fisherman mostly were fishing for bluegills. Many were using ice shanties to stay warm. In Ohio, fishermen must have a fishing license to fish, including ice fishing. For information, visit the Ohio Department...
School district changes bullying policy after child suicide

School district changes bullying policy after child suicide

An Ohio schools superintendent isn't saying whether changes to its bullying policies have been influenced by the suicide of an 8-year-old boy who reportedly had been bullied. Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell tells WCPO-TV the district website now has a prominent link for reporting bullying, that teachers and staff are receiving more training, and the district has hired a social...
Rep. Jim Jordan: AG Jeff Sessions should resign over DOJ leaks

Rep. Jim Jordan: AG Jeff Sessions should resign over DOJ leaks

Local Congressman Jim Jordan says Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign because he can’t control leaks from the Department of Justice and the FBI. In an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner, Jordan, R-Urbana, and fellow House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said “it’s time for Jeff Sessions to go.” Several recent news stories focusing on...
Lawyer: Ohio man thought Pat Sajak directed him to kill mother

Lawyer: Ohio man thought Pat Sajak directed him to kill mother

An Ohio man who reportedly believed "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak instructed him to kill his elderly mother has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that a judge made the ruling Thursday in the murder case against 48-year-old Derrick Williams. Defense attorney Brian Pierce says the Williams believed he was getting messages from the TV game show...
AAA: The severe weather causing more drivers to be stranded

AAA: The severe weather causing more drivers to be stranded

The recent cold and precipitated weather has halted numerous drivers in the Miami Valley during their trips. Since Dec. 26, AAA's Roadside Rescue Team has come to the aid of more than 6,000 stranded drivers in the area, according to AAA.  >>WEATHER: Five day forecast Senior specialist for public and government affairs for AAA Kara Hitchens highlighted the two major reasons for stranded...
Blackwell: Lawsuits, Democrats at fault for end of voter fraud panel

Blackwell: Lawsuits, Democrats at fault for end of voter fraud panel

Blaming “a knot of lawsuits” and “a wall of resistance” from Democratic election officials, former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell said President Donald Trump made “the right move” to scrap an advisory council he created to study election fraud in the United States. As Democratic officials cheered the panel’s demise, Blackwell, one of its 12 members...
Feds want to add citizenship question to U.S. Census

Feds want to add citizenship question to U.S. Census

The Department of Justice has requested that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire — a move critics say could keep immigrant populations from participating and supporters say is needed to enforce Voting Rights Act. The decennial census is a key government function that aims to count everyone living in the U.S. in order to determine representation in Congress and...
Car hauler overturns on I-275 near Cincinnati airport

Car hauler overturns on I-275 near Cincinnati airport

A portion of Interstate 275 east near the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport is expected to be shut down for hours after a semi hauling cars overturned Thursday.  The crash occurred around 11 a.m. on eastbound I-275, about six miles west of the airport exit, according to our news partners WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials estimate the highway...
Keep pets safe as more coyote sightings are reported in area

Keep pets safe as more coyote sightings are reported in area

More people across the state are reporting an increased number of coyote sightings, and with that are more reports of coyotes taking out people’s pets. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife said this is partly because it is easier to see the animals when there is snow on the ground. The coyote is not native to Ohio, but the versatile animal can be found in all of Ohio&rsquo...
1 winning ticket sold in $570 million Powerball jackpot

1 winning ticket sold in $570 million Powerball jackpot

One Powerball ticket was sold matching all six numbers for the $570 million grand prize in New Hampshire, according to Associated Press. The winning numbers for Saturday’s $570 million Powerball jackpot are 12, 29, 30, 33, 61 and Powerball 26. It’s not immediately known whether there is a winner for the drawing yet. The Mega Millions numbers are 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and 10. The Mega...
Why does Ohio purge voters?: 5 things to know about Supreme Court case

Why does Ohio purge voters?: 5 things to know about Supreme Court case

Thousands of Ohio residents have been removed from Ohio’s voter rolls because they didn’t vote in some elections. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 10 in the disputed practice, which generally pits Democrats against Republicans. The case has taken on added importance because the parties have squared off over ballot access across the country. Democrats have accused Republicans...
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