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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 -...
Need a job? Vets job fair will have dozens of employers

Need a job? Vets job fair will have dozens of employers

Dozens of employers will participate in a job fair geared to service members. The fifth annual “New Year, New Career,” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center, 10823 Chidlaw Road near Gate 12A off Ohio 444 in Fairborn. MORE NEWS: Air Force Marathon newest challenge: Run three races for new medal About 50 employers including defense contractors...
What consumers complained about most in Ohio in 2017

What consumers complained about most in Ohio in 2017

More than 3,700 of the consumer complaints filed with the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section in 2017 revolved around used car sales, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine. More than 22,000 complaints were filed at the office last year regarding issues with services and vehicles purchased from used-car vendors, topping the list with roughly 17 percent of the total complaints...
Dayton to plow neighborhood streets Saturday, official says

Dayton to plow neighborhood streets Saturday, official says

Dayton snow plow drivers were planning to clear residential side streets Saturday afternoon in the aftermath of a strong winter storm that blanketed the region with blustery winds, rain and snow, a city official said. Swirling winds and rapidly falling snow made keeping roads clear in the midst of the snowstorm hard, according to Fred Stovall, director of public works. RELATED: Winter storm packs...
Winter storm packs a punch, dumping snow across the region

Winter storm packs a punch, dumping snow across the region

A swirling winter storm packed a punch into early Saturday that dumped rain and then snow amid plunging temperatures that snarled Friday evening traffic commutes, temporarily shut highways because of accidents, and shuttered activities across the region into the weekend. The region was forecast for another round of snow Monday during the morning drive, according to WHIO-TV meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs...
Cincinnati Reds Caravan will make stop at Air Force museum

Cincinnati Reds Caravan will make stop at Air Force museum

Winter is in full swing, but the boys of summer will be in town in Dayton. The Cincinnati Reds Caravan will stop at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, greeting fans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. RELATED: Air Force museum attendance drops after initial surge Pitcher Amir Garrett, minor league catcher Tyler Stephenson, broadcasters Jeff Brantley and Jim Day, General Manager Dick...
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...
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...
Wright-Patt to send employees home early as winter storm approaches

Wright-Patt to send employees home early as winter storm approaches

Wright-Patterson will allow thousands of employees to leave early today with an impending winter storm approaching the Miami Valley, a spokesman says. The early departure was set to start at 1 p.m, said base spokesman Brian Brackens. “We will use a staggered release to reduce congestion,” said spokeswoman Marine Vanover. First responders, such as police and fire personnel, and Wright-Patterson...
Sinclair to finalize purchase of Centerville church by end of March

Sinclair to finalize purchase of Centerville church by end of March

Sinclair Community College’s purchase of Far Hills Church in Centerville may be finalized by the end of March. The state controlling board has approved Sinclair’s request to spend more than $9.6 million on the church and the nearly 40 acres of land it sits on. Sinclair plans to transform the church into a learning center once the deal is completed sometime in the next 11 weeks, said Sinclair...
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...
President Trump taps Kettering vice mayor Rob Scott for SBA post

President Trump taps Kettering vice mayor Rob Scott for SBA post

Kettering Vice Mayor Rob Scott started a new full-time job this week as regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Great Lakes Region, which covers six-states including Ohio. The post was appointed by President Donald Trump. Scott was an early Trump supporter, served as Trump’s deputy campaign manager in Ohio and was an elector for Trump at the Electoral College...
“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...
Alleged Trotwood shooter’s cruiser statements will be allowed in court

Alleged Trotwood shooter’s cruiser statements will be allowed in court

Unrecorded statements in the back of a cruiser made by alleged Trotwood shooter William D. Gibson after police say he shot at officers will be allowed in court, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge ruled Thursday. Gibson, 42, was transported to Montgomery County Jail on Oct. 13, 2017, after a standoff with police following his 911 call in which he said his wife accidentally shot herself in the leg...
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...
Miami University, WBI, reach deal to review Air Force research patents

Miami University, WBI, reach deal to review Air Force research patents

Miami University will partner with the Wright Brothers Institute to review promising technologies developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory for potential commercial spin-offs, officials say. WBI will pay Miami University $100,000 as part of the 18-month agreement, according to university spokeswoman Carole Johnson. “This is a new venture for us as far as an agreement like this,” university...
Dayton Mayor Whaley drops out of governor’s race

Dayton Mayor Whaley drops out of governor’s race

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ended her run for Ohio governor Friday and endorsed fellow Democrat Richard Cordray, saying “Now is the time for unity.” Whaley praised Cordray as smart and talented. “He believes in issues I care about, and he’s ready to fight for those every day Ohioans who have felt forgotten and ignored,” she said at an event with Cordray at the newly renovated...
Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci jumps in U.S. Senate race

Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci jumps in U.S. Senate race

Republican Jim Renacci is dropping his gubernatorial campaign to start running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, he said today. Renacci, a Congressman and business owner from Wadsworth, met with White House political staff and the National Republican Senate Committee on Wednesday. White House officials strongly encouraged Renacci to run for the Senate, said one source close to the Trump administration...
Crime Stoppers honors 4 Columbus police officers for saving would-be jumper

Crime Stoppers honors 4 Columbus police officers for saving would-be jumper

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers on Wednesday honors four Columbus police officers who last fall stopped a man from jumping off a Broad Street overpass and into traffic on I-71.  The incident last September, which began as an investigation of a man accused of assault, was captured on police body cameras, our news partners at 10tv.com (WBNS) reported.  Someone pointed out the suspect to Officer...
Democrat Theresa Gasper launches run against Congressman Turner

Democrat Theresa Gasper launches run against Congressman Turner

Theresa Gasper — a Beavercreek resident who has spent much of her adult life rehabbing residences in her childhood neighborhood in Dayton— is running for Ohio’s 10th U.S. House District in the upcoming Democratic primary. Gasper faces Democratic candidate Robert Klepinger, who has pulled a petition in Montgomery County, and Michael Milisits, who has filed papers with the Federal...
Pitch made to bring Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony to Dayton again

Pitch made to bring Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony to Dayton again

Dayton officials have made a pitch to the National Aviation Hall of Fame to bring back the next black-tie enshrinement ceremony since the decades-long tradition left the region for the first time ever in 2017. Dayton is one of five contenders for the ceremony this year, according to the NAHF. The other cities have not been named. Jacquelyn Powell, president and CEO of the Dayton Convention & Visitors...
Person killed in 10-vehicle Logan County crash identified

Person killed in 10-vehicle Logan County crash identified

The person killed in the crash has been identified as Lacy D. Smith, 56, of Powell.  The accident occurred as Smith was driving a Toyota Tundra west on U.S. 33 and the icy road conditions caused him to lose control of the vehicle, according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The vehicle went across the median, in to the eastbound lane and was struck by a semi trailer, the...
Want to make more money? Here are the 25 best paying jobs in America

Want to make more money? Here are the 25 best paying jobs in America

Health care dominates a new list of the 25 highest paying jobs in America. Professions in the medical field captured 14 of the 25 best jobs ranked by U.S. News & World Report in a new list out today. In fact, health care jobs took the top 11 spots in the annual job ranking. BIZ BEAT: Former Hobart Brothers CEO dies Anesthesiologists were reported to have the highest average salary in the nation, bringing...
What does Huber Heights medical pot ban mean for planned growing site there?

What does Huber Heights medical pot ban mean for planned growing site there?

A vote by Huber Heights city council this week to ban medical marijuana in the city will end a proposed small-scale growing facility on Executive Boulevard that got a license from the state of Ohio to open after initially getting a green light from the city. City law director Gerald McDonald shied council members away from discussing whether the vote opened them up to a lawsuit, but he said they could...
Who’s responsible for a fall on the ice- or snow-covered sidewalk at your home?

Who’s responsible for a fall on the ice- or snow-covered sidewalk at your home?

Who’s responsible if someone suffers an injury after falling on slippery sidewalks or steps of a home that have not been cleaned of ice or snow?  The answer: It depends on how the ice got there. “Under Ohio Law, we have the natural accumulation of snow and ice rule,” Seth Schanher, an attorney with Dyer, Garofalo Mann & Schultz, told News Center 7’s Malik Perkins on Tuesday...
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...
Softer Ohio graduation rules may be expanded for 2 more years

Softer Ohio graduation rules may be expanded for 2 more years

The state school board overwhelmingly recommended Tuesday that softer, non-test-based graduation requirements be extended to the Classes of 2019 and 2020. The relaxed standards have already been approved for current high school seniors (the Class of 2018). Those students still must pass 20 course credits, but rather than also passing state tests, they can earn a diploma by achieving any two of nine...
Ohio State suspends fraternity for 3 years, starts lifting bans on others

Ohio State suspends fraternity for 3 years, starts lifting bans on others

Ohio State University has suspended one of its fraternities for three years. OSU’s Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter was suspended for three years after an investigation found violations of the student code of conduct. The investigation found the chapter was guilty of hazing, endangering behavior and improper use of alcohol, a spokesman for Ohio State confirmed on Tuesday. “We hope that Tau Kappa...
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...
Vectren will sponsor Dayton Air Show three more years

Vectren will sponsor Dayton Air Show three more years

Vectren Corp. has reached a three-year agreement to continue sponsorship of the Dayton Air Show through 2021, organizers announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. RELATED: Blue Angels set to turn up the noise at Dayton Air Show Vectren has been the title corporate sponsor of the spectator event at Dayton International Airport for 18 years, organizers said. “We are grateful for...
Air Force museum attendance drops after initial surge

Air Force museum attendance drops after initial surge

Fewer people trekked to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the third consecutive calendar year, despite a surge of visitors the first year after a $40.8 million expansion opened in June 2016, figures show. The museum reported 829,424 patrons in 2017, a 2.45 percent drop from the prior year. In 2016, 850,720 people came to the world’s largest military aviation museum and in 2015 attendance...
University of Cincinnati sued by Richard Spencer over speech fee

University of Cincinnati sued by Richard Spencer over speech fee

The University of Cincinnati is being sued over a “cost-prohibitive” speech fee for white nationalist Richard Spencer by an attorney who represents the speaker.  The attorney filed a federal lawsuit late Monday night against the university, claiming the school asked him to pay too much for the cost of security, according to our partners at WBNS. Last year, the University of Cincinnati...
‘Fire and Fury’ book flying off local bookstore shelves

‘Fire and Fury’ book flying off local bookstore shelves

If you can’t wait to get your hands on “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” the controversial new book by Michael Wolff, there may be hope if you are willing to wait. Your best bet might be reserving an electronic copy of the book, which has earned the ire of President Donald Trump and led his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to walk back some comments attributed...
If Trump asks, Renacci may run for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat

If Trump asks, Renacci may run for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat

If President Trump asks him to do it, Republican Jim Renacci might switch from the Ohio governor’s race to running for U.S. Senate, Renacci spokesman James Slepian said Monday. “If the president or White House reaches out and asks him to step in to the Senate race, he would strongly consider that,” Slepian said. Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel had been the front runner in...
Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor against 6 other Democrats

Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor against 6 other Democrats

Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. member of Congress Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor, joining an already crowded field in the Democratic primary. Kucinich filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State on Monday to declare his candidacy and name a campaign treasurer. Kucinich, 71, launched his political career nearly 50 years ago when he served on the Cleveland City Council and later...
Ohio plans to require fencing on overpass work sites after death

Ohio plans to require fencing on overpass work sites after death

The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning to require fencing at some overpass construction sites after a Michigan man was killed when a sandbag was tossed onto an interstate and smashed through a car windshield. RELATED: Car teeters on freeway overpass The department is drafting a new rule that would require temporary fencing when workers remove permanent barriers at overpasses that are being...

Democratic governor candidate Bill O’Neill to announce running mate

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill says he’s going to name his running mate in the governor’s race on Tuesday. That will make him the second of the six Democratic candidates to announce who he is running with. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni announced last week he is running with Ohio Board of Education member Stephanie Dodd. The other Democrats running for governor include Dayton...
Group pushing ballot measure to increase regulation of puppy mills

Group pushing ballot measure to increase regulation of puppy mills

Following a dramatic showdown between animal rights groups and agriculture heavy weights seven years ago, Ohio struck a deal to bring about sweeping reforms for how farm animals are handled. But while officials made good on several promises, the state hasn’t acted in good faith when it comes to puppy mills, or large commercial dog breeders, according to the Humane Society of the United States...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Dayton’s favorite hippo-inspired ice cream is back

Dayton’s favorite hippo-inspired ice cream is back

Recent temperatures might have you opting for a nice warm cup of hot chocolate rather than a brain-freeze inducing ice cream cone.  However, Graeter’s Ice Cream’s latest announcement might be able to convince your taste buds otherwise.  >> Our favorite of Fiona’s 6-month pictures Earlier today, Graeter’s Ice Cream confirmed the return of its...
4-year-old girl dies after father’s street racing crash in Cincinnati

4-year-old girl dies after father’s street racing crash in Cincinnati

A 4-year-old girl died Tuesday after she was critically injured in a New Year’s Day crash. Police said her father crashed around 1:20 p.m. Monday during a street race with another driver on Winton Road near the intersection with Dutch Colony Drive. Terence McNulty, 25, was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus north on Winton Road and racing Gerald Howell, 30, who was driving a 2001 Audi A6, Cincinnati...
Grant will allow bikeway to be built on Huffman Dam, officials say

Grant will allow bikeway to be built on Huffman Dam, officials say

Cyclists will soon be able to ride on top of the Huffman Dam with ease as a nearly $325,000 renovation project was announced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday.  After receiving a Clean Ohio Trails grant at around $244,000, the Miami Conservancy District is set to build a 0.6 mile trail section for bikers, officials said in a press release. The path is set to be complete as...
From pizza delivery robots, to boozy ice cream, a look at new Ohio laws

From pizza delivery robots, to boozy ice cream, a look at new Ohio laws

Ohio lawmakers passed some interesting legislation in 2017 that has now gone into effect. Here’s a look at some of the oddest actions taken in Columbus recently: What’s better than ice cream? Answer: Ice cream with alcohol in it. The new state budget will allow liquor permit holders to make and sell ice cream that is up to 6 percent alcohol by volume. Starting Monday, retailers across...
Democrat Schiavoni announces running mate in Ohio’s governor’s race

Democrat Schiavoni announces running mate in Ohio’s governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni has chosen Ohio Board of Education member Stephanie Dodd as his running mate. Dodd lives at Buckeye Lake east of Columbus and was elected to the state school board in 2012. Among the six Democrats vying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich, Schiavoni is the first to pick his would-be lieutenant governor. Also running are...
Baby boy aardvark at the Cincinnati Zoo needs a name - any ideas?

Baby boy aardvark at the Cincinnati Zoo needs a name - any ideas?

A baby boy aardvark was born a few days before Christmas at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The zoo is now asking for the public’s help to name the baby born Dec. 21 to Ali, and to submit your suggestions via social media on the zoo’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Aardvark, which means “earth pig,” in South Africa, is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal...
Court to hear case of Ohio taking inactive voters off rolls

Court to hear case of Ohio taking inactive voters off rolls

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press COLUMBUS — Joseph Helle was expecting a different sort of reception when he returned home from Army tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and showed up to vote in his small Ohio town near Lake Erie. His name was missing from the voting rolls in 2011, even though Helle had registered to vote before leaving home at 18 and hadn’t changed his address...
Medical marijuana launches in Maryland: What’s it mean for Ohio?

Medical marijuana launches in Maryland: What’s it mean for Ohio?

From the outside, the building is nondescript, your typical medical office nestled near an acupuncturist, a doctor’s office and steps from a CVS pharmacy. From the inside, however, Bill Askinazi says he is watching medical miracles. An example: The 35-year-old man, toes on both feet pointed inward, hobbling in on crutches. He’d been suffering muscle spasticity so long that his hands were...
WATCH: Waffle House brawl in Lima caught on camera

WATCH: Waffle House brawl in Lima caught on camera

A video of a large fight inside a northern Ohio Waffle House is getting some attention on social media. The fight broke out among a large group of males and females around 3 a.m. Tuesday inside the restaurant on Neubrecht Road in Lima, according to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office posted video of the fight on its Facebook page Wednesday. It has since garnered...
Ohio TV crew robbed at gunpoint

Ohio TV crew robbed at gunpoint

A Cleveland TV news crew was robbed at gunpoint by three males, believed to be juveniles, Thursday.  A reporter and photographer for the CBS affiliate WOIO-TV were robbed on the city’s east side Thursday afternoon, according to the station.  The three robbers, who appeared to be juveniles, took cell phones and money. Neither victim was injured.  “One of our crews became...
New Ohio Republican Party chair looks back at first year

New Ohio Republican Party chair looks back at first year

One of the biggest changes in Jane Timken’s life the past year is the 37,000 additional miles on her car. The media often seek interviews. She chats occasionally with President Donald Trump. Someone created an entry about her on Wikipedia. With her children grown or nearly grown and away at school, she spends most nights away from her Jackson Township home near Canton, often only able to spend...
Local homeowners line up in rush to prepay taxes before new rules begin

Local homeowners line up in rush to prepay taxes before new rules begin

County officials are seeing a rush of homeowners wanting to prepay property taxes before the end of the year, as new rules effective in 2018 could change the way people benefit from tax deductions. Treasurers offices are busy in Montgomery and Warren counties dealing with increased call volumes and lines out the door this week. “People are lined up out the door and across the lobby. It started...
Longtime Cincinnati high school teacher dies weeks after hit-and-run crash

Longtime Cincinnati high school teacher dies weeks after hit-and-run crash

A Cincinnati high school teacher struck by a hit-and-run driver while volunteering earlier this month died from his injuries Tuesday, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.  Mark Klusman, 74, was a teacher at Elder High School for 50 years after graduating in 1961, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reports.  Klusman was hit by a car on Dec. 9 in the Cincinnati neighborhood...
Fairborn man sent to prison in child rape case

Fairborn man sent to prison in child rape case

A 25-year-old Fairborn man has been sent to prison after being convicted of rape in which the victim was a child younger than 13. Judge Stephen Wolaver last week sentenced Dakota Lacey to 10 years in prison for first-degree rape, and five years each for the third-degree felonies of gross sexual imposition and importuning, according to records with Greene County Common Pleas Court. The sentences will...
Ohio voters may change way Congress lines are drawn

Ohio voters may change way Congress lines are drawn

Political operatives for generations have redrawn legislative and congressional districts to benefit the party in power. But that could change in a big way in 2018, and Ohio will be in the forefront as reformers attempt to reduce the influence of partisanship in the drawing of political districts. A lot is at stake, including — some say — the polarization that defines American politics...
Pastor: Waffle House employees’ reaction ‘amazing’ after surprise big tip

Pastor: Waffle House employees’ reaction ‘amazing’ after surprise big tip

Five workers at the Wapakoneta Waffle House got a big surprise from a Celina church on Christmas Eve. The Grand Lake United Methodist Church’s lead pastor, the Rev. Mick Whistler, had each family save $1 a week during advent. During the 11 p.m. service Sunday for Christmas Eve, he surprised the congregation by telling them they’d be taking the money collected — $3,577, almost all...
Ohio may change the way teachers are evaluated

Ohio may change the way teachers are evaluated

The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) could see significant changes if a bill recently introduced by State Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) becomes law. Lehner, chair of the Senate Education Committee, spotlighted several changes proposed in Senate Bill 240: APRIL: State board supports changes to evaluations ** Lehner said the bill would change the data used to measure teacher performance, &ldquo...
Ohio congressman could run for president in 2020

Ohio congressman could run for president in 2020

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is known for bucking his party’s top leaders, but a different Ohioan could enter the presidential race in 2020 after getting notice for taking on one of his party’s most visible and powerful figures. It’s been a year since Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, launched a quixotic — and ultimately losing — campaign to oust Nancy Pelosi as the House Democratic leader...
Politico: Ohio, Indiana Senate races are ones to watch in 2018

Politico: Ohio, Indiana Senate races are ones to watch in 2018

Politico put out a list of U.S. Senate races to watch next year and Ohio’s made the list. Our neighbors in Indiana made the list too. The Ohio race ranked at #7 on the list. Here’s what Politico said about Ohio’s race between Democrat Sherrod Brown and either Republican Josh Mandel or Republican Mike Gibbons: 7. Ohio — Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown running for reelection A...
Naked postal worker accused of killing bosses faces federal murder charges

Naked postal worker accused of killing bosses faces federal murder charges

A federal murder complaint filed today accused 24-year-old Deshaune Stewart of killing two U.S. government employees for performing their official duties. Stewart, an apparently disgruntled postal worker, is accused of fatally shooting his supervisor Dec. 23 at the Dublin post office, and then slaying the Dublin postmaster at a Columbus apartment complex, our media partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reported...
Fire at vacant home appears to be suspicious, firefighters say

Fire at vacant home appears to be suspicious, firefighters say

The house is abandoned and boarded up, and firefighters say the cause of the blase is suspicious.  The fire was developing when firefighters arrived at the scene, but then it quickly spread. They put out the flame, but it reignited several times. Firefighters say they are working to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring houses.  We are responding to the scene of a fire at...
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