Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio.

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Weekend rain brings more flooding worries, could topple trees
 Widespread showers Saturday possibly laden with thunderstorms Saturday night will add to the region’s flooding risk and push already swollen local rivers to a crest on Sunday – all adding to woes south along the Ohio River. A National Weather Service flood watch extends until 10 a.m. Sunday in Butler, Clark, Greene, Montgomery...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Widespread showers Saturday possibly laden with thunderstorms Saturday night will add to the region’s flooding risk and push already swollen local rivers to a crest on Sunday – all adding to woes south along the Ohio River. A National Weather Service flood watch extends until 10 a.m. Sunday in Butler, Clark, Greene, Montgomery...
Family member jailed on arson charges in Dayton house fire
 A 23-year-old man remains jailed in connection to a fire set Thursday at his family’s Terry Street home in Dayton. James Dennis was booked Thursday into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of three counts of aggravated arson. He will be arraigned Monday in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show. Dayton police arrested...

Posted: a day ago

A 23-year-old man remains jailed in connection to a fire set Thursday at his family’s Terry Street home in Dayton. James Dennis was booked Thursday into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of three counts of aggravated arson. He will be arraigned Monday in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show. Dayton police arrested...
Youth jobs program that trains thousands faces new funding fight
 A summer jobs program that trains and employs nearly 2,000 Montgomery County teenagers — most low-income — began taking applications earlier month, but it faces financial challenges again. YouthWorks, described by county leaders as “critical,” was saved from the state budget axe two years ago but again faces a looming...

Posted: a day ago

A summer jobs program that trains and employs nearly 2,000 Montgomery County teenagers — most low-income — began taking applications earlier month, but it faces financial challenges again. YouthWorks, described by county leaders as “critical,” was saved from the state budget axe two years ago but again faces a looming...
Study: Damage from opioid crisis tops $1 Trillion
 The country’s opioid crisis is estimated to have taken an economic toll of more than $1 trillion since 2001 to and may go up half again by 2020, according to an analysis released by a nonprofit health researcher.   Annual cost of the crisis, in constant 2016 dollars, increased from $29.1 billion in 2001 to an estimated $115 billion...

Posted: a day ago

The country’s opioid crisis is estimated to have taken an economic toll of more than $1 trillion since 2001 to and may go up half again by 2020, according to an analysis released by a nonprofit health researcher.   Annual cost of the crisis, in constant 2016 dollars, increased from $29.1 billion in 2001 to an estimated $115 billion...
Jail review group picks company to help after inmate deaths, lawsuits
 A group formed to examine claims of prisoner mistreatment in the Montgomery County Jail — where two inmates died in the past month — selected a consulting firm Tuesday to study operations there. Immediately after that, though, the committee approved an additional consultant to help the first one. RELATED: 5 firms want to study...

Posted: 3 days ago

A group formed to examine claims of prisoner mistreatment in the Montgomery County Jail — where two inmates died in the past month — selected a consulting firm Tuesday to study operations there. Immediately after that, though, the committee approved an additional consultant to help the first one. RELATED: 5 firms want to study...
Ohio Air Guard F-16 fighter jets will fly at night this week
F-16 crews from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing flew training missions out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2013, as their home runway at Toledo Express Airport is repaved. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF FILE PHOTO

Posted: 3 days ago

F-16 crews from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing flew training missions out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2013, as their home runway at Toledo Express Airport is repaved. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF FILE PHOTO
Willis Blackshear dies: Longtime county official worked to save people’s homes, ‘not afraid to speak up’
 Longtime Montgomery County Recorder Willis E. Blackshear, a Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart who friends say worked to increase black voter participation and protect citizens from predatory lenders, died Monday. He was 57.  “He had the largest impact getting people to recognize the value of diversity and to make sure...

Posted: 4 days ago

Longtime Montgomery County Recorder Willis E. Blackshear, a Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart who friends say worked to increase black voter participation and protect citizens from predatory lenders, died Monday. He was 57.  “He had the largest impact getting people to recognize the value of diversity and to make sure...
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Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear tells Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton about the issue of local housing foreclosures as she brought her campaign to the Miami Valley in 2008, meeting with local people caught in the crisis. Staff photo by Chris Stewart

Posted: 4 days ago

Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear tells Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton about the issue of local housing foreclosures as she brought her campaign to the Miami Valley in 2008, meeting with local people caught in the crisis. Staff photo by Chris Stewart
Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear dies
 Willis E. Blackshear, longtime Montgomery County recorder and Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart, has died, Dayton and county officials confirmed today. He was 57. “He was always passionate about public service and really passionate about how people can make a difference in their communities if they got involved in politics...

Posted: 4 days ago

Willis E. Blackshear, longtime Montgomery County recorder and Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart, has died, Dayton and county officials confirmed today. He was 57. “He was always passionate about public service and really passionate about how people can make a difference in their communities if they got involved in politics...
Ohio flu update: ‘One of the worst strains’ in a decade or more
 More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to new state data released Friday. And there a couple months to go before the illness typically subsides for the season.  Also, the number of people reporting flu-like-illnesses to doctors continues to rise, trending up three weeks in a...

Posted: 6 days ago

More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to new state data released Friday. And there a couple months to go before the illness typically subsides for the season.  Also, the number of people reporting flu-like-illnesses to doctors continues to rise, trending up three weeks in a...
Flu hospitalizations hit 10,000 in Ohio, more than 230 in Clark County
 More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to Ohio Department of Health data released Friday. That includes 232 people in Clark County. Also, the number of people reporting flu-like-illnesses to doctors continues to rise, trending up three weeks in a row and climbing more than 18 percent...

Posted: 7 days ago

More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to Ohio Department of Health data released Friday. That includes 232 people in Clark County. Also, the number of people reporting flu-like-illnesses to doctors continues to rise, trending up three weeks in a row and climbing more than 18 percent...