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Family member arrested for alleged arson in Dayton house fire
  Dayton police arrested a man Thursday afternoon in connection with a fire just hours after city firefighters rescued people from the second floor and roof of the burning house. Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital — with one of them reportedly suffering from life-threatening injuries. James Dennis, 23, of...

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 Dayton police arrested a man Thursday afternoon in connection with a fire just hours after city firefighters rescued people from the second floor and roof of the burning house. Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital — with one of them reportedly suffering from life-threatening injuries. James Dennis, 23, of...
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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...
Willis Blackshear,
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

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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
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
NEW DETAILS: Ohio flu hospitalizations soar above 10,000
 More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to Ohio Department of Health (ODH) data released Friday. 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 during the reporting week. MORE...

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More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to Ohio Department of Health (ODH) data released Friday. 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 during the reporting week. MORE...
Kettering superintendent: Students, parents need to stay alert, report strange behavior
 Wednesday’s deadly school shooting in Florida is a “stark reminder of the issues facing our country and our schools,” wrote Kettering City Schools Superintendent Scott Inskeep in an email to parents and students Thursday. Inskeep stressed the importance for students and parents to remain both observant for strange behavior...

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Wednesday’s deadly school shooting in Florida is a “stark reminder of the issues facing our country and our schools,” wrote Kettering City Schools Superintendent Scott Inskeep in an email to parents and students Thursday. Inskeep stressed the importance for students and parents to remain both observant for strange behavior...
Schools have hardened against threat of attacks
 Access to schools now bears faint resemblance to when Chad Wyen first became an educator.   “We were able to have the doors open in the summertime. There was no fear of somebody coming into the building to do harm,” said Wyen, the Mad River Local Schools superintendent. “Really, the security of the building itself was...

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Access to schools now bears faint resemblance to when Chad Wyen first became an educator.   “We were able to have the doors open in the summertime. There was no fear of somebody coming into the building to do harm,” said Wyen, the Mad River Local Schools superintendent. “Really, the security of the building itself was...
Local superintendent after mass shooting: ‘The kids are scared’
 At about the time a gunman began killing 17 people at a Florida school Wednesday, nearly 1,100 miles away, a Dayton middle schooler was caught with a loaded gun that prompted students to dive to the floor. That came one day after a Montgomery County kindergarten student carried a loaded gun into school. And Thursday, a Butler County 14-year-old...

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At about the time a gunman began killing 17 people at a Florida school Wednesday, nearly 1,100 miles away, a Dayton middle schooler was caught with a loaded gun that prompted students to dive to the floor. That came one day after a Montgomery County kindergarten student carried a loaded gun into school. And Thursday, a Butler County 14-year-old...
Loaded guns showing up in younger hands at area schools
 For the second time in as many days and the third in about four months, a juvenile has brought a loaded handgun to one of the region’s schools. A school resource officer recovered a loaded gun from a student at Edwin Joel Brown Middle School Wednesday after students spotted the student with the gun on the school’s playground,...

Posted: 7 days ago

For the second time in as many days and the third in about four months, a juvenile has brought a loaded handgun to one of the region’s schools. A school resource officer recovered a loaded gun from a student at Edwin Joel Brown Middle School Wednesday after students spotted the student with the gun on the school’s playground,...
Kindergarten student brings loaded pistol to local school
 A kindergarten student brought a loaded pistol to class Tuesday, but investigators determined there was a “lack of criminal element” and decided no charges would be filed against the student’s mother or her boyfriend who owns the gun, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s report.  Deputies responded to the...

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A kindergarten student brought a loaded pistol to class Tuesday, but investigators determined there was a “lack of criminal element” and decided no charges would be filed against the student’s mother or her boyfriend who owns the gun, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s report.  Deputies responded to the...
New treatment court therapy aims to keep families intact
 Jennifer Buehler and Eddie Thomas regained custody of their son last week, 10 months after Jennifer “was gone” from a drug overdose. »RELATED: #myopioidpledge: How a Dayton hospital network is trying to get personal to battle overdoses “It took 14 Narcans,” she said. “When I came to I didn’t know...

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Jennifer Buehler and Eddie Thomas regained custody of their son last week, 10 months after Jennifer “was gone” from a drug overdose. »RELATED: #myopioidpledge: How a Dayton hospital network is trying to get personal to battle overdoses “It took 14 Narcans,” she said. “When I came to I didn’t know...
2nd person charged with threatening juvenile judge on social media
 A mugshot has been released of a second man charged with making threats on social media toward juvenile court judge Anthony Capizzi. Marquan Cooper, 22, is wanted on a charge of intimidation.  A second person has now been charged with making threats on social media toward juvenile court judge Anthony Capizzi. Marquan Cooper, 22, of Dayton...

Posted: 14 days ago

A mugshot has been released of a second man charged with making threats on social media toward juvenile court judge Anthony Capizzi. Marquan Cooper, 22, is wanted on a charge of intimidation.  A second person has now been charged with making threats on social media toward juvenile court judge Anthony Capizzi. Marquan Cooper, 22, of Dayton...
Montgomery County: Auditor’s race may feature familiar foes
 Republican challenger Harry Bossey has again filed petitions to challenge current Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith in November.   It would be the third straight race pitting the two if the Board of Elections certifies their nominating petitions later this month.  MORE: County Commission hopefuls again include former Dayton...

Posted: 14 days ago

Republican challenger Harry Bossey has again filed petitions to challenge current Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith in November.   It would be the third straight race pitting the two if the Board of Elections certifies their nominating petitions later this month.  MORE: County Commission hopefuls again include former Dayton...
3 file petitions to replace retiring Montgomery County juvenile judge
 At one point, seven people had signaled intentions to replace retiring Judge Nick Kuntz on the Montgomery County Juvenile Court bench. But only three potential candidates turned in nominating petitions with the Board of Elections. Helen Wallace, a Democrat from Centerville, and two Republicans, C. Ralph Wilcoxson II, of Dayton who sought...

Posted: 14 days ago

At one point, seven people had signaled intentions to replace retiring Judge Nick Kuntz on the Montgomery County Juvenile Court bench. But only three potential candidates turned in nominating petitions with the Board of Elections. Helen Wallace, a Democrat from Centerville, and two Republicans, C. Ralph Wilcoxson II, of Dayton who sought...
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