Investigations


Rauch was ordered repeatedly to clean up unauthorized waste

Montgomery County health officials accused Steve Rauch of improperly disposing of trash in a licensed landfill and cattle farm he owns in 2016 — two years before he was charged this week with felony counts of illegal dumping, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. A large pile of industrial safety glass from Fuyao Glass America was improperly dumped in the Dayton landfill owned by Rauch&rsquo...
What makes a good teacher? We visit a Dayton classroom led by two ‘rock stars’

What makes a good teacher? We visit a Dayton classroom led by two ‘rock stars’

The roughly 25 seventh-graders at Edwin Joel Brown Middle School were broken into five groups. One worked on a computer math program, another on written problems. One watched a video, while another played a Jenga-like math game. Special education teacher Jamie Vieson coached the fifth group. Math teacher Erica Denham rotated among the groups. Every eight minutes, the students switched to a different...
Do Dayton teachers stack up? How the district is trying to put ‘high quality teaching’ in every classroom

Do Dayton teachers stack up? How the district is trying to put ‘high quality teaching’ in every classroom

Changing the way many of the roughly 1,000 Dayton Public Schools teachers teach is key to the district avoiding a state takeover, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. The issue is so critical Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli took what she called an unprecedented step to shut down schools for mandated training for all of their teachers. She also has beefed up their curriculum department, increased...
Former CJ teacher loses license after being accused of sexual misconduct

Former CJ teacher loses license after being accused of sexual misconduct

A former Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School math teacher surrendered her teaching license last year after she was accused of having an improper sexual relationship with a CJ student in the 1980s, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Ann E. Meyers had her license suspended as part of a settlement agreement with the Ohio Department of Education in July 2017. Under the settlement, Meyers agreed...
Teacher misconduct: Nearly 600 teachers disciplined; 125 had licenses revoked last year in Ohio

Teacher misconduct: Nearly 600 teachers disciplined; 125 had licenses revoked last year in Ohio

An unprecedented number of educators in recent years had their professional licenses permanently taken away for misconduct, some of it taking place inside the classroom, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. The revocations include a Xenia elementary school teacher convicted of assaulting a 7-year-old boy, a Huber Heights teacher accused of improper contact with a high school student and a...
Police: Records from mishandled child abuse case ‘could not be located’

Police: Records from mishandled child abuse case ‘could not be located’

Dayton police cannot find records related to the botched investigation of the alleged abuse of Brayden Ferguson by Ryan “Luke” St. John more than a year before St. John beat the 2-year-old to death. Go here to read the full story on what records are missing and how city leaders are reacting. A Dayton Daily News investigation into Brayden’s death found critical mistakes were made...
Centerville’s highest-paid employees in 2017: I-Team Payroll Project

Centerville’s highest-paid employees in 2017: I-Team Payroll Project

Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have a suggestion for our Payroll Project, email I-Team...
Ohio House Rep. denies opponent’s claim he kissed and choked her

Ohio House Rep. denies opponent’s claim he kissed and choked her

Jocelyn Smith, the Fairborn woman running in the Republican primary against State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, is accusing him of kissing and choking her in his Jeep in January 2015. Perales, who is serving his third term in a district that includes Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other parts of western Greene County, denied choking Smith or having any sexual contact with her, including kissing...
I-Team Payroll Project: With multiple paychecks, coroner makes $317K

I-Team Payroll Project: With multiple paychecks, coroner makes $317K

Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have a suggestion for our Payroll Project, email I-Team reporter...
Sex offender says Ohio’s registry ‘destroys lives,’ should be abolished

Sex offender says Ohio’s registry ‘destroys lives,’ should be abolished

Derek Logue is a member of one of the few groups it is socially acceptable for people to openly hate. He knows online comments on this story will likely refer to him in the most vulgar terms, and no one will come to his defense. But Logue said people like him are being unfairly discriminated against, and he thinks something should be done about it. Logue is one of 17,236 adult registered sex offenders...
Centerville: Former police chief violated contract, but not law

Centerville: Former police chief violated contract, but not law

Former Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson did not break the law by getting paid by the state for teaching classes during the same hours his timesheets say he was working for the city as chief, according to an investigation by an attorney the city hired to review the allegation. The investigation found Robertson violated the terms of his contract by not getting written permission for the side...
Montgomery County No. 1 for public records issues, state auditor says

Montgomery County No. 1 for public records issues, state auditor says

The Ohio Auditor of State issued 14 citations against public agencies in Montgomery County last year for running afoul of state public records rules, more than in any other county in Ohio. Problems identified ranged from not having a public records policy to improperly releasing someone’s Social Security number in response to a records request. They occurred at cities, townships, charter schools...
7 controversies that cost Wright State millions of dollars

7 controversies that cost Wright State millions of dollars

Wright State University is struggling to balance its books. School administrators say they can avoid fiscal watch – a designation that signals a public university is in financial crisis – by increasing their reserves by $6 million by June 30. But university trustees learned recently that they spent $6 million over their budget on employee health benefits. Wright State’s spending...
Multi-million dollar WSU lawsuit could hinge on ‘handshake’ agreement with former president

Multi-million dollar WSU lawsuit could hinge on ‘handshake’ agreement with former president

Former Wright State University consultant Ron Wine had a “handshake agreement” with WSU’s president to pay Wine millions of dollars in performance bonuses for securing state and federal research contracts for the university, according to depositions in Wine’s lawsuit that seeks $4.5 million from the school. The depositions raise questions about how vigilant the university was...
Cop killings up so far in 2018; Westerville officers mourned

Cop killings up so far in 2018; Westerville officers mourned

Two Westerville police officers killed last weekend and another slain Tuesday in Chicago brought to 12 the number of cops gunned down in the line of duty this year, marking a dramatic increase in such tragedies compared to this time in previous years. The last such incident locally was New Year’s Day 2011, when Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed at...
Forgotten cash a windfall for Kettering family

Forgotten cash a windfall for Kettering family

A Kettering couple has been trying to unravel a mystery that surrounds a sizable pile of forgotten cash. Cindy and Marvin Frilling recently learned from the I-Team that $54,203.21 is sitting in an unclaimed funds account in Columbus under the name of Minnie Frilling, Marvin’s late mother. “I had no clue that kind of money would be floating around or sitting somewhere. Had no idea,&rdquo...
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...
How will Ohio know gun owners don’t use medical pot? The honor system

How will Ohio know gun owners don’t use medical pot? The honor system

Once Ohio’s medical marijuana program gets off the ground, the state will rely on the honor system to ensure those seeking concealed-carry permits aren’t also licensed to use pot for medical reasons. Federal law prohibits cannabis users from possessing a gun or getting a CCW, but background checks conducted before Ohioans buy firearms or get a concealed-carry permit won’t indicate...
New trustees may target consultant’s $119-per-hour contract

New trustees may target consultant’s $119-per-hour contract

Both of Miami Twp.’s two newly elected trustees are questioning the need for a part-time compliance officer who the township is paying $119.46 per hour. “If the trustees and the administrator are doing their jobs, I don’t know why a compliance officer is necessary,” said John Morris, the top vote-getter in the election. “If in fact there is a need, why can’t we...
Area police agencies not certified in state standards include two in 2017 officer-involved shootings

Area police agencies not certified in state standards include two in 2017 officer-involved shootings

Law enforcement agencies not fully certified in new state standards regarding deadly force and community relations include two departments involved in some of the region’s most recent officer-involved shootings. The Ohio Department of Public Safety this week said 506 police agencies that represent eight out of every 10 Ohio police officers have complied with the standards, created in the...
Local jails overcrowded, failing safety standards, investigation shows

Local jails overcrowded, failing safety standards, investigation shows

The Montgomery County Jail housed 791 people during its November 2016 inspection. The state says it should house no more than 443 to ensure staff and inmates are safe. The Clark County Jail had 195 inmates during its last inspection — 28 over its state-recommended capacity. In fact, of 12 jails in an eight-county region in southwest Ohio, seven had more inmates than their state-recommended capacity...
Oops: One year later, Kettering library’s driveway rebuilt

Oops: One year later, Kettering library’s driveway rebuilt

Taxpayers are footing the bill for a rebuilt driveway entrance to the Dayton Metro Library Kettering-Moraine branch after library officials deemed the year-old roadway to be hazardous. The driveway design met code, but was the cause of accidents and complaints, said library spokeswoman Jayne Klose. “Code is one thing, but how it is working is another,” Klose said. “The big issue...
Miami U’s handling of rape case under scrutiny

Miami U’s handling of rape case under scrutiny

Miami University is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for how it handled an accusation of rape by one student against another. The investigation is looking into a University process that took nine months to review the student’s sexual assault claim when such reviews are supposed to take about 60 days. Also, the investigation is looking into whether other students were left...
WSU firing long-suspended provost; researcher resigns

WSU firing long-suspended provost; researcher resigns

Wright State University’s leaders have taken steps to fire former provost Sundaram Narayanan, who has been on paid suspension for more than two years during a federal investigation of possible violation of immigration laws, according to records obtained by the I-Team. University researcher Phani Kidambi who was also suspended since May 2015 because of the federal probe, resigned from the university...
Violence surges at Dayton’s female prison, report says

Violence surges at Dayton’s female prison, report says

Inmate violence has surged in recent years at Dayton’s all-female prison, according to state inspection reports obtained by the Dayton Daily News. There were 75 inmate-on-inmate assaults last year at Dayton Correctional Institution, compared to 40 in 2015 and 14 in 2014. Inmate-on-staff assaults likewise grew. There were 27 last year, up from 18 in 2015 and only 3 in 2014. The findings come...
The I-Team asks: Are firefighters getting paid to sleep?

The I-Team asks: Are firefighters getting paid to sleep?

As several area cities update their fire stations, some proudly tout improved spaces for their firefighters to sleep at the station. Trenton Fire Chief Darrell Yater said in an interview this week that a new $2.5 million fire station there will feature actual beds instead of break room recliners and couches. The city of Kettering’s new fire stations feature individual bedrooms for each first...
Ohio college confident feds won’t block pot testing lab

Ohio college confident feds won’t block pot testing lab

A spokesman for Hocking College in Athens County says school officials are optimistic the federal government won’t intervene in the Ohio school’s plans to host the the state’s first medical marijuana testing laboratory. “It seems in our estimation that the current administration is very much concerned about states rights, and we figured that this would not be a problem going...
Lost mail may have led Ohio to deny aid to an assault victim

Lost mail may have led Ohio to deny aid to an assault victim

*** A woman applied for aid from the Ohio Victims Compensation Program after her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her in April 2016. The state denied the claim saying she refused to honor a subpoena to appear in court and testify against her assailant, despite multiple attempts to reach her. “The facts in this claim have been thoroughly reviewed and we recognize your loss,” the denial letter...
Mother, wearing ankle device so ICE can monitor her, awaits certain deportation 

Mother, wearing ankle device so ICE can monitor her, awaits certain deportation 

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m. (Oct. 24): Fatiha Elgharib now is locked in a pattern that will end with her being deported to Morroco. Every Monday she has to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, who will decide when her last day in the United States will be.  The ankle monitor she wears these days is insurance for the ICE authorities, in case she goes into hiding. Her pleas for mercy...
Fund to help victims initially denied to woman beaten up in her home

Fund to help victims initially denied to woman beaten up in her home

*** Paula Humphrey, a 70-year-old Dayton woman who was assaulted last year by a juvenile who broke into her home, criticized the Ohio Victims Compensation Program as confusing and bureaucratic, especially for someone still putting their life together after a crime. “I didn’t expect it to be so difficult, she said, though she eventually did get some compensation. “It wasn’t...
With small pharmacies disappearing, Medicaid cuts seen as culprit

With small pharmacies disappearing, Medicaid cuts seen as culprit

More than 90 pharmacies in Ohio closed their doors last year and others say they may have to do the same because of a dramatic decrease in reimbursements from Medicaid managed care plans. “We’re spending money on Medicaid as taxpayers, but it’s not going to the providers,” said Bob Curlis, who owns Sidney Hometown Pharmacy, one of two independent pharmacies in this city of...
Murder victim’s family denied aid because of prior drug use

Murder victim’s family denied aid because of prior drug use

*** Columbus attorney Michael Falleur says he routinely sees victims of assault who are denied help from the Ohio Victims Compensation Program because they have drugs in their system, and it doesn’t matter if the drugs are a factor in the crime. “That dirty tox screen is going to disqualify them even if it had nothing to do with their victimization,” he said. “They ended that...
I-Team: Teen says she was raped, given drugs. Why was she denied aid from Ohio victims fund?

I-Team: Teen says she was raped, given drugs. Why was she denied aid from Ohio victims fund?

*** A 17-year-old who was abducted and allegedly sexually assaulted before being rescued from a motel in Moraine was denied assistance from the Ohio Victims Compensation Fund. The reason: drugs were found in her system. It didn’t matter that her family said she was fed the drugs by her abductors, who intended to force her into sex trafficking. “The victim’s program they have in place...
Strict rules in Ohio program deny payouts to thousands of victims

Strict rules in Ohio program deny payouts to thousands of victims

An Ohio program that compensates crime victims rejects thousands of applicants each year — including victims of rape and assault and the families of those murdered — because of strict rules that disqualify people for reasons that include criminal or drug histories. Advocates say the state goes too far toward helping only victims it deems worthy. The Ohio Victims Compensation Fund program...
Suspended WSU prof wants to teach off-campus

Suspended WSU prof wants to teach off-campus

A suspended Wright State professor who is under a restraining order that keeps him from coming within 500 feet of a student who accused him of inappropriately touching her has asked the school to let him teach off-campus, according to university disciplinary records obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Those records show Nasser Kashou adamantly denies the allegations, claiming he was demonstrating his...
Ohio to get $19.6M settlement from EpiPen false claims case

Ohio to get $19.6M settlement from EpiPen false claims case

Ohio’s Medicaid program will get a reimbursement of $19.6 million from the maker of the EpiPen after years of underpaid rebates. The payment is part of a larger $465 million settlement between Mylan Inc. and the federal government officially announced by the Department of Justice Thursday. Mylan is making the repayment to resolve allegations that the company misclassified its EpiPen epinephrine...
County’s review of questionable tax breaks slowed by appraisal appeals

County’s review of questionable tax breaks slowed by appraisal appeals

A Montgomery County Auditor’s Office review of property owners possibly getting hundreds or thousands of dollars in tax breaks they may not be eligible for — an issue uncovered in an I-Team investigation — isn’t done because the office has to finish dealing with the recent county-wide property value appraisal first, officials say. The I-Team in June identified thousands of...
Are black female inmates given smaller cells at county jail?

Are black female inmates given smaller cells at county jail?

Nine months after the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office pledged an expedited probe of claims of racial segregation at the jail in response to a Dayton Daily News investigation, it’s unclear if any action was taken in response. RELATED: Sheriff investigating claims of segregation at jail Instead, the sheriff’s office has fired one of the corrections officers who complained about...
NEW DETAILS: Company raided in December had contract dispute with city

NEW DETAILS: Company raided in December had contract dispute with city

Demolition contractor Steve Rauch is again doing work for the city of Dayton after a dispute in 2014 that resulted in the city terminating four of his contracts for problems that included allegations Rauch’s workers used improper fill material after demolitions, city records show. Rauch was awarded a $267,320 contract in May 2016 to demolish nuisance residential properties through 2017, city...
Dayton terminated contracts with demolition contractor 3 years ago. Now he’s doing work for the city again

Dayton terminated contracts with demolition contractor 3 years ago. Now he’s doing work for the city again

Demolition contractor Steve Rauch is again doing work for the city of Dayton after a dispute in 2014 that resulted in the city terminating four of his contracts for problems that included allegations Rauch’s workers used improper fill material after demolitions, city records show. Rauch was awarded a $267,320 contract in May 2016 to demolish nuisance residential properties through 2017, city...
Dayton officers’ remarks suggest racial profiling, judge says

Dayton officers’ remarks suggest racial profiling, judge says

A Montgomery County judge has thrown out evidence against a man arrested on gun charges in an order saying the Dayton police officers “staged” their justification for pulling him over and made remarks “that strongly suggests racial profiling.” The order from Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven Dankof granted a motion to suppress evidence found in the traffic stop, including...
What will new downtown library do about vagrants?

What will new downtown library do about vagrants?

As the Dayton Metro Library prepares to unveil its new, $64 million flagship downtown building, officials know the old library had a perception problem: people not comfortable going there for fear of vagrants and panhandlers. “It keeps coming up,” said library director Timothy Kambitsch in a recent interview. He said security is increased in the new building with more security guards and...
A sneak peek at Dayton’s $64M downtown library

A sneak peek at Dayton’s $64M downtown library

When downtown Dayton’s main library branch opens to the public Aug. 5, the sparkling $64 million building will represent the centerpiece of a nearly $200 million voter-approved initiative to renovate libraries across the region. The main branch is opening nearly nine months behind its original schedule and fell behind minority contracting goals, but library officials say it’s on budget...
Amid panhandlng problem, group is on front lines fighting homelessness

Amid panhandlng problem, group is on front lines fighting homelessness

Beneath the train tracks along North Keowee Street just south of the Mad River is a village for the destitute. Scattered mattresses are surrounded by a carpet of broken glass, clothing strips, beer cans, potato chip bags and water bottles. “Home is where the heart is,” is spray-painted on a cement post. It’s called “The Trestle” by the Miami Valley Housing Opportunities...
Dayton group home owner could lose license over forgery conviction

Dayton group home owner could lose license over forgery conviction

A mental health residential home in Dayton is at risk of losing its license to operate after its owner pleaded guilty to forging checks — and now faces additional theft charges. Clark’s Boarding Home, 915 W. Grand Ave., currently houses 14 clients, according to an employee of the home who wouldn’t give her name. State records show the home is owned and operated by Karen L. Clark...
Reporter: 7 things I learned hanging out with Dayton panhandlers

Reporter: 7 things I learned hanging out with Dayton panhandlers

We see them every day, silently posted at numerous intersections around town holding cardboard signs pleading for help. Dayton city and Montgomery County officials say people shouldn’t give cash to panhandlers. They say the money would be better spent given to a social service agency that can provide lasting help to these individuals, help they would be more likely to seek if people stopped...
Ohio county admits people got tax break they didn't deserve

Ohio county admits people got tax break they didn't deserve

A Florida-based company that owns an office park in Miami Twp. is eligible for more than $8,000 a year in tax credits meant for owner-occupied homes. A Kettering company that purchases distressed real estate gets the owner-occupied tax credit on 65 properties, including on its offices on South Dixie Drive. A Pennsylvania-based company that owns an apartment complex on Riverside Drive in Dayton gets...
County auditor to review questionable tax breaks found by I-Team

County auditor to review questionable tax breaks found by I-Team

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith has pledged a “comprehensive review” of the owner-occupancy tax credit program after an I-Team investigation found thousands of rental and business properties getting a tax break meant for people who own and occupy their homes. The I-Team’s analysis identified thousands of properties that are registered as rentals through the auditor’s office...
Thousands of area rental properties get tax break meant for homeowners

Thousands of area rental properties get tax break meant for homeowners

A tax break meant for people who own and occupy their own home is applied to thousands of properties across Montgomery County that are registered as rentals, as well as numerous others owned by businesses. This is according to an I-Team analysis of Montgomery County tax records. For most homeowners, the tax credit comes out to less than $100 a year. But its cumulative impact to the county’s...
Locally shot Redford movie could cost Ohio coffers more than $3M

Locally shot Redford movie could cost Ohio coffers more than $3M

Robert Redford’s film about a bank heist partially shot in Dayton could cost the state of Ohio nearly $3.4 million in tax write-offs and payouts, according to state records. That’s the amount the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit approved for “Old Man and the Gun,” which filmed recently in areas in southwest Ohio, including Dayton and Hamilton. The credit is equal to 30 percent...
I-Team Payroll Project: Bellbrook’s highest paid employees

I-Team Payroll Project: Bellbrook’s highest paid employees

The city of Bellbrook paid 27 employees more than $50,000 last year, mostly in the police and fire departments, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employee payroll. City manager Mark Schlagheck was again the city’s highest paid employee, grossing $108,819 last year. Another five employees earned more than $90,000. Local governments make payroll with your...
‘Our process failed us,’ hospital CEO says

‘Our process failed us,’ hospital CEO says

Dayton Children’s Hospital has revamped its policies — including a new requirement that a staff chaperone be made available during all sensitive procedures — in the wake of allegations a doctor there improperly touched the breasts of two teen-age patients during exams. The doctor, Dr. Arun Aggarwal, was stripped of his Ohio medical license Wednesday by the State Medical Board of...
I-Team Payroll Project: Clayton’s highest paid employees

I-Team Payroll Project: Clayton’s highest paid employees

The city of Clayton paid 32 employees more than $50,000 last year, mostly in the police and fire departments, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employee payroll. City manager Richard Rose was again the city’s highest paid employee, grossing $124,332 last year. In 2015, he was the only city worker who earned six figures; last year, he was one of three...
I-Team Payroll Project: Sinclair College’s highest paid employees

I-Team Payroll Project: Sinclair College’s highest paid employees

The highest-paid employee at Sinclair Community College last year was the school’s president, Steven Johnson, who received $411,570, an I-Team review of payroll records shows. Johnson’s pay was higher than Central State University’s president, but shy of presidential compensation at Miami University or Wright State. Administrators topped Sinclair’s payroll. The 11 highest-paid...
Children’s hospital CEO: ‘Could we have done better, absolutely’

Children’s hospital CEO: ‘Could we have done better, absolutely’

Dayton Children’s Hospital CEO Deb Feldman addressed hospital staff Wednesday about the handling of allegations of sexual misconduct by former pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Arun Aggarwal. A staff-wide email went out Wednesday after the state medical board stripped Aggarwal of his license over allegations he improperly touched the breasts of two teenage female patients. In the email, Feldman...
I-Team Payroll Project: UC’s highest paid employees

I-Team Payroll Project: UC’s highest paid employees

The University of Cincinnati’s athletic director and basketball and football coaches were together paid more last year than the school’s 10 top academics and administrators combined. The school’s top paid employee last year was head basketball coach Mick Cronin, who grossed $2.25 million. His pay along with head football coach Tommy Tuberville and athletics director Michael Bohn...
Board revokes license of doctor accused of touching two teens’ breasts

Board revokes license of doctor accused of touching two teens’ breasts

The State Medical Board of Ohio voted Wednesday to permanently revoke the license of Dr. Arun Aggarwal, a former physician at Dayton Children’s Hospital accused of improperly touching the breasts of two female patients. The board also criticized the response of officials at the hospital, where Aggarwal practiced as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Medical staff there “dragged their feet&rdquo...
Vote expected on license for doctor accused of touching teens’ breasts

Vote expected on license for doctor accused of touching teens’ breasts

The State Medical Board of Ohio is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to take action against the license of a doctor at Dayton Children’s Hospital accused of improperly touching the breasts of two teenage patients. A medical board hearing examiner in March concluded that pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Arun Aggarwal “engaged in sexual misconduct” with the patients and recommended...
I-Team Payroll Project: Miami University’s highest paid employees

I-Team Payroll Project: Miami University’s highest paid employees

As Miami University’s overall fiscal health remains stable, pay for its top administrators is rising, according to an I-Team analysis of payroll data for the public university. Miami’s highest paid employee last year was football coach Charles Martin, whose $529,401 pay last year was $62,800 higher than he received in 2015. The second-highest earner, David Hodge, retired as university...
Former Cincinnati VA official indicted

Former Cincinnati VA official indicted

Former Cincinnati VA Medical Center chief of staff Barbara Temeck was indicted this month on charges that she improperly dispensed controlled substances. The charges filed in federal district court accuse Temeck of prescribing Valium and Hydrocodone in 2012 and 2013 in violation of federal code. RELATED: Top VA official in Ohio forced out This follows a VA internal investigation last year that substantiated...
I-Team Payroll Project: Greene County’s highest paid employees

I-Team Payroll Project: Greene County’s highest paid employees

Greene County’s highest paid employee last year cashed out $48,137 in unused sick and vacation leave, pay, an option available to few in the private sector. That county’s highest payout recipient last year was Deborah Capuano, a director of adult services at the Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She retired after more than 30 years of service with 362 hours of vacation...
I-Team Payroll Project: Montgomery County’s highest paid employees

I-Team Payroll Project: Montgomery County’s highest paid employees

Montgomery County’s highest paid employee last year more than doubled his pay by cashing out thousands of hours of unused sick and vacation pay, an option available to few in the private sector. Former Montgomery County Coroner’s Office pathologist Lee Lehman retired with 3,000 hours of sick leave and 600 hour of vacation in August to get a check for $193,200. He was then rehired as chief...
Taxpayers on hook for $444M in unused state worker leave

Taxpayers on hook for $444M in unused state worker leave

Ohio taxpayers are on the hook for more than $444 million owed to state employees for unused vacation and sick leave payouts, a benefit available to few in the private sector, an I-Team investigation found. Tens of millions more are owed to county, city and other government employees, some of whom are able to cash out five- or six-figure payouts. Former Montgomery County Coroner’s Office...
Audit: Underbilling, cost overruns led to WSU’s budget woes

Audit: Underbilling, cost overruns led to WSU’s budget woes

Wright State University leaders say they have taken steps to fix oversight lapses in recent years that cost the cash-strapped university millions of dollars, sparked a federal criminal probe and allowed a litany of spending that was questioned in a recently released forensic audit of the school’s research spending. Underbilling for contracts and budget overruns cost the university more than...
Audit questioned deal between WSU, former police chief

Audit questioned deal between WSU, former police chief

Wright State University agreed to pay up to $250,000 to an affiliated non-profit to hire former WSU police chief Michael Martinsen a year after he was terminated from the university, according to a forensic audit of Wright State’s research arm released last week. Included in Martinsen’s compensation was a $50,000 signing bonus, according to the audit. “Wright State paid (Advanced...
City suing drug maker alleges monopoly on infant seizure medication

City suing drug maker alleges monopoly on infant seizure medication

A city in Illinois is suing the manufacturer of a specialty drug that treats infant seizures, alleging an illegal monopoly and price gouging. The suit alleges Mallinckrodt ARD, formerly Questcor, has taken advantage of its hold on the market to exorbitantly raise the price of Acthar HP Gel. Acthar is a specialty drug used to treat infantile spasms, a rare seizure disorder affecting babies. It&rsquo...
Audit questions bonuses, contracts beween WSU and tech firm

Audit questions bonuses, contracts beween WSU and tech firm

Wright State University invested more than $200,000 for minority ownership in a local tech company that spent much more on executive bonuses and side deals with affiliated companies than it returned to WSU, according to a forensic audit of the school’s research funding released Friday. The only return on investment to WSU was a single payment of $3,000, according to the audit. The audit by Plante...
Repeat sex offender’s admission to nursing home sparks questions

Repeat sex offender’s admission to nursing home sparks questions

A registered sex offender who’d previously targeted elderly and disabled women was placed into a western New York nursing home upon his release from prison, and is now accused of sexually assaulting another resident there, according to The Buffalo News. The case of Thomas Moore is similar to one in Ohio investigated by the Dayton Daily News last year, and raises anew questions about where...
Read WSU president’s testimony shedding light on federal probe

Read WSU president’s testimony shedding light on federal probe

Former Wright State University president David Hopkins dismissed one top administrator and suspended several others after U.S. attorneys presented him with evidence indicating they had violated laws regarding work visas. This is according to testimony by Hopkins in a state civil lawsuit filed by Ryan Fendley, former advisor to the provost who was fired in 2015. A transcript of Hopkins’ testimony...
Deadly home fires spark fight over regulations

Deadly home fires spark fight over regulations

Fire officials across Ohio are backing a proposal by Gov. John Kasich to abolish the industry-controlled agency that regulates manufactured homes, saying the commission does too little to protect manufactured home residents from deadly fires. The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association last week sent a letter to Ohio lawmakers expressing support for a provision in the state budget that would do away with...
Spirit Airlines pilot’s likely overdose raises safety questions

Spirit Airlines pilot’s likely overdose raises safety questions

The suspected fentanyl-related overdoses of a Spirit Airlines pilot and his wife in their Centerville home raise a frightening prospect: Has the opioid crisis that is destroying whole families entered the ranks of pilots entrusted with hundreds of lives each day? Investigators have offered no indication that Brian Halye used drugs while piloting aircraft during his nine years with Spirit Airlines...
Anatomy of a scam: How a crime-fighting office became a crime victim

Anatomy of a scam: How a crime-fighting office became a crime victim

For more than four years, David Bruns was regularly stealing from his employer, funneling money into a house-flipping business and spending the rest on guns, hunting gear, a TV set and frequent lunches. He hid it from other employees in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office where he worked, and even from his wife Julie, who is an assistant prosecutor in the office. When he was finally caught...
Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office investigated own employee’s theft

Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office investigated own employee’s theft

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck’s office conducted the investigation into one of his own employees stealing nearly $90,000 from the county, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team. That employee, David Bruns, is currently serving four months in Montgomery County jail after pleading guilty to theft and tampering with records. In addition to working in the delinquent tax...
Fair board paid former clerk amount of ‘illegal’ expense as consultant

Fair board paid former clerk amount of ‘illegal’ expense as consultant

After state auditors ordered former Montgomery County Agricultural Society clerk Debbie Long to repay $1,150 for improper payouts she received upon leaving, the agency’s board agreed to pay Long $1,150 for assisting with the state audit, according to records obtained by the I-Team. Now, that decision will be reviewed in another audit, state officials say. Long never had a contract with the fair...
11 investigations that show why public records are so important

11 investigations that show why public records are so important

This is National Sunshine Week, which puts a spotlight on the importance of the public having access to records and information illustrating how critical policy decisions are made at all levels of government. We also think it is a good time to showcase the various ways our reporters keep you informed about the issues you care about. As a recent Quinnipiac poll found, 90 percent of American voters...
No charges in case involving doctor accused of touching girls’ breasts

No charges in case involving doctor accused of touching girls’ breasts

A Dayton police detective recommended criminally charging a pediatric gastroenterologist for touching the breasts of two teenage patients at Dayton Children’s Hospital, but prosecutors did not present the case to a grand jury after one of the girls declined to cooperate, the Dayton Daily News has learned. Police launched an investigation in 2015 after a hospital administrator reported the allegations...
County GOP chair pleads to politicking on state dime

County GOP chair pleads to politicking on state dime

A former administrator with the Ohio Industrial Commission and chairman of the Marion County Republican Party pleaded guilty this week to theft in office and agreed to pay restitution after an Ohio Inspector General investigation found him handling his political responsibilities at work. John Matthews, former director of claims support for the Industrial Commission, made or received 541 phone calls...
Area healthcare company owner guilty of Medicaid fraud

Area healthcare company owner guilty of Medicaid fraud

The owners of a home healthcare agency that had offices in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus were found guilty this week of Medicaid fraud, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. A jury found Ethel Freeman-Nnonah, 48, of Columbus, guilty of felony counts of Medicaid fraud, theft, forgery, and tampering with evidence. RELATED: Auditor: Darke Co. ambulance company over-billed Medicaid...
WSU president reveals federal probe details in deposition

WSU president reveals federal probe details in deposition

Wright State University President David Hopkins fired the school’s senior advisor to the provost because federal prosecutors led him to believe the administrator would be indicted for visa fraud, filings in a lawsuit show. Ryan Fendley was fired in August 2015 in the midst of a federal probe into possible visa fraud. Fendley later sued the university, and recent court records as part of that...
Local doctor accused of sexual misconduct

Local doctor accused of sexual misconduct

The State Medical Board of Ohio is considering taking action against the license of a pediatric gastroenterologist in Dayton who the board cited for allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct with two teenage girls. Dr. Arun Aggarwal, 39, a native of India, was accused of touching the breasts of two of his female patients at Dayton Children’s Hospital without medical justification, according to...
Court records disappear despite ethics convictions

Court records disappear despite ethics convictions

Ohio Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe gives a blank stare when asked which of the hard-fought convictions on ethics violations have been expunged from the court record. Ohio Ethics Commission Director Paul Nick also responds with a poker face. By law, they aren’t allowed to say. It is as though the convictions never happened. But that doesn’t mean they agree with vanquishing...
Special Report: Politicians allowed freebies, favors under Ohio ethics laws

Special Report: Politicians allowed freebies, favors under Ohio ethics laws

The public is in the dark about how much Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is paying to rent a 2,200-square-foot luxury condo from a well-heeled GOP donor. Ohio ethics law doesn’t require Rosenberger to offer public proof that he is paying a fair market rate. If you’re curious about what gifts Ohio Gov. John Kasich received in 2015 from Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Golf Channel or Fuyao...
Miami County left out of roofing company’s payback for over-billing

Miami County left out of roofing company’s payback for over-billing

An Ohio-based roofing company that the I-Team reported in 2014 was likely over-billing governments across the state quietly reimbursed some, but not all, of the agencies it was suspected of over-billing. Tremco, based in Beachwood, voluntarily repaid 11 state agencies a total of $214,308 last year after it was discovered the company was not giving taxpayers the same discounts they were giving private...
I-Team analysis: Deportations dropped in Ohio under Obama; here’s why

I-Team analysis: Deportations dropped in Ohio under Obama; here’s why

Deportations of illegal immigrants rose nationwide during the Obama administration but plummeted in Ohio as packed court dockets kept many individuals waiting years for their cases to be processed, an I-Team analysis found. All immigration cases in Ohio are handled by the federal court in Cleveland, which saw both deportations and asylum actions drop dramatically during the eight-year tenure of President...
Huber Heights home linked to prosecutor’s office theft in office

Huber Heights home linked to prosecutor’s office theft in office

The company used by a former Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office employee as part of a scheme to steal nearly $90,000 from the county currently owns property in Huber Heights, public records show. David Bruns’ theft from the county was discovered when questions arose about an allocation to Skyfall Properties in a foreclosure matter, court records say. After lying about his involvement...
State: More than 100 non-citizens have voted in Ohio

State: More than 100 non-citizens have voted in Ohio

A total of 821 non-citizens have registered to vote in Ohio over the past five years — 126 of whom actually cast ballots — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today. Husted’s office has since 2013 reviewed election data to identify non-citizens on voter rolls. The 385 non-citizen voters found this year are added to 145 in 2015 and 291 in 2013. This year’s analysis...
11 immigration policy changes that could impact local enforcement

11 immigration policy changes that could impact local enforcement

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly released a pair of memos last week on how President Donald Trump’s executive orders increasing immigration law enforcement would be implemented. Provisions included: 1. Enforcement priorities: The department will prioritize enforcement for anyone here illegally who is suspected or charged of any crime, as opposed to the former policy...
Worker who stole $90K from prosecutor’s office may avoid prison

Worker who stole $90K from prosecutor’s office may avoid prison

A former Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office employee who pleaded guilty to stealing $89,976 from the county “made a series of bad choices which resulted in a situation that he could not overcome or correct,” according to a sentencing memorandum filed by his attorney Tuesday. The memo says David Bruns reported the theft, dating back to December 2011, to his supervisor “in...
INVESTIGATION: Taxation worker accessed ex-boyfriend’s filings

INVESTIGATION: Taxation worker accessed ex-boyfriend’s filings

An Ohio Department of Taxation employee accessed confidential tax records on friends and relatives, changing one to prevent him or her from having to take an identity quiz, according to an investigation released today by the Ohio Inspector General. Kelly Bolen, who had worked for the department for 28 years, accessed tax records on people she knew — including an ex-boyfriend “from a long...
Trump orders could impact 100+ immigrants in local jail

Trump orders could impact 100+ immigrants in local jail

New federal policies meant to step up and speed up deportation of illegal immigrants from the U.S. come as 103 people sit in custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Butler County jail, an I-Team analysis of jail data found. Butler County has a special contract with ICE in which the feds paid nearly $1.4 million for housing and $29,982 for transporting ICE detainees from across the...
VIDEO: Fight in jail caught on camera

VIDEO: Fight in jail caught on camera

*** Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Jerrid Campbell was suspended for 10 days after an internal investigation found he broke departmental policy when he punched inmate Daryl Wallace. Campbell said the inmate was upset about the lack of hot water, was yelling obscenities and being disruptive. Campbell admitted to violating the confrontation policy of jail employees but...
County settles suit brought by heroin addict, father who died in jail

County settles suit brought by heroin addict, father who died in jail

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** The family of a 25-year-old...
Jail cameras capture some drama, few details

Jail cameras capture some drama, few details

*** Montgomery County jail corrections officers are required to document every time they use force on an inmate, such as pepper spraying or forcing them to the ground. Montgomery County records say from mid-2015 to mid-2016 such incidents averaged 15 times per month. “The Sheriff’s Office policy is that its personnel will use only the force that is reasonably necessary to bring an incident...
Officer who sheriff tried to charge for jail assault claims unfairness

Officer who sheriff tried to charge for jail assault claims unfairness

*** As Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer faces mounting lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates at the county jail — spurring county commissioners to request a federal review — he said his office has presented criminal charges to the prosecutors against one of his own. That Sept. 28, 2015, incident — which is captured by surveillance footage — has not led to a lawsuit...
More oversight sought for area jails

More oversight sought for area jails

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** In responding to Montgomery...
Officers spit on, attacked in jails bursting with mentally ill

Officers spit on, attacked in jails bursting with mentally ill

*** As his department faces criticism over mounting lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says he needs more resources to deal with drug addicts and the mentally ill. Plummer says the eight lawsuits his department faces, some of them years old, is a small number considering the 800 inmates his facility holds at a time. The bigger problem...
Lawsuits allege deadly neglect of inmates in Butler, Warren counties

Lawsuits allege deadly neglect of inmates in Butler, Warren counties

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** Butler County recently...
15 lawsuits allege mistreatment of inmates at area jails

15 lawsuits allege mistreatment of inmates at area jails

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** As allegations against...
Attorney: ‘No rationalization’ for not watching suicidal inmate in jail

Attorney: ‘No rationalization’ for not watching suicidal inmate in jail

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody. Read our full investigation here. *** The mother of a man who...
Lawsuit: Man hospitalized after Butler County Jail failed to provide diabetes meds

Lawsuit: Man hospitalized after Butler County Jail failed to provide diabetes meds

*** A Fairfield Twp. man is suing the Butler County Sheriff’s Office alleging he suffered hallucinations and went into intensive care after corrections officers failed to provide his diabetes medication while he was at the county jail. Arthur Freimuth was arrested March 24, 2015 on domestic violence charges. His lawsuit alleges he and his wife told jail staff that he desperately needed diabetes...
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