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5,000 pigs die in massive Ohio barn fire

Firefighters from five counties, including Greene County, battled a massive barn fire Tuesday at a hog farm in southwest Fayette County that killed approximately 5,000 pigs. The fire was reported just after 1 p.m. at the Straathoff Swine Farm, 7111 Old Route 35SE in Wayne Twp. The fire spread quickly through the facility, causing intense heat and extremely heavy smoke, according to the Fayette County...
‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill headed for vote in Ohio House next week

‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill headed for vote in Ohio House next week

A controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill will likely get a floor vote in the Ohio House next week and even if Gov. John Kasich follows through with his veto promise, there would be enough support to override a veto, said Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell. House Bill 228 would give armed Ohioans the right to ‘stand your ground’ when facing a threat in public places such as parks...
“This is a job that takes all you got:” New base leader at Wright-Patt

“This is a job that takes all you got:” New base leader at Wright-Patt

Col. Thomas P. Sherman made two firsts Tuesday: He made his first trip to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and he became the installation commander of the largest Air Force base by population. Sounding at times like an evangelist and brimming with enthusiasm, Sherman told a crowd of about 500 at a change of command ceremony he had found his purpose for the next two years. “This is...
More American Airlines flight cancellations reported Tuesday morning

More American Airlines flight cancellations reported Tuesday morning

Another round of American Airlines flight cancellations have been reported Tuesday morning, days after computer issues with PSA Airlines, a regional carrier based in Dayton, caused hundreds of cancellations.  Twelve departures and 11 arrivals from the Dayton airport were showing as cancelled this morning, according to the airport’s website.  Eight departures and nine arrivals were...
Former Allen County sheriff indicted on several charges

Former Allen County sheriff indicted on several charges

A former Ohio Sheriff has been accused of taking bribes from drug dealers, and tipping them off to raids. Former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish faces a six-count indictment following a 21-month investigation by the Cleveland Office of the FBI. Crish is accused of asking for and accepting bribes from drug dealers, along with allegedly tipping them off. Investigators say Crish would also make promises...
Gov. Kasich says it’s “not an American value to be breaking up families”

Gov. Kasich says it’s “not an American value to be breaking up families”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich likened members of Congress to school children who think they need to ask permission from the principal — President Trump — before they take action on controversial topics such as immigration reform. He said everyone from Laura Bush to Bernie Sanders oppose the Trump administration’s policy to separate children and parents when they are caught crossing the border...
New Ohio school plan: Equity, social issues as crucial as math, reading

New Ohio school plan: Equity, social issues as crucial as math, reading

The state school board’s new strategic plan for Ohio education puts development of social skills and leadership on equal footing with literacy, math and other traditional academics. The document calls a lack of equal opportunities from child to child “Ohio’s greatest education challenge” and it calls for a focus on the “whole child,” including physical, social,...
Defense bill would block transfer of Wright-Patt jobs, senator says

Defense bill would block transfer of Wright-Patt jobs, senator says

A manufacturing technology office with 55 jobs could not be transferred from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson to the Pentagon under a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act expected to pass the Senate today. The initiative with oversight for the entire military identifies manufacturing needs critical to national defense and gives grants to support manufacturing production...
Dayton VA nursing home scores low in quality survey

Dayton VA nursing home scores low in quality survey

The Dayton VA Medical Center nursing home earned one star out of five in the most recent quality rating system, according to the Dayton VA. Cleveland and Cincinnati received two stars while Chillicothe received a one-star rating, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Nearly half, or 60 of the VA’s 133 nursing homes received a one-star rating, the newspaper reported. The results were disclosed after...
Retired Ohio teachers lose cost of living allowance, plan protest

Retired Ohio teachers lose cost of living allowance, plan protest

Unhappy about the loss of cost of living allowances, retired teachers plan to protest at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio trustees meeting in Columbus on Thursday. STRS trustees voted in April 2017 to suspend the cost of living allowance as a means of shoring up the $75-billion fund. The move impacts 490,000 teachers and retirees. “Teachers and retirees must band together like those...
Plagued by problems, Ohio’s child support system is set for sweeping reforms. Here’s what would change.

Plagued by problems, Ohio’s child support system is set for sweeping reforms. Here’s what would change.

Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based on factors such as income, health care coverage, child care...
New Miss Ohio crowned after third time in competition 

New Miss Ohio crowned after third time in competition 

Miss Maple City Matti-Lynn Chrisman of Cambridge was crowned this year's Miss Ohio Saturday, earning her spot to compete in the Miss America pageant in September.  The 22- year-old captured the crown on her third time competing at Miss Ohio. Chrisman also competed three times as a teenager in the Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen program.  “I felt so at peace all week,” Chrisman said...
This Wright-Patt office helps broker our military sales to foreign countries. Here’s how it’s changing.

This Wright-Patt office helps broker our military sales to foreign countries. Here’s how it’s changing.

Foreign military sales at a Wright-Patterson agency are likely trending to a “new norm” of about half of last year, according to the leader of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate. Brig. Gen. Greg Gutterman, outgoing leader of AFSAC at Wright-Patterson who retires next month after three years in the top spot, projected sales of about $13 billion to $14 billion...
Forced labor trafficking victim in Dayton hidden ‘in plain sight’

Forced labor trafficking victim in Dayton hidden ‘in plain sight’

On a typical day, Kendra Ross said she would work as many as 17 unpaid hours in a Dayton restaurant while under the control of what she later claimed in federal court was a cult. That didn’t include the hours Ross said she spent taking care of the house of the group’s leader. She said she had to cook, clean and care for children who lived there. Her years performing as an “unpaid...
Governor race: DeWine leads Cordray in race for campaign cash

Governor race: DeWine leads Cordray in race for campaign cash

Even though he spent $3.7 million in the final days of a bruising GOP primary fight, Republican governor candidate Mike DeWine is still sitting on a pile of campaign cash: $7.2 million. And even though Democrat Richard Cordray raised $2.7 million and spent less than half what DeWine did, he trails DeWine badly in the money race: $2.6 million. Related: Poll: Ohio governor’s race too close to...
Gay rights supporters, drag queens greet VP Pence in Columbus

Gay rights supporters, drag queens greet VP Pence in Columbus

Several hundred protesters, including some drag queens, staged a “Big LGBTQ Dance Party” on Gay Street in Columbus, adjacent to where Vice President Mike Pence was slated to deliver a talk on Friday. The protesters trolled Pence, known for his anti-LBGTQ views, with signs, chants and a doppelganger who goes by the stage name ‘Mike Hot-Pence.’ Counter protesters carrying anti-abortion...
Sen. Brown, GOP opponent Renacci both support Trump on China tariffs

Sen. Brown, GOP opponent Renacci both support Trump on China tariffs

Sen. Sherrod Brown and his Republican challenger Jim Renacci hailed President Donald Trump’s decision Friday to impose $50 billion worth of imports from China, a move which could trigger a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Brown, D-Ohio, who met privately this week with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, said “China’s cheating has shuttered steel...
Memphis Belle star to appear at Air Force museum

Memphis Belle star to appear at Air Force museum

An actor in the Hollywood film Memphis Belle will be at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to see the real Memphis Belle on Saturday. Matthew Modine, who played a pilot in the film and whose uncle, Wylder Modine, was a World WarII B-17 bomber pilot, will sign autographs between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. He’ll also speak at 4 p.m. the Air Force Museum Theater before a showing of the 1944 film &ldquo...
An alleged human trafficking case in Dayton happened in an unusual place, ‘literally in plain sight’

An alleged human trafficking case in Dayton happened in an unusual place, ‘literally in plain sight’

When the Food for Life Supreme restaurant at 3489 W. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton opened in 2007, managers said the fish- and vegetable-based eatery wanted to “transition people to a healthier lifestyle.” But a few years later, inside the building with a marble and slate tile, copper-trimmed tables and original framed artwork, Kendra Ross said she was enduring a lifestyle of misery. Ross...
Surge in construction jobs doesn’t help Ohio jobless rate

Surge in construction jobs doesn’t help Ohio jobless rate

A springtime surge in new construction jobs didn’t help the state’s unemployment rate in May, which remain lodged at 4.3 percent, unchanged from April, the state said Friday. Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 22,600 over the month, from a revised 5,576,000 in April to 5,598,600 in May. SNAP INTO A SLIMJIM: And tour the local factory that makes a billion...
UDRI lands $72 million Air Force contract

UDRI lands $72 million Air Force contract

The University of Dayton Research Institute has landed a $72 million, six-year contract that provides research and engineering support to the Air Force Research Laboratory. The work, part of AFRL’s Quick Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes program, includes testing of environmentally friendly technologies, determining the cause of component failures , evaluating materials and protective...
VP Pence to be greeted in Columbus with “Big LBGTQ Dance Party” on Friday

VP Pence to be greeted in Columbus with “Big LBGTQ Dance Party” on Friday

On the eve of the Columbus Pride Parade, several hundred people are expected to protest Vice President Mike Pence by closing down Gay Street and holding a “Big LBGTQ Dance Party” outside a hotel where he is scheduled to speak Friday. Yes, the event happens to be on Gay Street. The three-hour event, starting at 2 p.m., is being organized by ProgressOhio, a liberal political group, and will...
Pike County Murders: Death of Rhoden family member not connected to 2016 slayings

Pike County Murders: Death of Rhoden family member not connected to 2016 slayings

The death of a Rhoden family member, found dead in a wooded area Monday, is not connected to the homicides of eight other family members in 2016, according to a Ohio Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman.  “We can now confirm there is no evidence to indicate that this questioned death is linked to the eight homicides of 2016,” spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said in an email Friday...
A major $3.6M fentanyl bust in the area stung a Mexican cartel. Here’s how it went down.

A major $3.6M fentanyl bust in the area stung a Mexican cartel. Here’s how it went down.

The task force operation that resulted in a seizure of $3.6 million worth of fentanyl in Clark County this week began with surveillance at a Butler Twp. hotel, a common tactic used by area task forces. A criminal complaint written by a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent and filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court said that two of the four men arrested had entered the United States...
Black lawmaker files complaint, says statehouse security stop, search her

Black lawmaker files complaint, says statehouse security stop, search her

State Rep. Emilia Sykes, a two-term lawmaker from Akron, filed a formal complaint, saying state troopers and security officers regularly stop and search her when she enters the Ohio Statehouse and office tower while her white male colleagues don’t get the same scrutiny. “I’m having trouble even getting into the building so how am I going to be an effective representative if I can&rsquo...
Lawsuit by ex-UD football player that alleged hazing and was part of statewide discussion is settled

Lawsuit by ex-UD football player that alleged hazing and was part of statewide discussion is settled

A lawsuit filed against the University of Dayton by an ex-football player who said he suffered a brain injury after hard drinking during a 2014 “Mad Dogs” team event for freshmen has been settled. Terms, including any possible monetary agreement, were not available. As a private institution, UD does not have to produce any settlement documents. Last year, two Ohio state Senate Judiciary...
Watchdog group says Dayton firm did not report $1M+ in political work

Watchdog group says Dayton firm did not report $1M+ in political work

A watchdog group is accusing a Dayton firm of spending more money on political purposes than federal rules permit. Freedom Vote — an Dayton-based group that calls itself a “charitable organization” — “appears to have violated its tax-exempt status and federal campaign finance law” by acting as a political group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) said...
Blue Angels set to perform in Dayton: Five things to know

Blue Angels set to perform in Dayton: Five things to know

For the first time since 2014, the Navy’s Blue Angels are set to perform at the Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 23-24 at Dayton International Airport. Here are five things to know about the team: PLANES: The team flies six blue and yellow F/A-18 Hornet jets as close as 18 inches apart in aerial formations. The team has flown the Hornet jets for three decades, the longest of any aircraft in its...
Ohioans against increased tariffs on Canada, Mexico; split on China, poll says

Ohioans against increased tariffs on Canada, Mexico; split on China, poll says

A new survey shows Ohio voters oppose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union while they are equally divided on tariffs on Chinese goods if those duties raise the cost of consumer goods. The poll, released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, suggest Ohio voters are more wary of tariffs and protectionist policies by the federal government than many political...
ECOT paid out $588,000 to workers who signed non-disclosure agreements

ECOT paid out $588,000 to workers who signed non-disclosure agreements

Ohio’s largest online public charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, required employees facing lay off to sign non-disclosure agreements if they wanted to receive severance pay, records show. Public records obtained by two watchdog organizations show ECOT paid out $588,000 in taxpayer-funded “hush money” to 201 employees in 2017. Common Cause Ohio and Innovation Ohio...
Ex-Indiana officer criminally charged in the death of his police dog

Ex-Indiana officer criminally charged in the death of his police dog

A former Laurel, Indiana reserve police officer has been criminally charged following the death of his K-9, according to a WISH-TV report in Indianapolis.  Clint Ellis, 34, was charged earlier this month with striking or interfering with a law enforcement animal, a felony, and misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal in connection to his K-9 Blade, who died on News Year’s Day, the station...
Outgoing commander says communities, base linked

Outgoing commander says communities, base linked

Wright-Patterson’s outgoing commander said it will be important for the military base and surrounding communities to work together to maintain safe drinking water in the Miami Valley. Col. Bradley McDonald — base commander for two years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base— caps his 24-year-career in the Air Force on June 19 when he steps down as installation leader. Col. Thomas P...
Gov. John Kasich more popular with Democrats in Ohio than Republicans, poll says

Gov. John Kasich more popular with Democrats in Ohio than Republicans, poll says

Gov. John Kasich has a good approval rating with one political party in Ohio, just not his own. A new Quinnipiac University poll reports that that Gov. John Kasich has a 52 percent job approval rating overall and he’s more popular among Democrats than his fellow Republicans who are evenly divided over the governor. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats give Kasich the thumbs up and 52 percent of...
New polls show Sherrod Brown up big over Jim Renacci in US Senate race

New polls show Sherrod Brown up big over Jim Renacci in US Senate race

Two new polls out show U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown with a big lead over his Republican challenger Congressman Jim Renacci. Brown is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate this November. Quinnipiac pollsters said Brown holds a 51-34 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, in the senate race. Brown has a 55 percent job approval rating, the poll said. Meanwhile, half of Ohio voters say...
Poll says Ohio governor race too close to call between Cordray, DeWine

Poll says Ohio governor race too close to call between Cordray, DeWine

The race for Ohio governor between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is too close to call, a new independent poll released Wednesday shows. The Quinnipiac University poll says support for Cordray stands at 42-percent while DeWine trails him by just 2 percentage points. “The closeness between Richard Cordray and Attorney General Mike DeWine should not be surprising, since this...
7 inmates suspected of aiding Warren County escape

7 inmates suspected of aiding Warren County escape

Seven inmates of a low-security jail in Warren County are under investigation in connection with the escape of two other inmates in May. Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink remained in the Warren County Jail today, awaiting arraignment on charges of escape from the Ohio Department of Corrections Community Correction Center on Ohio 63, across from two state prisons. Mink and Hatfield were arrested...
Top Air Force leaders gather at Wright-Patt

Top Air Force leaders gather at Wright-Patt

The Air Force’s top leadership brass was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week in an annual closed-door gathering known as Corona Top. Air Force officials were tight lipped on the meeting this year,set to end Thursday, but the event focused on strategy, acquisition, science and technology and innovation, according to Air Force spokesman Michael Martin. Wright-Patterson is a key hub for...
ODOT to conduct $5.9 million drone study as way to monitor traffic 

ODOT to conduct $5.9 million drone study as way to monitor traffic 

DriveOhio has partnered with the Ohio State University's College of Engineering to study unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also called drones, as a way to monitor traffic and respond to emergency situations, according to our partners at WBNS-TV.  "They gather data... video type of information," said David Gallagher, chief of staff for the Ohio UAS Center. "ODOT's traffic management...
Ohio public university presidents fight for more funding at Statehouse

Ohio public university presidents fight for more funding at Statehouse

Ohio spends less money per college student than the national average and the state’s 14 public university presidents have launched a campaign to try to change that. Forward Ohio, an initiative introduced earlier this year, has a goal of increasing the funding state legislators appropriate for higher education by raising awareness of issues and policy affecting Ohio universities. It also will...
Dayton rap artist ‘Chaos’ pleads guilty to distributing drugs

Dayton rap artist ‘Chaos’ pleads guilty to distributing drugs

Dayton rap artist Clarence “Chaos” (aka “CCSERVA”) Winn Jr. will spend at least five years in prison for a federal drug trafficking charge. The “Diamond Cut” group member pleaded guilty Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to one of six drug- and gun-related counts on which he was indicted. Winn will be sentenced Sept. 12. In exchange for Winn pleading...
AFRL’s top scientist takes job at Ohio State

AFRL’s top scientist takes job at Ohio State

A former high-ranking scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson will become senior vice president for research at Ohio State University. Morley O. Stone will earn a base salary of $420,000 to oversee an $864 million research program throughout the university when he takes the job in August, according to Ohio State. Stone, who recently retired, helped open a downtown Dayton...
Ohio senators, congressmen react to North Korea summit

Ohio senators, congressmen react to North Korea summit

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan expressed alarm at President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel planned military exercises between the United States and its South Korean allies. Trump, whose announcement Tuesday apparently caught South Korean officials and the U.S. military by surprise, made the pledge at a news conference after his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean...
Cincinnati VA chief of staff reassigned, VA says

Cincinnati VA chief of staff reassigned, VA says

The Cincinnati VA Medical Center chief of staff has been placed in an administrative job while the federal agency investigates “certain operations of the surgery department,” the center said in a statement. Dr. Elizabeth Brill remains chief of staff, but has been “detailed” to a temporary role as a senior adviser in a VA regional office near Cincinnati, according to the VA...
What is impact of Supreme Court ruling in Ohio voter purge case?

What is impact of Supreme Court ruling in Ohio voter purge case?

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Ohio’s law for removing voters from registration rolls does not violate federal law. The vote was split 5-4 with the conservative justices in the majority. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., said the court rejected arguments in the Ohio case that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. The dissent, written by Justice...
Ohio No. 1 in U.S. for Mega Millions jackpot-winning trusts

Ohio No. 1 in U.S. for Mega Millions jackpot-winning trusts

Ohio is the leader among states for Mega Millions jackpot winning tickets claimed by a trust, corporation or registered group. The Buckeye State added to its lead last week when the ABC XYZ Trust came forward to claim the $142 million winning ticket sold May 4 at Fat Daddy’s Road Dog in Moraine. Since Mega Millions started in 2002, 12 winning tickets were claimed by registered groups either...
Senate candidate Jim Renacci: Let President Trump pursue his strategy on trade

Senate candidate Jim Renacci: Let President Trump pursue his strategy on trade

This year’s race for the Ohio Senate seat has started aggressively, with incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown trying to define his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, as early as last month with dual ads, aired just days after Renacci won his primary. One Brown ad attacked Renacci, referring to his time registered as a lobbyist. But Renacci insists that he has never worked as a lobbyist. MORE...
Is Dayton’s Diamond Cut a music label or street gang? Here’s what both sides say

Is Dayton’s Diamond Cut a music label or street gang? Here’s what both sides say

The “Diamond Cut” group in Dayton is either a music label for new artists, a street gang dealing drugs or a movement, depending on who is talking. Ten years ago, Dayton rapper Clarence “Chaos” or “CCSERVA” Winn Jr. told this news organization that a criminal record “helps in this industry,” but said, “Not to say go out and commit a crime. The streets...
Brown, Portman demand feds release groundwater toxicology study

Brown, Portman demand feds release groundwater toxicology study

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are among a bipartisan group of 10 senators who have demanded the Trump administration release a toxicology study that could recommend lower threshold advisories for exposure to chemicals found in groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations across the country. The senators wrote in the June 8 letter they had &ldquo...
Piqua woman indicted for arson is mentally incompetent, judge rules

Piqua woman indicted for arson is mentally incompetent, judge rules

A Miami County judge ruled Wednesday that a Piqua woman indicted for aggravated arson in a 2016 fire that destroyed her house is mentally incompetent and ordered her commitment to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. Katharine Wells, 57, was accused of knowingly creating a risk of serious physical harm by setting fire to the house on Janet Drive on Aug. 23, 2016. Piqua police reports said Wells...
2 arrested following brief standoff in Dayton identified

2 arrested following brief standoff in Dayton identified

Two people were arrested following a standoff on Wright Avenue. Joshua Leet, 34, and Rodney Kosak, 48, were arrested Tuesday night according to a Dayton police report. Leet was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, having weapon while under disability and possession of drugs, according to the report...
FCC adopts new rule to protect consumers against slamming and cramming phone scam

FCC adopts new rule to protect consumers against slamming and cramming phone scam

Recently Jazzmen Morgan of Miamisburg has been noticing some suspicious charges on her phone bill. “It’s extremely frustrating,” said Morgan. “Some of the things don’t add up.”  She suspects she is a victim of cramming, or unauthorized charges on her bill.  The FCC has adopted new consumer protections to prevent cramming and the unauthorized switching...
DeWine: Task force seizes enough fentanyl ‘to kill every man, woman, child in Miami Valley’

DeWine: Task force seizes enough fentanyl ‘to kill every man, woman, child in Miami Valley’

An estimated 9 kilos (just under 20 pounds) of fentanyl worth more than $3.6 million on the street, more than 100 pounds of marijuana and $150,000 in cash were seized in Clark County on Monday night in what Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer called a “good bust.”  Four males have been arrested in the ongoing investigation Plummer and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said...
Dayton Startup Week event offers seminars, advice for small business owners

Dayton Startup Week event offers seminars, advice for small business owners

Whether you are struggling to start a local business or need help expanding your company, Dayton Startup Week may be your answer. The third annual event started Monday and goes through Friday, and is being held at the Steam Plant building on East Third Street. It features more than 75 free seminars to help entrepreneurs launch a new business, expand their brand or take the next step in funding or...
Senate race: Renacci slams Brown for not supporting Trump judge picks

Senate race: Renacci slams Brown for not supporting Trump judge picks

An aide to Senate Republican candidate Jim Renacci accused Sen. Sherrod Brown of playing “politics with the federal courts” after Brown said he would oppose President Donald Trump’s nominations of Eric Murphy and Chad A. Readler to a federal appeals court in Cincinnati. Brown, D-Ohio, announced his opposition to Murphy and Readler Thursday within hours after their nomination to the...
Major changes to payday lending step closer to coming to Ohio

Major changes to payday lending step closer to coming to Ohio

The Ohio House voted 69-14 for a controversial bill that calls for a major crackdown on the payday lending industry. “The time for reform is now,” said state Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, who introduced the bill in March 2017. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate where lawmakers are already working on the issue. House Bill 123 calls for closing loopholes and: * limiting monthly payments...
Senate passes plan to put national veterans museum in Columbus

Senate passes plan to put national veterans museum in Columbus

The Senate Wednesday sent to President Donald Trump a bill which will designate a new museum in Columbus as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. The bill, which swept through the House last year and won Senate approval Wednesday, was non-controversial and passed the Senate by what is known unanimous consent. The museum, expected to open this summer, is under construction on West Broad Street...
It takes 11 rounds of voting for Ohio lawmakers to pick new speaker of the House

It takes 11 rounds of voting for Ohio lawmakers to pick new speaker of the House

After 57 days of battle waged behind closed doors and out in the open, the Ohio House elected state Rep. Ryan Smith to lead the chamber through the last seven months of the legislative term — a period that is likely to be marked by a contentious campaign season and the cloud of a federal investigation. Speaker is one of the most powerful political posts in state government. He or she has the...
114 arrested in Ohio immigration sting; one of biggest in years

114 arrested in Ohio immigration sting; one of biggest in years

U.S. immigration agents made more than 100 arrests Tuesday at an Ohio gardening and landscaping company, one of the largest such stings in recent years and part of the Trump administration’s growing crackdown on employers for hiring people who are in the country illegally. The 114 arrests occurred at two locations of Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, one in Sandusky, a resort city on Lake...
Owner of Miamisburg landmark relieved after thief returns historic building material 

Owner of Miamisburg landmark relieved after thief returns historic building material 

The owner of a Miamisburg landmark is relieved that a piece of material dating back to the 1860s was returned after being stolen recently.  Ed Hawley, owner  the Miamisburg history train depot, spent many days in recent weeks working on the dock of the landmark, hoping to finish it in time for the city’s bicentennial celebration later this month. But, last week someone stole a pile...
WATCH: Former Ohio State football player tased, arrested

WATCH: Former Ohio State football player tased, arrested

Former Ohio State Buckeye Kirk Barton was tased by a Delaware County Sheriff’s Office deputy Friday night at the Bogey Inn and was subsequently arrested and charged. According to the Delaware County Sheriff Public Information Officer, Bogey Inn management asked special detail deputies to remove Barton from the restaurant/bar because he was intoxicated and knocking over people -- due to his large...
Man ID’d as victim in fatal crash into Auglaize County lake

Man ID’d as victim in fatal crash into Auglaize County lake

A 35-year-old Wapakoneta man has been identified as the victim pulled from a submerged pickup in a lake at Arrowhead Lakes Resort Tuesday afternoon. The victim is Michael Crawford, 35, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Wapakoneta Post. Hew was the only person in the pickup at the time of the crash. Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene by Auglaize County Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag...
Police finds contraband in woman’s bra while booking her into jail, according to a report

Police finds contraband in woman’s bra while booking her into jail, according to a report

A Dayton woman was charged for attempting to carry contraband in her bra into the Montgomery County Jail after she was arrested for an unrelated incident Saturday, according to a police report.  Officers were dispatched to a resident in the 200 block of Basswood Avenue about 1:15 a.m on a report of a domestic dispute, the report said. When police arrived the discovered that complainant Sparkle...
Where will all 56 medical marijuana stores in Ohio be?

Where will all 56 medical marijuana stores in Ohio be?

Ohio has licensed 56 locations that can sell medical marijuana once it becomes legal this fall. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy on Monday awarded those provisional dispensary licenses that give the stores six months to meet state operation requirements. A total of 376 applications were received. See the full list of where marijuana where be sold in Ohio here The executive director of the National Cannabis...
Medicaid expansion key in opioid abuse fight, Cordray says in Springfield

Medicaid expansion key in opioid abuse fight, Cordray says in Springfield

Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor Richard Cordray, in his first visit to Springfield since the May 8 primary election, promised Monday if he is elected he would continue the Medicaid expansion championed by current Republican Governor John Kasich. Cordray spoke at a roundtable meeting with Springfield city leaders and Clark County social service providers, where much of the discussion focused...
In a change of pace, some Ohio congressional races may be in play

In a change of pace, some Ohio congressional races may be in play

With control of Congress at stake, Republicans are having to focus on a state where congressional races are rarely close: Ohio. House Speaker Paul Ryan raised money for Republican candidates in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus last week as concern in the party grows that some once-safe districts could be in play. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, is opposed by political newcomer and Democrat Theresa Gasper...
Woman tells judge in student sex case: ‘I felt trapped in a teacher’s life’

Woman tells judge in student sex case: ‘I felt trapped in a teacher’s life’

A former Miamisburg teacher convicted of sex crimes in her middle school classroom last year with a 14-year-old addressed the court for about seven minutes Tuesday before being sentenced to a year in prison. Jessica Langford touched on several topics in “begging” Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy O’Connell for leniency for the crime a jury on April 13 found her guilty...
Sen. Brown backs Trump plan to raise steel tariffs on Canada, Mexico, EU

Sen. Brown backs Trump plan to raise steel tariffs on Canada, Mexico, EU

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown supports President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Republican Sen. Rob Portman is against the plan. Brown, D-Ohio, said he has “supported steel tariffs from the beginning, because China’s cheating has cost too many Ohio steelworkers their jobs.” “I&rsquo...
Murder, other charges approved for man, woman accused in Dayton-area crimes

Murder, other charges approved for man, woman accused in Dayton-area crimes

Two people arrested following a high-speed pursuit and crash in a Cincinnati suburb are suspected in several Dayton-area crimes, including a fatal shooting Wednesday night:  Joshua Beall is wanted in the fatal shooting on Maryland Avenue in Dayton Casey Cole is wanted in an Oakwood bank robbery Beall remains in the Montgomery County Jail, Cole in the Hamilton County jail  Montgomery County...
Man who stole guns, ammunition from ex-Moraine police officer’s home sentenced

Man who stole guns, ammunition from ex-Moraine police officer’s home sentenced

A man convicted last fall of stealing several guns from an ex-Moraine police officer’s home was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.   In late July Randy L. Sellars Jr., 30, stole a rifle, two pistols and several thousand rounds of ammunition from the home of retired Moraine Deputy Police Chief Tracy Harpster, police said at the time. Sellars was then indicted in September of...
Ex-Miamisburg teacher convicted of sex crimes sentenced to prison

Ex-Miamisburg teacher convicted of sex crimes sentenced to prison

A former Miamisburg teacher convicted of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old student was sentenced today to one year in prison and five years of probation. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy O’Connell pointed out that Jessica Langford has no criminal history as he sentenced her for each of the three convictions for sexual battery. “There isn’t a day goes by that I don&rsquo...
MUST-SEE VIDEO: ATV bumps cruisers during chase on Ohio highway

MUST-SEE VIDEO: ATV bumps cruisers during chase on Ohio highway

Troopers chased down and boxed in a fleeing ATV with two riders illegally driving on the interstate. The Ohio State Highway Patrol posted a video of the incident Friday on its Facebook page. The video shows the ATV bumping one cruiser before finally stopping when it backed into another cruiser. Once the ATV stopped, troopers said the driver fled but the passenger surrendered.  The driver was...
Central State says grad’s dance on stage will cost him $300

Central State says grad’s dance on stage will cost him $300

A Central State University graduate said he can’t get a job in his field of study because he did a dance during graduation. Dwayne Davis said the school fined him $300, and that he can’t get his full transcripts to show potential employers until he pays up. “I don’t have $300. I just graduated college. I don’t have $300,” he said.  Davis said he is the oldest...
Xenia, Middletown buildings top 2 vote-getters in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest

Xenia, Middletown buildings top 2 vote-getters in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest

Photos showcasing empty buildings in Xenia and Middletown are leading the four finalists in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest. Voting continues until May 29 to choose a winner among the four, which are featured on Heritage Ohio’s website. The page has garnered more than 25,000 views since it was launched. To cast your vote, visit the photo contest page.  The Xenia entry features the Eavey...
Thousands of military civilian jobs in Ohio at risk

Thousands of military civilian jobs in Ohio at risk

The U.S. House passed a defense spending bill Thursday that could impact nearly 6,000 civilian defense jobs in Columbus and 2,600 in Cleveland. The impact of the proposal on the Dayton region and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, meanwhile, would be negligible. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the House GOP plan “would not have a direct personnel...
Ex-Miamisburg teacher convicted of sex with teen touts ‘blemish-free record’

Ex-Miamisburg teacher convicted of sex with teen touts ‘blemish-free record’

A former Miamisburg teacher convicted of having sex in her classroom with a 14-year-old is asking to be given a minimum sentence. A 104-page document filed for Jessica Langford urges Judge Timothy O’Connell to consider the 32-year-old Centerville woman’s “blemish-free record” as it seeks “community control sanctions with electronic monitoring.” The document includes...
Alleged pimp to spend decades in prison on assault, kidnapping charges

Alleged pimp to spend decades in prison on assault, kidnapping charges

Seven months after he turned down a plea agreement for 10 to 15 years, alleged pimp James Cargle — who called himself an innocent "sacrificial lamb" — was sentenced to 41 years for rape, kidnapping and assault charges involving two women on Thursday morning. In October 2017, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Skelton told Cargle, “As you sit here...
Death of Huber Heights man found in Springfield park ruled a homicide

Death of Huber Heights man found in Springfield park ruled a homicide

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss Holt’s killing, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf officially ruled Holt’s death a homicide. Graf also reached out to the public for help in the investigation. Holt was last seen alive about 11 p.m. Monday, so anyone who may have seen him after that time or came in contact with him should contact Springfield police investigators with...
New, updated voting machines could be coming for Ohio voters

New, updated voting machines could be coming for Ohio voters

A bill that would provide nearly $115 million to counties to help upgrade aging voting equipment, reimburse election boards for more recent machine purchases and set up a unified purchasing and leasing program through the Secretary of State passed a Statehouse panel Wednesday. The measure approved by the House Finance Committee already passed the Ohio Senate. It is in limbo for when the full House...
Gov. John Kasich to address graduates of Harvard Kennedy School

Gov. John Kasich to address graduates of Harvard Kennedy School

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is delivering the spring graduation address at the Harvard Kennedy School. The former presidential candidate addresses the school of government’s class of 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Wednesday. Kasich’s focus on national policy issues since losing his 2016 presidential bid has fueled speculation that he’s positioning himself to challenge President...
ACLU sues over Ohio’s congressional districts

ACLU sues over Ohio’s congressional districts

The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio’s congressional map, using Republican Gov. John Kasich’s statements opposing gerrymandering as ammunition. A suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati challenges district maps in effect through 2020 for “an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” that violates voters’ rights to democratically select...
Ohio may ban sexting by anyone under 19; set up teen diversion program

Ohio may ban sexting by anyone under 19; set up teen diversion program

A bill that would ban sexting by anyone under age 19 and require courts to set up diversion programs for young offenders was approved by an Ohio House committee Tuesday night. Sexting is so rampant that many teens are finding troubles beyond their years in courts struggling to cope with the modern phenomenon. One study showed almost 15 percent of teens have sent a sext and nearly a quarter have received...
Ohio Senate votes to allow dogs on restaurant patios statewide

Ohio Senate votes to allow dogs on restaurant patios statewide

Restaurant owners and not public health officials would decide whether to allow dogs on outdoor patios and porches under a bill that passed unanimously in the Ohio Senate today, 33-0. State Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester Twp., sponsored the bill. Coley, who likes to take his sheepdogs Wilby and Elwood with him on vacations, out to dinner and around town, said last month of the restaurant owners:...
Area Congressmen Jordan, Davidson won’t back farm bill

Area Congressmen Jordan, Davidson won’t back farm bill

Rep. Jim Jordan says he has no intention of voting for a farm bill until House Republicans have fulfilled campaign pledges to tackle immigration reform. “I ain’t going to vote for a farm bill until we figure out what we are going to do on immigration, plain and simple,” Jordan said during a press availability with House conservatives Tuesday. He said House Republicans have &ldquo...
Documents: Piqua man, 21, made school shooting threat after girlfriend, 14, was bullied

Documents: Piqua man, 21, made school shooting threat after girlfriend, 14, was bullied

A 21-year-old Piqua man, accused of threatening to carry out a school shooting, said he made the threat “due to his 14-year-old girlfriend being bullied at the junior high school,” according to court documents.  William C. Ingle was arraigned in a Miami County court Wednesday morning. Bond was set at $25,000, but was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.  Ingle will remain...
Ohio looks to decide what police body, dashboard video is public

Ohio looks to decide what police body, dashboard video is public

An Ohio House panel passed a bill Tuesday that would change which dashboard camera and police body camera videos are public and when police can withhold them from release. “This bill protects privacy rights, while also providing transparency and accountability for those involved. As new technology is utilized, we must continue to protect our citizens and my bill takes measures to ensure that...
Ohio House delays vote to pick new House speaker

Ohio House delays vote to pick new House speaker

House Republicans in Ohio again brought their decision on former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s successor to a halt, calling off a scheduled vote that’s needed before any more laws can be made. The official reason for canceling Tuesday’s vote on an interim speaker was too few lawmakers could attend. However, there were also rumblings that the impasse that kept Republicans from...
How an anonymous tip led to the arrest of a man with vicious dogs, a grenade launcher and drug tools

How an anonymous tip led to the arrest of a man with vicious dogs, a grenade launcher and drug tools

An anonymous letter to a police drug task force initiated an investigation, arrest and prosecution of an alleged Dayton drug dealer who had two “vicious” dogs, a grenade launcher and drug trafficking tools in a home where he operated, according to federal court records. Davon “Vonno” Lundy, 37, is accused of selling methamphetamine and cocaine, according to a complaint and...
Teen bound in Huber Heights, father’s body found 19 miles away in Springfield park

Teen bound in Huber Heights, father’s body found 19 miles away in Springfield park

A father was found dead in a Springfield park Tuesday after his ex-girlfriend called 911 to report their son and another boy were bound with zip ties by unknown intruders at the father’s Huber Heights home.   The 911 caller said her 14-year-old son said his father left the Shull Road house in Huber Heights around 11 the night before and didn’t return.  Hours later the woman...
Stray bullets that killed woman also struck neighbor’s home, friend says

Stray bullets that killed woman also struck neighbor’s home, friend says

A woman who lives across the street from the 62-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting said Monday that her home was struck by bullets that may have also killed Sherrell Wheatley on Saturday. Kenya Schumpert said she’d just left her Superior Avenue home to run an errand when she received a call to return home quickly. She arrived home and found bullet holes in her upstairs window and walls of...
Spouse in Fairborn police standoff ID’d; Felony charges to be pursued

Spouse in Fairborn police standoff ID’d; Felony charges to be pursued

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (May 22): A man who became the focus of a standoff with police Sunday, after his wife told police he used a sword to assault her in their home, remains in jail tonight.  Anthony Dyamond Sr., 56, is in the Montgomery County Jail on a $50,000 bond on felony charges of felonious assault, tampering with evidence and inducing panic.  Fairborn police were dispatched to the...
Big money, political muscle on display in payday lending clash

Big money, political muscle on display in payday lending clash

Payday lending stores dot the landscape of Ohio’s small towns, suburban strip malls and inner-city thoroughfares. To hear one side tell it, they give their customers — many with bad credit — much-needed access to quick money for emergencies and everyday expenses. To hear the other side tell it, they take advantage of the poor by charging the highest interest rates in the country...
Brown takes shot at Renacci in negative ad

Brown takes shot at Renacci in negative ad

THE AD: A 30-second television commercial for Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. WHERE TO SEE IT: State broadcast television and here  VIDEO: Unflattering images of Renacci. Then it concludes with Sherrod Brown chatting with industrial workers. SCRIPT: Voice of a narrator: The U.S. Congress. There’s 68 teachers, 15 farmers, four pilots, but only one lobbyist. That’s right. Jim Renacci&rsquo...
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