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Teacher misconduct: Lag in districts, state keeps some teachers in classrooms for years after allegations

Teacher misconduct: Lag in districts, state keeps some teachers in classrooms for years after allegations

A Dayton Daily News investigation found delays both in how quickly school districts report alleged misconduct to the Ohio Department of Education’s professional conduct office and how long it takes the state to act on an allegation. A Trotwood-Madison science teacher accused in 2011 of delayed reporting of an alleged sexual assault went on to teach for years in the school, finally losing...
Training programs seek to bridge skills gap in Dayton region

Training programs seek to bridge skills gap in Dayton region

Finding workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow means attacking the skills gap along a wide front. That means training 17-year-olds like Jaeden Crowe, who is working as an apprentice for Shook Construction, while he takes construction trade classes in Kettering Fairmont High School’s Career Technology program. It means retraining former autoworkers like 54-year-old James E. Shorter Jr. of...
Jobs expert: ‘This is going to be an epidemic’

Jobs expert: ‘This is going to be an epidemic’

As advances in technology require a higher level of skill among workers, there is growing concern that this region is at a critical crossroads in its ability to compete for jobs. “More people are starting to realize now that this is going to be an epidemic,” said Nick Weldy, superintendent and chief executive of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). “I think we are still...
Major disconnect: Jobs unfilled despite thousands of unemployed

Major disconnect: Jobs unfilled despite thousands of unemployed

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 20,000 unemployed people are looking for work in Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties, the three counties that make up the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. But some employers look at the slim pickings they get from job fairs and want ads and wonder where all the good workers are. The disconnect between those looking for work and companies struggling to...
How do we get the economy to boom for all?

How do we get the economy to boom for all?

When it comes to jobs, the Dayton of yesterday – a manufacturing mecca dominated by big automobile companies paying top wages – will never be the Dayton of tomorrow. The nation’s long, steady economic recovery is bringing good economic news to our region, with the unemployment rate dropping and businesses hiring more workers. But there are serious concerns that could keep the region...
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...
CSU QB isn’t on sex offender registry because conviction came as minor

CSU QB isn’t on sex offender registry because conviction came as minor

Central State University football player Trent Mays was convicted in 2013 along with a Steubenville High School teammate of raping a 16-year-old girl who was incapacitated by alcohol. But because Mays was a juvenile at the time, his conviction does not appear on the sex offender registry. If not for widespread publicity of the crime, Mays’ conviction would be unknown to many of his fellow students...
Student twice charged and acquitted of rape wants to put past behind

Student twice charged and acquitted of rape wants to put past behind

The second time Myron Walker was acquitted on rape charges in his courtroom, Greene County Common Pleas Court Judge Stephen Wolaver turned to him and offered this advice: “Do not have sexual relations with a woman in this county.” Walker was first charged with rape following a November 2015 incident at Wright State University. He was eventually acquitted, but by that time the school had...
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...
How local man beat heroin: ‘I had to change everything’

How local man beat heroin: ‘I had to change everything’

When Kyle Shaw of Miamisburg speaks about his path from incarcerated heroin addict to running a recovery housing non-profit, he tailors the story depending on the audience. With the men in the STOP program — people on probation who will soon transition from jail and back into the community — he talks a lot about the pull of the “lifestyle” and the particulars of his various...
Your questions answered about the opioid epidemic

Your questions answered about the opioid epidemic

Many who attended the recent forums on opioids held throughout the Miami Valley by Your Voice Ohio and this newspaper submitted questions about the epidemic. Here are some of the answers to those questions. A variety of ways. Heroin may first enter the country through underground tunnels or in secret compartments hollowed out of car panels or welded into semi-trailer truck frames. At times, a dealer...
How to get help: An opioid addiction resource guide

How to get help: An opioid addiction resource guide

We’ve heard from readers and those affected by the opioid crisis in our community that it can be frustrating trying to find accurate information on treatment options, recovery programs and other community resources.  To address this need for a one-stop shop for information, we’ve created this resource guide. Information may change so please call each agency with specific questions...
Recovering from opioid addiction: ‘I had to get help or I was going to die’

Recovering from opioid addiction: ‘I had to get help or I was going to die’

In recent years this newspaper has done posthumous profiles of many people whose lives were snuffed out by their addictions and the ever-more-potent drugs easily available on Ohio’s streets. We’ve reported on the government efforts to curb the climbing death toll and the cost to our communities. But we heard you, our readers, when you said you want to see the other side of this epidemic...
Foam that tainted wells in Colorado feared in Dayton

Foam that tainted wells in Colorado feared in Dayton

Colorado communities near Peterson Air Force Base are dealing with something Dayton officials hope never happens here: thousands of people impacted by chemicals tainting water supplies. The suspected cause of the Colorado water woes: A firefighting foam contaminant used by the base that may have seeped into drinking water wells. Five states away, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base also used a firefighting...
Who’s protecting your drinking water? EPA receives 400+ spill reports

Who’s protecting your drinking water? EPA receives 400+ spill reports

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency received more than 440 reports of chemical spills and releases between January 2012 and mid-May 2017. Some reports were about minor spills. Some were false alarms. But at least a few calls were dangerous, involving large amounts of chemicals seeping into the ground in sensitive areas that feed into the aquifer. More than 3 million people rely on the aquifer...
Is our water safe? Two vulnerable well fields shut down

Is our water safe? Two vulnerable well fields shut down

It’s been three decades since firefighters avoided spraying water on a burning Sherwin Williams warehouse filled with 1.5 million gallons of paint and other chemicals out of fear it would contaminate the giant aquifer that serves up to three million customers. Nothing of that magnitude has happened since, but officials say it wouldn’t take a major industrial accident like the Sherwin-Williams...
Is our drinking water safe? Chemical spills alarm protectors

Is our drinking water safe? Chemical spills alarm protectors

It’s been three decades since firefighters avoided spraying water on a burning Sherwin Williams warehouse filled with 1.5 million gallons of paint and other chemicals out of fear it would contaminate the giant aquifer that serves up to three million customers. Nothing of that magnitude has happened since, but officials say it wouldn’t take a major industrial accident like the Sherwin-Williams...
Dangers to water supply could have huge impact on businesses, beer supply

Dangers to water supply could have huge impact on businesses, beer supply

Dayton’s water deserves some credit for Milwaukee’s Best beer. That brand and some of the other most popular suds in America are made from the water flowing beneath the Gem City. But it’s not just breweries that heavily depend on the underground aquifer. Huge numbers of jobs in Dayton are tied to the access to clean water. Without that access, a lack of tasty beer options would be...
Is your water safe? Secrets of Dayton’s blue lagoon revealed

Is your water safe? Secrets of Dayton’s blue lagoon revealed

What’s that strange bright blue lake along Ohio 4 across from Dayton Children’s Hospital? It’s the city’s lime reclamation facility next to the Ottawa Water Treatment Plant where about 23,000 tons of calcium oxide (quick lime) are produced each year. Dayton uses the quick lime partly to remove minerals from the water softening. It also sells it to eight other water systems...
5 women’s bodies found in Dayton: What you need to know 

5 women’s bodies found in Dayton: What you need to know 

1. Homicide is the cause of death for three of the women. Another had signs of strangulation but her cause of death is undetermined. The fifth woman, found bound in taped cloth and thrown in a vacant lot, died of an overdose, according to Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger. 2. All of the women had drugs in their bodies and histories of arrests and convictions. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil...
Neighborhoods where 5 women found plagued by blight, vacant homes

Neighborhoods where 5 women found plagued by blight, vacant homes

The sheer number of dilapidated, vacant houses on some neighborhood blocks along North Main Street makes recovery a daunting task. Sledgehammered by the foreclosure crisis, drug dealing and other crimes, some of these neighborhoods are too far gone even for the Montgomery County Land Bank to use its limited resources for demolitions. “If the neighborhood is to a point where our intervention...
The deaths of five women in Dayton linked by drugs, possible foul play

The deaths of five women in Dayton linked by drugs, possible foul play

The first body was found June 21, 2017, amid the garbage, broken glass and booze bottles that litter the alley behind the many dilapidated vacant houses near North Main Street on West Norman Avenue in Dayton. Since then, four more women’s bodies have been found within a mile’s radius, most of them just blocks apart. Police don’t know if the deaths are connected, but they know this...
Two drug deaths from one family. Says mom: ‘It was like living in hell’

Two drug deaths from one family. Says mom: ‘It was like living in hell’

Tavia Driscoll knew the day would come when she would be told her drug-addicted youngest daughter was dead. But it still came as a shock when Kathleen Driscoll became the fifth woman found dead under mysterious circumstances in one of the neighborhoods along North Main Street in Dayton. On Jan 12, a woman discovered the 31-year-old Dayton woman’s body lying in the bushes of a vacant lot at 39...
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