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Diverse cast of Dayton kids taking on Cinderella and her glass slipper this weekend

Diverse cast of Dayton kids taking on Cinderella and her glass slipper this weekend

A glass slipper is going lead to a whole lot of magic near downtown this weekend.  Stivers School for the Arts is taking on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” during shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.   “It is a great story, and it has great music,” said Paula Powell, the production&rsquo...
Butler County airport may break even for first time ever

Butler County airport may break even for first time ever

Butler County’s financially fragile airport Hogan Field may break even operationally this year, a first ever officials say. For years Butler County commissioners have dipped into the county general fund — as much as $100,000 — to bail out the airport by paying its bills. The airport has also not been able to shoulder around $155,000 in debt payments. For that reason, commissioners...
Dayton school aide fired over sex abuse claim sues, calls report false

Dayton school aide fired over sex abuse claim sues, calls report false

Former classroom aide Ajilon Harmon has sued Dayton Public Schools, two former DPS employees and the man who accused him of sexual assault, 11 months after the school district fired Harmon about that claim of sexually abusing a student in 1990. Harmon’s lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court names as defendants the school board, former superintendent Rhonda Corr, former DPS safety director...
One in custody after OSP pursuit on I-75 in Miami County

One in custody after OSP pursuit on I-75 in Miami County

A pursuit that occurred on northbound I-75 in Miami County ended with one suspect in police custody, officials say.  The pursuit started at the 67 milemarker and ended at the 73 milemarker early Friday morning, per initial reports. The pursuit did not end in a crash and no injuries were reported, per officials. Police also reportedly had someone at gunpoint on a ramp near where the pursuit ended...
Man jailed on suspicion of murder indicted on more charges

Man jailed on suspicion of murder indicted on more charges

A man already jailed on suspicion of murder in a Dayton homicide that occurred in January, was indicted Thursday on more charges. Kalvin K. Jones, 23, was indicted for aggravated possession of drugs and possession of cocaine, after a April 2017 case against him was reopened, according to online court documents. Jones was already being held in Montgomery County Jail on a count of murder after he was...
Police investigate reported robbery at Kroger in Piqua

Police investigate reported robbery at Kroger in Piqua

Piqua police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Kroger on Covington Avenue late Thursday night. According to officials, an individual dressed in all black entered the store around 11 p.m., demanded money from a cashier, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber did not display any weapons during the incident and no one was harmed.  Police are unsure if the person left...
Oakwood, Fairmont students to rally against gun violence today

Oakwood, Fairmont students to rally against gun violence today

Students at Oakwood and Fairmont high schools will hold a rally to protest school shootings and demand stronger gun laws today, in conjunction with nationwide events on the same topic. The event, which will feature student speakers as well as political candidates, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Lincoln Park Civic Commons — the park immediately outside Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. It’s the...
WPAFB Friday Weather: Moderate temperatures continue for the weekend

WPAFB Friday Weather: Moderate temperatures continue for the weekend

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—It will be another cold start and while there may be frost, the area will start snow-free, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Lots of sunshine is expected into the afternoon with temperatures pushing back into the middle 50s. Skies will remain mostly cloudy tonight with some high clouds moving across the area this weekend. Despite the mix of...
Elsa Croucher, advocate for domestic violence victims after daughter’s death, dies

Elsa Croucher, advocate for domestic violence victims after daughter’s death, dies

A woman who spent more than 20 years advocating for victims of domestic violence after her daughter was murdered has died. Elsa Croucher, who along with her husband, Jim, founded Citizens Against Domestic Violence in 1996 and created a teen dating violence prevention program, Dating Violence: 101, died Thursday morning surrounded by family and friends in her Monroe home. She battled cancer for 18...
Rezoning means what’s left of Skyborn Drive-In, Skateland will disappear

Rezoning means what’s left of Skyborn Drive-In, Skateland will disappear

The Bath Twp. board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday night in favor of a zoning change that means what’s left of the iconic Skyborn Drive-In and Skateland will be razed.  The properties are on Haddix Road in the township, north of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the land will become the home to a construction company.  "It's going to be sad to see them go," Dan...
Magnitude 3.6 earthquake that hits Canada is felt in metro Detroit

Magnitude 3.6 earthquake that hits Canada is felt in metro Detroit

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake that occurred in Amherstburg, Canada, across the Detroit River from Grosse Ile, Michigan, on Thursday night was felt in metro Detroit. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit about 8 p.m.  The depth of the quake was about 5 km deep and felt in southern Detroit, which is about 20 north of the epicenter.  There have been no reports of damage or injury...
NYC police: Missing man may be in Dayton

NYC police: Missing man may be in Dayton

The New York City Police Department is asking for help to find a missing man who may be in the Dayton area. Alan Profitt, 51, has been missing since September 2017 from Queens, N.Y., and police there believe he may have returned to Dayton. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers, 937-222-STOP(7867) or NYPD detective Frank Acosta at 212-694-7781.
Pinning ceremony honors new VA Medical Center director Jill Dietrich 

Pinning ceremony honors new VA Medical Center director Jill Dietrich 

Newly appointed VA Medical Center Director Jill Dietrich's pinning ceremony was held this afternoon, marking the first time a woman has been sworn in to the leadership role in the VA’s 150 year history.  "I was just extremely happy to be joining the ranks of the senior executive service and come lead the Dayton VA Medical Center, " said Dietrich.  Dietrich says she wants...
Street back open after gas leak in Fairborn

Street back open after gas leak in Fairborn

The street is back open and the scene clear after a gas leak shut down a portion of West Hebble Avenue this evening in Fairborn. A gas leak has forced the closure this evening of a portion of West Hebble Avenue. The street is closed from Third Street to Central Avenue. Vectren is on the scene to start digging for the gas shutoff, according to a social media post from the Fairborn Fire Department....
Date set for Elder-Beerman going-out-of-business sale

Date set for Elder-Beerman going-out-of-business sale

Elder-Beerman’s parent company announced the going-out-of-business sale will begin tomorrow for its 212 stores and e-commerce website. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. is closing all stores after only liquidators submitted bids for the retailer at a bankruptcy auction earlier this week. RELATED: Elder-Beerman has rich history in Dayton Bon-Ton’s liquidation sales are expected to run for about 10 to...
Layer Park opening could be delayed a few months

Layer Park opening could be delayed a few months

The reopening of Layer Park in Miami Twp. could take a couple more months, despite the sign out front indicating "Park will open in Spring 2018."  The park has been shut down since January 2016 because of high levels of lead and arsenic found in the ground.  The lead and arsenic was initially found back in 2013, when the park was the site of a former shooting range. Those tests...
Air Force urged to pick Wright-Patterson for hundreds more jobs

Air Force urged to pick Wright-Patterson for hundreds more jobs

Wright-Patterson could add 400 jobs if Air Force leaders are persuaded by Ohio’s congressional delegation to locate a F-35 stealth fighter office to the Miami Valley base. The Defense Department and the Air Force have not said how many bases are in contention for the F-35 Product Hybrid Support Integrator Organization. But Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Phil Parker said Wright-Patterson...
Missing Adult Alert issued for Warren County man with dementia

Missing Adult Alert issued for Warren County man with dementia

A Missing Adult Alert has been issued for an 83-year-old Warren County man who suffers from dementia. Homer Howard left his Maineville residence at 10:15 a.m. today and has not returned. He stands 5 feet 11 inches, weights 190 pounds, and has gray hair and blue eyes. He is believed to be driving a gray 2012 Ford Fusion with Ohio plates CA35QV. Anyone who sees Howard or the vehicle is urged to call...
Police: Mother faces charges after Urbana elementary student has cocaine in system at school

Police: Mother faces charges after Urbana elementary student has cocaine in system at school

A 7-year-old Urbana student came to school high on cocaine on Monday, police said. The child is a student at North Elementary, one of the district’s kindergarten and first-grade schools, and was acting very unusual in the late morning, according to police and school officials. “The student was drowsy, groggy and they thought there might be a blood sugar question,” Urbana Superintendent...
Mumps outbreak reported at University of Cincinnati

Mumps outbreak reported at University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is reporting that at least two students on campus have been diagnosed with the mumps. The two cases of mumps along with a third suspected case have been reported on UC’s west campus within the last two weeks, Kim Miller, executive director of health services told WCPO in Cincinnati. Mumps is a contagious disease that is characterized by a fever, headache, fatigue...
Who was the highest paid public worker in Ohio in 2017? It’s not Urban Meyer

Who was the highest paid public worker in Ohio in 2017? It’s not Urban Meyer

The highest paid public employee in Ohio last year wasn’t Urban Meyer, who made $5.28 million. Instead, Ohio State University men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann claimed the spot with compensation package totaling $5.66 million. Holtmann, who led the Buckeyes to a second round appearance in the NCAA 2018 March Madness tournament, received $4.7 million in bonus pay last year. University...
FAA will require inspections of engines made by Butler County company

FAA will require inspections of engines made by Butler County company

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday evening it will require inspections of aircraft engines made by a Butler County company involved in the emergency that killed at least one passenger on Southwest Flight 1380. “The FAA will issue an airworthiness directive within the next two weeks that will require inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines,” the FAA said Wednesday evening...
Shooting at vet clinic near Yellow Springs investigated as self-inflicted fatality

Shooting at vet clinic near Yellow Springs investigated as self-inflicted fatality

UPDATE @ 8:01 p.m.: The shooting at the Hosket Veterinary Services on Thursday is being investigated as a self-inflicted fatality, Greene County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Brown said. Deputies dispatched about 11:20 a.m. to the business, 4450 U.S. 68 North, found an individual who had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Chief Deputy Mike Brown said. He declined to release any more...
Clayton City Council to vote tonight to add police officer position

Clayton City Council to vote tonight to add police officer position

The city of Clayton is expected to vote to add a full-time patrol officer position to the police department at the council meeting tonight. If council approves the position, it is hoped that it will be filled by July 1. If there is an approval, the new position will increase the Police Department’s projected 2019 budget by approximately $38,000, due to wage increase and fringe benefits, according...
Report: Pilot in double-fatal Darke County plane crash left rehab weeks before incident

Report: Pilot in double-fatal Darke County plane crash left rehab weeks before incident

The pilot in a Darke County plane crash that killed him and his passenger in 2016 had cocaine, alcohol and other drugs in his system at the time of the crash, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board released this week. Clayton Heins, 20, took off from a private grass airstrip around 8 a.m. on Sept. 14 before crashing in a field near Dull Road. Heins passenger, Jacob Turner...
Hamilton death penalty trial: Text messages shown, reluctant witnesses take stand

Hamilton death penalty trial: Text messages shown, reluctant witnesses take stand

Hundreds of phone calls and text messages as well as the testimony of reluctant witnesses marked the second day of testimony in the death penalty trial of Michael Grevious II. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting in August 2016. He is also charged with having weapons under disability and felonious...
Dayton’s newest mosque to open; public and international guests expected

Dayton’s newest mosque to open; public and international guests expected

The first official Ahiska Turkish mosque in many years has a grand opening in Old North Dayton on Sunday that is expected to attract dignitaries from across the globe and that is a testament to the strong growth of the local Turkish population. But the Osman Gazi Mosque and Sunday’s celebration aren’t just for Turkish people or Muslims, leaders say. The mosque, located at 1508 Valley St...
Carlisle changes date for vote on controversial project

Carlisle changes date for vote on controversial project

A Carlisle Planning Commission meeting originally scheduled for today, April 19, to decide if an Iowa-based company should be permitted to move forward with their project has been moved to May 3. Planning Commission Chairman Robert Hurt told this news outlet earlier this month that a special meeting would be called for tonight, April 19, to vote on the conditional use request for a proposed $4.5 million...
UD students manage $30-million stock portfolio for university

UD students manage $30-million stock portfolio for university

When students leave home for college, it’s often the first time they budget their own money but a group of University of Dayton students is doing that and managing a $30-million investment portfolio. UD students have the option of applying for a program at the school’s Davis Center for Portfolio Management where they work on Bloomberg branded terminals and keep an eye on stock market trends...
Woman threatens to shoot officers, arrested after standoff

Woman threatens to shoot officers, arrested after standoff

A standoff in Dayton ended with a woman in custody after she threatened to shoot at officers, according to investigators.  Officers responded to the home in the 1500 of Wesleyan Road around 10:30 a.m. on reports of a woman inside the house with a warrant for her arrest and was in possession of a handgun, Dayton police Lt. Eric Sheldon said.  Police made contact with the woman, who then threatened...
Pier 1 Imports to close up to 25 stores

Pier 1 Imports to close up to 25 stores

Pier 1 Imports Inc. will close up to 25 stores in the next two years, the company announced during its quarterly earnings call. Net sales decreased 1.4 percent to $469.2 million, according to a company statement. Alasdair James, president and CEO, said the company’s financial performance was impacted by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. E-commerce sales reached 26 percent. “We saw improved...
2 Republicans running for Montgomery County clerk of courts

2 Republicans running for Montgomery County clerk of courts

Two Republicans are facing off in a primary May 8 to take on Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Russ Joseph, a Democrat. Mike Foley, who is currently the county chair of the Mike DeWine for governor campaign, is running against Ryan Colvin, who has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Republican Party. We asked them some questions about what they would do if elected. You can see more of their answers...
Ohio higher ed chief: ‘I have faith’ in Wright State administration

Ohio higher ed chief: ‘I have faith’ in Wright State administration

The chancellor of Ohio’s Department of Higher Education said he thinks Wright State University will succeed in dealing with its financial problems. Just a few weeks ago, Wright State president Cheryl Schrader asked university departments to slash 66 percent of their remaining budgets in a last-ditch attempt to save $10 million and keep WSU off state fiscal watch. RELATED: Wright State was warned...
Multiple OVI checkpoints planned for Friday night

Multiple OVI checkpoints planned for Friday night

At least three sobriety checkpoints are planned for Friday night. The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting a checkpoint and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Xenia Post announced they will be conducting two checkpoints in Greene County. The state and federally funded checkpoints are being held “to deter and intercept impaired drivers,” according to the patrol’s release...
Warren County corrects ID of pilot in double-fatal plane crash

Warren County corrects ID of pilot in double-fatal plane crash

The Warren County Coroner’s Office revealed Thursday afternoon that the pilot thought initially to be at the helm of a 2016 plane crash in Warren County at Camp Kern was misidentified.   The revelation comes in the wake of a final report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), indicating that the pilot killed in the crash at Camp Kern had marijuana and...
WSU professor wins state award for efforts in fighting opioid crisis

WSU professor wins state award for efforts in fighting opioid crisis

A professor at Wright State University was honored with a statewide award this week for his work to prevent opioid addiction. Kevin Lorson, director of WSU’s physical education license program, received the award from Ohio Higher Education chancellor John Carey earlier this week. PHOTOS: Check out this nearly $1M Beavercreek home with outdoor pool The Chancellor’s Award was given to Lorson...
Second Wright State provost candidate withdraws from consideration

Second Wright State provost candidate withdraws from consideration

The second Wright State University provost candidate has withdrawn his name from consideration for the job on the day he was scheduled to visit campus. Wayne Vaught, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was planning to be at Wright State today through Saturday. He works in the same college system Cheryl Schrader worked in when she took the WSU president&rsquo...
6 men charged in Ohio prison drug smuggling attempt

6 men charged in Ohio prison drug smuggling attempt

Six men, including three from Dayton, have been charged for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into an Ohio prison, according to the Department of Justice.  Alton Herron, 46, Rodney Herron, 27, and Daviontae Norvell, 26, all from Dayton are among the six men indicted on drug-related charges, a Department of Justice spokesperson said in a media release Thursday.  Joseph Brodbeck, 59, of...
Great Miami River flooding damages bike path

Great Miami River flooding damages bike path

Recent flooding of the Great Miami River damaged bikeways along its shoreline, including in Hamilton. The damage in Hamilton wasn’t severe, but, “it’s important to keep people away from it,” said Allen Messer, a city employee in public works and engineering. Repair work may start as early as today, April 19. RELATED: Region ready to embrace Great Miami River after long estrangement...
Water main break closes Fairfield Twp. road

Water main break closes Fairfield Twp. road

A water main break prompted the emergency closing of Hamilton Mason Road in Fairfield Twp. overnight. Hamilton Mason Road is closed between Huntsman Way and Enterprise Park Drive, according to the Butler County Engineer’s Office. Crews are working to repair the water main and the road is expected to reopen later today.
P&G makes acquisition, reports solid quarter

P&G makes acquisition, reports solid quarter

On the heels of announcing a major acquisition, Cincinnati-based household goods powerhouse Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) is reporting a solid quarter. The company reported fiscal year third quarter 2018 net sales of $16.3 billion, four percent above the same point in the prior year. Diluted net earnings per share were 95 cents, an increase of two percent compared to the prior year while core earnings...
Elder-Beerman store closings: Everything we know now about local impact

Elder-Beerman store closings: Everything we know now about local impact

After several last ditch attempts to save one of America’s oldest retailers, Bon-Ton Stores Inc. joined the ranks of companies that have succumbed to the retail apocalypse. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced on Wednesday morning that a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won the auction for the company’s asset — signaling the...
15 memories at Elder-Beerman that influenced your lives

15 memories at Elder-Beerman that influenced your lives

It’s official: Elder-Beerman’s parent company is headed for liquidation. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won an auction for the company’s asset. The retailer, established 135-years-ago in Dayton and the city’s last hometown department store, will liquidate all stores. The Dayton...
Dayton office market sees first occupancy loss in two years

Dayton office market sees first occupancy loss in two years

There were bright spots in the Dayton-area office market in the first quarter of the year, even as occupancy overall fell. A defense contractor signed a lease for office space in Fairborn in the first quarter of 2018. Aptima signed a lease for just over 11,000 square feet at 2555 University Drive in Fairborn, according to a recent real estate report. Aptima also has locations in Arlington, Va., Woburn...
Veteran school leader now Hamilton’s new boss

Veteran school leader now Hamilton’s new boss

When a school district needs to unexpectedly fill its top job, it’s rare to already have someone within its ranks who has done the job. But that’s what Hamilton school officials had at their disposal when the city school board ordered now-former Superintendent Tony Orr on leave in February as the board launched an independent investigation into allegations Orr violated district policies...
JUST IN: New cake shop/bakery to open between Dayton Mall and  Austin Landing

JUST IN: New cake shop/bakery to open between Dayton Mall and  Austin Landing

A new dessert option is coming this summer when the Dayton area’s first “Nothing Bundt Cake” shop opens between the Dayton Mall and Austin Landing in Miami Twp.  Renee Hall told this news outlet that she became a fan of the Nothing Bundt Cakes concept — and its cakes — through frequent visits to a franchise-owned Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery on Mason-Montgomery...
Amazon, Best Buy team up to change the way you watch TV

Amazon, Best Buy team up to change the way you watch TV

Amazon and Best Buy announced a collaboration to bring the next generation of Fire TV Edition smart TVs to customers in the United States and Canada. Best Buy will launch more than ten 4K and HD Fire TV Edition models from Insignia and Toshiba, beginning this summer. The newly designed smart TVs come with the Fire TV experience built-in, uniquely bringing together live over-the-air TV and all your...
White powder poisons local jail staff: What exactly happened?

White powder poisons local jail staff: What exactly happened?

The Darke County Jail has been shut down after 10 more officers were sent to the hospital Wednesday after a Tuesday meth spill got into air-handling system. The white powder spilled at the jail around 1 p.m. while Stephen Garner was being booked, according to a release from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. Here’s what we know about the incident: 1. METHAMPHETAMINE The powder was identified...
Kettering teen accused of murdering student skips hearing; trial set

Kettering teen accused of murdering student skips hearing; trial set

A Kettering teen accused of murdering a Fairmont High School student in 2016 was not in court this afternoon as his trial date was confirmed. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Langer said Kylen Gregory’s trial in the fatal shooting of Ronnie Bowers two years ago this coming Labor Day weekend will go forward May 7. Defense attorney Jon Paul Rion said after the two-minute court...
Ex-Kettering sub teacher sentenced for sex crimes: ‘I cannot express how sorry I am’

Ex-Kettering sub teacher sentenced for sex crimes: ‘I cannot express how sorry I am’

Madeline Marx, the former Kettering Fairmont substitute teacher who pleaded guilty to sex charges involving students, was sentenced to five years of community control sanctions for each of two convictions of sexual battery, but will avoid prison.  Marx was also labeled as a Tier III sex offender, requiring her to register her address every 90 days for the rest of her life. Marx was ordered to...
Broken clouds for the Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend 

Broken clouds for the Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend 

Dry and pleasant weather returns just in time for the Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. The meteor shower peaks before dawn Sunday. The waxing crescent moon will have set around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, meaning the sky will be darker to watch for meteors. Grab a blanket and go outside Saturday night/Sunday morning! The Lyrids usually produce 10 to...
9 concerns school had with teacher later convicted of teen sex crimes

9 concerns school had with teacher later convicted of teen sex crimes

A recently-released memo about an ex-Miamisburg teacher’s conduct with students shows school district officials had several concerns more than 15 months before the filing of a criminal report that led to her conviction on sexual battery charges involving a student. Miamisburg records obtained by this news organization show school administrators documented in February 2016 nine concerns about...
Go ahead and walk on this: Dayton’s newest street art project

Go ahead and walk on this: Dayton’s newest street art project

Dayton’s newest art public project has hit the pavement. Words of wisdom, positivity and clever encouragement can be found underfoot on sidewalks across Dayton. One message, placed near East Third and South St. Clair streets, advises, “Do what you love, love what you do.” RELATED: Dayton Arcade’s sleeping giant: Art grabs attention, points to future...
These 6 streets are rated the worst in Middletown. Here’s what is next for them.

These 6 streets are rated the worst in Middletown. Here’s what is next for them.

Middletown City Council Tuesday approved a nearly $2.27 million contract for the 2018 street paving program Council approved the contract with Barrett Paving Materials of Fairfield to pave six streets what all were rated on the Pavement Condition Index as poor or worse, or a PCI rating of 50 or less. Streets with a PCI rating of 50 and higher are considered in fair condition, while streets rated 70...
5 Dayton jingles you won’t be able to get out of your head

5 Dayton jingles you won’t be able to get out of your head

There is catchy, and then there is catchy.  National companies might have the big bucks, but Dayton-area businesses have proved time and time again that they can be even more memorable on a much smaller budget.  Here are five of the catchiest jingles and slogans created for or by local companies, and are still being used in one way or another.   Key line: Get a Voss.  Key...
Driving Dayton dog trying to help its city crush Orlando, Aruba and Reno

Driving Dayton dog trying to help its city crush Orlando, Aruba and Reno

What’s better than a dog to do a pig’s work?  The Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau is hoping that a pooch they’ve dubbed “Rocky the Wonder Dog” helps win a national Instagram video contest hosted by HelmsBriscoe, a company that connects meeting and conference planners with hotels and convention bureaus.  Bev Rose, Dayton Convention and Visitors...
The brand new IHOP that didn’t open. What’s the holdup?

The brand new IHOP that didn’t open. What’s the holdup?

The parking lot is striped, the brand-new chairs are neatly stacked atop the brand-new dining tables, the occupancy permit has been obtained. The only things missing are employees, customers, an unlocked front door — and a short stack of pancakes or two.  The IHOP restaurant that was built last fall and this winter at 3324 Benchwood Road near the Miller Lane/York Commons development in...
Fairfield’s Fantastic Race a chance to be ‘silly’ while helping kids stay drug free

Fairfield’s Fantastic Race a chance to be ‘silly’ while helping kids stay drug free

Be prepared to not take yourself seriously if you participate in the second annual “Fairfield’s Fantastic Race.” The race, presented by the Fairfield Prevention Coalition, will have a few dozen teams race — and running, or even jogging, is not required — from station to station at Fairfield’s Village Green Park on Wessel Drive either completing a task, taking a...
Expert: No one can help suicidal teens quicker than classmates

Expert: No one can help suicidal teens quicker than classmates

When teens think about killing themselves there is often one group that knows about it first — fellow teens. A new program coming to Lakota Schools at the start of next school year plans to use that documented tendency as part of a nationally acclaimed anti-teen suicide strategy that is working where many others have failed. MORE: Lakota to adopt new program to stop teen suicides The plan calls...
Councilman apologizes for comments to Plush family amid calls for resignation

Councilman apologizes for comments to Plush family amid calls for resignation

A Cincinnati councilman is apologizing for comments he made to Kyle Plush’s family while the county’s republican chairman has called for his resignation. Democratic Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young implied Plush’s family may seek financial compensation for the teen’s death in a Tuesday special council meeting, saying, “But there’s no amount of money...
40-plus cats euthanized after infection sweeps Tenn. animal shelter 

40-plus cats euthanized after infection sweeps Tenn. animal shelter 

An animal shelter in Tennessee is defending its decision to euthanize more than 40 cats after an infection swept through the facility.  According to WATE-TV, animal lovers became outraged after learning the Pets without Parents shelter, which was reported to be a “no-kill” facility, put down dozens of cats.  After weeks of attempting to nurse close to 50 cats that became...
Local defense contractor lands $67 million contract

Local defense contractor lands $67 million contract

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a Dayton-based defense contractor a five-year, $67.9 million contract for engineering, management and other services at locations across the country, according to the Department of Defense. MacAulay Brown, Inc., will conduct the work to support the development and deployment of a ballistic missile defense system, according to the Defense Department. The work...
Local man wins $20,000 in popular ‘HQ Trivia’ game app 

Local man wins $20,000 in popular ‘HQ Trivia’ game app 

A Miamisburg man won $20,000 after recently playing the popular HQ Trivia game app on his phone. Jason Varney answered 15 trivia questions correctly on the app that typically allows people, twice a day, to attempt to get 12 trivia questions right in efforts to win part of a $5,000 jackpot. In Varney’s case, the prize amount went up to $250,000 as part of a marketing deal between the app and...
Reported house fire in Dayton prompts crews to respond 

Reported house fire in Dayton prompts crews to respond 

Dayton fire crews responded to the 1400 block of McLain Street on a working structure fire late Wednesday night. The incident was dispatched around 11:25 p.m. after a complainant called saying a house was on fire, according to officials. No word on what caused the fire’s start or if anyone was inside the home at the time.  We’re working to learn more details and will continue to update...
2 sought in robbery of Speedway in Clark County

2 sought in robbery of Speedway in Clark County

Police and sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who robbed the Speedway, 5050 Urbana Road, north of Springfield on Wednesday night.  The suspect, who robbed the business around 10 p.m., is believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s and has a receding hairline, according to police. He was wearing a white sweatshirt with the brand name "Carhartt" on the back.  He is believed...
REPORT: Pedestrian struck on Miamisburg Centerville Road, Miamisburg

REPORT: Pedestrian struck on Miamisburg Centerville Road, Miamisburg

Police are investigating a vehicle accident on Miamisburg Centerville Road that reportedly sent a pedestrian to a hospital. The condition of the pedestrian is not known.  Officers on scene have said little, but the accident scene near the ramp to I-75 South includes a large box truck that is parked in the middle of the street.  The accident was dispatched about 10:20 p.m.  Eastbound...
2 shot and killed at Trotwood apartment complex

2 shot and killed at Trotwood apartment complex

Two people were fatally shot late Wednesday night at the Pinewood Gardens apartments, police confirmed Thursday.  Police and medics were called around 11 p.m. to the complex after the Trotwood Police Department received several 911 calls reporting numerous gunshots. Both victims were found shot multiple times inside a blue car in the complex parking lot, according to investigators.  The...
Crews battle huge barn fire in Mercer County 

Crews battle huge barn fire in Mercer County 

Flames from what was reported as a massive barn fire in the 4000 block of U.S. 127 spread to a second barn.  The multi-tanker response continued into Wednesday night. Crews were initially dispatched about 9:10 p.m.  What's in the barns is not clear. A firefighter with the Coldwater Fire Department said there has been no report of animals being in the barns.  The multi-tanker response...
Meth poisoning sickens 10 more Darke County Jail staff; shuts down jail until Monday

Meth poisoning sickens 10 more Darke County Jail staff; shuts down jail until Monday

A total of 28 prisoners were removed from the Darke County jail and taken to neighboring counties as a result of a meth poisoning.  17 were sent to Miami County and 11 were sent to Mercer County. A case is being presented to the grand jury currently to bring charges against the suspect. The Darke County jail will be closed until at least Monday.  The Darke County Jail is shut down after...
Police: Knife-wielding man robs 2 Dollar General stores less than 2 miles apart

Police: Knife-wielding man robs 2 Dollar General stores less than 2 miles apart

The man armed with a hunting knife who robbed a Dollar General in West Carrollton of cash is believed to have also robbed a Dollar General less than two miles away in Miamisburg.  Police believe the robber hit the West Carrollton location, 25 W. Alex Bell Road, and the Miamisburg store, 33 W. Alex Bell, about 10 to 15 minutes apart, West Carrollton Police Sgt. Alex Flynn said.  Police were...
Ducklings rescued by passers-by outside Fifth Third Field

Ducklings rescued by passers-by outside Fifth Third Field

A group of ducklings was rescued Wednesday night from a fountain outside Fifth Third Field by passers-by. The cries of the ducklings attracted the attention of people who were leaving the Dayton Dragons game.  The mother was in an elevated section of the fountain that the ducklings couldn't reach. They were stuck in a part of the water canals they couldn't escape.  The quick-thinking citizens...
Congressional Democratic candidates didn’t all agree on legal weed, and differed on gun control and the minimum wage

Congressional Democratic candidates didn’t all agree on legal weed, and differed on gun control and the minimum wage

Four Democratic candidates seeking to be the party’s 8th Congressional District nominee covered a wide breadth of topics at a forum Tuesday night. Bill Ebben, of West Chester Twp., Vanessa Enoch, of West Chester Twp., Matthew Guyette, of Greenville, and Ted Jones, of Piqua, are seeking to the party’s nomination and was at the likely only forum will all four candidates will be together...
Suspect in fatal Fairborn hotel shooting charged in same-day Dayton robbery

Suspect in fatal Fairborn hotel shooting charged in same-day Dayton robbery

The man accused of fatally shooting a Fairborn hotel clerk is now charged in an armed robbery that happened earlier that day. Michael McLendon, 24, was indicted for complicity to commit aggravated robbery for a crime that happened March 7 at the Ohio Loan Company, 3028 Salem Ave. in Dayton, according to a spokesman from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. The charge carries a three-year...
Middletown honors electric lineworkers who restored power in Puerto Rico after hurricane

Middletown honors electric lineworkers who restored power in Puerto Rico after hurricane

The “special relationship” between Duke Energy and the City of Middletown was celebrated Wednesday morning on National Lineman Appreciation Day. Of the cities Duke serves, Middletown is its second largest, only behind Cincinnati, said Tim Abbott, manager of government and community relations. He said Middletown has a “very important customer base.” MORE: Middletown’s...
Starbucks manager who called police on black men hails from Dayton

Starbucks manager who called police on black men hails from Dayton

An employee at a Philadelphia Starbucks who called police on two black men in the store is from the Dayton area. Holly Hylton, 31, originally from Dayton, sparked a nationwide controversy after two black men were arrested in the store she managed because of a phone call she made to police on April 12. The Associated Press reported two men had asked to use the restroom but an employee refused because...
Surveillance released of robber who claimed he had grenade

Surveillance released of robber who claimed he had grenade

Police have released surveillance images of the robber who stole money from the LoanMax store in the 5700 block of North Springboro Pike at West Alex-Bell Road. Witnesses told police the robber had a hand grenade and threatened to use it if money wasn’t put in his bag, according to investigators. UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m.: Police are looking for a male in his late 20s or early 30s who for sure...
AF Thunderbirds return to practice, but more shows could be canceled

AF Thunderbirds return to practice, but more shows could be canceled

The Air Force Thunderbirds return to training over the Nevada desert Wednesday, but have not announced a date the demonstration team will return to the air show circuit, the team’s leader said. The team had suspended flights and canceled public performances since a tragic April 4 crash killed Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno during practice over the Nevada Test and Training Range....
Dayton Arcade’s sleeping giant: Art grabs attention, points to future

Dayton Arcade’s sleeping giant: Art grabs attention, points to future

The troll outside the new pub at the Wheelhouse is pretty big. But he’s a little guy compared to the sleeping giant at the Dayton Arcade. On Monday, vinyl posters went up that cover the north entrance of the massive arcade complex. The coverings feature a 40-foot-long giant, who is a metaphor for the Arcade’s long sleep and eventual awakening, according to Cross Street Partners, the...
Dayton principal, AD reprimanded for ‘major violation’ in Dunbar fight

Dayton principal, AD reprimanded for ‘major violation’ in Dunbar fight

Two key Dayton Public Schools administrators disciplined for Dunbar’s boys basketball eligibility mistakes were reprimanded and put back on the job in less than two weeks after committing a “major violation” that can lead to firing. DPS Athletic Director Mark Baker and Dunbar High School Principal Crystal Phillips were both put on paid leave March 1-2, with Phillips returning to...
Man indicted on murder charges in 2017 shooting; Bond set at $1M

Man indicted on murder charges in 2017 shooting; Bond set at $1M

A 35-year-old man has been indicted on murder charges in a shooting in November 2017 that followed an argument, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.  Lance Irvin was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on two counts of murder, felonious assault and one count of tampering with evidence.  He is accused of causing the death of 21-year-old Jesse Samuel Redavide, who was shot on...
Moraine considers filling open council seat after longtime leader dies

Moraine considers filling open council seat after longtime leader dies

Four applicants for the vacant Moraine City Council seat created by last month’s death of Jim McGuire will be the topic of a special meeting tonight as the deadline for filling the post draws near. Council is set to meet at 6 p.m. to consider Bob Allen, Rocky Bangert, Donald Burchett and Basil Tom Hicks for the at-large seat, one of two on Moraine’s seven-member legislative panel. Moraine...
Mason student, 8, abandoned on bus; driver fired

Mason student, 8, abandoned on bus; driver fired

An 8-year-old Mason boy was abandoned for hours on a parked school bus, leading to the firing of the driver and an apology from school officials with promises to reform their absence-reporting systems. Earlier this month, a Mason school parent put her son on a school bus expecting him to be safely transported to Mason Early Childhood Center. But Colleen Peters, who later posted about the incident...
Prosecutors: Hamilton man ‘set on revenge’ ordered retaliation shooting from jail cell

Prosecutors: Hamilton man ‘set on revenge’ ordered retaliation shooting from jail cell

Michael Grevious II was “set on revenge” after a fatal shootout at a bar and orchestrated, from his jail cell, a hit on a man involved in the gun violence, according to prosecutors. The jury heard opening statements and testimony Wednesday in the death penalty trial of Grevious. The 25-year-old Hamilton man is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for the retaliation...
Man who scalded Centerville boy, 2, set for sentencing

Man who scalded Centerville boy, 2, set for sentencing

The man found guilty of scalding a 2-year-old boy at a Centerville apartment on Loganwood Drive last April is set for sentencing. William Lindsey, 28, entered a guilty plea last week to charges of felonious assault, tampering with evidence and two counts of endangering children. Lindsey, the 2-year-old boy’s stepfather, severely burned the boy in the bathtub after the child defecated through...
Police: State representative candidate assaulted over campaign ad dispute

Police: State representative candidate assaulted over campaign ad dispute

A St. Henry man has been arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting a state representative candidate in Celina Tuesday, according to police.  Travis Faber, a Republican candidate running for Ohio’s 84th statehouse seat, caught a man in a red pickup truck stealing a campaign sign from private property on the corner of Westbank Road and U.S. 127 in Celina Tuesday, Police Chief Tom Wale...
Brown: VA nominee must convince veterans to earn vote for confirmation

Brown: VA nominee must convince veterans to earn vote for confirmation

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the nominee to become the next leader of the VA, told him he opposes privatizing the federal agency, but he will have to convince veterans to earn the senator’s vote for confirmation. “He said a lot of the right things but to get my vote, to convince me … he needs to earn the trust and support of veterans. We know that simply...
Bon-Ton to liquidate: Here’s a map of Elder-Beerman stores closing

Bon-Ton to liquidate: Here’s a map of Elder-Beerman stores closing

Bon-Ton Stores Inc. will liquidate and close all Elder-Beerman locations in the next 10 to 12 weeks, according to the company. Elder-Beerman has seven locations in the Miami Valley that include a distribution center and a furniture gallery. Great American Group and Tiger Capital Group —and the holders of Bon-Ton’s second-lien secured notes will acquire the retailer’s inventory...
Butler County, Cincinnati shops offer deals for Record Store Day

Butler County, Cincinnati shops offer deals for Record Store Day

Record Store Day is Saturday and a number of local stores, two of them in Butler County, have special deals planned to celebrate the occasion. Here’s a look at five Butler County and Cincinnati stores where you can, as vinyl advocates Pearl Jam put it, “Spin the Black Circle.” MORE: Nostalgia for vinyl? Hamilton store’s 5,000 records can help Main Street Vinyl (Hamilton) Located...
Amid concerns, Oberer shelves plans for new homes in Sugarcreek Twp.

Amid concerns, Oberer shelves plans for new homes in Sugarcreek Twp.

A builder’s plans for homes on Wilmington-Dayton Road have been shelved after concerns emerged from neighbors and township officials over the potential development’s impact on the region. Oberer Homes has withdrawn a zoning application for 113 homes on 42 acres, with an equal amount of space dedicated to preserving green space, according to a social media post from Sugarcreek Twp. Administrator...
Farewell Elder-Beerman. Share your memories about the closing retailer

Farewell Elder-Beerman. Share your memories about the closing retailer

It’s official: Elder-Beerman’s parent company is headed for liquidation. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won an auction for the company’s asset. The retailer, established 135-years-ago in Dayton and the city’s last hometown department store, will liquidate all stores. What are your...
LISTEN: Recordings from Southwest pilot as she lands damaged aircraft

LISTEN: Recordings from Southwest pilot as she lands damaged aircraft

While investigators are trying to find out what caused the engine of a Southwest Boeing 737-700 to explode mid-flight, many are praising the plane’s pilot that the catastrophic failure didn’t cause more deaths. Tammy Jo Shults brought the one-engine plane down safely at Philadelphia International Airport.  >> Read more trending news  The AP reported flight 1380 passenger...
Wilberforce University thanks Beyoncé for donation with music video: Watch it here.

Wilberforce University thanks Beyoncé for donation with music video: Watch it here.

A Dayton-area university chose a unique way to thank a music superstar who made a recent donation. Beyoncé announced on Monday that she is giving Wilberforce University $25,000 as part of her Homecoming Scholars Award Program through the singer’s BeyGOOD initiative. Beyoncé will also give $25,000 to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana...
State testing system crashes, leaving Butler County schools scrambling

State testing system crashes, leaving Butler County schools scrambling

Students and teachers are scrambling in Butler County — and across the state — today after the failure of the state’s online testing system. Ohio Department of Education (ODE) spokeswoman Brittany Halpin said this morning the statewide problem with online school testing is still ongoing. MORE: Online testing system down, vendor is working to fix, say state education officials Halpin...
Elder-Beerman closing disappoints local mall officials

Elder-Beerman closing disappoints local mall officials

Miami Valley Centre Mall officials said the closure and liquidation of all Bon-Ton stores is disappointing for the local shopping center. The mall, located in Piqua, issued a statement today after Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won an auction for the company’s asset. Elder-Beerman opened in Piqua...
Fired Butler County manager launches allegations against county officials

Fired Butler County manager launches allegations against county officials

The fired Butler County Regional Airport manager launched several allegations against county commissioners and the sheriff in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday. Former airport manager Ron Davis is making allegations against the commissioners, sheriff, county administrator and others in a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to his job and its $93,710 salary. Davis claims he was fired for questioning how airport...
Coach: ‘My heart is just broken’ over death of former Northmont standout athlete

Coach: ‘My heart is just broken’ over death of former Northmont standout athlete

Police and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a former standout student-athlete at Northmont High School and Wabash College who was found Saturday. The death of Justin Woods, 24, of Clayton, has friends and a former coach grieving. Woods was found in his residence, according to Police Chief Matt Hamlin, who said officers responded to a call Saturday indicating...
WPAFB airman sentenced for selling night vision goggles on eBay

WPAFB airman sentenced for selling night vision goggles on eBay

The senior airman who stole night vision goggles and other equipment from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and sold them on eBay was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Zachary Sizemore was sentenced to three months in a Community Correctional Facility or Halfway House and is ordered to self surrender to the U.S. Marshals by noon July 20. RELATED: Prosecutor...
Jungle Jim’s to unveil new attraction: It’s top secret, but here are a few clues

Jungle Jim’s to unveil new attraction: It’s top secret, but here are a few clues

Jungle Jim’s International Market will unveil a “sweet” new something on Saturday — but the surprise is staying under under wraps until then.  The secret-for-now item will become part of the store’s permanent decor on Saturday, which also happens to be National Jelly Bean Day.  Here’s what the international grocer is revealing:There are only 50 of &ldquo...
UDRI tests jet engine parts impacted in fatal Southwest emergency

UDRI tests jet engine parts impacted in fatal Southwest emergency

One of 24 fan blades from the Southwest jetliner forced to an emergency landing Tuesday was missing, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Wednesday. The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) tests fan blade casings or housings for their ability to withstand emergencies, bird strikes and other sudden strikes. One passenger died in the emergency landing of the Dallas-bound...
Wright State paid at least $80K to find candidates for top academic job

Wright State paid at least $80K to find candidates for top academic job

Wright State University’s board of trustees paid a search firm at least $80,000 to find candidates for the school’s provost job. A contract between the WSU board and search firm Greenwood Asher —which was obtained by this news organization through a public records request —shows that the university paid a flat fee of $60,000 for the search plus another 6 percent of that fee...
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