Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio.

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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...

Posted: 8 hours ago

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...
Dangerous dam to be removed, easing paddling of Great Miami River
 By fall, a second dangerous low dam along the Great Miami River will be gone, easing the way for paddlers downstream of downtown Dayton. A $1.75 million project to remove the Tait Station low dam between Dryden Road and Interstate 75 is set to begin July 1, according to the Miami Conservancy District (MCD). RELATED: Groups want to remove...

Posted: 13 hours ago

By fall, a second dangerous low dam along the Great Miami River will be gone, easing the way for paddlers downstream of downtown Dayton. A $1.75 million project to remove the Tait Station low dam between Dryden Road and Interstate 75 is set to begin July 1, according to the Miami Conservancy District (MCD). RELATED: Groups want to remove...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
Elections board: Failed levy results upheld; 2 races still in balance

Posted: a day ago

The Montgomery County Board of Elections on Tuesday certified the results of the May 8 primary, including two close levies that nearly triggered recounts. Four candidates, however, will wait until a May 30 recount to see which two are seated on the Montgomery County Democratic Party Central Committee in two elections each separated by a vote...
Local overdose crisis response earns county national award
 Heroin and fentanyl once ravaged the region to such a degree the coroner said Montgomery County was suffering an “emergency of mass disaster proportions.” Now, a collaborative community response that helped bring overdose deaths to a recent three-year low is drawing recognition with an award from the National Association of Counties...

Posted: 2 days ago

Heroin and fentanyl once ravaged the region to such a degree the coroner said Montgomery County was suffering an “emergency of mass disaster proportions.” Now, a collaborative community response that helped bring overdose deaths to a recent three-year low is drawing recognition with an award from the National Association of Counties...
EMTs share Pulse nightclub stories in Dayton as new mass shooting hits
 Twice now, Joshua Granada and Carlos Tavarez have recounted their experience as the first to treat Pulse nightclub victims, telling their story on the same day that more Americans lie dead or wounded by a mass shooter. “If you’re not aware, there is a school shooting in Texas today,” Tavarez told about 60 people Friday at...

Posted: 5 days ago

Twice now, Joshua Granada and Carlos Tavarez have recounted their experience as the first to treat Pulse nightclub victims, telling their story on the same day that more Americans lie dead or wounded by a mass shooter. “If you’re not aware, there is a school shooting in Texas today,” Tavarez told about 60 people Friday at...
Sales tax increase: Dates set to speak your piece
 The public will get two shots next month to speak out either for or against a proposal to increase Montgomery County’s retail sales tax rate 0.25 percent. The public hearings, required before a final vote can be taken, will be June 19 at 6 p.m. and June 26 at 1:30 p.m. Both will be in room 1001 of the County Administration Building...

Posted: 5 days ago

The public will get two shots next month to speak out either for or against a proposal to increase Montgomery County’s retail sales tax rate 0.25 percent. The public hearings, required before a final vote can be taken, will be June 19 at 6 p.m. and June 26 at 1:30 p.m. Both will be in room 1001 of the County Administration Building...
New county scam alert keeps ‘an eye on your property when you can’t’
 Scammers could see the 253,000 parcels of real estate in Montgomery County as opportunities to defraud senior citizens and others from their property. The Montgomery County Recorder’s Office is unveiling an alert system today that will send out an email notification if changes are made to real estate records that might indicate someone...

Posted: 6 days ago

Scammers could see the 253,000 parcels of real estate in Montgomery County as opportunities to defraud senior citizens and others from their property. The Montgomery County Recorder’s Office is unveiling an alert system today that will send out an email notification if changes are made to real estate records that might indicate someone...
Election papers found days later caused worry in Oakwood. Here’s why they were there.
 A rat’s nest of voting machine printouts littering the ground and taped to the doorway of an Oakwood church seemed suspicious over the weekend, prompting questions as to whether voter anonymity had been breached four days after more than 900 people cast ballots there. But what at first seemed alarming to one Oakwood resident is a messy...

Posted: 9 days ago

A rat’s nest of voting machine printouts littering the ground and taped to the doorway of an Oakwood church seemed suspicious over the weekend, prompting questions as to whether voter anonymity had been breached four days after more than 900 people cast ballots there. But what at first seemed alarming to one Oakwood resident is a messy...
Springfield blazes on list of 11 historic fires that captured nation’s attention
 Most people in Springfield will remember the fire that engulfed the R.D. Holder Oil Co. five years ago.  The family business went up in flames after a spark of static electricity lit a tanker filled with racing fuel, resulting in 200-foot cloud of smoke and flames that could be seen from as far as Butler County. Here are glimpses of...

Posted: 10 days ago

Most people in Springfield will remember the fire that engulfed the R.D. Holder Oil Co. five years ago.  The family business went up in flames after a spark of static electricity lit a tanker filled with racing fuel, resulting in 200-foot cloud of smoke and flames that could be seen from as far as Butler County. Here are glimpses of...
Family to bury man found in burned-out home: ‘There’s foul play all over that house’
 As family members prepare to bury James “Jimmy” Briscoe, they are no closer to learning how the man’s body went undiscovered for four months in the basement of a house burned by a suspicious fire. “There’s foul play all over that house,” his sister Donna Briscoe said Friday. RELATED: Family asks how man&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

As family members prepare to bury James “Jimmy” Briscoe, they are no closer to learning how the man’s body went undiscovered for four months in the basement of a house burned by a suspicious fire. “There’s foul play all over that house,” his sister Donna Briscoe said Friday. RELATED: Family asks how man&rsquo...