You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Ex-State Rep. Clayton Luckie’s escort pushes reporter as lawmaker booked in jail

Former state lawmaker Clayton Luckie turned himself in at the Franklin County Jail on Monday to begin a three-year prison sentence for misusing roughly $130,000 from his campaign account while serving in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Luckie walked into the jail lobby in downtown Columbus shortly after 4 p.m. and took immediate action to avoid being photographed or videotaped by the Dayton Daily News.

Luckie’s escort, who did not identify himself, pushed the Daily News reporter out of the way, blocked the camera with his body and his jacket and spat his gum at the reporter while Luckie checked in at the desk.

Luckie, 49, did nothing to stop his escort from behaving this way.

Luckie, a Dayton Democrat, pleaded guilty to six counts of election falsification, one count of money laundering, one count of grand theft, and one misdemeanor count of filing a false ethics statement.

He also agreed to pay back the $11,893 in state salary that he received from his indictment in October and the end of his legislative term Dec. 31. And he promised to cooperate with the FBI and prosecutors in ongoing investigations, which will be considered if and when Luckie asks for early release.

Luckie is also banned from running for or holding elective office for five years and he faces three years of probation after his prison release.

Investigators found that Luckie used his campaign account between 2006 and 2012 to write $9,825 in checks to himself, make 169 cash withdrawals totaling $19,000 and conduct 800 debit card transactions totaling almost $40,000. The spending sprees included ATM withdrawals at casinos, a payment on a home equity line of credit, and purchases at Morris Home Furnishings, Weber Jewelers, Nordstrom, Lowe’s, Babies R Us and other retailers.

Luckie, a 1981 graduate of Chaminade-Juliene High School, spent 10 years on the Dayton school board before he was appointed to the 39th District Ohio House seat in November 2006. He won election in 2008 and 2010 by wide margins and seemed to be a shoo-in for another two-year term. The district represents most of the city of Dayton.

The Daily News, though, reported in August that Luckie was under criminal investigation, prompting local Democrats to press him to withdraw his name from the November ballot. In October, the newspaper was first in the state to report that the criminal case was landing in court. In January, Luckie took a plea deal and apologized to Ohioans, family members and others, saying he takes responsibility for his actions but at the same time he attributed the mistakes to trying to do too much at once.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Politics

Springfield residents to ask city leaders about finances, tax increase
Springfield residents to ask city leaders about finances, tax increase

The city of Springfield will host financial forums one month before voters decide on an income tax increase at the polls on May 2. The forums are open to the public and will include presentations on both the city’s financial status and the upcoming tax issue. It will also include time for residents to ask questions, Deputy City Manager Bryan...
Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number
Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number

Clark County saw a record number of accidental drug overdose deaths last year, which local leaders said was caused by the opioid epidemic that’s spread across the country. The majority of the 79 drug deaths in Clark County last year involved heroin and illicit fentanyl, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Many of the deaths involve multiple...
Springfield voting precinct leaving church location
Springfield voting precinct leaving church location

A Springfield polling location is being permanently moved to a new building. The voting location for city precincts 2 and 3 — previously at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1612 S. Belmont Ave. — will now be located at Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, 2527 Kenton St. The change will take place immediately, according to the Clark County...
Senators, congressman to tour Wright-Patterson Friday
Senators, congressman to tour Wright-Patterson Friday

Five U.S. senators will tour Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Friday for an inside look at the base’s military operations, officials say. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, will be joined by caucus co-chairman John Boozman, R-Arkansas. Senate Armed Services Committee members Jack Reed, D-R.I., Mazie...
Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio
Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio

People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe deeper...
More Stories