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Josh Sweigart

Josh Sweigart investigates government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. His stories focus on government spending in southwest Ohio, as well as the statehouse and U.S. Capitol. Sweigart has won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Society of Ohio. He has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, and in addition to writing for the Dayton Daily News has covered Clark County government for the Springfield News-Sun and Butler County government for the Hamilton JournalNews and Middletown Journal. He also collaborates on I-Team stories with WHIO-TV. Sweigart is a graduate of Wright State University and Wayne High School in Huber Heights.  Find @ITeamOhio on Twitter Find I-Team on Facebook

Latest from Josh Sweigart

Kettering’s highest paid employees: I-Team Payroll Project
 The city of Kettering paid 122 employees more than $100,000 last year — a number higher than the much-larger city of Dayton — according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. Local governments make payroll with your money, which is why the I-Team has assembled and made available a searchable database...

Posted: 4 hours ago

The city of Kettering paid 122 employees more than $100,000 last year — a number higher than the much-larger city of Dayton — according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. Local governments make payroll with your money, which is why the I-Team has assembled and made available a searchable database...
Ohio offers millions to bring more Hollywood movies to state
 A tax break and subsidy for people making films in Ohio could cost the state $40 million this year after state lawmakers doubled the cap of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive. But as area residents bask in the Hollywood spotlight and snap selfies with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, some states are determining the fame isn’t worth...

Posted: a day ago

A tax break and subsidy for people making films in Ohio could cost the state $40 million this year after state lawmakers doubled the cap of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive. But as area residents bask in the Hollywood spotlight and snap selfies with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, some states are determining the fame isn’t worth...
Ex-WSU administrator testifies he did not break any laws at the school
 A Wright State University administrator fired amid an ongoing criminal probe of WSU’s use of a work visa program said in court today he had broken no laws, and the university’s former president admitted he personally had no evidence to the contrary. The hearing was in the civil lawsuit brought by Ryan Fendley alleging Wright State...

Posted: a day ago

A Wright State University administrator fired amid an ongoing criminal probe of WSU’s use of a work visa program said in court today he had broken no laws, and the university’s former president admitted he personally had no evidence to the contrary. The hearing was in the civil lawsuit brought by Ryan Fendley alleging Wright State...
Dayton Congressman Mike Turner files for divorce
 U.S. Rep. Mike Turner has filed for divorce from his wife, Majida, and asked that she be restrained from taking any of their assets, according to a divorce filing made Thursday in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. “Ms. Turner is guilty of a fraudulent contract,” according to the filing, which does not elaborate on what...

Posted: 4 days ago

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner has filed for divorce from his wife, Majida, and asked that she be restrained from taking any of their assets, according to a divorce filing made Thursday in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. “Ms. Turner is guilty of a fraudulent contract,” according to the filing, which does not elaborate on what...
West Carrollton’s highest paid employees: I-Team Payroll Project
 The city of West Carrollton paid 54 employees more than $50,000 last year, including two over $100,000, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. The city’s highest paid employee was Bradley Townsend, same as last year. But Police Chief Douglas Woodard fell from second-highest to eighth, with a...

Posted: 4 days ago

The city of West Carrollton paid 54 employees more than $50,000 last year, including two over $100,000, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. The city’s highest paid employee was Bradley Townsend, same as last year. But Police Chief Douglas Woodard fell from second-highest to eighth, with a...
Lawmakers consider keeping mobile home commission, slashing budget
 Debate over abolishing the state commission responsible for licensing manufactured homes moved into the Ohio Senate Thursday with trade and residential associations lobbying to keep the agency, even with half the budget it previously had. Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s original proposed budget folded the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission...

Posted: 4 days ago

Debate over abolishing the state commission responsible for licensing manufactured homes moved into the Ohio Senate Thursday with trade and residential associations lobbying to keep the agency, even with half the budget it previously had. Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s original proposed budget folded the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission...
Xenia’s highest paid employees: I-Team Payroll Project
 The city of Xenia paid nine employees more than $100,000 last year, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. Seven of the six-figure earners were in the police or fire departments, including the city’s highest paid: police Division Capt. Scott Anger who retired in January after a nearly 30-year...

Posted: 5 days ago

The city of Xenia paid nine employees more than $100,000 last year, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. Seven of the six-figure earners were in the police or fire departments, including the city’s highest paid: police Division Capt. Scott Anger who retired in January after a nearly 30-year...
Locally shot Redford movie could cost Ohio coffers more than $3M
 Robert Redford’s film about a bank heist partially shot in Dayton could cost the state of Ohio nearly $3.4 million in tax write-offs and payouts, according to state records. That’s the amount the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit approved for “Old Man and the Gun,” which filmed recently in areas in southwest Ohio, including...

Posted: 6 days ago

Robert Redford’s film about a bank heist partially shot in Dayton could cost the state of Ohio nearly $3.4 million in tax write-offs and payouts, according to state records. That’s the amount the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit approved for “Old Man and the Gun,” which filmed recently in areas in southwest Ohio, including...
Huber Heights highest paid employees: I-Team Payroll Project
 The city of Huber Heights paid 26 employees more than $100,000 last year, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. City manager Robert Schommer was the city’s highest paid employee, grossing $147,733 last year. Four of the top 10 highest paid were fire battalion chiefs — three were police...

Posted: 6 days ago

The city of Huber Heights paid 26 employees more than $100,000 last year, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees. City manager Robert Schommer was the city’s highest paid employee, grossing $147,733 last year. Four of the top 10 highest paid were fire battalion chiefs — three were police...
Kettering defends payroll amid citizen complaints of overspending
 The number of Kettering government employees paid more than $100,000 ballooned from 105 people in 2015 to 122 last year, according to an I-Team analysis of city payroll data. The analysis comes as some Kettering residents have criticized the city, saying it is spending too much. City leaders countered that those residents have presented &ldquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

The number of Kettering government employees paid more than $100,000 ballooned from 105 people in 2015 to 122 last year, according to an I-Team analysis of city payroll data. The analysis comes as some Kettering residents have criticized the city, saying it is spending too much. City leaders countered that those residents have presented &ldquo...
Pike County murders: Relative accused of tampering with evidence
 A family member of several victims of the Pike County murders now is charged with destruction of a GPS device as part of the investigation into the slaying of eight members of the Rhoden family more than a year ago.  James Manley, 40, of Pike County is charged with single counts of tampering with evidence and vandalism, a misdemeanor...

Posted: 7 days ago

A family member of several victims of the Pike County murders now is charged with destruction of a GPS device as part of the investigation into the slaying of eight members of the Rhoden family more than a year ago.  James Manley, 40, of Pike County is charged with single counts of tampering with evidence and vandalism, a misdemeanor...