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Cop killings up so far in 2018; Westerville officers mourned
 Two Westerville police officers killed last weekend and another slain Tuesday in Chicago brought to 12 the number of cops gunned down in the line of duty this year, marking a dramatic increase in such tragedies compared to this time in previous years. The last such incident locally was New Year’s Day 2011, when Clark County Sheriff&rsquo...

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Two Westerville police officers killed last weekend and another slain Tuesday in Chicago brought to 12 the number of cops gunned down in the line of duty this year, marking a dramatic increase in such tragedies compared to this time in previous years. The last such incident locally was New Year’s Day 2011, when Clark County Sheriff&rsquo...
Multi-million dollar WSU lawsuit could hinge on ‘handshake’ agreement with former president
 Former Wright State University consultant Ron Wine had a “handshake agreement” with WSU’s president to pay Wine millions of dollars in performance bonuses for securing state and federal research contracts for the university, according to depositions in Wine’s lawsuit that seeks $4.5 million from the school. The depositions...

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Former Wright State University consultant Ron Wine had a “handshake agreement” with WSU’s president to pay Wine millions of dollars in performance bonuses for securing state and federal research contracts for the university, according to depositions in Wine’s lawsuit that seeks $4.5 million from the school. The depositions...
No cover-up of pepper-spray incident, sheriff’s investigation finds
 An internal Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigative report found a “clear breakdown” in the reporting of a pepper-spray incident involving a restrained jail inmate who later sued the county and reached a settlement for $375.000. The Jan. 2, 2018, report by Det. Bryan Cavender, which was obtained by the Dayton...

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An internal Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigative report found a “clear breakdown” in the reporting of a pepper-spray incident involving a restrained jail inmate who later sued the county and reached a settlement for $375.000. The Jan. 2, 2018, report by Det. Bryan Cavender, which was obtained by the Dayton...
County sues healthcare firm in jail case involving man who died
 For the second time during a recent spate of lawsuits against Montgomery County Jail personnel, county attorneys have tried to pin fault on NaphCare, the health care provider that contracts with the jail. RELATED: Son of man who died after after jail stay sues Huber Heights police, county In the lawsuit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District...

Posted: 12 days ago

For the second time during a recent spate of lawsuits against Montgomery County Jail personnel, county attorneys have tried to pin fault on NaphCare, the health care provider that contracts with the jail. RELATED: Son of man who died after after jail stay sues Huber Heights police, county In the lawsuit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District...
Find out which area locations are hoping to sell medical pot
 The state of Ohio this week released the addresses where companies hope to sell medical marijuana at store-front dispensaries, including 51 locations hoping to score nine licenses allotted to this region. With 13 applications filed, Dayton had the most in the region, largely in east Dayton. Several are clumped together near the intersection...

Posted: 15 days ago

The state of Ohio this week released the addresses where companies hope to sell medical marijuana at store-front dispensaries, including 51 locations hoping to score nine licenses allotted to this region. With 13 applications filed, Dayton had the most in the region, largely in east Dayton. Several are clumped together near the intersection...
MAP: Proposed medical marijuana dispensaries in region
 The state of Ohio this week released the list of addresses where applicants are seeking a license to sell medical marijuana.  Of the 376 statewide, 51 are in our region. (Note: Some applicants listed parcel numbers. Only those with street addresses were included in this map. For a full list of applications, go here.) 

Posted: 15 days ago

The state of Ohio this week released the list of addresses where applicants are seeking a license to sell medical marijuana.  Of the 376 statewide, 51 are in our region. (Note: Some applicants listed parcel numbers. Only those with street addresses were included in this map. For a full list of applications, go here.) 
Former Wright State president quietly retires with hand-written note
 After 14 years — 10 of them as president — David Hopkins formally retired this week from Wright State University with a short, hand-written note on a napkin-sized piece of paper. The note, which was addressed to outgoing provost Tom Sudkamp, was dated Nov. 17 but made Hopkins’ retirement official as of Wednesday, Jan. 31...

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After 14 years — 10 of them as president — David Hopkins formally retired this week from Wright State University with a short, hand-written note on a napkin-sized piece of paper. The note, which was addressed to outgoing provost Tom Sudkamp, was dated Nov. 17 but made Hopkins’ retirement official as of Wednesday, Jan. 31...
Wright-Patt Credit Union solicited business from medical pot growers
 Financial institutions have been reluctant to get into the medical marijuana business, but at least one local institution — Wright-Patt Credit Union — has actively sought business from approved growers as the nascent industry in Ohio gets off the ground. The credit union in a Dec. 21 letter said it hopes one day to provide financial...

Posted: 19 days ago

Financial institutions have been reluctant to get into the medical marijuana business, but at least one local institution — Wright-Patt Credit Union — has actively sought business from approved growers as the nascent industry in Ohio gets off the ground. The credit union in a Dec. 21 letter said it hopes one day to provide financial...
SPECIAL REPORT: Hospital closing latest blow to city’s west side
 The recent onslaught of bad economic news has residents in the west side of Dayton feeling picked on. First the grocery store ALDI announced in December it is closing its location on West Third Street, making it harder for residents in what is already a food desert to get affordable, fresh food. Weeks later, Dayton Public Schools announced...

Posted: 20 days ago

The recent onslaught of bad economic news has residents in the west side of Dayton feeling picked on. First the grocery store ALDI announced in December it is closing its location on West Third Street, making it harder for residents in what is already a food desert to get affordable, fresh food. Weeks later, Dayton Public Schools announced...
Sheriff’s sergeant who made jail pepper-spray video public fired
 A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office jail sergeant responsible for making public the pepper-spraying of a restrained inmate in the county jail in 2015 was fired Thursday, the Dayton Daily News has confirmed. Sgt. Ransley Creech’s termination follows an internal affairs investigation into how video of then Sgt. Judith Sealey&rsquo...

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A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office jail sergeant responsible for making public the pepper-spraying of a restrained inmate in the county jail in 2015 was fired Thursday, the Dayton Daily News has confirmed. Sgt. Ransley Creech’s termination follows an internal affairs investigation into how video of then Sgt. Judith Sealey&rsquo...
Hospital closing a blow, but officials say Good Sam site has promise
 When Good Samaritan Hospital closes sometime this year, there’s little hope a replacement will swoop in and employ anywhere close to the 1,600 people who work there now. But local development leaders say there is a lot to like about the hospital site, including its size, large parking garage and location along Dayton’s heavily...

Posted: 22 days ago

When Good Samaritan Hospital closes sometime this year, there’s little hope a replacement will swoop in and employ anywhere close to the 1,600 people who work there now. But local development leaders say there is a lot to like about the hospital site, including its size, large parking garage and location along Dayton’s heavily...
Mayor on fighting Good Sam closure: ‘We’re looking at all our options’
 Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said “we’re looking at all our options” when asked Friday whether the city was considering taking Premier Health to court to fight the planned closure of Good Samaritan Hospital this year. The idea was proposed by Democratic governor candidate Dennis Kucinich, who met with University of Dayton students...

Posted: 23 days ago

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said “we’re looking at all our options” when asked Friday whether the city was considering taking Premier Health to court to fight the planned closure of Good Samaritan Hospital this year. The idea was proposed by Democratic governor candidate Dennis Kucinich, who met with University of Dayton students...
How the federal budget battle impacts Ohio’s medical marijuana industry
 The only legal obstacle preventing federal prosecutors from cracking down on Ohio’s medical marijuana program is a budget provision that expired with the federal budget on Friday. The provision prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal funds to crack down on medical marijuana in states where it is legal. In Ohio, the...

Posted: 30 days ago

The only legal obstacle preventing federal prosecutors from cracking down on Ohio’s medical marijuana program is a budget provision that expired with the federal budget on Friday. The provision prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal funds to crack down on medical marijuana in states where it is legal. In Ohio, the...
‘Bad news’ for the city: 7 reactions to Good Samaritan Hospital’s closure
 Premier Health announced Wednesday that Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of the year, shocking employees and community members in the Miami Valley. Good Samaritan Hospital will close by the end of 2018, impacting about 1,600 employees. The news came as a surprise to city officials, hospital employees and patients...

12:18 AM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Premier Health announced Wednesday that Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of the year, shocking employees and community members in the Miami Valley. Good Samaritan Hospital will close by the end of 2018, impacting about 1,600 employees. The news came as a surprise to city officials, hospital employees and patients...
Community leaders ‘shocked’ over hospital closure
 Good Samaritan Hospital looms large over northwest Dayton, and news of its planned closure this year sent shockwaves Wednesday through the community and halls of government. The city, which only learned hours before Wednesday’s announcement about the hospital’s closure, is concerned about possible disinvestment in the area when...

11:42 PM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital looms large over northwest Dayton, and news of its planned closure this year sent shockwaves Wednesday through the community and halls of government. The city, which only learned hours before Wednesday’s announcement about the hospital’s closure, is concerned about possible disinvestment in the area when...
Good Samaritan Hospital: Leaders saddened, concerned by closure
 Good Samaritan Hospital looms large over northwest Dayton, and news of its planned closure this year sent shockwaves Wednesday through the community and halls of government. The city, which only learned hours before Wednesday’s announcement about the hospital’s closure, is concerned about possible disinvestment in the area when...

5:12 PM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital looms large over northwest Dayton, and news of its planned closure this year sent shockwaves Wednesday through the community and halls of government. The city, which only learned hours before Wednesday’s announcement about the hospital’s closure, is concerned about possible disinvestment in the area when...
Premier Health to close Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton 
 A city that has had its share of economic body blows took another one Wednesday with the news that Good Samaritan Hospital will close its doors by the end of the year and move 1,600 jobs out of the northwest Dayton neighborhood where it has served as an anchor for nearly a century. The shocking news, announced Wednesday morning by Dayton-based...

2:53 PM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

A city that has had its share of economic body blows took another one Wednesday with the news that Good Samaritan Hospital will close its doors by the end of the year and move 1,600 jobs out of the northwest Dayton neighborhood where it has served as an anchor for nearly a century. The shocking news, announced Wednesday morning by Dayton-based...
More public officials dinged for ethics violations
 The Greene County developmental disabilities superintendent, a Harveysburg village council member and two state government administrators were among 26 public officials the Ohio Ethics Commission entered into settlement agreements with last year to resolve alleged ethics violations. This is an increase from 2016, when the state agency reprimanded...

5:00 AM Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

The Greene County developmental disabilities superintendent, a Harveysburg village council member and two state government administrators were among 26 public officials the Ohio Ethics Commission entered into settlement agreements with last year to resolve alleged ethics violations. This is an increase from 2016, when the state agency reprimanded...
Charter school failure could be largest in state history
 Parents of more than 1,000 students across the region are scrambling to find new schools for their children just days away from what could be the largest charter school failure in state history. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school, notified parents this week they could suspend operations Jan. 19 as they work out issues...

8:27 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Parents of more than 1,000 students across the region are scrambling to find new schools for their children just days away from what could be the largest charter school failure in state history. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school, notified parents this week they could suspend operations Jan. 19 as they work out issues...
Shoveling your sidewalk is the law in many local cities
 Many local cities have ordinances requiring homeowners or building occupants to clear their sidewalks of ice and snow, though some rules are rarely enforced. A Dayton city law passed in 2014 says, “It shall be the duty of the owner or of the occupant of each and every parcel of real estate in the city abutting upon any sidewalk...

11:28 AM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Many local cities have ordinances requiring homeowners or building occupants to clear their sidewalks of ice and snow, though some rules are rarely enforced. A Dayton city law passed in 2014 says, “It shall be the duty of the owner or of the occupant of each and every parcel of real estate in the city abutting upon any sidewalk...
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