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Township bans all but one company from growing medical pot
 A proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility in Montgomery County’s German Twp. would be the only one allowed in the township after a resolution passed by trustees this month. Township trustees voted unanimously this month to “prohibit cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries of medical marijuana.” But the resolution...

Posted: 2 days ago

A proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility in Montgomery County’s German Twp. would be the only one allowed in the township after a resolution passed by trustees this month. Township trustees voted unanimously this month to “prohibit cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries of medical marijuana.” But the resolution...
What will new downtown library do about vagrants?
 As the Dayton Metro Library prepares to unveil its new, $64 million flagship downtown building, officials know the old library had a perception problem: people not comfortable going there for fear of vagrants and panhandlers. “It keeps coming up,” said library director Timothy Kambitsch in a recent interview. He said security...

Posted: 2 days ago

As the Dayton Metro Library prepares to unveil its new, $64 million flagship downtown building, officials know the old library had a perception problem: people not comfortable going there for fear of vagrants and panhandlers. “It keeps coming up,” said library director Timothy Kambitsch in a recent interview. He said security...
A sneak peek at Dayton’s $64M downtown library
 When downtown Dayton’s main library branch opens to the public Aug. 5, the sparkling $64 million building will represent the centerpiece of a nearly $200 million voter-approved initiative to renovate libraries across the region. The main branch is opening nearly nine months behind its original schedule and fell behind minority contracting...

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When downtown Dayton’s main library branch opens to the public Aug. 5, the sparkling $64 million building will represent the centerpiece of a nearly $200 million voter-approved initiative to renovate libraries across the region. The main branch is opening nearly nine months behind its original schedule and fell behind minority contracting...
Amid panhandlng problem, group is on front lines fighting homelessness
 Beneath the train tracks along North Keowee Street just south of the Mad River is a village for the destitute. Scattered mattresses are surrounded by a carpet of broken glass, clothing strips, beer cans, potato chip bags and water bottles. “Home is where the heart is,” is spray-painted on a cement post. It’s called &ldquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Beneath the train tracks along North Keowee Street just south of the Mad River is a village for the destitute. Scattered mattresses are surrounded by a carpet of broken glass, clothing strips, beer cans, potato chip bags and water bottles. “Home is where the heart is,” is spray-painted on a cement post. It’s called &ldquo...
Medical marijuana grow site in Clark County on state application list
 A company is hoping to turn a warehouse facility between Dayton and Springfield into a growing site for medical marijuana, according to Clark County records. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC has applied for a state license to become a Level 1 medical marijuana cultivation facility, meaning it could initially cultivate up to 25,000 square feet. RELATED...

Posted: 11 days ago

A company is hoping to turn a warehouse facility between Dayton and Springfield into a growing site for medical marijuana, according to Clark County records. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC has applied for a state license to become a Level 1 medical marijuana cultivation facility, meaning it could initially cultivate up to 25,000 square feet. RELATED...
Group home operator risks losing license over forgery conviction
 A mental health residential home in Dayton is at risk of losing its license to operate after its owner pleaded guilty to forging checks — and now faces additional theft charges. Clark’s Boarding Home, 915 W. Grand Ave., currently houses 14 clients, according to an employee of the home who asked not to be named. RELATED: Hundreds...

Posted: 11 days ago

A mental health residential home in Dayton is at risk of losing its license to operate after its owner pleaded guilty to forging checks — and now faces additional theft charges. Clark’s Boarding Home, 915 W. Grand Ave., currently houses 14 clients, according to an employee of the home who asked not to be named. RELATED: Hundreds...
Dayton group home owner could lose license over forgery conviction
 A mental health residential home in Dayton is at risk of losing its license to operate after its owner pleaded guilty to forging checks — and now faces additional theft charges. Clark’s Boarding Home, 915 W. Grand Ave., currently houses 14 clients, according to an employee of the home who wouldn’t give her name. State records...

Posted: 11 days ago

A mental health residential home in Dayton is at risk of losing its license to operate after its owner pleaded guilty to forging checks — and now faces additional theft charges. Clark’s Boarding Home, 915 W. Grand Ave., currently houses 14 clients, according to an employee of the home who wouldn’t give her name. State records...
Feds won’t charge Beavercreek officer in Walmart shooting
 Nearly 3 years after a Beavercreek police officer shot and killed John Crawford III in Walmart, federal investigators said Tuesday afternoon they would not seek federal charges against the officer.  Officer Sean Williams — one of two officers who entered Walmart after a 911 caller reported seeing a man with a gun in the store &mdash...

Posted: 12 days ago

Nearly 3 years after a Beavercreek police officer shot and killed John Crawford III in Walmart, federal investigators said Tuesday afternoon they would not seek federal charges against the officer.  Officer Sean Williams — one of two officers who entered Walmart after a 911 caller reported seeing a man with a gun in the store &mdash...
4 companies looking to grow medical pot on Monroe locations
 Four of the companies that applied to the state for medical marijuana cultivation licenses have expressed an interest in locating a facility in Monroe, according to city records. The state released a list this week of 185 applicants for Level 1 or Level 2 medical marijuana cultivation licenses. The state will only approve a dozen of each...

Posted: 16 days ago

Four of the companies that applied to the state for medical marijuana cultivation licenses have expressed an interest in locating a facility in Monroe, according to city records. The state released a list this week of 185 applicants for Level 1 or Level 2 medical marijuana cultivation licenses. The state will only approve a dozen of each...
Ohio executions resume; DDN reporter witnessed last lethal injection
 Ohio is preparing this month to carry out its first execution since the controversial January 2014 lethal injection of Dennis McGuire, of Preble County. McGuire’s death received international attention after he took 26 minutes to die. The incident sparked legal challenges to Ohio’s lethal injection protocols and the drugs...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ohio is preparing this month to carry out its first execution since the controversial January 2014 lethal injection of Dennis McGuire, of Preble County. McGuire’s death received international attention after he took 26 minutes to die. The incident sparked legal challenges to Ohio’s lethal injection protocols and the drugs...
Riverside delays vote on land sale for growing medical marijuana
 Riverside city council delayed a vote Thursday night on whether to sell 7 acres of city-owned land for a proposed marijuana cultivation site seeking approval from the state. If approved, the measure would allow the city manager to enter into an agreement to sell the land, the so-called Center of Flight site off of Springfield Street near...

Posted: 17 days ago

Riverside city council delayed a vote Thursday night on whether to sell 7 acres of city-owned land for a proposed marijuana cultivation site seeking approval from the state. If approved, the measure would allow the city manager to enter into an agreement to sell the land, the so-called Center of Flight site off of Springfield Street near...
Huber location eyed for medical marijuana grow site
 Investors hope to turn an industrial building in Huber Heights into a marijuana cultivation and processing site, if they can get approval from the city and state. FW Green Investments LLC on June 20 filed a zoning application with the city for a medical marijuana facility in a 96,000-square-foot building at 5051 Kitridge Road. The company...

Posted: 17 days ago

Investors hope to turn an industrial building in Huber Heights into a marijuana cultivation and processing site, if they can get approval from the city and state. FW Green Investments LLC on June 20 filed a zoning application with the city for a medical marijuana facility in a 96,000-square-foot building at 5051 Kitridge Road. The company...
2 local government contractors charged with conspiracy, fraud
 Two former officials of a now dissolved local government contractor for NASA and the Air Force have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States government using a program meant to benefit service-disabled veterans. Minda L. Moore of KLSS Solutions in Greene County was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for &ldquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Two former officials of a now dissolved local government contractor for NASA and the Air Force have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States government using a program meant to benefit service-disabled veterans. Minda L. Moore of KLSS Solutions in Greene County was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for &ldquo...
State identifies medical pot applicants
 More than 180 applicants have applied for 24 state medical marijuana cultivator licenses, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced Wednesday. RELATED: Medical pot business applications flower across area Ohio legislators passed a law last June allowing medical cannabis to be prescribed under certain conditions to patients suffering...

Posted: 18 days ago

More than 180 applicants have applied for 24 state medical marijuana cultivator licenses, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced Wednesday. RELATED: Medical pot business applications flower across area Ohio legislators passed a law last June allowing medical cannabis to be prescribed under certain conditions to patients suffering...
Hamilton City Manager’s pay tops in the region
 Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith’s $217,676 gross compensation last year put him among the region’s highest-paid city managers and came out to $3.48 for every man, woman and child in the city, according to an I-Team Payroll Project analysis of local government payroll. Smith was one of more than a dozen city managers in this...

Posted: 19 days ago

Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith’s $217,676 gross compensation last year put him among the region’s highest-paid city managers and came out to $3.48 for every man, woman and child in the city, according to an I-Team Payroll Project analysis of local government payroll. Smith was one of more than a dozen city managers in this...
More than a dozen local city managers are paid above national median
 Moraine City Manager David Hicks’ salary in 2016 was the equivalent of $23.47 for every man, woman and child in the city, according to the I-Team Payroll Project analysis of local government payroll. Hicks was one of more than a dozen city managers in this area whose 2016 gross compensation was higher than the $126,699 national median...

Posted: 20 days ago

Moraine City Manager David Hicks’ salary in 2016 was the equivalent of $23.47 for every man, woman and child in the city, according to the I-Team Payroll Project analysis of local government payroll. Hicks was one of more than a dozen city managers in this area whose 2016 gross compensation was higher than the $126,699 national median...
Public employees in Ohio may lose sick days
 City, county, school and college employees across Ohio could receive less annual sick leave under a bill introduced yesterday in the Ohio General Assembly. The bill reduces the number of sick days given to public employees to 10. This is already the maximum for state employees, but many local government employees get up to 15 days of sick...

Posted: 24 days ago

City, county, school and college employees across Ohio could receive less annual sick leave under a bill introduced yesterday in the Ohio General Assembly. The bill reduces the number of sick days given to public employees to 10. This is already the maximum for state employees, but many local government employees get up to 15 days of sick...
State budget abolishes mobile home oversight agency
 State lawmakers voted this week to abolish the agency that regulates manufactured homes in Ohio, but the debate continues over the best way to oversee the hundreds of thousands of mobile homes in the state. The move to shift regulatory authority to the Ohio Department of Commerce was originally proposed by Gov. John Kasich and backed by state...

Posted: 24 days ago

State lawmakers voted this week to abolish the agency that regulates manufactured homes in Ohio, but the debate continues over the best way to oversee the hundreds of thousands of mobile homes in the state. The move to shift regulatory authority to the Ohio Department of Commerce was originally proposed by Gov. John Kasich and backed by state...
Provision on wrongful imprisonment axed, but may get second life
 A proposal to broaden who’s eligible for state money for being wrongfully imprisoned was removed from Ohio’s proposed state budget this week, but backers hope to bring it back as a standalone bill. “And we anticipate it passing,” said Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project. “This is merely correcting...

Posted: 24 days ago

A proposal to broaden who’s eligible for state money for being wrongfully imprisoned was removed from Ohio’s proposed state budget this week, but backers hope to bring it back as a standalone bill. “And we anticipate it passing,” said Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project. “This is merely correcting...
What you’re saying: The panhandler issue in Dayton
 On Tuesday morning, we published a story about a reporter’s experiences hanging out and talking with panhandlers in Dayton. The response was strong. The issue has become a talking point in the past year after the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the act was free speech and cities couldn’t require beggars to register with...

Posted: 26 days ago

On Tuesday morning, we published a story about a reporter’s experiences hanging out and talking with panhandlers in Dayton. The response was strong. The issue has become a talking point in the past year after the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the act was free speech and cities couldn’t require beggars to register with...
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