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The I-Team asks: Are firefighters getting paid to sleep?
 As several area cities update their fire stations, some proudly tout improved spaces for their firefighters to sleep at the station. Trenton Fire Chief Darrell Yater said in an interview this week that a new $2.5 million fire station there will feature actual beds instead of break room recliners and couches. The city of Kettering’s...

Posted: 23 hours ago

As several area cities update their fire stations, some proudly tout improved spaces for their firefighters to sleep at the station. Trenton Fire Chief Darrell Yater said in an interview this week that a new $2.5 million fire station there will feature actual beds instead of break room recliners and couches. The city of Kettering’s...
Ex-Dayton Children’s doctor sex crimes trial date set
 The sex assault case of a former Dayton Children’s doctor will head to trial in 2018, according to court records. Arun Aggarwal, 40, faces four counts of gross sexual imposition for allegedly touching two female teenage patients’ breasts. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. His trial date is set for Jan. 22 after a final pre-trial...

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The sex assault case of a former Dayton Children’s doctor will head to trial in 2018, according to court records. Arun Aggarwal, 40, faces four counts of gross sexual imposition for allegedly touching two female teenage patients’ breasts. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. His trial date is set for Jan. 22 after a final pre-trial...
State prison inspection agency in ‘limbo,’ not posting findings online
 The Ohio agency responsible for inspecting Ohio’s prisons and identifying wasteful practices and prisoner mistreatment is still without a director and hasn’t posted a report in more than a year. Correctional Institution Inspection Committee officials say they are still inspecting state prisons — Dayton Correctional Institution...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Ohio agency responsible for inspecting Ohio’s prisons and identifying wasteful practices and prisoner mistreatment is still without a director and hasn’t posted a report in more than a year. Correctional Institution Inspection Committee officials say they are still inspecting state prisons — Dayton Correctional Institution...
Ohio college confident feds won’t block pot testing lab
 A spokesman for Hocking College in Athens County says school officials are optimistic the federal government won’t intervene in the Ohio school’s plans to host the the state’s first medical marijuana testing laboratory. “It seems in our estimation that the current administration is very much concerned about states...

Posted: 14 days ago

A spokesman for Hocking College in Athens County says school officials are optimistic the federal government won’t intervene in the Ohio school’s plans to host the the state’s first medical marijuana testing laboratory. “It seems in our estimation that the current administration is very much concerned about states...
Englewood mom not alone as more locals face deportation, attorney says
 An attorney for an Englewood mother facing deportation after being in the U.S. for more than two decades said she has numerous clients facing similar situations since the change of presidential administrations. “Under the Obama administration… someone like her was not a priority for removal,” said attorney Shahrzad P. Allen...

Posted: 15 days ago

An attorney for an Englewood mother facing deportation after being in the U.S. for more than two decades said she has numerous clients facing similar situations since the change of presidential administrations. “Under the Obama administration… someone like her was not a priority for removal,” said attorney Shahrzad P. Allen...
Kettering officer who shot man pulled weapon twice while working at UD
 The Kettering police officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop twice pointed his weapon at people — and was exonerated both times — while working for the University of Dayton, according to personnel records obtained by this news organization. Officer Jonathon McCoy, 27, shot and killed Jason Hoops, who was a passenger...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Kettering police officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop twice pointed his weapon at people — and was exonerated both times — while working for the University of Dayton, according to personnel records obtained by this news organization. Officer Jonathon McCoy, 27, shot and killed Jason Hoops, who was a passenger...
Family of man shot by Kettering police hires attorney, demands review
 The family of a man shot and killed by Kettering police have hired an attorney and are demanding a more thorough review of the man’s death. Michael Hoops, the father of Jason Hoops, announced today that he hired area attorney Konrad Kircher “to represent the family concerning the circumstances of Jason’s death.” RELATED...

Posted: 17 days ago

The family of a man shot and killed by Kettering police have hired an attorney and are demanding a more thorough review of the man’s death. Michael Hoops, the father of Jason Hoops, announced today that he hired area attorney Konrad Kircher “to represent the family concerning the circumstances of Jason’s death.” RELATED...
Harvey-like deluge would overwhelm Miami Valley’s flood system
 The Miami Valley’s flood control systems would never be able to withstand the deluge that left Houston under water. But, scientifically speaking, it shouldn’t have to. Parts of Texas saw more than 50 inches of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath — as much as two feet of rain in 24 hours. While this is unprecedented...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Miami Valley’s flood control systems would never be able to withstand the deluge that left Houston under water. But, scientifically speaking, it shouldn’t have to. Parts of Texas saw more than 50 inches of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath — as much as two feet of rain in 24 hours. While this is unprecedented...
Killed 16-year-old’s actions mean no aid for family
 Editors’s note: A months-long I-Team investigation of Ohio’s Crime Victim Compensation Program found the amount of assistance paid through the program has been steadily declining for a decade. Last year the program denied more people than it approved, and now spends almost as much on staff salaries and overhead as it gives in...

Posted: 19 days ago

Editors’s note: A months-long I-Team investigation of Ohio’s Crime Victim Compensation Program found the amount of assistance paid through the program has been steadily declining for a decade. Last year the program denied more people than it approved, and now spends almost as much on staff salaries and overhead as it gives in...
Lost mail may have led Ohio to deny aid to an assault victim
 *** A woman applied for aid from the Ohio Victims Compensation Program after her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her in April 2016. The state denied the claim saying she refused to honor a subpoena to appear in court and testify against her assailant, despite multiple attempts to reach her. “The facts in this claim have been thoroughly...

Posted: 20 days ago

*** A woman applied for aid from the Ohio Victims Compensation Program after her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her in April 2016. The state denied the claim saying she refused to honor a subpoena to appear in court and testify against her assailant, despite multiple attempts to reach her. “The facts in this claim have been thoroughly...
Lawmaker: Ohio’s rules rejecting aid to rape, other victims ‘over-broad’
 *** State Rep. Bill Seitz, a Republican and Cincinnati defense attorney, said the state shouldn’t be rejecting applications for the Ohio Victims Compensation Program aid “because of some unproven allegation of prior criminal activity. I think that’s over-broad,” he said. “I think that’s clearly over-broad...

Posted: 20 days ago

*** State Rep. Bill Seitz, a Republican and Cincinnati defense attorney, said the state shouldn’t be rejecting applications for the Ohio Victims Compensation Program aid “because of some unproven allegation of prior criminal activity. I think that’s over-broad,” he said. “I think that’s clearly over-broad...
Mother facing deportation pleads for mercy because of disabled son
 Sitting in her Englewood home, Fatiha Elgharib sobbed when asked what she will do if immigration officials follow through on their pledge to deport her, separating her from her two daughters and disabled teenage son for whom she is the primary caregiver. “I might as well die,” said Elgharib, 58. She came to the U.S. legally from...

Posted: 21 days ago

Sitting in her Englewood home, Fatiha Elgharib sobbed when asked what she will do if immigration officials follow through on their pledge to deport her, separating her from her two daughters and disabled teenage son for whom she is the primary caregiver. “I might as well die,” said Elgharib, 58. She came to the U.S. legally from...
Fund to help victims initially denied to woman beaten up in her home
 *** Paula Humphrey, a 70-year-old Dayton woman who was assaulted last year by a juvenile who broke into her home, criticized the Ohio Victims Compensation Program as confusing and bureaucratic, especially for someone still putting their life together after a crime. “I didn’t expect it to be so difficult, she said, though she eventually...

Posted: 22 days ago

*** Paula Humphrey, a 70-year-old Dayton woman who was assaulted last year by a juvenile who broke into her home, criticized the Ohio Victims Compensation Program as confusing and bureaucratic, especially for someone still putting their life together after a crime. “I didn’t expect it to be so difficult, she said, though she eventually...
Murder victim’s family denied aid because of prior drug use
 *** Columbus attorney Michael Falleur says he routinely sees victims of assault who are denied help from the Ohio Victims Compensation Program because they have drugs in their system, and it doesn’t matter if the drugs are a factor in the crime. “That dirty tox screen is going to disqualify them even if it had nothing to do with...

Posted: 22 days ago

*** Columbus attorney Michael Falleur says he routinely sees victims of assault who are denied help from the Ohio Victims Compensation Program because they have drugs in their system, and it doesn’t matter if the drugs are a factor in the crime. “That dirty tox screen is going to disqualify them even if it had nothing to do with...
I-Team: Teen says she was raped, given drugs. Why was she denied aid from Ohio victims fund?
 *** A 17-year-old who was abducted and allegedly sexually assaulted before being rescued from a motel in Moraine was denied assistance from the Ohio Victims Compensation Fund. The reason: drugs were found in her system. It didn’t matter that her family said she was fed the drugs by her abductors, who intended to force her into sex trafficking...

Posted: 22 days ago

*** A 17-year-old who was abducted and allegedly sexually assaulted before being rescued from a motel in Moraine was denied assistance from the Ohio Victims Compensation Fund. The reason: drugs were found in her system. It didn’t matter that her family said she was fed the drugs by her abductors, who intended to force her into sex trafficking...
Strict rules in Ohio program deny payouts to thousands of victims
 An Ohio program that compensates crime victims rejects thousands of applicants each year — including victims of rape and assault and the families of those murdered — because of strict rules that disqualify people for reasons that include criminal or drug histories. Advocates say the state goes too far toward helping only victims...

Posted: 22 days ago

An Ohio program that compensates crime victims rejects thousands of applicants each year — including victims of rape and assault and the families of those murdered — because of strict rules that disqualify people for reasons that include criminal or drug histories. Advocates say the state goes too far toward helping only victims...
Kettering shooting is 6th by cop this year; here are the others
 Sunday’s fatal shooting by a Kettering police officer was the sixth officer-involved shooting in the region this year, according to the I-Team’s searchable database of area officer-involved shootings. This is the first incident involving Kettering police in the database, which goes back to 1995. SEARCH THE DATABASE: When police...

Posted: 23 days ago

Sunday’s fatal shooting by a Kettering police officer was the sixth officer-involved shooting in the region this year, according to the I-Team’s searchable database of area officer-involved shootings. This is the first incident involving Kettering police in the database, which goes back to 1995. SEARCH THE DATABASE: When police...
How much rain can Miami Valley flood protection system handle?
 The Miami Valley’s flood control systems would never be able to withstand the deluge that has left Houston under water. But, scientifically speaking, it shouldn’t have to. Texas could see 50 inches of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath; parts of Houston reportedly saw two feet of rain in 24 hours. While this is unprecedented...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Miami Valley’s flood control systems would never be able to withstand the deluge that has left Houston under water. But, scientifically speaking, it shouldn’t have to. Texas could see 50 inches of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath; parts of Houston reportedly saw two feet of rain in 24 hours. While this is unprecedented...
Ohio’s toughest sheriff weighs in on Arpaio pardon
 President Donald Trump’s decision Friday to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was welcome news to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones, who is also known for outspoken and controversial views on immigration law enforcement. “Great guy. Congrats,” Jones Tweeted out Friday, following with a Tweet on Saturday calling...

Posted: 26 days ago

President Donald Trump’s decision Friday to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was welcome news to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones, who is also known for outspoken and controversial views on immigration law enforcement. “Great guy. Congrats,” Jones Tweeted out Friday, following with a Tweet on Saturday calling...
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