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Englewood mom of disabled boy gets deportation date: Nov. 27
 Sara Hamdi is still trying to figure out how to tell her brother, Sami, that their mother will be getting on an airplane after Thanksgiving and there’s no saying when they will see her again. Their mother, Fatiha Elgharib, received orders recently that she is being deported back to Morocco on Nov. 27 for over-staying her visa after...

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Sara Hamdi is still trying to figure out how to tell her brother, Sami, that their mother will be getting on an airplane after Thanksgiving and there’s no saying when they will see her again. Their mother, Fatiha Elgharib, received orders recently that she is being deported back to Morocco on Nov. 27 for over-staying her visa after...
Report reveals how public employees pocket public funds across Ohio
 State audits have uncovered $3.4 million in missing funds over the past decade at 77 governments across the state, including several in the Miami Valley, a report released today by the Ohio auditor’s office says. The report lays out schemes used by public employees at local governments and schools across the state to pocket public funds...

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State audits have uncovered $3.4 million in missing funds over the past decade at 77 governments across the state, including several in the Miami Valley, a report released today by the Ohio auditor’s office says. The report lays out schemes used by public employees at local governments and schools across the state to pocket public funds...
County spending on jail lawsuits tops $1M
 The amount of taxpayer money spent defending and settling a spate of lawsuits against the Montgomery County Jail soared above a million dollars Tuesday when county commissioners approved a $380,000 payout to Emily Evans. Evans, then 27, was brought to the jail in 2014 on a drunk driving charge. The lawsuit claimed Evans was was threatened...

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The amount of taxpayer money spent defending and settling a spate of lawsuits against the Montgomery County Jail soared above a million dollars Tuesday when county commissioners approved a $380,000 payout to Emily Evans. Evans, then 27, was brought to the jail in 2014 on a drunk driving charge. The lawsuit claimed Evans was was threatened...
Jail captain charged with assault for pepper-spraying inmate
 The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain whose pepper-spraying of a restrained inmate — and disappearance of records of the incident — spurred a federal probe and civil lawsuit pleaded not guilty today to a misdemeanor assault charge. Capt. Judith Sealey was charged in Dayton Municipal Court on Nov. 8 for pepper spraying...

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain whose pepper-spraying of a restrained inmate — and disappearance of records of the incident — spurred a federal probe and civil lawsuit pleaded not guilty today to a misdemeanor assault charge. Capt. Judith Sealey was charged in Dayton Municipal Court on Nov. 8 for pepper spraying...
New trustees may target consultant’s $119-per-hour contract
 Both of Miami Twp.’s two newly elected trustees are questioning the need for a part-time compliance officer who the township is paying $119.46 per hour. “If the trustees and the administrator are doing their jobs, I don’t know why a compliance officer is necessary,” said John Morris, the top vote-getter in the election...

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Both of Miami Twp.’s two newly elected trustees are questioning the need for a part-time compliance officer who the township is paying $119.46 per hour. “If the trustees and the administrator are doing their jobs, I don’t know why a compliance officer is necessary,” said John Morris, the top vote-getter in the election...
Ex-village worker sues state, claims malicious prosecution
 The former fiscal officer for New Madison is suing the Ohio Auditor of State, claiming malicious prosecution after theft-in-office charges against the former village accountant were dismissed. Wanda Lacey on Oct. 25 filed a lawsuit against the state auditor’s office in which she accused the auditor’s office of seeking felony theft-in-office...

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The former fiscal officer for New Madison is suing the Ohio Auditor of State, claiming malicious prosecution after theft-in-office charges against the former village accountant were dismissed. Wanda Lacey on Oct. 25 filed a lawsuit against the state auditor’s office in which she accused the auditor’s office of seeking felony theft-in-office...
Village fiscal officer ‘negligent’ but theft in office charges dropped
 The Ohio auditor’s office today ordered a former New Madison fiscal officer to repay $8,166 in mishandled public funds, months after theft in office charges against her were dropped. The state audit released today says Wanda Lacey was consistently late in paying federal, state and local taxes and filing reports in 2013 and 2014, leading...

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The Ohio auditor’s office today ordered a former New Madison fiscal officer to repay $8,166 in mishandled public funds, months after theft in office charges against her were dropped. The state audit released today says Wanda Lacey was consistently late in paying federal, state and local taxes and filing reports in 2013 and 2014, leading...
Local jails overcrowded, failing safety standards, investigation shows
 The Montgomery County Jail housed 791 people during its November 2016 inspection. The state says it should house no more than 443 to ensure staff and inmates are safe. The Clark County Jail had 195 inmates during its last inspection — 28 over its state-recommended capacity. In fact, of 12 jails in an eight-county region in southwest...

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The Montgomery County Jail housed 791 people during its November 2016 inspection. The state says it should house no more than 443 to ensure staff and inmates are safe. The Clark County Jail had 195 inmates during its last inspection — 28 over its state-recommended capacity. In fact, of 12 jails in an eight-county region in southwest...
Sheriff Jones: New state program will ‘shove felons down our throat’
 Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones doesn’t think much of the state of Ohio’s Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program, which prevents judges from sending certain low-level felony offenders to state prison. He thinks the program, which was passed this summer, will force local law enforcement to deal with people who...

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Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones doesn’t think much of the state of Ohio’s Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program, which prevents judges from sending certain low-level felony offenders to state prison. He thinks the program, which was passed this summer, will force local law enforcement to deal with people who...
‘It’s going to shove felons down our throats,’ Ohio sheriff says about new prison law
 As Ohio counties work to rein in overcrowding at county jails, area law enforcement officials fear a change in state law will increase jail populations even more. State lawmakers this summer passed the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program, which prevents judges from sending certain low-level felony offenders to state prison...

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As Ohio counties work to rein in overcrowding at county jails, area law enforcement officials fear a change in state law will increase jail populations even more. State lawmakers this summer passed the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program, which prevents judges from sending certain low-level felony offenders to state prison...
Montgomery County voting to settle another lawsuit against jail
 The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners will vote later this month to approve a $58,000 payment that would settle former inmate Darryl Wallace’s civil lawsuit against the county and the jail. The proposed settlement would be at least the third in a recent spate of civil rights lawsuits filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners will vote later this month to approve a $58,000 payment that would settle former inmate Darryl Wallace’s civil lawsuit against the county and the jail. The proposed settlement would be at least the third in a recent spate of civil rights lawsuits filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court...
Board candidate says he was hacked, responds to anti-Muslim posts
 A Valley View School Board candidate said his Facebook account was hacked when he was asked by the Dayton Daily News about comments posted by the account criticizing Muslims and questioning why former President Obama was “not hung yet” for treason. After receiving several tips about comments by candidate Mike Kilroy’s Facebook...

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A Valley View School Board candidate said his Facebook account was hacked when he was asked by the Dayton Daily News about comments posted by the account criticizing Muslims and questioning why former President Obama was “not hung yet” for treason. After receiving several tips about comments by candidate Mike Kilroy’s Facebook...
Englewood woman waits to be deported: We ‘cried through the whole night’
 Every Monday, Englewood resident Fatiha Elgharib must report to federal officials to find out when she will be separated from her family and deported to Morocco. Elgharib had filed for a 1-year stay in her deportation proceedings so she could remain with her 15-year-old son Sami, who has Down syndrome and other health problems, and for whom...

Posted: 23 days ago

Every Monday, Englewood resident Fatiha Elgharib must report to federal officials to find out when she will be separated from her family and deported to Morocco. Elgharib had filed for a 1-year stay in her deportation proceedings so she could remain with her 15-year-old son Sami, who has Down syndrome and other health problems, and for whom...
Woman convicted of murder in Dayton teen’s slaying will be released on parole
 Tyra Patterson will be released on or after Dec. 24, the Ohio Parole Board has decided.  The votes of the board are not public, but at least seven of them had to vote in favor of granting parole. Read more here about what happened in Patterson’s parole hearing. In his brief closing remarks, Attorney David Singleton of the Ohio...

Posted: 25 days ago

Tyra Patterson will be released on or after Dec. 24, the Ohio Parole Board has decided.  The votes of the board are not public, but at least seven of them had to vote in favor of granting parole. Read more here about what happened in Patterson’s parole hearing. In his brief closing remarks, Attorney David Singleton of the Ohio...
Kettering council OKs first phase of $2.2M business park plan
 UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m. Kettering City Council Tuesday night approved the first phase of a $2.2 million project at the Kettering Business Park. FIRST REPORT Kettering city council will vote Tuesday on bidding out the first phase of improvements at entrances to the Kettering Business Park with an estimated cost of up to $650,000. The meeting is...

Posted: 25 days ago

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m. Kettering City Council Tuesday night approved the first phase of a $2.2 million project at the Kettering Business Park. FIRST REPORT Kettering city council will vote Tuesday on bidding out the first phase of improvements at entrances to the Kettering Business Park with an estimated cost of up to $650,000. The meeting is...
Why Ohio may have to break the law to launch its medical pot program
 When Ohio officials award licenses next month allowing two dozen companies to cultivate medical marijuana, the growers will have almost a year to build facilities and produce their first crop. But where will they get the seeds? It will still be illegal to purchase marijuana plants from anyone but themselves. Many of the applicants have cannabis-growing...

Posted: 30 days ago

When Ohio officials award licenses next month allowing two dozen companies to cultivate medical marijuana, the growers will have almost a year to build facilities and produce their first crop. But where will they get the seeds? It will still be illegal to purchase marijuana plants from anyone but themselves. Many of the applicants have cannabis-growing...
Former jail medical director admits to stealing drugs
 This story was updated on Oct. 25. The former top medical officer at the Montgomery County Jail recently admitted to theft and theft of drugs in exchange for avoiding prosecution, according to county officials. Dr. Brenda Ellis was fingerprinted and had her mugshot taken at the jail on Aug. 24 and accepted into a diversion program on Aug...

Posted: 30 days ago

This story was updated on Oct. 25. The former top medical officer at the Montgomery County Jail recently admitted to theft and theft of drugs in exchange for avoiding prosecution, according to county officials. Dr. Brenda Ellis was fingerprinted and had her mugshot taken at the jail on Aug. 24 and accepted into a diversion program on Aug...
Lawsuits likely when state picks pot sites: ‘Losers don’t like losing’
 As Ohio officials get set to grant two dozen companies lucrative licenses to grow medical marijuana in the state, they may want to give a heads up to their legal team. The selections, due in the coming weeks, will be culled from an original list of 185 applicants, meaning 161 of those applicants — who together spent millions of dollars...

Posted: 30 days ago

As Ohio officials get set to grant two dozen companies lucrative licenses to grow medical marijuana in the state, they may want to give a heads up to their legal team. The selections, due in the coming weeks, will be culled from an original list of 185 applicants, meaning 161 of those applicants — who together spent millions of dollars...
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