Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio.

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Local overdose crisis response earns county national award
 Heroin and fentanyl once ravaged the region to such a degree the coroner said Montgomery County was suffering an “emergency of mass disaster proportions.” Now, a collaborative community response that helped bring overdose deaths to a recent three-year low is drawing recognition with an award from the National Association of Counties...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Heroin and fentanyl once ravaged the region to such a degree the coroner said Montgomery County was suffering an “emergency of mass disaster proportions.” Now, a collaborative community response that helped bring overdose deaths to a recent three-year low is drawing recognition with an award from the National Association of Counties...
EMTs share Pulse nightclub stories in Dayton as new mass shooting hits
 Twice now, Joshua Granada and Carlos Tavarez have recounted their experience as the first to treat Pulse nightclub victims, telling their story on the same day that more Americans lie dead or wounded by a mass shooter. “If you’re not aware, there is a school shooting in Texas today,” Tavarez told about 60 people Friday at...

Posted: 2 days ago

Twice now, Joshua Granada and Carlos Tavarez have recounted their experience as the first to treat Pulse nightclub victims, telling their story on the same day that more Americans lie dead or wounded by a mass shooter. “If you’re not aware, there is a school shooting in Texas today,” Tavarez told about 60 people Friday at...
Sales tax increase: Dates set to speak your piece
 The public will get two shots next month to speak out either for or against a proposal to increase Montgomery County’s retail sales tax rate 0.25 percent. The public hearings, required before a final vote can be taken, will be June 19 at 6 p.m. and June 26 at 1:30 p.m. Both will be in room 1001 of the County Administration Building...

Posted: 3 days ago

The public will get two shots next month to speak out either for or against a proposal to increase Montgomery County’s retail sales tax rate 0.25 percent. The public hearings, required before a final vote can be taken, will be June 19 at 6 p.m. and June 26 at 1:30 p.m. Both will be in room 1001 of the County Administration Building...
New county scam alert keeps ‘an eye on your property when you can’t’
 Scammers could see the 253,000 parcels of real estate in Montgomery County as opportunities to defraud senior citizens and others from their property. The Montgomery County Recorder’s Office is unveiling an alert system today that will send out an email notification if changes are made to real estate records that might indicate someone...

Posted: 4 days ago

Scammers could see the 253,000 parcels of real estate in Montgomery County as opportunities to defraud senior citizens and others from their property. The Montgomery County Recorder’s Office is unveiling an alert system today that will send out an email notification if changes are made to real estate records that might indicate someone...
Election papers found days later caused worry in Oakwood. Here’s why they were there.
 A rat’s nest of voting machine printouts littering the ground and taped to the doorway of an Oakwood church seemed suspicious over the weekend, prompting questions as to whether voter anonymity had been breached four days after more than 900 people cast ballots there. But what at first seemed alarming to one Oakwood resident is a messy...

Posted: 6 days ago

A rat’s nest of voting machine printouts littering the ground and taped to the doorway of an Oakwood church seemed suspicious over the weekend, prompting questions as to whether voter anonymity had been breached four days after more than 900 people cast ballots there. But what at first seemed alarming to one Oakwood resident is a messy...
Springfield blazes on list of 11 historic fires that captured nation’s attention
 Most people in Springfield will remember the fire that engulfed the R.D. Holder Oil Co. five years ago.  The family business went up in flames after a spark of static electricity lit a tanker filled with racing fuel, resulting in 200-foot cloud of smoke and flames that could be seen from as far as Butler County. Here are glimpses of...

Posted: 8 days ago

Most people in Springfield will remember the fire that engulfed the R.D. Holder Oil Co. five years ago.  The family business went up in flames after a spark of static electricity lit a tanker filled with racing fuel, resulting in 200-foot cloud of smoke and flames that could be seen from as far as Butler County. Here are glimpses of...
Family to bury man found in burned-out home: ‘There’s foul play all over that house’
 As family members prepare to bury James “Jimmy” Briscoe, they are no closer to learning how the man’s body went undiscovered for four months in the basement of a house burned by a suspicious fire. “There’s foul play all over that house,” his sister Donna Briscoe said Friday. RELATED: Family asks how man&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

As family members prepare to bury James “Jimmy” Briscoe, they are no closer to learning how the man’s body went undiscovered for four months in the basement of a house burned by a suspicious fire. “There’s foul play all over that house,” his sister Donna Briscoe said Friday. RELATED: Family asks how man&rsquo...
New Montgomery County administrator named
 The next Montgomery County administrator said he will start the job at a time when, he said, local governments are strapped for cash as never before. “We can’t depend on things happening at the federal level or things happening at the state level. We have to take charge of our own destiny,” said Michael Colbert. “And...

Posted: 11 days ago

The next Montgomery County administrator said he will start the job at a time when, he said, local governments are strapped for cash as never before. “We can’t depend on things happening at the federal level or things happening at the state level. We have to take charge of our own destiny,” said Michael Colbert. “And...
Former inmate files lawsuit against Montgomery County Jail
 A new federal lawsuit against the Montgomery County Jail is at least the 11th in recent years alleging mistreatment of a person in custody. Tonya Varney, 47, filed the complaint Wednesday claiming she was shoved on May 19, 2017, by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Feehan after she balked at entering a female wait area cell because...

Posted: 11 days ago

A new federal lawsuit against the Montgomery County Jail is at least the 11th in recent years alleging mistreatment of a person in custody. Tonya Varney, 47, filed the complaint Wednesday claiming she was shoved on May 19, 2017, by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Feehan after she balked at entering a female wait area cell because...
Barry wins GOP county commission primary; Rice takes Democratic race
 Doug Barry squeezed out a victory over Gary Leitzell in the Republican county commission primary Tuesday. Carolyn Rice, meanwhile, cruised to an easy win on the Democratic side, according to unofficial final results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. “We’re excited,” said Barry. “The volunteers and our...

Posted: 12 days ago

Doug Barry squeezed out a victory over Gary Leitzell in the Republican county commission primary Tuesday. Carolyn Rice, meanwhile, cruised to an easy win on the Democratic side, according to unofficial final results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. “We’re excited,” said Barry. “The volunteers and our...
10 things to watch in today’s Ohio election
 Ohio voters head to the polls today in one of the most high-profile Ohio primary elections in years. There are contested races all over the ballot, from local races to the big-money primaries for governor and U.S. Senate. Voters will also decide on State Issue 1, a major overhaul to how the state draws congressional district lines. All told...

Posted: 13 days ago

Ohio voters head to the polls today in one of the most high-profile Ohio primary elections in years. There are contested races all over the ballot, from local races to the big-money primaries for governor and U.S. Senate. Voters will also decide on State Issue 1, a major overhaul to how the state draws congressional district lines. All told...