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Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio.

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Memorial Hall: Developer set to bring new life to downtown landmark
 Downtown’s Memorial Hall could be better positioned for a comeback after Montgomery County enters into an agreement Tuesday with a developer to bring life to the complex. Montgomery County, which owns Memorial Hall, is expected to give Woodard Development the exclusive right through the end of 2019 to pitch an adaptive reuse plan for...

Posted: 31 minutes ago

Downtown’s Memorial Hall could be better positioned for a comeback after Montgomery County enters into an agreement Tuesday with a developer to bring life to the complex. Montgomery County, which owns Memorial Hall, is expected to give Woodard Development the exclusive right through the end of 2019 to pitch an adaptive reuse plan for...
Jail overcrowding lawsuit leads Montgomery County to hire outside counsel for sheriff
 A judge turned down a request last week for an immediate inspection of the Montgomery County Jail in a federal class-action lawsuit that alleges overcrowding. But a plaintiffs’ attorney said a new motion should allow a look at conditions after allegations were made in a lawsuit against Sheriff Phil Plummer. Judge Walter H. Rice turned...

Posted: 3 days ago

A judge turned down a request last week for an immediate inspection of the Montgomery County Jail in a federal class-action lawsuit that alleges overcrowding. But a plaintiffs’ attorney said a new motion should allow a look at conditions after allegations were made in a lawsuit against Sheriff Phil Plummer. Judge Walter H. Rice turned...
‘We want to make sure they come talk to us’: Why area police chiefs showed up in force to discuss a possible court move
 Police chiefs from western Montgomery County are worried their half of the county might lose its municipal court in New Lebanon, costing departments time and money, plus hampering residents’ ability to reach the courthouse. “Instead of hearing rumors, we are coming to you because hopefully you can help dispel those rumors,&rdquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Police chiefs from western Montgomery County are worried their half of the county might lose its municipal court in New Lebanon, costing departments time and money, plus hampering residents’ ability to reach the courthouse. “Instead of hearing rumors, we are coming to you because hopefully you can help dispel those rumors,&rdquo...
County OKs $100K to defend Plummer in jail overcrowding lawsuit
 Montgomery County’s cost to defend against federal lawsuits alleging prisoner mistreatment climbed higher this week. Commissioners on Tuesday approved spending another $100,000 on outside legal counsel, this time to defend Sheriff Phil Plummer in a class-action suit seeking relief from overcrowding and other conditions alleged at the...

Posted: 5 days ago

Montgomery County’s cost to defend against federal lawsuits alleging prisoner mistreatment climbed higher this week. Commissioners on Tuesday approved spending another $100,000 on outside legal counsel, this time to defend Sheriff Phil Plummer in a class-action suit seeking relief from overcrowding and other conditions alleged at the...
Local police chiefs worried about municipal court move
 Police chiefs from western Montgomery County made a show of force at Tuesday’s county commission meeting amid rumblings their half of the county might lose its municipal court, upping the cost of transport and hampering citizens’ ability to reach the courthouse. “Instead of hearing rumors, we are coming to you because hopefully...

Posted: 5 days ago

Police chiefs from western Montgomery County made a show of force at Tuesday’s county commission meeting amid rumblings their half of the county might lose its municipal court, upping the cost of transport and hampering citizens’ ability to reach the courthouse. “Instead of hearing rumors, we are coming to you because hopefully...
County to kick in $750K today for downtown Dayton project
 Confidence in the redevelopment of the Fire Blocks District in downtown Dayton — a project that stalled out under past developers — has gained steam, and Montgomery County commissioners are expected to contribute $750,000 today. A new developer, Columbus-based Windsor Companies, is acquiring many of the properties in the hopes...

Posted: 6 days ago

Confidence in the redevelopment of the Fire Blocks District in downtown Dayton — a project that stalled out under past developers — has gained steam, and Montgomery County commissioners are expected to contribute $750,000 today. A new developer, Columbus-based Windsor Companies, is acquiring many of the properties in the hopes...
Medical marijuana: More local physicians cleared by state to recommend pot
 Physicians from Arcanum, Dayton, Fairborn and New Carlisle are among a growing number of doctors in the region now certified by the state to recommend medical marijuana. The state medical board has granted approval for 222 physicians — including 18 from area counties — to recommend pot when it becomes available to patients. In...

Posted: 6 days ago

Physicians from Arcanum, Dayton, Fairborn and New Carlisle are among a growing number of doctors in the region now certified by the state to recommend medical marijuana. The state medical board has granted approval for 222 physicians — including 18 from area counties — to recommend pot when it becomes available to patients. In...
VP Mike Pence in Cincinnati today; Listen live on WHIO Radio
 Vice President Mike Pence will be in Cincinnati today promoting Trump administration tax cuts and trying to bolster the Republican candidate for Ohio governor.  America First Policies, a group that promotes President Donald Trump’s policies, is sponsoring Pence tax event downtown at the Westin Cincinnati.  You can listen to...

Posted: 7 days ago

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Cincinnati today promoting Trump administration tax cuts and trying to bolster the Republican candidate for Ohio governor.  America First Policies, a group that promotes President Donald Trump’s policies, is sponsoring Pence tax event downtown at the Westin Cincinnati.  You can listen to...
Raymond Frick, founder of Fricker’s restaurants, dies at 72
 Raymond Frick, the founder of a chain of family-style chicken restaurants that got off the ground in Dayton, has died. He was 72. Frick, whose Fricker’s chain grew to 24 locations across Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, died Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic, said Jim Manley, the company’s marketing director. After a stint as a nightclub...

Posted: 8 days ago

Raymond Frick, the founder of a chain of family-style chicken restaurants that got off the ground in Dayton, has died. He was 72. Frick, whose Fricker’s chain grew to 24 locations across Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, died Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic, said Jim Manley, the company’s marketing director. After a stint as a nightclub...
Dayton-connected prison escapee outruns deputies while handcuffed during capture
 A prison escapee with reported ties to Dayton who was on the run and considered armed and dangerous was captured – but not before trying to outrun police again while handcuffed.  Charles Wentz, who escaped from Steven’s Correctional Center in McDowell County, W.Va. on Sunday, was captured by deputies with the help of a police...

Posted: 9 days ago

A prison escapee with reported ties to Dayton who was on the run and considered armed and dangerous was captured – but not before trying to outrun police again while handcuffed.  Charles Wentz, who escaped from Steven’s Correctional Center in McDowell County, W.Va. on Sunday, was captured by deputies with the help of a police...
Ohio medical marijuana: Where do things stand now, and what comes next?
 Marijuana products for Ohioans with a medical need were supposed to be on dispensary shelves in less than a month. Though that deadline won’t be met, state officials say the new program remains on track, just moving slower than outlined in the law Gov. John Kasich signed in June 2016.  The program authorizes use by patients with...

Posted: 9 days ago

Marijuana products for Ohioans with a medical need were supposed to be on dispensary shelves in less than a month. Though that deadline won’t be met, state officials say the new program remains on track, just moving slower than outlined in the law Gov. John Kasich signed in June 2016.  The program authorizes use by patients with...