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Ex-sheriff on medical pros busted in opioid ring: ‘It’s very frustrating’
 Pharmacists named in a federal opioid prescription drug takedown this week allegedly dispensed more than 1.75 million pills from a Dayton pharmacy between 2015 and 2017 — a time when overdose deaths surged to record levels in Montgomery County. Ismail Abuhanieh, Mahmoud Rifai and Yohannes Tinsae are all licensed pharmacists associated...

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Pharmacists named in a federal opioid prescription drug takedown this week allegedly dispensed more than 1.75 million pills from a Dayton pharmacy between 2015 and 2017 — a time when overdose deaths surged to record levels in Montgomery County. Ismail Abuhanieh, Mahmoud Rifai and Yohannes Tinsae are all licensed pharmacists associated...
Feds on Dayton clinic, pharmacy: 1.75 million pills in 2 years
 Of the 60 people charged in the largest prescription opioid crackdown in U.S. history, five operated a Dayton medical clinic and pharmacy, including a doctor once called the highest prescriber of controlled substances in the state, the Department of Justice alleges. Morris Brown continued prescribing opioids “even after learning that...

Posted: 4 days ago

Of the 60 people charged in the largest prescription opioid crackdown in U.S. history, five operated a Dayton medical clinic and pharmacy, including a doctor once called the highest prescriber of controlled substances in the state, the Department of Justice alleges. Morris Brown continued prescribing opioids “even after learning that...
Dayton ‘pill mill’ included in 5-state drug bust that targeted medical pros
 Five defendants involved with a Dayton medical clinic and pharmacy have been indicted as part of the largest prescription opioid takedown in U.S. history, according to federal officials.  Morris Brown, Ismail Abuhanieh, Mahmoud Elmiari, Mahmoud Rifai and Yohannes Tinsae  are all named in a federal indictment filed in the Southern District...

Posted: 4 days ago

Five defendants involved with a Dayton medical clinic and pharmacy have been indicted as part of the largest prescription opioid takedown in U.S. history, according to federal officials.  Morris Brown, Ismail Abuhanieh, Mahmoud Elmiari, Mahmoud Rifai and Yohannes Tinsae are all named in a federal indictment filed in the Southern District...
Montgomery County fights IRS penalty for missed deadlines
 Montgomery County commissioners have approved spending $124,000 on outside legal counsel to fight an Internal Revenue Service penalty of more than $300,000 imposed on the county auditor’s office. The IRS alleged Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith’s office filed 2012 W-2 forms late, county records show. And another record indicates...

Posted: 5 days ago

Montgomery County commissioners have approved spending $124,000 on outside legal counsel to fight an Internal Revenue Service penalty of more than $300,000 imposed on the county auditor’s office. The IRS alleged Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith’s office filed 2012 W-2 forms late, county records show. And another record indicates...
Dog bites: How you can make it safer for your letter carrier
 The number of the nation’s postal employees attacked by dogs has dropped dramatically since 2016, partly due to new technology and the ability of customers to indicate whether dogs are present at a specific address during a pickup. Dog attacks last year numbered 5,714, more than 500 fewer than in 2017 and more than 1,000 fewer since...

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The number of the nation’s postal employees attacked by dogs has dropped dramatically since 2016, partly due to new technology and the ability of customers to indicate whether dogs are present at a specific address during a pickup. Dog attacks last year numbered 5,714, more than 500 fewer than in 2017 and more than 1,000 fewer since...
Four of Ohio’s eight tornadoes this year have hit in one local county
 Half of the confirmed tornadoes this year in Ohio — including two Friday and another Sunday — have touched down in Clark County. Albeit small and non-lethal, the three recent twisters and another in February were no less frightening to those in their path. “It was terrifying,” said Stacey Pond, a resident of Rose Garden...

Posted: 6 days ago

Half of the confirmed tornadoes this year in Ohio — including two Friday and another Sunday — have touched down in Clark County. Albeit small and non-lethal, the three recent twisters and another in February were no less frightening to those in their path. “It was terrifying,” said Stacey Pond, a resident of Rose Garden...
Clark County has been site of 4 of Ohio’s 8 tornadoes this year
 Half of the confirmed tornadoes this year in Ohio — including two Friday and another Sunday — have touched down in Clark County. The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down in parts of Clark County on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s tornado was only on the ground from 3:12 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., but wind...

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Half of the confirmed tornadoes this year in Ohio — including two Friday and another Sunday — have touched down in Clark County. The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down in parts of Clark County on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s tornado was only on the ground from 3:12 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., but wind...
Big changes coming to U.S. 35 interchange at Smithville Road
 Work on a $4 million project to replace a “dysfunctional” — and long-damaged — interchange along U.S. 35 in Dayton will begin this construction season, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. “The Smithville interchange is somewhat dysfunctional based on the design it had,” said Scott LeBlanc...

Posted: 9 days ago

Work on a $4 million project to replace a “dysfunctional” — and long-damaged — interchange along U.S. 35 in Dayton will begin this construction season, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. “The Smithville interchange is somewhat dysfunctional based on the design it had,” said Scott LeBlanc...
Millions in unpaid child support intercepted from gambling winnings
 More than $10 million in unpaid child support has been intercepted from lottery, racino and casino winners by the state since 2014. “This is a good example of government and industry working together toward a common goal,” said Kimberly Hall, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director. “If noncustodial parents...

Posted: 9 days ago

More than $10 million in unpaid child support has been intercepted from lottery, racino and casino winners by the state since 2014. “This is a good example of government and industry working together toward a common goal,” said Kimberly Hall, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director. “If noncustodial parents...
New truck to help county, The Foodbank feed thousands
 Montgomery County and The Foodbank Inc. unveiled a new refrigerated box truck this week to help get perishable, nutritional food directly to those who can’t afford it or are without a nearby source. “This new truck is part of our continued investment in people, providing services that combat poverty and improve the lives of our...

Posted: 10 days ago

Montgomery County and The Foodbank Inc. unveiled a new refrigerated box truck this week to help get perishable, nutritional food directly to those who can’t afford it or are without a nearby source. “This new truck is part of our continued investment in people, providing services that combat poverty and improve the lives of our...
Child support overhaul targets ‘best interests of the children’

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Major changes just took effect in the way child support payments in Ohio are calculated — the first overhaul of the system since 1992. The law now better reflects the economic times and acknowledges the support that non-custodial parents bring to child rearing, officials say. “It really takes a true look at the cost of raising...
County legal bills involving fired Animal Resource Center director hit $280,000
 The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center director who was fired in December has appealed his dismissal, prompting county commissioners on Tuesday to approve $40,000 on outside attorneys to represent the county against Mark Kumpf. But less than a week after Kumpf appealed to the state’s Personnel Review Board about his firing in...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center director who was fired in December has appealed his dismissal, prompting county commissioners on Tuesday to approve $40,000 on outside attorneys to represent the county against Mark Kumpf. But less than a week after Kumpf appealed to the state’s Personnel Review Board about his firing in...
2 Ohio lawmakers seek to make daylight saving time permanent
 Clocks in Ohio would stay moved forward forever, making daylight saving time permanent, if new legislation introduced this week in the statehouse ever becomes law. But even if passed in Columbus, the measure faces a higher hurdle — the U.S. Congress. “With the proliferation of air conditioners and computers in our lives today...

Posted: 22 days ago

Clocks in Ohio would stay moved forward forever, making daylight saving time permanent, if new legislation introduced this week in the statehouse ever becomes law. But even if passed in Columbus, the measure faces a higher hurdle — the U.S. Congress. “With the proliferation of air conditioners and computers in our lives today...
County commissioners asked to revoke Klan’s rally permit
 A coalition of civil rights groups is circulating a petition asking Montgomery County commissioners to yank a Ku Klux Kan group’s May 25 permit to rally in Dayton. “The primary thing that we all want is to keep them from coming here because it’s causing a lot of concern amongst different groups and individuals about what...

Posted: 25 days ago

A coalition of civil rights groups is circulating a petition asking Montgomery County commissioners to yank a Ku Klux Kan group’s May 25 permit to rally in Dayton. “The primary thing that we all want is to keep them from coming here because it’s causing a lot of concern amongst different groups and individuals about what...
Judge Rice to receive award today for support of children, families
 A Dayton federal judge whose name will soon go up on the courthouse where he’s worked since 1980 will be given another honor today for the impact he’s had on the lives of area children and families. Senior U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice will receive the 19th Annual Brother Raymond L. Fitz Award from the Montgomery County Family...

Posted: 26 days ago

A Dayton federal judge whose name will soon go up on the courthouse where he’s worked since 1980 will be given another honor today for the impact he’s had on the lives of area children and families. Senior U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice will receive the 19th Annual Brother Raymond L. Fitz Award from the Montgomery County Family...
Disagree with your property value? One week left for Montgomery County appeals.
 Montgomery County property owners who want to dispute the tax values of their properties have a week left to file an appeal with the Board of Revision. The last day to file this year is Monday. More than 500 appeals have already been filed with the board this year, according to the county auditor. MORE: That van with cameras in front of your...

Posted: 27 days ago

Montgomery County property owners who want to dispute the tax values of their properties have a week left to file an appeal with the Board of Revision. The last day to file this year is Monday. More than 500 appeals have already been filed with the board this year, according to the county auditor. MORE: That van with cameras in front of your...
County to OK $2.5M in road work, but officials warn it’s not enough
 Montgomery County commissioners are expected to approve about $2.5 million in road resurfacing projects today. The move comes as state legislators prepare for the new debate over a gas tax increase proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine to improve crumbling roadways, one that lawmakers from his own party chipped away at. DeWine wants to increase Ohio&rsquo...

Posted: 27 days ago

Montgomery County commissioners are expected to approve about $2.5 million in road resurfacing projects today. The move comes as state legislators prepare for the new debate over a gas tax increase proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine to improve crumbling roadways, one that lawmakers from his own party chipped away at. DeWine wants to increase Ohio&rsquo...
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