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A woman’s death following a police pursuit has again raised questions about chasing fleeing vehicles
 A police pursuit ended with a woman dead Saturday and questions about department policies for chasing fleeing vehicles, sometimes at high speeds and at risk to innocent victims. Ebony Radford, 35, was a passenger in a car that fled an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper about 1:40 a.m. Saturday on Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton. About 20 seconds...

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A police pursuit ended with a woman dead Saturday and questions about department policies for chasing fleeing vehicles, sometimes at high speeds and at risk to innocent victims. Ebony Radford, 35, was a passenger in a car that fled an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper about 1:40 a.m. Saturday on Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton. About 20 seconds...
Don’t fall for high-priced scams: Here’s where to get your property records for free
 Some firms are all-too-willing to sell you property records — for a high price  — that are already  available for free.  Despite a new state law, property owners locally and across the state continue to receive official-looking solicitations in the mail from companies charging $79 or more for records that can be found on...

Posted: 4 days ago

Some firms are all-too-willing to sell you property records — for a high price — that are already available for free.  Despite a new state law, property owners locally and across the state continue to receive official-looking solicitations in the mail from companies charging $79 or more for records that can be found on...
Sales tax repeal effort mounted after public hearings, passage
 The Republican candidate for Montgomery County commissioner is now leading a referendum effort, that if successful, would place the repeal of a recent county sales tax increase on the same ballot with his name in November. But Doug Barry’s opponent, Democrat Carolyn Rice, questions why her challenger didn’t register complaints...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Republican candidate for Montgomery County commissioner is now leading a referendum effort, that if successful, would place the repeal of a recent county sales tax increase on the same ballot with his name in November. But Doug Barry’s opponent, Democrat Carolyn Rice, questions why her challenger didn’t register complaints...
Montgomery County sales tax repeal petition deadline questioned
 A rare effort to overturn a retail sales tax increase at the polls created confusion Wednesday among Montgomery County officials who worked to determine the date the committee is required to turn in thousands of signatures. The Secretary of State’s elections calendar doesn’t address what some here believe would be a first-ever...

Posted: 7 days ago

A rare effort to overturn a retail sales tax increase at the polls created confusion Wednesday among Montgomery County officials who worked to determine the date the committee is required to turn in thousands of signatures. The Secretary of State’s elections calendar doesn’t address what some here believe would be a first-ever...
Group wants to overturn Montgomery County sales tax increase at ballot box
 Two former chairmen of the Montgomery County Republican Party are spearheading an effort to overturn a Montgomery County retail sales tax increase approved last month by county commissioners, all Democrats. Both Greg Gantt and Rob Scott say the tax increase vote by the three commissioners took many in the business community by surprise. &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Two former chairmen of the Montgomery County Republican Party are spearheading an effort to overturn a Montgomery County retail sales tax increase approved last month by county commissioners, all Democrats. Both Greg Gantt and Rob Scott say the tax increase vote by the three commissioners took many in the business community by surprise. &ldquo...
Mystery manufacturer eyes Vandalia site, others for 300-job plant
 An unnamed manufacturing facility is looking to relocate and bring hundreds of jobs to Vandalia or another municipality, according to Vandalia officials. “We really don’t know a whole lot about the company at this point or what they do outside of the fact that it is a manufacturing business and there’s a potential for 300...

Posted: 8 days ago

An unnamed manufacturing facility is looking to relocate and bring hundreds of jobs to Vandalia or another municipality, according to Vandalia officials. “We really don’t know a whole lot about the company at this point or what they do outside of the fact that it is a manufacturing business and there’s a potential for 300...
‘Obvious to me they are trying to deceive’ property owners, recorder says
 Property owners locally and across the state continue to receive official-looking solicitations through the mail from firms offering to provide property records – for a pricey sum – that are usually available free online. The solicitations come despite a new state law that went into effect in May. And it appears would-be scammers...

Posted: 8 days ago

Property owners locally and across the state continue to receive official-looking solicitations through the mail from firms offering to provide property records – for a pricey sum – that are usually available free online. The solicitations come despite a new state law that went into effect in May. And it appears would-be scammers...
Sen. Sherrod Brown wants EPA to hold town hall over Dayton water concerns
 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a town hall meeting in Dayton to address concerns about toxic chemicals and the safety of the city’s water. The EPA announced it will hold meetings in communities impacted by pollution from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), but Dayton was not on...

Posted: 8 days ago

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a town hall meeting in Dayton to address concerns about toxic chemicals and the safety of the city’s water. The EPA announced it will hold meetings in communities impacted by pollution from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), but Dayton was not on...
Did you get the postcard? EPA faults Montgomery County on water tests.
 For the second time in a month, Montgomery County notified water customers of concerns raised about the testing of drinking water, most recently about Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules violations. About 80,000 water customers received postcards from Montgomery County Environmental Services admitting it didn’t correctly...

Posted: 11 days ago

For the second time in a month, Montgomery County notified water customers of concerns raised about the testing of drinking water, most recently about Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules violations. About 80,000 water customers received postcards from Montgomery County Environmental Services admitting it didn’t correctly...
Medical marijuana in Ohio: 8 key questions answered as the program nears
 Medical marijuana was supposed to be in Ohio patients’ hands by Sept. 8, but officials say there’s no way that deadline will be met. Despite delays, regulators working through the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program continue to chip away at selecting and certifying the hundreds of entities involved in state’s medical...

Posted: 12 days ago

Medical marijuana was supposed to be in Ohio patients’ hands by Sept. 8, but officials say there’s no way that deadline will be met. Despite delays, regulators working through the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program continue to chip away at selecting and certifying the hundreds of entities involved in state’s medical...
Photos: Congressman Jim Jordan throughout the years
Sheriff Phil Plummer, left, the new chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, meets with U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, before the Montgomery County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Jordan gave the keynote address to about 520 in attendance Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Mandalay Banquet Center in Moraine. CHRIS STEWART...

Posted: 13 days ago

Sheriff Phil Plummer, left, the new chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, meets with U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, before the Montgomery County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Jordan gave the keynote address to about 520 in attendance Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Mandalay Banquet Center in Moraine. CHRIS STEWART...
NEW DETAILS: Local man stole people’s homes, prosecutor says
 A local man schemed to falsely claim ownership of multiple properties across the area, targeting vacant houses as well as those owned by the elderly — and the dead — authorities and victims say. “He literally STOLE it from me,” wrote a 71-year-old widow in poor health who said she was one of Inman’s victims....

Posted: 14 days ago

A local man schemed to falsely claim ownership of multiple properties across the area, targeting vacant houses as well as those owned by the elderly — and the dead — authorities and victims say. “He literally STOLE it from me,” wrote a 71-year-old widow in poor health who said she was one of Inman’s victims....
Prosecutor: Local man stole homes from the old — and the dead
 A local man has been indicted on 25 felony counts for allegedly trying to wrest control of properties that were either vacant, owned by deceased individuals or owned by elderly residents, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.  Dale Inman, 44, has been indicted on multiple counts in connection with the filing of...

Posted: 15 days ago

A local man has been indicted on 25 felony counts for allegedly trying to wrest control of properties that were either vacant, owned by deceased individuals or owned by elderly residents, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.  Dale Inman, 44, has been indicted on multiple counts in connection with the filing of...
Family upset with investigation into man found dead months after Dayton house fire
 James “Jimmy” Briscoe, whose body went undiscovered for months in the basement of a vacant Dayton home torched in a suspicious blaze, apparently died from fire, autopsy results revealed Monday. But family members don’t think enough is being done to learn how Briscoe, who had been reported missing, ended up in the fire. His...

Posted: 16 days ago

James “Jimmy” Briscoe, whose body went undiscovered for months in the basement of a vacant Dayton home torched in a suspicious blaze, apparently died from fire, autopsy results revealed Monday. But family members don’t think enough is being done to learn how Briscoe, who had been reported missing, ended up in the fire. His...
Official: Substance found in area drinking water for third month
 A new round of testing at a Dayton water plant shows potentially dangerous compounds were found for the third straight month in water piped to about 400,000 people, but the levels are not rising. Results from May tests for “PFAS” (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) in treated water were found at a level of 10.5 parts per trillion...

Posted: 19 days ago

A new round of testing at a Dayton water plant shows potentially dangerous compounds were found for the third straight month in water piped to about 400,000 people, but the levels are not rising. Results from May tests for “PFAS” (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) in treated water were found at a level of 10.5 parts per trillion...
Downtown Dayton fireworks: Road work, street closures promise traffic snarls
 Always a huge problem at Dayton’s annual fireworks display, traffic promises to be even worse this year because of work on the Main Street bridge, which is down to two lanes and will be closed during the show, according to the Dayton Police Department. Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday or sooner, some streets will be closed to traffic around...

Posted: 19 days ago

Always a huge problem at Dayton’s annual fireworks display, traffic promises to be even worse this year because of work on the Main Street bridge, which is down to two lanes and will be closed during the show, according to the Dayton Police Department. Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday or sooner, some streets will be closed to traffic around...
Is it cheaper to buy in the next county? Compare area sales tax rates.
 Montgomery County will join Franklin County and portions of Delaware and Union counties with the third-highest combined retail sales tax rate in the state at 7.5 percent. Current purchasers in Montgomery County — and those in 52 other Ohio counties — now pay a total retail sales tax rate of 7.25 percent. The state gets 5.75 percent...

Posted: 20 days ago

Montgomery County will join Franklin County and portions of Delaware and Union counties with the third-highest combined retail sales tax rate in the state at 7.5 percent. Current purchasers in Montgomery County — and those in 52 other Ohio counties — now pay a total retail sales tax rate of 7.25 percent. The state gets 5.75 percent...
Montgomery County approves sales tax increase
 Beginning Oct. 1, many of the goods you purchase in Montgomery County will become a little more expensive, figured to add up to about $36 more a year for every resident.  Montgomery County commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to approve a 0.25 percent sales tax expected to generate $19.1 million annually for the county’s general fund...

Posted: 21 days ago

Beginning Oct. 1, many of the goods you purchase in Montgomery County will become a little more expensive, figured to add up to about $36 more a year for every resident.  Montgomery County commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to approve a 0.25 percent sales tax expected to generate $19.1 million annually for the county’s general fund...
VIDEO: Tour the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in this sneak peek
 People got an eyeful during a sneak peek at the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds and Expo Center Monday night.  “I knew what this looked like before, and it’s amazing how much work they’ve done,” said Jacqueline Adkins of Germantown. “It’s great.”  Adkins’ children, like hundreds...

Posted: 22 days ago

People got an eyeful during a sneak peek at the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds and Expo Center Monday night.  “I knew what this looked like before, and it’s amazing how much work they’ve done,” said Jacqueline Adkins of Germantown. “It’s great.”  Adkins’ children, like hundreds...
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