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Sheriff won’t allow jail group to interview inmates
 Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer won’t allow consultants hired by a county advisory committee access to the jail to interview inmates about conditions behind bars. Plummer turned down the Justice Advisory Committee’s request in an Aug. 21 letter to Rabbi Bernard Barsky, the committee co-chair. The committee requested admission...

Posted: 17 days ago

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer won’t allow consultants hired by a county advisory committee access to the jail to interview inmates about conditions behind bars. Plummer turned down the Justice Advisory Committee’s request in an Aug. 21 letter to Rabbi Bernard Barsky, the committee co-chair. The committee requested admission...
County blind-sided by township’s push to share sales tax hike money
 Montgomery County is being urged to share money from its recently-approved sales tax increase with its nine townships. County officials say they were caught off guard by Miami Twp.’s proposal and the 0.25 percent sales tax hike that begins in October was never intended for direct revenue sharing. Miami Twp.’s resolution approved...

Posted: 19 days ago

Montgomery County is being urged to share money from its recently-approved sales tax increase with its nine townships. County officials say they were caught off guard by Miami Twp.’s proposal and the 0.25 percent sales tax hike that begins in October was never intended for direct revenue sharing. Miami Twp.’s resolution approved...
Central State medical pot lab will require more police, armored truck
 An application to the state shows a local university wants to develop the Central State Institute of Medical Marijuana, a multi-million-dollar lab that will test and research cannabis with guidance and capital from a Springfield company. The Central State facility also will require heavy security including four new campus cops and an armored...

Posted: 20 days ago

An application to the state shows a local university wants to develop the Central State Institute of Medical Marijuana, a multi-million-dollar lab that will test and research cannabis with guidance and capital from a Springfield company. The Central State facility also will require heavy security including four new campus cops and an armored...
Miami Twp. asks Montgomery County to share sales tax increase funds
 UPDATE @ 7:33 p.m.: The Miami Twp. trustees unanimously passed a resolution tonight asking Montgomery County to share income tax increase funds with townships.  Miami Twp.'s move seeks part of the 0.25 sales tax hike that takes effect Oct. 1.  "We are all united in our belief that it's an opportunity for the county to...

Posted: 21 days ago

UPDATE @ 7:33 p.m.: The Miami Twp. trustees unanimously passed a resolution tonight asking Montgomery County to share income tax increase funds with townships.  Miami Twp.'s move seeks part of the 0.25 sales tax hike that takes effect Oct. 1.  "We are all united in our belief that it's an opportunity for the county to...
New county administrator starting job on heels of tax, fee increases
 The new Montgomery County administrator takes over next week, and he is focused on stabilizing revenue. “The future for Montgomery County is great, but our goal right now is to shore up our revenue,” said Michael Colbert, the new Montgomery County administrator. “We can’t depend on things happening at the federal level...

Posted: 21 days ago

The new Montgomery County administrator takes over next week, and he is focused on stabilizing revenue. “The future for Montgomery County is great, but our goal right now is to shore up our revenue,” said Michael Colbert, the new Montgomery County administrator. “We can’t depend on things happening at the federal level...
Dayton Arcade project to get $1M boost from Montgomery County
 The historic downtown Dayton Arcade will be $1 million closer to re-opening if Montgomery County commissioners approve two resolutions today. Half the funding would go to the Arcade Innovation Hub anchored by the University of Dayton and The Entrepreneurs Center. The partnership is expected to create more than 400 jobs after it’s kicked...

Posted: 21 days ago

The historic downtown Dayton Arcade will be $1 million closer to re-opening if Montgomery County commissioners approve two resolutions today. Half the funding would go to the Arcade Innovation Hub anchored by the University of Dayton and The Entrepreneurs Center. The partnership is expected to create more than 400 jobs after it’s kicked...
John McCain: ‘Maverick’ moments in the Miami Valley
 The family of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, announced Friday the one-time presidential candidate will no longer receive treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.  “Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: He had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis...

Posted: 24 days ago

The family of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, announced Friday the one-time presidential candidate will no longer receive treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.  “Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: He had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis...
Coroner: 2 Montgomery County Jail inmates die from suicides
 Two Montgomery County Jail inmates died by suicide within a week of each other this month, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Nathan Griffith, 26, attempted suicide on Aug. 7 and died at Miami Valley Hospital on Aug. 13 due to an anoxic brain injury from hanging, according to the coroner. Jimmy Miller, 43, died from...

Posted: 25 days ago

Two Montgomery County Jail inmates died by suicide within a week of each other this month, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Nathan Griffith, 26, attempted suicide on Aug. 7 and died at Miami Valley Hospital on Aug. 13 due to an anoxic brain injury from hanging, according to the coroner. Jimmy Miller, 43, died from...
PHOTOS: Local Sears over the years
Sears announced Wednesday it will close its Dayton Mall location in Miami Twp. in November among 45 other locations nationwide. The announcement comes just less than two week before Elder-Beerman closes its location at the major Miami Twp. shopping center at 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road near Interstate 75.

Posted: 25 days ago

Sears announced Wednesday it will close its Dayton Mall location in Miami Twp. in November among 45 other locations nationwide. The announcement comes just less than two week before Elder-Beerman closes its location at the major Miami Twp. shopping center at 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road near Interstate 75.
Montgomery County jail needs better use of force policy, report says
 A consultant hired to assess conditions in the Montgomery County Jail revealed Tuesday that use of force incidents occur regularly. And while the jail has two use of force policies, neither provides clear guidance to corrections officers at the jail named in 13 lawsuits — two over deaths — for allegedly mistreating inmates. &ldquo...

Posted: 27 days ago

A consultant hired to assess conditions in the Montgomery County Jail revealed Tuesday that use of force incidents occur regularly. And while the jail has two use of force policies, neither provides clear guidance to corrections officers at the jail named in 13 lawsuits — two over deaths — for allegedly mistreating inmates. &ldquo...
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: 28 days 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...

10:40 AM Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

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...

10:53 AM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

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...

1:58 PM Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

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...

10:24 PM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

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...

10:27 AM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

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...

9:30 AM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

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...

2:52 PM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

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...

9:44 PM Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

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...

5:18 PM Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

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...
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