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These current, ex-Dayton employees face corruption charges in FBI probe
 Three former local politicians are facing corruption and fraud charges linked to contracts with the city of Dayton, according to federal court documents unsealed on Tuesday, April 30. Those charged include former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams; former state representative Clayton Luckie; former Huber Heights council member and...

Posted: 18 days ago

Three former local politicians are facing corruption and fraud charges linked to contracts with the city of Dayton, according to federal court documents unsealed on Tuesday, April 30. Those charged include former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams; former state representative Clayton Luckie; former Huber Heights council member and...
FEDERAL INVESTIGATION: Who is RoShawn Winburn?
 RoShawn Winburn, 45, is the business and technical assistant administrator for the Dayton Human Relations Council. The city paid him $73,983 last year in a similar position. Winburn is among those named in federal indictments unsealed Tuesday. According to the indictment, Winburn had access to confidential, non-public information from the...

Posted: 18 days ago

RoShawn Winburn, 45, is the business and technical assistant administrator for the Dayton Human Relations Council. The city paid him $73,983 last year in a similar position. Winburn is among those named in federal indictments unsealed Tuesday. According to the indictment, Winburn had access to confidential, non-public information from the...
FEDERAL INVESTIGATION: Who is Clayton Luckie?
 Clayton Luckie, 55, was among four Dayton officials and former officials named in federal corruption indictments unsealed Tuesday. Those charged include former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams; Luckie; former Huber Heights council member and Dayton city employee RoShawn Winburn; and local businessman Brian Higgins.  According to...

Posted: 18 days ago

Clayton Luckie, 55, was among four Dayton officials and former officials named in federal corruption indictments unsealed Tuesday. Those charged include former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams; Luckie; former Huber Heights council member and Dayton city employee RoShawn Winburn; and local businessman Brian Higgins.  According to...
FEDERAL INVESTIGATION: Who is Joey Williams?
 Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams was indicted on federal corruption charges today, according to court documents. Williams is a Dayton native who served on the Dayton School Board and Dayton City Commission. An executive with KeyBank, Williams abruptly resigned his seat on the city commission in February 2018, shortly after winning...

Posted: 18 days ago

Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams was indicted on federal corruption charges today, according to court documents. Williams is a Dayton native who served on the Dayton School Board and Dayton City Commission. An executive with KeyBank, Williams abruptly resigned his seat on the city commission in February 2018, shortly after winning...
Ex-Dayton commissioner, state lawmaker arrested; more arrests coming, feds say
 A covert, long-term investigation by federal agents into suspected public corruption in the Dayton area led to federal charges Tuesday against a former Dayton city commissioner and three other men.  Charges involve allegations of wrong-doing starting in 2014
The indictments include charges of bribery, fraud and contract steering
The...

Posted: 19 days ago

A covert, long-term investigation by federal agents into suspected public corruption in the Dayton area led to federal charges Tuesday against a former Dayton city commissioner and three other men.  Charges involve allegations of wrong-doing starting in 2014 The indictments include charges of bribery, fraud and contract steering The...
New payday lending law to save consumers $75M
 Ohio’s new payday lending law took effect Saturday, ending more than a decade of high-cost loans and quick credit for roughly 1 million Ohioans who find themselves in a financial pinch each year. The new law is expected to save Ohioans $75 million annually in fees and interest, according to consumer advocates. The new law set April...

Posted: 20 days ago

Ohio’s new payday lending law took effect Saturday, ending more than a decade of high-cost loans and quick credit for roughly 1 million Ohioans who find themselves in a financial pinch each year. The new law is expected to save Ohioans $75 million annually in fees and interest, according to consumer advocates. The new law set April...
Ohio schools challenged by vaccine exemptions, data challenges
 Ohio medical professionals are warning measles is likely to return to Ohio because incidents in the U.S. have reached their highest rate in 25 years. There have been close to 700 confirmed cases and outbreaks in neighboring Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky. The highly contagious virus is vaccine preventable; the outbreaks are largely attributed...

Posted: 21 days ago

Ohio medical professionals are warning measles is likely to return to Ohio because incidents in the U.S. have reached their highest rate in 25 years. There have been close to 700 confirmed cases and outbreaks in neighboring Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky. The highly contagious virus is vaccine preventable; the outbreaks are largely attributed...
Convicted scammer’s case held up as example of need for leniency
 John Schlosser has already served 24 years of a 40- to 58-year prison sentence. He was convicted of running a telemarketing scam that defrauded 11 victims of less than $2,000 combined in Montgomery County. Montgomery County prosecutors alleged more than 2,000 people were victimized, but harm to those customers was never proven at trial. Schlosser&rsquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

John Schlosser has already served 24 years of a 40- to 58-year prison sentence. He was convicted of running a telemarketing scam that defrauded 11 victims of less than $2,000 combined in Montgomery County. Montgomery County prosecutors alleged more than 2,000 people were victimized, but harm to those customers was never proven at trial. Schlosser&rsquo...
Gov. DeWine wants stronger penalties for distracted driving in Ohio
 Ohio needs more driver education, stiffer penalties and stronger laws to address distracted driving — behavior that led to nearly 80,000 crashes on Ohio roads since 2013, state officials said Thursday. Dialing the phone, texting, eating, putting on make up or other distracted driving activities should be “as culturally unacceptable...

Posted: 23 days ago

Ohio needs more driver education, stiffer penalties and stronger laws to address distracted driving — behavior that led to nearly 80,000 crashes on Ohio roads since 2013, state officials said Thursday. Dialing the phone, texting, eating, putting on make up or other distracted driving activities should be “as culturally unacceptable...
Ohio considering automatic voter registration
 Secretary of State Frank LaRose on Wednesday pledged to study how to switch Ohio to automatic voter registration, similar to systems used in more than a dozen states. Anytime citizens interact with state government — paying taxes, getting a fishing license, renewing a driver license or other transaction — they’d be automatically...

Posted: 24 days ago

Secretary of State Frank LaRose on Wednesday pledged to study how to switch Ohio to automatic voter registration, similar to systems used in more than a dozen states. Anytime citizens interact with state government — paying taxes, getting a fishing license, renewing a driver license or other transaction — they’d be automatically...
Boy performs at bar, now Ohio lawmaker wants to ban child drag shows
 An Ohio 9-year-old boy performing in drag at a Lancaster bar prompted an Ohio lawmaker to introduce a bill to expand the definition of child endangerment. State Rep. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, introduced House Bill 180 to prohibit a performance in a bar where a child simulates sexual activity. The business could lose its liquor license and...

Posted: 25 days ago

An Ohio 9-year-old boy performing in drag at a Lancaster bar prompted an Ohio lawmaker to introduce a bill to expand the definition of child endangerment. State Rep. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, introduced House Bill 180 to prohibit a performance in a bar where a child simulates sexual activity. The business could lose its liquor license and...
Boy performs at Ohio bar, now lawmaker wants to ban child drag shows
 A Toledo area 9-year-old boy performing in drag at a Lancaster bar prompted an Ohio lawmaker to introduce a bill to expand the definition of child endangerment. State Rep. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, introduced House Bill 180 to prohibit a performance in a bar where a child simulates sexual activity. The business could lose its liquor license...

Posted: 25 days ago

A Toledo area 9-year-old boy performing in drag at a Lancaster bar prompted an Ohio lawmaker to introduce a bill to expand the definition of child endangerment. State Rep. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, introduced House Bill 180 to prohibit a performance in a bar where a child simulates sexual activity. The business could lose its liquor license...
Ohioans could be charged more fees in their electric bill
 Environmentalists and consumer advocates on Tuesday warned that a bill pending in the Ohio House would pile more costs onto consumers and stifle renewable energy and conservation programs. House Bill 6 calls for charging electric customers across Ohio new fees — about $300 million a year — and giving the money to businesses that...

Posted: 25 days ago

Environmentalists and consumer advocates on Tuesday warned that a bill pending in the Ohio House would pile more costs onto consumers and stifle renewable energy and conservation programs. House Bill 6 calls for charging electric customers across Ohio new fees — about $300 million a year — and giving the money to businesses that...
Tattoo artists and body piercers in Ohio may soon require a state license
 Professional tattoo and body piercing artists would face statewide training standards and pay a $250 annual licensing fee, if a proposal embedded in the state budget bill becomes law. Ohio Department of Health spokesman J.C. Benton said health officials have been advocating for the changes for several years as more Ohioans decide to get inked...

Posted: 26 days ago

Professional tattoo and body piercing artists would face statewide training standards and pay a $250 annual licensing fee, if a proposal embedded in the state budget bill becomes law. Ohio Department of Health spokesman J.C. Benton said health officials have been advocating for the changes for several years as more Ohioans decide to get inked...
Gov. DeWine issues warning on vaping, wants to raise smoking age
 Gov. Mike DeWine and his top administrators on Wednesday took aim at the scourge of youth smoking and vaping, calling for Ohio to increase the purchase age for tobacco and vape products to 21. “The e-cigarette industry is targeting the next generation with highly addictive fruit- and candy-flavored nicotine products,” said Ohio...

7:00 PM Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine and his top administrators on Wednesday took aim at the scourge of youth smoking and vaping, calling for Ohio to increase the purchase age for tobacco and vape products to 21. “The e-cigarette industry is targeting the next generation with highly addictive fruit- and candy-flavored nicotine products,” said Ohio...
Small town speed traps: Where are they in the Dayton region?
 The ACLU of Ohio identified 51 municipalities where motorists are nearly five times more likely to get a traffic ticket than they are in major metro areas. In “Off the Records: Profiteering and Misconduct in Ohio’s Mayor’s Courts,” a new report released this week, the civil liberties group crunched 2016 ticket data...

6:35 PM Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2019

The ACLU of Ohio identified 51 municipalities where motorists are nearly five times more likely to get a traffic ticket than they are in major metro areas. In “Off the Records: Profiteering and Misconduct in Ohio’s Mayor’s Courts,” a new report released this week, the civil liberties group crunched 2016 ticket data...
ACLU Ohio reports mayor’s courts need reforms
 Mayor’s courts across Ohio operate with little oversight and have a financial incentive to wring revenue from drivers as a means of stocking the municipal coffers, according to a report issued Monday by the ACLU of Ohio. DID YOU KNOW THERE’S AN ELECTION MAY 7?: Find out what’s on your ballot in our voters guide The civil...

7:52 PM Monday, Apr. 15, 2019

Mayor’s courts across Ohio operate with little oversight and have a financial incentive to wring revenue from drivers as a means of stocking the municipal coffers, according to a report issued Monday by the ACLU of Ohio. DID YOU KNOW THERE’S AN ELECTION MAY 7?: Find out what’s on your ballot in our voters guide The civil...
How much money from new gas tax will local communities get for road fixes?
 Money from Ohio’s newly increased tax on gasoline and diesel fuel won’t start pouring in until October but local jurisdictions are already thinking about how many more roads they can repave and repair with the new money. “I think every mayor across the region is probably doing a cartwheel about that money,” said Dayton...

9:00 AM Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019

Money from Ohio’s newly increased tax on gasoline and diesel fuel won’t start pouring in until October but local jurisdictions are already thinking about how many more roads they can repave and repair with the new money. “I think every mayor across the region is probably doing a cartwheel about that money,” said Dayton...
Ohio consumers could pay $300M through electric bill fees under new plan
 Ohio consumers would pay $300 million through new fees in their electric bills to create a new pot of state money — more than half of which could go to bailout two nuclear power plants along Lake Erie. At a Friday press conference, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, detailed legislation he is pushing to eliminate surcharges...

7:46 PM Friday, Apr. 12, 2019

Ohio consumers would pay $300 million through new fees in their electric bills to create a new pot of state money — more than half of which could go to bailout two nuclear power plants along Lake Erie. At a Friday press conference, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, detailed legislation he is pushing to eliminate surcharges...
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine answers questions about ‘Heartbeat’ abortion law
 On Thursday, our reporters Lynn Hulsey and Laura Bischoff had an opportunity to ask Gov. Mike DeWine about the “Heartbeat” abortion bill he just signed. Here’s his answers to their questions: DeWine: “It will ultimately, if it’s sustained it would be sustained by the Supreme Court. Without change in...

11:33 PM Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019

On Thursday, our reporters Lynn Hulsey and Laura Bischoff had an opportunity to ask Gov. Mike DeWine about the “Heartbeat” abortion bill he just signed. Here’s his answers to their questions: DeWine: “It will ultimately, if it’s sustained it would be sustained by the Supreme Court. Without change in...
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