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Report: OSU failed to act on reports of sexual misconduct; 177 students were abused
 Over the course of two decades, Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused 177 male students at Ohio State University and although administrators knew about the misconduct, it was not reported to law enforcement, according to a 232-page investigative report released Friday. “Investigators concluded that university personnel at the time had...

2:10 PM Friday, May. 17, 2019

Over the course of two decades, Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused 177 male students at Ohio State University and although administrators knew about the misconduct, it was not reported to law enforcement, according to a 232-page investigative report released Friday. “Investigators concluded that university personnel at the time had...
Former Ohio House speaker buys $330K house in Warren County amid federal investigation
 Former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger bought a $330,000 house in Warren County, purchased after his abrupt resignation amid a federal investigation into his interactions with payday lenders. He arranged a mortgage for all but $792 of the purchase price, according to Warren County public records. Mortgage Resources LLC — a private...

5:48 PM Wednesday, May. 15, 2019

Former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger bought a $330,000 house in Warren County, purchased after his abrupt resignation amid a federal investigation into his interactions with payday lenders. He arranged a mortgage for all but $792 of the purchase price, according to Warren County public records. Mortgage Resources LLC — a private...
Federal lawsuit filed to challenge Ohio’s heartbeat abortion ban law signed by DeWine
 The ACLU of Ohio and Planned Parenthood on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s heartbeat abortion ban law. The lawsuit seeks an order to prevent it from taking effect July 10 while the case is ongoing. The law, signed by Gov. Mike DeWine on April 11, would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat...

3:00 PM Wednesday, May. 15, 2019

The ACLU of Ohio and Planned Parenthood on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s heartbeat abortion ban law. The lawsuit seeks an order to prevent it from taking effect July 10 while the case is ongoing. The law, signed by Gov. Mike DeWine on April 11, would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat...
Can an abortion be reversed? Pro-life says yes, Pro-choice says it’s junk science
 Anti-abortion groups are taking aim at medication abortions, pushing for legislation that would require doctors to tell patients about the “abortion reversal pill” in case she changes her mind. Abortion-rights groups call it junk science. State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, and state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, will carry...

7:15 PM Tuesday, May. 14, 2019

Anti-abortion groups are taking aim at medication abortions, pushing for legislation that would require doctors to tell patients about the “abortion reversal pill” in case she changes her mind. Abortion-rights groups call it junk science. State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, and state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, will carry...
Some targets of Dayton corruption indictments faced bad debts
 The men indicted in a Dayton-area public corruption case have faced unpaid debts or financial problems over the years, according to a Dayton Daily News review of public records. The federal case is bringing new scrutiny to the finances, business interests and property holdings of former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams, former state...

2:49 PM Sunday, May. 12, 2019

The men indicted in a Dayton-area public corruption case have faced unpaid debts or financial problems over the years, according to a Dayton Daily News review of public records. The federal case is bringing new scrutiny to the finances, business interests and property holdings of former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams, former state...
Ohio House budget includes tax cuts, boost in minimum teacher pay
 The Ohio House voted 85-9 on Thursday in favor of a two-year state operating budget bill that is stocked with income tax breaks, tightening a business tax break, a boost in the minimum salary for Ohio teachers and more. House Bill 166, which runs 3,534-pages, lays out how Ohio will spend $69.8-billion in fiscal year 2020 and $71.7 billion...

7:05 PM Thursday, May. 09, 2019

The Ohio House voted 85-9 on Thursday in favor of a two-year state operating budget bill that is stocked with income tax breaks, tightening a business tax break, a boost in the minimum salary for Ohio teachers and more. House Bill 166, which runs 3,534-pages, lays out how Ohio will spend $69.8-billion in fiscal year 2020 and $71.7 billion...
Who else in Ohio has FBI squad in Dayton corruption case investigated?
 The FBI squad that arrested four prominent Dayton men last week has exposed public corruption schemes that included greedy politicians on the take, a fugitive making an international escape to Pakistan and a state trooper who groped and stalked women he stopped on Ohio roads. Some in the community have questioned if the indictments last week...

9:00 AM Thursday, May. 09, 2019

The FBI squad that arrested four prominent Dayton men last week has exposed public corruption schemes that included greedy politicians on the take, a fugitive making an international escape to Pakistan and a state trooper who groped and stalked women he stopped on Ohio roads. Some in the community have questioned if the indictments last week...
Convicted killers plead guilty in brutal attack on prison guard
 Three-time killer Casey Pigge and fellow inmate Greg Reinke each pleaded guilty in the brutal attack on a Lucasville prison guard Matthew Mathias, Scioto County Common Pleas Court records show. Pigge received an additional 32 years tacked onto his sentence while Reinke received 86 years. Both are incarcerated at the “super max&rdquo...

3:17 PM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

Three-time killer Casey Pigge and fellow inmate Greg Reinke each pleaded guilty in the brutal attack on a Lucasville prison guard Matthew Mathias, Scioto County Common Pleas Court records show. Pigge received an additional 32 years tacked onto his sentence while Reinke received 86 years. Both are incarcerated at the “super max&rdquo...
Records appear to show former Dayton Commissioner Williams omitted debt on state ethics filings
 The indictment this week of former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams on bribery charges has brought scrutiny on his financial disclosure forms that he was required to file while in office. A review of Williams’ Ohio Ethics Commission filings that he made while in office carry no mention of a large lawsuit that he and other investors...

1:01 AM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

The indictment this week of former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams on bribery charges has brought scrutiny on his financial disclosure forms that he was required to file while in office. A review of Williams’ Ohio Ethics Commission filings that he made while in office carry no mention of a large lawsuit that he and other investors...
Big money pushes for energy bill; consumer groups oppose it
 The push to bailout Ohio’s aging nuclear energy plants is taking to the airwaves with TV and radio spots running across the state and in neighboring Kentucky and West Virginia. Generation Now, a secretive political money group, is bankrolling the ad campaign, Federal Elections Commission records show. And the buys – more than...

8:51 PM Tuesday, May. 07, 2019

The push to bailout Ohio’s aging nuclear energy plants is taking to the airwaves with TV and radio spots running across the state and in neighboring Kentucky and West Virginia. Generation Now, a secretive political money group, is bankrolling the ad campaign, Federal Elections Commission records show. And the buys – more than...
Dayton minority assistance agency unavailable, contract pulled day after arrests
 The Ohio Development Services Agency sent a message to its business clients saying the Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center was unavailable at this time. The announcement came Tuesday, the same day as the arrest of former MBAC director RoShawn Winburn on corruption charges. Also charged were a former city commissioner, former...

7:40 PM Wednesday, May. 01, 2019

The Ohio Development Services Agency sent a message to its business clients saying the Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center was unavailable at this time. The announcement came Tuesday, the same day as the arrest of former MBAC director RoShawn Winburn on corruption charges. Also charged were a former city commissioner, former...
Gov. DeWine doesn’t believe there is a ‘culture of corruption’ in Dayton politics
 Gov. Mike DeWine, a lifelong Miami Valley resident, said he doesn’t believe there is a “culture of corruption” in Dayton area politics. “I really don’t. There are other parts of the state where we have seen it more,” said DeWine, who has been in local, state and federal politics since the 1970s. &ldquo...

6:17 PM Wednesday, May. 01, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine, a lifelong Miami Valley resident, said he doesn’t believe there is a “culture of corruption” in Dayton area politics. “I really don’t. There are other parts of the state where we have seen it more,” said DeWine, who has been in local, state and federal politics since the 1970s. &ldquo...
DAYTON CORRUPTION PROBE: Read the indictments here
 Three former local politicians and a businessman are facing corruption and fraud charges, some linked to contracts with the city of Dayton, according to federal indictments unsealed Tuesday. Indictments are allegations that prosecutors must prove in a court of law. Former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams IS charged with accepting bribes...

4:13 PM Wednesday, May. 01, 2019

Three former local politicians and a businessman are facing corruption and fraud charges, some linked to contracts with the city of Dayton, according to federal indictments unsealed Tuesday. Indictments are allegations that prosecutors must prove in a court of law. Former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams IS charged with accepting bribes...
Gov. DeWine calls for reform of Ohio Parole Board after DDN story
 Gov. Mike DeWine is taking steps to change how the Ohio Parole Board does business, making it more transparent, adding new members from different backgrounds, improving training and ordering new guidelines for how the board weighs inmate misconduct. “The reforms of the Parole Board are a work in progress. There is going to be more besides...

4:03 PM Wednesday, May. 01, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine is taking steps to change how the Ohio Parole Board does business, making it more transparent, adding new members from different backgrounds, improving training and ordering new guidelines for how the board weighs inmate misconduct. “The reforms of the Parole Board are a work in progress. There is going to be more besides...
6 things to know about Dayton corruption probe
 Three former local politicians and a businessman are facing corruption and fraud charges, some linked to contracts with the city of Dayton, according to federal court documents unsealed today. Here are six things to know about the case: 1. ‘Culture of corruption’: There “appears to be a culture of corruption in Dayton-area...

9:00 AM Wednesday, May. 01, 2019

Three former local politicians and a businessman are facing corruption and fraud charges, some linked to contracts with the city of Dayton, according to federal court documents unsealed today. Here are six things to know about the case: 1. ‘Culture of corruption’: There “appears to be a culture of corruption in Dayton-area...
Federal investigation: Who is Brian Higgins?
 Dayton-area businessman Brian Higgins is charged in federal court with fraud charges, according to an indictment unsealed today. The charges grew out of a public corruption investigation, according to federal prosecutors.  Higgins is a local private business entrepreneur who owned a restaurant and a dead body pick up service. In 2012...

9:36 PM Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019

Dayton-area businessman Brian Higgins is charged in federal court with fraud charges, according to an indictment unsealed today. The charges grew out of a public corruption investigation, according to federal prosecutors.  Higgins is a local private business entrepreneur who owned a restaurant and a dead body pick up service. In 2012...
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...

3:53 PM Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019

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...

3:38 PM Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019

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...

2:31 PM Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019

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...
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