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Piqua Commission approves $42 million wastewater project

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 23:11

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) — The Piqua City Commission has voted unanimously on two resolutions to expand and upgrade the wastewater treatment plant.

When the $42 million project is complete, it will prevent waste water from spilling into the Great Miami River.

One resolution approved a contract to a company to complete the project. This resolution allows the city to receive a loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Department of Environmental Financial Assistance for the project, according to our partners at the Piqua Daily Call.

The expansion and upgrade is needed to comply with a mandate from the EPA to eliminate sanitary sewer overflow, where untreated sewer water spills into the Great Miami River. Piqua Wastewater Superintendent Chris Melvin says this happens when the area receives heavy rain, forcing the water to rise rapidly.

“Of course, no one wants that in their water, because there are communities that have the Great Miami as a water source,” Melvin said. “So, obviously, we don’t want anything contaminated in that water.”

Melvin says the project is on pace to meet the EPA’s deadline of February 20, 2020.

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Ohio Appellate Court denies Kinner appeal

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:58

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Ohio Appellate Court has rejected an appeal by the mother of a 2-year-old girl beaten to death in 2015.

Rebekah Kinner appealed her 11-year prison sentence, which she received for her role int he death of her daughter Kinsley.

She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in May of 2016 for allowing her boyfriend to beat the 2-year-old to death.

In her appeal, Kinner’s lawyer argued the court made an error in imposing a maximum sentence.

But, the Appellate Court ruled the judge issued a sentence that was supported by the facts of the case.

Kinner’s boyfriend, Bradley Young, is serving 15 years to life for the beating death of Kinsley after a jury found him guilty of murder in October of 2016.


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The public crucifixion of Dunbar Coach Darren Powell

Esrati - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 21:29

The DPS board meeting was not streamed. And the end of my video will be the camera locked in, wide- because I was asked to leave by security.

Dr. Adil Baguirov was excused at the beginning because he was “traveling.” It’s probably the reason the tech steering committee meeting was cancelled today as well. Sadly, no staff is capable of running that meeting, because, well, there is no IT director for the district right now thanks to the Fall RIF.

This was a night for speeches. Board Member McManus was scheduled to speak before public comments- for a special presentation, but at the last minute, it was moved to after public comment. Yet, Joe Lacey got to make an unscheduled ramble about how important teachers are- because the house was once again packed with them- all wondering why contract negotiations were at a standstill.

Former DPS teacher “Mr. U”- Brian Urquhart got up and had the audience joining in – “it doesn’t buy the groceries, it doesn’t pay the bills” to address the lack of a contract.

I got up and apologized for interrupting the board meeting last week- because they couldn’t stay on topic, asking why teachers had lesson plans, and the board didn’t. I gave them an “F” and called for the board to get an independent parliamentarian to guide them- pointing out “new business” is for voting items- not for speeches, and that the superintendent is who they address- not staff. I questioned how 4 Stivers teachers are resigning- as well as her Chief Academic Officer- and how they can spend so much on legal fees- but still not have a negotiating team at the table.

One teacher in attendance wrote this on Facebook “Get out the BBQ sauce, because David Esrati just grilled the DPSBOE.”

But, the more interesting part was the McManus ramble of our refined Southern Gentleman- who had had enough of Board members working in the dark. He asked for a clear strategic plan, and regular updates on how we’re moving toward goals. It took a while, but it was clear by the end that he felt bamboozled by the Superintendent and the Treasurer on both the RIF and the Marketing Contract fiasco. It wasn’t fire and brimstone of one of our black ministers, but, for John McManus it was an epic earful. Considering at least 3 and probably 4 seats will be occupied by someone else come January, it was pretty clear that this superintendent better learn how to inform the board better or she may be gone.

Then came the HR vote. That four teachers were leaving Stivers was unheard of. It wasn’t mentioned. What did happen is Joe Lacey asked for line 91 to be voted separately. Since Board Doc’s is worthless on mobile- I had to ask Dayton Daily news reporter Jeremy Kelley to confirm what I thought line 91 was – and it was the supplemental contract to hire Darren Powell as coach of the Dunbar football team for next fall. The role was called, Ron Lee abstained, later blaming it on his many absences. McManus, Walker, Rountree voted yes, Lacey voted no and then Taylor voted no. Lacey chimed in “it takes 4 to hire” and just like that- Darren Powell was publicly crucified for a whole bunch of peoples failures- including district Athletic Director LaMark Baker, who according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association was the primary party in the Dunbar/Belmont fiasco. The same Mark Baker that got a rushed 2 year contract a few months ago- before the ink on the reports was dry.

That they hired Belmont Coach/AD Earl White back to both positions just previous once again points to the failures of the DPS HR Department. The jobs were all specifically posted to exclude that possibility, making the entire athletic contract awards process tainted. Is it any wonder the board just allocated a quarter of a million plus for outside legal counsel. They know they’re going to need it.

After the vote, I got in trouble. I asked, “So who is going to be the Dunbar football coach?” Legitimate question. No response had me asking again. Because, well, you can’t have a team without a coach, and practice is NOW. This is a question the Superintendent should have had an answer for. This is proof that this board doesn’t respect their Superintendent by hanging her out to dry on her choice for head coach.

Many believe this entire mess was the final straw for Dr. Markay Winston, and why she resigned.

Needless to say, no one answered. But Rountree made a speech, Lee made excuses, and, if Walker said anything, I don’t remember it- possibly because I was talking on Mr. U’s phone to coach Powell’s father- outside the room.

Lawsuits may come, another coach may be named, but, all that vote did was screw the kids at Dunbar out of a coach, and leave the program in the midst of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Exactly the wrong three words you want to hear when running anything, unless your goal is to run it into the ground.

Hopefully, I’ll have video up tomorrow.

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Cheering 1st day of summer? Not in Phoenix with 120 expected

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:51

PHOENIX (AP) — The first day of summer brought some of the worst heat the Southwest U.S. has seen in years, forcing flights to be canceled, straining the power grid and making life miserable for workers toiling in temperatures that reached 120 degrees or higher in some desert cities.

Arizona, Nevada and California saw dramatic temperatures Tuesday as researchers say deadly heat waves like this one were going to grow more frequent.

The forecast called for a high of 120 degrees (49 degrees Celsius) in Phoenix, which it hasn’t seen in more than two decades. Death Valley, California, reached 125 and Palm Springs hit 121, still a degree lower than the same day last year.

The operator of California’s power grid called on people to conserve electricity during peak hours.

Workers at a construction site in a Phoenix suburb huddled under an excavator to find a sliver of a shade during a break. At another building site, men in hard hats and yellow vests labored and sweated in the heat, downing water to stay hydrated. Project superintendent Tommy Russell says his company has held weekly safety meetings to prepare for the heat, and he will send his workers home if it hits 120.

Las Vegas also baked. Visitors tried to stay inside air-conditioned casinos, and some tourists lugged packs of bottled water around the Strip. Others went to a bar where the temperature is set at 23 degrees and glasses, walls and seats are sculpted from ice.

Tonya and Lavonda Williams traveled to Sin City from Orlando, Florida, to see the Backstreet Boys in concert. Walking on the Strip in 112 degrees was too much to handle, even for people accustomed to heat.

“This is like the oven door is open,” Lavonda Williams said as the sisters walked from a pedestrian bridge into The Palazzo casino-resort.

“It’s too hot to even drink alcohol,” Tonya Williams added.

Landscaper Juan Guadalupe scaled a spindly palm tree more than 50 feet tall in Phoenix, using a chain saw to hack the branches. He didn’t mind being tethered to a tall tree because he occasionally catches a cool breeze.

“Down here, it’s hot,” Guadalupe said.

With cooling and hydration stations in full swing across the region, hundreds flocked to Grace Lutheran Church in Phoenix for water and refuge.

“We have homeless people come from a long way to sit here,” longtime volunteer Moses Elder said. “There are other spots where you can go get cold water and sit down and cool off, but there are few places you can lay down and get something to eat.”

Phoenix has hit 120 only three times in recorded history. The record high was 122 degrees on June 26, 1990.

In Palm Springs, Jim Brooks only had to walk 50 yards from his car to a burger restaurant but felt like he nearly melted in the process.

“I almost didn’t think lunch would be worth it,” the 30-year-old told the Desert Sun newspaper. “I was sort of hitting myself for leaving home. I have air conditioning there.”

The weather comes as new research found that nearly one in three people now experience 20 days a year when the heat reaches deadly levels. The study of nearly 2,000 deadly heat waves worldwide since 1980 was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

In the Southwest U.S., the heat has caused several problems this week.

In addition to grounding more than 40 flights of smaller planes, airlines have been taking other measures on larger jets to reduce their weight. American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said the carrier began limiting sales on some flights to prevent the planes from exceeding maximum weight for safe takeoff in the hot conditions.

The main burn center in Phoenix warned people to be careful around car interiors and pavement and with their pets.

About 50 people went a PetSmart store in a Phoenix suburb Tuesday to receive free elastic booties to put on their pets’ paws so they don’t burn on concrete and pavement.

Shelby Barnes, 48, picked up three sets of the booties for her dogs. She said she yells at people who walk their dogs without them in the afternoon heat.

“If you can’t put your foot on the sidewalk, neither can they,” she said.

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Greene County crews on the scene of a reported water rescue in Bellbrook - WKEF ABC 22

Local News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:50

Greene County crews on the scene of a reported water rescue in Bellbrook
TROTWOOD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Montgomery County has been receiving international attention, but it isn't positive news making headlines. The opioid crisis has hit the area hard, putting the county in the spotlight for being number one in the U.S. for ...

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Body of teen missing in river found

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:37

BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) – The search for a missing swimmer ended Wednesday in Bellbrook.

Search crews located the body of the 17-year-old who had been missing since Tuesday night in the Little Miami River.

Breaking: the body of 17yo D'James Moore has been found. He went missing in the Little Miami River. @WDTN

— Dana Smith (@DanaSmithWDTN) June 21, 2017

Multiple agencies were called to the Little Miami River, near Bellbrook Canoe Rental, Tuesday night to assist in the search.  Bellbrook Fire Chief Jim Neidhard said they received the call requesting a water rescue at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday

Dive crews scoured the water searching for the missing young man for several hours.

According to witnesses, a group of approximately 15 teens were rope swinging in the Little Miami River when the missing teen tried to walk across the water carrying a backpack and went under.

Friends who were with him at the time of the accident told 2 NEWS one of his close friends jumped in the water to help him, but he never came back up.  They said the 17-year-old is a Bellbrook High School student.

“It was something funny until we realized that it wasn’t,” said Mark Head, a friend of the missing teen.

“We pushed him over to the log, and then he just let go,” said Autumn Taylor, one of the teen’s friends.

“It’s just not something you’d expect to happen to you and your friends,” Head said. “It’s just like looking at a movie in health class or just an after school special thing.”

2 NEWS is continuing to follow this story and will have all the latest infotmation throughout the day on and on 2 NEWS starting with Five On 2.

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Officers: Shooter died in Butler County shooting

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:12

Authorities are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in St. Clair Township.

Butler County Sheriff Deputy Richard Jones said deputies responded to an active shooter Tuesday.

Deputies were called to Jackson Road in St. Clair Township at the railroad tracks.

WLWT Photo

Officials say the shooter was shooting at a moving train.

Officials say the suspect fled the scene but was quickly found by the deputies.

According to the press release, deputies and the shooter exchanged fire and the shooter died.

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Overgrown ditches lead police to suspected pot grow in Trumbull County

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:53

BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – What started as a Trumbull County man’s demand that the Ohio Department of Transportation not trim the ditches in his yard ended in a pot bust, according to the drug task force.

ODOT workers were trimming cattails in ditches in the 2100 block of State Route 87 in Bloomfield Tuesday morning.

Trumbull Ashtabula Group Commander Capt. Tony Villanueva said they found several signs warning them not to maintain the growth, including one that said, “Mow ditches, get stitches.”

They called the Ohio State Highway Patrol, whose troopers smelled marijuana in the area and saw a suspected pot plant.

Highway Patrol called TAG, which got a search warrant. Officers found 11 one-gallon buckets full of suspected marijuana.

They also found eight guns, 25 large plastic containers of suspected marijuana, 29 plants growing inside the house, and they pulled at least 19 plants out of land on his property.

No charges have been filed yet because law enforcement is waiting for the plants to dry out and be sent to a lab to be weighed.

The search was a joint effort between Highway Patrol’s strategic response team, TAG, and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, who brought a drone out to assist.

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ONLY ON 2: Newly formed Justice Committee tours Montgomery Co. Jail - WDTN

Local News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:51


ONLY ON 2: Newly formed Justice Committee tours Montgomery Co. Jail
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An 8 person Justice committee featuring a rabbi, doctor, multiple civil rights leaders and a former police chief toured the Montgomery County Jail amidst civil rights law suits. Several people on the committee have never been ...

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ONLY ON 2: Newly formed Justice Committee tours Montgomery Co. Jail

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:50

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An 8 person Justice committee featuring a rabbi, doctor, multiple civil rights leaders and a former police chief toured the Montgomery County Jail amidst civil rights law suits.

Several people on the committee have never been inside a jail until today.

The goal was to see first hand where the allegations of misconduct and excessive force happened.


The tour lasted about 2 hours.

When the group returned, they discussed how they thought the staff and inmates got along and they also expressed some shock in regards to the inmates living quarters.

In a debrief the justice committee talked about the possibility of hiring an independent consultant to look at the jail and give them professional feedback.

Sheriff Plummer joined the debrief later and voiced his concern about having an independent evaluation.

Dr. Gary LeRoy co-chairs the committee and explains the situation:

“Part of us thought. OK they are going to come in and tell the committee what to do. They are going to make recommendations of what the sheriff department should do. When others of us said somebody needs to give us the administrative support and assistance before doing the job we have to do. Putting together a final report.”

There was no decision made on whether or not the committee would bring on an independent consultant.

That decision could come when the committee meets in July.


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House fire makes a dent in home

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:15

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Dispatchers received a call Tuesday evening about a house fire on Travis Drive.

Riverside crews and mutual aid crews were at the scene.

(WDTN Photo/ Justin Kraus)

As the Riverside Fire Crew arrived at the scene, Riverside Fire Department Chief Shon Smith said everyone that was in the house got out safely and did not have any injuries.

Smith said the fire was in already in the walls when we walked around the house.

Officials guess the house damage is around $30,000 to $50,000.

Officials are working with the Red Cross to have a place for the family to stay the night.

Smith says investigators are still figuring out how the fire started.


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Thousands of volunteers work to ensure air show goes off without a hitch

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:14

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – This weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show took months of planning and thousands of volunteers to ensure the event is a success.

Officials say more than two thousand volunteers from all over the country come together to make sure the event goes off without a hitch.

Heidi Tigchelaar, who’s in charge of the air show’s crew center said the event is a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

“We have over 2,000 volunteers who are on the ground during the show,” she said.

“Anything from air ops, ground ops, maintenance, tent set up, media, hospitality… ice and water distribution – that’s just to name a few off the top of my head.”

Everything from getting the planes and performers to the airshow to securing food vendors and security all falls in the hands of volunteers.

The event’s coordinator Chris Eberly said planning occurs months in advance.

“After the show I probably have a couple months off and then we’re already into making contacts and planning for next year’s show, so for me it’s gotten to the point of almost year round,”

The US Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining this year’s show which will also feature an all-woman skydiving team, war re-enactments and demonstrations, and sky-typers who create smoke messages.

The volunteers say it takes a lot of work to make the air show happen, but the long hours have turned the volunteers into tight knit community.

Tigchelaar said: “Everyone got a can-do attitude and a let’s-get-it-done, let’s do it professionally, and let’s also have a ton of fun. So that’s why I’m here because it is so much fun.”

Elberly added: “There’s so many people here that’s I’ve been working with for a long period of time and it’s gotten to be – it’s like a close family.”


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Dayton air show warns about heat exhaustion at this weekend’s event

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:14

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Hundreds of police officers and medical personnel will be on the ground at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show to make sure the thousands of people in the crowd don’t run into any problems.

Medical and security personnel say heat-related health emergencies and missing children are the most common problems at the air show, but there are steps everyone can take to stay safe and enjoy themselves.

The event’s medical operations manager, Bill Mangas advises: “Make sure they wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, hats and sunglasses are always good, make sure they apply sunblock with an SPF of 40 or greater, and remember you’re going to have to reapply that throughout the day, and hydration’s the key to avoiding heat exhaustion”

Officials say on average around 50 people a day need some sort of medical treatment – usually due to heat exhaustion.

About five or six of that number get sent to the hospital.

The airshow will have around 100 medical staff on hand and two first aid tents.

Several ambulances and paramedics will be on stand by, from 18 fire agencies and nine law enforcement agencies.

Over the past decade, they’ve only had one arrest at the air show.

“More than anything else. We’ll have lost parents,” the air show’s public safety coordinator Roger Doctor said.

“We have the kid – he’s not lost, but the parents aren’t there. And of course when you lose your child in a large crowd – that’s something that’s pretty terrifying to parents and so we have a great protocol here.”

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Raiders youth baseball camp is a hit

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:57

FAIRBORN, Ohio – The first of three Future Raider baseball camps is taking place at Wright State’s Nischwitz Stadium.

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Police: Chesapeake city employee clocked in for work and left for another job

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:37

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A city employee is off the job and facing three felony embezzlement charges after investigators say he pulled paychecks from two jobs in two cities at the same time.

Quentin Matthews, 33, clocked in for work at the Parks and Recreation Department and then left for a second gig in Norfolk, according to court documents.

A city spokesman says he worked as a Recreation Specialist II since July 1, 2015. His last day of work was June 1.

Investigators filed search warrants pertaining to Matthews in April. The warrants say his supervisor noticed him missing during work hours.

At some point, the city suspended him as the investigation continued.

Court documents say Matthews would leave the building after clocking in and couldn’t be found until he clocked out at the end of the day.

When a supervisor approached him, an investigator wrote, “Matthews confessed to not being at work when he was clocked in for work.”

Police say time cards show that on at least five days, Matthews was working at the Joan and Ray Kroc Center in Norfolk during hours he was getting paid by the City of Chesapeake.

10 On Your Side stopped by Matthews’ home two times for comment. He didn’t answer. He lives just across the street from the Kroc Center.

Jail records show police arrested him on three felony embezzlement charges May 30.

The city says his last day with the Parks and Recreation Department was June 1.

10 On Your Side is still working to get a response from the Kroc Center. It’s unclear if they still employ Matthews.

Matthews’ attorney, Joseph Myers, did not want to comment on his defense, including the confession Matthews allegedly made to his supervisor.

A trial is set for Aug. 1.

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Coroner’s office confirms they will not perform an autopsy on Otto Warmbier’s body

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:19

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) – The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office confirms that they will honor the family’s objection to perform an autopsy on Otto Warmbier.

The coroner’s office said only an external examination was performed.

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center and AeroMed Management Group examined medical records and conversations about Otto Warmbier’s treamtment took place.

The coroner’s office said conclusions about the cause and manner of Otto Warmbier’s death have not been drawn.

In addition, the coroner’s office said there are more medical records to examine, images to review and people to interview.

The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office offers its deepest sympathies to Otto Warmbier’s family and friends.


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Man taken to hospital after truck rolls and pins him against a trailer

WDTN News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:00

GREENVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) –  A bizarre accident severely injured a man in Greenville Tuesday morning.

Police were dispatched to the scene just before 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials said the call was about a man pinned between a semi truck and a trailer at the Beauty Systems Group. A driver at the scene found the man unconscious.

Investigators said they believe the victim was making a delivery to this location and he backed into a shipping container.

Police believe he got out to look at the damage of his truck and it rolled on him and pinned him against the trailer. The man was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

(WDTN Photo/ Catherine Ross)


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