Austin Landing plan calls for signage changes to help traffic flow

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 11:18 AM

            Austin Landing’s developer plans to improve signage to improve navigation and traffic flow. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Austin Landing’s developer plans to improve signage to help patrons and improve traffic flow at the Miami Twp. mixed-use complex.

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A proposal approved this week by township trustees will allow VisCap Development to install signs that help navigation and alleviate traffic issues, long a concern at the 142-acre site off Interstate 75 and Austin Boulevard.

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“We have been focused for a while on the wayfinding so that people in cars, bicycles and pedestrians can have a better experience,” VisCap President Larry Dillin said. “Some of the circulation patterns have some challenges. One way we can help with that is improving the wayfinding and signage plan.”

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A plan approved in 2014 was more geared for vehicle traffic, according to the township.


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Dayton Catholic high schools to begin drug testing all students

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

The Chaminade Julienne soccer team practices on the newly opened Eagle Field next to Roger Glass Stadium at Longworth and Eaker Streets.  TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Two Dayton Catholic high schools will implement mandatory drug testing for all students.

Both Carroll High School and Chaminade Julienne High School are adding the mandatory drug tests as a part of a larger Health and Wellness Program, according to school officials.

Carroll’s policy change goes into effect during the 2017-18 school year; while Chaminade Julienne’s will begin in 2018-19.

Next year, CJ will offer the testing on a voluntary basis.

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Both schools say the program is not punitive in nature, but an opportunity to educate students and address addiction to drugs and alcohol at a young age. Only students who repeatedly test positive for substance abuse will be disciplined. 

The schools each cited the opiate epidemic in the country, as well as the Miami Valley in particular, as one reason for heightened concern. 

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“You can’t open the Dayton Daily News or turn on Channel 7 and not hear, unfortunately, really unfortunate stories about people who are overdosing on these very lethal drugs,” said Principal Matt Sableski of Carroll High School. 

Chaminade Julienne Principal John Marshall told this news organization he hopes the extra year will give the school ample time to address any concerns parents may have during the transitional stage.  

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Carroll and CJ are the first in the Miami Valley to require drug testing of all students, but they follow the direction of a handful of other private high schools in the state. As the law currently stands, public schools can only require testing of students involved in extra-curricular activities.

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Testimony underway for teen accused of murder in Fairmont student’s shooting death

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:53 AM

UPDATE @ 12:36 p.m. (May 24):

Montgomery County Juvenile Court psychologist Dr. Laura Fujimura testified for more this an hour, saying her investigation has shown several counseling attempts dating back to 2012 have failed.

Since being charged in Bowers' shooting, his lack of willingness to work with juvenile court counselors has continued.

She said Gregory has expressed a sense of entitlement, which she called "a relatively consistent theme" with him.

"An individual who has an air of entitlement doesn't readily accept the consequences or punishment" for their actions, she said.

Fujimura was one of three witnesses to testify for the prosecution this morning.

Fairmont High School Unit Principal Andrew White told the court Gregory was put into a special program at the school, initially because of academic issues.

The teen later experienced behavioral issues, he said.

But White said Gregory was not in a situation where expulsion was considered.

UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m. (May 24):

A woman who lives on the street where a Fairmont High School student was fatally shot Sept. 4 today described hearing what sounded like s gunshot that night.

Colleen Mallory of Willowdale Avenue testified she called 911 shortly after seeing a girl running from a car driven by Ronnie Bowers.

Mallory said she went out to the street and called 911 after hearing a "boom and a bang."

"It was very quick," she said.

Mallory said she later went to the drivers side of the car, saw blood and glass on Bowers, and touched his neck to check for a pulse.


A hearing is scheduled today that will decide if a 17-year-old will be tried as an adult on murder and other charges in the death of a Kettering Fairmont High School student.

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Prosecutors are seeking to try Kylen Jamal Gregory as an adult in the Sept. 4 shooting death of Ronnie Bowers.

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More than 25,000 Graco car seats recalled after failing portion of crash safety test

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:27 PM

Popular Atlanta-based car seat company Graco announced a recall of more than 25,000 of its products manufactured in the summer of 2014.

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The webbing on the seats’ harness restraints on select My Ride 65 convertible car seats did not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s federal requirements for breaking strength in its dynamic crash simulation, the company said in a press release.

According to the NHTSA’s safety recall report, the breaking strength for two samples of webbing were found to be less than the required 11,000 N strength.

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“In the event of a serious motor vehicle crash, the harness webbing restraining the child may break resulting in a child not being properly restrained,” the report included.

According to Graco, 25,494 My Ride 65 convertible car seats produced from May to August 2014 are affected.

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Here’s a full list of model numbers (with a webbing tag code of 2014/06) included in the My Ride 65 recall:

  • 1908152
  • 1813074
  • 1872691
  • 1853478
  • 1871689
  • 1877535
  • 1813015
  • 1794334

If your car seat’s model numbers do not have a webbing tag code of 2014/06, they are not affected by the recall.

You can also check if your car seat is affected by entering the model number, manufacturing date and webbing tag code on Graco’s online replacement form.

“Over the past 60 years, safety has been and will continue to be our priority at Graco,” a company spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said they are currently notifying affected customers and offering free replacement kits with new harness restraints.

Wright State Police K-9 retiring from duty

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Wright State Police will honor police K-9 Galli during a special ceremony at the university’s Hearth Lounge in the Student Union Wednesday.

K-9 Galli will be retiring from the department and served the Wright State Police Department as the first explosive detection canine for the university.

Sgt. Kurt Holden is K-9 Galli’s handler.

“She was highly requested to assist other agencies and universities,” according to a statement from the university.  “In addition, she was requested to assist the FBI and Secret Service on multiple occasions for low-level and high-level Homeland Security operations.”

The ceremony is being held between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.