Dayton tax returns bounce back after postal error

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 11:14 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 7:26 PM

Dayton government officials blamed a postal error as the reason some city tax returns mailed to a PO box in Akron bounced back to senders as undeliverable.

Dayton individual income tax forms directed residents and workers to mail their tax returns to a postal box in Akron if they did not owe any additional taxes or requested a refund.

But at least 15 tax filers have said they had their letters returned as undeliverable, according to city estimates.

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The number could be higher — nearly 2,000 filers received refunds last year — but city officials believe the problem was limited to items postmarked on just one day.

The city said Friday the issue appears to be on the post office’s end and indicated the Akron office was looking into the matter.

The city instructed taxpayers whose returns could not be delivered to send the documents and the original mailing envelope directly to the city to avoid being counted as late.

David Van Allen, an Ohio spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said the PO box is active and accepting deliveries and a piece of mail that was returned and he reviewed appeared to result from an “anomalous” service error.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” he said.

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The city of Dayton on Friday posted a special notice on its website about tax returns mailed to PO Box 7999 in Akron. The notice was posted after this news organization contacted the city to inquire about potential issues.

The city received roughly 15 calls from taxpayers this week about their tax returns bouncing back, said Toni Bankston, city of Dayton spokeswoman.

The city uses a vendor in Akron to process refunds, and the vendor checked on the issue with the post office and indicated a small number of customers were affected, Bankston said.

The vendor confirmed Friday morning that mail was being accepted at the PO box as normal, the city and postal service said.

The issue evidently occurred on April 17, based on the postage stamps, Bankston said, but most returns sent to the Akron PO box were accepted and processed correctly.

In 2016, an estimated 27,235 tax returns were filed with the city of Dayton, which includes returns from both businesses and individual taxpayers, according to data obtained by this newspaper.

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The city issued more than 1,920 refunds to businesses and individuals last year, totalling about $2.6 million.

The impacted taxpayers will not be assessed a penalty or interest, but the returns should be mailed back within 15 days, Bankston said.

Citizens whose returns bounced back should mail their tax forms and the original envelopes they used to: City of Dayton, Division of Tax and Accounting, PO Box 2806, Dayton, OH, 45401.

Customers with mail concerns can call the U.S. Postal Service at 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Kettering home invasion victims indicted for marijuana cultivation

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Six months after a Kettering family suffered a home invasion, the victims are charged with drug crimes that police say led to the armed intrusion.

Bobby R. Napier, 36, and Anne K. Goodrich, 44, were indicted for felony illegal cultivation of marijuana and two counts of misdemeanor endangering children, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released Monday.

They are both ordered to appear July 11 for arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Kettering police were called to the family’s home around 12:20 a.m. Dec. 13, 2016, after the victims told police two armed, masked men forced their way inside. The two adults quickly became the focus of a police narcotics investigation after responding officers reported they found a marijuana grow operation inside the house, Kettering police officer John Jung said in December. There also were two children, ages 16 and 2, in the house. The drugs were the suspected reason for the targeted home invasion, Jung said.

It is not clear whether the intruders were identified or arrested.

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Police evidence crew in Dayton home where victim in shooting says he escaped kidnappers

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 7:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:12 PM

UPDATE @ 10:02 p.m.: A Dayton police evidence crew is processing a residence in the 400 block of West Hillcrest Avenue where a male wounded in a shooting said he had been a kidnapping victim, police Lt. Steven Bauer said.

The victim said he was shot in the arm, jumped through a window at West Hillcrest to escape and went to a relative's home on Rugby Road, where police were called.

Bauer said based on information from the victim, police went to the house on West Hillcrest. The Dayton SWAT team was called out to protect the citizens in the neighborhood, he said. 

After about 2-and-a-half hours, the SWAT team secured the house on West Hillcrest and an evidence crew is in the house. No one has been apprehended, but, Bauer said, police are looking for two brothers. 

The lieutenant said the victim has told police he knows his assailants and why he was kidnapped. Bauer said police do not believe the incident is gang related or involves drugs. 

If you know anything about what happened at West Hillcrest or on Rugby Road, you are asked to call police at 937-333-COPS (2677) or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.

UPDATE @ 9:39 p.m.:  

Police are opening up Hillcrest Avenue to traffic and apparently ending their SWAT operation at a residence on the same avenue.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.: 

Members of the Dayton SWAT team, with long rifles drawn and behind a shield, approached the front door of the home on West Hillcrest Avenue. 

They pounded on the door but did not breach. They backed off. 

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Earlier, police used a bullhorn in an effort to communication with two young men they believe are inside the residence. Police also played a very loud siren in an effort to disorient the people believed to be inside.


A Dayton police SWAT team was called tonight as part of an investigation into a shooting.

The special weapons and tactics team is at a house in the 400 block of West Hillcrest Avenue, and police are blocking multiple streets in the area.

The blockage and SWAT response is related to a shooting on Hillcrest Avenue, the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center confirmed. A man who was shot in the left forearm about 5:15 p.m. ran two blocks west to Rugby Road for help. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, police said. 

The SWAT team was called about 7 p.m. and is on scene as investigators attempt to search the residence. It has not been confirmed that anyone is in the home, but area residents said they believe at least one person is inside.

Inmate killed after attacking deputy at Nashville mall: reports

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

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An inmate was shot and killed Wednesday after authorities said he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired it at Nashville's 100 Oaks Mall, according to multiple reports.

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In a tweet around 2 p.m. local time, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Public health wants Dayton to raise smoking age to 21

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

            Dayton will be asked to raise the smoking age in the city to 21.

Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County plans to ask Dayton leaders to raise the smoking age in the city to 21 years old, following the lead of some other Ohio municipalities that have upped the legal age to buy tobacco products.

More than 220 cities in 16 states have increased the legal smoking age to 21 from 18, including Cleveland and Columbus, and most made the change in the last several years, according to advocacy groups.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said she would consider increasing the age limit for public health reasons, but she has not discussed the idea with the commission.

“We really need to get young people to stop smoking,” she said. “But tobacco at 21 is something that makes a lot of sense when you look at the cost-benefit analysis for people.”

Within a year, public health plans to ask the Dayton City Commission to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco by three years, said Bruce Barcelo, healthy lifestyles supervisor with public health, earlier today.

Lifetime smokers on average have their lives cut short by 10 years, and 52 Ohioans die every day from tobacco related diseases, he said.

The region has made some significant strides to deter tobacco use, Barcelo said.

Greater Dayton Premier Management is prohibiting smoking and tobacco use at its properties. Nearly all public schools are 100 percent tobacco free, and Sinclair Community College is now also tobacco free.

Central State University already prohibits smoking on its campus, and Wright State University is going tobacco free on July 1, Barcelo said.

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But Montgomery County is home to more than 500 tobacco retailers, and some businesses fail to comply with or simply ignore state law by selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors without checking their IDs, Barcelo said.

Public health recently teamed up with Dayton police officers to perform compliance checks of state tobacco laws at 37 sites, and 21 stores sold cigarettes to underage customers, he said.