Police: Missing Eaton teen found alive in Florida

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 4:34 PM

Eaton girl missing, endangered

UPDATE@11:30 a.m. (Jan. 13)

The teen was found in Panama City, Florida, Friday morning, said Chief Chad Depew of the Eaton Police Department. Jami Hounshell was found alive and well around 8:30 a.m., the chief said, adding that her parents are flying down the Florida to get her.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (Jan. 12)

An endangered missing alert is still in effect for 16-year-old Jami Hounshell of Eaton. She was last seen Jan. 8, police said.


The Eaton Police Division has issued an endangered missing alert for a 16-year-old girl who may be suicidal. 

The alert is for Jami Hounshell, a student at the county alternative school, who was last seen at her home on Jan. 8, police Sgt. Steve Hurd said. She left a note, which was found at the house, and the family's Chrysler Town & Country minivan (Ohio license tag GOY 6855) was taken, he said. 

Jami is 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo of an outline of a heart on her upper left arm that reads "lil sister." She also answers to the name "Alex." 

Jami is believed to be in the company of Dalton Knisley, 19. 

Hurd said police have alerted law enforcement agencies in Washington state, where Knisley has relatives, and law enforcement in Florida, where Jami has connections. 

Jami Hounshell is believed to be with Dalton Knisley, 19, according to Eaton police. (Courtesy/Eaton Police Division Facebook)

If you know of Jami's whereabouts or have any information about her or Knisley, you are urged to contact Eaton police at 937-456-5531. 

You may also call in information anonymously at 1-888-456-2980. 

You also may submission information to a confidential website: eatonpolice.org/anonymous-tips.  

Joint Chiefs: Transgender policy won't change until Pentagon gets it in writing from Trump

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

Trump: Transgender People Won't Be Allowed In The Military

The nation’s highest ranking military officer said in a letter Thursday to top military officials that there will not be changes to the military’s transgender policy until after President Donald Trump sends direction to the Pentagon.

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"I know there are questions about yesterday's announcement on the transgender policy by the president," Marine Gen. Joe Dunford wrote in the message, addressed to the chiefs of the services and senior enlisted leaders, according to Politico. "There will be no modifications to the current policy until the president's direction has been received by the secretary of defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

A photo of the letter was shared on Twitter Thursday by CNN reporter Barbara Starr.

Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

Trump: Transgender People Won't Be Allowed In The Military

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said transgender people will be barred from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. military, writing on Twitter that such service would cause “disruption” and burden the U.S. with “tremendous medical costs.”

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Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender people to serve openly and says individuals “can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”

Trump said the decision was made after he consulted his “generals and military experts.”

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote in a series of tweets.

Dayton schools change route, will bus kids to daycare

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

            Daycare providers applaud Dayton Public Schools’ decision to provide busing service, as DPS Superintendent Rhonda Corr (center) credits Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton (left) for making the plan work. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Daycare providers applaud Dayton Public Schools’ decision to provide busing service, as DPS Superintendent Rhonda Corr (center) credits Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton (left) for making the plan work. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Dayton Public Schools has reversed a previous plan and will continue to transport students to for-profit daycare centers in 2017-18.

The district had planned to eliminate that service, which affects about 500 students, as part of a broad effort to reduce the number of buses needed and make busing more efficient. But several daycare providers objected to the policy at last week’s school board meeting.

LAST WEEK: Busing decision angers daycare providers

In a meeting with more than two dozen daycare providers Tuesday, DPS officials announced the switch, saying there will be bus stops directly in front of roughly two-thirds of the 45 centers, and there will be stops within walking distance of the other third.

“We heard you very clearly the other night,” Superintendent Rhonda Corr said. “We heard your concerns and heard your passion and compassion for our kids and for their parents who have to work.”

ORIGINAL PLAN: DPS considers major busing changes

Corr said DPS worked with its transportation department to adjust some bus routes and stops to make this system work. She said the district couldn’t put a stop in front of every center, but wanted to meet its partners halfway.

Several daycare providers raised questions about liability for students dropped off a block or two away from their center. Corr urged those daycare providers to have a staffer meet the bus and walk the students to the center.

RELATED: DPS drops RTA plan for middle schoolers

Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton said if a preschool or kindergarten student is being dropped off and there is not an adult there to meet the children, they would be brought back to district offices, as they have been in past years.

Burton said DPS is committed to this plan for the entire 2017-18 school year, then will revisit the idea next summer. The daycare providers were generally in favor of DPS’ new plan.

LAST YEAR: Dayton schools’ busing woes continue

“I would like to thank you,” said Neal Holtvogt, owner of Bluebook Schools childcare. “You did listen, and I think it’s a fabulous plan … your decision was a good decision for children.”

Downtown pavilion gets the green light for construction bids

Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

See Dave Hall Plaza, site of the future Levitt Pavilion from the air.

The city of Dayton has issued bids to construct the Levitt Pavilion Dayton, a move demonstrating extreme confidence that supporters will reach their $5 million fundraising goal.

The group that is raising money to build a state-of-the-art outdoor music venue in downtown Dayton has about $4.75 million committed — which is just $250,000 short of the capital campaign’s goal, according to information contained in a newsletter issued last week by the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton.

“We can almost start to hear the music flow through the park,” the newsletter states. “We need your help to close the final gap.”

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The city has asked for bids for the construction of a new music pavilion, a new service building, landscaping, a water feature and for the removal and replanting of trees.

Bids are due on Aug. 10, and the construction project is supposed to be complete by May 14, 2018. Concerts are expected to kick off next year .

“The city, Levitt national and the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton are confident enough in our ability to close the gap that we are moving forward with the bidding process,” said Jeff Ireland, chair of the Friends of Levitt board. “If the bid process (and final fundraising) goes as expected, we should see work beginning in September.”