UPDATE


8 certified to be on ballot for Lang’s old West Chester trustee seat

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 4:14 PM


            The race for Ohio Rep. George Lang’s former West Chester Twp. trustee seat is one of the most crowded fields on November’s local ballot. GREG LYNCH/FILE
The race for Ohio Rep. George Lang’s former West Chester Twp. trustee seat is one of the most crowded fields on November’s local ballot. GREG LYNCH/FILE

The field is now set in the race to replace former West Chester Twp. trustee George Lang.

Eight people were certified on Monday afternoon, which officially makes this race for the final two years of the unexpired term tied for the second-most crowded on November’s local ballot.

RELATED: 5 things to know about George Lang’s Statehouse appointment

Lang resigned on Sept. 13 in order to be sworn in as the 52nd Ohio House District representative. He was appointed to the seat after former Republican state lawmaker Margy Conditt resigned on Sept. 8.

Since Lang’s resignation happened more than 40 days before the Nov. 7 general election, state law requires voters pick who will serve out the final two years of the unexpired term.

Potential candidates had 10 days to file petitions with the Butler County Board of Elections by Saturday afternoon.

Certified candidates for the seat are:

  • Ann Becker
  • Lawrence Richard Brown
  • David W. Corfman
  • Jillian Kelley
  • David J. Lindenschmidt
  • Christy Ann Miller
  • Lynda Caldwell O’Connor
  • Larry A. Whited

Miami University Regionals political science professor John Forren said it’s not surprising to see so much interest for an open seat.

RELATED: 5 things to know about George Lang’s Statehouse appointment

“It’s really not all that often that a seat opens up — even at the township trustee level — so that an interested candidate can run without having to take on an incumbent,” he said. “It’s really a question of seizing a relatively rare opportunity.”

Forren compared it to when former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner resigned in 2015 and there were 15 Republican candidates seeking to succeed him.

He said for many, it can be the start of a political career that can lead to a higher office. Boehner was a former Union Twp. trustee, which is known today as West Chester Twp.

“Among other things, it is an opportunity for a new face in politics to get in on the ground floor,” he said.

RELATED: Butler County Democrats say Lang is ‘unfit to serve’

Other crowded races this November in Butler County:

  • Oxford City Council — nine people seeking three seats
  • Hamilton Board of Education — eight people seeking three seats
  • Hamilton City Council — six people seeking three seats
  • Lakota Board of Education — six people seeking three seats

But the race to replace Lang is not the only trustees race West Chester Twp. residents will decide on Election Day.

The full terms for West Chester Twp. trustees Lee Wong and Mark Welch will also be on the Nov. 7 ballot. Wong and Welch are seeking re-election, but they’re being challenged by Mariann Penska and long-time former Lakota school board member Joan Powell.

Moraine police shooting: What we know now about deadly encounter

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:43 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 2:20 PM

Morraine Shooting Presser RECAP OF EVENTS

A 23-year-old Dayton man was killed Friday by Moraine police after an early morning standoff that began as officers were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pinnacle Park Drive.

Police said they shot Jamarco McShann after he pointed a loaded semi-automatic pistol at two officers and failed to heed their warnings. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the case at the request of the Moraine Police Division.

RELATED: Moraine police shooting: Suspect’s gun was loaded with high-capacity magazine

While the investigation is in its early stages, here’s what we know now:

-The man shot. McShann and some family members have either had criminal records or have been victims of crimes. He had been released from the Lebanon Correctional Institution on Aug. 2, 2016, after serving a three-year sentence stemming from three criminal cases.

RELATED: Moraine police shooting: Who is Jamarco McShann?

McShann’s brother, Jamal McShann, died in a shooting in October 2013 in Dayton. Another brother, Curtis McShann, was sentenced earlier this month to 60 years to life in prison in connection to the Oct. 25, 2016, shooting death of Brandon Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive in Dayton.

-The officers. The two Moraine officers involved in the shooting were identified as John Howard, a 19-year veteran of the division, and Jerry Knight, who has worked for there for 19 months.

Both road patrol officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is protocol for such incidents. This news organization has requested copies of their personnel files.

RELATED: Moraine police shooting: Dayton man killed had life surrounded by violence

-The investigations. The state BCI will handle the criminal investigation and the city of Moraine will also conduct an internal-affairs investigation. BCI has said it is one of at least 17 officer-involved shootings that have been referred to the agency this year.

BCI officials said the probe will focus on whether there were any criminal violations during the incident. BCI will refer its findings to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. The city’s internal investigation will determine if the officers violated any division policies.

RELATED: Moraine police shooting: 5 questions we’re asking

Moraine cruisers are not equipped with cameras, and officers are not issued body cameras.

-McShann family’s response. McShann’s family said his “killing has presented more questions than answers,” according to a release it sent out. The family contacted the Rev. Jerome McCorry to represent it as a spokesman. McCorry founded of the Adams Project, a male re-entry program in Dayton.

“Unfortunately this nation has demonstrated a practice and pattern of shoot first ask questions later in too many of these cases!” McCorry stated in the release.

John McCain takes apparent jab at Trump during interview about Vietnam War

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 1:21 AM

John McCain Takes Apparent Shot At Trump

Sen. John McCain appeared to take a swipe at President Donald Trump during an interview about the Vietnam War on CSPAN-3 American History TV, criticizing people from “the highest income level” who avoided the military draft by finding a doctor who would say that “they had a bone spur,” CNN reported.

>> Read more trending news

Trump attended the New York Military Academy as a young man and received five military draft deferments during the Vietnam War, CNN reported. One was a medical deferment after he was diagnosed with bone spurs in his foot. 

It’s the latest war of words between the Arizona Republican and the president. During the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump claimed McCain was not a was hero because he was captured during the Vietnam War. Trump never apologized for the remarks, and McCain has since been one of his most vocal Republican critics in Congress, CNN reported.

“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur,” McCain told C-SPAN3. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

McCain never mentions Trump by name in the interview, but the President's deferment because of a bone spur is widely known and his family was well off at the time.

Trump told The New York Times in 2016 that a doctor "gave me a letter -- a very strong letter -- on the heels."

"Over a period of time, it healed up," he said.

McCain spent five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, declining to be released despite being the son of an admiral.

Letter dated day before Titanic sank sells for $166,000

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 2:19 PM

The ill-fated White Star liner RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic.   (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Central Press/Getty Images
The ill-fated White Star liner RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)(Central Press/Getty Images)

The letter is addressed to “Mother.”

“We had good weather while we were in Loudon (sic). It is quite green and nice in England now. This boat is a giant in size and fitted up like a palacial (sic) hotel.” 

>> Read more trending news

It is one of the last remaining letters to survive the doomed ship Titanic, and it recently sold at auction for a 120,000 pounds ($166,000) -- a record-price for a correspondence from the liner. 

The missive, penned by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on the liner’s embossed stationery, is dated April 13, 1912 -- the day before the Titanic sank.

Auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son predicted the item would go for 60,000 to 80,000 pounds ($79,000 to $106,000), according to CNN. The identity of the buyer wasn't disclosed. Iron keys from the ship also sold for 76,000 pounds ($100,000).

“The prices illustrate the continuing interest in the Titanic and her passengers and crew,” auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told Reuters. “I‘m delighted with the new world record for the Titanic letter. It reflects its status as the most important Titanic letter we have ever auctioned.”

The letter was sold by the Holverson family.

Alexander Oskar Holverson was a salesman who was traveling on the ocean liner’s maiden voyage with his wife, Mary Alice, who survived the sinking. The letter was found on his body a few days after the ship sank April 14, 1912. More than 1,500 people died. 

The letter ends with this line:

“It all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.”

Premier Health asks UnitedHealthcare policy holders to switch plans

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:03 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

FILE
FILE

Premier Health sent a letter this week to its patients saying “we strongly advise” those with UnitedHealthcare policies to consider switching plans, as both sides remain far from a deal that would let policy holders again get coverage at Premier doctors offices and hospitals.

The contract between UnitedHealthcare and Premier, the region’s largest health system, expired May 13 after negotiations fell apart. The two parties both said they are not close to a deal that would again bring Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and the rest of Premier Health’s affiliates back in network.

The dispute centers around the giant insurer’s plan to rank hospitals and doctors in tiers based on cost and quality, with the goal of incentivizing lower health care costs. Premier opposes the ranking system, which it says is already steering patients away from its hospitals and providers.

RELATED: Dayton Children’s Hospital adding its first inpatient mental health wing

There are 70,000 UnitedHealthcare members who have used Premier facilities or physicians in the last year prior to May’s contract expiration and 200,000 patients with UnitedHealthcare in the Dayton region.

A Premier spokesman said the letter speaks for itself and the health system didn’t have additional comment.

In an Oct. 16 letter signed by Premier CEO Mary Boosalis, she states Premier has contracts with other plans like with Anthe Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medical Mutual, Aetna, Human and Cigna.

“If your employer hasn’t offered another plan option other than UHC, consider asking your human resources department to either switch health plans or to provide a plan option that includes Premier Health as “in-network.”

Some local hospitals that remain in UHC’s network include Dayton Children’s, Grandview, Greene Memorial, Kettering Medical Center, Medical Center at Elizabeth Place, Soin Medical Center, Southview, Springfield Regional, and Sycamore.

RELATED: Columbus firm picked to plan fairgrounds redevelopment

Premier has a large network of primary care doctors under its umbrella, along with Miami Valley Hospital with an additional site at Miami Valley Hospital South, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center.

Premier said the last offer it put on a table was for no rate increase in 2017, a 3 percent increase in 2018, a 3 percent increase in 2019 and no increase in 2020. UnitedHealthcare’s last offer is a 10 percent rate decrease in 2017, a 5 percent decrease in 2018, and a 5 percent decrease in 2019.

RELATED: Premier Health networking event targets diverse suppliers

UnitedHealthcare has maintained none of Premier’s offers address the high cost of care that gets passed onto its customers. It said it is still open to conversation with Premier.

“Local employers are asking everyone to play a role in helping address the high cost of health care in Dayton, and we want to work with Premier on this goal, but to this point we have been unable to find a resolution that creates sustainable improvements.”

The insurer said it still has a broad network of physicians that its policy holders can see.