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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
CINCINNATI — Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, has filed a letter declaring his intention to retire before the end of his current term with the Ohio House of Representatives.
He said the move allowed by Ohio law would let him collect his pension and the letter is a “statutory requirement” if he wants to do so.
“What I’m actually doing is retiring from OPERS (Ohio Public Employees Retirement System),” he said, adding that he’s been advised he does not have to retire “a single minute” to collect his pension.
According to OPERS, an elected official who is re-employed in the same office either for the remainder of an unexpired term or, in Seitz’ case, would serve a new full term if elected following a retirement is subject to pension suspension and forfeiture. Unless, that is, that elected official notified via the county board of elections an intent to retire 90 days prior to a primary election.
That’s what Seitz did.
Before his time in Columbus, Seitz served a term on the Cincinnati Board of Education and two terms as a Green Twp. Trustee. Seitz has served in the Statehouse since 2000, first as an Ohio House member from 2000 to October 2007, then as a State Senator from October 2007 until 2016. He returned to the Ohio House in 2017. Seitz is the House’s Majority Floor Leader.
This action is also “utterly irrelevant” in relation to the fallout from a roast at the Athletic Club of Columbus last month during which Seitz reportedly made sexist and derogatory comments. He formally apologized to Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, and former state lawmaker Diane Fessler following criticism related to the roast comments.
“I take full responsibility for my words in their entirety,” Seitz write to Ohio Speaker Cliff Rosenberger in a Jan. 25 letter.
That apology came days after a report that Seitz and others roasted exiting Ohio House Republicans Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe. An online Ohio political blog wrote that the roast was filled with sexist, off-color and demeaning comments, one of which targeted Keller and was reportedly made by Seitz.
READ THE DOCUMENT: The apology, in Seitz’s words
“I offer my sincerest apologies for any distress or embarrassment I may have caused,” he wrote in his letter to Rosenberger. “My words were irresponsible as a member of this esteemed institution and as a member of House leadership.”
Ohio House Republican Caucus spokesman Brad Miller said Seitz consulted the House legal counsel before submitting the letter “to make sure he was fully compliant.”
“He is not doing that,” Miller said of a possible permanent Seitz retirement. “He has filed his petitions, and if he wins in November he will be a member of the Ohio House again next year.”
Miller said this action is “less common in the era of term limits” and referenced the code that permits this as an “old Ohio law.”
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:52 AM
— A 17-year-old male accused of fatally shooting a Dayton mother in front of two young children will remain in custody following a detention hearing this morning.
The teen, who was arrested and placed in detention Friday, is suspected of killing 22-year-old Keyona Murray, who was shot in the head in a home on the 100 block of Lorenz Ave. in Dayton on Feb. 16.
Neighbors and a 911 caller who reported Murray’s shooting said the gunfire occurred outside the home, around back in an alley.
The teen denied a charge of murder and felony burglary at today’s hearing at Montgomery County Juvenile Court.
The teen will appear in court for a preliminary conference on the morning of March 9 before Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi.
Police said the suspect was taken into custody after being found at a residence on Gard Avenue in Dayton.
Janice Meadows, who has lived on Lorenz Avenue for 30 years, called 911 on Feb. 16 after hearing gunshots outside.
“I knew the gunshots were close from how loud it was,” she said. “I thought someone was shooting toward my house — it sounded that close.”
Meadows lives a couple doors down from where Murray was shot. Murray moved into the rental home around the end of summer, she said.
“We’re really sorry we didn’t have time to get to know them,” she said. “It’s such a tragedy.”
Meadows says its a safe neighborhood because the residents know each and most have lived there for many years. Sometimes small groups hang out on the streets or corners, but the neighbors will call the police if there’s too much activity, she said.
“We’ll call because we’ve got children and grandchildren,” she said.
A candlelight vigil was held for Murray earlier this week outside the site of the shooting.
The suspected shooter, who lived in the northwest part of the city, has a substantial criminal record, according to court officials.
UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (Feb. 23): A 17-year-old male has been arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary charge of murder in the Feb. 16 shooting of 22-year-old Keyona Murray, Dayton police said.
The teenager has a criminal history, according to investigators.
Court officials said he has been in trouble before on charges that include delinquency by reason of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, delinquency by reason of breaking and entering and delinquency by reason of burglary.
Officials said he had recently completed probation.
A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Feb. 16.
Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after medics took her from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton where she had been shot in the head, according to police.
Murray was sitting in a bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous times into the house.
Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.
“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement.
“Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 12:01 PM
WAPAKONETA — A report of a power outage has left people without power in Wapakoneta Saturday.
One person reported that it appeared the whole city was out of power.
Wapakoneta was not available to provide details but confirmed there was an outage.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from her for their two sons, Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11.
Married from 2004 to 2007, the former couple decided on that amount after Spears lost sole physical and legal custody over the children and was placed in a still-ongoing conservatorship under the care of her father during their highly-publicized 2008 divorce. However, now that her residency has grossed over $137 million in four short years, Federline is looking to cash in, believing the success of her show was “in part because the boys have been in her life.”
Britney Spears' ex Kevin Federline requested child support increase after her successful Las Vegas residency: https://t.co/0XoZcf8klx— Us Weekly (@usweekly) February 24, 2018
“Kevin has always been supportive of Britney’s recovery and has always recognized what a great mother she has been,” a source familiar with the situation told US Weekly. “Britney’s entire world are the boys, period. She just lights up when she is with them.”
However, Federline additionally feels he’s entitled to an increase in child support in order to “recognize the sacrifices he has made because he has gone above and beyond what most people would do in this situation.”
Both Spears and Federline are reportedly hoping to reach an agreement outside of court, with the insider adding, “Britney won’t be involved with any of the legal discussions regarding the increase request. She will let her dad, Jamie, and the lawyers hash it out. However, Jamie isn’t just going to fork over what he would consider an outrageous demand.”
Britney Spears, 2003. pic.twitter.com/1lnnKq679i— Britney Spears FR (@NewsBritneyFR) February 21, 2018
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:38 PM
SEATTLE — A couple strolled through downtown Seattle’s iconic, bustling Pike Place Market food stands on a clear winter Saturday when their dog started running through the booths.
"We noticed a puppy who looked very similar in age and appearance to [our dog] Maui, and once they saw each other they got really excited and started playing together," owner Kaitlyn Hawkins told KIRO 7. "After chatting with the other owners we realized that the dogs are siblings."
The 11-month-old dogs rolled around, embracing each other in their coincidental reunion.
Maui and her sister Juniper were adopted from Russia. They were flow to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last May as puppies.
The two dogs recognizing each other nearly a year later has made them an internet sensation. With more than 15 million visitors exploring the historic district annually, people find the encounter quite remarkable.
A worker at the Pike Place Market captured the moment in a video, and nearly 3 million people have watched it on Facebook.
"I witnessed the coolest thing," the Facebook post said. "They even had identifying tattoos that confirmed it. This joyful reunion went on for over a half an hour, in fact they were still at it when I left the market."