Congressional candidate ruled ineligible for November election

Published: Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 10:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 4:02 PM

EARLY VOTING

In-office early voting at the Butler County Board of Elections is under way and runs through June 6. Here are the times:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through May 27
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 30 to Friday, June 3
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 6

Anyone wishing to vote by mail must submit application requests by noon on Saturday, June 4. Applications may be picked up at the Butler County Board of Elections or downloaded from the elections office website, www.butlercountyelections.org.

While there will be three men seeking the state’s unexpired 8th Congressional District seat in the June 7 special election, only two of them will be eligible to run for the full two-year term in November.

The Butler County Board of Elections sent a letter May 16 to Jim Condit Jr. outlining that when he pulled a Republican ballot in his Hamilton County voting precinct in the March presidential primary, he made himself ineligible to seek the full two-year term as a member of the Green Party.

In Ohio, registered voters declare party affiliation in presidential and gubernatorial primaries. Because Condit declared himself affiliated with the Republican Party, he cannot run as a Green Party candidate.

“I stupidly pulled a Republican ballot,” said Condit, Jr., who also admitted that he is “a terrible fit” for the Green Party. “It’s such a bad fit that in a way I’m relieved.”

The Green Party will seek a person to replace Condit in the November election, according to Gwen Marshall, member of the Hamilton County Green Party and treasurer of The Green PAC of Southwest Ohio.

The special election is due to the retirement of former Speaker John Boehner in October 2015. Republican Warren Davidson emerged from a 15-candidate field in the GOP primary this past March. Democrat Corey Foister was unchallenged. Davidson, Foister and Condit Jr. will seek to fill the remaining months on the unexpired congressional term. But now, only Davidson and Foister’s names will appear on the November ballot for the full two-year congressional term that would begin in January 2017.

Condit, Jr. did not say if he will still seek the congressional seat in November, which the only way would be as a write-in candidate. He said he would make an announcement on June 8 — the day after the special election.

The Butler County Board of Elections said the Green Party could have replaced Condit, Jr. on the special election ballot. However, the issue didn’t come to the attention of elections officials until after the deadline to do so, which is why Condit, Jr. is allowed to remain on the special ballot.

According to the Green Party in Hamilton County, the organization will seek a replacement candidate for the November election. There is no known organized Green Party group in Butler County.

Former President George W. Bush cracks joke, Obama gets the giggles during speech

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:42 PM

(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)
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(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)(Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Comp)

Five former presidents joined forces to raise money at a hurricane relief benefit on Saturday, but it was George W. Bush’s whispered joke to Barack Obama that had the internet talking.

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Bush and Obama joined Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter for the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to raise money for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

While Clinton was speaking, the younger Bush leaned over and cracked a joke to Obama. Whatever he said must have been pretty funny because Obama couldn’t stop laughing, and the internet loved the lighthearted moment.

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The moment had people on the internet weighing in on the exchange, and the reactions were as awesome as you’d expect.

One flown to hospital from scene of Champaign Co. multi-car crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
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Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening.

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Land owners turn out to hear plans for County Road 25-A area in Miami County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:11 PM

Public meeting planned for developing I-75 interchange

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.): Property owners and interested citizens attended the first of at least two public meetings tonight pertaining to a study being conducted in Miami County. 

The study focuses on the future of an undeveloped interchange off I-75 and County Road 25-A, between Piqua and Troy. 

The area under study includes 3,000 acres. 

Consultants from Burton Planning Services of Westerville, Ohio, will return with their recommendations within the next couple months.

The county contract with Burton Planning was for $48,000. There are seven interchanges on I-75 through Miami County. The one under study is the only exit that remains rural.

Residents and land owners attended a public meeting Monday night about the undeveloped interchange of the interstate and County Road 25-A between Piqua and Troy. (Steve Baker/Staff)

INITIAL REPORT

A community meeting on the future of the County Road 25A area between Troy and Piqua will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St.

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The Miami County commissioners hired Burton Planning Services earlier this year to help conduct a study of the future of the area bordered to the south by Troy, to the north by Piqua, to the west by Washington Road and to the east by the Great Miami River. 

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The area also includes the undeveloped area near Exit 78 of Interstate 75.

For more information, contact ROsgood@MiamiCountyOhio.gov or DSuerdieck@Miami-CountyOhio.gov.

Florida police find body of missing 3-year-old in water-holding tank

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:26 PM

Body Of Missing Toddler Found In Water-Holding Tank

Police say a 3-year-old boy from Arlington, Florida, who went missing Sunday while attending a birthday party with friends and family, was found hours later in an underground water-holding tank.

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Police said Amari Harley was reported missing around 4:45 p.m. Sunday after family searched for him when they could not locate him at a large family gathering at Bruce Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Investigators said they got a tip to check an underground water-holding tank inside the park, which they said is large enough for a small child to slip into. 

Once the tank was drained, investigators located the body of a small child that matched the description of Amari. Police announced that the boy's body had been found around 8:45 p.m.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the boy. 

“During the short investigation, we have attempted to make contact with everyone that was at the park during the time Amari went missing. We have spoken to numerous witnesses that were present. However, due to the size of the park and the multiple events going on at the time, we believe there are others that may have pertinent information that could assist detectives in this case,” authorities said. 

A spokesperson for Mayor Lenny Curry released a statement Monday saying the city is assisting in the investigation into Amari’s death.

The city will be also be investigating how Amari got into the water tank, according to the spokesperson.

“We are incredibly saddened by this tragedy. As JSO conducts its investigation, the city is assisting them by providing any information that will lead to a thorough and full review. The safety and security of visitors to city parks are paramount. The city will also be inspecting how this tragedy occurred, to ensure that all City parks are safe and secure,” the spokesperson said.

Amari’s loved ones told Action News Jax that they don’t understand how he got inside a water tank at the park.

City employees worked Monday to place new coverings on the tank.

Read more at ActionNewsJax.com