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Settlement paves way for RTA buses at The Greene

Published: Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 5:39 PM
Updated: Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 5:39 PM

A settlement in a fair housing dispute requiring a developer to retrofit apartments for people with disabilities at The Greene Town Center, also provides an easement for public transit to operate buses inside the Beavercreek shopping mall.

Mark Donaghy, executive director of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, hopes to have buses operating in The Greene by this summer, but said there may be obstacles.

“My sense is that we still have to go through a process with the city of Beavercreek,” Donaghy said.

The transit authority, a year ago, sought permission to cross the Montgomery County line into Beaverceek to make stops at The Greene, but could not work a deal. The transit company also is waiting for federal investigators to determine if the Beavercreek City Council violated the civil rights of area African-Americans by denying RTA’s request to install three bus stops near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.

Chuck Villa, spokesman for The Greene, said that once RTA reaches an agreement with the city, management at the center will find a way to accommodate bus traffic.

Steve McHugh, Beavercreek’s law director, said the city just received the 43-page settlement document on Friday and he would not comment, until after he had time to study it.

According to the settlement approved by Judge Thomas A. Rose, U. S. District Court for the Southern District, developer Steiner & Associates, must make enhancements to 395 apartment units in three states — including Gilbert Court at The Greene — to make them accessible.

The case began in 2008 after an investigation by a group that included the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center Inc. found architectural barriers at three of Steiner’s town centers. Steep slopes on sidewalks in The Greene at the entrance off Stroop Road (where the closest RTA bus stop is located) was one issue, Jim McCarthy, president/CEO of the Miami Valley Fair Housing said.

“For people with disabilities, public transportation can be more important than to others who are more mobile,” McCarthy said. “Steiner stepped up to the plate. I hope the city of Beavercreek is not going to be an impediment in us realizing this.”

RTA has mapped a route for its 40-foot buses with access near the Rave Cinemas at The Greene. Buses would travel south on Stroop Road, to east on Glengarry Drive, then stop on Chestnut Street, before exiting the shopping center on Beech Street.

Murderer sent to prison for April 2016 fatal shooting

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Dshawn Lynch

DAYTON — The man convicted on charges related to the murder of a 48-year-old veteran has been sent to prison.  

  • The victim, Thomas Johnson, was shot at a Speedway in Trotwood
  • Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries
  • Dshawn Lynch was found guilty of murder on May 9 on charges related to Johnson's death.

UPDATE @ 11 a.m.

Dshawn Lynch was sentenced to serve 18 years to life in prison this morning in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Lynch was convicted of murder for the April 2016 shooting death of Thomas Johnson.

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Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the right arm/chest area, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.  The coroner’s office said Johnson was wounded at 2001 Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood, which is the location of a Speedway gas station.  

Johnson was dropped off at the VA Medical Center on West Third Street in Dayton and was pronounced dead from his injuries.  

Johnson’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Murder trial for accused K-9 Club shooter begins

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

The murder trial for the man accused of killing another man outside the K-9 Club, 5100 Germantown Pike, last March is expected to begin with opening statements this morning.

Dale Glenn, 31, is charged with three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of having weapon under disability.

Glenn is accused of killing Michael Mays-Belton outside the club following an argument between the two on Mar. 9.

Glenn was removed from the club during the argument and when Mays-Belton left the Jefferson Twp. club, Glenn was said to have shot him, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Glenn then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Kirkersville shooting cruiser camera video released

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Cruiser camera video showing the moments after an active shooter opened fire at a Kirkersville nursing home, killing the village’s police chief, has been released.

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home.  

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Cindy Krantz, 48, a nurse’s aide at the home, died from a single, close-range shotgun wound in the hallway of the home.  

Marlina Medrano, 46, was killed in the nursing office. She died of multiple gunshot wounds from both a shotgun and a handgun.  

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All three of those deaths have been ruled homicides.  

Thomas Hartless, 43, was also found dead in the nursing office. He died of a single shotgun wound to the head. His death has been ruled a suicide.

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Father of Dayton child shot, killed said he had been looking for his son

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:43 AM

DAYTON — The father of one of the children shot and killed inside a Lori Sue Avenue home said he had been looking for his son for three years. 

Khmorra Helton, 8, and Kaiden Helton, 6, were shot in the head and critically injured on May 18. The children died three days later at Dayton Children’s Hospital on May 21.

The children’s mother Claudena Helton is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on charges related to the children’s deaths. 

RELATED: Bond set at $1M for mom accused in fatal shooting of her children

In a News Center 7 interview, Kaiden’s father Stephen Fletcher said he tried to find his son and get in touch the child’s mother for the last three years.  He said Helton’s family told him she moved out of town, they hadn’t heard from her and they didn’t know where she was located. 

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"I'm very devastated right now,” Fletcher said. “I can't sleep. I can't eat. I don't even know what to do with myself now. It's crazy ... he didn't deserve this. I don't even know why she would do this. I don't have any answers for anything.”

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Fletcher said he learned his son had been shot when he saw it on the news. 

“I just heard my baby momma's name and I heard my son's name,” Fletcher said. “And I heard what happened, so right then and there I literally fainted like passed out because I  was so worried. I couldn't' believe that it had happened.”

Helton faced previous allegations involving children before the shootings. In March 2014, she was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

At the time of the shootings, Montgomery County Children Services initiated an investigation focused on Helton.

“I'm not going to say anything evil or rude,” Fletcher said. “I mean, even as much as I'm hurt. Because I’m not that type of person. But she's in jail. She deserves to be in jail.” 

On May 23, 2010, Trotwood police arrested Fletcher for allegedly threatening Helton’s life, punching her in the face and choking her until she nearly fainted, according to a police report. Fletcher was charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing and domestic violence. He was found guilty of one of the counts and sentenced to 123 days in jail.

“I love my son,” Fletcher said. “I'd do anything to have him back now, man. I'm going through a lot right now. I'm hurting real bad.”