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.

Off-duty cop stops road rage incident with shots fired

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Off-duty cop stops road rage incident with shots fired

An off-duty officer came to rescue of a family being shot at while driving in Huber Heights.

Douglas Motter, 42, is in Montgomery County Jail on five counts of felonious assault in connection to this incident.

The road rage incident happened Sunday afternoon in the area of Brandt Pike and Kitridge Road, said Sgt. Charles Taylor of Huber Heights police. 

Motter allegedly was upset that a motorist was swerving in and out of lanes, and reportedly started firing gunshots at the vehicle. 

The alleged victim’s vehicle was driven by an adult male and also inside were three children, ranging in age from three years to 16 years, Taylor said.

The vehicle was hit by bullets but no one was injured. The two vehicles both stopped and started a verbal argument, according to Taylor. 

That’s when an off-duty cop from Dayton police spotted the gunfire and fight and pulled over. That officer got Motter into handcuffs before Huber Heights police arrived on scene. 

Springboro school bomb threat case dismissed

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:01 AM


            Springboro school bomb threat case dismissed

A judge dismissed a juvenile court case this morning against a 12-year-old special education student at Springboro Junior High School charged with making a false bomb threat at the school in January.

This stems from a Jan. 13 incident reported on for the first time today.

A 12-year-old charged in a Feb. 2 incident at the junior high, however, remains on house arrest.

These two cases and incidents sparking evacuation of South Lebanon Elementary School on consecutive days this year follow a series last year at schools in Springboro, Lebanon and Waynesville.

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Judge J0e Kirby dismissed the January case this morning after prosecutors and defense agreed to accept the finding of a competency report completed on Feb. 21.

“Neither party submits additional evidence,” Kirby said in a ruling today. “The child is presently incapable of understanding the nature and objective of proceedings.”

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Kirby also ended GPS monitoring under which the boy had been allowed to be released from detention on house arrest since Jan. 17, four days after he was ordered to be held in the detention center.

The boy was held in detention on a making false alarms charge filed after he told his special education teacher he “had a bomb in his bag and threw the bag on the floor. This was overheard by another student and circulated to other teachers,” according to court records.

2-year-old found licking bong inside running vehicle, police say

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:00 AM


            2-year-old found licking bong inside running vehicle, police say

A Texas woman faces a felony child endangerment charge after a 2-year-old boy was found alone in her vehicle, licking a bong used to smoke marijuana, police said.

Teliscia Davis, 24, of Houston, was arrested Friday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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The Chronicle reported that the boy was found sitting in the front seat of Davis’ car, which was running with the windows down. Deputy constables found him licking the glass smoking device.

Authorities said that Davis, whose relationship to the boy was not immediately clear, did not take him for treatment after he was found licking the device.

Davis was booked in the Harris County Jail, but was released on $2,000 bond Saturday, the Chronicle said. She is due in court Monday. 

Her criminal history includes charges of assault and making terroristic threats, the newspaper reported. 

Hamilton police nab suspect accused of stealing Fairfield Twp. cruiser

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 8:47 PM

Hamilton police nab suspect accused of stealing Fairfield Twp. cruiser

A man who police say took televisions from a store, then stole a Fairfield Twp. police cruiser and fled to Hamilton before ditching the car and robbing a man on the street has been arrested.

Hamilton police reported on its Twitter account Sunday that 37-year-old Kevin Gabbard had been arrested.

The suspect was spotted by citizens in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Falls Target store at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday loading stolen televisions into a white van, according to Fairfield Twp. police.

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Officer Roger Gilbert was on patrol on Ohio 4 when he saw a vehicle matching the description of the van, said Fairfield Police Chief Matt Fruchey. When Gilbert stopped the van at Fairway Drive near Waldon Ponds, driver Shauna Maria Maco remained in the vehicle, but the passenger, Gabbard, fled.

The officer gave chase around a house and Gabbard doubled back, jumped in the cruiser and took off, according to police.

Gabbard drove the cruiser to Hamilton where he ditched it on Central Avenue near Hanover Street and robbed a person outside a barber shop, Fruchey said.

Maco, 46, of Hamilton, was charged with complicity to theft, and is housed in the Butler County Jail.

Fruchey said the cruiser was not damaged and the incident remains under investigation. The stolen televisions were found in the van.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones also made note of the arrest, with his tweet: “Good job Hamilton PD.”