Dayton’s 2nd Street Market: 3 in 4 vendors will open to test Sundays

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:51 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks announced this week it will test expanded hours at the 2nd Street Market, Dayton’s popular downtown public market.

The calendar will say Sunday, but it will feel a lot like Saturday at the 2nd Street Market this summer when the market tests out expanded hours.

Three out of four market vendors have committed to opening on Sundays during a 13-week pilot program that starts at the beginning of June, said Jimmy Harless, manager of the 2nd Street Market.

Most of the market’s major vendors will be open for business, and every type of seller will be represented on Sundays, including three outside farmer vendors, Harless said.

Pavilion vendors, who sell crafts, art, jewelry and other creations, also will have a strong representation, and musicians will be present, playing for tips, Harless said.

“We’re going to offer pretty much everything we offer on Saturday,” he said. “It’ll have more of a Saturday feel with the outside market, with music for entertainment.”

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Some vendors who plan on being open on Sundays include Caffeine Carl, the Flowerman, KJB Farm, the Olive Tree, the Chef Case, Crepe Bohème, Spice Rack & Bulk Foods, Cheeky Meat Pies, Tim’s Gifts N More, New World Alpaca Textiles, Dayton Urban Green, Animal Snackers Bakery, Arepas & Co. Express and Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

“We are so excited and so ready for this,” said Azra Kaurin, owner of Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

Five Rivers MetroParks’ pilot program, if successful, could lead the market to not only bring back Sunday hours in 2018 but also possibly expand its hours of operation further, officials said.

Success will be measured by attendance, feedback and vendor participation.

For this year, pulling Friday attendance figures on a Sunday would be an achievement, said Amy Forsthoefel, Five Rivers MetroParks’ research and analysis manager.

That equates to about 1,000 to 1,200 people every Sunday.

It’s unclear if the market will be able to reach that benchmark, but officials expect Sundays to feel a lot more like Saturdays than either Thursdays or Fridays.

Saturdays draw about 5,000 visitors during the peak parts of summer.

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For years, the buzz around the market was that vendors would love the opportunity to open on Sundays.

Now that they have that chance, vendors have lined up to participate in the pilot program, which runs June 4 to Aug. 27.

Customers also have expressed lots of interest in Sunday hours. The market will soon learn if customers’ enthusiasm matches the vendors.

What is the Graham-Cassidy health care bill and what does it mean for you?

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 2:19 PM

What You Need To Know About The Graham-Cassidy Heath Care Bill

Update 2:13 p.m. ET -- The Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.

Previous post: Next week, the Senate will likely vote on a new health care bill, one, like the others that failed earlier this year, aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, (R-South Carolina), and Dr. Bill Cassidy, (R-Louisiana), would keep a portion of the ACA intact but would restructure the way states get federal funds for health care.

Republicans need 50 votes for the bill to pass. Cassidy told USA Today he believes the legislation has “probably 48 or 49.”

Here’s a look at what’s in the plan.

What do I have to buy?
Under Graham-Cassidy, you do not have to buy health care insurance.

What does my employer have to do?

There will no longer be a penalty on large employers that fail to provide insurance to employees.

The president said he will not sign a bill that ignores those with pre-existing conditions. What does the plan have for those with pre-existing conditions?

States will be able to waive provisions that cap what insurance companies can charge people with pre-existing conditions. However, insurance companies may not deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

States can waive the requirements for certain coverage mandated under the ACA, such as maternity care, mental health services and hospitalization. 

Will I still get a subsidy if I purchase health care insurance on my own?

No. The bill ends in 2020 the subsidies meant to reduce premiums for people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level.

What happens to Medicaid?

The Medicaid program was expanded in 31 states and the District of Columbia under the ACA. Graham-Cassidy would bar any other state from expanding Medicaid. It would also end the expansion in the 31 states and D.C. in 2020. 

Beginning in 2020, Graham-Cassidy would set up states with a “per-capita cap,” meaning states get a fixed amount of money per Medicaid enrollee. States could choose to get federal Medicaid funding as a block grant. 

Those grants could be used for non-disabled adults and children in their Medicaid program. If they choose that option, states would get a fixed amount of federal funding each year – no matter the number of participants in the program.

Other parts of the plan:

  • States could require adult Medicaid recipients to work. The disabled, elderly and pregnant women would be exempt.
  • Anyone can buy a catastrophic insurance plan. Under the ACA, it was only available for those under 30.
  • It would defund Planned Parenthood for a year, then provide money for community health centers.
  • Individuals can contribute more to health savings accounts – from $3,400 to $6,650 for individuals. For families, the amount would increase from $6.750 to $13,300. 
  • Young people can stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26, just as with the Affordable Care Act.
Sources: USA Today; The Associated Press; CNN; The Washington Post

OSHP cadet accused of armed robbery while dressed as trooper

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

22-year-old Gregory Payne was arrested Thursday for aggravated robbery and impersonating a police officer. He resigned from the OSHP academy five days after police say the incident happened.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol cadet is facing charges after he was accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint while he was wearing an Ohio State Highway Patrol uniform.

Gregory Payne, 22, of Cincinnati was accused of robbing a woman of her cell phone in the area of the 6900 block of Cedar Alley in Cincinnati on Sept. 10.

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“[Gregory Payne] While wearing an Ohio State Highway Patrol uniform stopped a citizen, told her she was not free to leave and told her if he had his patrol car he would take her to jail,” according to an affidavit filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court Wednesday.

Payne was a member of the patrol’s cadet program at the time of the accused crime, but he resigned Sept. 15.

The affidavit indicated Payne pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the woman and ripped the cell phone from her hands.

Payne was arrested Thursday, but has posted bond and was released on his own recognizance.

Dayton to activate red light cameras in October, officials say

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 1:48 PM

Dayton traffic could begin Oct 1.

The city of Dayton will activate red light cameras as early as Oct. 1, with 10 cameras posted at five locations across the city, officials announced in a press release Friday. The camera system activation follows an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions imposed by the state legislature in 2015. 

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During October, speed or red light violations will result in warnings. However, beginning Nov. 1, violations detected by cameras will generate citations with an $85 fine, with additional penalties for late payments or unpaid fines, the release said. Citations are mailed to registered vehicle owners and include payment and appeal directions. 

Camera sites were chosen based on data showing vehicle crash locations and types. Cameras will be located in the following locations:

  • West Third Street at James H. McGee Boulevard (three red light cameras)
  • North Gettysburg Avenue at Fairbanks Avenue (two speed cameras)
  • North Main Street at Siebenthaler Avenue (one speed camera)
  • South Keowee Street between East Third Street and East Fourth Street (two speed cameras)
  • South Smithville Road at Linden Avenue (two red light cameras).

Additional camera locations may be activated in the future. The Dayton Police Department's mobile "speed trailer" and hand-held speed cameras are also used as needed. 

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The city's use of traffic safety enforcement cameras is designed to save lives and to prevent injuries and property damage, according to the release. There has been a 40 percent increase in vehicle crashes in Dayton since 2014, which corresponds to the period the previous camera program was shut down, the release said. 

In 2016, there were more than 4,000 crashes on Dayton roads, resulting in more than 1,000 injuries and 31 fatalities. These deaths and injuries were preventable, the release said. 

 "Public safety is always our top priority," said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. "Camera enforcement is very effective in reducing accidents in high-risk areas."

Man whose body pulled from creek told 911 ‘I’d rather be humiliated than dead’

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 11:44 AM

Wolfcreek body found 911 call

The 71-year-old man who died and whose body was pulled out of Wolf Creek on Wednesday had called 911 and tried to let police know he needed help. 

“I need a rescue,” Charles Romine told a 911 dispatcher, according to the recording obtained by this news organization. “I’ve been on these rocks for, like, three hours.” 

Romine called 911 at 2:13 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18.

Dayton police issued a missing endangered adult alert the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 20. Romine’s family reported he was blind and had cataracts.

“This is really embarrassing but I’d rather be humiliated than dead,” Romine said, adding he had lost his water bottle and was tired from climbing rocks for hours.

Romine said he had left the Montgomery County Job Center earlier in the day. He had gotten off the bus to get cigarettes before going home for lunch, but lost his bag, cigarettes and keys.

“I don’t want to be looking embarrassed, that’s the main thing,” Romine said in an almost 8-minute call. “But I don’t want to lose my life, either.”

An entry on the Montgomery County dispatch log at 2:46 p.m. states crews could not locate Romine and attempted to call him back twice without answer. The incident was closed at 2:46 p.m.

At about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Romine’s body was found in Wolf Creek in the area of West Riverview Avenue and Philadelphia Drive — more than three miles from the area he told the dispatcher.

The dispatcher told Romine, “I will have an officer out there as soon as I can,” to which he responded, “Thank you, ma’am.” 

When the dispatcher said, “You’re welcome,” Romine answered, “Alright, bye bye.”