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Dayton airport to land $56M in new development, hundreds of new jobs

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 3:01 PM

            A glimpse at the 570,000 square feet inside the Spectrum Brands facility . THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
A glimpse at the 570,000 square feet inside the Spectrum Brands facility . THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

The Dayton International Airport — where employers added hundreds of jobs in the last 18 months — expects another big year of employment gains in 2018, according to city officials.

Employers at the airport have the equivalent of 2,225 full-time workers on their payrolls, and about 600 new jobs were added between the middle of 2016 and 2017, according to an airport job survey.

Hundreds of more jobs are expected to land at the airport next year related to two projects that are estimated to exceed $56 milllion in new investment.

The growth is because of the Dayton region’s strong labor supply, infrastructure and available and attractive sites for new development, said Terrence Slaybaugh, Dayton’s director of aviation.

“The city and our partners have worked for over a decade to position the airport for this type of development — logistics, light manufacturing and warehouse space,” he said.

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The recent job growth at the airport has been fueled by investments by Spectrum Brands and PSA Airlines.

PSA Airlines has the full-time equivalent of 962 employees and Spectrum has about 233, according to the airport employment survey, which was completed earlier this year.

Spectrum constructed a $33 million, 570,000-square-foot distribution, manufacturing and research center near the airport, off U.S. 40.

PSA Airlines has added planes and workers and is expected to add more positions because of projected airline industry growth and aircraft deliveries, airport officials said.

“This is probably the largest job growth in the region that’s happening,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

The jobs at the airport are completely new, which is notable since sometimes attention is given to the movement of jobs between communities in the region, which actually do not lead to net new jobs, Whaley said.

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More new jobs look to be on the way at the airport.

A second building is under construction next to the Spectrum Brands by Northpoint Development, which will be about 500,000 square feet, Slaybaugh said.

About 350,000 square feet of the estimated $31 million building will be occupied by a consumer goods company for primarily logistics warehousing operations, he said.

The company, which Slaybaugh declined to identify, is expected to employ about 200 workers. The building’s remaining 150,000 square feet of space is available for lease.

A third building is proposed for a 34-acre site on the north side of the airport, which would offer about 434,000 square feet of space.

A tenant plans to occupy more than half the building, employing about 150 workers, Slaybaugh said.

Though he declined to identify the company, Slaybaugh said the business line is consumer products, and activities on site will include logistics and warehousing with some assembly packaging.

The third building is expected to cost about $25 million.

The sites open for development at the Dayton International Airport are very attractive for the logistics and distribution industry, said Mitch Heaton, vice president of economic development for the Dayton Development Coalition. They are close to Interstates 70 and 75, they are ready-to-build and they are in a Foreign Trade Zone, Heaton said.

“Combine the location with the support the region can provide employers with hiring and training employees through our educational partners and OhioMeansJobs, the airport sites are extremely competitive,” Heaton said.

Crews battle fire in Dayton home; 1 injury reported

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

At least one person has been injured after a fire broke out in a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

TRENDING: 18-year-old killed in overnight shooting; SWAT surrounds suspect’s home

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire. 

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First units on scene said one person inside the home was injured and requested to a medic to the scene. The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

Firefighters also reported smoke showing from the structure when they arrived, according to initial reports. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Dayton SWAT activity connected to overnight shooting

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 7:47 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m. 

Police confirm SWAT activity in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue is connected to an overnight shooting on Caliph Court where an 18-year-old was shot and killed. 

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The story in the link above will be updated with the latest details on the shooting and SWAT activity. 


We’re working to learn more about police activity reported at a home on Tampa Avenue in Dayton Saturday morning. 

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Multiple Dayton police officers currently have the house in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue surrounded and are demanding the occupants to exit, according to initial reports. 

Scanner traffic indicates SWAT has been requested to the scene, but dispatchers were not able to confirm those reports. 

Our crew is on the way and we’ll update this page when we learn more. 

Teen killed in overnight shooting identified; SWAT currently surrounds suspect’s home

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 1:40 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed inside an apartment on Caliph Court early Saturday morning, according to Dayton police.

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman killed in an overnight shooting on Caliph Court as Dontiaunna Brown, 18, of Dayton. 

Brown’s cause of death has not been officially ruled and an autopsy is scheduled for later today. 

Dayton police and SWAT continue to surround a home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue where investigators said a suspect is believed to be barricaded inside. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 8:20 a.m. 

Police and SWAT have surrounded a home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue in Dayton where an overnight shooting suspect is believed to be barricaded inside, according to Dayton police. 

Officers have blocked off the area and are demanding the occupants to exit the house, according to our crew on the scene. 

Police confirmed to our crew the subject of the SWAT callout is connected to the overnight shooting on Caliph Court where an 18-year-old woman was killed. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 3:05 a.m. 

An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed inside an apartment on Caliph Court early Saturday morning, according to Dayton police. 

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The woman was found suffering from a gunshot wound to her neck around 1:25 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Dayton police Sgt. Theodore Trupp. 

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Trupp said it was too early in their investigation to determine what led to the shooting and police do not have any suspects.

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Additional details about the investigation were not available. 

The identity of the woman has not been released, pending notification of family. 


Police and medics have responded to a report of a person shot on Caliph Court in Dayton early Saturday morning.

Emergency crews responded to the 5000 block of Caliph Court around 1:25 a.m. after the incident was reported. 

Officers are reportedly looking in the area for at least one suspect and have requested a K9 officer to the scene, according to initial reports. 

The condition of the victim was not immediately known. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Georgia student discovers birth brother attended same college, had same major

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:35 AM

DNA helped a Georgia college student connect with his sibling and birth parents.
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DNA helped a Georgia college student connect with his sibling and birth parents.(Getty Images)

The slogan for purchasing a DNA test kit on the genealogy website is "Open a world of possibilities."

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For a Georgia college junior, a DNA test earlier this week opened up his family history and helped him connect to a long-lost sibling and his birth parents.
Kieron Christian Graham, 20, is majoring in political science at Kennesaw State University, which is located northwest of Atlanta. He was adopted in 1997 when he was 3 months old. Growing up, he knew the first names of his birth mother and father and that his birth mother had another child named "Vincent," who was nine years older, BuzzFeed reported.

"I periodically would look for them and check on Facebook, but I never knew their last name so it was always hard," Graham said.

His adoptive parents gave him an AncestryDNA test kit as an early Christmas present. On Tuesday he received the results in an email, BuzzFeed reported. Out of the 100 loose matches was a strong match to a 29-year-old man named Vincent Ghant, who also had taken a DNA test.

When Graham checked on Facebook, he found a Vincent Grant whose birthday matched the documents his adoptive parents had. He sent Ghant a friend request, and as they chatted on Tuesday, Graham mentioned the name of his birth mother, Shawn.

“My heart stopped,” Ghant told BuzzFeed. “I asked my mother about him throughout my life, but the pain was so heavy on her that it was hard for her to drum up the words to explain it to me. ... So it just got to the point where I was, like, I'll just wait for her when she's ready.”

The two men learned they were not only brothers, but they also were attending the same college, were both majoring in political science and lived only 15 minutes apart, BuzzFeed reported. Oddly enough, they also attended a class together.

The brothers finally met at a local bar this week, BuzzFeed reported. Graham recalled Ghant telling him, "I've been thinking about you for 20 years."

Ghant said the meeting was “very emotional.”

“I was excited but a little bit scared if he had any resentment towards my family,” Ghant said.

Graham had no hard feelings, understanding that his birth mother was a single parent and chose adoption to give him a better life.

"When I realized he didn't [have resentment] and that he had a great life, I was amazed," Ghant said.

Graham has since contacted his birth mother and plans to meet with her this weekend. He said he also plans to meet with his birth father, BuzzFeed reported.

"My birth father broke down in tears," he said.

Graham also met Ghant’s 17-year-old brother, Christian,

Graham told BuzzFeed that his adoptive parents have been wholly supportive of his journey of discovery. They also plan to meet Graham's birth mother and that entire side of the family, he said.