Dayton area MLK events on schedule for Monday and Tuesday

Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 3:29 PM


            Marshall Gorby
Marshall Gorby

Organizations in the Dayton area will honor the life and civil rights work of Martin Luther King Jr. with events Monday and Tuesday ranging from prayer breakfasts to speeches by those who served with the noted civil rights leaders to the annual march that serves as a reminder of his sacrifices.

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Here is a sampling of some of the events planned to observe Martin Luther King Jr Day around the region:

Monday, Jan. 15

-Annual MLK March through downtown Dayton, organized by MLK Dayton will begin at 10 a.m. at Charles Drew Health Center, 1323 W. Third Street.

-The MLK Youth Celebration will take place at 11 a.m. at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth Street.

-MLK Celebration Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. also at the Dayton Convention Center. . David Anthony Johnson, motivational speaker, inspirational solo artist and orator specializing in King’s speeches will be featured at this event as well as the earlier youth celebration. Johnson is also a historical story-teller, songwriter, inventor and youth motivator with experience as a youth counselor.

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-Centerville-Washington Diversity Council will host its 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Breakfast. The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell will be the keynote speaker. Brown was active in the civil rights movement and worked with King. Her church was one of the first white congregation’s to receive King, according to information from CWDC. Brown was a voice against apartheid in South Africa. She also works to build ecumenical and interfaith understanding. The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville. Tickets are $20 each or $200 for a table of 10.

-Sinclair Community College will host a short 20 minute program in their conference center before joining other groups for the 10 a.m. MLK March in Dayton. A Sinclair Alumni Choir will be performing songs in the spirit of the march.

-Troy-Miami County Public Library is inviting citizens to add messages of “hope and peace” to a mural, which will be displayed in the children’s department through the month of Feb. If you want to add to the mural, you can stop by the library anytime during regular hours Jan. 15 - 19.

-Wright State University will have various exhibits and displays honoring King in their libraries throughout Jan. 15 - 19.

-Cedarville University Martin Luther King Jr Day events include chapel at 10 a.m., a gospel sing-along with the First Baptist Church Choir of London from 7 -8 p.m. in the Stevens Student Center and an art expression from 7:30-9 p.m. in the student center. All events are open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

-Wil Haygood , who wrote the Washington Post article that inspired the 2013 film “The Butler,” will deliver the keynote address at the University of Dayton’s annual MLK Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. The breakfast is sold out.

-The Bolinga and MLK Social Justice Award Brunch will take place at Wright State University in the Student Union Endeavor Room from 10 a.m. - noon.

-University of Dayton faculty, students and staff will participate in the MLK Social Plunge, a day of servicethroughout Dayton from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20.

For more information, visit mlkdayton.org.

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Police investigating after bones found behind Dayton home

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:47 PM

Bones found Riverside Drive

Dayton police are conducting an investigation after bones were found behind a house on Riverside Drive Tuesday afternoon. 

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Riverside Drive around 1:30 p.m. after a caller reported finding four bones while they were removing brush behind a house. 

Police said they are not sure what kind of bones were found, and are working to determine if anything suspicious might have occurred. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Hamilton ice cream stand since 1950 looking for new owners

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

Sweden Creme. CONTRIBUTED
Sweden Creme. CONTRIBUTED

Sweden Creme owners are looking to sell after five years of owning the longtime Hamilton business.

“Our family has had a lot of changes in the past couple of years,” co-owner Benjamin Price said via social media. “Children being adopted, family more busy with the ebb and flow of life! We always wanted to operate Sweden Creme as a family, and when the day came that we all could not be involved, that would be the day to pass it on to the next family!”

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The business started in 1950 as Sweden Creme before a brief switch to various different names over the years, including Big Daddy’s, before Price and his family chose to re-brand it with its original name.

Sale of the business, which serves Dixie Burgers in addition to ice cream, will include the property and the building at 2047 Pleasant Ave., as well Sweden Creme’s website and equipment, plus the training it takes to run such an establishment.

“It will be available,” said Price, who runs Pleasant Avenue Barber Shop next door. “We’re not going anywhere.”

The seven-month-a-year business will hold an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“This will be a golden chance for buyers to walk through our business and ask questions regarding the sale,” he said. “Sweden Creme is a turn-key business opportunity, and we are only entertaining serious potential buyers at this open house.”

Sweden Creme in Hamilton offers Dixie Burgers, in addition to ice cream.

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Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Ohio for the first time is seeking federal approval to create job requirements as a condition to qualify for Medicaid.

Most Ohio residents enrolled through the expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, are already working or would be exempt because of things like their age, disability or care taking responsibilities.

But an estimated 36,000 residents — 5 percent of the 700,000 Ohioans on Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act — would risk losing their health insurance if they don’t either have a job for at least 20 hours per week, look for work, or attend school or job training.

The Ohio Department of Medicaid will hold public hearings beginning in Cincinnati starting Wednesday. Public comment can also be submitted online until March 18.

The requests to add work requirements have sparked debate over whether the conditions are necessary to push people toward jobs and out of poverty, or whether the new rules will put unnecessary burdens on the poor and make health outcomes worse.

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President Donald Trump’s administration recently opened the door to let states add job requirements as part of Medicaid eligibility, which was something states have previously not been allowed to do. Ohio joins a dozen states that want to add job requirements as a condition of eligibility and Kentucky and Indiana have already been approved.

The Republican-majority Ohio General Assembly put the language into the budget last summer that required the Ohio Department of Medicaid to seek permission to add the job requirements for those covered through Medicaid expansion.

“We’re talking about healthy Ohioans of working age,” said John Fortney, spokesman for the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus. “It’s reasonable to think that if you’re able to work, then you should be working. This gets people into the workforce, giving them the opportunity to build a career in the long term, ending the cycle of dependency on government.”

Two state representatives, Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, and Emilia Strong Sykes, D-Akron, issued a statement condemning the proposed restrictions as further attempts to undercut Medicaid benefits expanded under the Affordable Care Act. The two argued the proposal won’t cut poverty and instead could leave residents with poorly paid and temporary jobs.

“Taking away healthcare from people in need of temporary assistance will actually keep people sicker and unable to find work. This will increase healthcare costs across the board,” Antonio stated. “Further, this will be detrimental to Ohioans who want to work and need healthcare.”

The Ohio Department of Medicaid in its proposal cited a study pointing to how Medicaid coverage helped beneficiaries hold jobs or find jobs, but at the same time the employment rate has only increased by 2 percent for those covered through Medicaid expansion.

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“These findings emphasize that more can be done to promote and encourage work and community engagement efforts that help improve health outcomes and further promote the goals of the Medicaid program,” the state wrote.

The Ohio Department of Medicaid in its application to add the requirements compared to the state’s work requirements for SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. The department estimated it would save about $30 million the first year the requirements are in place.

Some of the exemptions include being 50 years or older, “physically or mentally unfit for employment,” pregnant, caring for children or a disabled household member, in school at least half-time, participating in drug or alcohol treatment.

Loren Anthes, who researches Medicaid policy at The Center for Community Solutions in Cleveland, said the state’s estimate of 1 in 20 residents losing their Medicaid eligibility because of the new conditions might be a conservative prediction.

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Looking to when work requirements were introduced for SNAP, Anthes said nearly 400,000 people lost eligibility compared to the initial 134,900 that the state estimated would lose their benefits. Even accounting for an improving economy, Anthes said the work requirements appear to have disqualified more people than the state predicted.

He also said that the additional administration work that it would take to monitor these new requirements will cost money that could otherwise have been spent on health benefits.

“This waiver elects to pay for red tape over health care services,” Anthes said.

By the numbers: Medicaid

700,000: Ohioans covered by Medicaid under ACA expansion

36,000: Estimated Ohioans affected by proposed work rules

$30 million: Savings Ohio predicts for first year of work rules

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Police: Teen girl staged robbery, set up friend to be victim

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Susan Marie Mize
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Susan Marie Mize(Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

A 17-year-old Texas girl and two underage accomplices are accused of staging a robbery and subsequent carjacking in a bid for cash, according to investigators.

Susan Marie Mize, of Spring, is charged with aggravated felony robbery, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The two alleged accomplices, ages 16 and 15, are also being charged in the case. 

Lt. Scott Spencer, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release Monday that deputies were called to a grocery store near Spring on Friday because two teens had reported to Harris County deputies that they’d been robbed in Montgomery County. 

The responding deputies learned that their Harris County counterparts were called to two separate homes where Mize and her friend, whose name is being withheld because he is a victim of a crime, each said they were robbed, Spencer said

Investigators learned that Mize asked her male friend if he wanted to earn $150 by driving a couple of her friends to Houston, Spencer said. He agreed, and the pair drove to a park in Montgomery County to pick up Mize’s friends.

They met with the 16-year-old boy and, while awaiting their second alleged passenger, the 15-year-old boy, wearing a mask, approached the driver’s side door of the male victim’s car and brandished what the victim thought was a handgun, according to the news release.

The 15-year-old ordered the victim into the backseat of the car while the older suspect waved a knife around and ordered that the victim be tied up with Mize’s shoelaces, Spencer said.

“The two males then robbed (the victim) of the money in his wallet while striking him numerous times and threatening his life with the knife and gun,” Spencer said

The two male suspects then drove the victim to a store and untied him so he could use the ATM inside to withdraw cash from his account, the news release stated. The 16-year-old went inside with him.

“The suspect and (victim) return to the car, at which time (the victim) is tied back up with Susan’s shoelaces,” Spencer said. “The suspects then take Susan home, per her request. Susan is dropped off at her residence, but never calls 911 to report what was happening to (the victim).”

The victim convinced the underage boys that he had more cash at home that he would hand over if they drove him there. When the trio arrived at the boy’s home, the suspects waited for him in the car while he went inside.

The victim immediately locked the door and told his parents what happened, Spencer said. His parents called the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. 

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The boys fled in the victim’s vehicle, which Harris County deputies soon found at another park, along with the teens. Both were taken into custody. 

During the subsequent investigation, detectives learned that Mize was part of the plan, Spencer said. 

“Susan believed (the victim) was an easy target and the plan was for the males to rob him for the money in his wallet,” Spencer said. “Susan advised (that) tying (him) up and taking his car was not her idea or part of the plan.”

Investigators who searched the car said they found a kitchen knife and two guns, both of which turned out to be BB guns, the news release stated. 

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