Dayton pushes police and fire recruiting

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

With a Justice Department-mandated hiring freeze behind it, the city of Dayton has 24 firefighter recruits headed for academy training in April, a third police recruit class going to the academy in June, and another police test scheduled for June 8 to create a new pool of candidates for the next two years.

Dayton’s police and fire ranks shrank when the city was unable to hire for more than two years because of a court settlement regarding racial discrimination in civil service testing.

While it was unable to hire firefighters, the city hired dozens of civilian paramedics to handle EMS work, while moving dual-trained firefighters away from EMS duty.

Dayton Civil Service Chief Examiner Maurice Evans said Dayton has a pool of 54 eligible candidates for the fire academy.

“If the budget and the demand commands it, we’ll have another class ready to go (after the first 24),” Evans said.

Meanwhile, Dayton Police Department officials say waves of new officers will just help them keep up with retirements. Major Mark Ecton said over 10 years, Dayton’s police staffing dropped from about 500 officers to 330.

“We’re just making up for people who retire,” Ecton said. “We’re not making any real strides in getting up to the strength level we would like, which is on the other side of 360.”

This summer’s third police class will exhaust the city’s eligible candidate list, so Dayton is now advertising its next police test, which will be held June 8. Interested candidates – U.S. citizens between 20 and 34 years old who have a high school diploma or GED – must apply by April 19, either at, or by calling (937) 333-2300.

“We’re trying in our current recruiting campaign to attract applicants that will help us build the best possible police force, with an emphasis on increasing the number of African-Americans and other ethnic minority officers, so the department better reflects the Dayton community,” Ecton said.

Evans told city commissioners last week that 37 percent of early applicants were either of a minority race or female.

Dayton police officer Terry Perdue, a member of the newest class to hit the street, and one of the faces of Dayton’s recruiting effort, urged those interested in taking the test to start studying now.

“If you come out of high school at 18, work a job until you’re 20 or 21, then go to take the test … you haven’t studied in three years, and it will put you at a disadvantage,” he said.

Evans said felony convictions will disqualify people from serving as police. But Perdue said that some who have made mistakes can still make it as a police officer.

“They’re not looking for perfect people,” Perdue said. “They’re looking for a person who has the right morals, and is going to be honest on the job.”

Fox News contributor Alan Colmes has died

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

Fox News contributor Alan Colmes has died

Fox News contributor Alan Colmes has died, according to a report from Fox News.

According to Fox News, Colmes was 66-years-old.

Holmes was the best-know liberal commentator on Fox News for years and was a co-host with conservative Sean Hannity on the show ‘Hannity and Colmes.’

That was one of the first shows launched on the network when it started in 1996.

Fox spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer confirmed his death Thursday. Fox also aired a tribute to Colmes, narrated by Hannity, and a statement from his family saying that he died Thursday morning after "a brief illness." Colmes was 66 and is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley, the sister of longtime Fox contributor Monica Crowley. In a statement issued through Fox, Hannity called Colmes "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NOW OPEN: Bar Dumaine reveals its new menu

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

Bar Dumaine, the successor restaurant to Rue Dumaine and still under the direction of award-winning chef and restaurateur Anne Kearney, has announced it will open Tuesday, Feb. 21, with its revised menu and expanded hours.

The new Bar Dumaine is designed to offer a more casual atmosphere, and also significantly expands Rue Dumaine’s former hours. It will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. All Rue Dumaine gift certificates will be honored at Bar Dumaine.

“Throughout the industry, restaurants are taking on a more casual approach due to the increased cost of making high-end experiences happen,” Kearney said last month when outlining the plans for Bar Dumaine. “People still want high-quality foods on their plates, but time is of the essence.”

RELATED: Dayton’s most highly acclaimed restaurant to change name, expand hours

It’s not clear where Bar Dumaine or its successor will be following July 31, when Rue Dumaine’s 10-year lease at its current location at 1061 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) expires.

“I’m exploring numerous options,” Kearney said last month.

Bar Dumaine’s menu and the makeover the restaurant undertook over the last three weeks will help “entice a new audience of diners as well as satisfy our regulars of 10 years,” Kearney said.

Here’s a small taste of the new Bar Dumaine. This is NOT the full menu, but rather, it is the “small plates” portion of the menu:

• Chicken Liver Pate: with green peppercorn Dijon, cornichons, salted butter, toast. $8.95

• Endive salad: with apple, blue cheese, walnuts, Banyuls vinaigrette. $10.95

• Dumaine Salad: Local greens (when available), balsamic vinaigrette, radishes, sunflower seeds. $8.95

• Mushroom Waffle: Sautee of mushrooms, goat’s cheese smear, buttermilk waffle. $12.95

• Fried Blue Point Oysters: Rice flower-dusted oysters, Cambridge sauce. $10.95

• Peel-N-Eat Gulf Shrimp: with Remoulade. $12.95

• PEI Mussels: cooked in Chablis, shallots, butter. $11.95

• Roasted Marrow Bones: veal marrow, red onion marmalade, toast. $16.95

• Boudin Noir: Boudin (sausage), wholegrain mustard, apples & onions $11.95

The full opening-day menu is available on Bar Dumaine’s web site.

The dishes and style of preparation of Rue Dumaine will live through the catering arm of the business, Kearney has said.

RELATED: Rue Dumaine chef headed to NCR Country Club

Kearney is the Dayton area’s most highly credentialed chef, based on her recognition by the James Beard Foundation, whose awards are regarded as the nation’s most prestigious recognition program for the food and beverage business — the equivalent of the Academy Awards of the restaurant industry.

In February 2016, the Beard Foundation for the sixth consecutive year named Kearney a semifinalist for its “Best Chefs in America” competition for the Great Lakes region. Kearney was the only chef from the Dayton area, and one of only three in Ohio, to be named in 2016.

RELATED: Rue Dumaine’s Anne Kearney scores ‘best-chef’ nomination for 6th year running

The Beard Foundation recognized the restaurant itself in 2008, naming Rue Dumaine a semifinalist for the foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” in the nation. And Kearney was named a James Beard Foundation best-chef award winner in the southeastern U.S. in 2002 when she and her husband, Rue Dumaine co-founder Tom Sand, owned and operated the highly regarded Peristyle restaurant in New Orleans.

Kearney and Sand, both natives of the Dayton area, opened Rue Dumaine in 2007.

Vigil held on 10-year mark of double homicide

Published: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 2:26 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 2:26 PM

            Vigil held on 10-year mark of double homicide

A vigil was held Tuesday afternoon on the 10-year anniversary of the deaths of Elizabeth Davis, 49, and her partner, Felicia Kirksey Goodson Battle, 44, at their home on Vernon Drive.

The vigil was held in front of the lot where the house formerly stood in the Dayton View neighborhood at Vernon Drive and Grand Avenue.

Elizabeth’s daughter Andrea Davis said she is promoting a “see something, say something” campaign to help end the violence.

Police previously arrested a suspect in the double homicide, Velis Nelson of Dayton, but a Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict him in 2015.

The criminal investigation remains open, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Suspect in cold case homicides not indicted

Published: Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 12:11 PM
Updated: Monday, August 17, 2015 @ 2:52 PM

Suspect in cold case homicides not indicted

UPDATE @2:50 p.m. Aug. 21


A suspect in a cold case homicide from 2006 will be released from custody after a grand jury declined to indict him on any charges.


Velis Nelson was arrested on charges related to the shooting deaths of Felicia Kirksey-Goodson-Battle and Elizabeth Davis on Jan. 5, 2006 on Vernon Drive.


The grand jury was presented with evidence and declined to indict Nelson on any charges at this time, according to a release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.


The criminal investigation remains open, and Nelson will be released from custody.


UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m. Aug. 17


Bond was set at $1 million for Velis Nelson, who faces four counts of murder and four counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon, according to proceedings this morning in Dayton Municipal Court.


A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 24.


UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. Aug. 15


A man is behind bars in connection to a cold case murder, Dayton police said.


Velis S. Nelson, 28, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on four counts of murder and four counts of felonious assault.


Dayton police did not release details about the cold case. However, online Dayton Municipal Court records show the charges are connected to a Jan. 5, 2006, incident.


The only homicide reported in Dayton on that day was a fatal double-shooting of two Dayton women.


Elizabeth Davis, 49, and Felicia Goodson, 44, were found slain around 4 a.m. Jan. 5, 2006. Dayton police said at the time that Davis was shot and killed in the kitchen of a home on Vernon Drive. Police said Goodson tried to run for help but her assailant followed her and shot her once in the back of the head on the porch of a nearby home on Grand Avenue.


Nelson — who also used the alias Willie Dixon — was convicted in October 2008 of aggravated robbery involving a firearm and sentenced to three years in prison and five years of probation. According to court documents, at the time of the robbery Nelson had a Trotwood address.




A man is in Montgomery County Jail on four counts of murder in connection to a cold case, Dayton police said.


Velis S. Nelson, 28, was arrested Thursday and booked into jail on four counts of murder and four counts of felonious assault. Dayton police said he was arrested in connection to a cold case, but further details have not been released.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.