Dayton school and city leaders to discuss building plans today

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 5:02 PM

Dayton’s six-story school district headquarters houses only 150 central office employees, and is “a major financial challenge,” according to Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton, because of $1.1 million in deferred maintenance. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Dayton’s six-story school district headquarters houses only 150 central office employees, and is “a major financial challenge,” according to Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton, because of $1.1 million in deferred maintenance. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Leaders of Dayton Public Schools and Dayton city government have scheduled a joint press conference for 8 a.m. today to discuss school district facilities.

DPS is considering closing multiple under-enrolled schools next fall, and said the fate of the district headquarters buildings on Ludlow Street downtown are also up for discussion.

RELATED: DPS plans facility meetings, says HQ is under-used

Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Wednesday that the first two of four planned community meetings on DPS facilities will be rescheduled. Those meetings had been planned for Jan. 10 and Jan. 11.

The eight DPS schools that are the emptiest according to district officials are all in West Dayton — Wogaman (28 percent occupied), Boys Prep (29), Rosa Parks (32), EJ Brown (36), Meadowdale Elementary (37), Meadowdale HS (43), World of Wonder (46) and Westwood (48). District officials said no decisions have been made on which schools will close, or how many.

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The six-story district headquarters houses only 150 central office employees, and is “a major financial challenge,” according to Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton, because of $1.1 million in deferred maintenance.

Lolli said last month that DPS had already made contact with the city of Dayton’s development office to talk about opportunities.

Senate reaches deal to end shutdown; Trump to speak soon

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:16 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

What You Need to Know: Government Shutdown

Senate Democrats agreed to support a bill today to re-open the federal government until early next month in return for Republican promises to permit a floor debate on a bill to provide protection for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the breakthrough on the Senate floor shortly before a scheduled vote today on a bill to keep the government open until Feb. 8 and extend for six years a popular program that provides billions of federal dollars to the states to pay for the health care costs of low-income children.

"We expect that a bipartisan bill on DACA will receive fair consideration and an up-or-down vote on the floor," Schumer said.

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If the Senate agrees, the government will re-open this afternoon.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., earlier today pledged to have the Senate will take up immigration after the government re-opens. In a floor speech this morning, McConnell promised “an amendment process that is fair to all sides.”

“This immigration debate will have a level playing field at the outset,” McConnell said.

Senate Democrats had discovered what congressional Republicans learned in 1995 and 2013 – that it is difficult to prevail in a partial shutdown against a White House which will not budge.

In 2013, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, demanded that the price for keeping the federal government open was for President Barack Obama to scrap his signature 2010 health law known as Obamacare. Obama held firm and the congressional Republicans collapsed in acrimony.

This time, Senate Democrats are insisting that any move to open the government protections for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.

In an appearance Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said “as Republicans, we have some experience with futile gestures like government shutdown.”

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Although most analysts do not believe a brief shutdown will have any meaningful impact on the November elections, Senate Democrats such as Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey in Pennsylvania are under intense pressure to keep the government open.

But like the tea party conservatives who backed Cruz in 2013, progressive Democrats are demanding that Senate Democrats hold firm and not yield to President Donald Trump.

“If you are a Democrat and you want to run for president you have to prove you hate Trump more than anyone else and this is part of the deal,” said Corry Bliss, who directs an independent organization support House Republicans.

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Firemen: Child igniting paper on space heater starts fire at Orlando apartment complex

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:35 AM

Apartment Complex Fire Started By Child Igniting Paper On Space Heater, Firemen Say

At least 48 people were displaced after a fire at a Florida apartment complex Saturday morning, the Orlando Fire Department said. 

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Firefighters said no one was injured in the fire that broke out at the Windsor Cove apartments in Orlando around 10 a.m.

Fire investigators said a child igniting paper on a space heater caused the blaze.

The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents. 

"It's pretty significant. It was 25 kids, which is the most amount of kids that I've had to deal with on any of the calls that I've gone out on," said Leo Alvarez, a Red Cross volunteer. 

About 10 total apartment units were affected by the blaze. 

Power was shut off to the entire building, approximately 12 units, due to extensive damage to the electrical system, firefighters said. 

Body scanner to take aim at dope entering Montgomery County Jail

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

Tyler Viernes, a corrections officer at the Montgomery County Jail, demonstrates a new body scanning system that more than 25,000 inmates a year will pass through. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
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Tyler Viernes, a corrections officer at the Montgomery County Jail, demonstrates a new body scanning system that more than 25,000 inmates a year will pass through. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart/CHRIS STEWART / STAFF)

Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials will flip the switch soon on a new full-body scanning system designed to keep contraband out of the county jail — including dangerous opioids that continue to slip in and cause overdoses behind the bars.

RELATED: Counties struggle to keep drugs out of their jails 

Chief Deputy Rob Streck said one factor makes the machine almost indispensable: its ability to detect objects in body cavities without conducting an invasive search. 

“The big thing is people smuggling opiates or other types of drugs inside them and it gets into our jail,” Streck said.

While the frequency of drug overdoses eased in recent months, during 2016 and the first half of 2017, the jail staff dealt with several inmate overdoses a month, he said. 

One inmate, Dustin Ryback, died in November 2016 of a fentanyl overdose, the Montgomery County coroner determined. Another inmate was accused of supplying the deadly opioid from inside the walls. 

MORE: Possible arrest made in connection to Dustin Rybak’s death

Montgomery County approved the purchase of the $118,750 machine from OD Security North America last July. Scans from the machine can also pick up needles, weapons and cell phones. 

MORE: County spending on jail lawsuits tops $1M 

More than 25,000 Montgomery County Jail inmates a year will pass through a new full-body scanner able to detect a firearm or cell phone taped to a body, a needle in a pocket or a small baggie of drugs inside a body, said Streck.

Some in custody will be scanned multiple times as they return from court dates and work details.  

“We’re a busy jail … It’s going to be a busy machine,” he said. 

Rain showers, heavy at times, with gusty winds today 

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Rain is expected today in the Dayton area.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain showers and gusty winds Monday
  • Chance for snow showers Tuesday
  • Dry time to end work week

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Rain showers are expected today, with the potential for some of that rain to be heavy at times this evening. If you have plans to be out today, keep the umbrella handy and give yourself extra time on any commutes. Temperatures will be on the mild side today as we’ll be steady in the middle, maybe upper 50s today.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

TUESDAY: Some passing rain and snow showers will be possible during the day. It’ll be breezy and colder with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Road temperatures will be warm, so not much expected to stick, but wet snow will taper off Tuesday night.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>>5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Cold morning the 20s with partly cloudy skies. It’ll be a cool afternoon as highs peak in the mid-30s with a breeze.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Sunshine arrives through the day as temperatures are warmer than normal in the upper 30s. 

FRIDAY: A very nice end to the work week as highs push above normal into the upper 40s. We’ll see sunshine through the afternoon.