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Defense contractor opens new Beavercreek office

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:38 PM


Defense contractor MEI Technologies has opened a Beavercreek office to focus on providing best-value solutions and support to the U.S. Air Force, the company announced.

“By establishing a presence here in Dayton, we are fully committed to supporting the community, the future of the Air Force and its warfighters,” said Richard (Dick) Watters, deputy program manager and business development manager in Dayton.

MEIT, which has been around for 25 years, currently supports the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center community by utilizing its expertise and experience in engineering, information technology, modeling and simulation and program management.

The new Dayton-area office, at 4031 Col Glenn Hwy, Suite 140 in Beavercreek, is the sixth location for MEIT.

Attorney General Mike DeWine to make ‘special announcement’ today & then tour state

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 6:36 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to announce today that he will run for Ohio governor, putting him in contention against two other statewide officials and a U.S. congressman seeking the Republican nomination.

WATCH LIVE: You can livestream Mike DeWine’s announcement on our website around 3 p.m. today

“I have an announcement that I’m going to share with everyone at three o’clock Sunday at our house,” DeWine said in an interview.

He’ll then launch a three-day tour of the state starting on Monday, visiting six cities, including Cincinnati on Tuesday.

He will “embark on a statewide tour visiting small businesses and families who are affected in real ways by the important issues facing our state,” his campaign announced in a Sunday morning news release.

DeWine’s plans to run for governor have been the worst-kept secret in the state, especially since he was overheard by a reporter in May 2016 telling a Dayton charter school executive of his plans.

RELATED: Mike DeWine confirms run for Ohio governor in 2018

RELATED: Who’s in? A look at who is running for governor

But today, it is expected to become official.

DeWine will speak during his DeWine Family Ice Cream Social, which is held nearly every year at the family home at 2587 Conley Road, Cedarville.

The event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. As always, ice cream and pie will be available.

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers bluegrass band will perform and there will be games and activities for kids.

DeWine declined to say outright that he will make the big announcement Sunday. But he has a campaign website and a campaign manager, Dave Luketic, who said, “In what could be a difficult mid-term election, Mike DeWine is our best hope to fight through it.”

Candidates on the Republican side include Secretary of State Jon Husted, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

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On the Democratic side, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state representative Connie Pillich of Cincinnati, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Akron are in the running.

DeWine has been an elected public official since 1977 when he became Greene County prosecutor. He served in the Ohio Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and was lieutenant governor and a U.S. senator. He was defeated by Democrat Sherrod Brown in 2006 and then ran for attorney general in 2010, unseating Democrat Richard Cordray.

Current Greene County Prosecutor Steve Haller worked for DeWine as an assistant prosecutor and he remains a strong supporter.

“He was a high-energy guy,” Haller said. “I still see that same level of energy today and that’s some 40 years later. He’s hard to keep up with.”

This story is developing and will be updated.


Who is Mike DeWine?

Party: Republican

Age: 70

Hometown: Cedarville

Family: Married to Fran, eight children, 22 grandchildren

Education: bachelor’s degree, Miami University, 1969; law degree, Ohio Northern University, 1972

Political experience: Greene County prosecutor, 1977-1981; Ohio Senate, 1981-1982; U.S. House, 1983-1991; lieutenant governor, 1991-1994; U.S. Senate, 1995-2007; Ohio attorney general, 2011-current.

Fun fact: He and his family own the Asheville Tourists, a single-A minor league farm team of the Colorado Rockies



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Clear skies, warm temps expected for Day 2 at the Dayton Air Show

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

Day two of the Vectren Dayton Air Show took off Sunday with clear skies and warm temperatures expected throughout the day.

> RELATED: Thunderbirds pilot remains in hospital following Friday’s ‘mishap’

The gates to the event opened at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with the feature show scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. All acts and times are subject to change without notice. 

> FORECAST: Pleasant day for Sunday events

Today’s event features four acts, including Rob Holland, F-35 Lightning Heritage Flight, Lockhead Martin T-50A and Redline Air Shows.

> MORE: Thunderbirds will not perform Sunday

People are coming far and wide to take in the show.

Carol Shaw, of Coshocton, said she drove three hours from her home to see the show. 

PHOTOS: Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday

Shaw said she was shocked to hear about the cancellation of the Thunderbirds performance, but would've come to the show regardless. 

"I have to say I'm a little disappointed, but we've been coming here probably 20 years," she said. "We like it better than the Cleveland air show." 

Watch live coverage of the air show HERE.

Police respond to reported shooting, find stabbing victim on city’s east side

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

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UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.

Police in Dayton responded to a reported shooting early Sunday morning, but it turns out a Hispanic male suffered a stab wound, not a gunshot, according to Sgt. Matthew Locke.

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of the injury, which was not considered life-threatening, Locke said.

The emergency dispatch center got two calls related to the incident.

The first call came from the St. Mary Catholic Church on Allen Street where the victim showed up and asked for help.

Locke said the second call came from an address on Church Street, and evidence indicates the stabbing happened on Church Street.

The victim went into surgery and police have not had a chance to interview him.


Dayton police are investigating a shooting Sunday morning, according to Montgomery County dispatchers. 

Crews were sent to the reported shooting in the 100 block of Church Street around 7:24 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate investigators are collecting evidence at the address and found blood on a fence in the area. 

Dispatchers said the number of victims and further details are unknown at this time.

Downtown’s newest developer: See their $29M claim to fame

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 4:53 PM

The lobby of the Onesto Hotel in Canton. The firm that restored the hotel is on track to rehab an office tower in downtown Dayton. Their speciality is historic restoration and adaptive reuse. CONTRIBUTED

A development firm new to the Dayton market hopes to make its mark by turning a vacant downtown office tower into housing and other uses with historic flair and high-end finishes and touches.

Coon Restoration & Sealant Inc. wants to transform the 14-story Third National Bank Building from a place where people once made deposits and withdrawals to a place where people live and deposit themselves when visiting Dayton.

The firm has proposed converting the building at 34 N. Main St. into housing of a mix of sizes and a boutique hotel, as well as some commercial and entertainment uses in and around the lobby and atrium, officials said.

The city of Dayton selected the firm as its development partner earlier this week. Construction could take place between 2018 and 2020, according to the firm’s proposal.

RELATED: Dayton selects developer for downtown office tower

This will be Coon Restoration’s project in Dayton. But the firm, based in Louisville, Ohio, has completed some visually striking and widely celebrated restoration projects.

Here’s a look at one of their most famous projects:

The 200-room Onesto Hotel in downtown Canton was built in 1930 and was an icon of the city.

The 12-story building, with an Italian Renaissance design and decked out in fancy finishes, attracted celebrities and important political figures, including JFK and Marilyn Monroe.

But the hotel closed in the 1970s, and a more recent companion building next door (the Bliss Tower) also fell on hard times.

But Coon Restoration helped rehab the hotel into luxury loft apartments with modern amenities and high-end finishes.

The Onesto reopened in 2014. Coon also helped redevelop the Bliss Tower into 55 market-rate apartments. The entire project cost $28.5 million and completed in December.

The firm restored the hotel’s revered lobby, with its travertine marble staircases and terrazzo flooring, marble benches and walls and a crystal chandelier, according to the Onesto’s website.

“Coon went on a search for old photographs of the inside so he could recreate what the building looked like in the 1930s and he has been able to recreate the look and feel of the original hotel,” according to an article in the 2015 Canton Connection, the city’s official magazine.

The Onesto project has spurred redevelopment downtown, which has now topped $200 million in the historic district, said Coon Restoration.