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Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
FRANKLIN — Students at Franklin High and Junior High schools will be seeing a school resource officer starting next fall.
Following a lengthy discussion Monday during its monthly work session, Franklin’s school board adopted a resolution, contingent on review of the board’s attorney, to enter a partnership with the Warren County Educational Services Center to contract with the City of Franklin for a school resource officer.
However, the board also reserved the right to expand that to a full-time position that would service all of Franklin’s school buildings inside the city limits. Hunter Elementary School is in Franklin Twp., which is patrolled by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Superintendent Michael Sander said WCESC has said it was going to hire an SRO for its learning centers with or without the participation of Franklin schools.
The decision came as school security has continued to be a dominant topic nationwide in the wake of shootings at a Parkland, Fla. high school last month. Franklin’s decision is the latest in the area to address security concerns or communicate security upgrades to the community.
“School safety is our number one priority” Sander said.
Under the proposal, Franklin schools and the WCESC would each pay 37.5 percent of the costs for an SRO to be assigned to both city schools and the WCESC’s two learning centers, with the city covering the other 25 percent. After the nine-month school year, the SRO would patrol city streets during the summer months. All three entities would cover the one-time costs for uniforms and a cruiser.
Sander said that for the first year, it would cost each of the districts between $47,662 and $55,794. Sander said costs go down in the second year to between $35,994 and $44,126 for the officer’s salary and benefits. If the district were to exercise its option for an SRO of its own, it would be responsible for 75 percent of the costs as well as the other start-up costs.
At the board’s Feb. 26 meeting, some school board members asked for additional information and options for hiring private armed guards for school security. Except for Dayton Public Schools, Sander said school districts in southwest Ohio that have SROs use local police or sheriff’s personnel and that the hourly rate for a police officer is close to what an armed guard would cost.
Sander also pointed out that a police SRO also has a radio to call for assistance from other officers and that they have arrest powers, which a private armed guard would not. He said the central office and the principals would have the SRO’s cell phone number for immediate response without having to use the dispatch center.
During the board’s discussion, some members were not sure if the shared SRO was enough as that officer would be stretched to some degree and wondered if the district should have its own.
“I believe it would be better to have an SRO of our own,” said Board member Lori Raleigh. “We have to decide if we want this or not.”
Board member Rachel Ruppert-Wolfinbarger said the district would have to identify where the funds would come from the budget. “I want to make sure we’re not missing out on an opportunity (with the WCESC),” she said.
Sander said if the district opted to go with a full-time SRO, there would have to be offsets in the budget, but it would not impact staff.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:35 AM
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect as a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through the morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren counties until 8 p.m.
Snow is falling steady, and drifting will be a problem with gusts reaching 25 to 35 mph.
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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
DAYTON — A shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Bickmore Road early Wednesday morning, prompting officials to
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The incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m., per initial reports.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:03 AM
SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST, Wash. — A Mill Creek, Washington, man is facing charges after a treehouse was found in the Snoqualmie National Forest with child pornography hanging on the walls inside.
KIRO-TV first reported on the discovery off the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in February. The unauthorized treehouse was reported by an employee of the Department of Natural Resources, according to court documents. A DNR worker took a couple of the photographs off the wall to show law enforcement and called the King County Sheriff's Office.
The DNR employee took a detective to the treehouse, which was described in court documents as "an elaborate tree house that resembled a fairy or gingerbread house." The treehouse was about 8 feet off the ground with a porch surrounding it.
Investigators say that inside the treehouse they found photographs of naked young girls framed on the walls. There was also a bed, food, supplies, a book and an electronic keyboard.
They found an envelope with more pornographic images.
The King County Sheriff's Office handed the case over to the FBI to investigate. The FBI sent KIRO-TV new photos of the house on Monday.
The FBI searched the cabin in April 2017 and collected items to test for fingerprints and DNA to find out who built the cabin.
They took construction photos, smoking material, bedding, glasses, photos of girls, bags of batteries and glass from the photograph frames.
They sent the items to the FBI laboratory in Quantico.
Federal investigators said they also talked to a Search and Rescue volunteer who said he had seen an SUV near the cabin on multiple occasions, and he had the license plate information. Investigators tracked down the owner of the vehicle and watched him.
Investigators said they took a swab from the handle of his motorcycle and later got a paper drinking cup he discarded. Those items were also sent to the lab in Quantico.
According to court documents, the items tested at Quantico positively identified the 56-year-old Mill Creek man. Court records show Daniel Wood, of Mill Creek, has been charged with two counts of child pornography possession.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:56 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
TODAY: The Winter Weather Advisory continues for all until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Butler and Warren Counties until 8 p.m. Wednesday as well
Snow is falling steady enough that roads are covered and will continue to take on new snow through the night. “Snow stays pretty widespread with some pockets of intensity through the morning drive”, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
Moisture pulls away with this system and some showers should begin to fizzle out towards lunch.
Winds will be gusty especially north of I-70 early this morning. 20 to 30 mph gusts are possible late this afternoon everywhere once snow stops, which can keep the threat for blowing and drifting.
THURSDAY: Skies will become mostly sunny, with high temperatures in the low 40s.
FRIDAY: Sunny skies to start the day. Clouds will increase in the afternoon. Highs in the low 40s.
SATURDAY: There is a chance of snow in the morning, possibly mixed with rain. A wintry mix or rain will linger into the afternoon. Highs will top out near 40.
SUNDAY: Skies are expected to clear, with highs in the lower 40s.