Group launches merger proposal of Dayton, Montgomery County

Published: Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 10:48 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 3:39 PM

Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley on Thursday released the details of a much-anticipated and controversial charter proposal to merge the city of Dayton and Montgomery County.

The proposal, developed by the private group Dayton Together over six months, would create the Dayton Metro government overseen by an elected council and manager appointed by council members.

>> OPINION: Dan Foley, Paul Leonard explain plan

>> RELATED: Key points of proposed merger plan

The metro structure would feature a mayor selected by all county voters and 10 elected representatives from newly created geographic districts, including one at-large seat representing the entire county.

The new districts would have similar-sized populations and include residents from multiple jurisdictions.

Foley said the new model seeks to stem the tide of population loss and state funding reductions.

He said the current systems of local government are antiquated and too often result in service duplication and jurisdictions competing with each other when cooperating would be more effective at attracting new jobs and investment.

“We’ve got good people working in a really out-of-date system,” Foley said.

He said the new government structure would help address poverty and other challenges facing the community.

“We believe we have created a better government, one that will allow us to compete economically, one that will help us tackle challenges like poverty around the same table,” Foley said.

Dayton Together said it will not put the charter initiative on the ballot this year.

Members said in coming months they will share the proposal with the community to collect feedback and will conduct a financial study to determine if a merger would save taxpayers money.

The charter initiative has been a considerable source of controversy since it was first publicly announced last summer.

Some city and county leaders earlier contended that a metro-style form of government could disenfranchise minority voters and has no obvious benefits, economic and otherwise.

Dayton Together officials said the plan would create three minority-majority districts that they believe could lead to the first minority candidate serving at the county commission level in Montgomery County.

“This can be a government reflective of a diverse community,” said Paul Leonard, former Ohio lieutanant governor and former Dayton mayor.

Cities other than Dayton and townships would retain their current local structure of city councils or trustees. They also would be part of the geographic districts that would elect their county representative on the 10-member Dayton Metro panel. Local council members or trustees could not also hold a seat on the proposed Dayton Metro council.

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Police called to officer-involved shooting near Ohio State campus

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Columbus police responded this afternoon to an officer-involved shooting near the Ohio State University campus.

The incident happened shortly before 2 p.m. in the area of Neil and West Northwood avenues near the Tuttle Community Recreation Center, our news partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reported.

Police said it began as a stabbing at a home along Neil Avenue. The suspect was shot at by police following a foot pursuit into a nearby field. The officer was not injured and the names of those involved were not released.

The stabbing victim is in critical condition. The suspect is in custody, WBNS reported.

Miami Twp. man gets 30 years to life in prison in child sex case

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:45 PM

Miami Twp. man gets 30 years to life in prison in child sex case

A 61-year-old Miami Twp. man likely will spend the rest of his life in prison in a child sex case involving multiple victims.

David G. Mattox was sentenced today to 30 years to life in prison following his conviction in January of seven counts of rape of a child younger than 13; two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child younger than 13; two counts of kidnapping; and nine counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

RELATED: Man indicted in child sex case faces more charges

Mattox was arrested July 16, 2015, on his 60th birthday, following an investigation after one girl in October 2014 reported sex abuse to police. The abuse went back to 2008, prosecutors said, and the investigation revealed two more victims.

Mattox also was designated a Tier III sex offender, which is the highest level.

London terror attack: What we know

Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 12:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:33 PM

Four people died and at least 40 others were injured Wednesday when a man rammed into several pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before attacking a police officer stationed outside the British Parliament, police said.

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Mark Rowley, national head of counter-terrorism and policing for London metropolitan police and acting deputy commissioner, said the attacker and a police officer who he stabbed were among those killed.

The Islamic State group claimed through its Aamaq news agency on Thursday that the attacker, who  was identified by police as British-born man Khalid Masood, was “an Islamic State soldier,” according to multiple reports.

Police were called at 2:40 p.m. GMT to respond to reports of a “firearms incident” at the bridge, just down the street from Parliament’s home at the Palace of Westminster, London metropolitan police said.

Here’s what we know so far:

Health care insurance vote: What time is the vote; what does the bill do; who is voting against it?

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

Health care insurance vote: What time is the vote; what does the bill do; who is voting against it?

The Republican bill that is set to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is scheduled for a vote Thursday, as President Donald Trump and leaders in the House scramble to secure enough support for the measure to pass.

The American Health Care Act could be dead on arrival at the House, however, as a number of Republican lawmakers are saying they intend to vote “no” on the bill.

The bill would repeal and replace some of the Affordable Care Act, shifting the way millions of Americans fund their health care needs. It would also mean that millions would be left without the health care they gained under the ACA, or Obamacare.

Here’s a look at the AHCA and what is scheduled to happen today.

What does the bill do?

According to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), the AHCA will retain some of the features of the ACA – insurers would still be required to cover customers with pre-existing conditions, for instance – but would take a sharp turn on others.

The bill would eliminate the requirement that a person have health insurance. It would also give larger companies a break by saying they are no longer required to provide coverage for employees. It will allow insurers to charge older Americans higher health care premiums.

The bill keeps the ACA provision that allows children to stay on a parent’s plan until they turn 26, but it cuts the amount of tax credits that are in place for those buying insurance, and reduces Medicaid spending in the states. In addition, it provides fewer funds for subsidies.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the new bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion during the next 10 years, but cost 24 million Americans their coverage over the next decade.

Will it pass?

That’s to be seen. Early on Thursday, it was not looking like Republicans had enough votes among their membership for the bill to pass. Republicans need 216 votes to move the bill to the Senate. That means they can lose no more than 21 of their current 237 votes. If they lose 22 votes the result would be a 215 to 215 tie. If the vote is a tie, the bill fails.

Who is on the fence?

That count has varied over the past two days, but as of 7 a.m. on Thursday, here’s a list compiled from several sources of legislators who say they are leaning toward voting “no” on the bill.

  1. Justin Amash, R-Mich. 
  2. Dave Brat, R-Va.
  3. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. 
  4. Rod Blum, R-Iowa
  5. Ted Budd, R-N.C. 
  6. Rick Crawford, R-Ark.
  7. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio
  8. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.
  9. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.
  10. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y.
  11. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. 
  12. Tom Garrett, R-Va. 
  13. Louie Gohmert, R-Tx. 
  14. Paul Gosar, R-Az. 
  15. Andy Harris, R-Md. 
  16. Walter Jones, R-N.C. 
  17. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio
  18. John Katko, R-N.J. 
  19. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho 
  20. Leonard Lance, R-N.J. 
  21. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.
  22. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
  23. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
  24. Scott Perry, R-Pa. 
  25. Bill Posey, R-Fl.
  26. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fl. 
  27. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
  28. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa. 
  29. Robert Wittman, R-Va. 
  30. Ted Yoho, R-Fl. 
  31. David Young, R-Iowa

(Sources: CBS News; Huffington Post; Twitter; The Associated Press)

The House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans, many of whom identify with the Tea Party, will meet with the president at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Some votes could change after that meeting. 

(Update: The Associated Press reports at 1:30 p.m. ET that the “House Freedom Caucus chairman says "no deal"was  reached on health bill after meeting with Trump, putting vote in doubt.”)

If it does pass, what then?

If the bill passes the House, it moves to the Senate where Senators will have a chance to add to, or subtract from the bill. If the bill gets to a vote on the floor of the Senate, Republicans will face a similar close margin when it comes to passage. Republicans have a 52-48 advantage in the Senate, so they could lose only two GOP votes and still pass the bill.

Like the NFL, nothing ends in a tie in the Senate. If the vote happened to be 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote.

If it doesn’t pass, what then?

Another bill could be introduced to either fully repeal the ACA, or to offer something like the bill that is up for a vote Thursday, but with some modifications.

When is the vote? 

There is no set time for the vote yet. Meetings will be happening throughout the day prior to a call for the vote. The vote could also be delayed for another time, but Ryan has said that wouldn’t happen. (Update: The vote has been moved to Friday, or possibly beyond. This post will be updated when the time for the vote gets near. Check back here during the day Friday).