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Butler GOP recommend West Chester Trustee George Lang for Statehouse

Published: Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Ohio Rep. Margy Conditt, R-Liberty Twp., is leaving office Sept. 8. Who will replace her?

West Chester Twp. George Lang is now the presumptive front-runner to succeed Ohio Rep. Margy Conditt, R-Liberty Twp., who resigns Friday.

Lang was the overwhelming recommended choice of the Butler County Republican Party’s Central Committee members that live in the 52nd Ohio House District, receiving 46 of 69 votes cast.

FIRST REPORT: Butler County lawmaker to resign in September

Butler County State Central Committeewoman Ann Becker, of West Chester Twp., received 19 votes, followed by Jeff Kursman, of Liberty Twp. (3), Dr. Anu Mital, of Liberty Twp., (1) and West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong (none).

District residents of the GOP’s Central Committee listened to the five can didates seeking the party’s recommendation. There are seven candidates seeking the seat, but John Haberer and Grace Kendrick, both of West Chester Twp., did not seek the party’s recommendation.

Lang is known for his ability to raise funds and contributions to the county Republican Party, and touted that ability in his speech.

“Two things that your state rep must be very good at: one is getting elected and, two, being able to raise funds,” Lang said.

He said he’s won his four elections “by a landside margin” and touted that he’s “very good at raising money.

“We are the economic epicenter of the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor,” Lang said. “If I’m blessed to get this appointment, I want to make Ohio the most business-friendly state in the nation.”

RELATED: 7 vie for Statehouse seat

He said he intends to take the model he and other trustees have done over the years and apply it at the state level.

“I want to reduce or eliminate the corporate tax on businesses and I want to start eliminate unnecessary regulations on business – the exact same thing we did in West Chester, I want to do for the state,” Lang said.

Conditt announced last month she was stepping down from her Statehouse seat on Sept. 8 to spend more time with her family. She resigns just six months into her third elected term.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger spokesman Brad Miller has previously said Conditt’s successor could be sworn in to office “in a fairly quick turnaround.”

All seven candidates will be interviewed Friday and the appointment will be announced sometime between Friday and Sept. 13. No date has been set as to when Rosenberger would make his decision.

RELATED: Butler County Democrats say Lang is ‘unfit to serve’

A screening panel, which will includechairman Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, and Reps. Sarah LaTourette, R-Bainbridge Twp., and Bob Cupp, R-Lima, will vet the applicants.

Butler County Democratic Party Chairwoman Jocelyn Bucaro has expressed her disappointment in Conditt’s resignation and said it opens the door “to enable Republican Party insiders to anoint yet another successor who answers to party bosses and not the voters they’re supposed to represent.”

She later said Lang was “unfit to serve” in the Statehouse, alleging he “traded access” to local Republicans to aid the defunct Dynus tech company.

Some of Dynus’ executives were tried and found guilty of defrauding the county millions of dollars. Lang, who eventually became a Dynus executive after being a lobbyist for the company, was never indicted for his role in the company and was found not guilty on a perjury charge stemming from his testimony of former Dynus owner Orlando Carter.

Weekend plans? Know how the weather will impact you

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on this weekend's storm system.

A complex storm system will move in to the Dayton area late Friday night, bringing with it a weather mix that will impact most of the Miami Valley this weekend, according to StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

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Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay prepared:

  • Heavy rain late Friday night, Saturday afternoon--ponding on the roads and reduced visibility will make driving challenging, and raise your risk of hydroplaning.
  • Winds will be gusting Saturday afternoon and evening. Isolated power outages are possible. Holiday decorations and lawn furniture could be blown around or damaged. 
  • Cold air will move in quickly, a 20-degree drop is expected by Sunday morning. Below freezing temperatures, light snow flurries are possible. Accumulation should not be an issue, but icy spots on roads Sunday morning are possible.

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Ohio 741 open, crews replace power pole after crash near Springboro

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

Crash closes SR 741 for hours

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.

Ohio 741 near Red Lion-Five Points Road is open to traffic after it was shut down for hours this evening.

A driver only had minor injuries, but the power pole the man hit was damaged beyond repair in the crash that happened around 2:30 p.m. The crash area was shut down while a Duke Energy crew replaced the utility pole. By 11 p.m., the roadway was back open.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the exit for state Route 73 (West Central Avenue) and go right on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

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For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for six to seven hours longer near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was a man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 

FIRST REPORT

State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

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The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 

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The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story. 

Patrol: Higher speed limit leads to spike in crashes, fatalities

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:05 AM

Patrol: Higher speed limit leads to spike in crashes, fatalities

Crashes and fatalities spiked after Ohio increased the speed limit to 70 mph on hundreds of rural interstates and freeways, according to an Associated Press report.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released a report Thursday that said there was a 24 percent increase in crashes, including 22 percent more fatal and injury crashes, on 70 mph roads since the state went to the faster limit four years ago, according to the AP.

» READ MORE: Patrol launches efforts to curb fatal crashes in Greene County 

Here in the Miami Valley, 70 mph speed limits were established on portions of I-70, U.S. 40, U.S. 68 and Ohio 4 in Clark County. Interstate 71 through part of Warren County was also increased to 70 mph.

Local substitute teacher indicted by grand jury on sex charges

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 8:56 AM

Madeline Marx Subbed as a teacher in Kettering and Oakwood schools in the past year. Her case will go to a grand jury.

For the second time in a week, an indictment alleging sexual misconduct with teenage minor students has been issued against an educator, this time with charges against a Kettering substitute teacher.

Madeline Marx, 23, of Kettering, was indicted Thursday by a Montgomery County grand jury on two counts of sexual battery, court records show.

RELATED: Kettering substitute teacher indicted

The indictment alleges one of the acts occurred between May 1 and Sept. 1 of this year. The second charge states the other act occurred later, between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, according to the indictment.

Marx, who was teaching at Kettering Fairmont High School when the alleged crimes occurred, appeared in Kettering Municipal Court on Monday on the sexual battery charges. She pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Keith Fricker.

RELATED: Accused Kettering substitute teacher pleads not guilty

Fricker said Friday he had not seen a copy of the indictment and declined to comment.

Marx has been ordered to appear in court Nov. 30, two days after a court date for a former Miamisburg Middle School teacher indicted on six counts for alleged acts involving a teenage student, court records show.

Jessica Langford, 32, of Centerville was indicted Tuesday on three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, court records show. Langford resigned from the Miamisburg district in late May, the same week allegations were made that she was sexually involved with a student, according to school district records.

RELATED: Former Miamisburg Middle School teacher indicted on six counts

Prosecutors have said Langford’s case involves a 14-year-old male. Several attempts by this news organization to reach Langford have been unsuccessful.

The indictment against Marx does not state any ages or genders of the students in that case. However, municipal court records indicate the allegations involve two males, 16 and 17 years old.

The indictment against Marx - in both criminal counts - states “the offender was a teacher, administrator, coach or other person in authority employed or serving in a school….and the other person is enrolled in or attends that school.”

RELATED: Allegations against Kettering substitute teacher make national headlines

A 17-year-old student told police he was given oral sex by a teacher July 19 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Wilmington Pike, according to the complaint, affidavit and statement of facts filed in Kettering Municipal Court.

A 16-year-old boy told police he had intercourse with a substitute teacher Sept. 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Smithville Road, municipal court documents show.

Marx was removed from Fairmont’s building Nov. 8 by police.