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Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 2:58 PM
Former Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson did not break the law by getting paid by the state for teaching classes during the same hours his timesheets say he was working for the city as chief, according to an investigation by an attorney the city hired to review the allegation.
The investigation found Robertson violated the terms of his contract by not getting written permission for the side teaching job at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, but that he had verbal permission from the former city manager.
Current City Manager Wayne Davis said he would have made sure to get the approval in writing per the contract, but at this point he sees no value in taking action on the contract violation because no one was harmed by the oversight.
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The investigation was launched after an unnamed police officer on Jan. 26 wrote a memo to Davis and the human resources director alleging Robertson committed theft in office. The officer sought whistleblower protection under state law.
“(Robertson) failed to use leave as required while teaching at OPOTA and thus received improper compensation from two taxpayer funded entities,” the memo says.
The Dayton Daily News I-Team reviewed OPOTA records and Robertson’s hand-signed timesheets from 2014 through 2017 and found that while Robertson usually took leave on days he was teaching, there were instances where he didn’t take enough leave to cover teaching a two-day class. He was paid $5,200 for those classes.
Robertson was paid $123,888 last year by the city, according to city payroll records.
The city law director hired Thomas Schiff, a Kettering attorney who serves as Germantown’s city prosecutor and was formerly a county prosecutor, to review the allegations.
“(Schiff) was chosen because we had allegations of criminal misconduct, and as a former prosecutor he understands obviously how to conduct an investigation into criminal matters,” Davis said. “If he had found evidence of criminal misconduct we would have a separate law enforcement authority conduct an investigation as a follow-up.”
Schiff reportedly completed his review last week and the I-Team obtained a copy of it this week.
The report says Schiff reviewed the records and spoke to city employees, including the complainant, who said other officers are required to take leave to teach. The fact the chief took leave on most occasions confirms he thought it was required, the complainant told the investigator.
“While, under different circumstances, the allegations might have validity,” Schiff wrote, he concluded no criminal violation occurred in this instance.
“It is my opinion that because Chief Robertson did not fail to perform his duties as Chief of Police for the City of Centerville in an efficient and effective manner and, further, because Chief Robertson’s contract with the city did not require him to work any set number of hours for the City, he therefore did not commit a criminal offense,” Schiff wrote.
Schiff did find that “there may have been a technical violation of Chief Robertson’s contract with the city” because the contract requires written permission from the city manager before Robertson accepts outside employment and no such record exists.
The story so far: An unnamed police officer on Jan. 26 wrote a memo to Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis and the human resources director alleging that then Police Chief Bruce Robertson committed theft in office by accepting pay for teaching classes at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy while working full-time for the city. Two weeks later, Robertson retired, citing health issues.
What’s new: An investigation by an attorney hired by the city to review the allegation found Robertson violated city policy in not getting written permission to work the side job, but determined he committed no criminal violation.
What’s next: The city says it plans no further action on the contract violation.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:22 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
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Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.
Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.
“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”
The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.
She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.
Wilson told them they must also be innovators.
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“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.
“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”
The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.
“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”
Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.
“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.
From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.
“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.
The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.
“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.
“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:21 PM
— Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts.
“You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins, the owner of DNA Computers in Kettering.
Jenkins found over 100 apps on her own Facebook account that have grabbed her profile information, friend list, posts, likes, or even photos she’s posted and photos she’s tagged in.
A look at my phone revealed over 70 apps including “Apply Magic Sauce.”
According to their website, the app translates individuals digital footprints into psychological profiles. Jenkins showed me how to get rid of it.
To remove or modify these Facebook Apps and quizzes using your phone:
Open the Facebook app
Click the menu (which is typically designated by three lines)
Select “account settings”
Choose apps you want to delete
To delete Facebook Apps on a desktop or laptop:
Log on to Facebook
Click the menu (the small triangle in the upper right corner)
Click “apps” (located in a list on the left side of the screen)
Select an app
Select the pencil icon to modify settings or click the “X” to delete the app
You can turn off all app access completely, but Jenkins recommends deleting apps one by one.
“if you scroll down past the apps there is a box where you can turn off Platform. Platform is the interface which allows Facebook to work with third-party websites and software. If you disable it, you can’t log into anything with Facebook anymore,” said Jenkins.
Jenkins warns of another big risk with access you grant these apps.