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CEO of Middletown Community Foundation resigns

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM


            T. Duane Gordon.
T. Duane Gordon.

No reason was given Monday for the unexpected resignation of the CEO of the Middletown Community Foundation.

T. Duane Gordon, who led the foundation for more than 10 years and grew it into one of the state’s most powerful organizations, resigned earlier this month, Carole Schul, board president of the foundation, told this news organization on Monday.

She refused to say why Gordon resigned. His name has been removed from the foundation’s web site.

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Schul said that while the MCF searches for a permanent replacement, longtime Middletown businessman Dan Sack will serve as interim director. Sack, who worked at Armco for 24 years and as a private businessman for 20 years, said his top priorities are keeping the foundation “moving in the right direction” and finding a permanent replacement for Gordon.

When asked why he resigned, Gordon said in a text message to this media outlet that he didn’t wish to “discuss beyond” what was said in the news release.

He was hired in December 2007 as executive director of the Middletown Community Foundation. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in communications and journalism, Gordon’s first career was as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Madison County Journal.

“On behalf of the entire Board, and the Middletown Community Foundation, we want to thank Duane for his dedicated service during a time of growth and against a challenging economic backdrop,” Schul wrote in an email to this news organization.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. The Foundation remains dedicated to its mission to secure permanent and growing assets for the Middletown area’s changing needs, and looks forward to a productive year.”

According to a national study, the Middletown Community Foundation was the No. 1 most active community foundation in Ohio, which has 80 community foundations and the No. 21 most active foundation in the United States, which has more than 750 community foundations; and was ranked for the first year ever in the top 100 for per capita giving, at No. 59, with approximately $44 in gifts received per resident it serves in its communities.

Earlier this year, the MCF board of directors approved nearly $100,000 in grants to 14 local organizations.

The largest grant, worth $20,000, was awarded to People Working Cooperatively, a group that repairs homes for Middletown-area families.

Three other groups — Atrium Medical Foundation, Berachah Church, and Middletown Lyric Theater — each received $15,000 for their programs.

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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20): 

The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.

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Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.

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Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.

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UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

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Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.

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Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.

“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”

In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.

The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.

At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.

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“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.

The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.

Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.

Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):

Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said. 

The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims. 

Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry. 

It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business. 

Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said. 

The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.

Shooting North Dixie

FIRST REPORT

Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Woman indicted for making threats on social media

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:49 PM

A Xenia woman was indicted Tuesday on six felony counts related to threats she is accused of making toward Dayton area residents.

Jillian Sticka, 39, was indicted on six counts of menacing by stalking, according to a grand jury indictment.

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The Greene County Prosecutor's Office said Sticka was making threats or intimidating at least two different victims on Twitter.

Jail records show Sticka was arrested on Feb. 2 and her bond is set at $200,000.

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Rain returning, flooding threat increasing

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:37 PM

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>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain, few storms late tonight
  • Chance for freezing rain early Thursday
  • More rain, heavy at times Friday into the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening: Clouds will be on the increase with gusty winds. Temperatures will stay in the 70s. 

Tonight: Rain will develop, mainly after midnight. A few thunderstorms will be possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 50s by morning. It will remain breezy.

Record breaking warmth will fuel strong storms tonight.

Wednesday: Rain likely. A rumble of thunder possible early, mainly south. Temperatures will fall through the 50s into the 40s by evening. As temperatures drop, rain may change to freezing rain late at night across the northern Miami Valley.

Thursday: Rain will be around in the morning and may begin as freezing rain, mainly north of I-70. Temperatures will start the day in the lower 30s and climb into the middle 40s. The afternoon should dry out.

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Friday: Rain returns. The rain may be heavy at times. It will be milder with highs in the upper 50s. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues.

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Saturday: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder will also be possible, mainly south. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues. It will also become windy at times with highs near 60 degrees.

Sunday: There will likely be rain in the morning with clouds lingering into the afternoon. It will be windy with highs cooling into the middle 50s.

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8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:16 PM

A student at Simon Kenton Elementary School brought a gun to school in his book bag on Tuesday according to Springfield Police. 

The 8-year-old told police that he thought another student was going to hurt him and that is why he had a gun. The gun was found unloaded by a teacher who was putting homework in the suspect’s backpack.  

Police responded to Simon Kenton Elementary School at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrested the student in question. According to police the suspect will be charged with Illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.

No one was hurt in the process of securing the weapon and the student is currently in custody. We will update this developing story with the latest details as we receive them.  

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