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Council tries to oust member

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 5:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 5:20 PM

A New Carlisle city councilman who’s already been reprimanded by his fellow members is now facing the possibility of losing his seat.

Council members approved a measure at their Monday meeting to remove Ethan Reynolds, 22, from office due to what they called “continued misconduct.”

The move is allowed by the city’s charter, which includes a provision for forfeiture of office for engaging in misconduct. The charter allows for the member to request a public hearing, which Reynolds has done, said Kim Jones, New Carlisle city manager.

A memorandum outlining the items of misconduct will be sent to Reynolds via certified mail. Jones said she could not comment on the allegations until the public hearing, which is scheduled for Sept. 30.

In an exclusive interview with the Springfield News-Sun, Reynolds said he doesn’t know what the misconduct is, and he was informed it could be “what council chooses,” according to the charter.

He said he received a call from Mayor Lowell McGlothin before the meeting, informing him of the motion. Reynolds said he was told that if he resigned, “that this would all go away.”

“It’s all politically motivated. I find it funny that it comes on the heels of the election that I’m in for Bethel Twp. trustee,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds was formally reprimanded by his fellow council members last month for “aggressive and discourteous” responses to Jones regarding campaign signs.

In the Aug . 6 letter sent to Reynolds, members claimed he responded with a “lack of respect for the city manager” and a “threat to sue the city” when Jones informed him he was violating the city’s sign ordinance by displaying his Bethel Twp. Board of Trustees signs more than 90 days before the Nov. 5 election. Reynolds is running for the township office while also planning to keep his city council seat.

McGlothin declined to talk about the recent allegations of misconduct, stating the city law director instructed him to hold his comments until the hearing. Councilwoman Jane Manemann said the council is “protecting (Reynolds’) rights until he has the hearing” by not discussing the case.

“We presented him with a letter of reprimand. In that letter it says conduct unbecoming a city councilman. In the motion that was made Monday night it says ‘continuing misconduct,’ which should tell you that things have not improved a lot,” Manemann said.

“There was nothing said at that (last) council meeting because he has a right to a hearing, and I do not want to violate his rights,” she added.

Since his election in 2011, Reynolds said he’s battled with other council members because of his age and different philosophy and “grassroots” approach to government. He said he requested the hearing, an option outlined in the charter, because he wants to continue working for the city.

“I will fight it all the way,” he said. “I believe that (the voters) voted me here, and I think that the people should decide, (and) not (that) five members of council should hold the fate of 816 citizen votes.”

Courtney Eaton, a New Carlisle resident, said Reynolds is the only local representative she knows because he goes door-to-door talking to voters about city issues. She has a sign in her front yard supporting his bid for a trustee seat in Bethel Twp.

Eaton said she thinks voters should be the ones to decide if Reynolds stays on city council, not the members.

“I think he’s just being picked on,” she said.

The public hearing will be held Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Smith Park Shelter House.

West Milton woman pleads to stealing from elderly woman

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

A West Milton woman accused of forging checks and using a credit card to steal from an elderly woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony charges as part of a plea deal in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Sarah Moore, 36, originally was charged with misuse of a credit card and five counts of forgery for allegedly stealing from the 93-year-old woman for whom she was hired to provide care in West Milton.

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The woman's son reported the thefts to West Milton police this summer after his mother received a call from a credit card company about possible fraudulent charges. The bill contained more than $4,000 in charges, police reports said. 

Moore was accused of using the credit card and checks to pay her own cable and water bills, to buy gas, to make smaller transactions and receive cash back and to pay for services for a boyfriend in prison, police reported. The forgery charges involved checks taken from the woman's checkbook and cashed. 

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As part of the plea deal, four forgery charges were dismissed in exchange for Moore's pleas on the two charges and payment of restitution. The amount of restitution will be calculated as part of the pre-sentence investigation, Judge Jeannine Pratt was told.Moore could face up to 30 months in prison at sentencing Dec. 4. 

Pratt was asked to release Moore, who had been in jail since Aug. 14, on a recognizance bond. Paul Watkins, assistant county prosecutor, opposed the reduction in bail set for Moore in county municipal court based on her previous time in prison for drug related charges. 

Pratt continued the $15,000 bail ordered previously.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:17 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 eastbound Ramp to I-75 south, Lane closure on the ramp Oct. 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to Us 35 east
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 705 between McClure Road and North Kuther Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 16 - 19. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 119 to SR 66.

Man shot in Harrison Twp. taken to hospital

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:02 AM

Montgomery County deputies are investigating a reported shooting that occurred late Tuesday night.

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The incident occurred in the 4300 block of Fair Oaks Road around 11:55 p.m.

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The victim called 911 and reported he had been shot in both in legs. He said the shooter then ran out of the apartment.

Additional details are expected to be released this morning.

We will update this story as it develops. 

Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks starting today

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks

For the second time in less than three years, a major Wright-Patterson gateway used daily by thousands of commuters will close for three weeks, according to base officials.

Gate 12A, near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters and off Ohio 444 in Fairborn, is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10.

Crews will repave the road into the gate entrance and exit, shutting traffic in both directions. The gateway was last closed in 2015 for a $920,000 security upgrade.

Motorists should expect delays, a project official said. Fourteen thousand commuters — counting those both in and out — travel the gateway each day, Wright-Patterson figures show.

During the work, two traffic lanes will be kept open to both the Hope Hotel and Convention Center and Ogden Avenue, which leads to a base pass and ID office, said Ronald E. Lee, 88th Civil Engineer Group chief project manager.

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The closure this time will mean Gate 15A, near Ohio 844, will be open 24 hours temporarily. An influx of traffic during the closure is expected at Gates 1A, off Springer Road, and Gate 26A, off Ohio 235 near Ohio 4.

Drainage problems caused potholes and eroded the roadway in front of the gate, where the $125,000 reconstruction project will install a new catch basin, drainage piping and mill out old pavement and repave the roadway, Lee said.

“We’re actually going to make pavement repairs outside the gate,” he said. “The gate itself is not going to be touched.”

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Along with potentially causing heavier traffic for commuters to get on and off the base, a downtown Fairborn restaurant manager expected a sharp downturn in lunch patrons in the midst of the work.

“We’d see a big impact in a negative way,” said Kadir Kurt, manager of the Fairborn Family Diner and Restaurant on North Broad. He estimated 60 to 75 percent of lunch patrons drive from Wright-Patterson. “Our lunch business would go down a lot,” he said.

Matthew P. Owen, executive director of the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce, said some businesses might temporarily experience a minor downturn, but Fairborn businesses closer to gates staying open could see an influx of customers, such as those exiting from Gate 26A onto Ohio 235, which leads into downtown.

“It’s three weeks, and I think people who are loyal to a restaurant or a certain business are going to find a way to get there,” he said. “We hope that’s the case.

“I would think that if I want to get somewhere and I want to patronize a business, you can get there,” he added. “You may take a little bit longer to get out, but you can get there.”

Wright-Patterson is the largest single site employer in Ohio with more than 27,000 employees and has a more than $4 billion estimated regional economic impact.