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.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 4:05 AM

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • 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 of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Nightly Lane closures February 28th – March 4th 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions until June 15th. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville - St. Johns Road, road closure January 16th – March 17th. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • SR 362 between Fort Loramie Swanders Road and Canal Road, road closure February 16th through March 3rd. The official detour is: SR 362 to SR 66
  • Fair Road Ramp to I-75 south, scheduled ramp closure March 13th – 20th. The official detour is: I-75 north to SR 47 to I-75 south.

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New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:42 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Oakwood's nearly completed Lane Stadium is now open for team practices as construction continues on the new $4 million stadium complex

The stadium hosted Oakwood High School's girls and boys lacrosse team practices Monday in the complex's first official use, Oakwood school district spokeswoman Traci Hale said. 

She said a March 11 dedication is on schedule as construction crews work to install a regulation eight-lane track and press box. 

The track at the stadium located in the Old River Sports Complex is scheduled to be installed during the first week of April during Oakwood school's spring break. 

Hale said a press box is due for completion at the end of March. 

The mostly privately funded complex will seat about 700 when completed and will serve as home to Oakwood school's field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and track and field teams.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: The lights will remain on through the end of the day Tuesday, Hale said. That’s because when they are turned on for the first time, they have to remain on for 48 hours.

Shootings in Dayton, Trotwood likely connected, police say

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:04 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:47 PM

DAYTON -- A shooting in Trotwood that left a man dead and a second in Dayton that left a child wounded are likely connected, police said:

  • A 9-year-old child was struck by gunfire that hit a house in the 1100 block of Dennison Avenue in Dayton
  • A woman and two other young children in that home were not hit by gunfire
  • Police believe the Dennison Avenue shooting is connected to a deadly afternoon shooting in Trotwood 
  • Trotwood police have a man in custody in that shooting, which occurred on Autumn Woods Drive

UPDATE @ 9:17 p.m.:  The 9-year-old child shot in the leg, hit by a bullet that bored through the door of a home in the 1100 block of Dennison Avenue, is in stable condition, Dayton Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

Police believe tonight's shooting likely is related to the deadly shooting at a Trotwood apartment on Autumn Woods Drive this afternoon.

RELATED: Shooting in Trotwood leaves 23-year-old man dead

Officers escorted a woman and two more young children from the house and to a police cruiser.

Police were dispatched to Dennison Avenue about 7:45 p.m. on a report of a shooting. They found shell casings in the street. They wrapped crime scene tape around an SUV parked in front of the house as well as the house.

Dayton and Trotwood detectives are comparing notes tonight and will continue to confer with each other Tuesday.

"Obviously a child has been injured here and that's quite tragic. Any loss of life is tragic like what happened in the city of Trotwood today," Ponichtera said. "The fact that a child was injured makes this an especially dangerous situation for the neighborhood."

Ponichtera said police have no information on who fired the shots and he declined comment on what type of weapon was used. 

Police don't know who the target was or why shots were fired into the home, he said.

"We know that people in this home are related in some manner to the individuals involved in the Trotwood incident today,"  the lieutenant said.

If you know anything about either shooting, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP or Dayton police at 333-COPS. You may remain anonymous.

Driver in vehicle crash escapes injury, suspected of OVI

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:21 PM

Driver in vehicle crash escapes injury, suspected of OVI

WASHINGTON TWP. -- The driver of a vehicle that crashed at Clyo Road and Ramblingwood Lane was not injured but was being investigated for a possible OVI.

A Montgomery County sheriff's deputy and a medic unit were dispatched to the intersection about 9:45 p.m. for a vehicle accident that left the vehicle on its side. 

The accident was dispatched as an injury crash. 

The male who had been driving was tested at the scene for suspected OVI. 

No other details were released.