Dayton funeral home fined for unprofessional conduct

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 9:00 PM


            The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors fined the east Dayton funeral home located on Valley Street $11,500 at the end of last year for unprofessional conduct.
            Ty Greenlees
The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors fined the east Dayton funeral home located on Valley Street $11,500 at the end of last year for unprofessional conduct.(Ty Greenlees)

The Magetti Gavin Funeral Home is facing a fine of $11,500 for unprofessional conduct and has until Thursday to appeal to the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

The fine was the result of two separate cases in which the funeral home, 1508 Valley St., did not appropriately handle prepaid funeral arrangements, according to Vanessa Niekamp, state board director.

Niekamp sent a letter dated Sept. 26 to Hugh P. Gavin, funeral director, that said the board had reasonable evidence to propose the suspension or revocation of the licenses held by Gavin and the funeral home for a violation of state law for unprofessional conduct.

The letter also stated that the board was going to impose a previously stayed $1,500 fine from a February 2011 settlement agreement and an additional proposed forfeiture of $10,000 in a 2012 case in which the funeral home failed to submit the payment for a client’s prepaid funeral arrangements with an insurance company or trust company within 30 days of receipt.

The state held a hearing about the proposal of suspension or revocation of the licenses on Nov. 27. Attorney Marc Myers, hearing officer, found that the funeral home failed to properly deposit prepaid funds and report all prepaid contracts to the state board in the February 2011 settlement case.

Myers recommended that the board suspend the licenses for six months if Gavin did not pay $11,500 within 30 days after the board issues sanctions against the funeral home. The board is not scheduled to meet again until February.

The funeral home’s attorney, David Jablinski, did not comment on the appeal when contacted by Dayton Daily News.

“Even though the money is now appropriately placed with the insurance company, that does not negate the fact they broke the law,” Niekamp said.

Moraine police shooting vigil: Jamarco McShann’s death ‘senseless’

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

Vigil for Jamarco McShann ends with balloon release

Community members and family gathered tonight for a candlelight vigil to remember a man shot and killed Friday in a Moraine police shooting.

Local activist, the Rev. Jerome McCorry, spoke at the vigil and said he represents the family of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann.

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“This was senseless,” he told the crowd in the Pinnacle Park lot that marked the spot where McShann was shot and killed.

Moraine police said he pointed a gun at them, which family members dispute.

Jamarco McShann

A large photo of McShann was held up at the vigil, which ended with a balloon release and a vow from organizers to seek justice.

“It’s about a bunch of scared cops who use the excuse ‘I feared for my life,’ ” McCorry said. “In the name of Jamarco a federal lawsuit will be filed.”

Pumpkin glow highlight of ‘Saturday Nightmare’ in Germantown

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.
DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF
There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

There were 1,000 carved pumpkins alight during the “Saturday Nightmare” in historic downtown Germantown.

The second annual event began at 3 p.m. with activities for all ages, including a car show featuring 300 to 400 hot rods, carnival rides, games for children, Halloween costume contest, beauty pageant, food, beer truck and live entertainment.

“It’s nice for us to be able to give back to our community we love,” event co-organizer Dave Eshbaugh said.

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The highlight of the “Saturday Nightmare” is the pumpkin glow, which this year featured 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns.

The festivities mark the final of four Saturday Night Out events, held the third Saturday of the month in June, July, August and October. Local businesses, sponsors and the city helps make the events a success, Eshbaugh said.

The summer events draw 2,500 each. But in October, the crowd is easily 5,000, he said, after one car show organizer came up with a Halloween theme.

“It became our flagship event,” he said. “It’s phenomenal for our community.”

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Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred said he opens the firehouse to the community and serves popcorn. It’s also an opportunity to interact with kids and teach fire safety.

“We think it’s great to have an event like this,” he said.

Homeless pets find families at SICSA’s free adoption event

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:26 PM

VIDEO: Dog is adopted during SICSA event

Free adoptions on Saturday helped give homeless pets find a furr-ever home.

The SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering partnered with Wagner Subaru for the “Wagner Subaru Loves Pets” free adoption event.

(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Wagner Subaru and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsored adoption fees of all animals.

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals is the area’s first no-kill shelter that has served companion animals for more than 40 years.

(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

More than 1,500 dogs and cats were adopted through SICSA in 2016, in addition to 3,400 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, the agency reported.

The adoption center is open seven days a week at 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering

WB U.S. 35 reopens following crash; CareFlight call canceled

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.

Westbound U.S. 35 has reopened following a crash involving a car and semi, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a call to CareFlight was canceled and the severity of the victim's injuries remain unknown.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT

U.S. 35 westbound near Jamestown is closed following a reported crash involving a semi Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 35 and Old U.S. 35 in Greene County just after noon. 

Initial reports indicate a person is injured after a crash involving a car and semi. 

CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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