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Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:41 PM
— A new city of Dayton program seeks to reduce substandard rental housing and combat slumlords by promoting living spaces that pass voluntary inspections.
Dayton’s Preferred Property Program will give a “stamp of approval” to rentals that meet certain requirements, including having no housing violations and passing a safety assessment and structural inspection.
Property owners or managers also will be required to complete a property management training course and register their housing with the Montgomery County rental registry.
Program participants will get a free listing on the city’s website (daytonohio.gov) and will receive assistance with marketing their apartments and rental homes, officials said.
The city has programs in place to punish neglectful or irresponsible landlords, but this new initiative will reward good stewardship, said Michelle Zaremeba, the coordinator of the Dayton Mediation Center.
“It’s a chance for tenants to see that the city actually has vetted these properties,” she said.
Dayton Commissioner Matt Joseph pushed to create the new program after receiving complaints from residents about rental housing in their neighborhoods.
City staff met with members of the Greater Dayton Apartment Association and the Greater Dayton Real Estate Investment Association to devise ways to improve the quality of rental product.
The preferred program, which is for properties with four or fewer units, will provide a stamp of approval to housing that passes an external housing inspection and safety assessment by the fire department, said Zaremba.
Property managers and owners also will have to fill out a preferred property application and attend property management training.
Properties in the program will be published on the city’s website, including on an interactive map, to show potential tenants and housing seekers that they have met certain standards, officials said.
The stamp of approval will be a “preferred property seal” that people can post on their properties or on their websites or promotional materials, officials said.
“Hopefully, this will attract tenants to rent properties from the preferred property members and this will eventually reduce the inventory of poorly managed properties,” Zaremba said.
The city has limited resources and can only do so much to punish bad landlords and property managers, and it is time to introduce a carrot to encourage good management, said Commisioner Joseph.
“I have high hopes for this,” he said. “After we get going, I hope this really makes a dent in what has been a persistent problem with sub-quality rental properties.”
Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:58 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:11 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m. (Feb. 17):
The woman who was shot in the head at a residence in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue has died.
According to the Montgomery County Coroner Office, Keyona Murray, 22, died at the hospital around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
An autopsy will be performed later today to determine the cause of death, according to an investigator.
UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m. (Feb. 16):
Dayton homicide detectives have been called to the home on Lorenz Avenue where a female was shot in the head.
She is said to be in critical condition, a police sergeant tells us.
The crime scene stretches from inside the house, in the 100 block, to the sidewalk in front of the house.
Traffic to Lorenz has been stopped at West Second Street to the south, and Edison Street to the north.
INITIAL REPORT (Feb. 16):
A female reportedly shot in the head at a residence in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital.
Her condition is not known.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Gas main broken in vehicle crash; stores evacuated
Police are investigating what happened there. Police and a medic unit were dispatched about 8:25 p.m. on a report of a shooting.
We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report as information becomes available.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:02 PM
MIAMI VALLEY — A kettle, fire pit, bleeding candles and golf carts are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
The handles on some Whirlpool KitchenAid electric kettles could come loose and cause the liquid inside to burn you.
There are three reports of minor burns and a total of 79 reports of the handles separating.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Student named people he wanted to kill, police say
The recalled kettles come in six colors. Visit repair.whirlpool.com for the full list of model and serial numbers under recall.
Stop using the kettles and contact Whirlpool at 800-874-0608 for a free replacement.
Outdoor Gas Pit Table
Three people have been burned by Hampton Bay outdoor gas fire pit table patio heaters sold exclusively at Home Depot.
The base lacks a heat shield and could burn you when you try to turn it off.
The recalled fire pit has the following model number: G-FTB51057B and UPC 6944937601579.
Contact Yayi at 855-600-9294 for a free repair kit.
Bleeding Drip Candles
Bleeding drip taper candles, by Cost Plus World Market ,are under recall because they may catch fire.
There is one report of the high candle flame igniting the wax, but no injuries.
Stop using the candles and contact Cost Plus World Market at 877-967-5362 for a full refund.
Instant Pot Cookers
Although not an official recall at this time, Instant Pot is warning customers about overheating and melting in certain styles of its cookers.
Yamaha golf cars and personal transportation vehicles (PTVs) are under recall because of 285 reports of the brake cables failing. No one has been hurt.
Several model numbers of gas and electric vehicles sold between 2015 and 2018 are affected.
Don't ride on the cars and PTVs. Contact Yamaha at 800-962-7926 for a free repair.
Stargazer recliner chairs, sold exclusively at REI, are being recalled because straps on the chairs can break and cause you to fall.
No one has been injured, but there is one report of a chair breaking.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:01 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:23 PM
CENTERVILLE — Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson’s recent retirement came amid an ongoing investigation into allegations of criminal conduct, according to city officials.
“There were allegations of criminal conduct, therefore we’re following up with conducting an internal investigation into those allegations,” City Manager Wayne Davis said in response to questions from the Dayton Daily News/WHIO I-Team.
“At this time there’s no evidence of criminal activity, however our investigation is not complete,” Davis said.
Robertson retired Feb. 9 after working for the city nearly 40 years. His two-page letter of resignation cited “a serious medical condition” for the reason he decided to retire.
When asked whether the investigation was connected to Robertson’s decision to retire, Davis said: “Not from what was shared with me.”
Davis said the internal review is being conducted by the law director and started sometime after Jan. 24.
Robertson couldn’t be reached for comment.
The city of Centerville released a statement Friday saying, in part, “the city is not at liberty to discuss the details of the investigation at this time. The city will continue to cooperate with providing information as it becomes available.”
The chief’s personnel records do not indicate the reason for the investigation.
Records from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio, show Robertson has been paid $32,294 to teach classes there since 2010, including $5,600 for seven training sessions in 2017. Davis confirmed the city is looking into whether Robertson was reimbursed for the same days he worked as police chief, getting paid twice for the same hours. He would not say whether those allegations are part of the criminal probe, however.
His most recent performance review in 2016 included positive reviews.
“He cares deeply about the men and women of the Centerville Police Department and strives to maintain the high professional reputation of the organization,” the review says.
But he was also given a formal, verbal warning in December and told to attend a course on harassment in the workplace because of an incident last August, according to the records. While talking with officers about preparations for a rally supporting transgender issues, Robertson jokingly asked a police officer “How’d your surgery go?” The officer complained and the comment was determined to be inappropriate by the city, the records show.
Robertson retired and was rehired in 2014. His employment contract in June 2017 was extended to January 2019.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield High School student charged in connection with a school threat that caused local schools and schools across the country to take safety precautions made her first court appearance Friday.
The 17-year-old junior stood before Clark County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Vaughn and cried as the judge told her she was being charged with inducing panic, a felony in the second degree.
“(The threat) was tracked to the phone of the suspect,” Vaughn said, reading her charging document.
The potential penalty, if she is convicted, is between one year to until she is 21 years old in the Ohio Department of Youth Services, Vaughn said.
The student’s next court date will be Wednesday.
“The court finds given the seriousness of the offense that the defendant be held at this time,” Vaughn said.
The defendant will make her way through the juvenile court system and not be moved to adult court, Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said.
The juvenile court system can handle incidents like these, he said.
“This case will remain in juvenile court for adjudication and the State of Ohio will not seek to have this defendant bound over to adult court,” Wilson said.
What the suspect allegedly did was serious, Wilson said, and it will be prosecuted.
“The actions of this defendant caused serious public inconvenience and alarm,” Wilson said. “This defendant and any other person who posts or issues these kinds of threats will have to answer for their actions in front of a judge.”
He said no one should make threats against a school.
“Local law enforcement will continue to take these threats seriously and anyone caught making these types of threats will be arrested and charged,” he said.
Clark County had a strenuous week with school threats and security. On Tuesday, an unloaded gun was found in an 8-year-old Simon Kenton student’s backpack. And there had been rumors that a gun was found at Springfield High School on Wednesday. Superintendent Bob Hill said the rumors, which concerned many parents and community members on social media, was not true.
Also on Friday, Clark County deputies investigated a supposed threat towards Northwestern Local Schools.
The Northwestern student was arrested at the start of school Friday morning, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and a one-call sent to parents by the district.
“There was another threat and another arrest was made,” Clark County Chief Deputy Travis Russell told the Springfield News-Sun.
Northwestern School Superintendent Jesse Steiner said a student made an online post that was perceived by some to have threatened the school, but that student did not mean to.
Steiner said the online post was taken out of context, and the student did not intend to harm anyone.
“At no point was anybody in danger,” Steiner said. “People could have misinterpreted the post. The kid did not threaten anyone.”
The post is a reason why it might be a good idea to talk to kids about what they post online, Steiner said.
“This is a great time to talk about what they post online and how they say it,” he said. “Have that conversation so they can keep their kids safe.”