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Dayton man to spend 16+ years in prison for cross-country drug case

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:33 PM


A 34-year-old Dayton man will spend more than 16 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine from Los Angeles to Dayton.

Aaron Brown was sentenced to 16 years and 5 months in prison in federal court today, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Brown recruited at least two people to help him with trafficking cocaine, by having those people drive from Dayton to Los Angeles with cash and then Brown flew to meet the individuals, the department said.

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Brown then used the money to purchase the drugs and would hide it in the vehicles that were then driven back to the Dayton area.

“Brown and the co-conspirators would meet up again in Dayton in order for Brown to obtain the cocaine and distribute it to local customers,” a prepared statement read.

Brown pleaded guilty to the charge in February of last year.

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Police: 3 armed men rob Moraine used car dealership 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:12 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

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Police in Moraine continue to investigate after three armed men robbed a used car dealership on South Dixie Drive Friday morning. 

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Officers responded to the dealership at 4508 South Dixie Drive around 11:30 a.m. after the robbery was reported. 

Investigators confirmed the suspects entered the business with guns and fled the area in a vehicle. 

Additional details, including the description of the vehicle, were not provided by officers on scene. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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School threat against Northwestern leads to arrest Friday

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:28 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.

Northwestern School superintendent Jesse 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.”


A threat against Northwestern schools led to an arrest Friday.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t immediately provide details of the threat or who was arrested but said they were contacted Friday morning.

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“There was another threat and another arrest was made,” Clark County Chief Deputy Travis Russell told the Springfield News-Sun.

The arrest was made one day after local authorities arrested a 16-year-old Springfield girl for allegedly posting a Facebook threat against Springfield High School. The recent arrest comes two days after a gun was found at Simon Kenton Elementary School in Springfield.

We’re hearing a one-call was sent out to Northwestern parents this morning about the most recent threat. A message seeking comment was left for Northwestern Local School Superintendent Jesse Steiner.

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Tipp City school solutions still elusive 2 years after failed bond issue

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

            A deteriorated floor is shown in an area of Broadway School in Tipp City. The district is taking a new look at its facilities after a bond issue failed two years ago. FILE
A deteriorated floor is shown in an area of Broadway School in Tipp City. The district is taking a new look at its facilities after a bond issue failed two years ago. FILE

Two years after a bond issue failed, Tipp City Exempted Village Schools is taking a new approach with the community to gain support for school upgrades and the planning of a new school.

A possible road map — which would include construction of a pre-kindergarten through grade three building on the site of the Broadway Elementary School — was the focus of a community engagement meeting this week. About 100 community members met with administrators at L.T. Ball Intermediate School.

“This is a very important session for our community,” said Sam Spano, board of education president.

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The board, which welcomed two new members in January, is talking with the community about facility needs following the 2016 defeat of a proposed bond issue that would have funded the new school.

After that request “failed terribly,” leaders tried to learn why, said Liz Robbins, district community relations coordinator.

Among criticisms heard about that request was the proposal didn’t include information on plans for grades four through eight and didn’t look at preserving any existing elementary through middle schools.

Concepts now being explored include both preserving some buildings while looking to replace others, said Gary Pfister, district director of services.

The district buildings include the newest, a high school that was built in 2004; Tippecanoe Middle School, built in 1964; L.T. Ball Intermediate, built in 1974; Nevin Coppock Elementary, built in 1959; and Broadway Elementary, built in 1952.

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Pfister said the board is looking at renovating/updating LT. Ball and the middle school to add another 20-plus years of life using district permanent improvement levy dollars – not additional taxes – and then planning with the community a new pre-kindergarten through third-grade building that would require a bond issue.

“We are not asking for more money for the two buildings but are going to have to ask you for money to build a new building,” Pfister said.

If the board decides to move forward, the updates/renovations could begin as soon as this summer. Planning for a new building would take 12 months or longer.

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Participants met in smaller groups to discuss what they had heard and to compile questions.

Reactions ranged from support for renovations to questions about whether the district would want to use state funding with a new building project and one group that said the concepts outlined seemed rushed. One group said its discussion centered primarily on security at buildings today, and how it would be addressed in any renovation project.

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Green thumbs in Vandalia: City wants you for community garden program

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

            Last year’s Community Garden in Vandalia. Participants are being sought now for the 2018 program. CONTRIBUTED.
Last year’s Community Garden in Vandalia. Participants are being sought now for the 2018 program. CONTRIBUTED.

The city of Vandalia is seeking more community participants in the Vandalia Community Garden as part of the seventh season.

Many people see a community garden as a way to get exercise. Some see it as a way to collaborate with fellow members of the community to grow food, flowers and herbs to feed the community.

The garden offers 22 plots of 15-feet-by-20-feet that will be available as a first-come, first-served basis. The gardening season begins in April and continues through October.

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Anyone interested can pick up a registration packet from the Vandalia Recreation Center at 1111 Stonequarry Road.

The garden will be located at Jeffers Park on Halcyon Drive. Registration begins Friday, March 1, with a $25 fee. The growing season will begin April 1.

For any further information, visit the Vandalia website or contact Micki Weber at (937)415-2353.

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