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Dayton mayor's comments on immigration draw fire

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 10:51 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 10:51 PM

            Protesters take issue with Dayton mayor's comments on immigration
Protesters take issue with Dayton mayor's comments on immigration

Mayor Nan Whaley's comments about immigration prompted a small group of protesters waving American flags and signs denouncing undocumented immigration from Mexico to gather Thursday night outside a building where she was meeting with residents about community issues.

The protesters, many of whom were from Cincinnati, said Whaley has signaled Dayton's willingness to accept some of the undocumented immigrant children who have arrived at the southern U.S. border from Central America. They said they wanted to send a clear message to political leadership that they will not tolerate the welcoming of illegal immigrants into the community.

"They don't have the right," said Zee Zembry, an Arizona resident who is helping a sick relative in Tipp City. "We don't want illegals in Dayton, Ohio."

Whaley said it was sad that people who do not live in Dayton tried to hijack a community meeting to complain about needy children. She said if the children, whom she describes as refugees, need to be distributed across the nation, Dayton would certainly do its part and provide a safe landing spot.

"Of course we would consider being helpful to the country, because we're an immigrant-friendly community," she said.

Whaley was hosting the second of 14 community meetings planned for across the city, which have been billed as a way to promote neighborhood strengths and connect residents with services. About 50 people attended the meeting, where updates were provided on the Dayton Metro Library expansion and the county auditor's revaluation of properties across the city.

The topic turned to illegal immigration when Ron Ungerer, a 63-year-old Xenia resident, stood and addressed the mayor. Ungerer said he wants to know why Mayor Whaley has told some media outlets that she would support accepting some the undocumented children.

"The mayor is on record as having said she wants to bring illegals into the community," he said. "This will be a very destructive thing for our neighborhoods ... where will they put them?"

Though he lives in Xenia, Ungerer said what happens in Dayton impacts the entire region, including the surrounding communities. He is demanding Whaley recant all statements of support of providing facilities for the illegal immigrants.

The mayor said Dayton, along with many other U.S. cities, has been in communication with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the immigrant children at the southern borders. The department, she said, has tried to identify cities that have facilities that could accept and accommodate some of the thousands of child refugees.

Whaley said Dayton would likely be a destination for some of the children. But she noted there is no news on the fate of the immigrant children and Congress would have to take action to finance their placement in communities nationwide.

"We are an open community, and we are open to immigrants," she said. "The anger about something that hasn't even happened, and the fact that Congress hasn't even acted, makes this all very strange to me."

Outside the meeting place, some protesters and attendees became embroiled in a heated argument, where they traded sharp words. One visitor said the protesters had no right to disrupt a neighborhood meeting that had nothing to do with immigration issues.

But some protesters said they do not know whether Whaley was discussing any of her plans for the immigrant children.

"She was here to discuss neighborhood issues," one man said. "Bringing hordes of illegals to Dayton is probably not only going to affect my neighborhood, but this very neighborhood."

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Boil advisory issued for parts of Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

A boil advisory has been issued for parts of Trotwood while crews make repairs to a water main, according to a city public works spokesman. 

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The advisory is in effect for residents on East Main Street between Wolf Creek Pike and Broadway Avenue. Residents on South Sunrise Avenue are also included in the boil advisory. 

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The boil advisory is in effect until further notice, according to the media release. 

Residents are asked to boil their water for a minimum of three minutes before consumption or use for oral hygiene.

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Coroner’s office identifies 2 men found shot to death at Harrison Twp. auto dealership

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

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UPDATE @ 8:50 a.m. (Feb. 20): 

The two men found shot to death in a Harrison Twp. auto dealership were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, both of Dayton.

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Both men’s autopsies are taking place this morning.

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Originally, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain said the men’s ages were 59 and 79. Buck was the operator of Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie Drive.

UPDATE @ 6:37 p.m. (Feb. 19): Two men were found shot to death after an apparent struggle Monday at Buck-I Auto Sales on North Dixie, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Capt. Jeremy Roy said the bodies of men ages 79 and 59 were discovered inside the Harrison Twp. business at 2801 N. Dixie Drive after deputies were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. on a shots fired call. Roy would not provide any other details and said the deceased’s next of kin had not yet been notified Monday afternoon.

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Roy said deputies forced entry after seeing what they believed was at least one body. Roy said the coroner’s office was to take control of the bodies and evidence technicians were coming to photograph and diagram the scene. He said autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.

“It looks like a struggle ensured inside the business prior to whatever happening,” Roy said, adding that he thinks the people involved knew each other. “I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now. We think it was contained right here.”

In a 6-minute 911 call, a woman told a dispatcher that she went to the car dealer and saw two men who “started to tussle,” then saw one man pull a gun. As she was going to call police, she heard about three gunshots.

The woman said she saw one man’s face, then drove away and called 911.

At the scene during the sheriff’s investigation, a woman appeared to re-enact how she looked into the locked building and tried to get in.

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“We have someone secured that may have witnessed someone coming or going,” Roy said, saying that the cooperating witness was taken downtown to talk to detectives and was not considered a suspect.

The business next to the Traveler’s Motel and across the street from Ben’s Batteries is right next to a bridge that is being repaired. Construction equipment tearing up the road on the bridge and a jackhammer was operating nearby in the minutes immediately after deputies arrived on scene.

Roy said deputies will knock on business’ doors in the area to see if they have surveillance footage and added that people who had been interviewed had been helpful.

Montgomery County property records indicate the property was sold in 1999 by Sam Ashburn Sr. to a Frank D. Buck.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m. (Feb 19):

Two men found dead inside the Buck-I-Auto Sales dealership in Harrison Twp. appear to have been shot to death and there is no doubt there was a struggle inside the business, Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Roy said. 

The names of the victims, ages 59 and 79, have not been released as investigators are working to contact family members of the victims. 

Roy said deputies dispatched to the address on North Dixie Drive about 1:20 p.m. found the victims in a back area of the business and had to kick in the front door to gain entry. 

It's too early to say whether there was a robbery, the captain said, but investigators have "no doubt there was a struggle" inside the business. 

Roy also said investigators have in custody a woman who may have witnessed something that happened prior to the slayings. She is being cooperative, he said. 

The captain said the sheriff's office doesn't believe there is a danger to other businesses in the area even though there has been no apprehension or arrest.

Shooting North Dixie


Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Dayton company’s pilot program getting national attention

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

            CareSource, led by CEO Pam Morris, will host an official with the U.S. Health and Human Services to learn about a pilot program. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
CareSource, led by CEO Pam Morris, will host an official with the U.S. Health and Human Services to learn about a pilot program. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

A pilot program by CareSource aimed at holistically helping the non-profit insurer’s clients is getting some federal attention.

Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at U.S. Health and Human Services, will visit Dayton Wednesday morning to learn more about the CareSource’s Life Services/JobConnect program.

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Wagner will learn about how CareSource, which manages Medicaid plans, has been piloting ways to help clients with other aspects of their lives that could be affecting their well being, from housing to employment to education.

CareSource created a program in 2015 called Life Services, which is a voluntary program to help clients search for jobs and can coordinate support to navigate other issues like food insecurity or a lack of stable housing.

“The long-term goal is to help people become financially, emotionally and socially secure so that they are able to live subsidy-free,” CareSource states.

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Lanes reopen on NB I-75 near Needmore Rd. after three-vehicle crash 

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

2 lanes of I-75N closed after two-vehicle crash

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.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On northbound I-75 before the Needmore Road exit in Dayton, three-vehicle accident with one vehicle on its side around 5:35 a.m. All lanes have reopened as of 7 a.m.

Surface Street Incidents 

  • At Wyoming Street and St. Paul Avenue in Dayton, a car reportedly crashed into a building around 6:25 a.m.

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. 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 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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