Dayton mom shoots 2 children: Neighbors create memorial

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 10:21 PM

A memorial has been set up for Jaret Vanhoose who was killed in a fiery crash earlier this week near the village of Covington in Miami County.

Not long after two children were found in the yard of a home on Lori Sue Avenue, shot in the head by their mother, police said, a neighbor installed a makeshift memorial. 

"It was just in my heart as a mother. I have three kids myself," Lashawnda Jones told News Center 7's Mike Campbell on Thursday afternoon. 

"Those babies didn't deserve that." 

>>RELATED: Mom previously accused of child endangering

Neighbors add to a memorial on Lori Sue Avenue for two children shot. JOHN BEDELL/STAFF

A stuffed bear and an array of balloons were among the first expressions of sympathy to be placed in the yard as a reminder of 8-year-old Khmorra and 6-year-old Kenden Helton. 

Both remained in Dayton Children's Hospital on Thursday in critical condition. Their injuries are considered life-threatening, police and hospital officials have said. 

Their mother, Claudena Helton, remained in the Montgomery County jail Thursday night, detained on single counts of felonious assault. 

>>RELATED: Police: Dayton mom shoots 2 children 

Another neighbor said people drove up and down the street all day, some stopping to drop off things to add to the memorial. 

"I just feel sad. I just feel sad about the kids," said the neighbor, Roman Gibson. 

He said he's holding onto hope that the children will pull through. 

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Dayton wants in on Trump’s tax reform program

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 2:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

            Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein and Mayor Nan Whaley at a recent tax incentive review meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein and Mayor Nan Whaley at a recent tax incentive review meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The state of Ohio has nominated large sections of Dayton to be opportunity zones, which under Trump’s federal tax reform bill can give tax breaks to investments in those areas.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created the new opportunity zones program with the goal of spurring private investment in distressed communities.

The program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into new funds that put money into economically challenged areas.

Officials say opportunity zones across the nation could attract billions of dollars in new investment into some high poverty neighborhoods.

“It’s basically a way to induce investment in areas that are traditionally under-invested in,” said Tony Kroeger, Dayton city planner.

RELATED: Ohio GOP members laud tax bill

Dayton officials this week celebrated when they learned that Ohio Gov. John Kasich had nominated 17 of the 20 low-income Census tracts that the city submitted to the state for consideration.

States were able to nominate just 25 percent of their low-income Census tracts to the U.S. Treasury to be designated as opportunity zones. The federal submission deadline was Wednesday.

Large chunks of Dayton were nominated, including downtown, Historic Inner East, Old North Dayton, South Park, Wright-Dunbar, Wolf Creek, Pineview, Lakeview and other neighborhoods.

Investors with capital gains can defer and reduce their taxes by investing in opportunity zones, and capital gains earned in the area will not be subject to taxation, said Diane Shannon, Dayton’s director of the office of management and budget.

“We are very hopeful that we will” see new investment from the program, Shannon said.

In opportunity zones, investments in real estate or businesses can be sold after 10 years with no capital gains taxes, but investors also get a tax break on untaxed capital gains rolled into new opportunity zone funds, according to the Brookings Tax Policy Center.

RELATED: Is Dayton Arcade project at risk under new tax plan?

Investments in qualified opportunity zones that are held for at least 10 years can be sold without any capital gains taxes.

Investments held for five years will see a 10 percent reduction in taxes on the original unrealized capital gains, and those held for at least seven years will see a 15 percent tax reduction.

The biggest incentive for investors is to keep their unrealized capital gains in the opportunity funds for at least 10 years so they will not be taxed on the appreciation, experts said.

U.S. taxpayers have about $2.3 trillion in unrealized capital gains in stocks and mutual funds, according to the Economic Innovation Group.

The new opportunity funds will allow investors nationwide to pool resources and mitigate risk , the group said.

“If this isn’t part of every person’s estate planning, it should be, because this is a very lucrative program for those individuals and their long-term financial interests,” said Alison Goebel, executive director with the Greater Ohio Policy Center.

The opportunity zones program could be another source of financing for transformative projects like the Dayton Arcade, she said.

Goebel, however, said she is concerned that there are no restrictions on where investors can put their money nationwide, and that could mean investors pump their money into opportunity zones on the coasts that have stronger markets and may appear to carry less risk.

She said she hopes Ohio communities do not get overlooked by investors because they need as much access to capital and credit as possible.

Across the country, critics say the program uses old Census tract data and newly gentrified and affluent neighborhoods may be eligible for opportunity fund investments. Critics say some rich areas may benefit from the program and some projects that do not need help will get it.

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Beer, cats, and now ‘junk.’ The evolution of Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 2:35 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 2:36 PM

            Harry Slone and his dog “Mr. Red” in his new store on East Fifth Street in St Anne’s Hill. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Harry Slone and his dog “Mr. Red” in his new store on East Fifth Street in St Anne’s Hill. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

First came the beer. Then came the cats. Now comes the junk.

Harry Slone is opening a new business called Harry’s Collection at 1501 E. Fifth St. in St. Anne’s Hill, very close to Fifth Street Brewpub and the Gem City Catfé.

The brew pub opened in 2013 and the catfé opened earlier this year.

Slone likes to say that he’s in the junk business. But he’s kidding. Sort of.

Slone’s late wife, Ruth, amassed a large amount of vintage and interesting items during her life. Slone is taking those items from storage and putting them up for sale.

Slone calls it junk but acknowledges it’s not the kind of stuff found on the dollar rack at Goodwill.

He’s got vintage and rewired lamps, chandeliers and other lighting. He sells sculptures, repurposed wood items, wall hangings and art that go for as much as $1,000. But also, he’s got some “schlock.”

“It’s a junk store — there’s some really good stuff, there’s stuff that’s absolute crap, and a lot of stuff in the middle,” he said.

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Slone, 79, said he can’t play golf all the time so he needs something to do with his time.

Harry’s Collection will be part hobby and a part-time job.

The store will have limited hours, likely in the afternoon, Wednesdays to Saturdays or Sundays, allowing Slone to spend his mornings on the greens.

Slone already has hosted booths at local antique shows and markets.

He had some space in the Treasure Barn at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, which closed so the property can be redeveloped.

He said the junk business is a pretty tight community. Slone said he looks forward to meeting new people and interacting with customers.

Some of his items sell for $25 to $75 and between $100 to $200. Harry’s Collection will not have a dollar table.

Slone said he may open for business next week. If he does, there will be no ribbon cutting and little fanfare.

“Right now, I may turn on the open sign in the window and see what happens,” he said. “It will be the softest of soft openings.”

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Slone, who says he was once a “serial entrepreneur,” is renting the space from a friend, Gearld Strickland, who used to make guitars in the building.

The building for years operated as a costume shop by members of the Shaner family. William Shaner performed as the “Amazing Shaner.”

What’s pretty amazing, said Slone, is St. Anne Hill’s transformation.

During the early 2000s, when the housing market was pretty strong, there wasn’t a house for sale in St. Anne’s Hill that sold for more than $100,000, Slone said.

But the last home Slone sold in the district two years ago went for $148,000. A home on Henry Street sold for $154,000 in February.

Housing prices in St. Anne’s Hill increased 9 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to the Montgomery County Auditor.

Slone credits Fifth Street Brewpub with bringing people into the district and exposing them to its historic charm. Some of those visitors later chose to relocate to the neigborhood.

The brew pub opened in 2013 and has become a destination. Another destination, the Gem City Catfé, opened earlier this year.

More redevelopment is in store. An entrepreneur is working to bring a bakery and coffee house called St. Anne the Tart to a historic building a stone’s throw to Harry’s Collection.

Over the years, the district has lost some businesses, such as the New York Pizzeria Restaurant at 1430 E. Fifth St., which closed in 2015 after about six years in operation.

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Most escape accumulating snow, but not Butler County

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on who could see snow today and how warm we get tomorrow.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 2 a.m. Sunday in Butler County.


  • Few see snow, most stay dry
  • Accumulating snow stays to the south
  • Passing snow showers likely in Preble, Butler, Warren counties

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in area


Today: Highs will be in the low 40s on this mostly cloudy day with gusty winds of around 25 mph. Passing showers move in during the day mixing with snow and possibly some rain in the afternoon. Best chance for this is south of Interstate 70. Snow totals will be limited and MOST of the Miami Valley will see nothing stick today. Butler County is under Winter Weather Advisory where 1 to 3 inches could fall. The Dayton area might see a dusting on grassy surfaces and north of that will have a pretty quiet. Looks like the Miami Valley dodges the heaviest bands of snow, which will stay to our south. Temperatures climb to around 40 degrees. Clouds decrease tonight and we drop to the mid-20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Sunday: It will be a beautiful end to the weekend. We will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. Dry and sunny!

Monday: We see a nice start to the new week with temperatures close to normal with highs in the low to middle 50s. Clouds increase in the evening.

Tuesday: Scattered rain showers will develop with highs in the upper 50s feeling mild and breezy.

Wednesday: Scattered showers continue in the morning. We will see some late day sunshine with highs around 60 degrees.

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Snow hits Butler County; Winter Weather Advisory in effect

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Snow covers a statue on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Butler County until 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Snow covers a statue on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Butler County until 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 2 a.m. Sunday throughout Butler County, according to the National Weather Service.

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in Butler County

The area is receiving snow right now, but it’s not sticking to most roads. Area police agencies are reporting no major accidents or delays. Traffic along Interstate 75 through Butler and Warren counties was traveling at the speed limit as of noon.

The NWS said wet snow is expected through the region with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.

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