Superintendent: Discussion about aging Troy city schools needs to move forward

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:43 PM

The Troy City School District includes Kyle Elementary School on South Plum Street near downtown. CONTRIBUTED
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The Troy City School District includes Kyle Elementary School on South Plum Street near downtown. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

The leaders of Troy City Schools, who saw voters last fall defeat a bond issue to build two elementary buildings, began Tuesday night planting seeds for renewed discussion on the fate of aging elementary buildings.

Superintendent Eric Herman, at a school board work session, provided the board with a packet of information about the size, age, available space, detailed assessments of conditions and needs at each of the district's nine buildings.

The information, he said, was intended to help focus as "our conversation needs to move forward." 

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Much of the information was shared in 2017 as district leaders reviewed facilities options, convened community meetings and sought approval of a 4.61-mill bond issue for two new schools to house prekindergarten through grade six students on land the district proposed to buy off Ohio 55 at Nashville Road.

The funding plan included 33 percent state funding. The bond issue request was rejected by 60 percent of voters who participated in the November election. 

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"In my mind, you have older buildings and at some time have to do something about them," Herman said Tuesday.

The district's permanent improvement levy, which generates about $700,000 a year, can be used for projects such as roof or boiler work each year.

"It is just not enough" for the growing needs, he said. 

District Treasurer Jeff Price said another $225,000 to $250,000 is being used each year for maintenance-type projects in addition to the permanent improvements projects.

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Police investigating after bones found behind Dayton home

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:47 PM

Bones found Riverside Drive

Dayton police are conducting an investigation after bones were found behind a house on Riverside Drive Tuesday afternoon. 

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Riverside Drive around 1:30 p.m. after a caller reported finding four bones while they were removing brush behind a house. 

Police said they are not sure what kind of bones were found, and are working to determine if anything suspicious might have occurred. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Woman killed in front of 2 children, reward offered

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:04 PM

JIM NOELKER / STAFF
JIM NOELKER / STAFF

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of arrests of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Friday.

Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after being transported from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton, where she was shot in the head, according to police.

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Murray was sitting in the bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous gunshots into the house.

Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.

“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement. “Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”

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Barn fire reported in western Montgomery County

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:02 PM

Firefighters have responded to reports of a barn fire on Chicken Bristle Road in Jackson Twp., in western Montgomery County Tuesday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the 11,000 block of Chicken Bristle Road, near South Clayton Road, around 2:40 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate heavy smoke was seen in the area by firefighters responding to the scene. 

We’re monitoring this developing this story and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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DASH CAM: Must-watch high-speed pursuit shows vicious crash on I-70

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

MUST SEE: Cruiser Cam video released in I-70 pursuit, which leads to crash, deputies say.

UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m. (Feb. 20):

Police dash camera video obtained by this news organization shows the moments leading up to multiple crashes on Interstate 70 in Clark County earlier this month. The dash cam showed the suspect, Gavin Haynes, weaving through traffic before allegedly causing the crashes on the highway.

Haynes was eventually captured.

UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m. (Feb. 14):

Gavin Haynes pleaded not guilty in Clark County court Wednesday.

His bond was set at $36,000.

UPDATE @ 11 a.m.:

Gavin Haynes is expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court this morning. 

He’s facing 11 different charges including aggravated vehicular assault, receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, obstructing official business, escape and resisting arrest. 

After he was arrested, Haynes was being evaluated at the Springfield Regional Medical Center emergency room at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he allegedly attempted to flee, ripping out his IV and heart rate monitors, according to a police report.

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He then ran down the hallway and pushed others out of the way, it said. 

A state trooper then deployed his taser, dropping Haynes to the ground.

Haynes allegedly would not put his hands behind his back and three troopers worked together to restrain him in a hospital bed. Haynes remained abusive towards employees and was never able to be evaluated. 

He was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital, the report said.

UPDATE @ 11:06 p.m.: The man captured in the I-70 West manhunt is accused of stealing his father's Mercedes coupe in London, Ohio, and fleeing from police there before heading west on the interstate at speeds of more than 100 mph, crashing and flipping vehicles before crashing and and trying to make a run for it near Springfield. 

Gavin Haynes, 38, still on parole after an early release from Madison Correctional Institution last Nov. 1, was still in the custody of the Ohio State Highway Patrol late Tuesday night. 

Gavin Haynes (Courtesy/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

Haynes was admitted to prison in March 2016 on a felony charge of harassment by an inmate. He was placed on parole for three years when he was released, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. 

Sometime after 7 p.m., Haynes' father told London police that his son took the Mercedes from their home on Patricia Drive without permission, Sgt. Keith Akers said. 

A London police officer tried to stop the car, on Lafayette Road (U.S. 42), about 7:20 p.m., but the driver -- believed to be Haynes -- sped off on U.S. 42. The officer cut the pursuit because there was too much trafic, Akers said. 

The officer saw the car but did not see who was driving, the sergeant said, explaining that London police passed information about the incident to the state patrol because U.S. 42 leads directly to I-70.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.: 

The speeding driver who was the subject of the I-70 West manhunt was captured around 8:30 p.m. in a barn near Springfield.

The man, whose name was not yet released, wreaked havoc all along the interstate from his home in London in Madison County, said Lt. Brian Aller, commander, Springfield Post, Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Aller said one of his troopers, who had been dispatched on a call, was on state Route 54 looking over onto I-70 West and saw the suspect vehicle traveling at high speed on the berm of the interstate. 

"He saw this vehicle pass him, like crazy," Aller said. 

The trooper, who has not been identified by name, caught up with the suspect vehicle on I-70 West, around U.S. 40, but it continued in the berm passing vehicles at high speed. 

"Unfortunately, a couple of vehicles were actually struck," Aller said. “One actually flipped. The lady in that vehicle suffered minor injures.” 

A woman in this car suffered minor injuries Tuesday night when a man driving at high speed smashed into her on I-70 West in Clark County, the state patrol said. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Another vehicle was forced off the road, he said. A third vehicle is believed to have been struck as well. 

The suspect vehicle traveled another quarter mile, continued off the right side of the interstate and into a fence. He got out and ran north, toward the city of Springfield. 

Where he crashed is where troopers, Springfield police, Clark County sheriff's deputies, K-9 units and the state patrol helicopter began the manhunt. 

Aller said when the state patrol sent units to the man's address, they discovered London police were at his house there and had been involved in an incident with him there. 

“We do know who he is,” Aller said. “We don’t know what the incident was.” 

The man is believed to be impaired, according to London police. 

He's facing charges in London (Madison County) and in Clark County -- at the minimum fleeing and eluding, Aller said. 

There has been no definitive word as to whether the man has been captured, Aller said. 

Two lanes of I-70 West have reopened.

INITIAL REPORT

I-70 West in Clark County is shut down because of a multiple-vehicle accident. We're hearing that as many as five vehicles, including an Ohio State Highway Patrol car, are involved. 

The accident scene appears to be just west of state Route 41 (South Charleston Pike) and east of state Route 72 (Limestone Street). 

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We're hearing that the initial report was for a hit-and-run. We're also hearing that a trooper involved in the accident is OK. 

We have a crew on scene. We will update this developing report. 

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