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Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 1:39 AM
Dayton — At least eight cats were rescued from an apartment building after a fire occurred in Dayton early Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred in the 900 block of Orchard Avenue just after midnight, per initial reports.
A resident of the building said she woke up coughing due to the smell of smoke and after inspecting the complex, saw flames coming from the apartment downstairs, prompting her to call 9-1-1.
Crews were able to quickly put out the fire, get residents out safely, and rescue all of the cats.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:22 PM
— A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, and Shelby counties, in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday through 11 a.m.
Total ice accumulations overnight could reach one-tenth of an inch with limited viability also expected.
A Flood Watch has also been issued for Butler, Clinton and Warren counties, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Feb. 25.
>> 5-Day Forecast
THIS EVENING: On and off rain. Temperatures will drop through the 30s.
TONIGHT: Rain likely. As temperatures drop, the rain may become freezing rain across the northern Miami Valley. Elsewhere, temperatures should remain just above freezing, in the lower to middle 30s.
THURSDAY: Rain or freezing rain in the morning then drying out. Clouds will remain. Temperatures will hold in the middle 40s.
FRIDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. It will be mild with highs in the upper 50s.
SATURDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times with a chance for some thunder, mainly south. Highs will be near 60 degrees.
SUNDAY: Rain will taper off early in the morning with clouds breaking. It will be windy and cooler with highs in the middle 50s.
MONDAY: Sunshine returns. Breezy and cool with highs in the lower 50s.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:49 PM
A Franklin County judge today threw out a legal challenge brought by more than 160 municipalities — including Dayton, Centerville and Riverside — to a new state tax law.
The ruling means Ohio business tax filers can file municipal business taxes directly with the state instead of local municipalities. Cities challenged the law as an unconstitutional overreach by the state.
“Everything comes down to whether the General Assembly has the power or it doesn’t. In this case, the General Assembly has the power,” wrote Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David Cain in his decision.
Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa praised the ruling in a statement today.
“We are pleased that the court found this law to be constitutional,” Testa said. “It’s an important ruling for business taxpayers in Ohio who for too long have had to deal with this costly, complex process for local tax on business income.”
Businesses that want to file with the state for 2018 taxes have a deadline of March 1 to register through the Ohio Business Gateway.
The state says the change will reduce compliance costs for businesses up to an estimated $800 million if every business filing in multiple jurisdictions takes part, and will improve compliance.
The law applies to the municipal net profit tax, which is worth an estimated $600 million annually. It will benefit businesses that operate in multiple municipalities, allowing them to file one return with the state rather than filing separately in each city where they pay taxes.
The state will collect the money from businesses who chose to file with them, then dispense it to municipalities, charging them a half-percent processing fee.
This amounts to forcing cities to pay for a service they don’t want, according to Kent Scarrett, executive director of the Ohio Municipal League. He said cities plan to appeal the judge’s ruling.
“The real difference is any filer that goes to the state, the municipality that used to review that filing will not be able to review the filing and will have no auditing or review capabilities,” he said.
“Dayton has no way to make sure that filing is accurate.”
Scarrett said the real fear is that lawmakers will expand to start collecting the billions of dollars every year collected by cities across the state in employer witholdings, and may take further steps to control local taxes.
“Once you control the revenue you control a lot of aspects of what happens,” he said. “It’s the state taking over, the state getting bigger, growing in size and eclipsing the powers of our local communities and the decisions they can make.”
Ohio Department of Taxation officials say cities will have access to the same information from the state that they received from filers and can request filings be reviewed.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:12 PM
KETTERING — Nearly 250 students walked out of the Dayton Regional STEM school on Woodman Drive today to show solidarity with their counterparts in Florida after last week’s deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas school.
The students left the school around noon Wednesday and planned to be outside for 17 minutes, representing the number of people killed in last week’s shooting, according to a spokesperson.
The walkout was for students in eighth to 12th grade, the school said.
A spokesperson said the district supported the students, however staff did not participate in the event.
Students in other area districts also walked out today.
In Tipp City, nearly 200 of the 806 Tippecanoe High School students participated in a walkout that Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said was “in support of safer schools.” “Many of those who participated did so in a peaceful and respectful manner. We support our students’ ability to exercise their first amendment rights,” Kumpf said.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:57 PM
— Thousands of people across the Miami Valley are being held behind bars — some say unfairly.
But is a call to reform a longstanding legal practice a much-needed change, or a danger to public safety?
The I-Team investigates this controversial subject, talking to both sides of the debate.