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First part of $13M parking upgrade complete at Dayton International Airport

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

The airport is working on parking reconstruction. STAFF

The first phase of reconstructing the Dayton International Airport economy lot is now complete, and that portion of the lot is open.

Renovations include 900 reconstructed parking spaces and 12 spaces compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act next to the shuttle bus stops. Also, LED lighting and overhead light pole row signage will improve safety and help travelers find their parking spaces.

The construction, which began two months ago, is part of a $13 million project to upgrade parking at the airport.

Numerous signs help guide customers to available parking locations, including the $4.95 daily rate economy and 1,600-space overflow lots, or the long-term lot, garage or valet parking options.

The second phase is underway. The Cell Phone Wait Lot will be closed through July while that lot and the PSA Airlines parking lot are renovated.

All construction is expected to be complete by mid-October.

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Clark County 11-year-old charged with unruliness, inducing panic

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 9:36 PM

UPDATE @ 11:24 a.m. (June 23):

Perry Beller has been charged with being an unruly juvenile and inducing panic, said Major Chris Clark, Clark County Sheriff’s office. The child will appear in juvenile court Friday.

UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m. (June 22)The Clark County Sheriff's Office is considering pressing charges in the Perry Beller missing child incident and has discussed with the family ways to prevent the boy from running off. 

"We have discussed that with the family," Maj. Chris Clark, operations commander with the sheriff's office, said of the recommendations offered. 

Perry is the son of a Clark County sheriff’s deputy.

Perry was located in downtown Christiansburg, Champaign County, by a member of the Region 3 Rescue Strike Team and a bystander. The boy's family and medics will determine whether to send him to a hospital. 

"We don't know the path that he took," said Michael Guadagno, strike team coordinator. He estimates the boy was missing more than 14 hours and covered roughly 5 miles from his home in Pike Twp. 

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"He could have taken many paths back and forth. We assume he was wearing what he left the house in." 

Well more than 100 personnel from fire/EMS, law enforcement, seven to 14 search teams with multiple members as well as multiple K-9 teams from four counties joined in the search, Guadagno said. 

Maj. Clark said drones from the Ohio Bureau of Investigation and the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, as well as aircraft from the Ohio Highway Patrol and a private citizen pilot were part of the search effort as well. 

"It was a long, painstaking search and we're just really happy it ended successfully," Maj. Clark said. "It's a huge relief."

UPDATE @ 8:38 p.m.: Searchers have located Perry Beller. 

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m.: We’re told the Perry Beller case has been elevated to an alert because of the length of time he has been missing, the fact that he has presumably been without food and water and because he is believed to be wearing little to no clothing.

UPDATE @ 7:35 p.m.: The search for Perry Beller has been elevated to an endangered missing child alert, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

The alert describing the 11-year-old was released minutes ago. He is 4-foot-2 inches tall, about 70 pounds and was possibly last seen in the village of Christiansburg in Champaign County. 

We're working to determine what led the sheriff's office to elevate this incident.

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.: More than 40 firefighters, EMTs, police, deputies and at least two K-9 units have launched the search for 11-year-old Perry Beller. 

The group is leaving from the Pike Twp. Fire Department, where officials briefed reporters on the boy described as very intelligent and knowledgeable about the outdoors. 

Jacob King, Bethel Twp. fire chief, said Perry “is a very avid, strong young man. He is very outdoorsy. 

"He does not mind running through fields, climbing trees, running in springs. He's very intelligent on the foods of the land. 

"He knows what berries, what type of fruits are grown in the area that he can eat…he is very outdoorsy and can move and navigate through this area very well. "

The search group intends to cover an area that includes Pike and Harmony townships, along the Clark/Miami county line.

If you see him, you are asked to call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 937-328-2561.

UPDATE @ 4:36 p.m.:  The public is being asked to check their properties -- trees, sheds, barns and the like -- for Perry Beller, described as a very strong boy who is “very outdoorsy” and likes to travel shoeless.

The boy is the son of a Clark County sheriff’s deputy.

He has some disabilities and officials believe those disabilities are driving him to run. One official calls it a “defiance disability.”

(NEW) Perry is believed to have oppositional defiant disorder, a mental impairment that affects children, generally in adolescence. While it is normal for a child to go through some level of disobedience in their youth, ODD goes beyond normal disobedience and often rise to a level that requires professional help, according to an article posted to disabilitysecrets.com.

Children with ODD do not see their behavior as defiant. They feel as though others are putting unreasonable demands on them when asked to behave properly.

Some children are diagnosed with ODD because they are explosive and angry, but they are just easily frustrated and inflexible; these children may not be disobeying authority on purpose.

Officials said the boy has built a club house. He likes to be outside. He doesn’t mind being out in the fields or wooded areas.

This is not the first time he has left home, one official said. Perry ran away to North Hampton on Memorial Day, ending up at a relative’s home. That’s about five miles from his home in Pike Twp.

The last reported sighting was at 10 am. in Christiansburg in Champaign County.

People living in the areas of North Hampton, New Carlisle and Christiansburg are urged to be on the lookout for the boy.

Officials are ruling out any abduction or family member taking him.

If you see him, you are asked to call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 937-328-2561.

INITIAL REPORT

Clark County law enforcement officials will hold a news conference this afternoon to notify the community about 11-year-old Perry Beller, who is said to be missing. 

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Officials told this news outlet Beller has been missing since this morning. Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way to the news conference and will update this page as we learn more. 

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Infant ejected in rollover crash on I-70 in critical condition

Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 11:53 PM

UPDATE @ 11:17 a.m. (June 23)

The injured infant remains in critical condition at Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to officials.

Sgt. John Bowling did confirm the mother was cited for a child restraint violation at the scene.  

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m. (June 22)

An infant is in critical condition at Dayton Children’s Hospital after he was ejected in a rollover crash on I-70, according to our partners at Kicks96.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. 

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A 9-month-old infant suffered serious injuries Tuesday night when he was ejected in a rollover crash on I-70 West in Centerville, Ind., and had to be plucked from the interstate by his mother before he was struck, the Indiana State Police said.

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The preliminary investigation shows that a pickup driven by Sherissa Mattingly, 32, of Hagerstown, Ind., was headed west on I-70 just before 9 p.m. when for an unknown reason she lost control and the truck rolled into the deep median just east of the Centerville Road exit. 

The truck came to rest on its wheels and perched on barrier cables on the south side of the median, close to the eastbound lanes. 

SEE: Rescuers search Little Miami River for ‘missing swimmer’

Further investigation revealed that the infant was not properly restrained and was ejected into the eastbound lanes of I-70 as the truck rolled. 

Mattingly was able to get out of the truck and retrieve her son from the interstate. 

A medical helicopter took the child to Dayton Children’s Hospital. 

A medic squad took Mattingly, who is believed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries, to Reid Health in Richmond. 

Tooper Scott Keegan, a crash reconstruction investigator, was sent to the scene to assist with the investigation that has kept the eastbound lanes of I-70 blocked since 9 p.m..

Troopers were expecting to have the road reopened by 11:30 p.m. 

The crash investigation is ongoing, according to ISP.

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Report: Pit bull sale arrangement leads to robbery

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:47 AM

Dayton Police Officers responded to an armed robbery on the corner of Warren Street and Lincoln Street Thursday afternoon.

A Dayton woman planned to meet with an acquaintance at the intersection regarding the purchase of a pit bull.

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Police say, while waiting, an unidentified suspect approached her around noon with a firearm in-hand demanding for her purse.  

The suspect would then flee on foot towards downtown Dayton. The purse and its contents were valued around $250.

$86M overhaul planned to Dayton public housing high-rises, apartments

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 8:26 AM


            The Westdale high-rise is expected to be rehabbed and improved. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Dayton’s public housing authority plans to offer 669 apartments it owns and operates to private investors to help fund tens of millions of dollars in renovations to modernize the housing.

Greater Dayton Premier Management, the largest provider of affordable housing in Montgomery County, has 73 housing sites, and the average age of its apartments is 40 years old.

The physical needs of all of GDPM’s properties exceed $134 million, while the agency receives about $5 million annually for capital improvement projects, said Jennifer Heapy, the agency’s CEO.

The federal government has authorized GDPM to convert a handful of high-rises and a variety of smaller apartment buildings it owns into the project-based Section 8 housing program.

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Private investors and tax credits will help fund updating or replacing the housing, the estimated redevelopment costs of which exceeds $85 million, according to the GDPM.

“This (program) is really reflective of HUD wanting to get out of ownership of public housing,” said Heapy.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) granted GDPM approval to participate in its Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

Under the program, GDPM can move some of its properties over into the Section 8 program, which provides people with vouchers, or payments, to live in privately owned housing.

The conversions will allow private capital to fund renovating or replacing public housing, which will benefit from tax credits to help provide subsidized rent to tenants, officials said.

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Conversion is important because GDPM does not have the money to pay to update and renovate its buildings, officials said.

An assessment completed in 2011 concluded modernizing all of GDPM’s properties would cost $134 million.

The agency is waiting for a new physical-needs assessment to be completed to determine if the buildings it wants to convert to the private marketplace should be renovated or demolished and replaced.

MORE: Locations of Dayton’s affordable housing criticized

The first phase targets three high rises: The Metropolitan in the Grafton Hill area (77 apartments), the Wentworth in northwest Dayton (147 units) and the Westdale apartments on the west side (57 units).

The first phase will have an estimated development cost of $35 million.

Phase 2 right now includes the Wilkinson plaza high-rise, located downtown on the 100 block of West Fifth Street.

The building, which likely needs to be demolished, has 199 units and may be put into the first phase, Heapy said.

Other housing in the second phase include the Westdale cottages near the high-rise of the same name and a variety of scattered sites across the city.

The third phase, expected for 2020 to 2022, would likely demolish and replace the Hallmark Meridian, which has 75 units and is across the street from the Metropolitan.

The second and third phases have estimated development costs of $39.4 million and $11.2 million, respectively.

GDPM owns and operates about 2,680 housing units, and the current waiting list for public housing is 1,855.

The agency also provides nearly 4,100 people with housing vouchers, which are payments they can use to rent from operators of private housing. GDPM spends about $22 million on its voucher program, which has a waiting list of 4,620

After these three phases wrap up, GDPM is interested in transferring more of its properties through the program, Heapy said.