Free tax help if you make under $54k

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:05 PM

VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, offers free tax help for people making under $54,000 a year. STAFF PHOTO/Rachel Murray
VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, offers free tax help for people making under $54,000 a year. STAFF PHOTO/Rachel Murray

If you need help with your taxes, you may qualify for free tax help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA. 

VITA, in partnership with the United Way and the city of Dayton, offers free tax prep services at 14 locations in and around Dayton. 

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Tax preparer Ravenia Jordan and two other volunteers were busy today helping people file their taxes at the Northwest branch of the Dayton Public Library. 

Last year, they provided services for 700 people, Jordan said. 

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“Every person here is IRS certified every single year, so with the different tax law changed we are on top of it,” said Jordan.

The free tax help is available for people making under $54,000 a year, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those who speak limited English. 

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Some locations, like the library, offer walk-in services, others are by appointment only. 

This is the second year Cheryl Williams has had her taxes done for free. 

“It really helps because I used to do my tax returns myself, but I thought I’d try this way just to make sure everything was right,” said Williams.

But, she said the wait in line can be too long for the elderly and disabled.

“These ladies do an outstanding job, but they do need some more volunteers and I think if they had at least two more it would really help out with the waits,” Williams said. 

Jordan said there is a need for more volunteers. To find out how you can help, call the United Way at 937-913-2000. 

This Saturday is Empowerment Saturday at the Montgomery County Job Center and tax prep volunteers will be on hand from 9am- 2pm to help taxpayers by appointment or walk-in. 

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CJ alerts parents to KKK-style hood brought to school

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:52 PM

CJ High School alerts parents to KKK-style hood brought to school

Chaminade Julienne High School is facing a controversy over a social media post showing a student in a hood, making a Nazi salute. 

The photo shows a student wearing a navy blue KKK-type hood while giving a Nazi salute inside a classroom at the Catholic school, 505 S. Ludlow St., Dayton. 

The original incident, where a student brought the hood to class, sparked immediate reaction from the teacher in the class. But somehow a photo of the student wearing that hood made its way to social media. That’s where the controversy picked up steam. 

“This is disrespectful,” said one comment attached to the photo on Twitter. Another stated: “Some serious action needs to be involved. CJ is a good school and kids just make it seem like it's bad because of stuff like this.” 

The Catholic school has declined to talk directly to us about the incident, despite multiple requests to school leaders and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. 

News Center 7 has obtained copies of the letter our sources say was sent to parents by Principal John Marshall. 

It begins by saying: “Earlier this month an inappropriate prop was brought to school as part of a history class group project presentation.” It goes on to say immediate action was taken by the teacher in the classroom, but that the school later learned that earlier that day a student modeled the prop in a classroom and another student posted it on social media. 

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CJ parent Mike Henne of Clayton gave us his reaction by telephone. 

“We use this as a learning experience ... point to emphasize to our son that social media is not private. It is very public,” he said. 

He said his son was not involved in the photo in any way, but does attend the school. 

The principal’s letter to parents says: “We have concluded that this unfortunate incident was an isolated act of ignorance by a very limited number of students.”

Henne said he supports the school and its handling of the situation. 

“I’m very proud of how CJ handled it. It was appropriate, swift, the right thing to do in the right time frame,” he said. 

Disciplinary action against the students behind that photo is being considered by the school. 

The parent who brought this to our attention wanted to remain anonymous, but felt the focus of the principal’s letter was too much on the use of social media ... and not enough on the original action by the student who brought the hood into the classroom and how it might make other students feel. 

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Man sent to prison for life for killing OSU student

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

The suspect in the death of OSU student, Reagan Tokes, was arraigned in Columbus Monday morning. After the arraignment, Tokes' father talked to the local media.

UPDATE @ 3:36 p.m. (March 21)

A judge has sentenced Brian Golsby to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the kidnapping, rape and murder of Ohio State student Reagan Tokes, reports 10TV in Columbus.  

UPDATE @ 12:10 p.m. (March 21)

Jurors recommended Wednesday that Brian Golsby, the man convicted of killing OSU student Reagan Tokes, be senteced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Official sentencing will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday. 


Brian Golsby, the man who was accused of killing Ohio State student Reagan Tokes, was found guilty on all counts in the murder of Ms. Tokes. 

Golsby was convicted of aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, rape and tampering with evidence. 

On February 8, 2017, Tokes was walking to her car after work in Columbus when police say she encountered Golsby and was later murdered.

Raegan Tokes

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Officers descend on Dayton neighborhood following multi-city chase

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:46 PM

Looking for a suspect On Norman Street

UPDATE @ 2:10 p.m.:

Multiple officers armed with long rifles and at least one police K-9 unit are searching the area of West Fairview Avenue and Rustic Road following a multi-city chase.

Initial reports indicated the suspect vehicle involved in the chase was a white Mazda CX5.


We’re working to learn how many people police may be searching for.


Multiple jurisdictions are involved in a chase that has traveled through Harrison Twp., Huber Heights and parts of Dayton.

Multiple police agencies are searching for suspects

The chase was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Initial reports indicated police were possibly chasing a light-colored vehicle.

We’re working to learn more.

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Critical injuries reported following crash during pursuit

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

Several cars involved in wreck

UPDATE @ 2:54 p.m.:

A passenger in a suspect vehicle who was ejected from the vehicle in a crash during a pursuit is in critical condition, police said.

Officer began pursuing the vehicle in the area of Salem Avenue and Catalpa Drive in Dayton before 1 p.m. after a Dayton police Sgt. spotted it, authorities said.

Police said the suspect vehicle had fled from officers six times in the past, including once today prior to the afternoon pursuit.

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Investigators said during the pursuit the suspect vehicle ran a red light at James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street, causing a crash involving four other vehicles.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken to the hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening, police said.

Police said the driver had several previous arrests for alleged crimes in the city.


Multiple medics have been called to the scene of a reported crash in the area of James H. McGee and West Third Street in Dayton.

Initial reports indicated the crash occurred while police were chasing a vehicle in the area around 1 p.m.

We’re working to learn more.

Accident James H McGee third Street

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