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Future of Tipp City school buildings focus of board

Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

            Tippecanoe Middle School’s future use is being explored. The city school board is holding a special meeting Monday, Jan. 15. CONTRIBUTED
Tippecanoe Middle School’s future use is being explored. The city school board is holding a special meeting Monday, Jan. 15. CONTRIBUTED

Residents of the Tipp City Exempted Village School District should expect to hear a lot of discussion in coming weeks about the district’s facilities.

Board President Sam Spano told fellow board members Jan. 8 that it’s time “to roll up our sleeves and figure out how to get this district what it needs for classroom facilities.”

“It is past time,” board member Theresa Dunaway said.

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The board will continue talking about the facilities at a special work session scheduled Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the board of education offices. The discussion involves returning board members Spano, Dunaway and Andy Venters along with new members Corine Doll and Joellen Heatherly, who were elected in November.

The board has discussed for several years options for addressing and paying for classroom needs and aging buildings, particularly the Broadway Elementary, built in 1951, and Nevin Coppock Elementary, built in 1958, as well as the need for improvements to L.T. Ball Intermediate School and Tippecanoe Middle School.

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The district’s newest building is Tippecanoe High School, which opened in 2004.

Gary Pfister, district facilities director, told the board Jan. 8 those who see the buildings daily understand the need for action, particularly at the elementary buildings. District Treasurer Dave Stevens said the cost of maintaining those building continues to rise.

A proposal to replace the elementary buildings with a new pre-kindergarten through grade three building in 2016 was defeated soundly by voters. Board members and administrators said they learned from that defeat that residents wanted a plan beyond just the elementary buildings.

While looking again at the best proposal for replacing the elementary buildings, the board Jan. 8 also heard a presentation on a possible program to update L.T. Ball and the Middle School under House Bill 153. That law allows districts to borrow money for such projects and pay the debt using existing dollars such as permanent improvement funds. A $7.3 million project was outlined and the board discussed a possible community meeting in coming weeks to explain the possible project to the community.

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“I think it shows the community we are listening. We heard a lot of, ‘don’t take all of our buildings down,’” Pfister said. “There is a lot of life left in those buildings.”

Other topics the board said need to be included in discussions are how to get the community involved in discussions and whether a project would be paid for 100 percent locally or if the district should work with the Ohio School Facilities Commission on receiving some state money toward a project.

The facilities plan also would include athletic facilities, including the proposed stadium project at City Park. An effort to raise $4.9 million privately for a facility is underway.

Contact this contributing writer at nancykburr@aol.com

Shooter who killed man during sex act to be sentenced

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:15 PM

UPDATE @ 7:49 a.m. (Jan. 23):

Sentencing is scheduled Tuesday for the man convicted of killing a man while a teen performed a sex act on the victim.

Michael J. Wood Jr, 19, is set for sentencing at 9:30 a.m.

Wood killed Elroy Facey on Hoover Avenue in May 2017.

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The man accused of shooting a 41-year-old man, ultimately leading to his death, was convicted of murder and felonious assault.

Michael J. Wood Jr., 19, of Dayton, shot and killed Elroy Facey on Hoover Avenue on May 3, 2017, according to prosecutors.

“The victim attempted to run away, but the adult defendant chased the victim and shot him a second time,” the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said in a prepared statement.

Elexus Dawkins, 17, was convicted of murder in October 2017 and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for her role in the shooting.

Wood and Dawkins planned to rob Facey, prosecutors said.

Dawkins was in a vehicle performing a sex act on Facey when Wood shot him, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Sentencing for Wood is scheduled for Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Rough winter brings potholes ‘worse than normal’ to Miami Valley

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

Local officials say potholes are worse this year than the past two winters. A Dayton crew patches a pothole on Gettysburg Ave. MARSHALL GORBY
Local officials say potholes are worse this year than the past two winters. A Dayton crew patches a pothole on Gettysburg Ave. MARSHALL GORBY

The worst winter weather in recent years also has spawned the worst potholes on area roads in some time.

“Some counties are saying the potholes are worse this year,” said Ohio Department of Transportation public information officer Mandi Dillon in a statement.

Fred Stovall, director of Dayton public works, said there are more potholes than the past two winters. Those previous winters were milder and resulted in much fewer potholes, he said.

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“We’ve seen colder temperatures, freezing temperatures, snow and salt in the street. That all gets in the cracks and makes (conditions for potholes) worse,” Stovall said.

Potholes cost American drivers about $3 billion a year in vehicle repairs, or $15 billion over the last five years, a AAA study revealed, according to AAA spokeswoman Kara Hitchens.

The cost to repair a vehicle can vary because of tire size and the extent of the damage. Jason Brown, store manager at AAA Auto and Tire store in Huber Heights, said replacing a tire can cost anywhere from $80 to $250. And replacing an entire wheel can cost more than $200.

“Today alone, I’ve seen five people come in with damage from potholes,” Brown said. “They’re everywhere.”

Riverside City Manager Mark Carpenter said his city has also seen an increase in potholes this winter.

“The potholes are worse than normal, over the top this year,” he said.

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Potholes form when water soaks into the pavement, then freezes and expands as temperatures change, according to ODOT press secretary Matt Bruning.

Bruning said ODOT has spent $726,000 on patching potholes statewide so far this year, most of it in recent days. The vast majority of that number is labor costs.

“This season ODOT crews have spent 21,669 hours— the equivalent of two and a half years— just patching potholes,” Bruning said.

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ODOT already this year has used the second highest amount of salt that it has used in the past 10 years, Bruning said. This is usually an indication of how bad the winter is, Bruning said.

“Kudos to our men and women on the roads. They are definitely earning that money they make,” Bruning said of the ODOT crews patching potholes and clearing snow and ice this season.

Local crews are also working every day to patch potholes. Stovall said that the city has 48 hours or two business days, not including weekends, to patch potholes after they are reported.

“This is certainly filling our time. And we haven’t even gotten to the residential streets yet,” Riverside’s Carpenter said.

Carpenter said the city appreciates citizens calling and alerting the service department to potholes in the area.

Stovall agreed, urging Daytonians to call (937) 333-4800 or use Dayton’s smartphone app to report potholes.

Drivers can report potholes to ODOT via an online form or if the pothole needs immediate attention, by alerting the highway patrol.

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Bruning also stressed that ODOT crews prioritize potholes in high traffic areas, like interstate 75 over residential roads.

“Just like when we’re clearing snow and ice, we try and make sure the main roadways get taken care of first, and I think most folks understand that,” Bruning said.

Board to rule on Dayton police sergeant accused of lying

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:27 AM

A city of Dayton board that is reviewing the firing of a female police sergeant accused of lying and falsifying official documents is expected to release its decision soon.

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Dayton police Sgt. Tonina Lamanna challenged her termination with the Civil Service Board, claiming it was in retaliation for her filing a federal lawsuit alleging the city and police department engaged in sexual discrimination. 

Lamanna did not knowingly make false statements, said her attorney Vince Pop, but the city was desperate to fire her. 

Dayton police officials claim Lamanna lied multiple times, which they say is unacceptable from a sworn police officer and requires discharge. 

“Dishonesty is incompatible with public trust,” said Mark Ecton, a Dayton assistant police chief, at Lamanna’s civil service hearing. 

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Last month, the Civil Service Board heard testimony from a variety of witnesses from the police and human resources departments about the circumstances that preceded and resulted in Lamanna’s firing on Oct. 3.

Employers to recruit at Springfield job fair

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:05 AM


Local employers like CareSource and Assurant will be recruiting in Springfield this Friday.

CareSource Life Services is holding a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Faith United Methodist Church at 102 W. High St.

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Life coaching, job readiness training and resume support will be available.

Some of the employers who will be there include:



Interim Healthcare

Mama Rosa’s

Ohio State Highway Patrol




The Greentree Group

Klosterman Bakery