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Guitars of Roger Troutman’s reported stolen

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:57 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:57 PM

The son of the late R&B and Funk Legend Roger Troutman said someone stole some vintage guitars that once belonged to his father.

The theft occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday from the house belonging to a relative of Troutman’s son, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s report.

Troutman’s son Larry Gates, 32, said he was in the process of moving six guitars, including two that belonged to his father, and other musical equipment to his new studio and needed a place to store them until he got settled in.

The relative was the one who noticed the guitars missing and called Gates.

“We’re talking about rare vintage guitars,” Gates said. He estimated that the six guitars were worth approximately $10,000 altogether. The two guitars - a Gibson and an Ibanez - belonging to Troutman are worth approximately $6,000 together.

The other stolen guitars included a Fender, a Bourgeois, a Peavey and a Guild. The Gibson has Roger Troutman’s name on it and Troutman is often pictured with the Ibanez in online photos.

Gates was 18 when he his father, 47, was shot and killed by his older brother Larry Troutman, 54, in 1999 during a murder-suicide.

The Troutman brothers were part of Dayton’s most famous musical families and pioneers of the famous rock-funk “Dayton sound” of the 1970s. The brothers were members of their family band, Zapp. The band’s self-titled debut album hit the pop top 20 in 1980 and scored a major hit with the song, More Bounce to the Ounce. Roger Troutman eventually went solo and had a No. 1 hit in 1987 with the song, “I Want to Be Your Man.” He found a new audience not too long before his death when he collaborated with hip-hop superstars Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre for the song, “California Love.”

“His legacy was good enough to help me do what I do (now),” said Gates, who is musical producer and artist that has worked with artists Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas. He went on to say that he is devastated and feels violated by the theft. “Memories have been taken from me (and) of the legacy left behind by my father.”

Anyone with information about the theft, should contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office via the Regional Dispatch Center at 225-4357.

ELECTION 2017: 4 running for Kettering School Board

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 1:05 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 1:05 PM

4 running for Kettering School Board
4 running for Kettering School Board

There are four candidates running for three seats on the Kettering School Board.

Jim Ambrose and Julie Gilmore are running for re-election to the board against challengers Edward Breen and Darren Cooper.

We asked all four candidates what they would do if elected. Here’s some of their answers:

Q: What are the 3 biggest challenges facing the school district? How would you deal with them?

Jim Ambrose: School districts across Ohio are dealing with the continuing problem of funding public schools and balancing the budget in light of dwindling State funding assistance. Both the state and federal government have limited sources of funding over the past 5 years or so in such a fashion that districts are compelled to do more with less financial support.

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I, as a present board member, have seen first-hand how difficult it is to initiate some programs while de-emphasizing others. There are no easy answers, only challenges to be confronted and we are doing well at that by implementing creative and unique funding/levy efforts. Addressing the educational needs of our children in a forever changing technological and socio-economic landscape has been a high priority of this board. The dynamics of Kettering families have changed over the last several years, so therefore our teachers and administrators are confronted with addressing those changes in order to assure a solid educational basis for those students.

These goals are being met with collaboration and planning. Measuring student success and teacher effectiveness on an annual changing “State scale” is akin to hitting a moving target. School boards are being challenged to predict what next will be required by the State of Ohio almost on a yearly basis. This causes much stress and uncertainty with students, staff and administrators. The board must provide the tools and training to assist our teachers and administrators.

Edward F. Breen: The first is funding for future needs in a fluctuating economy. The state legislature is giving less money to school districts. The school district therefore must come up with alternate ways to maintain the high level of education that the city has become known for. The second is to keep our students safe from the encroaching violence and danger that prevails in our society today. The third is keeping the educational experience up to date and in sync with modern technology and cultural changes. I will work with the board to overcome any of the problems and challenges that the district faces.

Darren Cooper: After 30 years of volunteer service to various school districts, I have learned about the dangers of the distances between Kettering, Columbus and Washington. Governmental mandates make for bad government, not good education policy. Kettering citizens should decide what is best for Kettering students, not some Washington bureaucrat! We must be able to meet the current and future fiscal challenges in running a quality school district. Maybe the most important challenge of all in Kettering is to produce good students and good citizens.

Julie Ann Gilmore: Working to maintain continuous voter support is essential. As a board member I push for a varied and challenging curriculum that meets all student needs in a fiscally responsible manner. We must be aware of changing socio/economic conditions within our student body. Dealing with changing issues is a challenge, but we have set up support groups (Partners for Healthy Youth, Back-Pack Program, Special Counselor knowledgeable about the many county programs, working closely with the City in establishing summer and after-school programs and activities) Assessing, identifying and selecting locations of facilities needed to provide all-day kindergarten and expanded Career Tech programs for the district. We are currently involved in a Strategic Plan process for the district in which I am directly involved.

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Q: What makes you qualified to be on the school board and gives you an advantage over other candidates?

Jim Ambrose: I have been on the Kettering School Board since 2012, serving on several standing committees including the Insurance Committee, the Athletic Board of Control, the Safety Committee, and the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. Each committee brings with it a unique understanding of core issues and the need to “think outside the box.” My experience as a trial lawyer for more than 4 decades representing people who have been or will be directly impacted by the effectiveness of their education, and in particular reading, makes me qualified and passionate about education. The difference between a “good citizen” and one not so good, is quite often the degree of educational success and achievement one obtained. Those who can read and comprehend are far more likely to perform well in society than those who do not. We, as a board, have a duty and a reasonable expectation to provide a free, effective, and relevant education to every child in this district. It is my desire to continue to serve our taxpayers and make a difference in the lives of our children.

Edward F. Breen: After teaching 23 plus years I want to stay in the education community. I understand what it means to be a teacher in this changing educational climate and will represent their viewpoints. I enjoy working with students and their families. I also will be their voice on the school board. With my strong political background I can help facilitate issues and values and bring city and school together. I have a strong desire to maintain our current excellence in education status and to strive for continued excellence in the future.

Darren Cooper: My strong background in finance provides an advantage in dealing with budgets and other fiscal matters. My financial planning practice had nearly 1,000 state teachers and administrators as clients. Over the years, I listened to them carefully and I learned a lot. This gives me a great advantage in understanding the needs of the personnel in our district, as well as the needs of our students.

Julie Ann Gilmore: In my role as a current Kettering School board member, as an experienced Kettering classroom teacher, and as a volunteer in the Kettering community, I have contributed to the improvement of educational opportunities for all Kettering students. It is my hope to be able to continue making a difference.

Q: What is your top priority if elected?

Jim Ambrose: My top priority is to continue to work toward providing an excellent school district for our children. Over these past 5 years, I probably have learned more about public education demands than I ever thought possible. I believe I am making a difference in our district and have grown to not only appreciate our employees and their vision and passion, but also the mechanics of growing, developing, and nurturing a truly excellent school district. We are fortunate to have teachers, administrators, and staff who collectively care about our district’s children and the community as a whole. I believe I have more to lend to our schools and look forward to serving again. We need, now more than ever, individuals who truly care about what is best for our educational system and what action needs to be taken to implement this goal. Presently, our board’s enactment of a long range strategic plan is the most prudent and logical approach to operate an effective and dynamic school district. This method involves people/citizens from all walks of life willing to come together in a collaborative spirit to address challenges confronting our educational system. Their collective experiences and wisdom broadens the choices and approaches that will be utilized over the next 5 years or so.

Edward F. Breen: School board members have needed to become more involved and familiar with the community and its changing needs. With the evolving dynamic of our city’s population and the rift in some of our student’s family support system, elected officials must be more compassionate and open minded, as they deal with issues that were not common in the past. Problems such as cyberbullying, drugs, and guns are a part of our school district and school board members must become more aware of these problems and come up with methods and solutions that will keep these types of behaviors out of our schools.

Darren Cooper: Our top priority in Kettering Schools is producing good students and good citizens. This includes preparation for the work force, as well as for college.

Julie Ann Gilmore: My top priority has always been involvement in curriculum committee work, and knowledge of the school district by attending many functions at all schools. With this in mind, my priority will be to continue to make a difference in the educational opportunities of all our students.

Moraine police shooting vigil: Jamarco McShann’s death ‘senseless’

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

Vigil for Jamarco McShann ends with balloon release

Community members and family gathered tonight for a candlelight vigil to remember a man shot and killed Friday in a Moraine police shooting.

Local activist, the Rev. Jerome McCorry, spoke at the vigil and said he represents the family of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann.

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“This was senseless,” he told the crowd in the Pinnacle Park lot that marked the spot where McShann was shot and killed.

Moraine police said he pointed a gun at them, which family members dispute.

Jamarco McShann

A large photo of McShann was held up at the vigil, which ended with a balloon release and a vow from organizers to seek justice.

“It’s about a bunch of scared cops who use the excuse ‘I feared for my life,’ ” McCorry said. “In the name of Jamarco a federal lawsuit will be filed.”

Pumpkin glow highlight of ‘Saturday Nightmare’ in Germantown

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.
There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

There were 1,000 carved pumpkins alight during the “Saturday Nightmare” in historic downtown Germantown.

The second annual event began at 3 p.m. with activities for all ages, including a car show featuring 300 to 400 hot rods, carnival rides, games for children, Halloween costume contest, beauty pageant, food, beer truck and live entertainment.

“It’s nice for us to be able to give back to our community we love,” event co-organizer Dave Eshbaugh said.

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The highlight of the “Saturday Nightmare” is the pumpkin glow, which this year featured 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns.

The festivities mark the final of four Saturday Night Out events, held the third Saturday of the month in June, July, August and October. Local businesses, sponsors and the city helps make the events a success, Eshbaugh said.

The summer events draw 2,500 each. But in October, the crowd is easily 5,000, he said, after one car show organizer came up with a Halloween theme.

“It became our flagship event,” he said. “It’s phenomenal for our community.”

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Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred said he opens the firehouse to the community and serves popcorn. It’s also an opportunity to interact with kids and teach fire safety.

“We think it’s great to have an event like this,” he said.

3 candidates seeking to fill 2 Clearcreek Twp. trustee seats

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Ed Wade is running for an 11th consecutive term on the Clearcreek Board of Trustees.
Ed Wade is running for an 11th consecutive term on the Clearcreek Board of Trustees.

The Nov. 7 election could change leadership of this important Warren County township after 40 years.

The 10th reelection of Clearcreek Twp. Trustee Ed Wade is being contested in a race with Trustee Steve Muterspaw - who received more votes than Wade four years ago - and Linda Oda, the township’s fiscal officer and the Warren County Recorder.

RELATED: Newcomer, three veterans run for two trustee seats

Two of three trustee seats are up for election.

Wade and the third trustee, Jason Gabbard, generally comprise the majority on split votes in the township also encompassing the city of Springboro.

All three candidates agree the trustees are in accord on about 95 percent of issues that come before them and that Muterspaw is typically in the minority on split votes.

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“That other five percent is big,” said Oda, who would have to resign as township fiscal officer if elected trustee.

Already a thriving residential community, Clearcreek Twp. borders Springboro, Montgomery County and the Austin Landing area, where commercial development is under way.

Steve Muterspaw is running for a second term on the Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees.(Staff Writer)

Also the historically rural township area of Red Lion, between Springboro and Mason, is under residential development, with a commercial downtown area in recently completed future plans for this area.

MORE: Development changing Warren County town

The trustees oversee township services, including fire protection, emergency rescue and ambulance response in Springboro and unincorporated areas of the township.

They serve four-year terms and are paid $22,796 annually.

Voters from the unincorporated township and within municipal limits vote on the trustee race, although township voters can’t cast ballots on city candidates or issues.

The trustee candidates also agree that the township is unlikely to need to pass levies for additional operating money in the near future.

Wade wants voters to pick him, based primarily on his experience gained in 40 years as a trustee.

“It is that experience along with my dedication and love of this community that makes me the best candidate to make effective and informed decisions for the future,” he said in a response for the Dayton Daily News Voters Guide.

Oda said she is running to be part of a new majority on contested issues, primarily involving expenses, with Muterspaw.

Muterspaw said he is ready for another four years, working with Gabbard and Wade or Oda.

“I’ve demonstrated I’m able to work with anyone,” he said. “We just need to fine tune and keep doing what we’re doing.”

Muterspaw said voters should reelect him to second term in recognition of changes in the township, including greater transparency and an end to ethical issues, since he took office.

Linda Oda, Warren County recorder and Clearcreek Twp. fiscal officer, is running for a seat on the township board of trustees.(Staff Writer)

RELATED: Wade won’t face criminal charges

Wade pointed out ethics questions related to his insurance business with the township raised in a 2008-2009 audit (after Oda pointed them out) found no violations of state law.

“It is just plain, old dirty politics to continue to throw dirt about a claim that has been found to be totally unfounded,” Wade said in a statement.

RELATED: Twp. ordered to pay $200,000 in open-meetings case

Turning to an open-meetings lawsuit that ended with the township ordered to pay almost $200,000 to lawyers representing the resident who claimed the violations, Wade said Oda was “sneaky and self-serving” to support the the lawsuit against the township she was elected to represent.

Oda pointed out the ethics question prompted an 18-month state investigation and was referred for prosecution, before being dismissed by a special prosecutor.

“He stopped his practice of selling insurance to the township,” Oda said, adding she had brought the open-meeting question to the attention of the township administrator and another trustee before supporting the lawsuit.

Oda said the total cost of the lawsuit to the township was closer to $300,000.

She urged voters to pick her to enable her to use her “thousands of hours righting the ship in the fiscal office and bringing Clearcreek Twp. into the 21st century” to help her make the right votes on key issues.

In retrospect, Wade said he “may very well have handled” differently a 2013 levy for additional fire department levy money for which Oda criticized him in a response to the Dayton Daily News Voters Guide. Voters rejected the new levy and the fire department has been able to continue answering calls in Springboro and the township.

Depending on the election result, all three candidates could remain in office.

“Let’s hope by Nov. 18 we can all move forward as friends,” Oda said referring to the final vote tally after which she would resign as fiscal officer, if elected trustee.