Lawmakers to probe how state monitors sex offenders in nursing homes

Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 4:17 PM


            Derek Logue, a Cincinnati registered sex offender who challenges registration laws, holds a sign at a rally event in Tallahassee, Fla. in April, 2015. (Credit: OnceFallen.com)

Ohio lawmakers want to take a closer look at how the state monitors sex offenders living in nursing homes, and some advocates support changes to how those on the offender registry are classified.

“You brought a problem to light that I really didn’t think about. I just want to look at what other states are doing and what Ohio can do to protect the other residents of the nursing homes and also to protect the individual that’s (on the registry),” said state Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon.

A Dayton Daily News investigation published last week found that 136 sex offenders are living in 43 nursing homes in Ohio. The newspaper identified failures in the safety net intended to balance the needs of all patients with a responsibility to shield them from danger.

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Others responding to the investigation said it’s a complicated issue in need of more study.

“The question is what do we do with these people,” said state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering. “You obviously have people who are in need of nursing home care who happen to be sexual predators. And what is the alternative for them?”

Kettering police investigate robbery at CVS store

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:10 PM

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Police in Kettering are responding to a reported robbery at CVS, 1785 Woodman Drive.

Officers responded to the call around 2 p.m.

Scanner traffic indicated a K-9 unit was requested to the scene in an effort to track the robber’s whereabouts after leaving the store.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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House speaker: Wright State on right track for new beginning

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 6:27 PM

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger told more than 2,100 graduating Wright State University students on Saturday that their shared alma mater has a bright future, despite recent controversies.

Rosenberger’s speech at the Ervin J. Nutter Center touched on the usual commencement fare: quoting Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare and aiming to inspire. He also noted he wasn’t paid for the appearance.

He turned around at one point to pose for a selfie with the student government president and the graduating student body: graduates ranging in age from 19 to 61, hailing from 58 Ohio counties, 23 states and 19 nations.

“When facing adversity, keeping it simple and remembering the golden rule of treating others as you would be treated will guide you through,” Rosenberger, R-Clarksville and a 2012 WSU graduate, advised them.

Rosenberger was introduced by Provost Thomas Sudkamp, who oversaw the ceremony instead of former WSU president David Hopkins, who resigned his post in March.

Rosenberger didn’t specifically mention Hopkins or the university’s current budget crisis, ongoing federal investigation, lawsuits and other issues in recent years that led the speaker last year to advise fellow lawmakers to use caution when dealing with the school “because clearly they can’t handle themselves right now.”

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Rosenberger said Saturday that when considering giving the address he experienced a “sense of pause because of recent events at Wright State” but that dissipated when he remembered his time at the school.

“There’s no question this university has faced its share of challenges and hardships in recent past brought on by so few, but I know this institution, and it boasts some of the best faculty, and obviously you as some of the best students,” he said.

“Wright State has an obligation to demand the best of its students, and the university alumni and its students have every right to demand the best from this institution. I am confident that just as you each are about to experience your new beginning in life, Wright State is on the right track for a new beginning as well that will carry it on for many many years to come.”

Jordan Keckler, who will graduate from WSU in the fall with a degree in organizational leadership, spent the ceremony in the Nutter Center hallway manning a table selling graduation memorabilia. She was optimistic about the half-century-old school’s future in the face of current problems.

“I think we’re definitely going to overcome it,” she said. “I think we’ve done a lot in 50 years and I think we are going to overcome it in a few years.”

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Drivers take note: Hollywood comes to Dayton, closing some streets

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

Hollywood is showing Dayton some love, but that means downtown workers, residents and visitors face minor traffic disruptions as stars of the silver screen shoot a new crime movie.

Scenes from the “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Academy award winners Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, will be filmed Monday and Tuesday at multiple downtown locations.

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The movie’s production crew will film at the Liberty Savings Bank building on West Second Street, which will be closed between Ludlow and Wilkinson streets starting at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Second Street from Main to Ludlow streets also will be shut down from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Film crews will have vehicles, lights and boom lifts parked on Second Street over those two days, according to FilmDayton.

Though road closures create a minor traffic inconvenience, the movie will be a jolt in the arm for the local economy, said FilmDayton, a local nonprofit dedicated to building the region’s filming community.

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The film is working with a variety of local businesses and groups, including 1st Financial, Table 33, Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, the Arts Garage and Key Bank.

“Old Man and the Gun” is directed by David Lowery, whose credits include the 2016 Disney film “Pete’s Dragon,” and the upcoming spine-tingler “A Ghost Story,” also starring Affleck and Rooney Mara.

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The film is based on a New Yorker story about Forrest Tucker, a real-life career stickup man who robbed a bank at age 78, according to the magazine.

The crew filmed in Hamilton earlier this week.

Fairborn police searching for missing elderly man

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

Fairborn police are requesting the public's help in finding a missing man.

Alfred Henry, 75, was last seen yesterday around 9 a.m. driving a maroon Chevy Lumina with license plate number CA37ED. 

Fairborn police said Henry recently suffered a stroke and does not have his needed medication. 

Anyone with information on his location is encouraged to call Fairborn police at 937-754-3000 option 2.