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Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 2:31 PM
FRANKLIN — Franklin is using the liquor permit process to object to the renewal of the liquor permit of the New York New York Cabaret strip club which is the focus of an ongoing criminal investigation.
All liquor permits in Franklin come up for renewal on June 1 and if there is an objection, that would need to be filed by May 1 with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for a hearing to be held at the Warren County Administration Building in Lebanon, said Donnette Fisher, city law director.
Council approved a resolution to object to the renewal on the recommendation of Fisher and Police Chief Russ Whitman.
Fisher said the Ohio Investigative Unit’s investigation resulted in two arrests and several citations against its liquor permit last month. OIU agents, Franklin police and the Warren County Drug Task Force made the arrests on March 31. Whitman told the Journal-News that there may additional charges filed by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Based on this, we feel the city should object,” Fisher said.
Among the issues cited by the city include that the applicant and/or its managers are under investigation for crimes that relate to its/their fitness to operate a liquor establishment; have operated the liquor permit business in a manner that demonstrates a disregard for state laws and regulations and city ordinances; are in the habit of using alcoholic beverages or dangerous drugs to excess; the permit premises is so located with respect to the neighborhood that substantial interference with public decency, sobriety, peace or good order would result from the renewal of the permit and operation under it by the applicant; and the permit premises can be declared a nuisance pursuant to state law.
New York New York and Allison Hindy, 22, of Point Pleasant, W. Va., were charged with illegal sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business, a first-degree misdemeanor on March 31.
An additional charge of prostitution, a third-degree misdemeanor, was filed against Hindy on Tuesday. She was arraigned on both charges Tuesday in Franklin Municipal Court. She is free on her own recognizance. Her next court appearance will be a pre-trial conference has been scheduled for is scheduled 1 p.m. May 19.
A second employee, Kaitlyn Kelly, 19, of Waynesville, was charged with knowingly obtaining, possessing or using a controlled substance/marijuana, a minor misdemeanor. She was arraigned on April 7, entered a no-contest plea and was found guilty. She paid $252 in fines and court costs.
The liquor permit was cited with the following: five counts of drug possession; three counts of drug sales; two counts of drug use; one county of nudity; one count of engaging in sexual activity; one count of solicitation of anything of value; one count of disorderly conduct; three counts of permitting removal of beer or intoxicating liquor sold for on-premise consumption; and one count of unsanitary conditions (fixtures, equipment).
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM
— Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night.
Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green.
The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.
A meteor was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
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Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM
DAYTON — The closing of Good Samaritan Hospital will be a crippling blow to the west Dayton community and raises several concerns going forward, said three people who represent the hundreds of residents living near the 86-year-old facility.
"We're behind the eight ball," Minister Daria Dillard Stone, 66 and a member of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 5370 Dayton-Liberty Road.
"They've made the decision, which means we don't count,” she told News Center 7’s James Buechele on Wednesday evening. “That's just how it is."
Stone, Mount Carmel Pastor Chad White and Omega Baptist Church Pastor Daryl Ward offered their reactions -- as well as the reactions of the communities they serve -- in the wake of Premier Health's announcement Wednesday morning that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closing by the end of the year.
Stone, a member at Mount Carmel for 50 years, said her three daughters and four grandchildren were born at the hospital. She was a patient there, as was her grandmother and late husband. Stone said Premier officials should have come to the community and at least given the community a chance to react.
"If they had come to the community a year or two ago and said, 'we're planning on closing Good Samaritan Hospital and what do you guys think?' At least that would have been a good faith thing if they could have acted like they cared. But they didn't," Stone said.
Pastor White, who also is executive organizer with SCLC Dayton, echoed Stone's sentiment. He, too, has been a patient at Good Samaritan and worries about access to healthcare because that while Miami Valley Hospital is five miles away, the distance can be great if one doesn't have adequate transportation.
"I don't know the numbers, I don't know the fiscal issues the hospital is facing, but I do know it will be a great void," White said. "There will be a great abyss that will take place once Good Samaritan leaves that part of the city.
"There are great concerns in the community about jobs, access to adequate healthcare," he said. "And, is this systemic racism? Is it intentional disinvestment in the west Dayton area on the heels of all the other things that west Dayton has come through?
"Does corporate America have a moral compass or a social conscience to say that 'we need to look at areas that are being impacted above and beyond any other areas' and say, 'do we take some loss or do we take some hit to stay because we have a moral conscience as a corporate citizen in the city of Dayton?' "
White said the news of the closing "literally took the wind out of my sails."
Pastor Ward called the news "devastating."
His edifice is right down the street from the hospital, which is at 2222 Philadelphia Drive in northwest Dayton.
He said the leaving is not a new concern. "This has been a part of the ongoing devastation that's been going on in this community. I'm angry at the leaders of our community in terms of why can't we think about the best for the community."
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:01 PM
NEW CARLISLE — Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a tax request to support the city’s fire and emergency medical service.
In a special meeting held at 7 p.m. in the Smith Park Shelter House, the council and Chief Steve Trusty discussed the needs of the city's fire department.
Trusty cited low pay for personnel and rising costs of equipment among the department's challenges.
If certified, the 3-mill, five-year levy would be be placed on the May 8 ballot.