Leaders object to strip club’s liquor permit renewal

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 2:31 PM


            New York New York Cabaret has been named as a defendant in a federal wage lawsuit.

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.

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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.

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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).

New Boonshoft Museum exhibit gives visitors real-time view of global weather patterns

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:45 PM

Every day, our Storm Center 7 team shows you the weather around the Miami Valley and beyond. We show you where there are clouds, when the rain will hit and how to prepare for severe weather.

Now, our Storm Center 7 team would like to invite you to see our planet in a whole new way through a partnership with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Science on a Sphere is designed to show museum goers planet Earth as they’ve never seen it before.

"Science on a sphere was originally created by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a way to show everything that is happening on coastlines, things happening in the atmosphere, anything dealing with the weather, just to promote education to the public about all of that,” Mackenzie English, Laboratory Programs Coordinator at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery said.

"This is a giant, 68-inch diameter, carbon-fiber globe - suspended in mid-air … and it gives visitors an amazing perspective of our planet like you've never seen it before".

From the control console, visitors can get an astonishing array of visualizations of Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and land. 

When selecting a feature such as "water vapor", the user will get real weather imagery projected onto the sphere with a detailed explanation of what you are seeing from one of our Storm Center 7 meteorologists.

Visitors can look at clouds, air and water temperatures, ocean currents and even watch commercial air traffic across the planet.

You can check out the Science on a Sphere at Boonshoft with our Storm Center 7 meteorologists Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5pm.

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Congressman Mike Turner target of national Democratic group

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 3:38 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:31 PM

Congressman Michael Turner (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For the first time in more than a dozen years, the congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, is being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has named 79 seats of more than 130 it plans to focus on in 2018.

Turner was one of 20 new targets the DCCC announced Monday. He is one of only two that voted against the recent Republican legislation to replace Obamacare.

Mark Owens, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party says the DCCC sees the 10th District as winnable for a Democrat in part because of the district makeup and also because of the current political climate.

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The district includes all of Montgomery, Greene and part of Fayette County.

Turner’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

“I think it’s because even though it is a gerrymandered district it is less gerrymandered than some others around the country,” Owens said.

Owens said two potential candidates are already interested in challenging Turner in 2018 but he would not name them as he did not have their permission to do so.

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“One is a West Point grad, Afghan/Iraq vet” and the other is a a local businesswoman, Owens said. He said one of the two “has some wealth and is going to put some money into” the race, which Owens expects will require $1 million to $1.5 million to be competitive.

Blaine Kelly, spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party, said Turner won by a large margin in the Nov. 2016 over teacher Robert Klepinger, a Democrat, and Huber Heights Mayor Thomas McMasters, an independent.

“The only explanation for the Democrats’ decision to target Congressman Turner, or any Republican seats in Ohio, is that they are gluttons for punishment. Congressman Turner’s constituents gave him a giant stamp of approval last November by reelecting him with sixty-four percent of the vote,” Kelly said. “Democrats can manufacture outrage when Republicans keep campaign promises, but they can’t fake votes.”

Turner’s seat is one of four in Ohio the DCCC believes can be taken from Republican incumbents in 2018. The others are U.S. Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, Bob Gibbs, R-Avon, and Dave Joyce, R-Russell Twp. Nearly all the targeted seats are held by the GOP and the others are open.

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Owens said a Democratic candidate can get logistical and fund-raising support from the DCCC in a targeted race. He thinks the last time Turner’s district was targeted was the year he won it in a 2002 battle against Democrat Rick Carne to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Tony Hall, D-Dayton.

“We’re incredibly excited that our national partners are expanding the map and targeting races like Ohio’s 10th Congressional District,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper.

The DCCC raised more than $9 million in April, beating previous records for the month, according to The Hill. However that’s about $1 million less than what was raised last month by Republicans.

Police: Teen says he saw gun on 1 of 3 who robbed him at The Greene

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 4:29 PM

A 19-year-old reported he was robbed by three men, one of whom had a gun, after he agreed to meet another person at The Greene to sell a pair of shoes.

Officers responded to The Greene around 6 p.m. Friday after the alleged robbery happened.

According to a Beavercreek police report, the victim agreed to meet with another person to conduct a sale of the shoes near the movie theater at The Greene after agreeing on a price on the online service “Offer Up”.

The buyer was reportedly from the Columbus area, according to the report.

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The victim told police when he met to talk with the buyer, he saw the butt of a gun tucked into his pants.

According to the report, the victim was approached by three men, who then took the shoes and ran to the upper level of a nearby parking garage before fleeing in a green car.

The Greene security reviewed their surveillance cameras, but they did not appear to capture the incident, according to the report.

Middletown picks top Lakota official as new superintendent

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:21 PM


            Marlon Styles Jr. of Lakota Schools will be named the next superintendent of the Middletown City Schools. Styles is executive director of curriculum and instruction for Lakota and will replace Middletown Superintendent Sam Ison.

One of the rising stars of Lakota Local Schools will become the new leader of Middletown City Schools, the Journal-News has exclusively learned.

Marlon Styles Jr., the executive director of curriculum and instruction for Lakota, who was among three finalists for the job, will be approved by Middletown school board at tonight’s meeting, officials with the district exclusively told the Journal-News

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Styles will replace current superintendent Sam Ison, who initially retired but then accepted the superintendent’s job with Wayne Schools in Warren County.

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Styles will be the first permanent African American to serve as superintendent in Middletown Schools’ history, though the district has had a black, interim superintendent.

About 18 percent of Middletown’s 6,400 students are African American.

Styles moved from Mount Healthy Schools to Lakota Schools in 2013 and is credited by district officials there with revamping and modernizing the 16,500-student’s curricula, particularly in the areas of classroom instruction focusing more on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Prior to his Mount Healthy stint he served as assistant principal at Hamilton County’s Wyoming High School and Northwest High School and as a middle school math teacher in the Winton Woods Schools.

He is a graduate of Thomas More College and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati.

In his cover letter that accompanied his application for the Middletown job Styles cited newly adopted strategic goals for improving the troubled city schools, which in recent years has been one of the lowest performing districts in Southwest Ohio according to the state’s annual report card.

“I believe I have the diverse experience, leadership, skills and commitment you are looking for to lead the Middletown Schools,” wrote Styles in documents obtained by the Journal-News last week through a public records’ request.

“In collaboration with all Middletown city school district stakeholders, we would infuse modern learning opportunities into our schools to positively impact student learning,” wrote Styles.

Veteran Lakota Board of Education member Ray Murray, who cast a vote in 2013 to hire Styles, praised the new Middletown leader as a “smart choice for the job of superintendent of the Middletown School district.”

“His knowledge of curriculum design and professional development will bring a positive and immediate impact on student learning. Marlon is a true leader in education and the residents of Middletown are getting a top notch superintendent,” said Murray.

Under Ohio law, school boards hire district superintendents and treasurers. Traditionally, superintendent contracts begin on Aug. 1, but Middletown board members are seeking to have their new district leader start earlier.

In March, the board hired the K12 Business Consulting search firm to assist in developing a superintendent search profile and to recruit potential candidates.

The same firm earlier this handled Lakota’s search for a new superintendent, resulting in the hiring of Matt Miller.

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School officials offered online surveys to city residents and held a series of public input meetings to formulate a candidate profile and the qualities district officials, school employees, residents, business and city leaders were seeking in a new superintendent.

Work is continuing on a $96 million transformation of the Middletown High School campus that includes the building of a new middle school and a massive renovation of the adjacent high school.

The two schools will be connected by a new gym and athletic center. The two projects are scheduled to be completed in 2018, though some high school classroom spaces will be opened this spring.