Levies fail in 3 local districts

Published: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 10:28 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 10:28 PM

Tuesday’s special election saw five of the eight local issues on the ballot pass, according to the unofficial final results.

The levies that failed were for three local school districts — Xenia, Vandalia-Butler and Tipp City — which had made millions of dollars in cuts this year. Each were asking voters for additional funds.

Xenia

The overwhelming defeat of Xenia Community City Schools’ 1.5 percent earned income tax, which failed 26 percent to 74 percent, will hit the district immediately.

“Voters tonight did not not support the levy, and we will automatically cut all elementary music, all but one elementary counselor, all elementary phys ed for this school year,” said William Spahr, president of the Xenia Board of Education, noting the board already approved these cuts. “We’re desperate. We’ve cut $10 million from the budget already.”

District officials have said a levy in November is likely, although Spahr did not confirm that plan Tuesday.

The district will maintain its 0.5 percent standard income tax, which raises about $3 million per year for the district, and that will continue through 2016.

Vandalia-Butler

Vandalia-Butler City Schools’ 6.99-mill operating and permanent improvement levy also failed, 44 percent to 56 percent.

“Obviously we are disappointed with the results,” said Superintendent Christy Donnelly, who thanked the district’s supporters for their time and commitment. “The failure of this levy did not eliminate the need for operating dollars for our classrooms.”

Donnelly said Vandalia-Butler will be back on the ballot in November.

“November will be our last chance to protect our classrooms and student activities from massive, unprecedented cuts,” she said.

Tipp City

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools saw its five-year, 7.95-mill emergency levy fail Tuesday by a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent.

Superintendent John Kronour said, in the wake of the levy failure, cuts of about $1 million will have to be made for the 2012-13 school year, on top of $1.3 million in cuts made for last school year.

He said the district had planned to be back on the ballot in November if this levy failed, but he was unsure Tuesday night.

“We’re going to meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss it,” Kronour said. “I don’t know that anybody thought it would go down quite like this.”

Northmont

Voters soundly renewed Northmont City Schools’ five-year, 5.9-mill operating levy Tuesday, by a vote of 68 percent to 32 percent.

Treasurer Sandy Harris said the renewal allows Northmont to maintain the $3.6 million in funding it currently receives through this levy.

“Approval of the renewal levy allows the district to meet the day-to-day operating costs and provide the necessary educational tools the district needs to continue an excellent educational program for our students,” Harris said.

Bethel

Bethel Local Schools saw both of its levies, a renewal and a replacement, pass Tuesday.

The 2-mill permanent improvement renewal passed comfortably, 57 percent to 43 percent, and the 7-mill replacement for operations was approved by 52 percent of voters.

These levies combined should raise $1.2 million annually for the district.

City issues

The 3.5-mill levy for Franklin Fire and EMS passed by a vote of 58 percent to 42 percent. This approval will allow EMS services to be moved under the fire department.

In Farmersville, voters approved the renewal of the village’s five-year, 2.5-mill operating levy. The final tally for that levy was a 79 percent to 21 percent.

Contributing writer Nancy Bowman contributed to this report.

Family of Springfield woman found in crashed car looks for answers

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Family seeks answers about Springfield woman's death

The family of a Springfield woman found dead in a crashed car last week says they have a lot of questions about what caused her death.

Chelsea Marie Dowler, 27, was found in a 1993 Dodge Dakota on Sept. 14. The car left the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest in Delaware County’s Kingston Twp. north of Columbus, according to the Delaware Post of the State Highway Patrol, but it’s unclear when the crash happened.

She had been missing for nearly four weeks, according to her brother, Tyler Dowler.

“It’s definitely a little bit easier than not knowing,” Tyler Dowler said. “Not knowing was the worst.”

The family had filed a missing person report with the Springfield Police Department, he said, and had handed out flyers and made posts online asking for information about his sister.

“It gives us a little bit of relief knowing that she’s not in pain anymore,” he said. “She’s not suffering.”

But he said he wants more answers.

“Did she wreck? Did someone force her to wreck? Was it drugs? We’d like to know,” he said.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, said Lt. Bob Sellers with the Delaware Post of the State Highway Patrol.

Chelsea Dowler leaves behind two sons, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. Tyler Dowler and his girlfriend are now the guardians of the boys.

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“Things are finally starting to come together a little bit. I think they’re happy,” Tyler Dowler said. “They don’t want to go anywhere.”

She struggled with drug addiction, he said, but was a good mother.

“She was loving you know, she had her problems as most of us do,” he said.

He wants the boys to remember their mom for the good times they shared.

“The times where their mom did nothing but make them smile,” he said, “because she would, she would do anything in her power to make them smile.”

The Springfield Police Division has closed its missing person investigation, according to Capt. Mike Varner.

The family is still in the process of making funeral arrangements.

Dayton Defense Education Foundation gala raises money for scholarships

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 11:38 PM

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.
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The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation tonight hosted its annual fundraiser gala at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton.

News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry served as the emcee for the event. 

The foundation is a 100 percent volunteer charitable organization that provides scholarships to local students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. This year, the foundation will award more than $80,000 in scholarships. 

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Also tonight, the foundation presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Nathan Klingbeil, professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University. Klingbeil has mentored many engineering students and is dedicated to encouraging this career path to help keep the U.S. defense industry second to none.

911 call: Teen laid on tracks before fatally struck, ‘tried to survive it’

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 8:08 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 6:55 PM

911 Call: Teen laid on tracks before fatally struck, tried to survive

UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (Sept. 23)

A 16-year-old boy who was fatally struck by a train Friday night in Miamisburg was walking with a friend along railroad tracks behind Library Park before the teen was struck.

At first the friend told a 911 dispatcher: “I guess he didn’t hear the train.” 

He later admitted Fernandez had laid down on the tracks.

“I think he had the idea of laying on the tracks and tried to survive it,” he said.

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Centerville City Schools Superintendent Tom Henderson said district leaders are meeting this weekend and that counselors will be available to students Monday.

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Sept. 23)

A 16-year-old pedestrian who died Friday night after he was struck by a train in Miamisburg has been identified as a resident of that city.

Jose Fernandez was struck by a Norfolk Southern train on the tracks between Linden and East Central avenues, authorities said Saturday.

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Fernandez, a Miamisburg resident, was a student at Centerville High School, according to Miamisburg police.

There is no indication of suicide at this time, according to police, and it is believed that all crossing arms and signals were functioning at the time.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is still working on Fernandez’s specific cause of death, investigators said Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

A Norfolk Southern train struck and killed a teenager tonight, but Miamisburg police Sgt. Josiah Keefer said police do not believe it was a suicide.

The 16-year-old boy was hit just after 7:40 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the 400 block of East Linden Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name or whether he was a Miamisburg student.

The train has been stopped since the crash, and will block crossings possibly until midnight as police investigate. Pearl Street was one of the few crossings that was open.

FROM SCENE: Teen killed when struck by train in Miamisburg

Police earlier had portions of the train taped off. As news spread of the accident, some mothers came down to ask officers if their child was hit. Others came to the scene to offer support for friends and family of the victim.

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“Our hearts and our prayers are with them and I don’t think any of us can truly say we understand what they’re feeling but that doesn’t mean that our hearts and our prayers won’t be with them,” said Glenda Mesta of Miamisburg.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has taken the teen’s body. He has not been identified pending notification of family.

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.

A teenage boy was confirmed deceased tonight when medics arrived at the scene of a pedestrian who was struck by a train hauling lumber.

A friend of the victim called 911 to report the incident, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

FIRST REPORT

A pedestrian was struck by a train tonight in Miamisburg.

The incident was reported at 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Linden Avenue. The train has stopped, which is blocking streets in the area.

Minor injury reported after fire engine, car collide in Xenia

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

UPDATE @ 4:07 p.m.

No serious injuries are reported after a car and Xenia fire engine collided in Xenia Saturday morning, according to Sgt. Scott Beegle. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of West Second Street and South Progress Drive around 12:25 p.m. 

Beegle said crews are still investigating and working to determine who was at fault in the crash. 

One of the three people in the crashed car was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with minor injuries, according to Beegle.

He said two people in the fire engine were uninjured. Beegle said the engine sustained major front-end damage and will be out of service for an indefinite time. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to Beegle.

EARLIER REPORT (Sept. 23)

Police and medics are responding to the scene of an injury crash involving a fire response vehicle Saturday morning. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of West Second Street and Progress Drive around 12:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate a medic has been called to the scene for an injured patient. 

Dispatchers could not confirm if the injured person was in the fire response vehicle. 

Traffic in the area is currently being rerouted, according to dispatchers. 

We will continue to follow updates in this developing story.

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