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.

Fairborn police investigate death of infant

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 10:33 PM

The death of an infant Sunday night, April 23, 2017, in Fairborn is under investigation.
Caroline Reinwald / Staff

The death of an infant tonight in Fairborn is ongoing, police outside the Fairborn Apartments said.

Crews were called around 8 p.m. to an apartment in the 300 block of Wallace Drive in the complex on a report of a 3-month-old baby not breathing, according to scanner reports.

We have a crew on scene and are working to find out what led to this tragedy.

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Prayers offered up for deported Fairfield mother, her family

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 6:26 PM

Participants at the Divine Mercy prayer service this afternoon at St. Julie Billiart Church in Hamilton prayed in English and Spanish first one, then the other as they made pleas for Maribel Trujillo Diaz and her family. 

They prayed for peace for Trujillo, a Fairfield woman deported to Mexico last week, as well as for her family and all immigrants. They also prayed for her safety from drug cartels in Mexico that have threatened her family, and for her to be reunited with her family, which includes her husband and four U.S.-born children ages 3 through 14. 

They prayed Pope Francis' Prayer to the Holy Family, which includes the plea, "Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division." 

The pastor at St. Julie's, which is Trujillo's parish, Fr. Mike Pucke, said many more people might have attended the prayer service than the few dozen who did Sunday afternoon, but among the immigrants from Mexico as well as Central- and South America, "people are living scared." 

Also, two Butler County Sheriff's cruisers parked nearby may have frightened some, he said. 

Speakers during the service contemplated the need to intermingle justice with mercy, which they described as a necessary part of justice. The church and other advocates for Trujillo have pleaded to the area's federal lawmakers, as well as to federal officials on Trujillo's behalf, noting she was not a criminal and had four children who were citizens. 

Pucke said Trujillo told both him and her husband to "make sure the kids do their homework." 

Tony Stieritz, director of Catholic social action for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati praised Butler County churches for advocating on Trujillo's behalf. 

As for her own parish, "Your unrelenting support for the Trujillo Diaz family is a shining example" for the rest of the archdiocese, Stieritz said. He added the church has included Spanish-speaking immigrants not as strangers, but as their own. 

Stieritz called on attendees to call their Congressional representatives Monday morning, "and ask them to finally fix our broken immigration system so that more immigrants like Maribel can truly have a viable path to come here and raise their families in peace. That's our simple message."

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Black smoke pours from scrapyard fire near downtown Dayton

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 3:35 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

UPDATE @ 5 p.m.

Dayton firefighters responded to a large fire this afternoon at the Franklin Iron and Metal scrapyard on East First Street.

Black smoke was seen rising from the fire, reported at 3:20 p.m., near downtown Dayton.

“It’s a large pile of shredded automobiles. The pile is maybe the size of one or two houses; it’s a fairly large pile, District Chief James Rose of the Dayton Fire Department said of the heap of non-metal items such as seats pulled out of scrapped vehicles. “So it’s just a matter of penetrating the fire, and officials from the recycling center showed up and they’re dispersing the pile for us. That was a big help.”

It’s not clear what sparked the fire, but no one was hurt and the business was closed.

“It’s not going to be a multiple-day event like we had several years ago,” Rose said.

Fires at the recycling business are not routine, but not terribly unusual Rose said. There were fires reported in 2016, 2011 and one in 2010 that took several days to extinguish, our news archives show.

FIRST REPORT

Black smoke is rising from a fire near downtown Dayton and firefighters have been called to respond to the Franklin Iron and Metal property on East First Street.

The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. at the scrapyard business, 1939 E. First St.

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14-year-old mowing grass finds body from apparent overdose

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 5:41 PM

Police in the Miami Valley respond to drug overdoses all too often these days, and the past 24 hours for Dayton police were no exception. 

Among the calls between Friday night and Saturday, Dayton officers investigated three incidents in which two men died and two men were revived with Narcan.

Police responded shortly after 10 p.m. Friday to the 1200 block of Lamar Street and found medics trying to revive 37-year-old Alim Ilkham who was unconscious, according to the police report. The man’s wife was there with a friend. She called 9-1-1 after finding her husband unconscious in the tractor-trailer that was idling nearby.

Medics administered three doses of Narcan and revived Ilkham, who was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment.

Inside the cab of the tractor-trailer, officers found evidence of drug abuse as well as the body of 45-year-old Miguel Lopez, who is believed to be Ilkham’s co-driver. The pair was hauling produce for a trucking company based out of Pennsylvania, according to the report.

The next morning, police responded to a possible dead body at an apartment building in the 3100 block of Hassler Street.

The property manager’s 14-year-old granddaughter was helping to cut grass when she came upon a man who was slumped over behind some bushes at the rear of the building, according to the report.

Medics responded and pronounced the man dead. He was identified as 25-year-old Cody Robert Couch, according to the report.

Saturday evening, a suspected overdose led to a crash on U.S. 35 East at South Gettysburg Avenue, which left a street light knocked over in the median, a heavily damaged 2011 Chevy Cruise and an unconscious driver identified as 38-year-old Jason Lilly of New Vienna.

Police arrived before medics and a passerby stopped to help. There was a used hypodermic needle on the driver’s side floorboard, according to the report.

Police said the passerby possessed Narcan and administered two doses. Medics arrived and administered two more doses before Lilly was revived, according to the report.

Police said the driver later admitted to officers at the hospital that he had used heroin and drove to the city to buy it.

Lilly was issued a summons to appear in Dayton Municipal Court on potential charges of possessing drug abuse instruments and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.