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.

2,000+  DP&L, Duke customers reporting power outages; Winds to blame?

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:04 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:41 PM

@ 11:30 p.m., the online DP&L outage map shows: 

Miami 1,598

Preble 141 

Montgomery 136 

Darke 58 

Greene, Clinton and Warren 1 each

The online Duke Energy map shows: 

Butler 817 (approximately 110 north and west of Middletown, in the area of Kalbfleisch Road. Another 11 east of the city are without power).

We will update this developing report.

Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

Victim wounded at Shell station in Drexel by shot fired from a vehicle, Trotwood police say

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:27 PM

FROM SCENE: Trotwood police investigating claim of a shooting at Shell station

UPDATE @ 11:20 p.m.: A man shot at the Shell station in Drexel was involved in an altercation and wounded by someone who fired a weapon through the window of a vehicle, Trotwood police said. 

That's the preliminary finding from the incident at the business on West Third Street that landed the victim, believed to be in his 30s, to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Police said the victim may have been pumping gas when he was approached by another man and an altercation ensued. The shooting is believed to have occurred during that tussle. 

Police dispatched to the address found pieces of automobile glass that may have come from the vehicle in the shooting. 

Police investigators were at the hospital, waiting to speak with the victim.

INITIAL REPORT

Trotwood police are investigating a person's claim of being shot and wounded at the Shell station in the 6100 block of West Third Street in Drexel. 

According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, Miami Valley Hospital officials notified police about 8:50 p.m. that a person walked into the hospital claiming to have been shot. 

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When the shooting is believed to have occurred is not certain and there is no information about the gender of the person. 

The vehicle the person was in has been seized at the hospital by police, according to regional dispatch. 

We are working to learn more about this incident. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

AAA: Watch for slick spots on side streets, rural roads

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:37 PM

Watch out for slick spots on side streets

Snow has moved out of the area, but slick roads are still a big concern.

With temperatures dropping into the low 20s, side roads and rural roads that were not pretreated may be slick because of the earlier snow.

AAA Ohio expert Ron Reynolds gave advice about what motorists can do to stay safe on the roads. Until midnight Wednesday, he was responding to calls in Miamisburg and Centerville. The cold doesn’t daunt him.

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“I’ve been doing this almost eight years so I mentally prepared myself a month or two before it got cold,” he said.

At one Miamisburg home, a resident trying to warm up the car accidentally locked the car with the keys inside.

“We have a little wedge, a wedge that goes in the door just so we can get our inflatable bag in there. We’ll pump it up, gives us about a half-inch just to get our reach and pull it there so we can access the lock itself,” Reynolds said.

He responds to calls like this all winter.

Dead car batteries, flat tires are the most common side effects from the extreme cold.

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Thursday morning, he said icy spots could take drivers by surprise.

“For our members, we try to (recommend they) keep a survival kit in their car,” he said. “Blankets, water to stay warm if they are broke down. And the key is don’t panic. Just be patient. We’re going to get to you,” he said.

The winter weather prequel has brought the lowest temperatures in the region since last winter, with this season’s winter not commencing until next week.

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Family of 6 loses everything in fire that leaves woman critically hurt

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:09 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:45 PM

RAW: Pearl Street fire consumes Miamisburg house

UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.

A family of six lost who everything in a Wednesday morning fire feel fortunate they all made it out alive.

David Gilbert, and his fiancee, Becky McGeorge, three daughters, ages 13, 7 and 5, and son, 3, all lived in the house in the 1100 block of East Pearl Street that was destroyed.

Lena Gilbert, David’s sister, said there’s no clue how the fire started. The 13-year-old girl left for school at 6:20 a.m., and everything was fine then, she said.

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“By 6:49 (a.m.) the house was fully engulfed,” Gilbert said.

McGeorge is improving, but is still in critical condition and using a ventilator at Miami Valley Hospital, Gilbert said.

“She is actually coming around. She is giving the doctors notes to call David,” she said. “Since we got good news on Becky, that’s all that matters.”

The Gilbert family lost two dogs in the fire and all the children’s Christmas presents. They had no renter’s insurance and their vehicles were only covered by liability insurance.

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“It’s devastating, Lena Gilbert said. “They just have nothing, really.”

Meanwhile, they are staying with her, she said.

“We are fortunate that they all made it out,” Gilbert said. “That’s all we can ask for. Everything else is replaceable. They are not.”

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FIRST REPORT

A woman was seriously injured early today in a Miamisburg house fire from which three other family members escaped.

Miami Valley Fire District Chief Matthew Queen said the victim, whose age was not provided, was taken by relatives to a hospital after the fire broke out in the 1100 block of East Pearl Street.

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Initial responders described it as a blaze with heat so intense it damaged neighboring property and prompted firefighters to take a defensive approach.

Queen characterized the victim’s unspecified injuries as “serious.” He declined to identify her or other family in the home at the time of the fire, but initial reports indicated it involved two adults and two children.

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“The structure sustained heavy damage and will likely be considered a total loss,” he stated in an email. “We do not have an estimate at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.”

Queen said this morning it was unknown whether smoke detectors were in the home.

“It is too early in the investigation to know that,” Queen said.

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It’s also too early to determine a cause of the blaze, said MVFD Fire Marshal Bob Pugh.

Crews responded just before 7 a.m. and fire crews on the scene said the roof “had already opened up.” The intensity of the flames kept crews from entering the home for some time.