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.

Police: 2-year-old child unconscious from apparent opioid OD

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 5:51 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 11:01 PM

Baby overdosed on Pointview Ave

A 2-year-old child was found Tuesday afternoon, unconscious from an apparent opioid OD, Dayton police said.

A lieutenant tells us the child is at Dayton Children’s Hospital in serious condition. 

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A Dayton fire/rescue unit was dispatched to an address in the 100 block of Pointview Avenue about 4:30 p.m. and asked for a police “hurry up” because a child, a two-year-old girl, was unconscious. 

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"Anytime a 2-year-old is passed out, it's fairly unusual," Dayton police Lt. Steven Bauer said. "In this case, with the height of opioid epidemic, I think there is some suspicion it possibly might be an opioid overdose." 

The child was with a baby sitter as well as several acquaintances in the house, Bauer said. 

Bauer suggested the child may have ingested the opioid, saying children at that age often explore the world by putting things in their mouths.

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He said the mother has not been located, thought they know who she is. Police have no information on the child's father. 

"Everybody in the household has been spoken with, to see if they had any other information," Bauer said. 

Officers also interviewed people in the neighborhood as well.

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Bauer would not speculate as to whether the child was exposed to the opioid inside or outside the house.

According to the very preliminary investigation, the child was found either in an alley behind the house or somewhere near the house. Police blocked that alley with crime scene tape and brought in a K-9 unit to look for evidence. 

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Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 1:38 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 1:38 AM

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  • I-75 north between Main Street and Needmore Road, lane closure July 29th between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm. Two northbound lanes will remain open.
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, ramp closure March 28th – September 23rd. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to US 35 east
  • I-75 south Ramp to US 35 west, ramp closure January 9th – September 30th. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, Nightly lane closures July 24th – October 31st between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am. The northbound side will become double lane closure between 10 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • I-75 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Main Street, nightly lane closures July 24th – 28th between the hours of 7 pm and 6 am. These will become double lane closures between 11 pm and 5 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, shoulder closure May 8th – September 12th. Both the inside and outside shoulders will be closed for road work. Road will be open.
  • I-70 between Preble County Line Road and South Kimmel Road, overnight lane closures June 12th – August 31st between 6 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 west between Perry Street and Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, nightly lane closures July 26th – August 2nd between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am. One westbound lane will remain open.
  • US 35 west between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard, traffic pattern switch July 6 – August 13.  Lanes will be moved to the inside portion of the interstate. Two lanes will be open in each direction.
  • SR 202 between Troy Villa Boulevard and Chesam Drive, traffic pattern shift May 15th – August 11th. All southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound side of SR 202. There will be one southbound lane and one northbound lane operating on the northbound side of SR 202.
  • SR 48 between Siebenthaler Avenue and Shiloh Springs Road, Nightly lane closures June 26th – July 31st between 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 741 at Austin Boulevard, intermittent lane closures and construction work May 22 – August 25.  
  • SR 49 between SR 721 and US 40, lane closures June 12th – July 31st between 7 am and 7 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured from June 9 through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to US 35 west, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The official detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west
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  • SR 185 near McMaken Road, road closure July 26th – August 1st. The official detour is: SR 48 south to US 36 east to SR 185 
  • SR 55 near Shiloh Road, road closure July 24th – 28th. The official detour is: SR 55 to SR 48 to SR 571 to SR 55
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Road, bridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • West Peterson Road East between Troy-Sidney Road and Piqua-Troy Road, road closure July 5th – August 19th. The official detour from ODOT is: Troy Sidney Road to Piqua Troy Rd to Eldean Rd to County Road 25A to Peterson Road.
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Road, road closure April 12th – October 12th. The official detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua -Troy Road or Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua-Troy Road
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Shoulder closures April 11th – October 31st.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 west at Houston Pike, lane closure July 26th between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. Two westbound lanes will remain open. 
  • US 68 north Ramp to US 40 east, ramp closure July 17th – August 30th. The official detour is: US 68 north to SR 41 to US 68 south to US 40 east
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  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 41 between Donnels Creek Lane and SR 235, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

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  • SR 118 between SR 47 and the Mercer/Darke County line, daily lane closures June 16th – July 31st between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 127 between US 36 and Kruckeberg Road, Daily lane closures June 12th – August 25th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 49 between Rossburg-Lightsville Road and the Mercer/Darke County line, Daily lane closures June 26th – July 21st between 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 726 between Preble County Butler Township Road and East Washington Street, lane closures June 15th – July 21st between 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY 

  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 36 between Bollinger Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures June 12th – August 31st between  7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and Cambrian Road, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 245 between SR 296 and Gilbert Road, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between Hickory Grove Road and Water Street, lane closures July 5th – October 16th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814, lane closures May 22nd – September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
SHELBY COUNTY 
  • SR 274 between SR 66 and SR 29, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 274 between I-75 and SR 65, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 29 near SR 274, daily lane closures July 24th – August 25th between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 66 between Enterprise Drive and Greenback Road, road closure July 10th – October 13th. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36 to SR 185
  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road.

Escapee from Community Correctional Center in Warren County caught at gas station -- on the phone

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 5:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 10:33 PM

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UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m.:  Mark Hokanson, the escapee from the Community Correctional Center in Warren County, was found at a Shell station in Monroe on the phone trying to place a call for a ride, sheriff's Sgt. Nick Marconi said. 

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That was just after 9 p.m. when a deputy, acting on one of a number of anonymous tips to the sheriff's office, walked in and spotted Hokanson. He turned away from the deputy and tried to walk out, but was apprehended at the gas station, 1280 Hamilton-Lebanon Road, without a confrontation, Marconi said. 

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The clerk at the business said Hokanson had been in the business about a half hour before the deputy arrived, the sergeant said. 

Hokanson has been taken to the county jail, where he will be detained on an escape charge. He has an initial appearance in court on Thursday, the sergeant said.

Mark Hokanson (Courtesy/Warren County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE @ 9:23 p.m.:  The escapee has been apprehended, according to a report via Warren County sheriff's dispatch. 

We're working to learn the details of Mark Hokanson's capture.

UPDATE @ 6:01 p.m.:  The escapee from the Community Correctional Center in Turtlecreek Twp. did so just hours after he was brought to the facility on Ohio 63, Warren County sheriff's Sgt. Nick Marconi said. 

Mark A. Hokanson, 34, of Clermont County, climbed a fence topped with razor wire to make his escape. Marconi said. Facility officials noticed Hokanson missing about 4 p.m. 

He was brought to CCC, a multi-county treatment facility for non-violent offenders, on a drug possession [heroin] conviction. 

Hokanson is white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 190 pounds. He has brown hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing green pants and green shirt (CCC uniform), with a white T-shirt underneath the green shirt. 

Deputies have a K-9 unit tracking a possible scent and they have set up a perimeter that includes state Routes 63 and 741. 

Marconi said there is no reason for alarm as the escapee is not believed to be armed or dangerous. 

If you see him or see a man you believe could fit Hokanson's description, you are asked to call sheriff's dispatch, 513-695-2525.

INITIAL REPORT

We’re following reports of a man who escaped from the community correctional center in Lebanon Tuesday afternoon.

According to scanner traffic, deputies in Warren County are looking for a man who jumped through a fence at the facility on Ohio 63 before 5 p.m. 

We’re working to learn more and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Investigators search 3 times in 10 days in Carlisle baby remains case

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, arrived with family for a Friday arraignment hearing at Franklin Municipal court. The Carlisle woman is charged with one count of reckless homicide after her baby’s remains were found buried in her yard. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, arrived with family for a Friday arraignment hearing at Franklin Municipal court. The Carlisle woman is charged with one count of reckless homicide after her baby’s remains were found buried in her yard. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Three separate searches in 10 days of a Carlisle house where the remains of an infant were found buried are part of continuing investigation against the mother and anyone else involved in the baby’s death, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Tuesday.

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Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, is free on $15,000 bond, awaiting a preliminary hearing Aug. 1 in Franklin Municipal Court for reckless homicide for the May death of her baby. She was arraigned Friday on the third-degree felony.

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Investigators from the Warren County Coroner’s Office and Warren County Sheriff’s Office first went to the Richardson house on July 14, unearthing remains of a baby. They have been back to the Eagle Ridge Drive property twice since, including going inside the house Monday night, gathering more evidence.

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“This is an ongoing investigation. We are investigating what happened and who may have been involved,” Fornshell said, adding if that investigation led other others involved, they would be charged.

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Warren County Sheriff’s Lt. John Faine said search warrants pertaining to the case are sealed by a judge. Fornshell said they will remain sealed, “for now.”

When asked why the search warrants were sealed even after the defendant was charged, he reiterated the investigation is continuing.

“We are not going to give a road map to people about where we are going in the case,” Fornshell said, noting information on the applications for search warrants have details of the case. “In an ongoing investigation, you don’t want to tip off what you are looking for.”

Fornshell and investigators have declined to comment on the sex of the baby, how the baby died and the identity of the baby’s father.

“We have not made any statements about how the baby died or was disposed of,” Fornshell said.

Richardson was a cheerleader and had graduated from Carlisle High School this past spring, according to Carlisle School Superintendent Larry Hook. He declined to comment on Richardson, citing privacy laws.

If convicted of the charge, Richardson faces a one- to five-year prison term.

According to the criminal complaint filed against her in Franklin Municipal Court, “On or about May 7, 2017, one Brooke Richardson … did recklessly cause the death of another, or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.”

Investigators initially received a tip from a doctor’s office that a Carlisle teenager may have delivered a stillborn infant. Investigators later found an infant’s remains buried in the backyard at the residence in the 100 block of Eagle Ridge Drive.

Richardson’s attorney, Charles M. Rittgers, reiterated this week what he said after Friday’s arraignment hearing.

“She didn’t drink. She wasn’t a partier or a smoker. By all measures a very good girl who helped children… She’s by all means a very good person,” Rittgers said as he described Richardson.

He said Richardson helped children with disabilities at a cheer camp and worked at the YMCA with children.

Staff Writer Ed Richter contributed to this report