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Local runners in race for peace remember Boston

Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 12:05 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 12:05 PM


            Ryan Brant with his daughters Aubrey, 8, and Ava, 10, at the Dayton International Peace Museum for the 8th annual Dayton Peace Accords 5K run Saturday morning April 20, 2013.
            Contributed photo by Charles Caperton

More than 100 people participated in the 8th annual Dayton Peace Accords 5K Walk/Run Saturday morning, a fundraiser for the Dayton International Peace Museum, including some who decided to run just last night.

Though many in the greater Dayton running community had signed for the Peace run before the tragedies in Boston unfolded, they said they held images of the last week in their hearts as they ran.

“This is one way of conveying our message of creating an environment of peace,” Bashir G. Ahmed, a broad member and director of operations for the peace museum said, “We hope it will make a difference.”

Carl Brun, 53, of Dayton and his wife Karla, 56, participate in the Dayton Peace run every year. After 20 years of training, Carl said he qualified for the Boston Marathon two years ago. He would have been in Boston again last week, if he had qualified for the race. His parents would have been at the finish line cheering him on.

“Everyone who is a marathon runner wants to run in Boston one day. We’re saddened by what happened,” Brun said.

Middletown picks top Lakota official as new superintendent

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:21 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 8:19 PM

One of the rising stars of Lakota Local Schools will become the new leader of Middletown City Schools, the Journal-News was the first to report Monday.

Marlon Styles Jr., the executive director of curriculum and instruction for Lakota, was chosen through unanimous vote by the Middletown Board of Education on Monday evening as the district’s next superintendent.

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“We will be innovative and modernize our approach to provide our students with a strong educational experience and we will introduce a strong sense of Middletown pride and I hope to be the source of inspiration for that in this district and this community,” Styles told the board after the vote.

Styles, who is a former principal of Mount Healthy High School in Hamilton County, said, “I’m looking forward to partnering with you and the community to making a difference in the lives of our students … and I’m ready to get to work.”

Middletown School Board President Chris Urso said the 37-year-old Styles won over the five-member governing board of the Butler County city school system with his resume, intelligence and leadership qualities.

“He comes here with a past that is full of great experiences, being at Mount Healthy and being at Lakota, you can see the young man is ready for this challenge. The charisma, the intellect, all those pieces gives us the utmost confidence that as superintendent he’ll lead our district in a good direction,” Urso said after the vote.

Styles, who will earn $138,000 annually, will replace current superintendent Sam Ison, who initially retired but then accepted a principal’s job with Wayne Local Schools in Warren County.

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Styles will be the first 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).

MORE: Styles hired as new Lakota curriculum leader

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 school district, 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 included a stipulation in Styles’ contract that he will work 15 days total for Middletown in the months of June and July.

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.

MORE: Record turnover among Butler, Warren county superintendents

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.

911 caller on Kettering body: ‘Looks like someone threw her out of a car’

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 8:18 AM

Two men are accused of taking the body of a deceased woman who apparently overdosed and dumped it along a Kettering street. 

  • David A. Detrick and Charles E. Hall have been booked into the Montgomery County Jail 
  • Each is detained on these charges: suspicion of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence
  • The victim is 28-year-old Tiffany Lynn Argo, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office

FULL REPORT

Two men are in jail on charges accusing them of dumping the body of a deceased woman who apparently overdosed.

Kettering police responded to a house on the 3400 block on Valleywood Drive around 6:40 a.m. Sunday, where they found an unresponsive woman next to the road. 


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“By the time our officers responded, it was apparent that she had been deceased,” Kettering officer John Jung said Monday. “Medics were able to come and pronounce her.” 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office identified the victim as Tiffany Lynn Argo, 28. 

A report filed by Kettering police showed Argo as having a Middletown address. Middletown High School confirmed that she attended the school from grades 9 through 10 but did not graduate from the school. 

Jung said an investigation by Kettering detectives led police to 1721 Willamet Road, where they found several of Argo’s belongings. It was there police arrested Detrick and Hall, who were occupants of the home. 


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A woman who called 911 said she was on her way home Sunday morning when she spotted a person in the grass along Valleywood Drive. 

“I went over to see if they were OK, and I think they’re dead,” the caller states. “…It looks like someone threw her out of a car.” When asked by emergency dispatch if she was comfortable attempting CPR, the caller responded, “She looks like she’s already gone.” 

Detrick, 39, and Hall, 64, were arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with the investigation, according to police. Neither suspect has a court date set. 

Jung said police believe Hall provided residence for Detrick and Argo at the Willamet Road home. Police believe the two men moved Argo’s body to the Valleywood Drive address upon discovering her deceased in the home. 

Jung said the preliminary determination was that Argo had overdosed.

“Based on things found at the scene, condition of the body and speaking with the coroner, they determined she died of a possible overdose,” he said. 

Argo had been arrested multiple times in the past, including several drug-related offenses. 

>>MORE: Crime lab director’s son, 2 others named as suspects after drug raids 

Hall and Detrick have lengthy criminal histories, including several drug-related charges. Hall has been arrested at least 12 times in the past 10 years, most recently in March on drug-related charges.

Detrick has been arrested at least eight times in the past 10 years on charges of drug possession, criminal trespassing, theft and fraud. 

Jung said there are “Good Samaritan” laws that protect people from prosecution if they are acting in the victim’s best interest in a possible overdose situation. He said that had Hall and Detrick called police as soon as they allegedly found Argo, things could have gone differently. 

“What’s going on these days is off-putting to see the disregard for human life,” Jung said. “Somebody that may have made a bad choice, but they still deserve better treatment than what happened with her, for sure.” 


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FIRST REPORT (May 21)

Kettering police are investigating after a body was found in the front yard of a home Sunday morning. 

Police were dispatched to the house in the 3400 block of Valleywood Drive around 6:40 a.m., according to Kettering Officer John Jung.

Jung said the person found has yet to be identified and the cause of death is unknown. 

A coroner is at the scene, according to Jung, as police continue to investigate. 

We will continue to monitor this developing story.

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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.

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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