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Xenia teacher facing rape charge for incident outside swim bar at lake

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Teacher faces rape charge

Update@4:10 p.m.:  Brandon Murray is an employee of Xenia Community Schools, although he teaches at the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, Superintendent Gabriel Lofton said. He added that Murray was placed on an indefinite leave of absence on Oct. 9. 

Lofton declined to comment any further. 

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Update@1:30 p.m.:

The alleged victim is a 25-year-old woman who is an acquaintance of Murray and his wife, police said. 

In June, Murray, his wife and the victim traveled to Logan County with a group of people and they all were drinking at  Froggy’s swim-up bar, police said. At the end of the night, the victim was “extremely intoxicated,” and was sitting in a vehicle with Murray and his wife waiting for the rest of their group and the designated driver.

Murray’s wife was passed out at the time, and that’s when he allegedly raped the victim, police said. 

There was a 10-minute window between the time the alleged sexual assault occurred and the group’s return to the car, police said. 

Murray is a teacher at the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Xenia. According to the Ohio Department of Education, he currently has a license to teach in Xenia. 

His Facebook profile says he’s also a teacher at Xenia Community Schools. We’ve called the school district to confirm that information, but they’ve yet to respond.

First report:

A 34-year-old man from the New Carlisle area is facing a rape charge in Logan County.

Brandon Murray is being held in the Logan County Jail on suspicion of rape and gross sexual imposition since his arrest on Tuesday.

Murray allegedly fondled and sexually assaulted a woman who was sitting in a vehicle outside Froggy’s swim-up bar by Indian Lake, according to the statement of facts on file with the Bellefontaine Municipal Court.

The alleged incident happened in June. The alleged victim reported it to authorities a little more than a month later. 

Murray denied the allegations and told investigators the interaction with the woman was consensual, according to the statement of facts.

Murray is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 16.

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Murray is a Tecumseh High School graduate and played football at Wittenberg University, lettering in 2004 and 2005, according to the school’s website.

Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM

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Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night.

Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green.

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The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

A meteor was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. 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 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

Good Samaritan Hospital closing: Community angry, devastated, concerned

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM

West Dayton community devastated by closure of Good Samaritan hospital

The closing of Good Samaritan Hospital will be a crippling blow to the west Dayton community and raises several concerns going forward, said three people who represent the hundreds of residents living near the 86-year-old facility. 

"We're behind the eight ball," Minister Daria Dillard Stone, 66 and a member of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 5370 Dayton-Liberty Road. 

"They've made the decision, which means we don't count,” she told News Center 7’s James Buechele on Wednesday evening. “That's just how it is." 

Stone, Mount Carmel Pastor Chad White and Omega Baptist Church Pastor Daryl Ward offered their reactions -- as well as the reactions of the communities they serve -- in the wake of Premier Health's announcement Wednesday morning that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closing by the end of the year.

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Stone, a member at Mount Carmel for 50 years, said her three daughters and four grandchildren were born at the hospital. She was a patient there, as was her grandmother and late husband. Stone said Premier officials should have come to the community and at least given the community a chance to react. 

"If they had come to the community a year or two ago and said, 'we're planning on closing Good Samaritan Hospital and what do you guys think?' At least that would have been a good faith thing if they could have acted like they cared. But they didn't," Stone said. 

The Rev. Daryl Ward, Omega Baptist Church

Pastor White, who also is executive organizer with SCLC Dayton, echoed Stone's sentiment. He, too, has been a patient at Good Samaritan and worries about access to healthcare because that while Miami Valley Hospital is five miles away, the distance can be great if one doesn't have adequate transportation. 

"I don't know the numbers, I don't know the fiscal issues the hospital is facing, but I do know it will be a great void," White said. "There will be a great abyss that will take place once Good Samaritan leaves that part of the city. 

"There are great concerns in the community about jobs, access to adequate healthcare," he said. "And, is this systemic racism? Is it intentional disinvestment in the west Dayton area on the heels of all the other things that west Dayton has come through? 

"Does corporate America have a moral compass or a social conscience to say that 'we need to look at areas that are being impacted above and beyond any other areas' and say, 'do we take some loss or do we take some hit to stay because we have a moral conscience as a corporate citizen in the city of Dayton?' " 

White said the news of the closing "literally took the wind out of my sails." 

Pastor Ward called the news "devastating." 

His edifice is right down the street from the hospital, which is at 2222 Philadelphia Drive in northwest Dayton. 

He said the leaving is not a new concern. "This has been a part of the ongoing devastation that's been going on in this community. I'm angry at the leaders of our community in terms of why can't we think about the best for the community." 

Pastor Ward said he'll be praying that the businesses near the hospital survive, despite the news of Good Samaritan's eventual leaving.

New Carlisle moves ahead with tax request to fund fire/EMS

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:01 PM



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Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a tax request to support the city’s fire and emergency medical service.

In a special meeting held at 7 p.m. in the Smith Park Shelter House, the council and Chief Steve Trusty discussed the needs of the city's fire department.

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Trusty cited low pay for personnel and rising costs of equipment among the department's challenges. 

If certified, the 3-mill, five-year levy would be be placed on the May 8 ballot. 

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If it’s approved, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $105 a year and would not be collected until 2019.