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Miami County sheriff seeks $730K more in budget, wants say in any cuts

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

            Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak, taking the oath of office.
Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak, taking the oath of office.

TROY - Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak discussed the sheriff office’s proposed 2018 budget with the county commission, asking that he be involved in any cuts that need to be made.

Duchak, who is in his first year as the elected sheriff, said last week the budget includes a $730,000 increase over 2017. He explained that the proposed additions include money for cost of living and step raises, a new fiscal officer position, a new deputy to help fill school resource officer demands and added costs incurred with opening a third 60-prisoner pod at the county Incarceration Facility.

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Duchak, who was chief deputy for former Sheriff Charles Cox the past few years, told commissioners Jack Evans and Greg Simmons he understands the county budget can be tight and less spending preferred.

To avoid past problems, including “having to constantly move money around” when cuts were made without the office’s notification in the past, Duchak asked commissioners to include him and administrative assistant Rena Gumerlock in any needed cuts.

“If there has to be adjustments made, I would prefer Rena and I be able to do that,” he said.

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Commission President Jack Evans said, “We can sit down and talk with you about it.”

The request “makes sense,” Commissioner Greg Simmons, in his first year on the commission, said. The third commissioner, John “Bud” O’Brien was not at the meeting.

The commissioners last week wrapped up annual budget meetings with elected officials and other department heads in the county. The meetings are held as part of preparations for the county’s annual appropriations, which are approved by the commission near year’s end.

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Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Warmer temperatures and more rain is expected this week in the Dayton area.

Clouds will give way to more sunshine this afternoon. It should be a nice looking day with highs in the middle 40s.

  • Rain returns tomorrow
  • More rain mid-week
  • Flooding possible the next few days

TONIGHT: Clouds return this evening and overnight tonight with rain arriving towards daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.

TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

FRIDAY: The chance for rain returns again Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

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Injury crash reported I-75 northbound in Dayton

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Crews have responded to an injury crash on Interstate 75 northbound near West Second Street.

The far left lane was shut down around 11:50 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic has slowed in the remaining lanes.

We are on the scene working to learn more.

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OVI crash overnight knocks over AT&T pole, closes part of road

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Wires Down Old Springfield Road

Old Springfield Road at Stillwater River is closed due to an OVI accident overnight. 

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The road between State Route 48 and Kley is closed after a vehicle hit an AT&T utility pole Sunday around 2 a.m., according to Butler Township Police.

According to police, AT&T is now at the scene. 

It’s not known if there were any injuries. 

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One person injured following serious crash on I-75 South in Monroe

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:04 AM


UPDATE @ 6:58 a.m.:

One person suffered injuries after a crash on I-75 that involved an SUV and semi-tractor trailer in Monroe Saturday.

According to Ohio State Patrol, the person was transported by EMS to West Chester Medical Center with unknown injuries. 

UPDATE @8:20 p.m.:

All lanes have reopened on southbound Interstate 75 in Monroe and the crash has been cleared.

A video sent to this newsroom showed a red SUV with heavy damage to the front.

Officials said injuries were reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown.

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A crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe has slowed traffic.

The crash, involving a semi-tractor trailer and a SUV, was reported after 7 p.m. about a mile south of Ohio 63. Initial reports indicate several lanes are closed.

Injuries have been reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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