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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 2:43 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 2:43 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio prison unit housing about 430 inmates will be closed, the inmates moved elsewhere and employees offered jobs at other prisons, the state said Wednesday.
Inmates will be transferred from Hocking Correctional Unit in southeastern Ohio by the end of March, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The prison unit is Ohio's most expensive, costing $65 a day per inmate to operate compared to $21 at similar facilities in Belmont, Richland and Trumbull counties, the state said.
Hocking is a lower security facility considered part of the Southeastern Correctional Complex, just outside of Nelsonville about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southeast of Columbus.
The inmates will be placed elsewhere, and Hocking's 110 staff members will be offered jobs at other Ohio prisons, including a facility in nearby Lancaster, said prisons spokesman Grant Doepel.
The state hopes to turn the Hocking unit into an educational, health care or drug treatment facility.
Ohio's current prison population is 49,517 inmates, about 900 fewer inmates than a year ago.
The population is falling slowly after years of increases as programs take effect placing low-level offenders in community facilities outside of the prison system.
The union representing prison guards criticized the move, saying it's a lot of job losses for a community to absorb.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 2:59 p.m. (Jan. 23):
The Ohio State Highway Patrol released dash cam video Tuesday that shows the questioning and arrest of Dayton police officer Jermar Rayford for suspicion of OVI in Fairborn on Jan. 12.
In the video, Rayford denies having consumed any alcohol prior to the traffic stop for speeding.
“I’m a Dayton police officer...I’m not going to jeopardize my career,” Rayford tells troopers. “I ain’t been drinking though.”
The trooper told Rayford he smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, which Rayford said was a rental car.
“There ain’t nothing to it bro,” Rayford said.
Rayford declined to take a breathalyzer test on the scene after being asked multiple times if he would be willing to and was taken into custody.
“I don’t have to do a breath test,” Rayford said. “This is so beyond crazy.”
UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):
Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.
The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.
Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District. Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.
Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12.
According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek.
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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test.
Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning.
He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.
The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media.
Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.
At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
The Huber Heights Police Division announced retired officer Robbie Redcross died Tuesday of health complications.
Redcross died at Hospice of Dayton, according to the division’s Facebook account. He served in Huber Heights for 25 years before retiring in 2006, according to the post and archival news coverage.
Redcross’ age and service arrangements were not immediately available.
“Robbie was well loved by the Police Division and the residents of Huber Heights,” the division said on Facebook. “This is a huge loss for all who knew Robbie. Robbie will be remembered for his generosity, calming presence and his dedication.”
In 2015, Redcross — then retired from the police division — stood armed in front of the Huber Heights Armed Forces Recruiting Center on Chambersburg Road after a lone gunman killed four Marines and a sailor in attacks at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 4:07 PM
CENTERVILLE — A 16-year-old high school student is accused of making threatening comments on one of the district’s school buses and law enforcement is now involved in the investigation, school officials said Tuesday.
The district said they were made aware of the threatening comments Monday night and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation, said Sarah Swan, spokesperson for Centerville City Schools.
The district did not release the specific details of what the threat entailed, but said the student made a variety of inappropriate comments.
“This situation shows how important it is for our students, families and community members to notify us if they are aware of any threats toward our students or school facilities,” Swan said.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Two people were transported to a local hospital after being bit by dogs while attempted to break up a fight between two dogs Tuesday.
Officers responded to the 300 block of East College Avenue around 12:45 p.m.
According to investigators, a person was walking a dog in the area, when the dog began to charge toward another dog on a property in the area.
The two dogs began fighting and while trying to break up the fight the people involved were injured, authorities said.
The victims' conditions were not immediately known.