Ohio court upholds death sentence for Craigslist killer of 3

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:01 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers.

The court ruled Friday in the case of death row inmate Richard Beasley. The 58-year-old Beasley was convicted of partnering with a teenage boy in 2011 to lure victims with promises of jobs on an Ohio farm.

The court rejected arguments by Beasley's attorneys that he was denied a fair trial because a judge rejected requests to move the trial because of publicity, and that there wasn't enough evidence to convict him.

The court ordered Beasley resentenced on noncapital charges including attempted murder and robbery.

Defense attorney Donald Gallick said he was disappointed, and planned an appeal in the federal courts.

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Forum: Solutions to Ohio opioid crisis should be ‘self-sustaining, repeatable’

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

Opioid forum in Wilmington

Dozens of people who are personally impacted by the opioid crisis gathered Sunday in Wilmington to discuss the issue in a unique forum hosted by Your Voice Ohio

The conversation inside the municipal building on North South Street involved medical professionals, first-responders, parents who have lost children to opioid addiction and recovering addicts, among others. 

The next forum in the series is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Layfayette Room, 133 S. Fayette Street South, in Washington Court House. 

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Your Voice Ohio is a collaborative of more than 30 news organizations in the state "trying to figure out how we better represent the people of Ohio and get their issues in front of the public policymakers," said YVO Director and Editor Doug Oplinger

Oplinger said he is impressed with the Wilmington community, where "there's a sense of ownership" among people who want to find a solution to the opioid crisis. 

"We want people first of all to see shared values, shared solutions that they can act on," Oplinger said. "But we also want to help journalists come in contact with their people better and be better representatives of those folks so that there is a bond that develops between journalists and citizens. That they see themselves together as solving problems, as joined in democracy. Sounds a little lofty, but this is what democracy is about." 

Robert Eustace, of Beavercreek, who works for a company near Wilmington, said he's been personally touched by the opioid crisis. A family member suffered from addiction and most recently a 20-year-old neighbor died of drug-related causes. 

He said he's an advocate of "asset based community development," an integrated approach that brings together volunteers, professionals and those who need help. 

"There's something healthy about work," Eustace said. 

"You've got all these buildings that need to be torn down. You've got all these people just sitting around … put them into work programs … This is how we can turn this into not only a thing to help them but it becomes self-funding, it builds the community. Like Joseph said, that which a few meant for evil has turned out for good." 

Creating programs that are self-sustaining is important, but it's also important to design programs that are "repeatable," said Micah Steele, who is on the front lines fighting the opioid epidemic by working to provide housing and programs for at-risk adults at Nest Recovery Homes in Wilmington

"If we can design a program that's repeatable so that maybe someone from another city … we can go here you go. Here's the steps to take. Here's the curriculum. Here's the process. Solve the problem in your community," Steele said. 

Shane Jones, of Wilmington, said he's a recovering alcoholic. He said he attended the forum because he wants to help other people, an act which he sees as pivotal in staying clean and sober. 

Jones said Wilmington has seen better days. 

"There's more homeless people here now than when I was growing up. Everywhere you look there's someone riding a bike with a backpack," Jones said. "Wilmington really needs help." 

Jones said he hopes the people who attended the forum Sunday now have a better understanding of addiction. 

"There's not a relapse left in me," he said. "If people want to get help, they really need to do it before it's too late. The bottom line is if you don't want to get clean and sober, you're not going to do it until you're ready."

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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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