US Rep Jim Renacci enters 2018 race for Ohio governor

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:41 AM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

            FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, speaks at a GOP Get Out the Vote rally in Independence, Ohio. Renacci, who entered the 2018 Ohio governor's race Monday, March 20, 2017, has served in Congress since 2011 and is a longtime entrepreneur from the northeast Ohio city of Wadsworth. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci on Monday entered the 2018 governor's race against a potential trio of state officeholders.

Renacci, of Wadsworth, sought to position himself as a political outsider alongside three Republicans he says have spent their careers in public office: state Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

"Unlike other candidates, I've spent the vast majority of my career in the business world, not politics," Renacci said in announcing his run. "I'm proud to have created over 1,500 jobs in our state and employed over 3,000 hardworking Ohioans. I believe deeply in the value of results, not rhetoric, and I am committed to putting that brand of principled, conservative, business-based thinking to work on behalf of the people of our state."

Renacci, 58, has served in Congress since 2011. Before that, he was a longtime entrepreneur. His business ventures include LTC Companies group, a financial consulting service with stakes in scores of businesses, and a partnership in the Arena Football League's Columbus Destroyers.

Renacci spokesman James Slepian said the congressman will prioritize "restoring the public trust" in Columbus by taking on pay-to-play politics.

"If you're a statewide elected official, you should not be allowed to dole out state contracts to your political donors," Slepian said. "He thinks it's a serious problem, and in order to rid Columbus of the political corruption that exists right now, that needs to change."

It was unclear what contracts Renacci has in mind. Ohio campaign finance law already prohibits anyone who's given donations exceeding $1,000 over the past two calendar years to a statewide officeholder from receiving state contracts for goods and services worth more than $500 from that person's office, unless it's through the competitive bidding process.

Slepian said Renacci has heard lots of complaints on the issue and will pursue it.

The congressman joins three Democrats in the governor's race. Among them is former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, who lost re-election to Renacci when their districts were drawn together in a Republican-run re-mapping process. The other two Democratic contenders are Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni and former state Rep. Connie Pillich.

All are vying to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who must vacate the office due to term limits.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said Renacci represents "the worst of Washington."

"Columbus is already dysfunctional as it is," he said in a statement. "We don't need Renacci bringing nasty, D.C.-style obstruction to Ohio."

Renacci also has created a super political action committee, Ohio First, whose website says it's "in line with voter appetite for change and change-agents." The PAC, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, says it aims to capitalize on "voters' strong desire for change along with the anti-politician headwinds that propelled Donald Trump to an 8-point win in Ohio."

Dayton Shell robbery suspect arrested, police say

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

Update@4:56 p.m. (March 28):

The suspect accused of robbing the Shell gas station is 16 years old, and is being held in the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center, according to Dayton police.

First report:

DAYTON - Dayton police have arrested the man they believe robbed the Shell on North Main Street Sunday night.

Officers responded to the business, 3613 North Main St., after the male suspect was accused of putting a gun in the clerk’s face and demanded money.

The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect they arrested Monday.

I-75 ramp to U.S. 35 to close Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to close the northbound Interstate 75 ramp to eastbound U.S. 35 Tuesday night for a project that will keep the ramp closed for six months.

The $1.8 million project is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., when ODOT is expected to close the ramp to repair the ramp’s bridge deck.

The work had been scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed for a day, the department said.

ODOT recommends drivers use a detour that would have drivers exit I-75 north to U.S. 35 west and exit onto James H. McGee Blvd., before reentering the highway onto eastbound U.S. 35.

Brookville woman faces charges after pets found in ‘poor health’

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

A Brookville woman is in jail on suspicion of animal cruelty as two dogs and four cats receive treatment at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

Kathleen Cummins, 24, of the 500 block of Adrian Court, is being held on $2,500 bond after Brookville police found her pets alone and in cages and they appeared to be in poor health, according to the arrest report.

VIDEO: Pets now at Animal Resource Center

Police responded to the home Monday afternoon on a criminal trespass complaint and found the two boxer-type dogs confined to a cage covered in feces in a small bedroom and there were four cats in another bedroom with no food or water, according to the report.

Brookville Major Tom Simon said officers responded to a burglary complaint and the resident Cummins let the officers inside. There was no indication of a break-in.

Simon said there was pet food in the house but for some reason the suspect was not feeding them.

An ARC officer responded to the home and the animals were taken in to be examined and treated.

Bob Sexton, ARC supervisor, said a veterinarian is examining the animals today. He said the dogs appeared to be “extremely emaciated.”

It’s too early to tell whether the animals will be available for adoption.

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Driver caught after pursuit leads to crash on U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m.

The suspect who police say led them on a pursuit that ended in a crash has been identified as Roderick Boyd, 21, of Dayton. He’s being held in the Montgomery County Jail on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, possession of drugs and some other traffic offenses.

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.

A driver was arrested after he allegedly was speeding on U.S. 35 East and fled from an attempted traffic stop, then caused a crash that slowed traffic in the westbound lanes.

All but the left westbound lane was closed on U.S. 35 West just after the North Smithville Road on-ramp.

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According to the patrol, the driver lost control on wet pavement when he tried to exit U.S. 35 East onto Smithville. The vehicle spun around and was facing the wrong way before it crossed the median, crashed through a guardrail and struck a westbound vehicle.

The suspect driver bailed from the vehicle and ran away but he was caught a short time later.

RELATED: Suspect in custody following 2nd pursuit in Dayton

The driver whose vehicle was struck suffered minor injuries, according to the patrol.


We’re working to learn more about a pursuit in Dayton involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post.

Emergency police scanner traffic indicates the pursuit occurred on U.S. 35 and a crash occurred on the westbound side west of North Smithville Road.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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