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Water trail proposed for northwest Ohio's Maumee River

Published: Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 12:10 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

Several groups in northwestern Ohio are taking steps to designate the Maumee (maw-MEE') River a state water trail to promote kayaking and canoeing.

Backers of the idea say the designation would make them eligible for state money that would pay for signs directing paddlers to public access sites to launch canoes and kayaks.

State funding also could be used for brochures and signs on the shoreline noting upcoming hazards, points of interest and nearby amenities.

The Blade (http://bit.ly/2jAMUI6 ) newspaper in Toledo reports that the proposed water trail would stretch 108 miles from the Indiana line to Maumee Bay in Toledo.

Ohio has designated 10 water trails since the program began in 2006.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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Days of rain getting underway

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

As the rain and temperatures continue to fall, rain may change to freezing rain across the northern Miami Valley. Temperatures are expected to fall to near or just below freezing in parts of Logan, Auglaize, Mercer, Darke, Champaign and Shelby Counties late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. This will lead to slick spots on elevated surfaces.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, and Shelby counties, in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday through 11 a.m. 

Total ice accumulations overnight could reach one-tenth of an inch with limited viability also expected. 

A Flood Watch has also been issued for Butler, Clinton and Warren counties, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Feb. 25. 

>> Record-breaking warmth this week 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • FLOOD WATCH for southern Miami Valley begins tonight
  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for northern Miami Valley late tonight
  • 2 to 4 inches of rain possible through the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

THIS EVENING: On and off rain. Temperatures will drop through the 30s.

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>> County-by-County Weather

TONIGHT: Rain likely. As temperatures drop, the rain may become freezing rain across the northern Miami Valley. Elsewhere, temperatures should remain just above freezing, in the lower to middle 30s.

Storm Center 7 weather graphic

THURSDAY: Rain or freezing rain in the morning then drying out. Clouds will remain. Temperatures will hold in the middle 40s.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

FRIDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. It will be mild with highs in the upper 50s.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times with a chance for some thunder, mainly south. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

SUNDAY: Rain will taper off early in the morning with clouds breaking. It will be windy and cooler with highs in the middle 50s.

MONDAY: Sunshine returns. Breezy and cool with highs in the lower 50s.

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Judge denies legal challenge to tax law brought by Ohio cities

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:49 PM


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A Franklin County judge today threw out a legal challenge brought by more than 160 municipalities — including Dayton, Centerville and Riverside — to a new state tax law.

The ruling means Ohio business tax filers can file municipal business taxes directly with the state instead of local municipalities. Cities challenged the law as an unconstitutional overreach by the state.

“Everything comes down to whether the General Assembly has the power or it doesn’t. In this case, the General Assembly has the power,” wrote Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David Cain in his decision.

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Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa praised the ruling in a statement today.

“We are pleased that the court found this law to be constitutional,” Testa said. “It’s an important ruling for business taxpayers in Ohio who for too long have had to deal with this costly, complex process for local tax on business income.”

Businesses that want to file with the state for 2018 taxes have a deadline of March 1 to register through the Ohio Business Gateway.

The state says the change will reduce compliance costs for businesses up to an estimated $800 million if every business filing in multiple jurisdictions takes part, and will improve compliance.

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The law applies to the municipal net profit tax, which is worth an estimated $600 million annually. It will benefit businesses that operate in multiple municipalities, allowing them to file one return with the state rather than filing separately in each city where they pay taxes.

The state will collect the money from businesses who chose to file with them, then dispense it to municipalities, charging them a half-percent processing fee.

This amounts to forcing cities to pay for a service they don’t want, according to Kent Scarrett, executive director of the Ohio Municipal League. He said cities plan to appeal the judge’s ruling.

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“The real difference is any filer that goes to the state, the municipality that used to review that filing will not be able to review the filing and will have no auditing or review capabilities,” he said.

“Dayton has no way to make sure that filing is accurate.”

Scarrett said the real fear is that lawmakers will expand to start collecting the billions of dollars every year collected by cities across the state in employer witholdings, and may take further steps to control local taxes.

“Once you control the revenue you control a lot of aspects of what happens,” he said. “It’s the state taking over, the state getting bigger, growing in size and eclipsing the powers of our local communities and the decisions they can make.”

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Ohio Department of Taxation officials say cities will have access to the same information from the state that they received from filers and can request filings be reviewed.

Taxation Spokesman Gary Gudmundson called predictions of dramatically expanding the program “a concern that the municipalities have expressed without grounding.”

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250 Dayton STEM students walk out to support Florida school shooting victims

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:12 PM

Students say they want stricter gun control laws after Florida school shooting

Nearly 250 students walked out of the Dayton Regional STEM school on Woodman Drive today to show solidarity with their counterparts in Florida after last week’s deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas school.

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The students left the school around noon Wednesday and planned to be outside for 17 minutes, representing the number of people killed in last week’s shooting, according to a spokesperson.

The walkout was for students in eighth to 12th grade, the school said.

A spokesperson said the district supported the students, however staff did not participate in the event.

Students in other area districts also walked out today.

In Tipp City, nearly 200 of the 806 Tippecanoe High School students participated in a walkout that Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said was “in support of safer schools.” “Many of those who participated did so in a peaceful and respectful manner. We support our students’ ability to exercise their first amendment rights,” Kumpf said. 

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WATCH: West Carrollton HS student charged for alleged assault at school

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 7:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:48 PM

Officials with West Carrollton Schools said they have dealt with a student after video of an assault at the high school showed up on Facebook. Video courtesy of Rachel Tussey's Facebook page.

UPDATE @ 1:45 p.m. 

A 15-year-old West Carrollton High School student who allegedly assaulted a classmate, accused the assault victim of telling a female acquaintance to kill herself, according to a police report. 

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The 15-year-old victim denied the allegation while the victim filed the police report, according to the report. Victim’s mother also denied the allegation when reached by this new organization. 

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The victim and his mother went to the West Carrollton Police Department after the victim received treatment at Dayton Children’s Hospital on Feb. 5. The victim suffered a concussion and a jaw injury in the incident, the report said.

Mother speaks out after son attacked at West Carrollton HS

The victim also said the suspect reached out to him on Snapchat after the alleged assault, asking him not to pursue criminal charges, but the victim and his family did not have screenshots of the messages, the report said.

After completing the police report, officers went to the suspect’s home, arrested him and took him in for questioning. 

“(The suspect) told me that (the victim) told his friend to kill herself, which upset him,” West Carrollton officers logged in the report. “(The suspect) said that he has been going back and forth with (the victim) via text messages about it.” 

The suspect told police he has an anger problem, and it caused him to “black out” and attack the victim, according to the report. 

This news organization is not naming the parties involved in this incident because they are minors. 

FIRST REPORT

A West Carrollton High School student is facing assault charges after  the district said the student was allegedly involved in an assault at the school earlier this month that was filmed by someone at the school.

The assault was reported to have happened at the high school on Feb. 5

A parent shared a video with this news organization and on social media reportedly showing an attack in the hallway of the high school on the same day the district confirmed an assault occurred.  The district confirmed the video is part of their investigation.

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“This incident was investigated in accordance with school policies, and appropriate disciplinary actions were taken,” said West Carrollton Superintendent Andrea Townsend.  “Our District takes bullying very seriously, and is constantly teaching and reminding our students to be respectful of others in all their interactions.”

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