WHIO Reports: Justice at the Jailhouse

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 5:30 PM

This edition of WHIO Reports focused on Miami Valley jails. Dayton Daily News reporter Josh Sweigart and guests expanded on investigations into the issues that local jails are facing due to budgetary constraints, drug use and mental health issues.  

Guests include Mike Brickner, Senior Policy Director, ACLU of Ohio; Sheriff Michael Simpson, Preble County; and Josh Sweigart, Reporter, DDN.

WHIO Reports airs at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 23.

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No water service today to 4 Kettering streets

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 4:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 1:24 AM

UPDATE @ 1 a.m. (June 29)

Nearly 100 households in Kettering will not have water today for repair work.

Crews on Wednesday already marked off a few spots with spray paint and cones ahead of today's work that will shut off water to Beaver Avenue, Mohican Avenue, Sutton Avenue and Tremont Circle.

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Next door neighbors Janice Lynch and Anna Waltmire on Wednesday were planning ahead for today's water shutoff. 

"I already have my drinking water in one of the 5-gallon containers," Lynch said. 

"I've been filling jugs with water and I plan to make my bathtub full of water," Waltmire said. 

Nearly 90 homes will be without water for eight hours, from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. as Montgomery County Environmental Services crews work to replace valves. 

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Once work is complete, those same residents will be under a boil advisory, which means they must boil water vigorously for one minute for drinking, cooking and oral hygiene. Brianna Wooten, communications coordinator for the environmental services agency, said the advisory should last only a couple days, she said. 

Beaver Avenue residents Lynch and Waltmire said they are not looking forward to the inconvenience. 

"Brushing your teeth, washing your face, waking up in the morning, the coffee," Wiltmire said. 

"You certainly don't have the freedom to go get a drink of water or to use the toilet or turn on your water and go water your flowers," Lynch said.

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The women said they aren't too concerned, but have a message for the work crews: "Just do it right and good the first time," Lynch quipped, "that would be good for me." 

Anyone with questions can call the environmental services dispatch line, 937-781-2678


Work to replace six broken water valves Thursday in Kettering means that four streets will be without water service.

Montgomery County Environmental Services said the work is preventive to reduce the number of people without water during future maintenance and repair work.

The water will be shut off beginning at 8 a.m. and last through about 4 p.m. for the following streets:

  • Beaver Avenue
  • Mohican Avenue
  • Sutton Avenue
  • Tremont Circle

Once the work is complete, affected residents will be under a boil advisory, when all water for human consumption must be boiled vigorously for one minute. A placard will be placed on the door of all residents to alert them to the boil advisory. An all-clear notice will be given once the advisory is lifted.

Excavation work on Thursday will close Sutton and Beaver avenues to through traffic. Steel road plates will cover the excavation sites to restore traffic during the evening.

The environmental services agency recommends that affected residents prepare for the water outage by filling containers with water to use for cooking, drinking, ice making and oral hygiene. Also, residents could fill the bathtub with water to use in flushing toilets in the home.

Besides the boil advisory once the water is turned back on, residents should refrain from doing laundry because a water discoloration will stain clothing.

Do not run hot water at this time or the discolored water will enter the water heater.

For more information, contact the 24-hour dispatch line, 937-781-2678.

Hospitals release at least 5 affected by chemical reaction at Vandalia factory

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 12:16 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:03 PM

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.:

11 people were transported by medics to hospitals after a possible mixing of chemicals caused burning feelings to several employees of All-Service Plastic Molding, according to Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick. 

At least three other people were also injured but refused additional treatment, Follick said. 

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Earlier, ASPM Vice President Dan Norris told News Center 7’s Lauren Clark materials “off-gassed” during a chemical process and caused workers to be affected by fumes. 

At least five of those affected have been released from hospitals.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m (June 28)

At least five people affected by a chemical reaction have been released from hospitals.

A 911 caller from the business said a possible mixing of chemicals caused “the chemicals to burn everybody’s eyes. It’s kind of burning my throat.”

A second 911 caller from the business said a material accidentally got mixed with acetone.

The company’s vice president told News Center 7’s Lauren Clark today that eight employees were affected.

The company said materials “off-gassed” during a chemical process which caused workers to be affected by fumes — reporting itchy eyes, headaches and respiratory issues.

Vice President Dan Norris said the company is conducting its own investigation.

UPDATE @ 1:25 a.m. (June 28)

An “adverse chemical reaction” sent 15 workers from  All-Service Plastic Molding to area hospitals, none suffering from life-threatening injuries, Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick said.

“When crews arrived, we found the building being evacuated,” Follick said. “We also found victims complaining of respiratory-type irritation -- eyes, some headaches.” 

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According to the preliminary investigation, he said, some materials they were working with “off-gassed” during a process in the plant and caused some noxious fumes resulting in the 15 people having to be taken to hospitals. 

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“It’s not anything they could have prevented,” the chief said. “It just happened.” 

Fire crews ventilated the building and turned it over to company managers. Follick said he believes the second shift will run as it normally would. 

Company managers did their job and made the job of the fire/rescue crews easier, he said. 

The Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team was called and consulted, but did not respond because the HAZMAT official felt the fire crews had the situation well in hand, Follick said.

UPDATE @ 12:54 a.m.:   

As many as 15 victims have been taken to hospitals from the HAZMAT incident, according to an updated count from one of the fire chiefs on scene. 

UPDATE @ 12:23 a.m.:  

We're hearing there are at least eight victims who have been taken to various hospitals from the HAZMAT incident at All-Service Plastic Molding in Vandalia. 

Two have been taken to Miami Valley Hospital, two to Grandview Medical Center, three to Good Samaritan North Health Center and one to Huber Heights Health Center.

We’re hearing that acetal is the chemical workers at ASPM may have inhaled. 

According to ULprospector.com, a global independent safety science company, acetal is a thermoplastic. 

Acetal resins are among the strongest and stiffest of all thermoplastics and are available in fiber reinforced and lubricated molding grades as well as extruded shapes for machined parts.


Fire/rescue crews are tending to several people who have fallen ill in a reported hazmat situation at a Vandalia business.

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Crews from Vandalia, Huber Heights, Dayton and elsewhere were dispatched to All-Service Plastic Molding, 900 Falls Creek Drive, Tuesday night just before midnight on a report that workers there had inhaled acetone.

The business has been evacuated.

All-Service Plastic Molding, also known as ASPM, is a company that specializes in injection molding, according to its webpage.

It offers component assembly, pad printing, sonic welding and hot stamping services. 

The company serves the automotive, consumer, electrical, medical, telecommunications, and office and business equipment markets. 

All Service Plastic Molding has more than 25 presses that perform several molding procedures. 

According to chemicalsafetyfacts.org, acetone is a colorless liquid solvent used in manufacture of plastics and other industrial products. 

Acetone may also be used to a limited extent in household products, including cosmetics and personal care products, where its most frequent application would be in the formulation of nail polish removers.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report as we get information.

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Brother guilty in fatal church shooting sentenced to life in prison

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 7:09 AM

The Dayton man who shot his brother to death in the church their father founded was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years to life in prison —but wasn't in court to hear the sentence.  

Daniel Schooler, 69, was “wallowing in his own fecal material” in jail and chose not to attend the sentencing, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof.  

Schooler was found guilty by a jury of killing Rev. William Schooler on Feb. 28, 2016, in an office of St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church by shooting him four times with a .380 caliber handgun.

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Daniel Schooler also was found guilty of a firearms specification, being a repeat violent offender and having weapons under disability. Dankof said all sentences will run consecutively. The defendant earned 487 days of jail-time credit.  

“We believe it to be appropriate for what he did in this case,” Montgomery County assistant prosecutor Lynda Dodd said. “This was a murder done by purpose, it was done to send a statement to his brother, it was done to send a statement to his church family.  

“He didn’t have to affect everybody’s life in this way. He chose to do that and now he’s going to serve the penalty.”

William Schooler, 70, was a decorated Vietnam veteran, Jefferson Twp. school principal and a Dayton Public Schools teacher and school board member.  

“We’re very saddened about the whole event,” said Patricia Wright, who added her message to her uncle Daniel would be one of love and prayer. “We’re glad that it’s coming to a closure. From this day forward, we will try to go forward with our family.”  

Joe Bozeman, a nephew to both the defendant and the victim, said, “This will definitely not divide us as family. It will bring us closer together.”

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Defense attorney Jay Carter said he was not able to see his client at the Montgomery County Jail before sentencing. Carter said he was told Daniel Schooler was being taken for medical care.

Dodd said during the hearing that the defendant didn’t want to leave his cell and that it was a “fecal-related” matter.

“He refused to come, and that is his right,” Dodd said after the hearing. “It doesn’t stop sentencing, and it doesn’t stop this case from getting to the resolution it deserved.”

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Dankof said the maximum-possible sentence — much like Daniel Schooler’s killing of his brother in a church that was part of a family inheritance dispute — was largely symbolic because of his age and other factors. Carter said his client has possible terminal medical issues.  

“It’s a tragedy on both sides to the family,” Carter said. “It’s just an ending that doesn’t help or benefit anyone at this stage.”  

In moving on, Wright quoted her grandfather, Rev. Allen Schooler, saying, “Love ye, one another.”

VIDEO: Talented dog carries water bottles to baseball umpires

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:14 PM

A talented dog caught the attention of fans at an Indiana minor league baseball game this week.

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"Jake the Diamond Dog" was at the Fort Wayne TinCaps game Monday night. He carried a basket filled with bottles of water to the umpires on the field in exchange for head pats. The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/2tgpvDI ) that Jake doesn't stay at just one baseball park. He travels around the Midwest.

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Jake's official website says he also delivers the game ball to pitchers, snags foul balls, takes the umpires towels, plays batboys and catches Frisbees.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com