$6.5M youth treatment center moves forward

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

            Montgomery County Commissioners are set to provide $2.9 million toward a $6.5 renovation of the mothballed Dora Lee Tate Service Center to house the Nicholas Residential Treatment Center. CONTRIBUTED
Montgomery County Commissioners are set to provide $2.9 million toward a $6.5 renovation of the mothballed Dora Lee Tate Service Center to house the Nicholas Residential Treatment Center. CONTRIBUTED

Montgomery County is a step closer to a new treatment center that could keep more children in the community who need inpatient substance and behavioral health treatment.

A $6.5 million project to expand an existing Jefferson Twp. facility is moving forward with most of the construction contracts expected to be awarded at the Feb. 27 meeting of the Montgomery County Commission.

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The county is paying $2.9 million toward the project, which calls for relocating the Frank W. Nicholas Residential Treatment Center for Youth, 5581 Dayton-Liberty Rd., into larger quarters at 593 Infirmary Road in Jefferson Twp.

County officials say there’s a shortage of inpatient treatment options in the area, particularly for girls. The Nicholas center only houses boys age 11 to 17.

The new center will have 40 beds — 18 more than the current facility — and have both girls and boys dorms.

Phil Miller, deputy director of facilities management for Montgomery County, said the project is still on track to be completed in early 2019. Pre-construction meetings should start next week.

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Opioid users are struggling with addiction at extremely young ages, according to the county. When the project was announced in July, Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi said he saw 20 to 120 youth a week in his specialty drug court.

“I can tell you three years ago I never had a child in my court have a test positive for opioids,” he said at the time. “It’s sad to say, it is no longer a shock to have a child testing positive for heroin, fentanyl. Probably 20 percent of the youth in my treatment program right now are abusing those kinds of drugs.”

County officials also previously said they routinely send girls to open treatment beds as far away as Cincinnati, Akron or the Cleveland area.

Jewell Good, Children Services director, Montgomery County Job and Family Services, said at the time that her agency has on average 50 youth a month who require residential level of care. She said the anticipated project is a vital piece for the future success of youth battling drugs and their families.

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“It’s something we don’t currently have for this age group within the county lines,” Good said. “So it’s a big deal for these teenagers and their families to be able to be placed locally, get the attention they need, while keeping that family connection and the family involved in services.”

Once the move is complete in 2019, the Nicholas Residential Treatment Center will be demolished, according to the county.

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False alarm sends police to Troy Christian Elementary

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

Panic alarm pushed accidentally causing school to go into lockdown Friday afternoon.

A false emergency alarm prompted police to respond to Troy Christian Elementary school, police said.

Officers responded to the school around 1 p.m. and the school was placed on lockdown while police searched the building.

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Police said 16 officers responded.

The emergency alarm button was pressed unintentionally and there is an investigation underway to determine who pressed the button, police said.

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Nothing was found and the school has resumed to normal operation, police said.

The school already was scheduled to dismiss early at 1 p.m.

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Did you know that Dayton once had a UNICORN bar?

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.
Source: Shutterstock
This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.(Source: Shutterstock)

Yaaaas, my mystical queen and kings, what you’ve heard is true. 

Downtown Dayton DID have an unicorn bar

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But as co-owner of the Century bar Diane Spitzig remembers, the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge wasn’t exactly firing rainbows from where the sun don’t shine. 

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“It was just a bar,” she recalled. 

The small corner bar was at 100 E. Third St. next to the Century in what has been rebranded downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District

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From what we can tell from a search of state records, it was incorporated in 1984 as Unicorn Lounge. 

Its official closing date is listed as March 9, 2004. 

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The name at least was ahead of its time, as unicorns are all the rage these days. 

Local resident and musician Aarika Voegele hung out at the bar with her brother. 

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“They were always real nice,” she responded on Facebook. “I remember a wooden bar that stretched (through) the place, and it being somewhat packed with regulars. If I remember correctly, there was a jukebox towards the back. It was a very mellow bar, from my experience.”

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As some recalled, the bar owned by John Demetriades had a neon unicorn head in its window.

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Little evidence of the Unicorn could be found in the Dayton Daily News archives. 

Articles uncovered point to difficult times in the Unicorn’s final years.

A 1999 story involved two brothers attacking a bartender. 

In an a 2002 article about the city’s objections to the renewal of its liquor permit and those of about a dozen other businesses, it was reported that the Unicorn’s owner insisted that crimes around the bar were unrelated to the business. 

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The space that formerly held the Unicorn was the site of the Dayton Circus art event in 2009.

Since there is no Unicorn for us to visit today, we can only imagine the shenanigans that could be going down there at this very moment.

The Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge was closed long before this photo was taken, but we have our imaginations.(Photo source: Shutterstock)

The Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge was closed long before this photo was taken, but we have our imaginations.(Photo source: Shutterstock)

This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.(Source: Shutterstock)

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Car crashes into Bellefontaine food store

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:08 PM


A car crashed into the Au Natural Health Food store on South Main Street this afternoon.

Officers responded to the business around 3 p.m. after the car crashed through the front of the building, shattering glass.

Police were unable to provide any initial details on what caused the crash or if any injuries were reported.

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Winter Storm Watch for region south of Dayton; snow accumulation likely 

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

Sunshine is expected this afternoon, with snow possible in parts of the Dayton area Saturday.

>> 5-Day Forecast


  • Sunny, pleasant day today
  • Winter Storm Watch in effect 2 a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday 
  • Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County from 2 a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday
  • Snow Saturday, accumulation likely
5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

Another winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and southwest Ohio just in time for the first weekend of spring. While the track is still somewhat uncertain, parts of the area could see significant snow Saturday. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says we will need to pay close attention to this early spring storm.

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TODAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected today. It’ll be nice a nice looking day with temperatures a notch warmer than yesterday. Temperatures reach close to the mid-40s.

TONIGHT: Clouds are on the increase overnight tonight, but it looks like most of the night should be dry. The chance for snow will arrive by the morning hours Saturday.

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SATURDAY: Models continue to hint at a snow storm moving into the region Saturday, dumping several inches of snow for some. 

Snow totals for the Dayton metro may be around 1 inch or less. 

Little or no snow is expected north of Dayton. However, several inches of snow will be possible in southern Butler, Warren and Clinton counties.

Highs Saturday will be in the middle 30s for most, near 40 degrees northeast of Dayton.

Winter Weather Advisory, Butler County

SUNDAY: We dry out and clear the clouds with more sunshine, as highs reach the middle 40s. 

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MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies are on tap to start the new work week. Temperatures peak in the lower 50s.

TUESDAY: The chance for rain returns Tuesday with highs in the mid-50s. 

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