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YSU decides on football player convicted in 2012 Steubenville teen rape case

Published: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 8:51 PM

In this March 13, 2013, file photo, Trent Mays (left) and Ma'lik Richmond sit at the defense table before the start of their trial on rape charges in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. Mays, a former high school football player found delinquent in the rape of a 16-year-old girl is asking a judge for a less restrictive sex-offender status. Mays went on to enroll at Central State University. Richmond now is at Youngstown State University. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool, File)
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In this March 13, 2013, file photo, Trent Mays (left) and Ma'lik Richmond sit at the defense table before the start of their trial on rape charges in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. Mays, a former high school football player found delinquent in the rape of a 16-year-old girl is asking a judge for a less restrictive sex-offender status. Mays went on to enroll at Central State University. Richmond now is at Youngstown State University. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool, File)(HANDOUT/AP)

Ma'lik Richmond, convicted in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl when he was a high school football player in Steubenville, will not be permitted to play for the Youngstown State University football team this fall but will be a part of the program. 

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According to a statement YSU officials released Wednesday evening, Richmond "will continue to be a part of the football program as a practice player, forfeiting a year of eligibility. 

"He will be given the opportunity to benefit from group participation, the lessons of hard work and discipline, as well as the camaraderie and guidance of the staff and teammates. He will also continue to work with the university’s director of student outreach and support who assists young men and women in becoming successful students and YSU graduates." 

University officials released the statement two days after a student started a petition asking YSU football coach Bo Pelini and university President Jim Tressel to remove Richmond from the team. 

Richmond, a defensive tackle, was a high school player in Steubenville, Ohio, when he was charged and convicted in the 2012 rape. 

He was released after serving time in a juvenile detention center and returned to his high school football team. 

Pelini told cbssports.com that Richmond enrolled at Youngstown State in August 2016 and joined the football program as a walk-on in January. 

"I gave him some stipulations and some things he had to be able to do, and if he lived up to them, he'd be able to come out and see if he could be a member of our football team. He did those things and continues to do those things right now, and he's done a nice job for us," Pelini told WFMJ in Youngstown. 

Bo Pelini (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)(Associated Press)

According to cbssports.com, the petition to have Richmond removed had 6,800 supporters as of Monday morning. 

Katelyn Davis, the listed author on Petition.org, detailed her cause. 

"For many years, athletes have constantly been given additional chances because they are athletes," Davis wrote. "What does this say about rape culture? That athletes can do no wrong; that they can get away with anything because of how they perform on the field or in the gym? 

"Does he deserve a second chance? Yes, he does, and he is receiving that second chance by furthering his education on YSU's campus. Does he deserve the privilege of playing on a football team and representing a university? Absolutely not. Education is a right, whereas playing on a sports team is not." 

YSU officials, in the prepared statement, said, 

 "The University is fully aware of the gravity of the situation and of petitions that are circulating on social media in protest and support of one of our students, Ma’lik Richmond. We value the input of the entire YSU community and are committed to providing a safe learning environment and growth opportunities for all students, faculty and staff. 

“Ma’lik Richmond transferred to Youngstown State University in good standing from his prior institution for Fall 2016. After matriculating at YSU, he expressed a desire to try out for the football program. Ma’lik was advised by the coaching staff that if he integrated himself within the campus community academically and socially and completed the fall semester in good standing, further discussions could occur. 

“In January, Ma’lik again inquired about trying out for the team. At this time, he was permitted to participate on a tryout basis with the team, for winter workouts. At the conclusion of winter workouts, he was permitted to practice with the team as a walk-on from February to April. Ma’lik Richmond earned a spot on the 105-man roster on August 2 as a walk-on and is not receiving an athletic scholarship. He continues to be in good standing on the YSU campus. 

“YSU does not restrict any student’s ability to take part in extracurricular activities as long as they are in good standing with the institution. YSU believes that extracurricular activities assist in a student’s ability to succeed."

Nickel a pill: Mayor Whaley's prescription painkiller surcharge plan

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:48 AM

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at Wednesday's city commission meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at Wednesday's city commission meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF(HANDOUT)

Dayton likely to ask for ‘Dreamers’ program to continue

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:22 PM


            A group of supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rallied outside of the Rep. Mike Turner’s office and the federal bankruptcy court building. JIM OTTE / STAFF
A group of supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program rallied outside of the Rep. Mike Turner’s office and the federal bankruptcy court building. JIM OTTE / STAFF

The Dayton City Commission on Wednesday will vote on an informal resolution that declares support for continuing a program that shields from deportation people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

There are 800,000 people living in the United States who received protections from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump has threatened to repeal.

More than 9,350 people living in Ohio have been approved for DACA, federal data show.

Ohio’s 10th Congressional District, which includes Montgomery and Greene counties, is home to about 200 dreamers, and 700 in total were eligible for the program, whose removal would result in the loss of $11 million in contributions to the local economy, according to a study released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a group in favor of keeping the program.

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DACA’s repeal would reduce the nation’s gross domestic product by $433.4 billion over the next decade, including by $250 million in Ohio alone, the city’s informal resolution states, citing estimates by the Center for American Progress.

The proposed resolution states the city opposes any federal action that rescinds or “degrades” the program, and the city supports giving “Dreamers” permanent protection and a path to permanent legal status through the proposed DREAM Act.

If approved, a copy of the resolution will be sent to U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and U.S. Rep. Michael Turner, R-Dayton, who represents the 10th District.

911 caller: Wrong-way driver got on I-675 on highway off-ramp

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:22 AM

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Two people were killed and two people were injured in a three-vehicle, wrong-way driver accident on I-675 South in Centerville Monday evening.

  • 2 deceased identified as Melvin Bonie, 69, and Kalip Grimm, 18
  • Police say Bonie was the wrong-way driver
  • A third victim, taken to a hospital, was reported to be alert, fourth victim suffered minor injuries
  • 911 caller said Bonie drove wrong way on southbound off-ramp from I-675 to Far Hills Avenue

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Centerville police said Tuesday that Melvin Bonie, 69, was driving the wrong way on Interstate 675 South when the crashes occurred.

A 911 caller reported seeing him going the wrong way on the southbound off-ramp from I-675 to Far Hills Avenue.

Bonie glanced off one vehicle and hit a second vehicle head on, Centerville Police Officer John Davis said. 

Kalip Grimm, 18, was in the vehicle Bonie hit head-on. Grimm and Bonnie were killed in the crash, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Around 9:20 p.m. Monday, the first calls about the wrong-way driver began coming into police dispatch, police said. 

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The second victim was in one of the southbound vehicles, he said. A third victim taken to a hospital was alert. A fourth victim suffered minor injuries, Davis said.

Police are speaking with that fourth victim for a witness statement. 

It's too early to speculate whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. 

A Montgomery County coroner's investigator was on scene and a Centerville Police Department traffic accident reconstruction team was on scene for most of the night.

Southbound lanes were shut down during the investigation and were reopened around 3 a.m.

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Bicyclist seriously hurt in hit-and-run crash

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

A bicyclist was hit while riding on Salem Ave.

A bicyclist was seriously hurt after an unknown vehicle hit him in the area of Salem Avenue and Free Pike Wednesday, fire officials said.

The crash was reported in the area around 8:15 a.m. and the driver of the vehicle fled the scene, firefighters said.

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The male bicyclist was transported to Grandview Medical Center, where firefighters said he was in serious, but stable condition.

Deputies have not released any information on a possible suspect vehicle in the case.