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Miami County deputy on leave has been fired

Published: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 6:49 PM

Miami County Sheriff Charles Cox fired longtime Deputy Tina Waymire on Thursday, a decision one of her attorneys argued was in retaliation for her legal actions against the department.

Waymire had been on administrative leave since May 1, pending what the sheriff then described only as “an investigation.”

“Not only does your most recent behavior represent termination offenses, but your pattern of behavior and your dishonesty make it impossible for you to continue your employment here,” Cox wrote in the termination letter to Waymire.

Cox listed alleged violations that include:

  • Refusing to comply with direct orders;
  • Providing false testimony, statements or information during administrative investigation;
  • Failing to request clarification regarding removing confidential and proprietary information from the sheriff’s office for personal reasons;
  • Violating oath of office;
  • Being given direct orders to be truthful during investigatory interviews and instead lying;
  • Demeaning a juvenile member of the public;
  • Violating terms of a performance improvement plan.

 

Waymire said she could not comment. She referred questions to her lawyers.

Attorney Jason Matthews of Dayton said Waymire has a lawsuit in federal court claiming violations of Fair Labor Standards Act and a workforce environment claim pending with the state civil rights commission.

“We believe that this termination is in retaliation for Tina pursuing her rights under federal and state anti-discrimination laws,” Matthews said.

Waymire has been with the sheriff’s office nearly 30 years.

“I think that her length of service and her dedication to the department — and also the love for the job — make this a very difficult situation for her,” Matthews said.

The sheriff’s office declined to release immediately a detailed investigation report. Maj. Steve Lord said Thursday the report would be released soon, but the sheriff wanted first to obtain legal advice from the person likely to handle arbitration involving the termination decision.

“We want to be sure due process is protected,” Lord said.

Lord reiterated that the disciplinary action involving Waymire had nothing to do with her participation in a Jan. 12 rescue of a dog from the Great Miami River in Troy.

Waymire, who was the department K-9 handler for years, responded on her own and was given verbal counseling for her actions during the emergency that also drew response by the Troy fire and police departments and county animal shelter. Lord said following that incident that the department appreciated Waymire’s efforts to help save the dog, but added employees also have policies that need to be followed.

Once the dog was rescued by firefighters, Waymire put the dog in her cruiser and used emergency lights and siren in taking the dog to the Stonyridge Veterinary Hospital.

FIRST REPORT (May 5)

A longtime Miami County Sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave May 1 pending what Sheriff Charles Cox would describe only as “an investigation.”

A letter to Deputy Tina Waymire states the leave was pending the result of an investigation and was effective immediately and until Waymire was notified otherwise.

Chief Deputy Dave Duchak said Monday that Waymire was placed on leave after Cox “consulted with and received legal advice.”

Questions for Waymire about the leave were referred to her Fraternal Order of Police representative Barry Gray. He did not returned a call or respond to an email seeking comment.

Duchak said the action was not associated with a complaint Waymire filed May 1 in U.S. District Court in Dayton against the sheriff’s office, in care of the county commissioners.

Chilly morning temperatures, possible patchy frost 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:21 AM

Photo by Zajcsik/Pixabay
Photo by Zajcsik/Pixabay

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Chilly AM, Patchy frost possible
  • Sunshine and pleasant most of week
  • Slow warm-up towards weekend

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A chilly morning with some spots dipping into the upper 30s. Some isolated patches of frost possible, mainly in low lying and protected areas. Widespread frost not expected. Clear skies means a bright morning. Temperatures climb into the mid 60s (which is normal for this time of year). It’ll be dry through the afternoon and evening. 

WEDNESDAY: A cool morning in the low 40s with plenty of sunshine for the day. Highs will be around 70.

>> County-by-county forecast

THURSDAY: Not as cool. Most will wake up in the upper 40s. Staying dry again through the day. Highs will be in the lows 70s with plenty of sunshine. Overall, it’ll be warmer than normal.

FRIDAY: A beautiful end to the work week. It’ll be dry for the day, with high in the low 70s and sunny skies.

SATURDAY: Another pleasant day and a great start to the weekend. Morning temps will  be around 50. In the afternoon, we will climb to the low 70s with lots of sunshine again. 

Election 2017: Dayton School Board candidates disagree on levy, suburb flight

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Candidates debate Dayton Public Schools issues Monday at a forum hosted by UpDayton and YWCA Dayton at the downtown library. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Candidates debate Dayton Public Schools issues Monday at a forum hosted by UpDayton and YWCA Dayton at the downtown library. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Dayton school board candidates disagreed about timing for a tax levy, ways to stop flight to the suburbs, how to best serve immigrant students and other topics at a candidate forum Monday at the downtown library.

The candidates were split into two groups of four by organizers UpDayton and YWCA Dayton. Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Ann Marie “Mario” Gallin, Jocelyn Rhynard and Karen Wick-Gagnet went first, followed by Paul Bradley, Jo’el Jones, Joe Lacey and William Harris.

VOTERS GUIDE: See the candidates’ answers on key questions

There was energetic debate, but none of the fireworks that have characterized some Dayton school board meetings, as several candidates mentioned a need for more professionalism on the board.

Rhynard and Al-Hamdani sparred early on about the tone of the district, as it fights flight to the suburbs. Rhynard expressed optimism about the impact of a new teacher coaching program and recent third-grade reading gains, saying “there are some amazing things going on in Dayton Public Schools.” Al-Hamdani disagreed, pointing to the second-lowest performance index in the state, plus a drop in student growth scores.

“That’s because they take their eyes off the ball all the time,” he said.

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Jones pointedly questioned Harris, after he mentioned that his four-candidate “slate” (Harris, Bradley, Wick-Gagnet and Al-Hamdani) was working on a 10-year plan or vision for the district. She asked how they could do that without broad input from the community and other board members, and criticized the group for not attending school board meetings.

Harris responded only that, “It’s called vision,” and Bradley later said the plan would not be created “in isolation,” but in concert with business and community leaders who had endorsed the four.

Gallin, a former school board member and current tutor, displayed knowledge of current DPS issues, from specifics of the district’s contracts with mental health providers, to staffing and leadership of English as a Second Language programs, as well as budget and salary issues.

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Lacey made a stand on his independence, pointing out multiple times when he was the only school board member to buck the consensus. He was the only vote against the new 1.0 GPA athletic eligibility policy, against extending Athletic Director Mark Baker’s contract and against moving to a middle school model last year, which caused many students and staff to switch schools.

Wick-Gagnet repeatedly pointed to better relationship-building as a key to success for Dayton schools. She said better relationships with teachers, business and community leaders would prevent the district from missing opportunities, calling the current setup “a house divided.”

Asked whether they would push to put a levy on the ballot, Lacey and Jones said yes, while Al-Hamdani and Wick-Gagnet said only if it was specific to bolstering teacher pay. Bradley said yes, if community partners were also on board. Rhynard was more noncommittal, while Gallin said it would be her last option. Harris said the district needs to demonstrate some success first, saying he doesn’t think the community would support a levy today.

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Candidates suggested DPS needs more staffing in several areas, but moderator Etana Jacobi made them choose their top priority among three categories — more school counselors, library media specialists or English as a Second Language teachers (ESL).

Gallin, Al-Hamdani, Harris and Rhynard all picked ESL teachers. Jones said counselors, Bradley said librarians, and Wick-Gagnet said she couldn’t choose one because they were all important. Lacey said if he had to choose one, it would be counselors, but he said that would likely require cuts elsewhere, and he wouldn’t cut certified teachers to hire any of the three.

There was debate over whether to cluster all ESL students together, with Al-Hamdani saying that worked when he went through DPS, and Wick-Gagnet agreeing the district should look at that. Gallin and Rhynard disagreed, with Rhynard cautioning against the creation of a system seen as “separate but equal.”

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

RELATED: Find the lowest gas prices in your neighborhood with our Pump Patrol

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Brandt Pike near I-70 in Huber Heights, a crash was reported around 4:45 a.m.

RELATED: Check for delays or cancellations before heading to the airport

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 eastbound Ramp to I-75 south, Lane closure on the ramp Oct. 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to Us 35 east
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 705 between McClure Road and North Kuther Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 16 - 19. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 119 to SR 66.

Miamisburg crews continue to battle garage fire 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:58 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:16 AM

Central Ave Fire

UPDATE @3:18 a.m. No one was injured when a detached garage caught fire in Miamisburg early Tuesday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE @ 1:32 a.m: Miamisburg firefighters are still battling a garage fire that occurred in the 700 block of E. Central Ave. early Tuesday morning.

TRENDING: 2 dead in multiple vehicle crash on I-675; south lanes closed

E. Central Avenue is closed between Eighth and Ninth Street while the incident is still being taken care of, per our crew.

RELATED: Hamilton homes evacuated after gas leak

FIRST REPORT

Crews responded to a fully engulfed structure fire in the 700 block of E. Central Avenue in Miamisburg, per initial reports.

The fire was reported just after midnight on Tuesday.

Miamisburg police, fire, and medics are on scene.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with more details as they develop. 

((Courtesy: Robert Dale))