Middletown Schools employee indicted

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 11:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

A Middletown schools employee who allegedly admitted to police he had sexual contact with a former student has been indicted on two counts of sexual battery.

El-Mon Jamil Prier, 39, was indicted Wednesday and is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 6. Prier is free on his own recognizance. He was charged for allegedly having sexual contact two years ago with a male student who police believe was at least 18 years old at the time, according to police.

The investigation began Aug. 22 when a 17-year-old male high school student reported Prier had made advances toward him via the Internet on Facebook. The incident was reported to school administrators and then to police. During the investigation, Prier allegedly admitted to having sexual contact with the former student, Lt. Scott Reeve said.

Prier was placed on administrative leave after the charges were filed in Middletown Municipal Court.

Prier was an aide at Middletown High School and made $15.49 an hour. He held substitute certificates from 1997 to 2006 and has held an educational aide permit since 2003. There is no record of disciplinary actions.

Englewood’s highest-paid employees: I-Team Payroll Project

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Eric Smith, Englewood’s city manager.
Staff Writer

The city of Englewood paid five employees more than $100,000 last year, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees.

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All five of the city’s six-figure earners were the city manager or department directors. They were among 64 city employees paid more than $50,000 last year.

Local governments make payroll with your money, which is why the I-Team has assembled and made available a searchable database of pay for public employees.

An I-Team investigation this year found the ability to cash out unused sick and vacation leave is a rare perk in the private sector, though local governments are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars worth of these payments.

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The five highest paid Englewood employees last year were:

1. Eric Smith, city manager: $158,216

2. Mark Brownfield, director of police and public service: $119,654

3. Elmer Bergman, director of fire and rescue: $112,820

4. Janine Cooper, director of finance: $110,093

5. William Singer, director of economic development: $106,370

Search continues for male who went overboard at Grand Lake St. Marys

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:05 AM

UPDATE @ 9:51 a.m.

The search continues at Grand Lake St. Marys where a male went overboard from a pontoon boat overnight.

Montezuma firefighters and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are actively searching the lake in the area of Safety Island.

Firefighters got the call at 2:35 a.m. that a male went overboard and needed rescued. Montezuma Fire Chief Ron Schulze said the search for the victim continues this morning.

Celina police and fire, as well as St. Mary’s Twp. firefighters are assisting.

Further details have not been released.

EARLIER

A person has reportedly drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Mercer County, according to officials. 

Authorities tell WHIO's Steve Baker a person drowned in the lake near Montezuma around 2:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a man went overboard while on a boat in the lake. 

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could not be reached for comment. 

Our crew will be attending a news conference in Mercer County scheduled for 9:30 a.m. 

We will continue to monitor and update this developing story.

Psych! You won’t be able to tour Dayton Arcade tour after all 

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Sorry guys, you’ll likely need to scratch those plans of getting a rare look inside the Dayton Arcade. 

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Young Ohio Preservationists, a state historic preservation group, said it underestimated the number of people would be interested in seeing inside the historic building in the center of downtown Dayton June 3. 

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More than 900 people expressed interest in a tour of the building for an event called “YOP Tour Day: Dayton Arcade.” 

Here is a message on the event’s page:

“We want to extend our sincerest apologies to everyone disappointed that they can't make this particular tour. We're a very small volunteer organization not based in Dayton. We had no idea how overwhelming the interest would be. Additionally, a few tour guides had to drop out last minute, making the cap on attendance even more strict. The cap on this particular tour was set at 25, and with over 900 people vocalizing interest on our event page, we suppose this was the reason many people weren't able to get in. 

There will be additional tours in the future, and we will make sure you all know ahead of time including how many people are limited per tour with as much time to sign up as we can manage. We'll also be sure to post disclaimers that tour restrictions and times are subject to change, so that our attendees will be aware that their plans may be affected. 

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you'll join us for our additional Arcade tours & future events.”

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First opened in 1904, the Arcade closed for good in 1991.  

Sunday Conversation with Vic Warmsby

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


            Vic Warmsby cleans a patient’s hearing aid at his Miracle-Ear office in Marietta. Ann Hardie for the AJC

What’s worse than that constant drone of leaf blowers? Not hearing them. An estimated 48 million Americans — one in five — report some degree of hearing loss. To understand life in a muted world, the Miracle-Ear Foundation wants people to join its annual “One Day Without Sound” campaign, taking place this year on Wednesday, May 31. Participants are asked to wear earbuds or earplugs throughout the day. “The purpose is to help create a more empathetic view of what hearing loss is and what it’s like to live with it,” says Vic Warmsby, a hearing aid specialist and Miracle-Ear franchisee in metro Atlanta. The campaign also wants to educate people about what they can do to prevent hearing loss. (Hint — plug up before grabbing the blasted leaf blower.)

Q: First, talk about what hearing is.

A: The whole auditory channel involves not only the ear’s ability to interpret and process sound but also the brain’s ability to put understanding to it. You need both parts of the equation to hear.

Q: Why is “One Day Without Sound” important?

A: We ask people to live one day in the shoes of someone who is hearing impaired by wearing a pair of earphones or earplugs that you can get from the local drugstore. If you don’t have hearing loss, you don’t understand the day-to-day nuances that someone who is hearing impaired goes through. They obviously have frustration communicating but they may also experience other problems like depression. They may withdraw from social settings because they just aren’t comfortable being there. Family members may think that they aren’t paying attention or just don’t want to listen or could do better if they just tried harder when really, they are doing the best they can.

Q: What else does the Miracle-Ear Foundation do?

A: It helps adults and children get hearing aids if they don’t have other avenues. For adults, there is a $150 application fee and if they are approved, and we have a very high approval rate, Miracle-Ear will furnish two hearing aids at no charge. Children under 18 don’t pay the application fee.

Q: Why is hearing loss so prevalent?

A: We have a very noisy society and noise exposure is one of the main causes of hearing loss, which is a problem that is getting worse, not better. I get asked all the time if the younger generation could be damaging their hearing with headphones and MP3 players and other digital devices. The answer is, absolutely.

Q: Hearing loss can result from cumulative exposure to loud noise?

A: Yes. Say you go to several rock concerts in your late teens and early 20s. The sound can come out of speakers at about 120 decibels. And say you experience some damage to your hearing. Then over the next 40 years, you are exposed to more noise from things like leaf blowers or MP3 players. Certain medications and heredity can contribute to hearing loss.

Q: Is hearing loss reversible?

A: The most prevalent type of hearing loss is caused by nerve damage and is irreversible. Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, is often a very early warning sign that you have damaged the structure of the nerves. In the mountains of North Georgia and Appalachia, they used to call that “deaf bells.” For these people, the only solution is hearing aids. There are other types of hearing loss that can be medically treated. The best thing is to prevent hearing loss.

Q: How do you do that?

A: The biggest thing is to wear earplugs or hearing protection when you are in a noisy environment. Limit exposure to loud noises. If you can’t hear the person in front of you, it is too loud. Kids need to limit the time with their earbuds in listening to music or streaming. Instead of listening for four hours, try two. Instead of having the volume full on, take it to half. It should never be more than half. We all like rock and roll and it sounds better when it is loud. But there is a price to that. You’d be surprised how many of rockers can’t even hear the music they are playing.

Information: www.onedaywithoutsound.org.