Middletown tightening taxi-cab ordinance

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

            Middletown City Council is tightening up the city’s taxi-cab ordinance. Council is expected to give final approval to the updated ordinance at its Sept. 5 meeting. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Middletown City Council is tightening up the city’s taxi-cab ordinance. Council is expected to give final approval to the updated ordinance at its Sept. 5 meeting. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Concerns about the existing standards for taxi-cabs from Middletown police and some taxi-cab companies in the city has resulted in a proposed, more stringent ordinance.

City Law Director Les Landen said the re-write of the taxi-cab ordinance, “was prompted that the standards for drivers were not well developed.”

“As taxi-cabs have resurfaced in town, there has been discussion for a few years about the city’s role through its ordinances,” he said. “Our police administration was uncomfortable with existing standards and its role. Hence, a new ordinance.”

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Police Lt. Jimmy Cunninghham said the city’s current ordinances for soliciting and for taxi-cabs are one of the least stringent in the area.

“We met with the taxi companies and they told us that it was too easy to be a taxi-cab driver in Middletown,” Cunningham said. “It was a significant problem.”

He said there were instances of convicted felons driving drug dealers around Middletown. Cunningham said some drivers have been found drivers to have falsified information on the permit applications.

Cunningham said those who have committed “violent offenses” or are driving under suspension have been eliminated from operating a cab during the application process that eventually has to be approved or denied by Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw.

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He hopes the revised ordinance — armed with its stricter penalties — will reduce the possibility of illegal activity occurring in and around the cab business, a trend police have fought in the past.

“Citizens expect some form of checks and balances in issuing taxi-cab permits,” he said.

The change, which was given a first reading at last week’s Middletown City Council meeting, is expected to be adopted at council’s Sept. 5 meeting.

One person transported to hospital after stabbing in Trotwood

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

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At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital early Wednesday following the report of a stabbing at the Wingate at Belle Meadows Apartments in Trotwood.

Police and medics were called late Tuesday night to a report of a woman stabbed.

Crews were dispatched around 11:50 p.m. to an apartment in the 300 block of Outer Belle Drive.

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According to initial reports, a caller heard glass breaking and a woman screaming.

Additional details were not available on scene. We will continue to follow this story.

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Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
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Middletown police: Beware tree-trimming scam

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:03 AM

Middletown police are warning residents of “unscrupulous tree trimmers” who have been taking advantage of elderly people.

The police department posted its warning Tuesday on its Facebook page.

One incident was thwarted, but the culprits were paid in another incident.

Police remind residents that door-to-door solicitors need a permit in the city. Call police if tree trimmers knock on your door uninvited.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offers tips to avoid tree-trimming scams. Beware of a tree trimmer who:

  • Comes to your door unexpectedly
  • Says your trees are diseased
  • Requires a large down payment
  • Accepts only cash or check
  • Says nothing about your right to cancel
  • Starts work immediately

Sidney businessman accused of not paying people in Piqua

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:32 PM

Duaine E. Liette

A 57-year-old Sidney businessman is facing numerous felony theft charges after multiple people claimed he hired them to do work but didn’t pay them.

Duaine E. Liette has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Miami County Municipal Court. He was arraigned Friday on four felony theft charges and three misdemeanor theft counts and was released from custody on his own recognizance.

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The cases were related to complaints from June 2015, June 2017 and July 2017, in which people stated they were hired to complete work for Liette but never received payment, according to Piqua police and court records.

Piqua police arrested Liette on Thursday at 1037 Broadway St., in Piqua. The house is owned by Sidney-based real estate company American Land Investments, of which Liette is listed as its principal; the business also has the same address as Liette’s residence, records show.

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Piqua police are urging anyone else who believe they may be victims to call 937-440-9111.