ODOT sponsors ‘matchmaking’ event for I-75 project businesses

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 2:59 PM

A matchmaking event to provide disadvantaged and small businesses an opportunity to meet with potential bidders of the upcoming major reconstruction of Interstate 75 in Hamilton County construction project is being offered by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The ODOT Division of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Outreach, will sponsor a matchmaker directly following the pre-bid meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at ODOT District 8, 505 S. State Route 741, Lebanon. It is expected to run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The goal will be to establish relationships for this project and other future ODOT road construction projects.

“ODOT’s needs in building and maintaining the valuable transportation system we have are vast. Creating an opportunity for DBE businesses to meet prime contractors is one step to build long-term partnering to assist small and disadvantaged businesses to grow and be sustainable” said Terry Bolden, administrator, ODOT ODI Office of Outreach.

Pre-registration for the workshop is preferred but not necessary. Those interested are asked to register by noon on Tuesday at https://i75reconstruction.eventbrite.com or by contacting Juleda Stotz, ODOT Office of Outreach, at 513-933-562 or Juleda.Stotz@dot.ohio.gov.

Kettering home invasion victims indicted for marijuana cultivation

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Six months after a Kettering family suffered a home invasion, the victims are charged with drug crimes that police say led to the armed intrusion.

Bobby R. Napier, 36, and Anne K. Goodrich, 44, were indicted for felony illegal cultivation of marijuana and two counts of misdemeanor endangering children, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released Monday.

They are both ordered to appear July 11 for arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

RELATED: Surveillance photo released in Kettering home invasion

Kettering police were called to the family’s home around 12:20 a.m. Dec. 13, 2016, after the victims told police two armed, masked men forced their way inside. The two adults quickly became the focus of a police narcotics investigation after responding officers reported they found a marijuana grow operation inside the house, Kettering police officer John Jung said in December. There also were two children, ages 16 and 2, in the house. The drugs were the suspected reason for the targeted home invasion, Jung said.

It is not clear whether the intruders were identified or arrested.

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VP Mike Pence in Cleveland promises replacement of ‘Obamacare’

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:34 PM

Vice President Mike Pence speaks on March 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
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Vice President Mike Pence said the administration is still working to pull Ohio Senator Rob Portman from “no” to “yes” on President Trump’s healthcare overhaul, which failed to receive a vote after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled it Tuesday for lack of Republican support.

Pence was visiting Cleveland and taking a tour of an area manufacturing plant before meeting with small business owners to discuss health care. 

Two Ohio gubernatorial candidates were in attendance - current Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Congressman Jim Renacci, who flew to Cleveland with Pence in Air Force Two.

According to Cleveland.com reporter Seth Richardson on Twitter, Pence said the party was, “close to achieving our signature goal of this administration of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. I promise you we will get this thing done.”

Pence said flexibility in Medicaid was part of the president’s reform plans and said, “one size fits all is literally collapsing in terms of Medicaid.”

On stage, the Vice President said Trump was the best friend American manufacturing has ever had, claiming Trump has cut more “red tape” than “any president in American history” while taking on the Paris Climate Accord, saying the administration represents “Paris not Pittsburgh, and Cleveland not Copehagen.” 

Pence remarked on the president’s tax and military plans before stepping off stage. He promised tax cuts once the Trump health care overhaul is finished, and promised the biggest military spending increase “since the days of Reagan.”

Developer to resume Topgolf planning despite findings of slave cemetery

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:07 PM

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When developer Matthew Browder bought a large piece of land five years ago, he had no idea what laid beneath.

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He showed WSOC-TV where radar detected a slave cemetery. 

A newly released report proved there are slave graves on a University City property where developers are trying to build a brand new Topgolf venue. The developers hired a local historian to research the site after neighbors raised concerns over the possibility there was a slave cemetery in the area. 

>> RELATED: New Topgolf could border slave cemetery in University City

White flags mark the 19 bodies buried in shallow graves.

Despite the incredible historical significance, Browder said it will not deter plans to build nearly 400 apartments, 40,000 square feet of retail space and a Topgolf. 

“We are going to make sure this is not disturbed and protected regardless,” Browder said.

"(They) plan on moving forward, which is still shocking," said Darrin Rankin, who opposes the development.

A ground penetration crew, using radar equipment, counted 19 bodies buried right outside the cemetery next to Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church.

WSOC-TV reported earlier this month that neighbors claimed there was a slave cemetery on the grounds, and now a historian's 28-page report confirms it.

Charter Properties and Browder Development Group are asking the city to rezone the property.

Developers said that they've spent roughly $20,000 on the cemetery, working with a consultant. They are promising not to disturb the graves and said they plan to work with the church to preserve them.

“There is a right thing to do here, and that's what we're going to do, regardless of what happens,” said Browder. “So whether we get our zoning or don't get our zoning, whether something is approved or not approved, this area is not going to get disturbed, period.”

Neighbors who've been fighting the proposal said they're not satisfied with the report.

“How big is this slave cemetery? How deep into the woods does it go?” Rankin asked.

The historian who reviewed the property said he is confident they have found the boundaries of the slave cemetery.

Browder said the slaves are buried on less than a tenth of an acre, and he plans on leaving them there.

“It’s important to the history of the area, and it’s important that these people be recognized and respected,” Browder said.

Police evidence crew in Dayton home where victim in shooting says he escaped kidnappers

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 7:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:12 PM

UPDATE @ 10:02 p.m.: A Dayton police evidence crew is processing a residence in the 400 block of West Hillcrest Avenue where a male wounded in a shooting said he had been a kidnapping victim, police Lt. Steven Bauer said.

The victim said he was shot in the arm, jumped through a window at West Hillcrest to escape and went to a relative's home on Rugby Road, where police were called.

Bauer said based on information from the victim, police went to the house on West Hillcrest. The Dayton SWAT team was called out to protect the citizens in the neighborhood, he said. 

After about 2-and-a-half hours, the SWAT team secured the house on West Hillcrest and an evidence crew is in the house. No one has been apprehended, but, Bauer said, police are looking for two brothers. 

The lieutenant said the victim has told police he knows his assailants and why he was kidnapped. Bauer said police do not believe the incident is gang related or involves drugs. 

If you know anything about what happened at West Hillcrest or on Rugby Road, you are asked to call police at 937-333-COPS (2677) or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.

UPDATE @ 9:39 p.m.:  

Police are opening up Hillcrest Avenue to traffic and apparently ending their SWAT operation at a residence on the same avenue.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.: 

Members of the Dayton SWAT team, with long rifles drawn and behind a shield, approached the front door of the home on West Hillcrest Avenue. 

They pounded on the door but did not breach. They backed off. 

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Earlier, police used a bullhorn in an effort to communication with two young men they believe are inside the residence. Police also played a very loud siren in an effort to disorient the people believed to be inside.

INITIAL REPORT

A Dayton police SWAT team was called tonight as part of an investigation into a shooting.

The special weapons and tactics team is at a house in the 400 block of West Hillcrest Avenue, and police are blocking multiple streets in the area.

The blockage and SWAT response is related to a shooting on Hillcrest Avenue, the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center confirmed. A man who was shot in the left forearm about 5:15 p.m. ran two blocks west to Rugby Road for help. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, police said. 

The SWAT team was called about 7 p.m. and is on scene as investigators attempt to search the residence. It has not been confirmed that anyone is in the home, but area residents said they believe at least one person is inside.