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Ohio residents among least likely to have identity stolen

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:29 PM

            Ohio was ranked one of the least likely states where residents get their identity stolen.
Ohio was ranked one of the least likely states where residents get their identity stolen.

Ohioans are among the least vulnerable to identity theft and fraud, a new report has found.

WalletHub has ranked Ohio the 10th least vulnerable state to identity fraud. Personal finance website Wallethub conducted a study on ID theft vulnerability in light of the recent Equifax data breach, according to WalletHub’s website.

While Ohio was ranked one of the least vulnerable states for identity theft or fraud, the rest of its rankings by WalletHub fell more toward the middle. WalletHub considered several different factors in its ranking, including fraud complaints per capita and average amount of money lost, among other things.

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Below are WallteHub’s findings on how Ohio ranks in comparison to the other states in terms of identity theft.

No. 28: Identity theft complaints per capita

No. 33: Average loss amount due to online identity theft

No. 18: Fraud and other complaints per capita

No. 28: Average loss amount due to fraud

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No. 23: State security freeze laws for minors’ credit reports

No. 41: Identity theft passport program

No. 41: Persons arrested for fraud per capita

No 24: Compliance with REAL ID Act, which sets minimum requirements for licenses to be issued.

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Without a voice, DC reporter Jamie Dupree's work still resonates across the US

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:23 AM

Jamie Dupree. (Photo credit: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jamie Dupree. (Photo credit: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A familiar Cox Radio voice is determined to be heard again.

>> On Cox DC bureau reporter loses voice in medical mystery

Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree has spent more than three decades covering Capitol Hill, but nearly two years ago, his method of communication had to change.

>> The radio silence of Jamie Dupree

Doctors say a rare neurological condition is making it difficult for his brain to tell his tongue what to do while speaking. Placing a pen in his mouth helps him speak.

“It’s hard, but I am working to come back hard,” Dupree tells WSB Radio.

>> Read Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider blog here

Doctors say a rare neurological condition is making it difficult for Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree's brain to tell his tongue what to do while speaking. Placing a pen in his mouth helps him speak. (Photo via

He is now hoping a meeting with specialists at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta will help him figure out why he lost his voice. 

And the reporter in him has not quit.

“He still does interviews; he feeds us audio,” WSB Radio News Director Chris Camp says. Dupree also covers Congress via Facebook, Twitter and Cox Media Group websites. 

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“He may not be able to talk, but boy you can hear him awful loud,” Camp adds.

Dupree is thankful to all who have wished him well. While the condition has obviously affected his job, that is not what he says hurts him the most.

“Think about not being able to talk to your kids, or your wife or your father or your friends. While my work is hard and different, life is about a lot more than that.”

>> WATCH: WSB-TVs Berndt Petersen speaks with Jamie about his struggle over the past couple years

Dupree says Emory researchers are trying a new treatment that will slow down the movement of his tongue to make it easier for him to speak. In the meantime, Jamie wants everyone to know his overall health is good.

“Even though he can't speak, Jamie is still the most trusted voice in Washington DC,” WSB Radio’s Bill Caiaccio says of his colleague and friend. “He was already the hardest working reporter in our nation’s capital, and now he works even harder to get the job done.”

WSB Radio anchor Chris Chandler echoes those sentiments, saying, "I've always said Jamie is the most valuable on-air presence on our stations, and he still is.

“There's not a word of news from Washington that he hasn't reported and broken down for us.”

Mark Arum, WSB Radio traffic anchor and talk show host, adds that Dupree is an invaluable resource: “He might have lost his voice, but he still has the drive to get the story and get it right.”

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Sabrina Cupit, who anchors midday for WSB Radio, says Dupree is so much more than his voice: “His knowledge of Washington, his connections, his balanced reporting; they are all still a major part of what we do on air every day here at WSB.

“Personally, I have never met a kinder, more honest or just downright great human being in my life. I am praying for the return of his voice. I do miss hearing it.”

Get Dupree's take on what's happening in Washington delivered to your inbox every weekday by clicking here.

Jamie Dupree is a reporter for the Cox Media Group Washington News Bureau. 

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CareSource: Downtown Dayton construction fire ‘no reason to delay’ completion of new offices

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

The new Caresource building in downtown Dayton was set to open in Spring 2019. STAFF PHOTO/Marshall Gorby
The new Caresource building in downtown Dayton was set to open in Spring 2019. STAFF PHOTO/Marshall Gorby

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. (March 22):

A CareSource spokeswoman said the organization does not anticipate today’s fire at the new CareSource building to delay the completion or opening of the new building.

“The new CareSource office location is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019 and at this time there is no reason to delay the completion and opening,” said Fran Robinson, spokeswoman for CareSource.

>>WHAT HAPPENED: CareSource building under construction catches fire on the roof

Robinson said the fire at the construction site at First and Jefferson streets did not effect operations at any of its other four office locations in downtown Dayton.

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“At no time was the fire a danger to any downtown office location or staff,” Robinson said.

Robinson said approximately 2,000 staff work in Dayton for CareSource.

>>NEW DETAILS: What is the new CareSource building under construction? 


The spokeswoman for CareSource spoke with our team about how Thursday’s downtown Dayton fire at the new CareSource construction site on Jefferson Street is impacting the company’s operations.

Fran Robinson said, “We want to let people know that our operations are not affected. Family and friends of those who work in our four CareSource buildings in downtown Dayton should know that the fire did not approach any of our other buildings.”

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“Our support lines are open and operational.” added Robinson.

“I think that the official word of what happened to cause the fire at the new construction site will have to come from the Fire Chief,” said Robinson.

>>NEW DETAILS: What is the new CareSource building under construction? 


The new building was set to open in the spring of 2019 is expected to house 650 employees.

“We will have to access whether or not today’s fire will impact the construction timeline after the damage is surveyed,” said Robinson.

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Ohio lawmaker seeks change: In some cases ‘it’s legal to rape your spouse’

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

The Ohio Statehouse. FILE
The Ohio Statehouse. FILE

Eliminating Ohio’s spousal rape exemption is under consideration again, this time with bipartisan support as some lawmakers say the state still has an “appalling and disgusting” law on the books.

“In Ohio, in some circumstances, it’s legal to rape your spouse,” said state Rep. Kristin Boggs. “It’s appalling and disgusting that there is any circumstance where a woman can be forced into non-consensual sex. There is no legitimate basis whatsoever for any laws in Ohio to condone such horrific activity.”

Boggs, D-Columbus, and state Rep. Laura Lanese, R-Grove City, introduced the legislation Monday.

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Forcible rape of a spouse became illegal in Ohio in 1986. But sections of the state’s rape law apply only when the spouse is not living with the offender.

Marital rape as defined in the Ohio Revised Code is illegal and punishable as a felony. Under that definition, rape occurs when a defendant compels a spouse to engage in sexual intercourse against the victim’s will by “force, threat of force, or deception.”

But Ohio has an exemption that treats certain encounters between spouses differently than if two people were unmarried. For example, if a husband drugs his wife and then rapes her, it would not fall under the state’s marital rape statute.

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House Bill 561 would eliminate the spousal exemptions for offenses of rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition, and importuning.

“I think across the board there are a lot of archaic laws on the books, and sometimes it just takes someone opening up the books to say, ‘holy cow,’” Lanese said. “It bothers me that Ohio is not where we should be on this.”

Similar legislation has been introduced without success in 2015 and 2017. But this week’s legislation marks the first time a Republican has affixed her sponsorship to the bill.

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In the past, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association has expressed concern that removing the exemption could open the door to false claims made in an attempt to gain leverage in custody and divorce cases. The group has not yet examined the latest version of the legislation.

“Prosecutors take all allegations of rape with the utmost seriousness, but these cases present particular problems regarding proof because it happens between a husband and wife in private and there is often little or no evidence,” Louis Tobin, the group’s executive director, said in an email to this news organization.

Lanese said she believes such fears of he-said/she-said are “poppycock.”

“Anyone can say anything they want against another person,” she said. “That’s what juries are for.”

Marital exceptions to rape laws were the norm in the United States until the mid-1970s. But marital rape has been illegal in every state and the District of Columbia since 1993, according to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network.

Before 1986, marital rape was not illegal in Ohio unless the couple had a separation agreement or court filing to dissolve the marriage, according to a 1995 Cleveland Law Review article.

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Women fighting to clean up Dayton neighborhood win award

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

Two women who are fighting to take back their neighborhood from drug dealers and to clear away dumped garbage and dilapidated housing are being honored tonight by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.

Victoria McNeal and Lynn LaMance, both of Dayton, were highlighted this month in Dayton Daily News stories about five mysterious deaths of women whose bodies were found in yards and alleys of neighborhoods off North Main Street in Dayton.

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“We are going to give them the Jo Columbro Environmental Award, which we hope will help them with the work they are doing in their communities,” said Susan Hesselgesser, league executive director. “These women are a ray of hope (and) maybe our award will lead to more support for them in the future.”

McNeal and LaMance patrol the neighborhood and alleyways, picking up trash, reporting open vacant buildings that need boarded, painting over graffiti, and talking to prostitutes about getting help for drug addiction. LaMance regularly emails property owners about dilapidated buildings needing repaired.

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“I saw the vacancy and I saw the blight. I kept looking for someone to do something,” said LaMance. “I looked around at the city, then I looked around at my neighborhood association. And I didn’t see anybody doing anything. So I said I can do these things.”

The Dayton Daily News investigated the deaths of five women, four of whom were found within blocks of each other on Ernst, Hudson and Norman avenues, and the fifth on Superior Avenue, between June 2017 and January 2018. The coroner declared three of them to be homicides, one an overdose and one an undetermined cause of death. Dayton Police continue to investigate and Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information .

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The League will honor McNeal and LaMance at its annual Dangerous Dames of Dayton fundraiser, which will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail Kettering.

This year the Dangerous Dames award will be given to Deborah Feldman, president and chief executive of Dayton Children’s Hospital and former Montgomery County Administrator, and Lucinda Williams Adams, an Olympic gold medalist and retired teacher and administrator for Dayton Public Schools.

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