Red Cross closing Clark shelter for apartment residents

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:52 PM



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The American Red Cross in Clark County is closing its temporary shelter created Wednesday night for residents of an apartment complex evacuated due to storms.

The Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross announced the shelter at the Medway United Methodist Church on South Dayton-Lakeview Road in New Carlisle is being closed. 

The Red Cross will continue to provide accommodations for any of the shelter residents who cannot return to their apartments and are unable to find alternative housing.

“The Red Cross is also working one-on-one with residents who ask for assistance to make sure they have the resources they need to pick up after the storm,” according to a media release.

Volunteers with the agencies are also helping with damage assessment — providing clean-up materials, relief assistance and educational material.

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Wednesday evening the Clark County Emergency Management Agency requested a shelter be opened for residents of the apartment buildings impacted by the EF-1 tornado.

The shelter was established and opened within an hour, according to a release. 

"These volunteers train, practice and spend countless hours preparing for just such an event,” according to a release.

Miamisburg crews continue to battle garage fire 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:58 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:35 AM

Central Ave Fire

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. 

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Man accused of ‘marrying’ 11-year-old stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:18 PM

Man Accused Of ‘Marrying’ 11-Year-Old Stepdaughter, Holding Her Captive For 19 Years

An Oklahoma man was arrested in Mexico earlier this month amid allegations that he “married” his 11-year-old stepdaughter in a van, abducted her and kept her captive as his “wife” for nearly 20 years. 

Henri Michele Piette, 62, is charged with first-degree rape, two counts of lewd molestation and child abuse by injury, according to Oklahoma court records. He was taken into custody Oct. 5 in Mexico, where he lived with the victim and their children for years after her alleged abduction. 

The Oklahoman reported that the now 33-year-old victim, Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis, is speaking out about her ordeal since returning to the United States. Court records show that McGinnis escaped captivity last year with eight of her nine children and found her way to a U.S. Embassy in Mexico, where she received help. 

Her oldest child, a boy, had already run away from the remote village in which they lived. McGinnis told People magazine in August that she has since been reunited with her son. 

Piette was still at large and under investigation by federal investigators when McGinnis first detailed her ordeal and subsequent escape. 

“I knew that if I didn’t get out of there, I’d either go insane or I would end up dying and leaving my kids with that man,” McGinnis told the magazine.

She alleged in her interview that she was raped, beaten, stabbed, choked and shot during her captivity.  

Piette, who has since been returned to Wagoner County for prosecution, told Fox23 News in Tulsa last week that he’s innocent. 

“Most of it are lies,” he told the news station as he shuffled into a courtroom for a hearing, surrounded by deputies. “Ninety-nine percent are lies. I’m telling the truth.”

He also denied raping McGinnis.

“I never raped any children. I made love to my wife,” Piette said. “We were married.”

McGinnis told investigators that Piette first raped her at the age of 11 at their home in Wagoner, the Oklahoman reported. He later “married” her in the back of a van, giving her a ring.

Piette’s son told FBI investigators in January that he performed the “ceremony” for his father. The son was 15 at the time.

McGinnis told People that her “marriage” to Piette took place the day before he legally married her mother. 

McGinnis’ mother later left Piette because of abuse in the home, the Oklahoman said. She and her daughter were living at a woman’s shelter in Poteau, about 100 miles southeast of Wagoner, when Piette abducted the girl in January 1997 from her new school. 

Piette introduced McGinnis to his children as their new mother, court records obtained by the newspaper showed. In the subsequent years, they moved frequently, living in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana and Idaho before moving on to Mexico.

“McGinnis stated that she was sexually assaulted multiple times a day almost every day while she was with Piette,” the court documents read.

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Piette would return to Oklahoma occasionally and make McGinnis mail letters from there so authorities would believe she was still living somewhere in the state, she told investigators. He also changed everyone’s names often to stay hidden.

McGinnis told People that, at the age of 18, she was forced by Piette to get her name and photo taken off national missing persons’ lists. 

“He parked three blocks down the road from the Phoenix Police Department, and he had three of my children,” she told the magazine. “He told me what to tell them. He said that if I didn’t come back within two hours, I would never see my children again.”

McGinnis said she walked into the police station and told officers that she had run away from home at 12 because her parents were drug addicts and that “nice people” had taken her in and raised her. Police, with no evidence to the contrary, were forced to believe her. 

She returned to Piette and her captivity, where she remained for another 13 years. In that time frame, she had another six children by her alleged abductor. 

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

  • On I-675 South at Wilmington Pike in Centerville, all southbound lanes are closed due to a fatal crash reported around 11:23 p.m. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On E. Central Avenue in Miamisburg between Eighth and Ninth St, road is closed for a fully engulfed fire in the 700 block reported around 12:30 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.

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.”