State paid for worker’s home heating

Published: Sunday, October 14, 2012 @ 11:00 PM
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

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State watchdogs are questioning why the Ohio Department of Natural Resources provides purchasing cards to nearly a third of its 1,850 employees after they found one worker using such cards to pay for his home heating for more than a decade.

The Ohio Inspector General’s report issued last week calls for ODNR to review the necessity of issuing cards to so many employees and look to strengthen the review process for the cards, which are used like credit cards.

This follows the finding that David Insley, a supervisor at a fish hatchery in Erie County, had since 2000 paid for propane to heat his home on hatchery grounds, costing the state $5,163 since 2004.

“The bigger concern grows out of what happened here. There was a great example of ODNR having a tough time managing the oversight of the use of the card in this particular instance,” said Deputy Inspector General Carl Enslen. “So the question becomes is oversight being well done everywhere (and) is there really a necessity to have that many cards out?”

Statewide, there are 4,045 purchasing cards issued for the state’s 54,049 employees, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis of state data.

Only one agency has even half the 1,216 cards that ODNR issues. That is the Department of Transportation, which has 743 cards and 5,371 employees. Job and Family Services has 3,698 employees and 139 cards.

ODNR officials say they are reviewing the OIG investigation, which was launched at ODNR’s request.

“ODNR cooperated throughout the investigation of former employee David Insley. We also conducted an internal investigation which led to his termination in June,” said agency spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle.

In addition to the purchase of propane, the OIG report said that the four employees of the hatchery — each of whom had a purchasing card — questioned the purchase of blacktop sealer, fertilizer and mulch as possibly used at Insley’s house on hatchery grounds.

Insley was charged in January with theft, but the charges against him in Erie County court in Sandusky were dropped in June.

Insley told state investigators that a supervisor told him he could charge the state for propane, though he was unable to name the supervisor or when he was told that, according to the OIG report.

The Castalia fish hatchery in Erie County is one of six fish hatcheries operated by the ODNR. It is where all of the state’s steelhead trout is raised, as well as rainbow trout used to stock state lakes.

ODNR is responsible for the state’s nature conservation efforts, wildlife and natural resources.

Huber Heights gunshot victim said he was shot in Dayton carjacking attempt 

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 4:31 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

A gunshot victim found inside a car Saturday, May 27, 2017, on Longfellow Street in Huber Heights said he was shot during a carjacking attempt in Dayton. DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Huber Heights police said the shooting victim told them he was shot in Dayton during an attempted carjacking.

The victim’s name, age and condition was not released.

FIRST REPORT

Police are investigating a shooting this afternoon after a shooting victim was found in Huber Heights.

The victim was found inside a car in the 4600 block of Longfellow Street and was taken to a local hospital.

Police say the shooting happened in Dayton, possibly on Germantown Street. Dayton police are investigating.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will update this report as we learn details.

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22 removed from home after shots fired report

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 4:50 PM


            Police respond to shots fired call at Middletown home.

Twenty-two people were removed from a Middletown home at 3:30 a.m. Friday after police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1200 block of Yankee Road.

Because the residents refused to let officers in to check on the well-being of occupants — at one point the people who answered the door cursed at the officers and slammed the door — law enforcement from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Trenton police department and multiple troopers from the Butler County and Warren County posts of the State Highway Patrol were called in for assistance, according to the police.

There also were eight Middletown police officers and two sergeants on the scene, the report said.

At one point, dispatchers in the Middletown police department received a 911 call that someone had been shot in an apartment on Mount Vernon Street. Officers responded and determined the apartment number didn’t exist.

Later, they determined a female from inside the residence on Yankee Road allegedly called police, trying to lure officers away.

Once the occupants were outside, police determined no one had any weapons or were injured.

Marcelle Matthers, of Cincinnati, became “very belligerent” with officers and she was charged with disorderly conduct and Frederekka Bonds, of Trenton, had a warrant through the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is pending, according to the report.

Police called to reported shooting in Riverside

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Police in Riverside are investigating a reported shooting that happened this afternoon in the 200 block of Wainwright Drive.

Officers were called to the scene around 3:45 p.m.

According to scanner traffic, a shooting victim arrived at a local hospital.

We’re working to gather more details.

5 firefighters, 2 residents hurt at high rise apartment fire

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.

Five firefighters were hurt while battling the fire at a high-rise apartment building in Dayton.

The firefighters’ injuries were not considered life-threatening and they were transported from the scene on Belmonte Park North to the hospital for treatment, according to an official at the scene.

Some firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and at least one suffered a shoulder injury, according to Dayton Fire spokesman Bryan Adams.

Two residents were also taken to the hospital for treatment and at least one resident is receiving medical treatment at the scene.

The Red Cross has been called to assist in setting up a temporary shelter for the displaced residents.

The 10-floor apartment building has been evacuated and officials said it will be awhile before anyone can return to their apartments.

A major challenge for the firefighters was getting older residents, some who are disabled, safely out of the building, according to an official at the scene.

Officials aren’t sure yet what led to the fire, but our crew talked to the children of the woman whose apartment caught fire.

They tell us their mother was cooking and the fire started from grease in the kitchen of her eighth-floor apartment.

Dozens of people were standing outside of the building.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a Dayton firefighter was injured while battling a blaze on the eighth floor of an apartment building in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene and many appeared tired and spent after putting the fire out and searching the building for anyone needing help.

According to emergency scanner traffic, a firefighter called for help while inside the building and working to douse the flames.

This newsroom has obtained the 9-1-1 call from a resident who reported the fire to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The caller told the dispatcher there’s a fire in an apartment on the eighth floor and reported seeing a lot of black smoke.

The dispatcher advised the resident to get everyone out of the building.

There have been no reports of injuries to any of the residents. 

EARLIER

Crews in Dayton are working to put out a fire at a building in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

PHOTOS: Black smoke rises from upper floor of Dayton apartment building

Crews were called at 11:47 a.m. and early reports indicated the fire is at an apartment building and some residents may need rescued.

We’re headed to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.