Teacher accused of taking students to strip club

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 9:22 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 9:22 AM

An Indiana teacher allegedly decided to celebrate a student's birthday in highly inappropriate fashion. The now-suspended high school teacher is accused of taking some of his students to a local strip club to celebrate the occasion.

The 31-year-old is also suspected of  serving the students beer and hard liquor whenever they came over to "hang out" at his home.

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The chemistry teacher, Travis Lechien, has been teaching for the Hanover Community school district in northwest Indiana for a decade and has been on paid suspension since mid-September. 

School authorities were warned by another teacher about Lechien's habit of hanging out with his students outside of school and had also been hearing rumors circulating among students at Hanover Central High School about possibly inappropriate behavior. 

According to an affidavit, several of the students say they were pulled over by police officers on their drive back from the strip club with Lechien.

While one of the students did apparently tell officers that Lechien was their teacher, there is no evidence that Lechien was charged during that traffic stop.

Lechien was driving the car and had been pulled over for speeding.

All of the students are age 18 or younger and many have known the teacher since middle school. Lechien is now facing three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Each charge could carry a penalty of up to one year in prison. His attorney says he plans to enter a plea of not guilty on the charges when he appears at a hearing in November. 

Starbucks expanding its footprint across Dayton’s suburbs

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:11 AM

            Starbucks expanding its footprint across Dayton’s suburbs

A new Starbucks has opened its doors on North Main Street (Ohio 48) just south of I-70 in Englewood, and the chain has multiple other projects in the works as it expands its footprint in the Dayton area.

The region’s newest Starbucks coffee shop and restaurant is located in an outlot in front of the Meijer store in the 9100 block of North Main St., adjacent to a free-standing Panera Bread Bakery & Cafe and next to a MOD Pizza restaurant that has not yet opened.

The coffee shop has been in the works since early 2015.

RELATED: Englewood to get another Starbucks

This news outlet reached out to Starbucks on Monday, Feb. 20 to obtain more information about the Seattle-based chain’s newest Dayton-area coffee shop, but has received no response.

The chain has been particularly active in the Dayton area of late: It is building a new store across from The Greene in Beavercreek, and has other new locations in the works in Washington Twp. and in Fairborn.

RELATED: Starbucks submits plans for large new shop on SR 725

RELATED: New Starbucks shop coming to Fairborn

The Starbucks and MOD Pizza projects are “great additions to the I-70/Main Street corridor here in Englewood,” William Singer, the city’s director of community and economic development, said.

Pop up storms today, strong storms coming tomorrow

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:26 AM

Pop up storms today, strong storms coming tomorrow

Very mild this morning with patchy fog mainly in rural communities. A mix of sun and clouds today. 

  • Some patchy fog possible 
  • Warm today, stray shower or storm 
  • More storms Friday evening, severe threat

TODAY: Mild weather again with highs in the mid to upper 60s very close to the record for the day. A little breezy into the afternoon with the chance for some isolated showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. Overnight mild and breezy.

FRIDAY: Most showers and storms should be north of the Miami Valley in the morning. Dry with partly cloudy skies during the day. 

Temperatures will heat up and help support strong to severe storms for the evening. Highs will soar to the low 70s which will blow the record of 67 degrees. 

A strong cold front will approach from the west heading into the night. 

Showers and storms are still expected to fire along and ahead of the front 

early evening through midnight. This will be looking at storms from start to finish. Timing may change a bit, but the evening hours will be the most active. 

Main threats still could be widespread damaging winds with an smaller possibility of large hail or a spin-up. Colder air will quickly approach into the overnight hours and winds outside of any storms will be picking up as well.

SATURDAY: Gusty winds up to 40 mph will be possible. Temperatures will likely start in the 40s and drop to the 30s for most of the afternoon. Scattered rain/snow showers will be possible to mix through in the afternoon and evening. Dry overnight but cold.

SUNDAY: Temperatures move back in the middle 20s which is actually typical for this time of year. Sun and scattered clouds through the day. Highs climb to the low 40s.

MONDAY: Scattered showers develop quickly. A brief rain/snow mix north might be possible, but most areas will be breezy with rain showers. Highs in the middle 40s.

Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:20 AM

            Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

You are likely to see a lot of red Xs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Thursday as politicians, celebrities and others support the “Shine a Light on Slavery Day."

The Xs are part of a campaign by a coalition of 16 non-profit groups that is working to raise awareness of the problem around the world. The End It Movement has adopted the red X as a sign of support for efforts to stop modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Last week, the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee held an End Modern Slavery hearing. Actor Aston Kutcher was among those who testified to the horrors of human trafficking and slavery that still exists in many countries. 

If you want to take part in the movement, go to the website for the End It awareness campaign. There, you can find downloadable resources, including red Xs.

Or, some are taking red lipstick, making an X on their hand, and posting a photo of it to show their support.

Look for the hastags #EndSlaveryAct and #EndItMovement.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:46 AM

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

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 .

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On eastbound I-70 near Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, a reported semi fire is blocking the right and center lanes around 6:45 a.m. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 


  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • 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 of 2017 


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions until June 15th. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 



  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville - St. Johns Road, road closure January 16th – March 17th. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721


  • SR 362 between Fort Loramie Swanders Road and Canal Road, road closure February 16th through March 3rd. The official detour is: SR 362 to SR 66

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