Traffic lights repaired at Ohio 63, American Way in Monroe

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 8:25 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 11:39 AM


UPDATE @ 11:40 a.m.:

The traffic lights have been repaired and are now functioning normally, according to the city.


Drivers are being asked to treat the intersection at Ohio 63 and American Way in Monroe as a four-way stop due to traffic lights not working.

Monroe police said they discovered the traffic signal box damaged and the traffic lights at the intersection not working after responding to an accident just after 7:30 a.m. this morning.

New Fisher House will give veteran families place to stay during care

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:19 PM

            A rendering shows the Fisher House that will be built at the Dayton VA Medical Center. CONTRIBUTED
A rendering shows the Fisher House that will be built at the Dayton VA Medical Center. CONTRIBUTED

When a veteran has to stay at a VA hospital, families often have to make tough calls.

If the hospital is a far commute, they have to decide whether to pay for a hotel or motel near the hospital or be stuck far away when they want to support the veteran during treatment.

“I’ve had people who have gone by Wal-Mart to get a tent and a cot because they didn’t know where they were going to stay,” said David Coker, president of Fisher House Foundation, which provides free homes for veterans’ families who want to be close by during a hospital stay.

RELATED: VA leader backs house for families of injured vets

A new Fisher House will be added to the foundation’s network at the Dayton VA Medical Center to help families that now might have to make a hard decision.

The $6.5 million project broke ground today at the Dayton campus.

The privately-funded project will be supported by the foundation but also by a $1.075 million donation from local real estate developer Randy Gunlock and his wife Vicki and by a community fundraising effort that pulled together more than $650,000.

Cardinal Health, a Dublin-based pharmaceutical wholesaler, presented a check for an $812,000 donation to the Fisher House as part of the groundbreaking ceremony.

Coker said there will probably be about 500 families a year who stay at the new Fisher House in Dayton, which can house 16 families at a time.

The new Fisher House will be the third in the Dayton region, joining two others at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

RELATED: Two 19th century VA homes torn down for new Fisher House

Glenn Costie, CEO of the Dayton VA Medical Center, said Fisher House had support from residents and corporations in the community that rallied behind the initial donation from the Gunlocks, who spurred the project two years ago with their call offering to make the donation toward veterans through the Greener Pastures Foundation.

“Now I’m used to receiving phone calls for donations of maybe hundreds of dollars, thousands of dollars, and I’m prepared with projects we have for this purpose,” Costie said. “This donation was well over a million dollars and was presented with the Greener Pastures Foundation with the Gunlock family to help out veterans. So I knew quickly I had to come up with a new project.”

Previously, the VFW had run a hospitality house for decades on the campus, supporting visiting families of veterans who needed lodging help, but financially couldn’t keep the house running. The Fisher House will help fill that gap after it closed two years ago.

Fisher House has a national network of hospitality hospitals which show what the impact of the service can be. Coker said he met a Vietnam veteran in Houston said who told him he had been diagnosed with cancer and lived several hours from Houston.

RELATED: Funding goal of $500K set to build Fisher House

Since his wife couldn’t afford to stay with him in Houston for eight weeks during his treatment, the veteran had initially decided he wanted to accept the time he had left because he wanted to spend time with his family. After he learned about the Fisher House though, he decided to get treatment and was now in remission.

“So having a Fisher House in many respects helps make the decisions easier on how you are going to address that health care. In this case, it was a success. I suspect one of the heavy users of this house will be oncology patients as well as families coming in for hospice,” he said. “And I can’t think of a more rewarding group of families to be able to serve.”

Men accused of pouring insecticide in Walmart toy department

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

Two men are seen in surveillance footage at a Walmart in Millington, Tennessee, after police say they intentionally poured insecticide in the children's toy department of a Walmart on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.
Millington Police Department
Two men are seen in surveillance footage at a Walmart in Millington, Tennessee, after police say they intentionally poured insecticide in the children's toy department of a Walmart on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.(Millington Police Department)

Two men are accused of pouring insecticide in the children's toy department of a Tennessee Walmart over the weekend, according to authorities.

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Millington police said the incident happened Sunday. 

The men were seen on video "vandalizing property and intentionally spilling insecticide chemicals in the children's toy department," according to a news release.

Officers said the men left the scene in a white pick-up truck that had two stripes down the center.

Authorities continued to search for the men Monday.

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Posted by Millington Tennessee Police Department on Monday, October 23, 2017

Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM


A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
RELATED: Bus stop rape suspect pleads not guilty

"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Ex-Dayton coach, aide gets 5 years of probation for multiple felonies

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

Former Dayton Public Schools coach and classroom aide Donte D. Murphy was sentenced to five years of probation.
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Former Dayton Public Schools coach and classroom aide Donte D. Murphy was sentenced to five years of probation.(Staff Writer)

A judge this month sentenced former Dayton Public Schools classroom aide and coach Donte D. Murphy to five years of probation. 

Murphy had been convicted of one count each of forgery and tampering with government records, plus three counts of sexual battery. All counts were felonies. 

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records show Murphy presented an altered state permit to Dayton schools to keep coaching after his valid permit expired in 2014. 

RELATED: Murphy had previous prostitution-related conviction 

Murphy was fired as an aide and track coach at Ponitz Career Technology Center in March, 2016, according to court and school records. 

Attorneys for the state and Murphy agreed that he had consensual sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old Ponitz student-athlete twice after the March date. The defense argued the sex was not a crime then, but the judge ruled that Murphy coached until May 4, when Dayton school officials confronted him about the allegations.