Trotwood candidates propose fixes after schools rank last in Ohio

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 1:24 PM


            Trotwood and Dayton school board candidates participate in the NAACP forum Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at Dayton Boys Prep Academy. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Trotwood and Dayton school board candidates participate in the NAACP forum Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at Dayton Boys Prep Academy. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Trotwood school board candidates made suggestions on improving student achievement and classroom learning environments at a candidate forum hosted Monday night by the Dayton Unit NAACP.

All five candidates running for three seats on the school board were present for the question-and-answer session – incumbents Myra Bozeman, Deborah Daniel and Denise Moore, plus challengers Toni Perry Gillispie and Norman Scearce.

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The event came just 10 days after Trotwood-Madison schools earned the worst performance index of Ohio’s 608 school districts on the state report card. Candidates had a variety of opinions on how to fix that.

Gillispie proposed a three-prong plan on transportation, teachers and technology. She said the district needs more bus drivers in its pipeline and needs better relationships with local colleges that produce teachers. She said moving to a computer-per-child system could give students an advantage.

Daniel said everyone from school board to administrators to parents had a role in the district’s failures. She said Trotwood needs to dissect its data better to come up with better strategies. She also suggested that hiring more classroom aides would allow for more small group or one-on-one instruction.

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Scearce wants stronger parent involvement, saying families need to be able to make children work even if they don’t want to. He suggested several other ideas, including merit pay for effective teachers, a move to all-day preschool, and a need to get more books in students’ homes to combat summer learning loss. He was critical of Superintendent Kevin Bell’s performance.

Bozeman also called for more community pride and family support, such as making sure students get to Saturday school or after-school programs. She said Trotwood needs to research what other districts are doing right and use their data. She wants more effort to help students who fall in the middle academically, not just at the top or bottom.

Moore said Trotwood needs to identify the needs and barriers of its students, and then evaluate classroom instruction. She said the district should raise standards and expectations, and hold everyone accountable. Moore wants teachers to have more freedom in how they teach, and said students need to respect teachers more.

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Because of their poor performance on state tests, Trotwood schools are only one year from potential state takeover by an academic distress commission.

3 police officers help man in distress: ‘God puts us ... where he needs us,’ one says

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:23 PM

A trio of law-enforcement officers came to the aid of a man stricken earlier this month while dining with his wife.

Providence was evident in a trio of law enforcement officers who came to the aid of a man stricken earlier this month while dining with his wife in Tipp City. 

The man, himself a nurse, became ill Jan. 11 at Hinders Sports Bar & Grill. 

The three officers -- Miami Twp. Detective Dan Wessling, Tipp City Sgt. Marc Basye and West Carrollton Officer Chris Fairchild -- were at a table nearby were at a table nearby for a casual dinner to discuss a trip to Washington, D.C., during National Police Week in May.

They never hesitated when they saw what Bayse said appeared to be a man suffering from a cardiac event. 

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The man lost consciousness, was sweating heavily and experiencing breathing difficulties, Sgt. Basye said by telephone Monday. He and Fairchild put the man on the floor and began CPR. Wessling cleared a path for paramedics to be able to get to the victim quickly. 

Detective Dan Wessling, Miami Twp. police

They successfully revived the man, who ended up walking out of the establishment with his wife by his side. 

Wessling, a police officer for 12 years, trained Fairchild while working as a feld training officer for West Carrollton police before joining the Miami Twp force. 

"I'm very proud of the great officer he is," Wessling said of Fairchild. 

West Carrollton Police Officer Chris Fairchild

Basye, who has 25 years of law enforcement experience as well as medical training that puts him one step below paramedic, said the nurse recently told him he spent less than two days as a patient in his home hospital in the aftermath of the episode -- which was not a cardiac event -- at Hinders. 

"Whatever the episode was, [we were told] the early implementation of life support probably saved the man's life," Basye said. "God puts us in the places where he needs us."

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Strong storms moving through the Miami Valley

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

Falling temperatures and the chance for snow through mid-week.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

UPDATE @ 9:31 p.m.: 

All severe thunderstorm warnings have expired. Still watching a strong line of storms moving through the Miami Valley tonight. Although not severe at the moment, they still can produce heavy rain, gusty winds and hail.

A strong line of storms is moving through the Miami Valley this evening. Heavy rain, lightning, hail and gusty winds are possible. Some storms may reach severe limits with winds gusting as high as 60 mph. Once this line moves east, a few showers may be leftover for the night.

We are getting reports of hail in Clayton, Gratis, and Englewood. 

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DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING/OVERNIGHT:  Cloudy and windy with scattered showers through the evening. Winds may gust as high as 30mph. Chance of a few showers remain through the night, but as temperatures fall some mixing with snow showers may occur by daybreak. Temperatures will fall from the 50s this evening into the upper 30s by morning.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TUESDAY:  Early scattered rain showers mixing with snow showers during the day, then changing to light passing snow showers before ending into the night. No snow accumulation expected. Temperatures will hold in the 30s through most of the day. Another blustery afternoon with winds gusting as high as 35mph. This will create wind chills in the 20s. Winds relax into the night and clouds break a bit with lows in the middle 20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, blustery and cold for Wednesday with a few flurries possible. Highs in the middle 30s, but feeling like the 20s.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: A pleasant day expected for Thursday with mostly sunny skies and milder temperatures around 40 degrees.

FRIDAY:  Lots of sunshine in the morning will give way to clouds through the day. A mild afternoon with highs around 50 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with the chance for rain showers on Saturday. Breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees.

Woman who killed two children in murder-suicide had no history of ‘mental problems’

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:56 PM

Al and Patricia Treadway talk with a North Carolina reporter about the murder-suicide of their daughter and two grandchildren earlier this month. Police say Christina Treadway killed the children before jumping off a bridge to her death.
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Al and Patricia Treadway talk with a North Carolina reporter about the murder-suicide of their daughter and two grandchildren earlier this month. Police say Christina Treadway killed the children before jumping off a bridge to her death.(WSOC TV)

Dozens of people gathered Sunday night in northwest Charlotte to remember three lives lost.

Mourners lit candles and prayed for Isaiah and Iliyah Miller, as well as their mother, Christina Treadway, near their home on Sebastiani Drive.

Police said Treadway killed her two children before killing herself along Interstate 485 earlier this month.

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In a new and emotional interview with Treadway's parents, Al and Patricia Treadway said were still in disbelief over their daughter and two grandchildren’s deaths.

Christina Treadway, 34, killed her two children before jumping off a bridge on Interstate 485, police said.

Christina Treadway with her two children, 7-year-old Isaiah, left, and 3-year-old Iliyah.(Instagram)

“She was just a lovely person. She was loved by so many people,” Patricia Treadway said. “She’s never had a mental problem. We never had a problem with Christina in any shape or form with mental or depression or anything to do with depression at all."

The Treadways told Eyewitness News that their daughter left the family a suicide note on Facebook with instructions to delete the note after reading what she had to say.

“She said she was sorry and to pretend to just forgive her and pretend she was 3,000 miles away happy," Al Treadway said. "Part of the message that she left for us said she couldn't leave her children without a mother and no one else would ever raise her kids. No one.”

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to the deaths of Treadway and her two children, 7-year-old Isaiah and 3-year-old Iliyah.

“Iliyah had a lot of what Tina had. She was a primper. She wanted to wear makeup. She’d say, 'Mommy do my makeup' so Christina would do her makeup for her and then they'd snap pictures and things. Isaiah, he was all boy. He was a prankster,” Patricia Treadway said.

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The Treadways said that their daughter was a singer and aspiring entrepreneur who wanted to start her own business to teach women about makeup and beauty and to encourage them to look and feel confident for job interviews.

Their daughter also had a YouTube channel where she displayed her talents and often featured her children singing.

"When she walked into a room, she lit it up just like her children," her mother said. “Their whole life was so much ahead of them, much like Christina.”

"We are devastated. My whole family is devastated and the question right now in everybody's mind is, ‘Why?" her father said.

The family said days before the death of their daughter and grandchildren, Christina made plans with her parents to move back to California.

“The plans were already made. We didn’t buy the tickets because we hadn’t heard from her,” her mother said. “If she was hurting that bad, I wish she would have called me that day to let me know.”

As investigators work to find out key details leading up to their daughter’s death, the Treadways are willing to wait as long as it takes to get those answers.

“I would rather them investigate, and investigate, and investigate and find out exactly what happened, no matter what the result. Rather than just say, ‘Oh, she just snapped and jumped off a bridge.'"

Neighbors have set up a small memorial in front of Christina Treadway’s home. The family is planning a service for Treadway and her children in California in the coming weeks.

Here’s what the children in the California torture house did to cope with the abuse

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:16 PM

David and Louise Turpin in a court appearance in Riverside County, Calif. The Turpins are facing life behind bars for a series of charges, including torture.
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David and Louise Turpin in a court appearance in Riverside County, Calif. The Turpins are facing life behind bars for a series of charges, including torture.(Associated Press)

Authorities are releasing more information about the California “torture house” where over a dozen children were kept in subhuman conditions by their parents, including that the victims kept journals.

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Though the children in the home, ages 2 to 29, were only allowed to bathe twice a year and eat once a day, they were allowed to write all the time. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said at a press conference on the case that the children kept hundreds of journals and that he believes they will be “very significant” in the upcoming court case, the Desert Sun reported. Hestrin added that he thinks the journals will provide “strong evidence of what occurred in that home.”

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Researchers are also interested in the journals as they detail the first-hand accounts of horrific abuse. One academic told the Desert Sun “There is a good chance that being able to write may have kept them sane. In an interesting way, this may have helped them come to terms with the bizarre world they lived in.” He even compared them to the journals kept by Anne Frank.

The journals could prove valuable for prosecutors as they might provide damning evidence that could be used to cross-examine the parents, David and Louise Turpin. The Turpins are facing life behind bars for a series of charges, including torture.

The journals have not been made public, and law enforcement officials are currently in the process of reviewing them.

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The conditions in the home were unimaginable. The children were reportedly beaten and chained to furniture. Neighbors recalled seeing them marching during the night, and they were almost never allowed outside. They were finally liberated when one girl escaped and managed to find a police officer. She was 17 years old, but her growth was so stunted that police allegedly estimated her to be closer to 10 years old when they first saw her.