Valley View, MVCTC not going back on Aug. 8 ballot

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:25 PM


            Valley View Intermediate School was built in 1922 in Germantown and added onto between 1951 and 1962. The state rated the school’s condition as “poor.” Valley View’s school bond issue would have raised money to demolish all four existing schools and build three new ones. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Valley View Intermediate School was built in 1922 in Germantown and added onto between 1951 and 1962. The state rated the school’s condition as “poor.” Valley View’s school bond issue would have raised money to demolish all four existing schools and build three new ones. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Valley View schools and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center are not going back on the Aug. 8 ballot to seek approval of bond levies that were rejected in May.

For Valley View, that marks the end of their shot at this state funding cycle — although it doesn’t close the door for state facilities funding in the future.

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Miami Valley CTC is on a different timeline, according to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, and its state funding would be available at the same percentage in the November or May 2018 election.

Valley View

The district had hoped to replace two 1920s school buildings, a 1950 elementary and the 1968 high school with three buildings on existing sites, via a 5.39-mill bond, with the state paying 53 percent of demolition/construction costs.

The state rated all but the high school with their lowest rating of “poor,” while the high school was called “borderline.”

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Superintendent Rick Earley said Valley View has to do something to upgrade its facilities, but he said everything is still on the table for now.

“Anytime it’s defeated twice, I think you have to say, let’s go back to the very beginning and see what’s the best way to go,” Earley said.

Miami Valley CTC

Voters rejected MVCTC’s first attempt to pass a state-match bond issue May 2 by a 52-48 ratio.

The bond would have helped pay for about $62.5 million worth of additional classroom space, upgraded technology and improved safety at the 50-year-old campus in Clayton. The state would have paid 47 percent.

RELATED: MVCTC considers next steps

“At this point, we have to sit down and look at the data. We have so many different precincts because we serve 27 different districts,” Superintendent Nick Weldy said. “We need to sit down and look at what the voters told us and look at what other issues won.”

OSP cruiser hit in Dayton after I-75N pursuit from Middletown

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:21 AM

Pursuit ends on Keowee St in Dayton

A trooper’s cruiser was struck Wednesday night in Dayton during a pursuit that began in Middletown.

The chase involved a white Chevrolet Camaro, which began on northbound Interstate 75 south of exit 32 (Ohio 122).

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Three people were taken into custody, and the trooper was not hurt, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Hamilton Post.

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Keowee Street was closed just north of Third Street and police had taped the area off for the investigation.

A Miamisburg man said he was in his vehicle at East Third and Keowee streets when a white Camaro — its headlights out — raced by him from behind.

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T.C. Cavinder said the sports car narrowly missed his and another vehicle, hit curbs along Keowee and stopped near a bridge. A man in the Camaro hopped out and threw up his hands, Cavinder said.

We are working to find out what led to the pursuit.

Wife stabbed 123 times in alleged 'cold medicine' killing, autopsy shows

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:13 AM

Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Wife, Blames Cold Medicine

An autopsy has found 123 stab wounds and cuts on a woman who police say was stabbed by her husband after he said he awoke from a dream with blood all over him.

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WSOC-TV's partner in Raleigh, WTVD, obtained the autopsy report for 29-year-old Lauren Phelps which details 24 stab wounds and 20 cuts to her head and neck, as well as dozens of wounds to her torso and arms.

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In a 911 call, Phelps' 27-year-old husband, Matthew, told the operator he took more cold medicine than he should have Sept. 1 and woke up after his dream with blood all over him and a knife on the bed he shared with his wife in their Raleigh home.

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Matthew Phelps is charged with first-degree murder.

Man claims cold medicine caused fatal stabbing of wife

Published: Monday, September 04, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Wife, Blames Cold Medicine

A Raleigh, North Carolina, newlywed was arrested and charged with murdering his wife.

The News & Observer reported that police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said Matthew Phelps, 29, was charged shortly after 6 a.m. Friday.

Phelps called 911 after waking up and discovering his wife, Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, 29, stabbed to death in their bedroom.

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In the 911 call made at about 1:10 a.m., the dispatcher is heard asking him to explain exactly what happened. Phelps said he “had a dream” and when he turned on the lights, she was “dead on the floor.”

The dispatcher continued to ask Phelps questions about his wife. He can be heard becoming emotional and telling the dispatcher that she is not breathing, and that he is “too scared to get close to her.” He then told the dispatcher that he took more cold medicine than he should have before going to bed.

“I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because I know it can make you feel good and sometimes I can’t sleep at night,” Phelps told the dispatcher. Phelps can then be heard sobbing toward the end of the seven-minute call.

“I can’t believe I did this,” Phelps said. “Oh God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?”

According to the couple’s posts on Facebook, the two were married Nov. 13 of last year, News & Observer reported.

Phelps, who did not have a past record, will make his first court appearance Tuesday. A jail spokesman said Phelps is at  Wake County jail without bail.

Car gets stuck, catches fire after rear-ending semi on I-70 

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

Staff Photo/Joey Bryant
Staff Photo/Joey Bryant

Two people were injured when a car that rear-ended a semi on I-70 got stuck and caught fire early Thursday morning.

Around 1:45 a.m., a car rear-ended the semi in the middle lane of westbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 42, trooper said. The car became stuck, and the semi dragged the car for a couple hundred feet.

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The semi driver was able to pull off to the right shoulder, at which point the car caught fire.

The driver and passenger of the car were able to escape before the car became fully engulfed. They were taken to Soin Medical Center with minor injuries, trooper said.

The car driver will be cited with failure to maintain distance. It’s unknown if the driver was impaired, troopers said.

The driver of the semi was not injured. Contents from the semi were being loaded onto another semi.

The right lane was closed while troopers investigated the crash.