What will happen to the historic Station Road schoolhouse? Township, would-be owners, neighbors involved

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:07 PM

Community Montessori School in Olde West Chester had hoped to purchase the historic Station Road Schoolhouse property (pictured) on Station Road. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Community Montessori School in Olde West Chester had hoped to purchase the historic Station Road Schoolhouse property (pictured) on Station Road. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Despite a Butler County judge’s ruling, the battle over the historic Station Road schoolhouse continues, with the owners of the Community Montessori School filing an appeal with the 12th District Court of Appeals in their quest to acquire the building.

“We’ve appealed, and we’re continuing to move it forward,” Montessori school owner Todd Minniear told this news organization. “We still want it (the schoolhouse).”

West Chester Twp. was poised to sell the old school to the Minniears for $250,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit the school owners filed. However, some neighbors who oppose the sale intervened in the lawsuit and convinced Magistrate Justin Lane and Common Pleas Judge Jennifer Muench-McElfresh the lawsuit was moot.

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The township’s zoning board of appeals nixed the sale last summer due to traffic and other concerns, and the Minniears filed an administrative appeal in the common pleas court. In December, Lane nullified the Minniears’ appeal because it was filed under a corporate name by Minniear, and he is not an attorney and couldn’t legally file the appeal.

“The court finds that the notice of appeal in this matter is a nullity and strikes it from the record,” Lane wrote.

The Minniears hired an attorney, Jay Bennett, at the end of November. During the hearing last month he told the magistrate the situation doesn’t have the same set of circumstances that the rules about corporations and lawsuits were designed to prevent.

“I believe to totally dismiss that, if that is where the court is leaning, would be incredibly harsh,” Bennett said. “I understand the rule about not allowing corporate entities to represent themselves, but when we’re talking about corporate entities, we’re talking about shareholders and officers and boards of directors and those types of things. My client is J. Lyn Properties.”

The township trustees agreed to sell the schoolhouse to the Minniears — who plan to put an addition on the building to expand their school programs — because they said it is a “money pit” and a drain on township resources.

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Neighbors opposed the sale, and some — like those who intervened in the lawsuit — want to see it turned into a historical museum.

Tim Mara, the attorney representing the intervening neighbors, said those neighbors are weighing their options and should have a decision on how they will proceed by week’s end.

“I suspect we will do something, there are some alternative courses of action available to us,” he said. “We haven’t made a decision yet.”

Township spokesperson Barb Wilson said West Chester has no involvement in the appeal.

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Steve Wilkos admits to lying about car crash, arrested on DUI charge

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

Steve Wilkos, ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ Former Security Guard, Lied About Car Crash

Steve Wilkos, a former security guard on “The Jerry Springer Show,” admitted that he lied about what really happened in a January car crash in Connecticut.

At the time of the Jan. 21 crash, Wilkos told TMZ he crashed after becoming distracted while reaching for his glasses. Just one month later, he confessed to the tabloid that he made the story up and admitted that the crash happened as a result of him driving under the influence of alcohol.

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In January, Wilkos struck several poles and a tree before his vehicle rolled over. He was hospitalized and treated for minor injuries before being released. No other injuries were reported at the time.

People reported that Wilkos turned himself in on Wednesday after learning the Darien Police Department had a warrant out for his arrest. A news release from the Darien Police Department said a judge set bail for the TV talk show host at $1,500, which Wilkos posted that day and was released. The publication reports that his blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was .29 percent, which is over the legal limit.

Following the arrest, Wilkos issued a statement to TMZ.

“Over the course of my life, I have been struggling with bouts of depression and on the day of my accident, I had a complete lapse in judgment which resulted in me drinking and getting behind the wheel of my car,” the statement said. “This experience reinforces my commitment to get the professional help that I need and I have recently completed an intensive medically supervised program.”

Wilkos is set to appear in court March 5.

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Flood watch continues for southern Miami Valley until Sunday morning

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

Flooding threat continues as more rain is on the way.

Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton, Clark, Greene, Wayne, Montgomery, Preble, Warren and Butler

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Highest Wind gusts this morning: 

Wilmington 33MPH

Dayton Wright Bros Airport 31MPH

Dayton International Airport 29MPH 

Butler Co Regional Airport 28MPH

Wright Patt 25MPH


  • Briefly dry tonight
  • Rain returns, heavy at times Friday
  • On and off rain, some thunder Saturday 
5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

>>Record-breaking warmth this week 


THIS EVENING: Skies will be mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the middle 40s. 

TONIGHT: Skies will remain mostly cloudy. Temperatures will drop to near 40 degrees by morning. Rain will arrive around daybreak.

>>5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times in the morning. Temperatures will climb to near 60 degrees.

SATURDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. A few thunderstorms possible. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s. Flooding will be possible in low-lying and flood-prone areas.


SUNDAY: Early morning rain. Flooding will be possible in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Rain will end with clouds clearing in the afternoon. It will be windy and a bit cooler with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

>>County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: Sunshine returns. Breezy with highs in the lower 50s. 

TUESDAY: Sunny and mild with highs in the lower 50s.

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Company warns of Instant Pot overheating, melting

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 4:07 PM

Instant Pot is warning customers after it received some reports that its Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker (pictured) overheats and melts.
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Instant Pot is warning customers after it received some reports that its Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker (pictured) overheats and melts.(Instant Pot)

Instant Pot is warning customers of a potential hazard in one of its cooker models.

WTSP reported Thursday that the company made a post on Facebook Sunday saying it has received “a small number of reports” that its Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker overheats, causing melting.

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“We believe the problem only affects batchcodes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746. To verify the 4-digit batchcode, locate the silver label on the underside of the product,” the company said in the post. “The batchcode is the 4-digit number located at the bottom right of the label. We want you to know that we take any problem with our products extremely seriously as safety and quality are our primary concern, and we are working cooperatively with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).”

The company asked customers with the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker from batchcodes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746 to stop using the product immediately.

Customers with this model who have questions can call the Instant Pot customer care team at 1-800-828-7280.

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Miami University suspends all frat activity after reports of hazing

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:07 PM

Michael Curme, dean of students at Miami University, led a rare public meeting Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at the school’s Shriver Center. More than 120 students came to listen and to offer input on how the Butler County school might curb alcohol abuse on and off campus. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Michael Curme, dean of students at Miami University, led a rare public meeting Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at the school’s Shriver Center. More than 120 students came to listen and to offer input on how the Butler County school might curb alcohol abuse on and off campus. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Miami University President Gregory P. Crawford has announced that the school has suspended all fraternity activities on campus after several reports of hazing.

The Interfraternity Council has suspended the 2018 new member period as the university immediately begins investigating reports of misconduct, according to officials at the university.

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“Reports of hazing that lead us to take this action are antithetical to the pillars of Greek life; we who uphold those pillars will not tolerate behaviors in violation of them,” the university said in a release. “We know those behaviors are not indicative of the majority of Miami Greek students. Yet, the Greek community has an active stance against hazing and we must act for the betterment of individuals and the whole.”

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The university has struggled over the past year with incidents involving alcohol and substance abuse on campus. Crawford made it clear in his statement that the university will not tolerate hazing and is ready to help any student that is having trouble with abuse.

“Miami University does not tolerate hazing. We have demonstrated our resolve to act decisively with serious sanctions against acts of hazing. Following several allegations of hazing in recent days, we are equally resolved to protect the safety of our students. We have shared our concerns with Miami’s Interfraternity Council and national fraternal organizations, and are working with them to respond appropriately,” Crawford said.

MORE: Coroner: Miami student died from complications of alcohol consumption

The Interfraternity Council will be allowed to proceed with the initiation of all new members by Friday, but the investigation into hazing will be dealt with beyond that date.

“We are investigating multiple reports of misconduct involving hazing and have shared those reports with Oxford Police, because hazing is a criminal act. We are determined to hold the responsible organizations and individuals accountable. In addition, at least six national fraternal organizations have filed cease-and-desist orders against their Miami University chapters, pending an investigation.,” Crawford said.

MORE: Miami: Surge in drinking hospitalizations reflects student reporting

If anyone suspects or knows of any occurrences of dangerous behavior or student misconduct they are being asked to report it to Miami University Police at 513-529-2222, or Oxford police at 513-524-5240, or to local law enforcement if the incident is away from Oxford.

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