Would you vote to raise driver’s license fees? State may let you decide

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:38 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:38 PM

Would you pay $140 plate fee to avoid state gas taxes?

If counties want to increase vehicle registration fees to help pay for roads and bridges, it won’t be easy.

The Senate Transportation Committee decided Monday that local voter approval should be required before counties can levy an additional $5 fee on vehicle registrations. The committee also agreed to change how gas tax revenues are allocated to local road and bridge projects so that an additional $24 million a year is generated.

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Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Frank LaRose, R-Copley, said he expects to take testimony on House Bill 26 early this week and put the measure up for a full floor vote as early as Wednesday.

The bill prescribes how Ohio will spend $7.82 billion on transportation over the next two years. The revenue comes from fees, federal highway money and the state gas tax, which has stood at 28 cents per gallon since July 2005.

The House voted 83-13 in favor of the legislation on March 1. Once the Senate approves its version, the bill will return to the House for agreement or rejection of Senate changes.

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The bill would allow deputy registrars who run the state’s approximately 200 Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices to charge $1.75 more for transactions.

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‘Miracle baby’ takes first steps after surviving double-fatal crash

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

'Miracle baby' survives double-fatal crash

A 14-month-old, the lone survivor of a crash that killed two family members, escaped the wreckage with only a few scrapes.

The baby, Harlyn, was in her car seat when a pickup truck went off State Route 380, flipped, and slammed into a tree on a local campground. Her grandfather, 49-year-old Carl Perry and great grandmother, 73-year-old Linda Davis, were killed.

>> RELATED: Child survives double fatal crash in Greene County; victims identified 

Not only did Harlyn escape with only a few scratches, her family said after getting home from the hospital Saturday night, she walked for the first time.

“Thankful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel,” said Trey Culp, Harlyn’s father.

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Lynn Perry, whose husband and mother were killed in the crash, said Harlyn is a “miracle baby.”

The family is now seeking answers after two members of their family were killed.

“They were both great people and they shouldn’t have been taken out of the world like this,” Kia Coates said.

911 call: Woman’s shooting death was accidental

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 3:22 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:28 PM

Woman's death investigated as homicide

UPDATE @9:30 p.m.

In a 911 call, a caller stated a gun accidentally went off, and a woman had been hit.

“We were trying to unload this gun, and it went off, and it hit her in the shoulder,” the 911 caller states.

A dispatcher asked the caller if it was an accident, and the 911 caller said it was.

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The victim, Eileen Jones, 30, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The coroner’s office said an official ruling has not been made, but a Dayton police report lists the dead as a felony homicide/murder investigation.

We are working to learn if a suspect has been taken into custody. 

This story will be updated as we learn more.

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UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.

The death of a 30-year-old Dayton woman is a homicide, Dayton police said.

The shooting was reported around 1 a.m. in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue.

The victim, who was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital, has been identified as Eileen Jones.

There is no information about a suspect or whether any arrests have been made.

FIRST REPORT

There has been a reported shooting in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue, per initial reports.

Crews were dispatched to the incident  just before 3 a.m. on Sunday.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and are working to learn more details. 

Local county now letting women inmates pick up trash on side of road

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

Clark County female jail inmates now help clean trash from county roadways.

Women inmates at the Clark County Jail are being given the opportunity to pick up trash on the side of the road.

Previously, only men inmates were allowed to pick up trash while women inmates earned credit on their jail time by working in the laundry.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said gender roles are outdated and now the women inmates can labor on the side of the road, too.

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“We are picking up trash on the side of the highway to make Clark County look better,” inmate Jennifer Scott said. “We do I-70, Route 4 and sometimes when the weather is to0 bad we will go to the dog shelter and help out.”

Scott is a non-violent criminal who was sentenced to jail after a probation violation. She said getting out of the jail for a few hours can be a big morale booster.

“I think its a great opportunity for some of the girls,” she said. “I think it could be a way for women to change their lifestyle.”

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Scott said she has picked up a lot of beer cans and bottles on the side of the road and more clothes than she expected. The garbage on the side of the road is bad for the environment, Scott said, and an eye-sore for the county. Her experience picking up trash will lead to her being more thoughtful, she said.

“It is going to make me think twice before I throw stuff out my window,” she said.

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Overall, Scott said the goal is to get out as soon as possible and be a better person after the stay in jail.

“When we walk out of here we will change our lives and be productive members of society,” she said.

Pregnant woman fatally shot by boyfriend trying to end relationship, police say

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:39 PM

A man fatally shot his pregnant girlfriend in an attempt to end the relationship, police say. (Photo: Fox13Memphis.com)
A man fatally shot his pregnant girlfriend in an attempt to end the relationship, police say. (Photo: Fox13Memphis.com)

A man fatally shot his pregnant girlfriend Saturday in an attempt to end the relationship, police said.

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Keosha Miller, 22, was shot around around 6:59 p.m. in the Faronia Square Townhomes, Memphis police said. 

Brandon Freeman was seen by witnesses, fleeing the residence at a high rate of speed, police said. The witnesses called Freeman to check and see if he was OK. He told them "some random guys tried to shoot he and his girlfriend."

Freeman later returned to the scene and moved evidence there, police said. 

Freeman later admitted to police that he shot and killed Miller because he was unsure if she was pregnant with his baby and it was the easiest way he could think of to get out of the relationship.

“There are a number of things you could’ve done to get out of that relationship. You got abortion and a number of things other than taking a baby’s life,” a neighbor said. 

Memphis police told FOX13 that Miller was three months pregnant when she was shot and killed by Freeman. The fetus did not survive the shooting.

Freeman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder; he is scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.