Xenia schools hope third time is charm for construction issue

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 2:32 PM


            Xenia’s bond issue calls for replacing the 1962 Warner Middle School (above) and 1976 Xenia High School with a single building to be constructed at Ohio 42 and Ledbetter Road. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Xenia’s bond issue calls for replacing the 1962 Warner Middle School (above) and 1976 Xenia High School with a single building to be constructed at Ohio 42 and Ledbetter Road. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Xenia Schools will be back on the ballot Aug. 8, asking voters a third time for the local share of money to construct a new combination middle school/high school building.

The bond issue on the ballot will be the same 4.2-mill, 37-year measure that voters rejected by a 7 percentage point margin in May. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $147 per year.

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Xenia Superintendent Denny Morrison said the school board got significant public feedback after the May vote not to be discouraged and to try again.

“We’re going to try to do a door-to-door campaign, and explain what this plan means, not just for Xenia schools, but for the entire community,” said Morrison, who retires July 31, eight days before the vote. “We have so many good things happening that we want to continue the momentum.”

The proposal calls for replacing the 1962 Warner Middle School and 1976 Xenia High School with a single building to be constructed at Ohio 42 and Ledbetter Road. The state-required evaluation of the two existing buildings called them both “borderline,” the middle rating out of three.

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The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission would pay for 40 percent of the project if Xenia voters agree to raise the rest via this bond issue. The current OFCC funding cycle expires after the August election. OFCC officials said Xenia could still qualify for state funding after that time if they passed a levy, but the funding percentage could shift.

“The $28.5 million that the state is offering now is contingent on the passage of the bond issue to fund our local share,” Morrison said.

Camden on the ballot

The only other levies expected on the Aug. 8 ballot are a pair of renewal levies in the Preble County village of Camden.

Preble County Board of Elections Director Terri Hans said Camden officials filed a 6-mill renewal police levy and a 4-mill renewal levy for general operating expenses. Hans said the Board of Elections is scheduled to certify those levies to the ballot next week.

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Driver injured in single-vehicle accident in Miamisburg

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 7:24 PM

Driver injured in single-vehicle accident in Miamisburg

A 54-year-old driver has been taken to a hospital after slamming his sedan into a utility pole in the 700 block of North Heincke Road in Miamisburg.

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Police said the man's injuries appear to be minor. He has been cited for failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle. 

Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash, police said. 

Police and a medic unit were dispatched about 6:25 p.m. on the report of an injury accident.

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Family of Medway man killed on Tecumseh Road files wrongful death suit

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 4:15 PM
Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 4:49 PM

Crash victim's family files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a man struck and killed on Tecumseh Road nearly a year ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the SUV state troopers have alleged hit him.

Lawrence J. Mason, 45, of Medway, allegedly was struck and killed by a silver 2015 Dodge Durango on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to a state patrol crash report. Mason was standing on the east shoulder of North Tecumseh Road in Bethel Twp. near U.S. 40 when he was hit, a crash report says, and the vehicle allegedly fled the scene.

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The vehicle was determined to be owned by Eliot J. Baggs of Springfield and the SUV had damage to the right front of the vehicle, according to a crash report. Baggs previously declined to comment about the crash to the Springfield News-Sun and neither him nor his wife, Kristine Baggs, could be reached for comment on Friday.

Jordyn N. Mason is the daughter of the crash victim and the administrator of his estate. She filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Clark County Common Pleas court on Aug. 11.

She has sued Eliot and Kristine Baggs, seeking medical and burial costs, and other damages in excess of $25,000.

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The lawsuit alleges Eliot and/or Kristine Baggs, “fled the scene of the accident without checking on (Lawrence Mason’s) welfare and/or notifying authorities until two days later; and even then have failed to be forthcoming with information and/or cooperate with the investigation of this incident.”

Lt. Brian Aller with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash investigation has been turned over to investigators at the patrol’s headquarters in Columbus. The state investigators declined to comment because it remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed in the case at this time.

Lawrence Mason’s daughter and other family members have suffered mental and emotional anguish caused by his traumatic death, the lawsuit alleges.

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“Plaintiff Jordyn N. Mason suffered damages for the loss of his society of his life expectancy, including loss of companionship, consortium, care, assistance, attention, protection, joys, advice, guidance, counsel, instruction, training and education,” the lawsuit says.

Jordyn Mason declined to comment and her attorney, Kenneth Ignozzi, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Steve Bannon out as White House strategist

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 12:48 PM
Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

Steve Bannon Removed as White House Chief Strategist

Almost exactly one year after Steve Bannon left his position as executive chair of the conservative website Breitbart News in favor of joining Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the 63-year-old is leaving the White House.

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The White House confirmed in a statement that Friday would be Bannon’s last day as part of the administration.

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3rd arrest in a month at popular Beavercreek night spot

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 5:11 PM
Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 7:40 PM

3rd arrest in a month at popular Beavercreek night spot

Police in Beavercreek responded to another disturbance at Caddy's Tap House early Friday and the subsequent arrest is the third in a month at the popular night spot.

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Jonah Lernon Bryant Fugate, 21, of Englewood, was taken to Jail about 1:30 a.m. and is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after a fight broke out in the bar, at 2760 Towne Drive in Beavercreek. 

Fugate has been released from jail and permanently banned from the establishment, according to a supplemental police incident report.

Jonah Fugate (Courtesy/Fairborn police)

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The 19-year-old victim told officers some guys were "messing with his girlfriend" and when he said something to them, the group attacked him with punches and kicks, according to the police report. 

The suspect denied hitting the victim and told police it was somebody else, but he was arrested after the victim's girlfriend identified him as the one who threw the first punch.

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It was the third incident at the bar in recent weeks that's hit the news. 

On Aug. 15, police responded to a fight at Caddy's and ended up arresting one of the bouncers, 39-year-old Dale S. Williams, for an alleged assault on an 18-year-old female. 

Williams, who was charged with misdemeanor assault, remains on suspension from the club. 

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On July 30, former University of Dayton Flyers basketball player Sam Miller was arrested at Caddy's for disorderly conduct. Police said Miller is accused of pushing a female bartender and acting belligerently in the back of a Beavercreek police cruiser while on the way to jail. 

Police said they don't consider Caddy's to be a problem spot, but there are increased patrols and responses to disturbances during what's considered college night on Thursdays, when patrons 18-and-up are welcomed.