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 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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Missing Florida teen considered in danger, may be with man she met on Facebook

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

Victoria Stites
Palm Bay Police Department

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Florida teen who is missing and considered to be in danger.

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Victoria Stites, of Palm Bay, is 19, but her mental capacity is lower than her age, Palm Bay police say. She is possibly traveling to Jamaica, New York, with a man she met on Facebook.

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She was last seen Saturday leaving her Palm Bay home, north of Vero Beach, wearing a green shirt and black jeans, and carrying a purple duffel bag. 

She has blonde/brown hair and brown eyes. She is about 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 to 140 pounds. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-423-TIPS. 


VIDEO: Cruiser rolls away from Miami County deputy during traffic stop

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:04 PM

A Miami County Sheriff’s deputy was in pursuit of his cruiser Saturday morning after it got away during a traffic stop. 

The cruiser traveled backward around 11 a.m. on Ohio 718 and into the intersection with South Dorset Road in Concord Twp. near Troy. 

The deputy sprinted and was able to hop into the moving vehicle and stop the cruiser before it hit anyone or anything. 

The sheriff’s office said they were aware of the incident, but the deputy’s name and whether he will face disciplinary action was not released.

An iWitness7 viewer shared a video of the incident. The video shot by Brenden Besecker shows the cruiser rolling backwards into the South Dorset Road intersection.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office said they were aware of the incident, but we’re still working to learn the deputy’s name and whether he will face any disciplinary action.

Deputies: Naked, bloody man is suspect in Jefferson Twp. hammer attack

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 10:11 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.

A man was taken into custody tonight after employees at a wastewater treatment facility in Jefferson Twp. reported a naked, bloody man was trespassing.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:30 p.m. to Clean Water Ltd., 300 Cherokee Drive, and determined the trespasser was the suspect in an earlier felonious assault in the township. Deputies with the assistance of Trotwood and Dayton police searched the complex and were able to find him. They took the suspect into custody without incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded around 6:15 p.m. to an assault in the 20 block of South Northampton Avenue after one person hit another in the head with a hammer, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect -- later identified as the man trespassing at the wastewater treatment  plant -- fled and the victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The names of the suspect arrested and the victim were not released.

Deputies said the incidents remain under investigation.


One person was taken into custody tonight after a report of a bloody and naked man at a wastewater treatment facility in Jefferson Twp.

The incident was reported around 7:30 p.m. at Clean Water Ltd, 300 Cherokee Drive, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. 

It's not clear why the man was bloody and nude, nor why he showed up at the business. 

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies took one person from the scene to the county jail. 

We are working to learn more about the incident.

No fish tale: Centerville man catches 50-inch muskie

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 9:05 PM

Cole Menker of Centerville caught a 50-inch muskellunge

Wow! That’s a big fish.

Centerville resident Cole Menker caught this 50-inch muskellunge “muskie” Saturday morning at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County.

“Haven’t caught a lot of musk in my life but he looks like he’s a high 40,” Menker said in a Facebook video on his page before catching the fish on an eight-pound line.

Menker was fishing with his brother C.J. Menker on their late mother’s birthday.

“She must have thrown one down from heaven,” Cole Menker said in his social media post.

The brothers have been fishing and hunting since they were young. On Saturday, they were practicing for an upcoming Mid-Ohio Saugeye Trail fish tournament when the muskie, a type of Pike, caught Menker’s hook.

After posing for pictures, Menker threw the fish back into the water.