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Dayton City Commission director retires, replaced by Whaley aide

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 3:41 PM


            Kery Gray, shown here, is retiring and will be replaced by Ariel Walker as director of the Dayton City Commission Office. FILE
Kery Gray, shown here, is retiring and will be replaced by Ariel Walker as director of the Dayton City Commission Office. FILE

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has announced that Ariel Walker will replace Kery Gray as director of the City Commission Office.

Gray, who is retiring, attended his last commission meeting Wednesday. He has worked for the city for about three decades.

Walker started with the city in 2008 in the Office of Management and Budget and served as the assistant to the city manager. She became Whaley’s senior policy aide in 2014.

“Ariel has been essential to the success of programs like the City of Learners, the passage of Issue 9, and the Investing in Manufacturing Communities federal designation,” said Whaley in a statement.

Gray worked in the management and budget office and purchasing before running the commission office.

Gray was extremely knowledgeable and a valuable resource for city commissioners who was not afraid to speak up when he felt the leadership got something wrong, the commissioners said.

Gray always made himself available to answer questions — at all hours of the day and night — and was a hard worker and important voice in the community, they said.

“I have really appreciated your depth of knowledge of this organization and its history and how that effects how we move forward,” said Dayton Commissioner Chris Shaw.

Gray and his husband, Tim Walsh, were the first gay couple to get married in Dayton after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize same-sex weddings in 2015. Gray and Walsh may have been the first gay couple to legally wed in Ohio.

At Wednesday’s commission meeting, Gray thanked the city commission, past elected leaders and residents for giving him “the most extraordinary opportunities to be of service to my fellow citizens.”

But he also reeled off a list of city employees who are also retiring and said they deserved recognition for their contributions in public service.

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Man taken without incident in police standoff in Fairborn 

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Fairborn Stand off

Police have taken a man into custody after assaulting a female Sunday afternoon in Fairborn.

SWAT crews were called to the scene after the man barricaded himself in the home located in the 2200 block of Gierson Place, police said.

The man was taken without incident.

No other details are immediately available, according to a press release.

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Passenger ejected from car on I-75 being treated for life-threatening injuries

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:18 PM

UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.:

A car rolled over multiple times, ejecting a rear passenger during a single-vehicle accident on I-75 northbound near mile marker 78, Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed.

The person was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital for life-threatening injuries.

Police are currently investigating what caused the accident.

The northbound center and left lanes are closed, but should reopen within the next half hour, OSP said. 

FIRST REPORT:

An accident on I-75 northbound near mile marker 78 has caused at least one person to be ejected, Miami County dispatch confirmed.

Scanner reports indicated the car rolled over several times and injuries could be fatal.

We are working to learn more and will update this story with more details as they become available.

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Deputies find community corrections center escapees

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:14 PM

Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)
Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)

The two prisoners that escaped from the Community Correctional Center near Lebanon were found earlier today.

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Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, the two prisoners who escaped Saturday night, were found around 3 p.m. by deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, according to Warren County Dispatch.

They have been re-booked into Warren County Jail, dispatch said.

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Semi-truck hits barrier wall on I-70 in Huber Heights 

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 1:10 PM



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UPDATE @2:03 p.m.:

A semi-truck traveling westbound on I-70 hit the side of the barrier wall near OH-202 this afternoon.

Initially, Huber Heights city dispatch reported the driver was injured, but city police on scene said the driver was not hurt. 

The wreckage has been cleared and traffic is moving normally, police said.

FIRST REPORT:

A semi-truck has crashed into a wall near OH-202 in Huber Heights, city dispatch confirmed. 

The crash has resulted in an injury, dispatch said. 

We are on our way to the scene and will update with further details. 

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