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Dayton installs 1st of 5 fixed-site speed, red light cameras

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 4:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 1:37 AM

Traffic cameras return

The city of Dayton has installed two speed cameras at North Keowee Street between East Third and East Fifth streets, which is the first of five sites across the city to permanently get the photo enforcement technology.

Starting today, the city will issue warnings to motorists who are caught on camera speeding on Keowee Street.

In 30 days, speeders will no longer get warnings — they’ll receive fines. The city, using mobile speed cameras, have already issued more than 10,000 citations to motorists since Nov. 1.

“After the warning period, citations will be issued to the registered owner of a vehicle photographed violating the speed limit,” the city said in a release. “Every potential violation is reviewed by a Dayton Police Department officer, and a citation will only be issued if there is clear evidence of a violation.”

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The city is installing fixed cameras at five sites across the city. The other four installations will happen later this year, followed by 30-day warning periods.

Dayton police also use six handheld speed cameras to capture speeding violations, which they can deploy virtually anywhere in the city.

The department also has two mobile speed enforcement trailers that right now are parked on Riverside Drive and North James H. McGee Boulevard.

Police said the trailers have helped lead to a decrease in crashes on those roadways and has led to safer driving behaviors.

Police say the trailers will be moved to Stanley Avenue and Troy Street. They say trailer locations are based on crash data.

Dayton police have issued 10,181 citations since restarting its photo enforcement program in October.

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Dayton police provided data showing the number of warnings and citations issued since the city restarted its photo enforcement program.

Riverside Drive (near Knecht Avenue)

Warnings:

October 2017: 10,702

Citations:

November 2017: 2,313

December 2017: 2,386

January 2018: 784

North James H. McGee Boulevard

Warnings:

October 2017: 8,521

Citations:

November 2017: 2,416

December 2017: 1,476

January 2018: 806

are monthly totals of warning or violation notices issued from the trailer locations since the program began in October 2017

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City’s $10 million loan to Dayton Arcade largest investment in 15 years

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

Aerial video view of the Dayton Arcade

The city of Dayton has agreed to loan $10 million to a partnership that is working to revive the Dayton Arcade.

It is one of the city’s largest economic development investments since the construction of the Schuster Center and the ballpark where the Dayton Dragons play. The loan was announced today at the Dayton City Commission meeting.

The Dayton Arcade rotunda. FILE(Staff Writer)

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The resurrection of the nine-building arcade complex would have the same kind of dramatic and far-reaching impact as the opening of Fifth Third Field in 2000 and the Schuster performing arts center three years later, which are among the main reasons why downtown welcomes about 7.2 million visitors annually, said Dayton officials and local economic development leaders.

 

“Much like Schuster, RiverScape and baseball, the arcade seeks to be catalytic because there is 1 million square feet of vacant space around it that already is in conversation with developers who are waiting to see what happens with the arcade,” said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.

She later said, “The city hasn’t invested in a project like this, to this level, in 15 years.”

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Most of the funding for the project has been secured, and if this plan does not succeed, it’s extremely unlikely there would be another opportunity like this again to bring the long-vacant complex back to life, officials said.

City officials said the arcade project would be another major downtown destination and would increase the tax base and be a magnet for new investment in that part of downtown.

A two-story interior section of the Third Street Dayton Arcade. The city of Dayton Friday pulled a request for $1 million in Montgomery County ED/GE funding to redevelop the arcade — but another funding request is expected in the spring. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

But officials also said the arcade’s innovation hub will have a programming presence in all corners of the city to ensure the entire community benefits from the project.

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The Dayton City Commission today will authorize the loan of up to $10 million to the Dayton Arcade LLC to help provide one of the last major pieces of funding for the first phase of the project, officials said.

The loan is part of a development agreement approved by commissioners with development team partners Cross Street PartnersModel Group and McCormack Baron Salazar.

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The city’s loan only will be “activated” if the development partners close on the project’s financing, which is expected to take place in August.

The loan will be interest-only for seven years. The city will internally borrow its own funds and repay that over seven years with economic development funds. At the end of seven years, the borrower will need to repay, refinance or reach another agreement about the loan.

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The funding means the city will have a “participatory” piece of the revenue generated by the arcade moving forward, said Diane Shannon, Dayton’s director of procurement, management and budget.

The interest on the loan will be the same return as the city would have earned had it left the funds invested, Shannon said.

Vinyl posters depicting a sleeping giant are covering the north entrance of the Dayton Arcade. CORNELIUS FROLIK/STAFF(Staff Writer)

“This keeps us active in the game for a seven-year period, and then we’ll have a day of reckoning,” she said.

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The development agreement approved today provides an early release of up to $2 million in funds to pay for demolition work inside the arcade to help obtain accurate construction bids. Internal demolition is expected to begin in early June, with bids being solicited the f0llowing month.

The loan is a big commitment for the city, but it was already invested in the project.

In 2015, the city of Dayton contributed about $450,000 for repairs and other work on the arcade to keep it dry and stable and prevent further deterioration. The city also agreed to contribute about $1 million to the project help pay for architectural, engineering and other professional services.

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The city also committed $2.5 million of its federal HOME dollars to help create new apartments inside the arcade.

The $1 million the city committed to professional services will be returned by the developer when the city brings the $10 million to the closing, officials said.

Aerial view of the Dayton Arcade rotunda. Six months after being denied state historic tax credits, the developers of the Dayton Arcade officially earned $5 million in incentives on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

The Dayton Arcade is a civic piece of real estate that has been expected to perform as a conventional piece of real estate, which is not financially feasible, said John Gower, urban design director at CityWide.

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“You have to bring all these other financing sources to the table, because you would never be able to debt finance this thing,” Gower said.

The arcade partners have been awarded tens of millions of dollars in low-income housing tax credits, new market tax credits, state and federal historic tax credits and other incentives.

Foremost, the arcade is going to create jobs and promote entrepreneurship, Gower said, but it also will provide affordable housing for young creative types and professionals and high-demand urban amenities, including restaurants and other retail.

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Report: Jared Kushner’s security clearance downgraded

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

Jared Kushner: "I did not collude with Russia."

Presidential adviser and son-in-law to the president Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded, according to media reports citing unnamed government sources.

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The downgrade means that Kushner, a senior presidential adviser and the husband of President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, will no longer have access to top secret, classified documents, according to CNN.

Kushner was not the only White House staffer affected by the move. In a memo sent last week, access for all staffers with an interim security clearance was also downgraded, according to media reports.

The move follows the resignation last month of former staff secretary Rob Porter amid allegations of domestic abuse by two former ex-wives. During the media storm that followed the Porter allegations, sources revealed that Porter, Kushner and dozens of other White House aides had regular access to top secret U.S. documents without permanent security clearances.

According to Politico, which first reported the story Tuesday, Kushner's clearance has been reduced to secret and his foreign policy responsibilities are expected to be reduced as well.

For months, Kushner has been unable to pass an extensive FBI background check, something that's required for top security clearances.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly moved this month to end the temporary clearances of staffers who have been operating under them since last summer, CNN reported.

White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner speaks during a conversation with Haim Saban at Saban Forum, December 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Kushner's attorney said in a statement that the change in security clearance would "not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president," Politico reported

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would not answer a question about Kushner's security clearance at Tuesday's briefing, but Kelly said last week in a statement that he expected Kushner to continue with his work without any trouble. 

"I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” Kelly said

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New device to help save lives in school shootings now available

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 10:26 PM

Local man invents device that could assist in school shootings

A new device was invented that could help save students' lives in a school shooting, according to News Center 7's Lauren Clark. 

Within the last 6 months, Chris Monturo - employee of the Miami Valley Crime Lab and owner of Lockdown EDU - has come up with a device that's meant to block windows so a shooter cannot look into a classroom or break the glass to get inside. "It's a simple device that simply hangs on the door and latches into place," said Monturo. "We can't rely on other people. We need to figure out what we can do." 

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Monturo's motivation is personal - his wife is a Kettering school teacher, and they have two sons in school at Centerville. "Situation arises... it gets mounted... it's on. Now the window is secured. Now no one can enter from the other side... break through that window... then unlock the door and get in," said Monturo. He knows, by now, that a school shooting can happen anywhere. 

This device could be a quick and effective addition to classrooms here in the Miami Valley and beyond, said Clark of News Center 7.  "Any other step, be it gun control or any other kind of large process like that, is not going to happen overnight. So, there are things that can happen overnight. So, that's what I'm trying to work for is - let's get something in place now instead of all that discussion,” said Monturo.

For more information about Lockdown EDU, or to purchase a device, visit https://lockdownedu.com.

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Spouse in Fairborn police standoff ID’d; Felony charges to be pursued

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 10:16 PM

Fairborn Stand off

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (May 22): A man who became the focus of a standoff with police Sunday, after his wife told police he used a sword to assault her in their home, remains in jail tonight. 

Anthony Dyamond Sr., 56, is in the Montgomery County Jail on a $50,000 bond on felony charges of felonious assault, tampering with evidence and inducing panic. 

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Fairborn police were dispatched to the home on Gierson Place just before 2 p.m. Sunday on a call about a domestic violence situation. 

Anthony Dyamond Sr. (Courtesy/Fairborn Police)

A woman called 9-1-1 to report that her husband used a sword to assault her. She left the residence and he remained inside. 

She was treated at hospital. He exited the residence, police said, after a brief standoff.

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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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