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Family of Springfield homicide victim asks public to help investigation

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 9:48 PM

Jeffery Rife was shot over the weekend. He is the City of Springfield's first homicide victim of 2017.

The family of Springfield's first homicide victim this year is in disbelief that their loved one is gone. 

Jeffery Rife, 36, was fatally shot early Saturday morning in the 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue. 

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Another man, Ronald McElroy, 43, was also shot on South Clairmont Avenue. He suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg, according to Springfield police. 

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An argument escalated into the shooting that killed Rife and injured McElroy, Springfield Police Division Lt. Jeffery Meyer said. 

Investigators have interviewed several witnesses, he said, but they haven't made an arrest. 

"What they did, they took somebody special. I can't live with this, I feel like I'm in a terrible nightmare," said Patricia Rife, the mother of Jeffery Rife. 

Jeffery Rife's teenage daughter and older brother agreed. They all said Jeffery Rife was a well-loved man who valued life and family. 

Both the family and police have asked anyone who has information to come forward. The Springfield Police Division can be reached at 937-324-7680 or 937-324-7716.

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Daryl vs. Darryl: Dayton City Commission candidates square off before May election

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 9:00 PM

Moderator Jim Otte talks with Dayton City Commission candidate Darryl Fairchild while moderator Etana Jacobi talks with candidate Daryl Ward.
Moderator Jim Otte talks with Dayton City Commission candidate Darryl Fairchild while moderator Etana Jacobi talks with candidate Daryl Ward.

Daryl Ward and Darryl Fairchild have some things in common. They are both pastors of more than 30 years who are running as Democrats to be the next Dayton city commissioner.

On May 8, Dayton voters will elect one of the two to serve as the newest city commissioner, replacing Joey Williams, who resigned two months ago.

Despite the similarities, Ward and Fairchild at a Tuesday debate tried to show the public that there are important differences in their core priorities and that they are the best person for the job.

Fairchild, the manager of chaplain services at Dayton Children’s Hospital, portrays himself as a strong voice and advocate for the city’s neighborhoods, which he says have been overlooked and desperately need a comprehensive revitalization plan.

Fairchild said unlike his opponent, he’ll be ready to lead from “day No. 1” because of his experience in community organizing, nonprofit work and what he says is a thorough understanding of the political process and main issues facing the city.

Ward, the senior pastor at Omega Baptist Church, depicted himself as a a servant of the community who has a special talent for working with people to get things done.

He said he is running for office because he cares deeply about the community and understands how collaboration can fix Dayton’s pressing problems. He said education is the largest problem outside of City Hall.

“I work hard at what I do,” he said. He later said, “I can bring hope, I can bring light and I’ve done that throughout my career in Dayton.”

Ward and Fairchild talked about their views and plans if elected during a wide-ranging debate at Stivers School for the Arts.

The event, which drew more than 150 visitors, was sponsored by the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and Radio and the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.

Ward said he will fight for the city and people of Dayton that he loves. He didn’t offer many specifics about what he might do on the commission.

But he said he has the determination and work ethic to make a difference.

Darryl Fairchild running for Dayton Commission

And he said he would work closely with commissioners to come up with ways to improve neighborhoods and would collaborate with the Dayton Public Schools to improve the quality of local education.

“We have to work together to bring hope — I really believe in this place,” he said.

He said he doesn’t have all the answers but will bring citizens together to figure out solutions to problems like hunger in the community and disinvestment in west Dayton.

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Fairchild said the current commission acts in lockstep and he would be the independent voice the commission needs to bring new ideas and spark healthy debate.

Many city neighborhoods are in rough shape because because the city does not have a clear vision and plan for their revitalization and reinvestment, said Fairchild.

Daryl Ward running for Dayton Commission

“People don’t want to invest in Dayton primarily because they don’t know where we’re going,” he said. “We have a great plan for downtown, but that’s only 7 percent of our whole city. What about the other 93 percent?”

Fairchild said he would be an accessible elected leader. He accused the city of putting up roadblocks when constituents come to air grievances.

Fairchild said too many people don’t feel safe in their neighborhoods and don’t believe their neighborhoods are a good place to raise a family.

“That is unacceptable to me,” he said. “When I’m elected, I’ll bring urgency to address these issues, and I’ll be a champion for our residents and neighborhoods.”

Other topics on Tuesday night included Good Samaritan Hospital’s closure and food access.

An audience member asked the candidates if they would be willing to stand up to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, if needed.

Ward said he is willing to work with, and willing to stand up against, anyone if need be.

Fairchild said he is willing to speak truth to power and stand up for what’s right, even if it’s unpopular.

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New tax law may allow early filers to obtain extra money 

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

New tax law may allow early filers to obtain extra money

If you filed your taxes before Feb. 9th of this year, there is a chance you may be able to obtain extra money thanks to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. 

Enacted on the 9th, the new tax law extended the date for many benefits, including a mortgage insurance deduction. 

Both private mortgage insurance (PMI) and mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) are included in this deduction (but not homeowners or hazard insurance), which was recently added to the tax code by state governments. 

A tuition & fees deduction, home energy credit, energy-efficient vehicle credit, and energy-efficient vehicle charging station credit were also recently added to the tax code because of the Bipartisan act. 

Tax experts say those who filed taxes on their own may be unaware of these breaks, but can file an amended return within a three year time frame.  

Amended returns can only be filed by mail, and may take up to 16 weeks for processing. 

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Darke County Jail officers overcome when exposed to unknown white powder

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 7:13 PM

Jail bars.
Jail bars.

A criminal investigation has started into an incident at the Darke County Jail that sent four corrections officers to a hospital Tuesday after they were exposed to a white, powdery substance that fell from the possession of a man who was being booked into the facility.

The four officers have been treated at Wayne Healthcare and released. The man at the center of the incident also was treated at the same hospital. He has been released to the Ohio Adult Parole Authority.

Some of the corrections officers exposed to the substance were treated with Narcan during the incident, according to a statement from the Darke County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker.

The incident began when Greenville police brought Stephen A. Garner Jr., 37, to the jail about 1 p.m. so he could be booked into the facility on a violation. 

While being searched, multiple plastic baggies containing a white, powdery substance dropped from Garner's body. 

He attempted to retrieve the items from the floor while corrections officers ordered him to stop, exposing himself and the officers to the substance. 

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Deputies and corrections officers were able to secure Garner in a holding cell after the incident. 

The corrections officers who were exposed began feeling ill, Whittaker said. Garner lapsed into unconscious and became unresponsive. 

Greenville Twp. Fire and Rescue was dispatched. 

The jail was locked down and out of service for approximately 2 hours during the investigation and decontamination process.

No other inmates were at risk.

Samples of the substance will be sent to the crime lab for processing and identification, Whittaker said. 

Once the investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the county prosecutor for review.

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Chicken sold at Sam’s Club stores recalled because of contamination fears

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:36 PM

Approximately 100,000 pounds of chicken products sold in Sam’s Club stores nationwide are being recalled because  of contamination. 

The Tony Downs Food Company, Inc., in Minnesota is recalling at least 96,384 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday afternoon. 

The thermally processed, commercially sterile canned chunk chicken breast items were produced Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, 2017. 

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The following products are subject to recall: 

 * 12.5-ounce cans in a case containing 6 pack of "Member's Mark Premium Natural Chunk Chicken Breast in Water" with lot code 17333, case code 9816 and a use-by date of Nov. 29, 2020. 

 * 50-ounce cans in a case containing 6 cans of "Member's Mark Food Service Premium Natural Chunk Chicken Breast in Water" with lot code 17332, case code 9817 and a use-by date of Nov. 28, 2019. 

These products bear establishment number "P-65" inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The problem was discovered March 27 after the firm received two consumer complaints regarding extraneous material contamination. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions because of consumption of these products. 

Consumers who have purchased these products and are concerned about injury or illness should contact their health providers. 

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and to return them to the place of purchase. 

If you have questions about the recall, you can call 507-642-3203, ext. 1302. 

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-674-6854 is available in English and Spanish and can be reached 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern) Monday through Friday. 

Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed at www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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