Highest-ranking black, female Dayton officer alleges discrimination

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 3:51 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 4:27 PM

Dayton police lawsuit

The highest-ranking black woman in the Dayton police department is suing the city for discriminatory employment practices. It’s the second lawsuit brought by a female officer in the past year.

In a federal lawsuit filed this week, Dayton police Lt. Kimberly Hill claims that the city declined to promote her because of her race, sex and her “desire to make changes to the racist tactics of the city of Dayton,” the lawsuit states.

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Hill’s lawsuit claims the city retaliated against her for trying to make real changes to improve police-community relations when she became commander of the Professional Standards Bureau.

Hill claims her subordinates in the department did not take her authority seriously because she is female.

The lawsuit says Hill was treated poorly for trying to ensure citizens’ complaints against police were responded to properly.

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Hill’s lawsuit is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

City of Dayton spokeswoman Toni Bankston said, “The city does not make comments regarding personnel matters or ongoing litigation.”

In October 2016, Dayton police Sgt. Tonina Lamanna sued the department for gender discrimination.

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Dayton’s U.S. District Court records show Lamanna claimed “ongoing ordeals” in the department for several years, including that she was not being hired to jobs for which she said she was the most qualified.

The suit — brought by the same attorney Hill hired — said that Lamanna was asked inappropriate gender-related questions such as “what she would do if she got pregnant” and if she “felt she was strong enough” to handle a canine.

Lamanna’s case is currently scheduled to go to trial in November 2018.

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Local police, firefighters escort body of fallen Highland County firefighter to coroner’s office

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

Firefighter's body escorted to morgue

Fire crews out of Highland County are thanking local first responders for escorting the body of a fallen firefighter.

Paint Creek Fire District firefighter Joe Patterson died in an accident Sunday afternoon. Patterson was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured. He was taken by MedFlight to Kettering Hospital, where he died.

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Branden Jackman, Paint Creek Joint EMS and Fire District spokesperson, said due to Highland County’s location between Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Patterson was taken to Kettering Hospital by MedFlight.

Patterson died from his injuries, and local first responders escorted his body from the hospital to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

“We can’t thank them enough,” Jackman said. “Dayton and Kettering really went above and beyond. We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts. It’s awesome to see the brotherhood kick in ... there are no department boundaries. At that point, we’re all firefighters.”

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Patterson had been with the district for three years. He was married and had step-children, Jackman said. 

“Joe was just one of those good-hearted people,” he said. “You never saw him mad. You never saw him upset. He was just a good-hearted person.

Memorial details have not been finalized.
Firefighter escorted to morgue after accident

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One man in jail after alleged domestic violence stabbing

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:21 PM

Stabbing reported in Dayton

A man was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence Sunday against Harry McBride, 27, according to a Dayton Police report.

Emanuel Porter, also 27, was arrested and booked into Montgomery County Jail.

Initial reports say there was a possible stabbing at 1906 Elsmere Avenue.

When crews arrived, neighbors were being combative and told them it wasn’t anything serious.

Porters next court date is set for Monday at 1:45 p.m. 

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Darke Co. Humane Society first felony animal cruelty conviction

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 7:22 PM

Man sentenced in animal cruelty felony case

The Darke County Humane Society (DCHS) has received their first felony Animal Cruelty Conviction, according to a release.

Robert Frazier of Ansonia, who was facing felony charges after a dog was found frozen to death behind a home in December 2017, plead guilty last Thursday in Darke County Court on a fifth degree felony charge of animal cruelty. 

Agent Wills of the Darke County Humane Society located the dog behind Frazier’s residence that was starved and frozen to death. Wills removed the dog and had it examined by a veterinarian to confirm his findings. 

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This is the first felony conviction the DCHS has been able to prosecute under the new Ohio Animal Cruelty Laws. 

Frazier was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and 16 days were credited for time served already. He reported to the Darke County Jail on Friday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. to serve the remaining 14 days. He was also ordered to pay restitution, a Veterinarian Bill, and court costs/fines.

“It’s sad we need laws in place to make people treat animals in a decent way. I’m glad the new laws give us more power when we charge offenders. Hopefully this will show the people that we are not playing around. We will not tolerate this behavior in our county,” said Agent Wills.

For more information, visit www.DarkeCountyHumaneSociety.org.

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New Carlisle Purple Heart City celebration

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

Purple hear t event

A celebration took place earlier today at the New Carlisle Fire Station to celebrate the city being designated a Purple Heart City. The city will post signs at the entrances to the city designating that it’s a Purple Heart City.

The city of New Carlisle was named a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2014, according to Mayor Ethan Reynolds. The honor means the city has many veterans who served in the armed forces.

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“Our city is very close to the base and many young men and women go in and serve the military,” said Reynolds. “Unfortunately, some have been wounded and this is a way for us to honor them and show them respect.” 

The idea for the event came after a citizen, David Bauer--a Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient--came to him and asked about why the city didn’t celebrate being named a Purple Heart City when it happened.

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The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces wounded in combat with an enemy force, or posthumously to the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces killed in combat. 

Making sure people know that New Carlisle is a Purple Heart City should be a priority, said Bauer. “This is for our veterans.”

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