One firm just moved to downtown Dayton. Why it was ‘the only option.’

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 6:07 PM

A large crowd gathered in the parking lot of the RSM US offices at East Third Street and Patterson Boulevard for the accounting firm’s ribbon cutting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
A large crowd gathered in the parking lot of the RSM US offices at East Third Street and Patterson Boulevard for the accounting firm’s ribbon cutting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

RSM US’s ribbon-cutting ceremony today celebrated the opening of the accounting firm’s new downtown offices.

But just as much, the event was hailed as further proof of downtown’s evolution into a live, work, play environment that can attract good-paying businesses and high-quality talent.

RSM has moved its offices from Moraine to a building at 2 - 10 S. Patterson Blvd. in Webster Station, near the Dayton Metro Library and Warped Wing Brewing Co. The firm moved its 70 employees in on June 1.

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The firm, which has offices in about 90 communities across the country, occupies the two top floors of the three-story building, which was previously vacant. The firm occupies about 14,000 square feet.

The average age of employees with the RSM Dayton office is somewhere under 30, because the firm relies on young talent who have recently graduated college, said Todd Pleiman, RSM office managing partner.

When RSM decided it was going to relocate, the partners wanted to stay in Dayton and downtown was the only real option because it is the place to be, Pleiman said.

“There are so many positive things going on in downtown, and we wanted to be a part of it,” he said.

Dayton’s live, work, play options are growing and that’s why an accounting firm that could relocate anywhere it wanted came downtown, said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

“Your employees made it a priority to be in downtown because of the amenities,” she said. “We’ve been working hard for decades to have a live, work, play environment.”

The firm has been in the Dayton area for more than 100 years, but not always as RSM.

Webster Station is a hotbed of development activity in Dayton.

An office building was constructed in recent years in the Water Street near RiverScape, and the district also has welcomed hundreds of new apartments and expects to add even more.

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The RSM building is on the same block as the City View townhouses, which are upscale homes for sale that sold for around $350,000 and up. Other nearby investments included the construction of the new $64 million downtown library and new restaurants, tap rooms and shops.

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Victim in Springfield homicide identified 

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

Police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that killed Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. The shooting occured in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

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Authorities were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found Edley who was shot multiple times according to police. 

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No arrests have been made in this shooting and police currently do not have a description of any suspects. 

We will continue to update this story with any information we receive. 

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Passing storms expected through the evening; flood advisory for Darke County

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Showers and thunderstorms are expected for our Monday, but a much drier change is on the way.
    • Flood Advisory until 7:30 p.m. for Darke County - Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained roads will occur along with minor flooding of farmland near waterways.
    • Scattered storms to taper off after dark
    • Cooler, less humid air arrives for midweek
    • Unsettled weather returns for the coming weekend

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5-day forecast with Meteorologist Jesse Maag

>>Five-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening: Expect passing showers and storms. A few may contain gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. Temperatures will be in the 80s but fall into the 70s where rainfall occurs.

Overnight: Any lingering showers will taper off with clouds breaking. Temperatures and humidity will drop with lows in the upper 60s by morning.

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Tuesday: Skies will become mostly sunny. It will be warm but less humid with highs in the middle 80s.

Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with much less humidity. Highs will top out near 80 degrees.

Thursday: Expect another nice day under mostly sunny skies. Highs will rebound back into the middle 80s.

Friday: Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for scattered showers and storms developing by afternoon. The humidity will also be on the rise with highs in the middle 80s. 

Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially in the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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Dayton police continue to investigate shooting death of 70-year-old man

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:41 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Markell Simpson (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Markell Simpson (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE@4:38 p.m.:

Dayton police on Monday afternoon declined to comment on the relations between the victim and the suspect. However, officers acknowledged that both men lived at the address where the shooting occurred. 

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They’re working on the motivation, putting the case together to present for the consideration of change,” Lt. Jason Hall said of investigators. 

Residents at the apartment complex expressed shock at Lawrence’s death, saying the 70-year-old worked around the complex.

“He was a neighborhood maintenance man, he spoke to the kids, if you needed help, he was there to help, really sad and unfortunate,” said one woman who asked not to be identified.

Boy, 6, found wandering alone on busy Centerville street 

Most residents at the complex seem to think Lawrence was killed while sitting on a couch, something police did not confirm Monday.  They’re not sure why Simpson would shoot him but say, if he did, it just doesn’t make any sense.

UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m.: 

A woman, who identified herself as the mother of a 19-year-old arrested on a murder charge, called police after receiving a call from her son, according to a 911 call obtained by this news outlet. 

“I just left work. He called me and said ‘come home,’” the woman said. 

“And he said he shot someone, my roommate.”

The call ends with the woman saying she arrived at home followed by “Oh my God,” before the line disconnects. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder after a reported shooting at a Dayton home Sunday morning. 

Officers and medics were dispatched around 7:30 a.m. to the home in the 3700 block of Lakebend Drive on reports of a person shot, according to dispatch records. 

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A man listed as the victim in a Dayton police incident report was identified as Robert Lawrence, 70, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. His cause and manner of death were still under investigation, according to officials. 

A man arrested at the scene, identified as Markell Simpson, 19, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder, according to jail records. 

Additional details were not available. We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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 Off-duty Troy firefighter dies unexpectedly

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

An off-duty Troy firefighter/paramedic passed away unexpectedly Friday evening.

Jason Holfinger, 38, died unexpectedly at his Covington home, according to his obituary.

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He is survived by his wife and three children.

Holfinger joined the Troy Fire Department in 2013.

Grief counseling has been offered to Troy firefighters.

Visitation will be at Koinos Christian Fellowship Church in Troy on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.

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A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.  at the church.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

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