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1 killed when train carrying GOP lawmakers strikes garbage truck

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 7:20 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 7:20 AM

Train Carrying GOP Lawmakers Hits Truck

At least one person was killed and several others injured Wednesday after a train carrying Republican lawmakers to a GOP retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck near Crozet, Virginia, lawmakers and officials said.

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Summer feeding program helps children eat a free meal

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 7:17 PM

Children that struggle to eat during the summer months now have a summer school feeding program that gives them places to go to get food.

The Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the State of Ohio, is coming to Trotwood starting June 4 to help feed students while school is out for the summer, according to News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald. 

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Employees in the Trotwood-Madison High School kitchen are working through the summer to make plates to feed students throughout the summer months. "We have roughly 30 employees that range from bus drivers within the district, food service personnel within the district, and some of the educational staff within the district," said Jim Putnam, Supervisor of Nutrition Services for Trotwood-Madison Schools. These employees help feed between 600 and 1,000 children a day - at 16 different Trotwood locations.

Children under the age of 18 can go to specified sites for a free meal, which are normally open Monday through Friday and last about 45 minutes. Children are seen more when their family starts running out of food stamps. "We actually do see that quite a bit. The numbers tend to go up towards the end of the month and then once you get towards the beginning of the month it tends to drop off when benefits are available," said Putnam. 


1 in 5 children in the the Miami Valley are unsure where their next meal is coming from - and some even go hungry, especially during the summer months. During the school year, they get food from the cafeteria and the "School Backpack Programs." There are at least 65 summer food service programs across Montgomery County, and more than 1,600 in the state of Ohio. 

For a full list of those specific food sites around the Miami Valley, and more information on how you can get your student involved in these programs throughout the summer months, visit

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NAACP targets traffic cameras. City says: ‘We have a speeding problem in Dayton’

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 9:20 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

NAACP holds meeting on Dayton's traffic cameras

Proponents of Dayton’s traffic enforcement cameras say they make driving safer, but opponents say they disproportionately affect poor communities.

Dayton residents heard from both sides at a town hall meeting hosted by the Dayton Unit NAACP on Monday night.

Dayton Police Department Assistant Chief Matt Carper said the cameras improve safety around the city, citing decreases in traffic violations at locations where the city installs red light and speed cameras.

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“We all have an obligation to improve public safety. If we know that there’s … a technology out there that is proven to slow drivers down and reduce crashes, how can we not use that?” Carper said.

Cincinnati-based Attorney Christopher Finney said the cameras aren’t about improving safety, but rather generating revenue for the city and the company that operates the cameras.

“These things are about profiteering on the backs of urban citizens, the people who can least afford it now become an ATM, not just for the city, but for the red light camera company,” Finney said.

Carper said 25 percent of the revenue generated by the cameras goes to the company that operates them. He said there are a variety of steps taken before a ticket is issued, including a review of the citation by both the company and Dayton’s photo enforcement officers.

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Finney said that despite the review process, the ticketing violates due process.

“Where are you in that process where they review it?” Finney asked. “You’re not there.”

Citizens can appeal their ticket without paying bond, Carper said, adding that 30 percent of people who appealed their tickets had them overturned.

Dayton brought back its photo enforcement program last year after a brief hiatus. The program was shuttered in 2015 with the passage of a law that required officers to be present when traffic cameras were in operation.

Carper said traffic incidents increased dramatically when the program was shelved, with a more than 218 percent increase in red light violations in areas where the cameras weren’t issuing citations anymore.

“We have a speeding problem in Dayton,” Carper said.

The Dayton Unit NAACP voted unanimously to put the issue on the ballot, President Derrick Foward said. The group will now begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.

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MedFlight called to scene of serious motorcycle crash in Preble County

Published: Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

A medical helicopter was called this evening to a serious crash involving a motorcycle.

The crash was reported in the 1200 block of Gettysburg Darke Road near New Paris.


MedFlight was called to the scene, but it was unclear how many people are injured.

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After talk of removal, Centerville retains cross country coach

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

Speakers support Centerville girls cross country coach David Dobson

After word got out to several parents and teachers that a “minority voice in the community” wanted the school board to oust veteran girls cross country coach David Dobson, a strong majority appeared Monday night at the board’s meeting to show support for his tenure.

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Centerville’s girls cross country team has won four consecutive state championships and Dobson was selected as the U.S Cross Country Coaches Association’s 2017 coach of the year.

But according to Sara Cox, who teaches first-grade classes with Dobson in the district, there was a group of people working to have him relieved of his coaching duties. Well over 100 people turned out for the school board meeting.

“There was “a minority voice was against him to be coach,” she said. “Many of us worried that those voices might cause him to lose his job. I drove all the way from Germantown tonight to voice support so that wouldn’t happen.”

Before Cox spoke during the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment, she was informed that the board had in fact voted 3-1 in favor of renewing Dobson’s contract. Board Member Annie Self cast the lone vote against renewing his contract.

Board members said afterward that since it was a personnel decision there would be no comment on the vote, but only the vote tally itself.

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“I wish I had the opportunity to call David Dobson coach myself,” Cox, who was a track athlete at Wright State University, said to the board. “I believe that David has proven himself to be trustworthy and thank you for renewing his contract.”

Nobody spoke against the contract renewal. During an earlier work session, nothing was said against Dobson and no letters were submitted to be read advising that he should not be rehired as coach.

Attempts to reach Dobson following the meeting were unsuccessful.

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