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Truck flips on its side after hit-and-run collision, driver says

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

            Middletown emergency crews responded to The Alameda and Superior Avenue Friday afternoon after a pick-up truck rolled over. RICK McCRABB / STAFF
Middletown emergency crews responded to The Alameda and Superior Avenue Friday afternoon after a pick-up truck rolled over. RICK McCRABB / STAFF

The driver of a Ford F-15o pickup truck said someone ran the stop sign at the corner of The Alameda and Superior Avenue on Friday afternoon in Middletown, causing him to lose continue and flip his vehicle.

The male driver said he was traveling on Superior Avenue when a white vehicle ran the stop sign and collided with his pick-up truck. The truck flipped on its side, and the driver was uninjured, he said.

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The vehicle that ran the stop sign drove off, according to the driver of the pickup truck.

Middletown police were investigating the accident.

A tow truck flipped the pickup truck back over. It appeared the truck sustained major damage.

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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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Pros, cons of red light cameras aired at Dayton Unit NAACP hearing

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 9:20 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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Deputies find community corrections center escapees

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:14 PM

Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)
Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)

The two prisoners that escaped from the Community Correctional Center near Lebanon were found earlier today.

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Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, the two prisoners who escaped Saturday night, were found around 3 p.m. by deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, according to Warren County Dispatch.

They have been re-booked into Warren County Jail, dispatch said.

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Man taken without incident in police standoff in Fairborn 

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Fairborn Stand off

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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