AIM for the Handicapped, Access Ctr. Ind. Living, Alter High School, Anna Local Schools, Ansonia Local Schools, Antioch Elementary, Arcanum-Butler Local Schools, Ascension School, Auglaize Industries, Beavercreek City Schools, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools, Benjamin Logan Local Schools, Bethel Baptist School-W Carrollton, Bethel Local Schools, Bethlehem Lutheran School, Bishop Leibold School, Botkins Local Schools, Bradford Schools-Miami Co, CHESS Christian School, Cardio Pulmonary Wellness-Spngfld, Carlisle Local Schools, Carousel House Preschool, Carroll High School, Catholic Central School, Cedar Cliff Local Schools, Celina City Schools, Centerville Schools, Chaminade Julienne H.S., Christian Academy-Sidney, City Day Community School, Clark-Shawnee Local Schools, Cliff Park High School, Coldwater Exempted Village Schools, Community Christian School, Covington Exempted Village Schools, DECA Middle, DECA Prep, Dayton Christian Ctr.-West Riverview, Dayton Christian School, Dayton Early College Academy, Dayton Islamic Sch. & PreSch., Dayton Job Corps Center, Dayton Leadership Academies, Dayton Public Schools, Dayton Regional STEM School, Dominion Academy of Dayton, East Dayton Christian School, Eaton Community Schools, Emerson Academy of Dayton, Emmanuel Christian Acad.-Spngfld, Evangel Academy, Fairborn City Schools, Fairhaven Church, Fairlawn Local Schools, Faith Preschool, First Baptist Fairborn Wee School, First School of Centerville, Fort Loramie Local Schools, Fort Recovery Local Schools, Franklin Monroe Local Schools, GCESC Programs Bellbrook Site, Germantown Christian Schls., Global Impact STEM Academy, Graham Local Schools, Greater Dayton Association of Baptists, Green-Oak Preschool, Greene County Career Center, Greene County Learning Center, Greeneview Local-Jamestown, Greenon Local Schools, Greenville City Schools, Greenville St. Mary's School, Guiding Shepherd Christian School, Hardin-Houston Local Schools, Heritage Center of Clark County, Holy Angels in Dayton, Horizon Sci. Acad-Dayton Downtown, Horizon Science Acad.-Elementary, Horizon Science Acad.-H.S., Huber Heights Christian Academy, Huber Heights Schools, Imagine Schools-Dayton, Immaculate Conception School, Incarnation School, Indian Lake Local Schools, Inspire Me Learning Academy, International College of Broadcasting, Jackson Center Local Schools, Jefferson Township Local Schools, Kettering City Schools, L&M Products Inc., Legacy Christian Academy, Lehman High School, Liberty High School, Life Skills High School-Dayton, Little Hearts School House - Riverside, Little Hearts School House-Salem, Logan County, Mad River Local Schools, Marion Local Schools, Mechanicsburg Exempted Schools, Miami County Public Transit, Miami East Local Schools, Miami Valley Academies, Miami Valley Career Tech Center, Miami Valley Child Dev. Centers Inc., Miamisburg City Schools, Milton Union Schools, Minster Local Schools, Mississinawa Valley Local Schools, Mont. Co. E.S.C. Learning Centers, Montgomery Preparatory Academy, Mother Brunner Sch./Precious Blood, Mound Street Academies, National Trail Local Schools, New Bremen Local Schools, New Knoxville Local Schools, New Lebanon Local Schools, Newton Local Schools, Nicholas School, Nightingale Montessori School, Nita's Nurturing Nest Childcare Dev. Ctr., North Dayton School of Discovery, Northeastern Local Schools, Northmont City Schools, Northridge Schools, Northwestern Local Schools, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Our Lady of Rosary School-Dayton, PCS Darke County, Pathway School of Discovery, Piqua Catholic School, Piqua City Schools, Preble Co. ESC Classrooms, Preble Shawnee Local Schools, RT Industries, Randolph Eastern School Corp, Randolph Southern School Corp., Rehab Center & Neuro Devel, Richard Allen Schools, Risen Christ Lutheran Church, Riverside Local Schools-Logan Co, Ron West Barber College, Russia Local Schools, Salem Christian Academy, Salem Christian Preschool, Senior Center of Sidney/Shelby Co., Shelby Hills Preschool, Sidney City Schools, Sidney Holy Angels, Southeastern Local Schools, Spin-Kemp Christian Preschool, Spring Valley Academy, Springfield Christian School, Springfield City Schools, Springfield Prep. & Fitness Acad., Springfield-Clark CTC, St. Albert the Great School, St. Anthony Elementary, St. Benedict the Moor Catholic School, St. Brigid School, St. Charles Elementary, St. Helen School, St. Henry Local Schools, St. Luke School, St. Marys City Schools, St. Patrick's in Troy, St. Peter Catholic School-Huber Heights, St. Peter Early Childhood H. Heights, Summit Academy Community School - Dayton, Summit Academy Transitional H.S., Summit Academy-Xenia, TAC Industries Inc., Tecumseh Local Schools, Temple Christian School Dayton, The Modern College of Design, The Overfield School, Thursday School of Troy, Tipp City Schools, Tri-County North, Tri-Village Schools, Triad Local Schools, Trotwood Prep-Fitness Acad., Trotwood-Madison City Schools, Troy Christian Schools, Troy City Schools, Twin Valley Schools, Upper Valley Career Center, Urbana City Schools, Valley View Local Schools, Vandalia-Butler City Schools, Versailles Village Schools, Victory Christian School-Urbana, Wayne Local Schools, Webster Street Academy, West Carrollton City Schools, West Liberty-Salem Local Schools, Wilmington City Schools, Wright State Lake Campus, Xenia Community Schools, Yellow Springs Comm. Childrens Center, Yellow Springs Schools,


EXCLUSIVE: Prominent businessman denies wrongdoing in illegal dumping case

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 10:40 PM

A prominent businessman — the owner of local trucking, landfill and demolition companies — accused of illegally dumping materials at three places in the Miami Valley is speaking out about the charges he is facing and an ongoing federal investigation.

A prominent businessman — the owner of local trucking, landfill and demolition companies — accused of illegally dumping materials at three places in the Miami Valley is speaking out about the charges he is facing and an ongoing federal investigation.

RELATED: Rauch, manager both may testify in Dayton-area businessman’s EPA case

Almost three years ago, state and federal investigators raided Steve Rauch’s properties and confiscated boxes of potential evidence. 

Content Continues Below

His interview comes ahead of his trial on state charges that starts next Tuesday in a Montgomery County court. Rauch agreed to sit down for an exclusive interview with News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy and Dayton Daily News reporter Josh Sweigart on one condition, that he not be recorded on camera. 

Read about the ties suspected Steve Rauch has to the corruption probe in Dayton in Friday’s Dayton Daily News, including what Rauch had to say when pressed about whether he knows anything about what federal agents call a culture of corruption in the city of Dayton.

In an interview lasting more than an hour, Rauch said a series of innocent mistakes and misunderstandings led to the state charges against him. 

News Center 7 started following Rauch’s case in December 2016. That’s when local, state and federal investigators raided three places: Rauch’s offices and landfill in Dayton, a site in West Carrollton where he had gotten permission to dump construction materials, and his Jefferson Twp. cattle farm. 

At the time, investigators would not say why they were there. 

Last November, state prosecutors charged Rauch, one of his business managers and a couple of his three companies. 

RELATED: Who is Steve Rauch, the Dayton-area businessman facing illegal dumping charges?

During a more than hourlong interview with Rauch, we asked him about a West Carrollton site on Hydraulic Road, where he’s accused of illegally dumping 30 tons of mattresses and debris from a hotel he tore down.

“It was strictly an accident,” he said. His workers were supposed to take the materials somewhere else, Rauch said, but “didn’t follow instructions.”

We asked Rauch about his cattle farm, Bearcreek, where court records accuse Rauch of storing waste to hide from health inspectors. 

Rauch said the material at the farm was mistakenly sent there by Fuyao, the Chinese-owned auto glass manufacturer in Moraine, which does business with one of his companies. 

And we asked Rauch about accusations of improper dumping at his own landfill, right next to his office where we met with him. 

He said the improper fill investigators found was “still in the unloading zone” and would have been quickly sorted and the issue fixed. 

RELATED: Businessman indicted on illegal dumping charges

Rauch said he believes some of the trouble is due in part to the city of West Carrollton. He said he thinks the city started this, thinking it could lean on his deep pockets to help pay for a cleanup at the same site where the city gave him permission to dump. 

On that site, tests have shown traces of toxic chemicals underground. Now the city is trying to find money to pay for a cleanup, he said. 

It’s on that subject, Rauch agreed to answer just one question on camera: What is the best-case scenario? 

RELATED: Local businessman subject of raids

“I think that the citizens of West Carrollton are going to be the winners because instead of a cover-up it’s going to be a cleanup, to ensure the children and all the homes in that area that they’ll be safe and sound, with that sludge pit gone,” he said. 

We reached out to the city of West Carrollton for a comment, but a city spokesperson said they don’t comment on ongoing legal matters.