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Greene County youth intervention plan’s goal ‘to teach them life lessons’

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

            The residential treatment center for boys in Greene County has been shut down and is being renovated to accommodate a new intervention program that is set to begin this summer. RICHARD WILSON/STAFF
The residential treatment center for boys in Greene County has been shut down and is being renovated to accommodate a new intervention program that is set to begin this summer. RICHARD WILSON/STAFF

A new program in Greene County aimed at helping troubled teens make better choices will be provided at the former boys residential treatment center, which was shut down in January and is being renovated.

Youths who end up in the juvenile court system may have the opportunity to be diverted into the new intervention program as opposed to other options, including being kept at the juvenile detention center, according to juvenile court officials.

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Greene County Juvenile Judge Adolfo A. Tornichio said the new program is an “evidence-based” approach to intervention.

Tornichio said the former residential treatment centers were closed down in part because “times change, people change.”

“What worked 35 years ago is not the same today,” he said. “Greene County, Ohio, in 2018 is not the same Greene County it was in 1981 or ‘82. I think the real key difference is those evidence-based programs have been in use throughout juvenile courts across this country where you can quantify what the success rate is.”

Old carpeting is being ripped up and new coats of paint are going on the walls at the the former boys home, 701 Dayton Xenia Road.

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Grant funding of $33,000 from the Ohio Department of Youth Services is being set aside to pay for the renovation work, said Amy Lewis, Greene County court administrator/magistrate.

Sixteen juveniles will be chosen for the program each month, and they will be picked up on a daily basis and transported to the intervention center, where they will receive counseling if needed on drug and alcohol treatment and on dealing with mental health issues, Lewis said.

“We want to work with youth who are moderate- to high-risk to re-offend so that they don’t come in with more serious offenses,” Lewis said. “The kids will be referred by a diversion or probation officer. Our goal is to teach them life lessons and skills, get them tutoring assistance, see where they’re struggling. We will have staff that report there to work with the kids as well.”

Lewis said there will be jobs for the youths at the center, and they will need to apply for a job and go through an interview process, similar to what an adult must do to get a job. In addition, the youths will receive tutoring assistance that is provided by tutors from Xenia Community Schools.

Lewis said they plan to start a 4H program at the center, and there will be gardening. She said they are getting assistance from the Ohio State University Extension Office, and the plan is to install a greenhouse in the backyard later this year. She said food that is grown there will be donated, providing fresh produce to families-in-need or food pantries.

The center is expected to open in June.

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WHIO Traffic Center: At least 2 hurt in I-75 S wreck in Miami County

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

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Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and NEWS 95.7 WHIO.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On I-75 South in Miami County, just south of the state Route 571 exit, all southbound lanes are back open. They were shut down because of a multiple-vehicle accident involving at least two cars. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the accident, which was dispatched just after 11 p.m.  Colyn Hall, a trucker from Xenia on his way to St. Louis, said he saw at least two people injured in the two-vehicle accident, which happened right in front of him. "There was no time for the horn, you hit the brakes," he said.
Crash shuts down SB I-75 in Miami County

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Springboro Road and Cardington Road in Moraine, report of a three vehicle injury accident around 7:30 a.m. Traffic is moving slow in the area.
  • In the 700 block of Irving in Dayton, a crash with injuries was reported around 5:10 a.m.
  • At Brindlestone Drive and S. Brown School Road in Vandalia, a water main break was reported shortly before 5 a.m. The pipe has been fixed. There is a boil advisory for the houses in the immediate area, according to Vandalia public works.
Water main break in Vandalia

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • On West Wenger Road in Englewood, contractors will begin a water main replacement project. One lane of traffic will be maintained in either direction on West Wenger Road between Fallview Avenue and Arcadia Boulevard. One-thousand feet of water main will be replaced, Englewood police say.
  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 235 north, RAMP CLOSURE July 16 - September 28. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north to I-70 west to SR 235 north. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 235 north at the I-70 interchange, ROAD CLOSURE July 16 - September 28. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north to I-70 west to SR 235 north. 
  • SR 4 south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure July 9 - 27. Two southbound lanes will remain open. 


  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 



  • I-75 between CR 25A (Tipp City) and Eldean Road, Lane closures June 18 - Aug. 31. One lane will remain open at all times. These closures will not be in effect Friday mornings - Sunday afternoons. 
  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - Aug. 31. 


  • SR 571 between Palestine Union City Road and Fisher Dangler Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE July 23 - Aug. 14. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 47 to Indiana SR 28 to Indiana SR 32 to SR 571.
  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - Aug. 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lightsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures June 18 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - Aug. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.


  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 


  • SR 48 between Russia Versailles Road and SR 66, Daily lane closures July 3 - 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.  


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - Aug. 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 


  • SR 560 between SR 29 and US 36, Daily lane closures June 25 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction using flaggers.
  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - Aug. 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.


  • SR 540 between US 33 and CR 25S, Daily lane closures June 18 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 235 between T-192 and T-47, Lane closures June 4 - July 31 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction using flaggers.
  • SR 117 between SR 274 and T-37, Lane closures June 4 - July 31 between 7 a.m and 4 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction using flaggers. 


  • SR 196 between SR 67 and Auglaize County Line Road, Daily lane closures June 19 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction using flaggers. 
  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

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Crews respond to a reported stabbing in Perry Twp. 

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

Crews are responding to South Wolf Creek Pike on a reported stabbing that occurred late Tuesday night.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Reported shooting in Greene County prompts crews to respond 

Initial reports indicate a person was possibly stabbed in the 11000 block around 11:35 p.m., reportedly prompting officials to request additional units.

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We’re working to learn more details and will continue to update this story with more. 

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New principal backs out 5 minutes before hiring; DPS to boost security

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:58 PM

Dayton Public Schools had police calls to Belmont High School and several other schools in 2017-18.
Staff Writer
Dayton Public Schools had police calls to Belmont High School and several other schools in 2017-18.(Staff Writer)

Dayton Public Schools intended to wrap up its major reshuffling of school principals Tuesday night, but the new principal of Belmont High School backed out of the job minutes before the school board was about to approve his hiring.

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Toron Wooldridge, who has served as a principal in the Houston, Texas, school district, had been a very good candidate to become principal.

RELATED: DPS shuffling close to a dozen school principals

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“The person who had accepted the job two weeks ago contacted us about five minutes before the board meeting and requested to be removed from the agenda,” Lolli said, adding that she didn’t know Wooldridge’s reasoning. Wooldridge could not be reached for comment.

After the board meeting, Lolli said DPS already has a plan in place for Belmont. 

“It’s taken care of,” she said, but wouldn’t say who will run Belmont this fall.

RELATED: Student arrested for threat at Belmont

Belmont had numerous problems with threats and fights inside and outside the building in the past year. In the spring, DPS acknowledged that fights were “occurring regularly” and replaced Principal Melanie Walter with a team of staffers who oversaw the final months of the school year.

In May, DPS announced that Principal Donetrus Hill would switch schools this fall, leaving Meadowdale to take the Belmont job. But then Hill was named Chief of Curriculum and Instruction for math and science this summer, leaving the Belmont job open again. Wooldridge was to fill that spot, but now Belmont families will have to wait a little longer to find out who the new principal is.

Resource officers

DPS will strengthen its security staff this fall, hiring an additional nine school resource officers to bring the district’s total to 36, officials said Tuesday.

Richard Wright, executive director of safety and security for DPS, said the increase in resource officer staffing is part of an overall effort to make security more effective in the district. DPS is one of the few local districts to use metal detectors as a deterrent. But unlike many schools, its officers are not armed.

RELATED: Dayton schools to add ALICE training

“With everything that’s been going on nationally, we started to plan to bring in more SROs, to upgrade our camera systems, to add the ALICE training,” Wright said, referring to active shooter/threat training. “You don’t want to be reactive. We’re putting feet on the ground and more eyes in the building, and that makes (security) easier to manage.”

Wright said there will be two SROs at each of the six DPS high schools and three middle schools. Each elementary school will have one SRO. Last year, each middle school had one SRO and some elementary schools had to share.

RELATED: Secret Service calls for “threat teams” in schools

Wright said with more robust staffing, district security will be able to build good relationships with more students and staff, and be able to send a stronger response from neighboring schools in the case of a major incident.

“We’re very serious about the security and the safety of our students,” Lolli said. “We want to make sure that safety is a priority in this school district.”

Other personnel

** Elbert Seard was hired as principal of Meadowdale High School on Tuesday. Seard had been an assistant principal at Thurgood Marshall High School. Nelson Stone, assigned the Meadowdale job two months ago, will now be principal at Ponitz Career Tech Center, replacing Ray Caruthers, who left to become principal of Trotwood-Madison High School.

** Lyle Cole was hired as boys basketball coach for Dunbar High School. Cole, who coached at Belmont earlier this decade, is a business teacher at Dunbar and is the uncle of former Dunbar and NBA star Norris Cole. Dunbar was coached last year by Chuck Taylor, but eligibility errors led to a legal fight and punishment from the OHSAA. Dunbar’s boys are ineligible for the 2019 postseason tournament.

RELATED: DPS admits fault; Dunbar banned from tourney

** Weeks ago, DPS hired Corey Freed as Dunbar’s football coach over loud objections from supporters of previous coach Darran Powell. Tuesday night, the board approved the hiring of veteran Dunbar coaches Alfred Powell and James Lacking to work under Freed.

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Driver who crashed into Kettering gallery identified

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 4:20 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

UPDATE @ 9 a.m. (July 17):

A 21-year-old Dayton man was cited for failure to control in a Saturday crash after he drove off South Dixie Drive and crashed into Keily Gallery in Kettering. 

A crash report shows Jordan Boston was believed to be going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone around 10:40 a.m. when he left the road and crashed into the antique shop, 2382 S. Dixie Drive.

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>>Police ID suspected driver in crash that left 1 woman dead after police pursuit

Witnesses reported Boston speeding, however the 21-year-old told police his brakes locked up causing him to crash. 

The building needed emergency construction to secure it.


A blue Ford Fusion crashed into an antique shop this morning while the owner of the store was inside in Kettering.

The crash happened at 10:40 a.m. at Keily Gallery, 2382 S. Dixie Drive.

The owner told us he was in the shop working on renovations when the driver went off South Dixie Drive while speeding and crashed into his shop.

He said he was working where the car broke through the window just minutes before the wreck. He had moved to another part of his shop.

The owner said he had just bought the location and was working to get it open.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

It’s not known if the driver suffered any injuries.

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