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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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Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:59 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

A gunman used a rifle at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday morning.
AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File
A gunman used a rifle at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday morning.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Some fast thinking by a Waffle House patron in Antioch, Tennessee, saved numerous lives after a man opened fire at the restaurant, The Tennessean reported.

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Police said the suspected shooter, believed to be Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House.

James Shaw Jr., 29, was sitting in the Waffle House when the gunman opened fire, The Tennessean reported. He said he saw a chance to tackle the shooter and does not feel like a hero

“I don’t really know, when everyone said that, it feels selfish,” Shaw Jr. said. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

Police spokesman Don Aaron said the shooter was rushed by the restaurant patron, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle over a counter, the Tennessean reported.

“When he heard the gunshots (Shaw) ran back to restroom area,” Aaron said. “He watched the gunman.

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“He reported that he saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped,” Aaron said. “So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away (and) tossed it over the counter.

“At that point, the gunman then fled.”

The suspect fled on foot and was nude after removing his coat, police said.

Shaw Jr. said he was grazed by a bullet. He was taken to a hospital and treated and was released, a hospital spokeswoman said. 

Shaw Jr. said what happened Sunday morning has yet to sink in.

“I don’t know if it has hit me yet as far as witnessing other people dying,” Shaw Jr. said. “Its kind of, it shouldn’t have happened. When I was in (the) ambulance to (the) hospital I kept thinking that ‘I’m going to wake up and it’s not going to be real.’ It is something out of a movie.

“I’m OK, though, but I hate that it happened.”

Chuck Cordero, a Waffle House employee who was off-duty at the time but pulled up to the restaurant while the shooting was in progress, said the patron “really saved some people.”

"Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant," Cordero told the Tennessean.

A man, believed to be Reinking, was last seen in woods near the Waffle House, police said. He was wearing black pants and no shirt.

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Rain returns during the work week

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

Filtered sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with rain returning as early as Monday.

We’ll once again see filtered sunshine today as clouds continue to pass overhead, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. More breaks in the clouds are expected later in the day as temperatures top out around the middle 60s.

5-Day Forecast


QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • A dry day today and milder
  • Rain returns later Monday
  • Rain expected Tuesday-early Wednesday

DETAILED FORECAST

County-by-County Weather

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the middle 40s.

Monday: A dry start to your Monday is expected but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Tuesday: A few scattered showers are expected. It won’t be a wash-out but you will want to keep the umbrella handy. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of the day with highs near 60 degrees.

Thursday: It should be a dry day with partly sunny skies and highs near 60 degrees.

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Missing brothers: Pittsburgh police searching for 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. (Photo via Pittsburgh police)
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Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. (Photo via Pittsburgh police)(Pittsburgh police)

Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers

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Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday.

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According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area. 

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-323-7800

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NYC postal worker arrested after police find 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

Postal Worker Arrested After Police Find 17,000 Pieces of Undelivered Mail

A New York City postal worker was arrested Thursday after 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail were found in his car, apartment and locker, authorities said.

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Aleksey Germash, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 16 years, possessed undelivered mail since 2005, WPIX reported. He told investigators he held onto the mail because he was overwhelmed by how much mail he had to deliver. Germash said he delivered “the important stuff,” WPIX reported.

Postal officials said they found 10,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his car, 6,000 in his apartment and another 1,000 in his locker. An investigation began when USPS officials found 20 full bags in his car Wednesday, WPIX reported. He was arrested the following day.

Germash is not the first postal worker to hold onto mail. Agents arrested a Long Island letter carrier earlier this month after they found dozens of bags filled with undelivered mail behind his home.

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