Interstate gateways focus of upgrades for area near Dayton Mall

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 10:24 AM


            Shown here is an illustration of a concept to improve the northbound exit from Interstate 75 at Ohio 725. CONTRIBUTED ILLUSTRATION
Shown here is an illustration of a concept to improve the northbound exit from Interstate 75 at Ohio 725. CONTRIBUTED ILLUSTRATION

A group overseeing long-range plans for the Miami Crossing District is exploring upgrades to both interstate gateways to the corridor formerly known as the Dayton Mall area.

The Miami Twp.-Dayton Mall Joint Economic Development District Board of Directors has agreed to contract with a local landscaping firm for concepts to improve the aesthetics and branding at the Interstate 675 interchange with Ohio 725.

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The Miami Crossing District is a 2.2-square mile area being rebranded by Miami Twp. and Miamisburg, the two jurisdictions which operate the JEDD. The communities want to better attract people to — and guide them through — the area, which for decades has been a popular destination for shopping, dining out and entertainment.

The board earlier this year hired The Kleingers Group to develop options to improve the landscaping at district’s western entrance at the I-75 interchange of Ohio 725. The group is now looking for ideas to spruce up the eastern gateway.

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The landscaping upgrades are among the early improvements the JEDD board is looking to make to the district after it adopted a long-range plan for the area in December 2015.

The study indicated the district that includes Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 could support more than $200 million in investment in retail, housing, infrastructure and landscaping over 12 years.

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Trump Putin summit: Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain react

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a join press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a join press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

Response to President Donald Trump’s comment at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin that he doubted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was swift and pointed Monday.

Reaction ranged from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper calling the president’s performance “disgraceful” to retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (California) defending the president’s comments.

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Trump and Putin “spent a great deal of time” discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the U.S. president said. 

Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election, instead complaining about a Democratic National Committee computer server and Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. 

“They said they think it’s Russia; I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. 

“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that was responsible for the election hacking. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

Here are some of the comments made just after the summit ended.

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LOCAL: Kettering officer, K-9 receive awards for efforts in arrest

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

A Kettering officer and K-9 recently received awards for their efforts in assisting Beavercreek police while apprehending a suspect.

Recognized by the U.S. Police Canine Association, Officer Maloney and K-9 Jax were awarded with the June 2018 Catch of the Month and 2nd Quarter 2018 Catch of the Quarter awards, according to a Kettering police press release. 

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At 4:20 a.m. on June 11, the team was dispatched to aid Beavercreek police in searching for a burglary suspect. After a lengthy search that extended over an hour, the suspect was apprehended.

The suspect has a lengthy criminal history and was arrested for felony theft, receiving stolen property, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest, according to the release.

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Judge OKs release of Fairfield officer’s body camera video

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 1:07 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:01 PM


            Fairfield police were called to the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive at 5:59 a.m. June 22 for a domestic dispute. Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran of the force, broke open the door to the residence and bathroom, where a man was stabbing a woman, according to the investigation. In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking Logan A. Williamson, 37, who died at the scene. The stabbing victim, 37-year-old Michelle R. Henry, later died at Mercy Hospital-Fairfield. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Fairfield police were called to the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive at 5:59 a.m. June 22 for a domestic dispute. Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran of the force, broke open the door to the residence and bathroom, where a man was stabbing a woman, according to the investigation. In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking Logan A. Williamson, 37, who died at the scene. The stabbing victim, 37-year-old Michelle R. Henry, later died at Mercy Hospital-Fairfield. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m.:

A motion for a temporary restraining order to stop the release of a Fairfield police officer’s body camera video has been denied.

Konrad Kircher filed the motion this afternoon and the motion was denied by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Howard.

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“The Retherford bill will fix this problem in the future,” Kircher told the Journal-News. “I just hope that news organizations are responsible with what they do with the video.”

State Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, has introduced a bill that would prevent photos, videos and images of a victim of a sexually oriented crime from being accessed via a public records request.

The bill, called the Victim’s Protection and Privacy Act, passed the House in March and was referred to the Ohio Senate’s Judiciary Committee in April. It has yet to receive a hearing.

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Retherford has said this type of police evidence was protected through a court case — including the appeals process — until a December 2016 Ohio Supreme Court ruling.

Dennis Hetzel, president and executive director of the Ohio News Media Association, previously told the Journal-News that the legislation is “obviously is well-intentioned,” but said “it’s unnecessary and adds yet another exception to the ever-growing list of exemptions to our open records law.”

“Ohio already recognizes a constitutional right to privacy, and there are no examples to our knowledge of such images being released,” he said. “We also are concerned that the language lacks specificity and could lead to the withholding of additional public records.”

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The family of a woman stabbed to death by a man that Fairfield police shot in the act is seeking to stop the release of the officer’s body camera video.

On July 3, Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser announced that a Butler County grand jury declined to indict the Fairfield police officer who fired the fatal shots.

During that announcement, Gmoser said, “Total clarity was established by the body camera worn by the officer under review and confirms the decision of the grand jury that no criminal charge is warranted or suggested concerning the conduct of the office.”

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Fairfield police were called to the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive at 5:59 a.m. June 22 for a domestic dispute. Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran of the force, broke open the door to the residence and bathroom, where a man was stabbing a woman, according to the investigation.

In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking Logan A. Williamson, 37, who died at the scene.

The stabbing victim, 37-year-old Michelle R. Henry, later died at Mercy Hospital-Fairfield.

Fairfield officials said the video would be released today after family members were able to review it.

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Attorney Konrad Kircher, representing Henry’s mother Carmen Wollyoung, said he will file a motion this afternoon seeking a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction prohibiting the release of body camera video “of the shooting of Logan Williamson and stabbing of Michelle Henry.”

In the motion, Kircher said the Ohio Public Records Act exempts certain records from disclosure.

“… release of the video would violate the Ohio Constitution’s guarantee of Michelle’s and Michelle’s family’s dignity, respect and privacy,” Kircher said in the motion.

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Kircher said Henry leaves behind a family, including three children, and the release of the video will “cause significant trauma to Michelle’s survivors. …. Release of the video could result in the availability of the gruesome death of their loved one on the internet for the whole world to see. The result of the production will cause severe humiliation, depression, anxiety, anger and other emotions, especially for the teenage children.”

The motion does commend Carnes’ efforts to save Henry and Fairfield police for equipping officers with body cameras and their willingness to be transparent.

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CVS apologizes after white manager called police on black woman using coupon

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 6:10 AM

CVS Issues Apology After Chicago Woman Is Accused Of Forging Coupon

CVS has apologized to a black woman and is investigating an incident in which a white manager called police on her after she tried to use a coupon at a Chicago store on Friday.

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Camilla Hudson, 53, who said her Facebook post detailing the incident was removed for unspecified reasons by the social media site, also shared video on Twitter of her interaction with the CVS manager who claimed she had forged a coupon.

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Hudson said she shared her experience after other recent stories where police were called by white people because of minor or perceived infractions by black people.

“I was not yelling, I did not raise my voice, I did not use profanity, I did not call anyone outside of their name -- other than not accepting, basically, ‘Screw you,’ that was my offense, if you will,” Hudson told Block Club Chicago. “As a woman, as a black woman, as a native Chicagoan, I’m just tired of it. I’m tired of it.”

Police were called to the store for an assault in progress, according to Block Club Chicago. Hudson was told by police she had to leave or else it would be considered trespassing.

“They were not awful,” Hudson told Block Club Chicago regarding the interaction with police. “I explained to them what had happened and how it had happened, and they said, ‘When we get these calls we do have to respond … (but) you’re going to have to leave,’ and I said, ‘Why do I have to leave? I’m a customer here.’”

CVS reached out to Hudson Saturday as her post went viral.

“Our Region Director in Chicago contacted Ms. Hudson as soon as we were made aware of this incident,” CVS said in a statement, according to Block Club Chicago. “CVS has begun an investigation and we will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again. CVS Pharmacy does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores.”

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