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Centerville: Former police chief violated contract, but not law

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 2:58 PM


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Bruce Robertson

Former Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson did not break the law by getting paid by the state for teaching classes during the same hours his timesheets say he was working for the city as chief, according to an investigation by an attorney the city hired to review the allegation.

The investigation found Robertson violated the terms of his contract by not getting written permission for the side teaching job at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, but that he had verbal permission from the former city manager.

Current City Manager Wayne Davis said he would have made sure to get the approval in writing per the contract, but at this point he sees no value in taking action on the contract violation because no one was harmed by the oversight.

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The investigation was launched after an unnamed police officer on Jan. 26 wrote a memo to Davis and the human resources director alleging Robertson committed theft in office. The officer sought whistleblower protection under state law.

“(Robertson) failed to use leave as required while teaching at OPOTA and thus received improper compensation from two taxpayer funded entities,” the memo says.

The Dayton Daily News I-Team reviewed OPOTA records and Robertson’s hand-signed timesheets from 2014 through 2017 and found that while Robertson usually took leave on days he was teaching, there were instances where he didn’t take enough leave to cover teaching a two-day class. He was paid $5,200 for those classes.

Robertson was paid $123,888 last year by the city, according to city payroll records.

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The city law director hired Thomas Schiff, a Kettering attorney who serves as Germantown’s city prosecutor and was formerly a county prosecutor, to review the allegations.

“(Schiff) was chosen because we had allegations of criminal misconduct, and as a former prosecutor he understands obviously how to conduct an investigation into criminal matters,” Davis said. “If he had found evidence of criminal misconduct we would have a separate law enforcement authority conduct an investigation as a follow-up.”

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Schiff reportedly completed his review last week and the I-Team obtained a copy of it this week.

The report says Schiff reviewed the records and spoke to city employees, including the complainant, who said other officers are required to take leave to teach. The fact the chief took leave on most occasions confirms he thought it was required, the complainant told the investigator.

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“While, under different circumstances, the allegations might have validity,” Schiff wrote, he concluded no criminal violation occurred in this instance.

“It is my opinion that because Chief Robertson did not fail to perform his duties as Chief of Police for the City of Centerville in an efficient and effective manner and, further, because Chief Robertson’s contract with the city did not require him to work any set number of hours for the City, he therefore did not commit a criminal offense,” Schiff wrote.

Schiff did find that “there may have been a technical violation of Chief Robertson’s contract with the city” because the contract requires written permission from the city manager before Robertson accepts outside employment and no such record exists.

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But that violation isn’t criminal, Schiff concluded. And he wrote that former city manager Greg Horn encouraged Robertson to teach at OPOTA, gave him verbal permission and was aware of the days Robertson was in London, Ohio, where OPOTA classes are held.

The story so far: An unnamed police officer on Jan. 26 wrote a memo to Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis and the human resources director alleging that then Police Chief Bruce Robertson committed theft in office by accepting pay for teaching classes at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy while working full-time for the city. Two weeks later, Robertson retired, citing health issues.

What’s new: An investigation by an attorney hired by the city to review the allegation found Robertson violated city policy in not getting written permission to work the side job, but determined he committed no criminal violation.

What’s next: The city says it plans no further action on the contract violation.

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Forest Park vision includes relocated Harrison Twp. government center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

A new town square anchored by a relocated Harrison Twp. government center is the centerpiece of a consensus redevelopment plan for the Forest Park area, officials and planners announced Tuesday.

The redevelopment area includes a 54-acre tract in Harrison Twp. that was once the location of a thriving amusement park and later a shopping center that fell out of fashion and into decay.

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Planner Joe Nickol called it a “first draft” and “the part in the process where we lay out all the hard work that has to be done.”

“What really quickly bubbled up to the top was the idea of exploring further the idea of relocating the township hall to this site. It’s at the center of the township,” Nickol said. “It meets a need in that what we’ve heard anecdotally is the township hall is undersized and we’re in a position to help the township meet the needs of the community.”

Securing funding and building the vision could be a decade or more away, but planners also announced some activation activities at the site that aren’t expensive or complicated and can happen soon. Events could include closing down parts of Riverside Drive for events, gatherings where people could build and launch small hot air balloons and refurbishing an old post office for community events.

The current township offices are at 5945 N. Dixie Drive. The township consists of about 6.3 square miles just north of Dayton.

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The town center concept was popular with residents who graded the alternatives at an April meeting. About 100 people attended the meeting Tuesday.

The result of a four-year process, the redevelopment plan could be a big leap forward for the area on top of some smaller recent positive steps, said Kristofer McClintick, Harrison Twp. administrator.

A nearby 549-unit apartment complex has been refurbished top to bottom. Two schools — Dayton Public’s Charity Adams Earley Academy and the The Horizon Science Academy, a charter school — are in the plan area and attract students. The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio-Dayton office draws activities and people.

“We feel this will be the anchor site to continue that investment all along that North Main corridor,” McClintick said.

MKSK Studios, consultants out of Covington, Ky., developed the plan for County Corp, working in partnership with Harrison Twp. and Montgomery County.

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Crews called to 3-vehicle rollover crash in Clayton

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:45 PM



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A driver who ran a red light tonight caused as three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Taywood and Old Salem roads.

The vehicles involved in the crash reported around 8:15 p.m. included a pickup truck, car and minivan, which was on its side.

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It is not clear whether there were any injuries, but there initially was someone trapped in the overturned vehicle, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

One of the drivers was cited for a red-light violation, but dispatch was not able to confirm which vehicle’s driver was at fault.

Crews cleared the scene at 9:40 p.m., dispatch said.

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Miamisburg man killed in Warren County motorcycle crash

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:09 AM

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UPDATE @ 7:05 a.m. 6/18/18:

The Warren County Coroner’s Office has identified the man involved in a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday in Franklin.

Stephen C. Booth, 40, of Miamisburg died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Riley Street near Van Horne Street, according to Chief Investigator, A. Doyle Burke of Warren County Coroner’s Office.

UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m:

The motorcycle crash that occurred earlier today was fatal, Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

A 40-year-old was believed to be traveling northbound on Riley Street near Van Horne Street. He was possibly racing a vehicle before losing control, hitting a curb, and being thrown from his motorcycle--Sgt. Wolf of Franklin confirmed. He was also believed to be wearing a helmet.

The vehicle he was racing is unknown, and no one else was injured.

FIRST REPORT: 

Emergency crews are on scene of a reported accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Franklin.

According to dispatchers, crews are at the scene of North Main Street at North River Street.

The crash reportedly occurred around 3:20 p.m.

We are on the way to the scene to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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Troopers ID woman killed in Preble County crash

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:15 PM

Person killed in Preble County crash

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: The woman killed in a single-vehicle crash in the 6000 block of Halderman Road has been identified as 29-year-old Megan Harris of Indiana, Sgt. Frank Simmons of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post said.

“Upon arriving on scene we saw a red Chrysler Pacifica that apparently had gone off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected and went off the left side of the roadway, striking a tree almost splitting the car into two pieces,” Simmons said.

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Speed is definitely a factor, but drugs and alcohol are not suspected, he said.

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“Based on our evidence collection and the visual inspection of the vehicle, the damages sustained, she was traveling at a high rate of speed.”

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: Troopers with the state patrol are continuing their investigation of the fatal, single-vehicle accident in the 6000 block of Halderman Road. 

Halderman will be shut down in both directions until further notice.

INITIAL REPORT

A crash in the area of Twin Creek and Halderman roads, south of West Alexandria, involves a fatality, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported around 4:20 p.m.

According to initial reports, a vehicle crashed into a ditch in the area, the patrol said.

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