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Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:52 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 12:38 PM
— UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m.:
Caleb Corbitt, a 15-year-old autistic male who reportedly ran from Centerville High School this morning, was safely located in Warren County around 12:30 p.m., according to Centerville police and initial reports.
The teen was described by city officials as autistic and non-verbal.
“He is safe and sound,” according to police officials. “He was located down by Clearcreek Township by the Clearcreek Township police.”
Centerville police are searching for a 15-year-old autistic male who reportedly ran from Centerville High School this morning.
The teen, who city officials identified as Caleb Corbitt, is autistic and non-verbal, according to city officials.
The teen is described as a black male, short cropped hair, small goatee beard, approximately 5-foot-8, slim build and was least seen wearing jeans and a blue shirt.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 11:59 PM
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Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 11:12 PM
DAYTON — Crews are on scene of a reported stabbing that occurred on Ferguson Avenue late Sunday night.
Initial reports indicate officials responded to the incident in the 900 block around 11 p.m.
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
DAYTON — A company says that Dayton is giving some teens in foster care no place to go after a zoning board denied its request to help establish a new “group home.”
Griffin Academy LLC says that the city’s zoning code does not explicitly define the type of group home for male teens it wants to open at 437 Black Ave. in east Dayton.
The facility would house up to 16 teens in foster care, providing housing, supervision, social services and educational services.
City of Dayton staff and its zoning administrator say the proposed group home most closely fits the definition of a transitional housing facility, which is not permitted in that neighborhood.
Griffin Academy’s appealed the zoning administrator’s determination that the proposed operation would be transitional housing.
Griffin Academy claims the group home is most like a residential facility, which is permitted in the district. The proposed site of the group home on Blackwood Avenue is a former nursing home that has been vacant for years.
But the Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously voted to uphold the zoning administrator’s refusal.
Griffin Academy did not provide clear and convincing evidence that the zoning administrator’s determination was incorrect and his interpretation seems reasonable, board members said.
City of Dayton staff said the scope of services, length of stay and foster youth clientele for the proposed facility most closely fits the definition of transitional housing.
But Griffin Academy said transitional housing facilities, by the city’s own definition, are run by public or nonprofit agencies, and Griffin Academy is not that — it’s a private company.
Residential facilities, by the city’s definition, are for room and board and other services for developmentally disabled people in a family setting.
The Griffin Academy owners say they are considering taking legal action to try to move forward with opening the group home.
“You are zoning us out,” said Theresa Darr, the company’s owner. “Where are our children supposed to go if we can’t find a place for this in the code?”
“This is just devastating,” she said.
Greg Gantt, an attorney representing Griffin Academy, said other Ohio communities have faced litigation for fair housing law violations after attempting to zone group homes out of existence.
“I believe we fit residential, clearly and convincingly,” Gantt said.
Under the city’s zoning code, uses that are not specifically listed are prohibited, and only if the zoning administrator determines that a proposed use is substantially similar to a permitted use will it be allowed, said John Musto, city of Dayton senior attorney.
In March, some residents who live near the proposed site said a facility for at-risk teens would be a bad fit for the Wright-View neighborhood, which already struggles with crime, drugs and registered sex offenders.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:30 PM
— Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it continues to move over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines Monday afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
The forecast track then indicates the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here on Wednesday and Thursday. The main threat for this area would be some decent rain; however, there could be a few storms as well, Collar said.
It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.