Cordray accepts endorsement of 3rd former rival in Ohio race

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 1:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 1:46 PM

A third Democrat left the Ohio governor's race on Wednesday and endorsed former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray.

Former state Rep. Connie Pillich said she made her decision over the weekend after Ohio Republican Party leaders voted to endorse Attorney General Mike DeWine over Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in a particularly bitter gubernatorial primary.

"As the GOP rallies around Mike DeWine and promises more of the destructive policies that have put our state into the careless situation it is now, it is time to come together," said Pillich, speaking at Cordray campaign headquarters on Wednesday. "Democrats have to come together, we have to put aside our differences and we have to unite."

Pillich's withdrawal leaves no woman leading a Democratic ticket, but she, Cordray and Cordray's former rival and running mate, Betty Sutton, said that doesn't mean women will play a back seat role.

"I do feel very, very strongly that it's important that we put women in positions of leadership and influence," Pillich said. "And, you know what, you've got two women right here in pretty strong positions of influence and leadership."

Sutton said Cordray is running a non-traditional campaign where diverse interests are represented "not just at one table, not just in a symbolic way, but in a real and substantive way at every table and in numbers that will matter."

Cordray dismissed as "a dumb comment" Democratic state Sen. Joe Schiavoni's suggestion that party insiders are forcing aside qualified candidates to help hand Cordray the nomination. He said he's gathering talented Democrats into a coalition that can win against Republicans.

"We're running in a primary election. What do you do? You go out and seek support. When you're getting support, that's good. When you're not getting support, that's bad," Cordray said. "We will continue to go out and seek support and build support until, ultimately, what we will do is win the primary race, which is the goal."

Also contending for the Democratic nomination are: Schiavoni, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill and Cleveland doctor and venture capitalist Jon Heavey.

Pillich and Sutton, a former congresswoman, pushed back on questions of the gender implications of their and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley's decisions to leave the race.

Sutton said the 58-year-old Cordray has "earned his way" to the top of the political ticket through decades of public service at the local, state and federal levels — including as Ohio's state treasurer and attorney general and founding director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

"When we hear this sort of nonsense that somehow he has been anointed in this race, it is just that: It's nonsense," Sutton said. "He has been fighting for this moment, learning, gaining experience, showing his ability to come up with solutions to real problems and make a real difference."


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Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Joey Picca talks the Storm Prediction Center 

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:55 AM

This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast, Joey Picca sits down with Kirstie and McCall to talk about his role at the Storm Prediction Center.

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The SPC is part of the National Weather Service and is one of nine Centers for Environmental Prediction across the country. The SPC, especially in the spring and summer, is busy producing products that help give timely and accurate outlooks and watches for severe weather. 

Joey Picca is now an outlook/mesoscale forecaster at the SPC which is in Norman, Oklahoma. As a forecaster at the SPC, his primary duties include: issuing outlook and near-term forecasts for severe, fire, and winter weather across the contiguous United States. Picca first worked was a meteorologist at NWS New York, NY, where he supported operations for numerous high-impact events such as Hurricane Sandy and the Northeast Blizzard of February 2013. 

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Every day Picca has to tell the weather story of the entire country, first starting broad and zooming closer and closer until he is pin-pointing where severe weather could occur. The Convective Outlooks he produces are important in the Miami Valley and are just one tool the Storm Center 7 team uses when developing local forecasts each day. 

Picca gives an in-depth and honest look at the interesting job he has in the field of meteorology as well as some of the stressors he must overcome. 

“The atmosphere really knows how to slap you over the head and say, 'Oh, I've got many tricks up my sleeve,'" explained Picca.

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Xenia, Middletown buildings top 2 vote-getters in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:38 AM

Vote for your favorite photo on Heritage Ohio's website.
Jennifer Dunn
Vote for your favorite photo on Heritage Ohio's website.(Jennifer Dunn)

Photos showcasing empty buildings in Xenia and Middletown are leading the four finalists in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest.

Voting continues until May 29 to choose a winner among the four, which are featured on Heritage Ohio’s website. The page has garnered more than 25,000 views since it was launched.

To cast your vote, visit the photo contest page

The Xenia entry features the Eavey Building at 17 West Third Street. Co-owner Jennifer Dunn took the photo of a bicycle with loaded side-baskets inside the former grocery warehouse.

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The Middletown entry is of the bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, the city’s tallest structure built in 1930.

Bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, Middletown

“The City of Middletown believes that this building has the potential to be converted into a destination location for premier space for offices, retail, and restaurants as well as offer luxury apartments for those wanting to get away from the suburban lifestyle and reconnect with their community,” according to the photo’s description.

The description on the Eavey Building offers the potential uses for the 90,000 square-foot structure, which was built in 1908.

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“This ... behemoth has the potential to be your son’s first home away from home, your mom’s loft, your favorite bike shop, a delish restaurant, your daughter’s wedding venue, where you heard that brilliant new band, an intimate wine and cheese shop, and a “kickbooty” penthouse bar,” according to the description.

As of this morning, the Goetz Tower photo is first, with 43 percent of the votes; The Eavey Building’s photo is close behind with 39 percent of the vote.

The winner of the contest will receive an award for best photo, which will be featured on the cover of Heritage Ohio’s quarterly publication and be recognized at the Heritage Ohio Conference in the fall.

Heritage Ohio is “Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization” with a mission to preserve historic structures and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, according to the website. 

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1 ejected, 4 injured when car fleeing troopers loses control, overturns

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:45 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

4 injured, 1 ejected from crash after pursuit on Needmore Road

UPDATE @3:48 a.m.

Four people were injured, including one person who was ejected, when a car fleeing troopers lost control and overturned.

The pursuit started in the area of Shoup Mill Road near Riverside Drive when the car, which was clocked going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, failed to stop for a trooper, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Brent Johnson.

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The car accelerated to approximately 90 mph, lost control, drove over the right side the roadway and overturned multiple times in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike, less than a mile from where the pursuit started.

One person was ejected and all four occupants were injured, Johnson said. All were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

It’s unknown why the car fled.

The driver will likely face fleeing and eluding charges.


A vehicle that fled from troopers early Friday morning has crashed resulting in multiple injuries, according to reports.

The vehicle crashed in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike around 2:30 a.m. Initial reports indicate the vehicle rolled multiple times, and as a many as four people may be injured.

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Coroner called to crash, car fire in Trotwood

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

Crash, car fire fatal in Trotwood

The Montgomery County Coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.

The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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