Dayton mayor's comments on immigration draw fire

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 10:51 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 10:51 PM

            Protesters take issue with Dayton mayor's comments on immigration
Protesters take issue with Dayton mayor's comments on immigration

Mayor Nan Whaley's comments about immigration prompted a small group of protesters waving American flags and signs denouncing undocumented immigration from Mexico to gather Thursday night outside a building where she was meeting with residents about community issues.

The protesters, many of whom were from Cincinnati, said Whaley has signaled Dayton's willingness to accept some of the undocumented immigrant children who have arrived at the southern U.S. border from Central America. They said they wanted to send a clear message to political leadership that they will not tolerate the welcoming of illegal immigrants into the community.

"They don't have the right," said Zee Zembry, an Arizona resident who is helping a sick relative in Tipp City. "We don't want illegals in Dayton, Ohio."

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Whaley said it was sad that people who do not live in Dayton tried to hijack a community meeting to complain about needy children. She said if the children, whom she describes as refugees, need to be distributed across the nation, Dayton would certainly do its part and provide a safe landing spot.

"Of course we would consider being helpful to the country, because we're an immigrant-friendly community," she said.

Whaley was hosting the second of 14 community meetings planned for across the city, which have been billed as a way to promote neighborhood strengths and connect residents with services. About 50 people attended the meeting, where updates were provided on the Dayton Metro Library expansion and the county auditor's revaluation of properties across the city.

The topic turned to illegal immigration when Ron Ungerer, a 63-year-old Xenia resident, stood and addressed the mayor. Ungerer said he wants to know why Mayor Whaley has told some media outlets that she would support accepting some the undocumented children.

"The mayor is on record as having said she wants to bring illegals into the community," he said. "This will be a very destructive thing for our neighborhoods ... where will they put them?"

Though he lives in Xenia, Ungerer said what happens in Dayton impacts the entire region, including the surrounding communities. He is demanding Whaley recant all statements of support of providing facilities for the illegal immigrants.

The mayor said Dayton, along with many other U.S. cities, has been in communication with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the immigrant children at the southern borders. The department, she said, has tried to identify cities that have facilities that could accept and accommodate some of the thousands of child refugees.

Whaley said Dayton would likely be a destination for some of the children. But she noted there is no news on the fate of the immigrant children and Congress would have to take action to finance their placement in communities nationwide.

"We are an open community, and we are open to immigrants," she said. "The anger about something that hasn't even happened, and the fact that Congress hasn't even acted, makes this all very strange to me."

Outside the meeting place, some protesters and attendees became embroiled in a heated argument, where they traded sharp words. One visitor said the protesters had no right to disrupt a neighborhood meeting that had nothing to do with immigration issues.

But some protesters said they do not know whether Whaley was discussing any of her plans for the immigrant children.

"She was here to discuss neighborhood issues," one man said. "Bringing hordes of illegals to Dayton is probably not only going to affect my neighborhood, but this very neighborhood."

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Flyer, the baby bald eagle, dies less than a week after first flight in Dayton

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 2:55 PM

Flyer, the baby bald eagle who just took her first flight Tuesday, has died.

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Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, confirmed with us that the 87-day-old eagle was struck by a delivery truck while attempting to cross Interstate 75 in Dayton Sunday morning.

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She flew across the highway from the north riverbank area and attempted to land but missed her perch. Weller said this is common for eagles at this age. She then flew back across the highway to the north riverbank area but she was too low, and was struck by a delivery truck.

A member of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers had witnessed the accident. 

Weller said she flew outside of Carillon Historical Park for the first time Saturday.

According to Weller, 50 percent of eagles do not survive their first year. A lot goes against them, he said, such as electrical wires, automobile traffic, and planes.

Flyer had a wingspan of six feet and hatched in April, said Weller.

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Her remains were recovered and taken to the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs. She will then be transported to Colorado Springs, Colorado to a federal eagle repository by federal law, Weller said.

Flyer’s father, Orv, and mother, Willa, were still active in her life. Orv had caught her a fish to eat and Willa was perched nearby Saturday.

Weller said her father and mother will spend about one to two weeks searching for her. 

Bald eagles were absent from Dayton for 70 years until a pair appeared near Eastwood Metro Park in 2008.

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Over 2 million views and a shout-out from Lady Antebellum. Middletown Police lip sync challenge video is dominating the Internet

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.
A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.

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Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.

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“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.

Since its posting at noon Wednesday, Middletown Police Department’s lip sync challenge video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.

The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”

The Middletown Police Department's lip sync challenge video features the song "Need You Now" by country music group Lady Antebellum.

Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.

He said it’s important to show police officers are human.

“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.

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In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.

Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.

“We always have them in the break room,” he said.

Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

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Ribbon-cutting held for Perfections Beauty College opening

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM

Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.

When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.

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Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.

“We are hoping to bring back as many students from the Carousel institutions as we can in hopes that they can keep the hours they worked for with that institution,” said one of the owners Kailey Yolanda. “Our goal is to help the students in reaching their diploma as they should have with Carousel.”

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Car flips on its top, catches fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

N. Broadway accident

UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:

Police on scene told us one man was taken to a hospital but is in good condition after he struck an RTA pole and flipped his car on its top.

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The driver was the only person involved in the accident, police said.

He lost control of his car before striking the pole.

A tow truck just left the scene and the road should open back up soon.


A road is closed after a vehicle flipped on its top and caught fire in Dayton Sunday.

Crews responded to the scene at North Broadway Street and Superior Avenue around 11:38 a.m., regional dispatchers confirmed.

North Broadway Street between Grand Avenue and Superior Avenue is closed, according to our crew on scene.

Dispatch advised people take an alternate route.

Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle, dispatch said.

We are working to learn the cause of this accident and if there were any injuries.

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