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Published: Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 3:20 PM
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 3:20 PM
DAYTON — DAYTON — Minutes before a judge sentenced him to a 25-year prison term, Dorian L. Lucas told the families of his victims exactly how he felt.
“Always better them than me, any day,” Lucas said, leading spectators to shout, to cry and to storm out.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy O’Connell noted that response when sentencing him.
“Mr. Lucas has shown no remorse,” O’Connell said. “And he has not taken responsibility for these offenses.”
As O’Connell spoke, a female spectator pronounced Lucas “Satan.”
Lucas, 21, known as D-Luke, is a reputed member of the Dayton View Hustlers street gang. He pleaded guilty Aug. 3 in four felony cases, two of them concerning deaths.
One victim was 23-year-old Jamahl Moore, who was shot to death April 29, 2011 inside a West Grandview home. At the time, police said that Moore was also a gang member.
“Did you know that Jamahl lived nine minutes,” Moore’s mother, Jo Karen Nelloms, asked Lucas. “He crawled out of that apartment and almost made it outside.”
Moore left a 2-month-old daughter, and “my granddaughter has to grow up wondering what her daddy was like,” Nelloms said. She then added that Moore had been one of Lucas’ friends.
Dyanne Hill, the mother of Natasha Lawson, also addressed Lucas. Lawson, 38, was killed Oct. 11, 2010. Lucas was fleeing from police at a high rate of speed before crashing into Lawson’s vehicle on North Gettysburg Avenue.
Lawson, a former General Motors employee who had lost her job, had just finished her nursing degree and was having resumes made the day of her death. Lawson’s 40th birthday would have been this Friday and her daughter was married last week.
“You took so much from us, so very much,” Hill said. “I hope you have years to think about what you have done.”
Lucas had pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter in Moore’s death, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide in Lawson’s death. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault for shooting at residents of a Daleview Avenue home in Harrison Twp.
In that case, a 19-year old man answered the door around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2011. He and Lucas argued, and Lucas pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting him in the arm. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.
The final charge was possession of heroin, from a Sept. 9, 2010 traffic stop when police saw heroin capsules on the passenger seat, according to the prosecutor’s office.
After Lucas’ arrest last year, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer called him “one of the more violent guys on the streets,” and said that he had an “extensive juvenile record and is one of the leaders of the Dayton View Hustlers”
O’Connell noted his extensive juvenile record, with eight delinquency findings which included incarceration with the Ohio Department of Youth Services.
Lucas was one of his mother’s five children, but did not know his siblings, O’Connell said. Children Services removed the children from the mother’s home when Lucas was three. He does not know his father, who is serving a prison term for a murder conviction, O’Connell said.
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 5:29 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:30 PM
A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers have called on the U.S. EPA leader to release a chemical pollution study that reportedly shows lower threshold levels for groundwater contamination that could impact more than a hundred military bases, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but the head of the agency said he doesn’t have the authority to release the study.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, in his own letter this month, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from California to Massachusetts in a separate letter, urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to release the study after Politico, citing newly released emails, reported the White House and the EPA had sought to block the public release of the U.S. Health and Human Services report because “it would cause a public relations nightmare.”
But in a response to Turner’s letter and the other congressional leaders, Pruitt wrote this week the Health and Human Services agency had the right to release the research findings, but “the EPA does not have the authority to release this study.”
Turner now has urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar to release the report.
Chemical substances known as perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been found in the groundwater at Wright-Patterson and near a Dayton firefighting training site on McFadden Avenue. The material, commonly found in many household items, also was found in an old formula of firefighting foam sprayed at both sites.
Authorities say the water in the Dayton distribution system is safe to drink, and the substances have not been found in water delivered to consumers.
“Administrator Pruitt’s letter made it clear that the EPA is not currently blocking the release of the study on PFAS, although it did not indicate whether it had sought to block this release previously,” Turner said in a statement.
“The release of this study is a public health and safety issue for every community with a military installation, including mine,” Turner, whose district includes Wright-Patterson, wrote to Azar. The EPA has set a lifetime health advisory exposure level of 70 parts per trillion.
“If this study finds, as reported, that this is no longer an accurate level of safety for our water, Congress and our constituents need to know immediately so we can begin to address it,” Turner added.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement Wednesaday to this news outlet: “Keeping information from people about the health and safety of their water is disgraceful. The EPA and HHS must release this report immediately and work with the Air Force and the city of Dayton to ensure the water is safe.”
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said in a statement Wednesday: “(It’s) important to ensure EPA’s health advisories are up to date and reflect the best available science and information. The EPA and HHS should release this report immediately to ensure that the men and women serving our country, as well as our communities supporting them, are drinking clean, safe water.”
The EPA was part of a national leadership summit Tuesday that sought to address PFAS concerns around the nation. The federal agency reportedly barred some members of the press while Pruitt was speaking.
In a May 18 letter, 13 House representatives on both sides of the political aisle from California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington state, had asked Pruitt to release the report. The lawmakers noted studies have linked the substances to cancer, thyroid disease, increased cholesterol, and fertility issues, among health concerns.
The group also sent a letter to Azar, according to U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, who was among those who co-signed the document.
“It’s a little hard for me that (Pruitt) won’t act to have the report released when he seems to have the authority to block the report,” he said Wednesday, referring to published reports. State policy makers especially could use the data to set contamination threshold levels, Kildee said.
“It ought to be out there,” he said. “We’ve seen this happen too many times.”
His district includes Flint, which has faced an ongoing drinking water crisis related to lead contamination.
The Department of Defense has identified 126 military installations that showed the chemical substances in excess of the EPA’s lifetime exposure advisory threshold where the firefighting foam was sprayed, lawmakers said.
The Health and Human Services study, known as the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “concluded that PFOS and PFOA can cause human harm at a much lower level of exposure than previously acknowledged by EPA,” the lawmakers said.
City of Dayton officials have urged Wright-Patterson to take more aggressive action to prevent tainted groundwater migrating off base and potentially threatening groundwater pumping wells along the Mad River. Base authorities say they have installed monitoring wells to track where a contamination plume is headed and have pointed to the city’s firefighting training site as a possible source of contamination.
As a precaution, the city of Dayton closed several production wells along the Mad River.
Wright-Patterson built a $2.7 million groundwater treatment plant to reopen two drinking water production wells that had been closed because they had exceeded health advisory levels.
Brown’s office said the senator will offer an amendment to an upcoming defense bill for the Air Force to reimburse the city of Dayton for costs incurred with dealing with tracking and dealing with the potential contamination.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:49 PM
UNITED STATES — The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and runs through the end of November. This year's tropical season may begin right on time.
According to the National Hurricane Center there is the chance that a broad area of thunderstorms near the Yucatan Peninsula may move into the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico and develop into a subtropical or tropical depression over the weekend. If that occurs, this would be the first named storm of the season.
Many Miami Valley residents may be planning to head south for the long holiday weekend. The potential for this tropical development could lead to a wet and stormy holiday. The National Hurricane Center says "regardless of the development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast during the weekend."
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:25 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
— UPDATE @ 4 p.m.:
The Miamisburg police officer who shot a suspect April 3 has been identified as Officer Joshua Kohlrieser.
Two Miamisburg police officers involved in the shooting of a Dayton man wanted on federal charges will not be charged criminally, a grand jury has ruled.
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The officer who wounded Indiana robbery suspect Jeremy Watson April 3 outside the Byers Road Red Roof Inn remains on restrictive duty while the other – who did not fire a shot – returned to regular duty, but both remain consulting with a “practitioner,” Miamisburg Police Chief John Sedlak said.
Sedlak has said he does not think it is at this point “appropriate” to name the officers, although he indicated the one who wounded Watson in the left leg was male.
Sedlak said the identities will come after the case goes to a grand jury, which will follow an investigation by the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit. The unit, a coalition of eight south suburban cities that includes Miamisburg, responded to the shooting scene.
Both officers were placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting, which happened after Indiana authorities requested Miamisburg’s help capturing Watson, a suspect in an April 2 armed robbery of Dollar General near Rising Sun, Sedlak said.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Between tackling student loan debt, buying a house and a mountain of bills, the thought of paying off your debt can feel daunting in your 20s and 30s.
According to Make Lemonade, there are more than 44 million borrowers with $1.3 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. alone. So, how can you pay down your debt or avoid it altogether early in life? Here are seven simple ways to build financial wellness:
1. Tackle your student loans
Put your student loans on auto-pay, investment company Ellevest recommends. This could save you at least 0.25 percent on interest expenses and it’ll ensure that you never pay a late fee. Student loans will also likely have different interest rates, so it’s smart to pay off the loans with the highest interest rates first.
If you’ve paid your loans on time, you can also call a lender and ask for a lower interest rate. It may not work, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
2. Not all debt is created equal
Not all debt is created equal. If you’ve got a significant amount of credit card debt, you’ll want to tackle that first before trying to cut down on student loans and other types of debt. Credit card debts often come along with high interest rates, and it can harm your credit score if you miss payments. Make a list of your debts and pay off the debt with the highest interest rates first, and go from there.
3. Have an emergency savings fund
Emergencies happen, and a lot of people don’t have enough saved to pay for unexpected medical bills, car issues or other expenses that pop up. Instead of depending on a credit card to pay for emergencies, start to build up a small emergency savings fund. Start with $1,000 as a fund to tap into when you need it.
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4. Think about who you marry
While it’s not romantic, it’s an awkward conversation to have with your significant other before you say “I do.” You can even incur your partner’s debts in some cases. Have an honest conversation with your partner about credit scores and their personal financial decisions before tying the knot. If their debt is a concern, discuss a prenuptial agreement, which can protect you against your spouse’s debt.
5. Create a budget
Creating a budget will give you a concrete plan, telling you where your money is going, according to clark.com. Organize expenses in an Excel sheet or download an app like Mint to budget your expenses. Tracking what you spend gives you insight into some unnecessary spending patterns you have.
While you won’t always be thinking about debt, you may have to downsize while you work on paying it off, according to clark.com. Take a look at your spending patters and ask yourself if there’s something you really don’t need? Are you spending too much on entertainment or eating out? What subscription services can you go without? Do you really use that gym membership? You can also sell items you don’t use like extra furniture.
7. Start thinking about retirement now