Daytonian wins SAG award, is front-runner for an acting Oscar 

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

If Allison Janney wins the Oscar for her role in “I, Tonya” she will be the first Daytonian to win this one of the top acting prizes. Video by Amelia Robinson

If history is a predictor, a Daytonian will the one to beat in one of the top categories at the upcoming Academy Awards. 

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For her role in “I, Tonya,” Oakwood-raised movie and television star Allison Janney nabbed the best supporting actress award at Sunday night’s Screen Actor Guild Awards ceremony.

Jonathan McNeal, a Dayton film expert and manager of Neon Movies in downtown Dayton, says there is crossover between SAG voters and Oscar voters. 

More than that, Janney has won the Golden Globe and other major supporting actress awards for her role in the film.  

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“She is certainty the front-runner,” McNeal said. “The only other person in contention is Laurie Metcalf for ‘Lady Bird,’ but I think it is really Allison’s. She is the best thing about ‘I, Tonya’.”

Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow, Jan. 22 at 8:22 a.m. The ceremony is held in March. 

If she is victorious, Janney, who slayed Sunday in a figure-loving, silver paillette-covered gown, will be thought to be first person from the Dayton area to win an Oscar for her acting. 

That said, the Miami Valley has been represented at the Academy Awards several times through the years. 

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🌟 Yellow Springs resident Julia Reichert has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary.

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🌟 Springfield’s John Legend won the best original song Oscar in 2015 for his song  "Glory" with Common from the film "Selma.” 

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🌟 Wright State University graduate  Hannah Beachler was the production designer for the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight.”

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🌟 New Carlisle native and Dayton-area resident J. Todd Anderson has created the story board for about 20 Coen brothers movies since 1987’s "Raising Arizona." He worked on the Academy Award-winning films “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Janney, the star of CBS’s “Mom” which airs weekly on WHIO-TV, plays LaVona Harding, figure skater Tonya Harding’s mother, in the dramatic dark comedy “I, Tonya.” 

In September, the former Miami Valley School student was inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame. She told this news organization she’d place that hometown award next to her major acting statues and recognitions.

McNeal said Janney’s mom, Macy, who she praised as a role model in last Sunday’s edition of “Parade” magazine (an insert in the Dayton Daily News), is a Neon regular. 

He hopes to open “I, Tonya” at the movie theater located at  130 E Fifth St., in early February.  

"I feel like I'm Khaleesi's warrior shaman." — Allison Janney, on her gown, on E! Live from the Red Carpet(People Magazine)

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Air Force could have more say in Wright-Patterson hospital’s future under bill

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:49 PM

Emergency room sign at Wright-Patterson Medical Center STAFF FILE PHOTO
Emergency room sign at Wright-Patterson Medical Center STAFF FILE PHOTO

An Ohio congressman has added an amendment to a defense policy bill that would give military services like the Air Force more of a say in the potential closure or cuts in services at medical facilities, a spokesman says.

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, added the amendment as part of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House on Thursday in a 351-66 vote.

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The amendment would require a description of the criteria used to close any military hospital or cut services, and allow input from the military branch.

The Defense Health Agency evaluates health services throughout the Department of Defense, including Wright-Patterson Medical Center, which in prior years was under pressure to increase the use of inpatient beds.


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Report: Suspect in motorcycle crash that killed woman was under influence of drugs, alcohol

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:24 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

Robert Butt (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Robert Butt (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE @3 p.m. 5/24/18: A man arrested in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash, according to a Dayton crash report.

Robert Butt, 50, was arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident, according to police and jail records.

According to the crash report, Butt was driving the motorcycle with the victim, Lynn Goss, 49, as a passenger. Butt was going an estimated 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the report. 

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Butt hit the median and went off the right side of the road where he struck a cement block wall, causing Goss to be ejected. He then collided with a speed limit sigh and small tree, according to the report.

He then fled the scene, according to the report.

UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m. 5/23/18: A 50-year-old man has been arrested in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash that left a Dayton woman dead, according to a police spokeswoman. 

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Robert Butt was arrested Tuesday morning on preliminary charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident, according to police and jail records. 

Butt remains in the Montgomery County Jail pending the filing of formal charges, according to investigators.  

Butt is accused of leaving the scene of a crash in the 3300 block of Needmore Road on Sunday that killed 49-year-old Lynn Goss. 

Additional details were not available. 


A 49-year-old Dayton woman was killed in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning on Needmore Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

Lynn Goss was pronounced dead at Grandview Hospital after the crash in the 3300 block of Needmore about 2:30 a.m., the coroner's office said. 

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Goss' death was ruled an accident and she was a passenger on the motorcycle, officials said. 

We're working to learn more information and whether any charges or citations have been issued.

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Police: Suspected ice cream eating burglar causes Kettering school lockdown

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:52 PM

Suspected ice cream eating burglar causes Kettering school lockdown

A man who was suspected of breaking into a Kettering home early Thursday morning and eating the victims’ ice cream was later arrested after causing a school lockdown, according to police.

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Around 1 a.m. Thursday, Kettering police responded to a home in the first block of Abbott Drive after the occupants found a man inside their home, according to a police incident report. 

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“(The occupants) woke up to find (the) suspect in their residence eating ice cream, going through their personal items, and fled the scene, leaving his clothing behind,” the report said. 

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The man was able to flee on foot, taking a victim’s wallet, but left behind his shoes, jeans, and hat, police said. 

Around 9 a.m., administrators at Greenmont Elementary School in Kettering initiated a school lockdown after receiving a report of a suspicious person on school property, a Kettering police spokesman said. 

“Officers responded and after a search of the area, located the subject near Smithville and Watervliet (roads),” the spokesman said. 

The man, later identified as Jonathan Jacob Hazelbaker, 23, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for his arrest and booked into the Kettering City Jail. 

Hazelbaker is only being held in the jail for the warrant, and hasn’t been charged in connection to the break-in, police said. 

The school returned to normal activities after Hazelbaker was taken into custody, police said. 

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Car veers to miss stopped RTA bus, hits pedestrian; injuries ‘very serious’

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Montgomery County Sheriff office is investigating a pedestrian strike

UPDATE @2:45 p.m.:

Salem Avenue has reopened following an earlier pedestrian crash that caused serious injuries.

UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.: 

A pedestrian was hit by a car that couldn’t stop fast enough for a stopped RTA bus on Salem Avenue, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rob Streck. 

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The bus was dropping off passengers in the right lane of southbound Salem Avenue, Streck said. The vehicle’s driver didn’t see the bus and veered right into the parking lot of Dayton Auto Repair, hitting a pedestrian who either just exited the bus or was waiting for the bus, according to Streck. 

The victim’s injuries are “very serious,” Streck said. 

Additional details and possible citations are pending and still under investigation. 

Northbound lanes of Salem Avenue have been reopened, but southbound lanes are expected to be blocked until the investigation is completed. 

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.:

Deputies have now shut down both directions of Salem Avenue just south of Free Pike in Harrison Twp. after a reported pedestrian strike around 11:20 a.m. 

Investigators were only blocking one lane of Salem Avenue until around 1:15 p.m. when the entire roadway was shut down. 

Reports indicate one person was transported to a hospital following the crash, but their condition wasn’t available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.


A lane of Salem Avenue is blocked and a business parking lot surrounded by police tape after a reported crash involving a pedestrian Thursday morning, according to initial reports.

The incident was reported around 11:20 a.m. in the 3800 block of Salem Avenue.

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It’s unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital or what the circumstances surrounding the reported crash were, however we’re working to gather those details.

The parking lot of Dayton Auto Repair was blocked while sheriff’s deputies investigated.

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