Former Montgomery County sheriff may join examination of mistreatment claims at jail

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:38 AM


            The women’s side of the Montgomery County Jail is shown. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
            Ty Greenlees
The women’s side of the Montgomery County Jail is shown. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

A committee looking to stem the tide of inmate complaints and civil rights lawsuits brought against the Montgomery County Jail has submitted the names of two men with decades of law enforcement experience — including a former sheriff once in command of the jail — to fill a vacancy on the group.

In coming weeks, Montgomery County commissioners will name either former Sheriff Dave Vore or Vandalia Division of Police Lt. Kurt Althouse to the vacancy created when Tony Rankin, a retired Montgomery Sheriff’s Office chief deputy, stepped down for health reasons. The committee voted last month to forward the two names.

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Vore retired after eight years as Montgomery County sheriff in 2008 and is now a security consultant. He is a Clay Twp. trustee, winning re-election in November.

Althouse, currently an administrative lieutenant, worked in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office from 1992-2014, including a year as a Jail Division sergeant, according to his resume provided to the committee.

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The committee will soon examine proposals from five firms to conduct an operations study to help guide eventual recommendations for changes at the jail, the focus of a number of lawsuits by former inmates claiming mistreatment already costing the county more than $1 million.

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The committee was formed in March as calls for a federal civil rights investigation into jail operations grew louder. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer is a non-voting member of the 10-member committee.

Justice Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County Jail

Co-chairs:

- Rabbi Bernard Barsky, retired from Beth Abraham Synagogue

- Dr. Gary LeRoy, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, associate dean for Student Affairs and Admissions

Other committee members:

- Branford Brown, Miami Valley Urban League executive director,

- Michael Carter, superintendent of school and community partnerships at Sinclair Community College

- Stephanie Cook, city of Dayton Law Department

- Rev. David Fox, retired chief of police at Wilberforce University who represents the Dayton unit of the NAACP

- Judge Gregory Singer, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court

- Carol Smerz, CEO and president of South Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Ex officio member:

- Phil Plummer, Montgomery County Sheriff

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Spring is back for the weekend; Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks overnight

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

A dry evening is expected in the Dayton area, but more rain returns during the coming work-week.

Filtered sunshine, but milder for the afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Temperatures approach 60 degrees, which is closer to normal.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds may keep us from seeing Lyrid Meteor shower tonight
  • A quiet day Sunday 
  • Chance for rain Monday - Wednesday 

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected this evening and overnight tonight. Temperatures will drop to near 40 degrees. Because of the few clouds sticking around, it may be difficult to see the Lyrid Meteor shower overnight and early Sunday, but with a few breaks you may be able to see some.

Sunday: We’ll see a little bit more sunshine on Sunday, but once again passing clouds and filtered sun is expected, highs in the middle 60s.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Monday: A dry start is expected, but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and the evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers, highs will drop back into the upper 50s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of Wednesday, highs will be near 60 degrees.

Thursday: Should be a dry day with partly sunny skies and highs near 60 degrees.

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Casa del Sazón open for business despite fire 

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

Tex-Mex restaurant Casa del Sazón notified its patrons via their Facebook page they have resumed normal operations after a fire was put on the premises Friday evening.

The fire department was dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m., after a cigarette was thrown on mulch outside the building. 

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Restaurant manager Armando Soto said no one was hurt, and the only damage caused was to the sidewalk next to the mulch. 

"Thankfully we caught it in time and it only damaged the sidewalk," said Soto. 

"The fire department came quickly and everything is OK,” Soto said. 

The restaurant resumed normal business hours this afternoon.

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University of Dayton and Deca High students help clean up Five Oaks

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

University of Dayton and Deca High School students joined together today for the annual Five Oaks neighborhood cleanup in recognition of Earth Day weekend. 

Located on the UD campus, Deca High is a preparatory school dedicated to helping students achieve their goal of graduating college. 

Bill Marvin, presdient of the Five Oaks Neighborhood Association and UD philosophy professor, said approximately 80 to 100 students came out to help clean up the neighborhood, around 20 of them Deca students. 

"Five Oaks is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city," Marvin said. "A lot of good people come together and it's really good for the community." 

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Members of the community also participate, helping the students with trash pickup, weed pulling, and tree plantings. 

"The more we take care of our common space, the better it is for everybody because we are all in this together, " said Marvin. 

Dona, a junior at Deca, sees the cleanup as an opportunity for herself and her classmates to come together and do something that benefits their community. 

"We don't have to come here, said Dona. "But we are tired of seeing trash everywhere and the neighborhood looking bad. We came here for our younger kids so we could show them that we can do things together that don't just benefit us." 

Cleanup efforts will continue April 22.

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Volunteers help at Five Rivers MetroParks 31 annual Adopt-a-Park

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31 annual Adopt-a-Park cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day.

Volunteers of all ages helped remove trash, plant trees, repair trails, and prepare flower beds at more than 2 dozen sites. 

Volunteers received a free lunch at Riverscape and a T-shirt for their efforts. 

"We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers. 

“The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn't be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians,” Kepler said. 

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Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 65,000 pounds of trash, 32 miles of river ways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed, according to a press release. 

"I think the success of this event reflects the community's support of MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage," said Kepler. 

Adopt-a-Park is sponsored by Vectren and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. 

To find out more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log on to www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

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