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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:05 PM
DAYTON — If you need help with your taxes, you may qualify for free tax help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA.
VITA, in partnership with the United Way and the city of Dayton, offers free tax prep services at 14 locations in and around Dayton.
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Tax preparer Ravenia Jordan and two other volunteers were busy today helping people file their taxes at the Northwest branch of the Dayton Public Library.
Last year, they provided services for 700 people, Jordan said.
“Every person here is IRS certified every single year, so with the different tax law changed we are on top of it,” said Jordan.
The free tax help is available for people making under $54,000 a year, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those who speak limited English.
Some locations, like the library, offer walk-in services, others are by appointment only.
This is the second year Cheryl Williams has had her taxes done for free.
“It really helps because I used to do my tax returns myself, but I thought I’d try this way just to make sure everything was right,” said Williams.
But, she said the wait in line can be too long for the elderly and disabled.
“These ladies do an outstanding job, but they do need some more volunteers and I think if they had at least two more it would really help out with the waits,” Williams said.
Jordan said there is a need for more volunteers. To find out how you can help, call the United Way at 937-913-2000.
This Saturday is Empowerment Saturday at the Montgomery County Job Center and tax prep volunteers will be on hand from 9am- 2pm to help taxpayers by appointment or walk-in.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:05 PM
DAYTON — Two Dayton recreation centers hosted the 2018 World's Largest Swimming Lesson this morning.
The Greater Dayton and Lohrey Recreation Centers taught basic water safety reminding everyone that learning to swim helps prevent drowning. More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for children ages one to four, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for children ages one to 14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
"The earlier you introduce kids to the water, the greater chance of survival," said Ian Morgan, the Head Life Saving Instructor for the City of Dayton. "When you enter a kid into water and teach them swim lesson one through four, you reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent."
In a 2014 survey completed by the American Red Cross, results indicated 54 percent of Americans either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills.
Other results show parents do not recognize that supervision is key.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
— FLOOD ADVISORY ISSUED UNTIL 10:45 P.M. FOR: Champaign and Logan counties. Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses will occur. also, farmland near creeks, streams and drainage ditches will experience minor flooding.
FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED UNTIL MIDNIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:
Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Warren and Wayne (Indiana).
This evening: A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of the region until midnight. Rain will be likely, but gradually decrease in coverage through the evening, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will hold to around 70 degrees.
Overnight: Expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance for lingering showers. A rumble of thunder is possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 60s.
Friday: Partly sunny skies are expected to start the day with scattered thunderstorms developing. While the overall severe weather threat is low, one or two storms could become severe with isolated wind damage or even a tornado possible. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds and a chance for a few passing showers or storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.
Sunday: Partly sunny skies will end the weekend with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Highs will reach back into the lower 80s.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies will start the new week with highs in the lower 80s.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:12 PM
MIAMISBURG — All activities related to the Miamisburg Bicentennial have been canceled for Thursday night due to inclement weather.
The schedule for Friday remains unchanged at this time.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:59 PM
DAYTON — A 25-year-old man arrested Wednesday in a raid on a home in the 1700 block of Xenia Avenue in Dayton is wanted in the killing of a motel clerk in a Seattle suburb.
Dayevion Royalston was apprehended on a parole violation and a detainer from the King County Sheriff's Office.
King County sheriff's detectives will travel here for an extradition hearing to return Royalston to SeaTac, an inner-ring suburb of Seattle.
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Several members of the Dayton Police Department, FBI, Safe Streets Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office descended on the home, with weapons drawn, late Wednesday afternoon.
Sheriff Phil Plummer said King County sheriff's officials called his office to relay information that the suspect had associates in Dayton. That information pointed local authorities to a woman living at the Xenia Avenue address, Plummer said.
Royalston is wanted in the shooting death of a motel clerk in the city of SeaTac early on June 16.
According to The Seattle Times and other news reports in that area, a shuttle driver pulled up to the America's Best Value, south of the Sea-Tac Airport, and found the 40-year-old clerk on the floor and bleeding about 11:15 p.m.