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New animal rescue facility near Xenia open to public Saturday

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

A different type of animal rescue is set to open in Xenia, and you can get a first look at the facility on Saturday. 

HALO - Helping Animals Lost and Orphaned - will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 3346 Jasper Road in new Jasper Twp. 

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The animal rescue operation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located on the property of the director, Regina Willen, who is an animal behaviorist.

Willen previously was part of a successful program at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. The program incorporated outdoor walks and a living room-like setting, which helped dogs in the shelter become less stressed and more adoptable.

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The facility is a renovated barn and it will shelter rescued animals with the goal of finding permanent homes for them. The organization will also offer behavior consultations and training. 

"HALO provides a much-needed service to those who would otherwise have to surrender their beloved pet to the shelter," according to HALO's website

For more information about HALO, call (513) 668-0088.

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MUST-SEE VIDEO RELEASED: Shot fired during Verizon store robbery

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Shot fired in Butler Twp.Verizon robbery

UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m. (April 25):
Police have released surveillance video that shows the robbery at the Verizon store on Miller Lane.


Police are looking for as many as five males who discharged at least one firearm when they robbed a person of a purse and a cell phone at the Verizon store on Miller Lane. 

The robbery was reported just after 6 p.m. at the store at 7070 Miller Lane. At least one shot was fired inside the showroom. 

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No one was injured, Butler Twp. Detective Kevin Sink said. 

The car believed to have been used in the armed robbery, reportedly a blue Hyundai Elantra, was located Tuesday evening in the 1500 block of Weaver Street in Dayton. 

Jim, a contractor from Tennessee, said he and a co-worker were in a company van outside the store when a car pulled up. 

This car is believed to have been used in an armed robbery at the Verizon store on Miller Lane, in Butler Twp., on Tuesday afternoon (April 17, 2018). The car was located in Dayton, on Weaver Street. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Three males came runing out and jumped in the car, Jim said, noting that seconds later a fourth male -- who had a dark or black handgun -- came out. He was wearing a hoodie and a white mask, as they all were. He was holding the firearm down at his side, pointed downward. 

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Jim said his co-worker was able to jot down the license plate of the getaway car. Jim said he was getting in position to snap a cell phone photo of the car when he saw the firearm and decided to crouch behind the van. 

"I don't want to get shot," he said. "I'm too close to retirement." 

The robbers looked to be young men in their 20s, Jim said, noting that they dropped a backpack and a blue Walmart bag outside the Verizon store. 

"My life is worth more than a picture," he said. "I'm just glad nobody got hurt."


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Dayton woman ID’d as ‘aggressive’ driver killed in Riverside head-on collision

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 5:35 AM

Several ambulances and the coroner responded to a multi-vehicle accident on Woodman Avenue on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Update@1:12 p.m.:

No violations for Adams show up in recent Dayton police or municipal court records or any Montgomery County court files, according to a background check.

That check found Adams had multiple violations in Miamisburg in 1996, including, a stop sign violation, improper lane usage, DWI of .147 andspeeding (40 in 25 zone) and driving under suspension which was amended to no operator’s license.

This news organization found no recent violations for her.

First report:

A 46-year-old woman killed in a head-on collision in Riverside Tuesday afternoon has been identified.

Alpha Adams, of Dayton, has been identified as the driver killed in the crash on southbound Harshman Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

An autopsy on the Woodman Park Drive resident is scheduled for today.

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Witnesses said she was driving erratically, “being aggressive and making hand gestures” just before she was involved in a head-on collision on southbound Harshman Road near Airway Road and Woodman Drive at about 3:45 p.m., Riverside police Sgt. Dave Crigler said.

Witnesses said the woman appeared to be driving erratically on Harshman, headed toward Airway, when she sideswiped a school bus, then hit a second vehicle as she continued on.

She drove left of center as she approached the intersection at Airway Road, striking another vehicle head-on, the sergeant said.

Three other people were injured in the accident that involved as many as eight vehicles, he said, and they have been taken to different hospitals.

One person was killed and three people were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident Tuesday on southbound Harshman Road, near Airway Road, in Riverside. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

There were no children on the school bus, Crigler said.

“We don’t exactly know what the hand gestures were,” the sergeant said.

Zeke Bowling, whose girlfriend was driving one of the vehicles struck in the incident, said she was taken to a hospital and his daughter and son were also in the girlfriend’s vehicle.

Bowling characterized the fatality was the result of a road rage incident.

Crigler said he could not confirm whether the fatality was the result of road rage.

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2 Republicans running in primary for open local state House seat

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:39 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Clayton  Councilman Kenneth Henning and  J. Todd Smith  of Germantown are  Republican candidates running for the Ohio 43rd House district seat.
Clayton Councilman Kenneth Henning and J. Todd Smith of Germantown are Republican candidates running for the Ohio 43rd House district seat.

Regardless of who wins, there will be a new face in the Ohio Statehouse representing west-central Montgomery County and Preble County next year.

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With state Rep. Jeff Rezabek deciding to run for Montgomery County Juvenile Court judge, two Republicans and one Democrat are running to fill 43rd Ohio House district seat.

Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley is unopposed in the May 8 primary and so is not profiled here.

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Two Republicans, Clayton Councilman Kenneth C. Henning and Germantown pastor J. Todd Smith, are vying for the Republican nomination.

Here’s a look at the two Republicans based on interviews and their comments in the Dayton Daily News Voter Guide.

Kenneth C. Henning

Henning has served on Clayton council since 2012 and he said his experience in governing and the relationships he’s built as a “conservative collaborator” make him the best candidate for the 43rd.

Henning said it important that Clayton stays represented in the Statehouse since the two current state representatives from the city of about 13,000 are both leaving office.

He said he has worked to build relationships in Preble County and wants to make sure they have a state representative “with the same morals as them.” Henning said it is important to be in line with what the Ohio Farm Bureau wants, but he said there will be times when he would need to balance competing demands from the agricultural portions of the district and the more urban ones.

Clayton Councilman Kenneth C. Henning, Republican candidate for Ohio House 43rd District

His two priorities will be fighting the opioid epidemic and fostering economic development. In both cases his plan is to be supportive of local officials. He said the state also needs to make sure treatment funding isn’t wasted.

Henning said he would also try to bring state capital budget money to the district and make sure that communities properly fill out grant paperwork.

He said he wants the state to do a better job on workforce development but he doesn’t want any more taxpayer money spent on it. Instead he would try to get businesses to pay for training people for jobs. Henning also opposes adding any more state money to for college financial aid.

“The state doesn’t have the ability to fund people to go to school,” Henning said.

Henning wants to reform the Medicaid program to make it cost less money, but he said he would not end the controversial expansion of the program.

“We have to systematically revise the program but we can’t do a 180 degree turn on something that’s helping so many people in the 43rd District,” Henning said.

On the issue of abortion, Henning said he was endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life Political Action Committee and agrees with all of that group’s positions. He wants the state to use regulations to close abortion clinics.

But Henning said state legislators should not pass anti-abortion bills that will not pass constitutional muster and then “spend hundreds of thousands battling for a bill that will be overturned.”

Henning said he supports the Second Amendment and believes that people with concealed carry permits should be allowed to bring guns into a business, even if the business prohibits it.

“At the end of the day your right to bear arms would trump a law or a sign stating that you are not supposed to carry a weapon into a store,” said Henning, adding that he would oppose bringing guns into a child care center.

J. Todd Smith

Smith said he is running because he believes that political leaders engage in waste and corruption.

“Not all of them, but there is a need to get beyond those political considerations to get back to just serving the people,” Smith said.

Asked for examples of waste and corruption, Smith said people cheat the workers’ compensation system and he cited the recent resignation of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who left office this month after saying the FBI was investigating him. Rosenberger has denied wrongdoing.

Jeffrey Todd Smith

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Smith said one of the state’s biggest problem is opioid addiction. He believes the solution lies in tougher criminal penalties for drug dealers as well as imprisoning drug addicts and making them get treatment.

He said the state should not be allowed to override the power of local officials, particularly involving education. Smith said public schools do not need more money, and he would like to give income-based property tax breaks to elderly people even though that would reduce revenue to school districts, public libraries, the county human services levy and Sinclair Community College.

Smith wants the state to give parents vouchers to send their children to the private schools. He also would create special schools for students with behavior problems. He could not say how he would pay for these programs but did advocate that teacher union contracts be modified to save money.

“The number one issue is the teacher unions hold a lot of sway and a lot of power,” Smith said.

He said he has no plan for higher education.

“Nothing. It’s a business. If they can’t survive shut them down,” Smith said. “We have too many schools of higher education for the amount of kids that we have.”

Smith said he also would vote to cut taxes, never vote for tax increases and he would cut unspecified regulations on businesses.

He wants to repeal expansion of Medicaid and said the 685,000 people who get health insurance through the expansion will need to find medical care some other way, such as going to emergency rooms or negotiating their own medical costs with doctors at local clinics.

Smith wants to ban all abortions, but said he would be willing to negotiate exceptions in the case of the life of the mother, incest or rape if abortion rights advocates agree to ban the rest.

On guns, Smith wants no restrictions on semi-automatic weapons but would support a ban on bumpstocks. He opposes expanding background checks to gun shows but would expand restrictions on people with mental health issues.

“Whatever they feel like puts someone in a position where they can threaten someone else. If its a psychosis of some kind, if it’s phobia of some type,” Smith said. “We just don’t want those people getting a weapon.”



Kenneth Henning

Age: 27 

Address: Clayton

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history degree and master’s certificate in nonprofit and community leadership from the University of Dayton.

Employment: Judicial assistant for Montgomery County Common Please Judge Erik R. Blaine

Political experience:Clatyon council member since Jan 2012

Political party: Republican


J. Todd Smith

Age: 50

Address: Germantown

Education: Bachelor’s degree in religion from Cincinnati Christian University.

Employment: Pastor at The Church at Farmersville and The Holtsinger Memorial Church in West Chester Twp.

Political experience: None

Political party: Republican

Ohio House of Representatives 43rd District

Term: 2 years

Pay: $60,584 annually

District: Trotwood, part of Dayton, Clayton, Brookville, New Lebanon and Harrison, Jackson and Perry townships, and all of Preble County.

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Family, friends remember Middletown police chief as ‘a real showman’

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

            In this 2006 file photo, Russell Dwyer is pictured at the WPFB radio station in Middletown, where he was the news director. Dwyer, a former Middletown police chief, died April 23. He was 80.
In this 2006 file photo, Russell Dwyer is pictured at the WPFB radio station in Middletown, where he was the news director. Dwyer, a former Middletown police chief, died April 23. He was 80.

There were two sides to Russell Dwyer. He was a cop and a comic.

Dwyer, who served as Middletown’s police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80.

Longtime friend Ann Mort, who, along with her husband, Dick, frequently traveled with the Dwyers and other couples to Middletown basketball and football games, said he was “a real showman.”

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After Middie games, they went to Lakeside Inn, pushed tables together in the dining room, and danced and sang songs playing on the jukebox.

“Russ was fun,” Mort said. “He could have been a stand-up comic.”

He had a serious side, too. Mort said Dwyer enjoyed it when Middletown police officers wore their dress uniforms and hats.

“He was proud to be a policeman,” she said.

Dwyer graduated from Franklin High School, attended Miami University, and was later awarded the Bishop Medal and was a graduate of the FBI Dignitary Protection Academy. He retired after 27 years of service from the City of Middletown/Division of Police, where he served as police chief for 13 years.

He was involved with many organizations and held various positions within the Middletown community; secretary/treasurer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police; secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police; founder of the Narcotics Division for the City of Middletown; founder of Safety Town; founding committee for the All American Weekend; member of the Chamber of Commerce; member of the Rotary Club; director of safety at Bob’s Truck Service; director of safety and vice president for Excel Trucking; news director for WPFB radio; and a member of the Madison Athletic Boosters.

Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief, said he met Dwyer after he had left the department. Every time, Muterspaw said, Dwyer took “a real interest” in his career.

“Always came up to shake my hand and said, ‘hello,’ which meant a lot to me as a new officer,” Muterspaw said.

One of Dwyer’s sons, Anthony Dwyer, chief deputy of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, grew up knowing athletics and police work because of his father. He said his father was “totally committed” to Middletown and the Middletown Police Department.

Russ Dwyer golfed, pitched softball with the police department team and refereed football games for years, his son said.

He also saw his father’s profession at an early age, sneaking down at night when officers returned telling “war stores” from their shifts.

“I didn’t aspire to be a police officer. Not at first,” Anthony Dwyer said. But after college, he took a job in the county jail and moved onto patrol officer then detective.

“I was hooked,” Anthony Dwyer said. “Later in life he told me he was proud of me for what I had accomplished.”

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Dwyer; children Anthony Dwyer (Molly), Robert Dwyer, Dennis Cox (Kathy) and Dana Stephens (Matt); sisters Norma Baird and Crystal Harsha (Ron); brothers Roger Dwyer (Kathy), Ralph Dwyer (Joyce) and Paul Dwyer (Marty); eight grandchildren, Russell Dwyer, Anthony Dwyer, Dylan Dwyer, Brandon Dwyer, Ashley Cox, Allison Cox, Alex Cornele and Lucas Cornele; four great grandchildren, and a very special caregiver, Mariah Smith.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Staff Writer Lauren Pack contributed to this report.

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