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Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 3:40 PM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:54 PM
— The Northwestern Local Schools board of education is investigating allegations against its superintendent of unprofessional conduct, according to a statement from the board’s attorney.
“The superintendent is aware of the investigation and is not reporting to work to allow for a thorough and expeditious investigation,” the statement says. “Once the investigation has been completed, the board will take whatever action it deems is in the best interests of the district and the students it serves.”
Superintendent Jesse Steiner stopped reporting to work on Nov. 26, according to school board President Donna Myers. She declined to give any further details on the reason for the investigation.
Steiner couldn’t be reached for comment on Saturday.
He was hired by the district in June 2015 following the departure of Tony Orr who became superintendent of Hamilton City Schools.
Before coming to Northwestern, Steiner served as superintendent of Celina City Schools since 2012. Before that he was superintendent of the Hicksville Exempted Village district in Defiance County for two years.
High school principal Lori Swafford is second in command at the district and therefore will fill in for Steiner, Myers said.
Northwestern’s long-time treasurer David Bollheimer announced his retirement in mid-November. He’s been with the district for 27 years and will leave at the end of the month.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
HARRISON TWP. — A new town square anchored by a relocated Harrison Twp. government center is the centerpiece of a consensus redevelopment plan for the Forest Park area, officials and planners announced Tuesday.
The redevelopment area includes a 54-acre tract in Harrison Twp. that was once the location of a thriving amusement park and later a shopping center that fell out of fashion and into decay.
Planner Joe Nickol called it a “first draft” and “the part in the process where we lay out all the hard work that has to be done.”
“What really quickly bubbled up to the top was the idea of exploring further the idea of relocating the township hall to this site. It’s at the center of the township,” Nickol said. “It meets a need in that what we’ve heard anecdotally is the township hall is undersized and we’re in a position to help the township meet the needs of the community.”
Securing funding and building the vision could be a decade or more away, but planners also announced some activation activities at the site that aren’t expensive or complicated and can happen soon. Events could include closing down parts of Riverside Drive for events, gatherings where people could build and launch small hot air balloons and refurbishing an old post office for community events.
The current township offices are at 5945 N. Dixie Drive. The township consists of about 6.3 square miles just north of Dayton.
The town center concept was popular with residents who graded the alternatives at an April meeting. About 100 people attended the meeting Tuesday.
The result of a four-year process, the redevelopment plan could be a big leap forward for the area on top of some smaller recent positive steps, said Kristofer McClintick, Harrison Twp. administrator.
A nearby 549-unit apartment complex has been refurbished top to bottom. Two schools — Dayton Public’s Charity Adams Earley Academy and the The Horizon Science Academy, a charter school — are in the plan area and attract students. The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio-Dayton office draws activities and people.
“We feel this will be the anchor site to continue that investment all along that North Main corridor,” McClintick said.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:09 AM
FRANKLIN — UPDATE @ 7:05 a.m. 6/18/18:
The Warren County Coroner’s Office has identified the man involved in a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday in Franklin.
Stephen C. Booth, 40, of Miamisburg died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Riley Street near Van Horne Street, according to Chief Investigator, A. Doyle Burke of Warren County Coroner’s Office.
UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m:
The motorcycle crash that occurred earlier today was fatal, Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed.
A 40-year-old was believed to be traveling northbound on Riley Street near Van Horne Street. He was possibly racing a vehicle before losing control, hitting a curb, and being thrown from his motorcycle--Sgt. Wolf of Franklin confirmed. He was also believed to be wearing a helmet.
The vehicle he was racing is unknown, and no one else was injured.
Emergency crews are on scene of a reported accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Franklin.
According to dispatchers, crews are at the scene of North Main Street at North River Street.
The crash reportedly occurred around 3:20 p.m.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:15 PM
SOUTH OF WEST ALEXANDRIA, PREBLE COUNTY — UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: The woman killed in a single-vehicle crash in the 6000 block of Halderman Road has been identified as 29-year-old Megan Harris of Indiana, Sgt. Frank Simmons of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post said.
“Upon arriving on scene we saw a red Chrysler Pacifica that apparently had gone off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected and went off the left side of the roadway, striking a tree almost splitting the car into two pieces,” Simmons said.
Speed is definitely a factor, but drugs and alcohol are not suspected, he said.
“Based on our evidence collection and the visual inspection of the vehicle, the damages sustained, she was traveling at a high rate of speed.”
UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: Troopers with the state patrol are continuing their investigation of the fatal, single-vehicle accident in the 6000 block of Halderman Road.
Halderman will be shut down in both directions until further notice.
A crash in the area of Twin Creek and Halderman roads, south of West Alexandria, involves a fatality, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The crash was reported around 4:20 p.m.
According to initial reports, a vehicle crashed into a ditch in the area, the patrol said.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:55 AM
MIAMI VALLEY — The Miami Valley is under a Heat Advisory until 8 p.m. Monday.
With a heat index of 100 degrees outside, it's making any prolonged work outdoors dangerous.
Little ones and their families at Orchardly Park were staying cool by staying in the water Monday and also remaining hydrated.
But some people weren't playing in the sun. They were working and working to keep cool.
Tree trimmers were in Riverside Monday morning, cutting down limbs around the Valley Worship Center on Valley Pike.
Trimmers started the work at 9 a.m. and planned to be there for five to six hours.
"We've been working for about an hour and a half now and I'm already hot," said Josh Patterson, tree trimmer for Tackett Tree & Shrub Service.
Patterson said he's never experienced heat exhaustion on the job.
"I've been doing it so long, you just get used to it."
Thankfully, their bosses have seen to it that their coolers are overflowing. They filled coolers with ice and drinks to keep their core temperatures down.
But in the ER at Kettering Medical Center, this time of year doctors see an influx of patients suffering from the sun.
"We see everything from heat-related cramps so severe you can have abdominal pain, cramping, sometimes you'll have severe nausea and diarrhea," said Dr. Nancy Pook, medical director of Kettering Medical Center Emergency Department. "It doesn't make sense right, but when you're body is shutting down sometimes different people act differently."
Kettering lacrosse players were practicing in the heat from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday.
Dr. Pook said they're fine as long as they take plenty of water breaks in the shade.
But in this heat, she said it's better to get all outdoor work done in the coolest parts of the day, either early morning or late evening.
"People with respiratory problems out in the heat really get into trouble with difficulty breathing," said Dr. Pook. "We watch out for our cardiac patients because lots of them are on diuretics, so pills that decrease their fluids inside anyway."
Kids under the age of 4 are also at risk because their bodies can't properly regulate their temperature yet.
Parents at Orchardly Park's splash pad had the right idea, keeping their children in the cool water.
The workers at Tackett Tree & Shrub Service said they're going to have to focus on getting their job done as quickly as possible.
"A lot of times if it's too hot we'll hurry up and finish that job, move on for the day and go home," said Patterson. "But nine times out of 10, you just try to stay positive and push through."
Dr. Pook also said that you want to take breaks in air conditioning, as you can bring your core body temperature down.