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Power outages restored in Montgomery County 

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Miamisburg power outage

UPDATE @ 9:08 a.m.:

Power has been restored in Montgomery County, according to Dayton Power & Light.

INITIAL REPORT:

Nearly 120 Dayton Power & Light customers are without power in Montgomery County.

Power is expected to be restored around 11 a.m., according to DP&L. Power went out around 5:48 a.m.

The day is starting frigid with temperatures in the single digits. 

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The outage is southwest of the Dayton Mall, close to Interstate 75, according to DP&L.

It’s unknown what caused the outage. 

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‘No place for our kids to go’: Proposed Dayton group home denied

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM

Griffin Academy LLC wants to turn this former nursing home on Blackwood Avenue in East Dayton into a group home for teens in foster care. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Griffin Academy LLC wants to turn this former nursing home on Blackwood Avenue in East Dayton into a group home for teens in foster care. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

A company says that Dayton is giving some teens in foster care no place to go after a zoning board denied its request to help establish a new “group home.”

Griffin Academy LLC says that the city’s zoning code does not explicitly define the type of group home for male teens it wants to open at 437 Black Ave. in east Dayton.

The facility would house up to 16 teens in foster care, providing housing, supervision, social services and educational services. 

City of Dayton staff and its zoning administrator say the proposed group home most closely fits the definition of a transitional housing facility, which is not permitted in that neighborhood.

RELATED: Dayton residents, board say ‘no’ to group home for teens

Griffin Academy’s appealed the zoning administrator’s determination that the proposed operation would be transitional housing.

Griffin Academy claims the group home is most like a residential facility, which is permitted in the district. The proposed site of the group home on Blackwood Avenue is a former nursing home that has been vacant for years.

But the Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously voted to uphold the zoning administrator’s refusal.

Griffin Academy did not provide clear and convincing evidence that the zoning administrator’s determination was incorrect and his interpretation seems reasonable, board members said.

City of Dayton staff said the scope of services, length of stay and foster youth clientele for the proposed facility most closely fits the definition of transitional housing.

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But Griffin Academy said transitional housing facilities, by the city’s own definition, are run by public or nonprofit agencies, and Griffin Academy is not that — it’s a private company.

Residential facilities, by the city’s definition, are for room and board and other services for developmentally disabled people in a family setting.

The Griffin Academy owners say they are considering taking legal action to try to move forward with opening the group home.

“You are zoning us out,” said Theresa Darr, the company’s owner. “Where are our children supposed to go if we can’t find a place for this in the code?”

“This is just devastating,” she said.

Greg Gantt, an attorney representing Griffin Academy, said other Ohio communities have faced litigation for fair housing law violations after attempting to zone group homes out of existence.

“I believe we fit residential, clearly and convincingly,” Gantt said.

Under the city’s zoning code, uses that are not specifically listed are prohibited, and only if the zoning administrator determines that a proposed use is substantially similar to a permitted use will it be allowed, said John Musto, city of Dayton senior attorney.

In March, some residents who live near the proposed site said a facility for at-risk teens would be a bad fit for the Wright-View neighborhood, which already struggles with crime, drugs and registered sex offenders.

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All eyes on the Tropics and Alberto; remnants could reach Miami Valley

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:30 PM

Sunday evening update on Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it continues to move over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines Monday afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

The forecast track then indicates the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here on Wednesday and Thursday. The main threat for this area would be some decent rain; however, there could be a few storms as well, Collar said.

RELATED: 1st named storm of Atlantic season could hit Gulf states Memorial Day

It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.

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Man who played high school football in Dayton despite being born without legs arrested in ATV incident

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton
Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton

Robert Martin Jr., 30, who gained national attention in 2005 for playing football at Colonel White High School in Dayton, despite being born without legs, was booked into Montgomery County Jail Sunday morning for failing to comply with officers.

 According to a Dayton police report, Martin was driving one of the eight to 10 ATVs traveling southbound on N. Main Street around 12 a.m.

Several of the ATVs then fled in different directions from police moments later in the area of E. Third St and Main, the report said.

 An officer followed Martin, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, driving a blue Kawasaki ATV to the railroad tracks in the 300 block of N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.

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According to the report, Martin was found on the ground crawling toward nearby bushes while the ATV was on its side.

When asked his name, Martin said, “It’s me, Bobby.”

Martin was issued traffic citations and faces charges in Clark Co. for an outstanding OVI warrant.

Police have not confirmed if any of the other drivers were arrested. 

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Charges filed in crash that killed local driver who stopped to help

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 4:48 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 4:48 PM


            A floral memorial has taken shape across from where a traffic accident a week ago resulted in the death of a Butler County woman assisting crash victims. Staff photo by Lawrence Budd
            Lawrence Budd
A floral memorial has taken shape across from where a traffic accident a week ago resulted in the death of a Butler County woman assisting crash victims. Staff photo by Lawrence Budd(Lawrence Budd)

Charges have been filed in the fatal crash that took the life of a 53-year-old Butler County woman earlier this month along the Warren-Butler county line.

Charges of vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor, and assured clear distance, a minor misdemeanor, will be filed against John Cowdrey of Liberty Township, according to a press release issued this afternoon by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

RELATED: Fatal crash prompts calls for better roads, safety precautions

The charges stem from the May 11 crash that resulted in the death of Tina Campbell and injuries to Aaron Reed, two passing drivers who stopped to help after another crash on Butler Warren Road.

The Butler County woman’s death heightened residents’ concern about traffic safety in the fast-growing area along the Butler-Warren county line, east of Interstate 75.

Campbell, 53, of Liberty Twp., died May 14 from injuries suffered on May 11 as she was helping victims of a crash on Butler-Warren Road at Heritage Club Drive.

Campbell, a wife, mother and grandmother, was popular with neighbors.

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According to the crash report, Campbell and Reed, 49, of Mason were out of their cars giving aid to Jagdish Makkar, 83, of Beavercreek, and Ciarra Witt, 18, of Monroe, after their crash at the entrance to the Heritage Club development. A 2011 Mazda CX-9 driven northbound on Butler-Warren Road by Cowdery swerved to avoid the disabled vehicles and “rotated counter-clockwise” into Campbell and Reed.

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Campbell was pronounced dead at West Chester Hospital. None of the others was left with incapacitating injuries, according to investigators.

Investigators indicated they did not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.

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