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Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 4:04 PM
A 29-year-old man was found dead in his Preble County home Tuesday evening and his death has been ruled a homicide.
A 9-1-1 call was made after the victim, Jonathan Schaaf, was found deceased by his father in their home in the 3900 block of Sonora Road, according to a release from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.
Details about the possible cause and manner of Schaaf’s death were not released and there has been no arrest.
Preble County investigators were assisted by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation in executing the search warrant at the home and processing evidence.
Deputies remained at the property through the night and investigators returned today to “complete the scene investigation,” according to the release.
No further details were released.
Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 12:21 AM
DAYTON — Officials are responding to Kammer Avenue on reports of a structure fire that occurred early Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Stabbing reported on Ferguson Ave. in Dayton
Crews were dispatched to the residence in the 300 block around 12:20 a.m. on reports of a working fire, per initial reports.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 11:59 PM
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Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 11:12 PM
DAYTON — Crews are on scene of a reported stabbing that occurred on Ferguson Avenue late Sunday night.
Initial reports indicate officials responded to the incident in the 900 block around 11 p.m.
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
DAYTON — 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.
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.
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.