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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 6:52 PM
KIRKERSVILLE — Washington Court House City Schools (WCHCS) will dedicate campus road "Steven Eric DiSario Way" to the fallen Kirkersville Chief of Police in a ceremony on May 18.
Chief DiSario graduated from Washington Senior High School in 1997, and tragically lost his life in the line of duty. DiSario was killed by a single gun shot while exiting his cruiser behind the alley of the Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home last May.
"Eric exemplified the values taught at Washington and carried those values into adulthood,” Fayette County Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth said. "Eric's dedication led to his service as a police officer and to his ultimate sacrifice in his attempt to intercede in a violent situation," Sheriff Stanforth said.
“As the former D.A.R.E. Instructor for the Washington Court House City Schools, I had the honor of instructing Eric. As a parent of Eric’s classmate, I had the privilege of Eric visiting my home on many occasions, “ Sheriff Stanforth said.
The roadway begins at the main entrance of Washington High School, Washington Middle School, and the Washington Athletic Complex, and runs through the heart of the campus.
"Chief DiSario continued to live by the values instilled in the Blue Lion Family every day of his life, and we are honored to have such a man be raised in our great community,” said WCHCS Superintendent Tom Bailey. "The dedication of this roadway that is used daily by over half of our district is a small gesture in comparison of the ultimate sacrifice that Chief DiSario gave, but honoring him in this way will keep the story of his bravery alive for generations to come."
In addition to DiSario Way, the Washington Court House Police Department and the Class of 1997 have prepared annual scholarships in Eric DiSario's name, both of which will be presented at the ceremony.
WCHCS will also honor the Washington Court House Police and Fire Departments, Fayette County Sheriff Department, and Fayette County EMS personnel.
"With International Firefighters' Day, National Police Week, and National EMS Week all taking place in the month of May, our students are also excited for the opportunity to honor all of our local first responders," Bailey said. "We want everyone who puts their life on the line for our safety and well being to know that the Blue Lion Family appreciates your service and are truly thankful for all that you do to keep our community safe."
DiSario's mother Robin, wife Aryn, their six children, and approximately 10 to 15 other family members will attend the ceremony, along with Ohio Senator Bob Peterson, Kirkersville Mayor Terry Ashcraft, local first responders, government officials, and students.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
TROY — It took nearly 37 years before a positive ID was made of Jane Doe whose body was found along a Miami County road, but only a short time for donations and creation of a new stone marking her grave in Troy.
Marcia Sossomon King of Arkansas, who was 21 when she died in 1981, was remembered Friday with the placement of the stone and a memorial service at Riverside Cemetery. The name Sossomon, her father’s last name, was added at the request of her family.
The body of the Jane Doe, also known as “Buckskin Girl” for the jacket, was buried at the city cemetery weeks after its discovery with a marker identifying the grave as Jane Doe’s.
Nine members of King’s family attended the Friday service.
“Words don’t describe the feelings we have for all of you, how you have loved her and taken her in your arms,” said her stepmother Cindy Sossoman.
She said King’s father, John Sossomon, died in January, a few months before she was identified. Cindy Sossomon said King was very trusting and obviously fell into the wrong hands. However, thanks to Miami County investigators and the community, she soon “was in good hands ... in the loving hands of people here.”
King’s identity was confirmed this spring thanks to new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with ID confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.
She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. She had no socks, shoes, bags or any form of ID. She did have a buckskin jacket, which was shown in efforts to find out her name and led to her being known as the Buckskin Girl.
“We are grateful this day has come, that Marcia has a name other than Buckskin Girl,” said the Rev. Greg Simmons, chaplain of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police lodge.
The stone was the result of a private fundraising effort led by retired Piqua police officer Paul Sullenberger with assistance from the FOP lodge. He asked the some 50 people gathered to say King’s full name aloud.
“Her name is written in stone and etched in our hearts and minds,” Sullenberger said.
“I just can’t thank people enough,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said of the efforts to provide the stone.
Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Lord said the investigation into who killed King continues with a focus on establishing a timeline for the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.
“She has been placed in Louisville, Kentucky, approximately 14 days prior to her being found,” he said. “We continue to seek the assistance from anyone that may have had contact with her in April of 1981 in Ohio or Kentucky.
Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s tip line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contactus-1.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:32 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:36 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:15 P.M.
Officials held a ceremony today for a ribbon-cutting celebrating new services at Good Samaritan Hospital North.
WATCH a replay of our Facebook Live from the event below:
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for new services at Good Samaritan North Health Center, which will become Miami Valley Hospital North on July 23, will be held today at 1:00 p.m.
The ceremony will be at the Health Center located at 9000 N. Main Street, according to a release.
For the first time, this site will offer inpatient beds--a total of 46 private rooms for short-stay inpatient and observation care, including four high-acuity beds. Patients will be able to access advanced, integrated services ranging from non-operative medical treatment to inpatient surgical intervention.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:55 AM
OAKWOOD — Oakwood Superintendent Kyle Ramey’s new 5-year contract includes a raise, plus more than $18,000 a year into an annuity.
Ramey became Oakwood superintendent in 2013 when Mary Jo Scalzo retired after nine years in the job.
School Board President Todd Duwel said the district is supportive of Ramey’s leadership and ability to inspire his staff.
“The Oakwood Board of Education recognizes the leadership of Dr. Ramey and his administrative team to inspire,” Duwel said. “As a board, we are fully supportive of our district leaders’ passion and commitment to the students, staff and community of Oakwood.”
Last year Ramey made $167,997.
Now, after accepting the new 5-year deal, his pay will stand at $169,997 per year. The board also will pay $18,267 annually into a tax-sheltered annuity or deferred compensation plan to a company that Ramey approves.
He will be required to work 260 days, with 11 paid holidays and 25 vacation days, plus an added medical exam that is not covered by his health care plan.
The contract also stipulates that the superintendent’s salary and annuity payment benefit will increase by 4 percent “gross total over the preceding year’s established amounts.”
A native of Heath, Ohio, Ramey’s first teaching job was in Graham Local Schools in Champaign County. He had been with Kettering City Schools for 20 years, serving as principal of Kettering Middle School, unit principal of Fairmont High School, director of teacher personnel and human resources director for the district.
Ramey says that addressing the issue of teacher shortages will be important for school districts.
“The key to any successful district or building is having great kids, engaged parents, supportive community and top-notch teachers,” he noted. “If educators and parents aren’t encouraging, recruiting and mentoring our own best and brightest to be teachers, how can we expect anyone else to do it for us?”
Ramey says that the teaching profession doesn’t get any help from politicians.
“We certainly aren’t getting help from legislators. The use of state report cards and invalid, unreliable and inaccurate state tests to rank and to sort districts and teachers doesn’t encourage anyone to want to travel down this career path,” he said. “Add public scrutiny, a general erosion of respect for the teaching profession and so many testing requirements and teaching guidelines, even those who begin their careers in education aren’t as likely to stay throughout their professional lives.”
Other administrators in the district received a more than 3 percent raise, according to Kevin Philo, district treasurer.
“Most other administrators were approved for salary increases of 3 percent to 4 percent,” he said.
Area school districts with highest-paid superintendents in 2016-2017 (and their enrollment)
Gail Kist-Kline, Mason City Schools superintendent: $181,290 (10,648 students)*
Paul Otten, Beavercreek City Schools superintendent: $160,900 (7,758 students)
Kyle Ramey, Oakwood City Schools superintendent: $155,324 (2,082 students)
Robert Hill, Springfield City Schools superintendent: $152,500 (7,778 students)
Anthony Orr, Hamilton City Schools superintendent: $152,250 (10,123 students)*
*Resigned this year
Source: Ohio Department of Education
Median teacher salary 2016-2017 school year
(For largest area districts and districts with highest-paid superintendents)
Oakwood City Schools: $75,984
Mason City Schools: $75,909
Huber Heights City Schools: $73,500
Beavercreek City Schools: $65,655
Kettering City Schools: $61,380
Springfield City School District: $57,343
Hamilton City Schools: $52,930
Dayton City Schools: $50,238
Source: Dayton Daily News analysis of Ohio Department of Education teacher salary data
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:04 PM
DAYTON — A non-profit is offering complimentary laundry services to lower-income Dayton residents on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
This service will be held At Your Service Coin Laundry located at 4755 Airway Road in Riverside, according to a release.
The Laundry Project brings renewed hope to thousands of people nationwide by providing the funds and items necessary to wash and dry clothes and linens. Fees are paid for while volunteers assist with laundry services, entertain children, and create a caring space at the laundromat.
Members of the community may donate much-needed supplies including detergent, bleach, quarters (rolls of $10), one-gallon Ziploc bags, garbage bags, coloring books, crayons, fabric softener, and laundry baskets.
With the average cost of eight loads of laundry nearing $35, many families are forced to choose between paying bills and washing their clothes. To ease this expense, Currents hosts its Laundry Project to lift a burden many families experience regardless of location. In 2017, this project positively impacted 1,161 families by washing 12,442 loads of their laundry for free.
For more information about Current of Ohio or past Laundry Projects, visit www.CurrentOfOhio.org.