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Women’s March draws thousands to downtown Dayton

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:38 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:35 PM

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A few thousand women and supporters gathered at Courthouse Square Saturday on the near one-year anniversary of the marches that took place the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The event was organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others.

The rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, and many others seeking equality, according to the event’s Facebook page.

RELATED: Thousands rallied in 2017 March

This year’s event occurs in the midst of the #MeToo movement and the same week as the sentencing for former U.S. Gymnastics team Dr. Larry Nassar, who is accused of sexually molesting dozens of young girls under his care.

Sarah Powell of Fairborn said she came out for the event out of concern for her children’s future.

“I’m concerned that we’re taking things in a direction in our country that’s going to make it very hard my daughter and also my son to find equal footing. And really achieve what it is they want to achieve,” the 40-year-old mother said.

Powell also said she was concerned about the Trump administration’s reversal of business regulations that are designed “protect us” and passing issues “to keep rich people getting richer and to keep the little guy down. It affects women and minorities a lot more than my son … but being from a poorer background it does affect us, too.”

People also were at the march to support immigrants.

Edda and Reinhard Koppen immigrated legally from Germany in 1990, but they don’t see why illegal immigration is getting so much “hype.”

“We went through the process,” said Edda, a 53-year-old Springboro resident. “And we do absolutely believe people should have a way to become a legal immigrant on this country.

“Right now there’s no reason for this hype of getting all of the immigrants out because we are very much at a pretty low unemployment rate and if these people would all leave I think it would not necessarily be good for the country,” she added.

While crowd estimates were unavailable Saturday afternoon, the event seemed to draw a similar number of people as last year’s event, which attracted about 3,000.

The Dayton march was one of many around the U.S. and the world on Saturday.

Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon that it was a “perfect day” for women to march to celebrate the “economic success and wealth creation” that’s happened during his first year in office — while women across the nation rallied against him and his policies.

“Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months,” Trump wrote. “Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”

But demonstrators denounced Trump’s views with colorful signs and even saltier language.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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Man involved in Clark County police pursuit to appear in court

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

Man involved in Clark County pursuit appears in court

The man accused of leading police on a pursuit through Clark County is set to appear in court today. 

King Hurschel Jr. faces firearms charges, fleeing and eluding police officers and having weapons under disability. 

He is set to appear in Judge Denise Moody’s courtroom in Clark County Municipal Court at 10:30 a.m. 

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Initial reports indicated a police pursuit occurred late Wednesday afternoon. The chase ended in the area of Ohio 4 and Moorefield Road after a vehicle ran over stop sticks. 

A Facebook post by Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett with a photo of Wednesday’s scene says, ‘My suggestion is if you are going to break into houses don’t come to Clark County.’ She went on to thank the other departments involved in the chase including Springfield Police Division, The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Alleged pimp to spend decades in prison 

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

UPDATE @ 9:52 a.m. (May 24):

Seven months after he turned down a plea agreement for 10 to 15 years, alleged pimp James Cargle — who called himself an innocent "sacrificial lamb" — was sentenced to 41 years for rape, kidnapping and assault charges involving two women on Thursday morning.

In October 2017, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Skelton told Cargle, “As you sit here right now, you were about to be sentenced with a sentencing range of 10 to 15. Be careful for what you wish for.” 

Skelton emphasized Thursday that it wasn’t a so-called “trial tax” and that applauds attorneys who take cases to a jury, but that it was a “trial reality” that the judge heard things “he didn’t like.”

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The alleged pimp who was found guilty on charges including kidnapping, rape, and felonious assault for events that took place in late November 2016 will be sentenced today. 

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James Cargle, 31, who is described as a drug dealer and pimp, led a plot to kidnap, assault and cage a woman and enlisted the help of other women in his plot, according to a prosecutor’s memorandum.

Cargle then turned against one of the women after the first victim escaped, leading to the second victim being beaten, raped and assaulted by co-defendants before jumping out of a trunk of a moving car, a Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office memo said.

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Dayton police said on Nov. 27, 2016, Amy Hardin (formerly McMahan) was kidnapped, raped and assaulted by one man and two women who punched her and hit her with a blunt object. She was found on a Dayton city street after she fell from a moving car. 

Cargle, who was to be sentenced to 10 to 15 years in a October 2017 plea deal, withdrew his guilty plea and changed his attorney. His trial began April 30.

On May 3, he was found guilty on three charges of kidnapping, one charge of rape and one count of felonious assault in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. 

Co-defendants Cassidy Lake and Jennifer Rice, both of whom pleaded guilty and testified against Cargle are awaiting sentencing.

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This news outlet does not name rape victims, but in this case Hardin (then McMahan) gave permission to use her name and spoke out in an exclusive interview with our reporters following the attack.

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Dayton OK’s ‘road safety’ law, but critics say it criminalizes being poor and panhandling

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:03 AM


            A group of citizens held up signs and spoke out against Dayton’s ordinance that will restrict panhandling and other pedestrian activities along 51 roadways. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
A group of citizens held up signs and spoke out against Dayton’s ordinance that will restrict panhandling and other pedestrian activities along 51 roadways. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The Dayton City Commission this week approved an ordinance that officials say seeks to reduce pedestrian strikes but that critics paint as a thinly veiled attempt to criminalize panhandling.

The ordinance prohibits pedestrians from getting within three feet of vehicles that are in operation along 51 of Dayton’s busiest and most dangerous roadways.

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The city also has outlawed loitering on the medians or traffic islands of the specified highways and streets and prohibits people from engaging in begging along these roadways unless the vehicles are parked at the curb or shoulder.

There have been more than 685 pedestrian strikes in the city in the last decade, and more than two-thirds of those crashes have happened on these specified, or arterial, roadways, said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

The city has taken some actions that caused community debate to make the city safer, including installing automated cameras to catch motorists who speed and run red lights, Whaley said.

“When the neighborhoods and the people who live in the city are calling for us to make our streets more safe, that is what we are continuing to do,” she said.

Five citizens this week spoke out against the new legislation, claiming it is an ill-conceived attempt to prevent the poor and needy from begging and asking for help.

“I still can’t begin to wrap my mind around the fact that this commission, along with the Downtown Dayton Partnership, are teaming up to literally criminalize poverty and strip Dayton residents of the right to panhandle in the streets,” said Corey Andon, an organizer with Socialist Alternative Dayton and a Kettering resident.

Pedestrians are forbidden from coming within three feet of vehicles in operation on the roadways, and the regulations apply to the 250 feet of non-specified roads leading to intersections with arterials. The law also prohibits motorists from slowing down or swerving out of their lane to try to interact with pedestrians along the roads who are violating the new regulations.

Pedestrians can hold a sign asking for help on the arterial roads as long as they remain on the sidewalk, Whaley said. Panhandlers can beg with fewer restrictions on the city’s other streets.

The city is working with community partners to address the issues that lead people to panhandle, Whaley said.

“The ordinance strikes a careful balance between increasing public safety and the need to protect everyone’s right to freedom of speech,” she said.

Violating the ordinance is a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

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The city has chosen to turn beggars into criminals rather than trying to enact smart, common-sense policies to help poor people, said Andon .

“You are pushing to hold folks criminally accountable for asking their community for assistance,” he said.

Andon said the city should instead fight for a higher minimum wage and tax the wealthy to help pay for more affordable housing.

Criminalizing what is not really a criminal behavior is a bad way to try to solve the social problem of panhandling, said Mary Sue Gmeiner, a Dayton resident.

The people who come to Dayton to work, relax, spend money and have a good time don’t like to see people begging on the street corner, because it reminds them of poverty, drug use, mental illness, homelessness and “all of the social ills” that have not been solved, Gmeiner said.

“Just because we don’t like someone else or their actions, doesn’t mean we have a right to make them disappear from our sight,” she said.

Dayton’s ordinance was closely modeled after a law in Madison, Wis., which was widely viewed as a way to reduce complaints about panhandling as well as improve pedestrian safety.

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Xenia takes Greene county to court in bid to annex Central State

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

Xenia seeks reverse of commissioners’ decision to deny CSU annex

The city of Xenia has taken legal action against Greene County commissioners, asking a court to reverse their decision denying the city’s petition to annex land connected to Central State University.

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The city filed the complaint Wednesday with the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals and seeks a “writ of mandamus,” according to filings with the Greene County Clerk of Courts.

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A writ of mandamus is an order from a court to a government official ordering the government official to properly fulfill their official duties or correct an abuse of discretion, according to the definition as provided by the Cornell Law School.

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The city submitted a petition to the county in September seeking an expedited Type II annexation of approximately 45 acres of land. Key to the city’s proposal is annexing approximately six miles along the Ohio to Erie Trail which connects the city to CSU property.

Such annexations have been referred to as “string” or “balloon on a string” annexations, in which a city uses a strip of land to annex a larger piece of land that is not otherwise connected to the city limits.

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County commissioners Alan Anderson, Tom Koogler and Bob Glaser, who are named in the city’s court filing, voted unanimously in November denying the city’s annexation petition.

County commission boards are obligated under Ohio law to approve such petitions, providing that a city fulfills seven requirements.

This news organization is working to gather more details about this developing story.

 

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