Longtime Monroe council member resigns, council seeks new member

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 10:47 AM


            Monroe Vice Mayor Suzi Rubin has resigned her council seat effective Dec. 31, 2017 as she will be moving out of state, according to officials. Last fall, Rubin, a Democrat, unsuccessfully ran for the 53rd Ohio House of Representatives seat. Rubin was handing out campaign materials to voters at Edgewood Middle School, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Monroe Vice Mayor Suzi Rubin has resigned her council seat effective Dec. 31, 2017 as she will be moving out of state, according to officials. Last fall, Rubin, a Democrat, unsuccessfully ran for the 53rd Ohio House of Representatives seat. Rubin was handing out campaign materials to voters at Edgewood Middle School, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Monroe is seeking candidates to replace a city council member who resigned last month.

At council’s Dec. 19 meeting, Councilwoman Suzi Rubin submitted her resignation, effective Dec. 31. Officials said that Rubin is planning to move out of state after her husband retires.

“It seemed like a good time to step down because it would give a new council member time to learn the job before the next election,” she said. “When I came on council, it was to help the city when it was in fiscal emergency.”

Rubin said she’s “a person that can’t leave something undone but everyone is fully capable of taking the city to the next step.”

Councilman Dan Clark thanked Rubin for everything she had done for the city and called her resignation “a big loss for the city of Monroe and a loss for the entire community.”

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“I think it’s good having dissenting voices because you get the best answers when it’s coming from multiple points of view,” Rubin said. “I appreciate your view points even though I don’t agree with them all of the time.”

Monroe City Council accepted Rubin’s resignation “with regret” with a number of council members and city staff praising her for her dedication and commitment to the community.

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Rubin was appointed as a council member since 2004 and won full four-year terms in 2007, 2011 and 2015 as well as serving as the city’s vice mayor. In the 2015 municipal election, she was the leading vote-getter in the four-candidate field seeking four open seats. A Democrat, Rubin also made four unsuccessful runs for the 53rd Ohio House seat in a very heavily Republican district.

Over the years, Rubin has served on a number of local and regional boards and commissions and has served as president of the Warren County Municipal League and the Monroe Area Community Investment Corporation. She was part of the effort to create the Monroe Local School District in 1999 and served as one of its founding board members and board president. Previously, Monroe was part of the Middletown school district.

Rubin served on the city’s 25-year strategic planning committee and on the update committee. She also served on the state’s Financial Planning and Supervision Commission as part of the State Auditor’s committee for fiscal recovery, overseeing the city of Monroe. Monroe applied for fiscal emergency status in 2004 and was removed from fiscal emergency by the state in 2007.

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Council has 30 days to appoint a new council member to fill the vacancy, according to the city charter.

Residents who are interested in completing the final two years of Rubin’s term have until Jan. 11 to submit a letter of interest that includes why they would want to serve on the council and a resume to Angela S. Wasson, Clerk of Council, P.O. Box 330, Monroe, Ohio 45050, or via email to wassona@monroeohio.org.

A person must be a resident and qualified elector of Monroe for at least one year immediately prior to election or appointment and shall continue to be a resident and qualified elector of Monroe throughout the term of office. A person cannot hold other compensated office or position of employment with Monroe, nor hold any other compensated elected public office.

Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6:30 p.m. There are occasional special meetings, as well as meetings of different council committees.

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NYC postal worker arrested after police find 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

Bags of mail are carted by a postal worker.
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Bags of mail are carted by a postal worker.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A New York City postal worker was arrested Thursday after 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail were found in his car, apartment and locker, authorities said.

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Aleksey Germash, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 16 years, possessed undelivered mail since 2005, WPIX reported. He told investigators he held onto the mail because he was overwhelmed by how much mail he had to deliver. Germash said he delivered “the important stuff,” WPIX reported.

Postal officials said they found 10,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his car, 6,000 in his apartment and another 1,000 in his locker. An investigation began when USPS officials found 20 full bags in his car Wednesday, WPIX reported. He was arrested the following day.

Germash is not the first postal worker to hold onto mail. Agents arrested a Long Island letter carrier earlier this month after they found dozens of bags filled with undelivered mail behind his home.

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Earlier this month, an Indiana mail carrier was charged with throwing away or holding onto thousands of pieces of mail. In February, a postal carrier in Florida 

refused to deliver packages inside the gates of a nudist resort.

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Victims in shooting outside Dayton club ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

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The two victims who died after a shooting in Dayton have been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died at Miami Valley Hospital Saturday morning, according to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT:

Two people have died after a shooting in Dayton Saturday.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue outside of Ricky’s Jazz Lab on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

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A 27-year-old male died at the scene and a female was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where she died, Schloss said.

Police found the male and female shot in a blue Ford pickup truck outside of the club, Schloss said.

Further information about the victims was not known.

Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 333-STOP.

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Woman impaled during crash: 'I don't know how I'm alive'

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:31 AM

Woman Speared by Pole During Crash: ‘I Don’t Know How I’m Alive”

A Massachusetts woman said she was happy to be alive after being impaled by a pole in an automobile accident.

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Katherine Ibanez, 31, was driving in Attleboro on April 3 when she said she swerved to avoid another car.

"My car just spun all the way around. And then when I looked down, I had a pole stuck right here,” Ibanez said, pointing to her chest. "It was here, right here.

“Those who believe in God and those who don't -- I know for a fact that God removed that pole from here."

The 12-inch pole pierced Ibanez’s windshield and speared her arm, chest and back, scraping a lung.

"I don't know how I'm alive. The doctor said in the 25 years that he’s been working, he's never seen anybody go through that experience and live,” Ibanez said. “It damaged everything but my main artery.”

Ibanez spent nine days in the hospital and is facing more painful surgeries. She has had several blood transfusions and two ribs removed, but she said being alive is worth it.

"No matter what, if you believe in something and have faith, it will be OK,” she said.

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Spring is back for the weekend

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

The chance for rain returns early next week.

It will be a chilly morning with temperatures climbing out of the 30s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. There will be some patchy morning frost but will quickly melt after sunrise. Some high clouds build for the afternoon but it will stay dry and mild with temperatures approaching 60 degrees. Clouds will linger through the night but it won’t be too cool. Overnight lows will be near 40 degrees.

5-Day Forecast

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Patchy morning frost
  • Scattered clouds, still warmer for the weekend
  • Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend

DETAILED FORECAST:

Sunday: It will be partly sunny and mild again with temperatures closer to normal in the lower 60s.

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Monday: Clouds increase with the slight chance of a few showers south, late. Highs will reach into the middle 60s.

Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers. Highs will drop back into the upper 50s.

County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with a high near 60 degrees.

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