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Middletown hotel, microbrewery projects awarded grants

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 2:21 PM


            Duke Energy has awarded Urban Revitalization grants to Downtown Middletown Inc. to help with the Manchester Hotel (pictured) and the Snider Building microbrew projects. STAFF FILE PHOTO
            STAFF FILE PHOTO
Duke Energy has awarded Urban Revitalization grants to Downtown Middletown Inc. to help with the Manchester Hotel (pictured) and the Snider Building microbrew projects. STAFF FILE PHOTO(STAFF FILE PHOTO)

A Middletown organization received two grants to assist a pair of downtown economic development projects.

As part of its Urban Revitalization Grants program, Duke Energy presented Downtown Middletown Inc. at total of $34,100 to assist the Manchester Hotel and Snider/Sonshine Building projects. The grants were made during a presentation ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Hotel Covington, which received the grant in 2013.

According to Lee Freedman, Duke Energy spokesman, the energy company announced 10 projects that received catalyst grants totalling $307,352 to support urban redevelopment and stimulate growth, job creation and further investments in local communities in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky.

“Duke has always been a great partner for Middletown development and redevelopment projects,” said City Manager Doug Adkins. “Their continued participation and investment in Middletown is greatly appreciated. The Manchester Inn and Snider buildings are exciting and challenging projects. Duke’s grants move the project one step closer to fruition.”

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Property owner and developer William Grau could not immediately be reached for comment.

City officials said the grants will be used to aid in the planning of both projects.

The Manchester Hotel grant was for $18,700 to help redevelop the 70-room, full-service boutique hotel and conference center and to create 70 new jobs that will serve as an anchor and catalyst in redeveloping the city’s urban core. Duke Energy said the hotel will also partner with Cincinnati State so that students studying culinary arts and hospitality will be able to get hands-on experience.

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The adjacent Snider Building, also known as the Sonshine Building, will receive a grant for $15,400. Plans for the building renovation include a microbrewery and taproom that would create 40 new jobs and also help to anchor the revitalization of the downtown business district. The project also plans on partnering with Cincinnati State’s new brewery program.

In 2016, DMI was awarded a $20,000 grant to help transform what was once a J.C. Penney in downtown Middletown into Torchlight Pass, a destination for dining, retail and family entertainment.

MORE: No tax credits awarded this cycle for Middletown microbrew

“Our urban cores are the hearts of our communities,” said Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. “Today, they present opportunities for positive change and prosperity. These important collaborations will create jobs, spur additional commercial activity, and serve as hubs for these communities and their residents for generations to come.”

Since 2011, Duke Energy has provided $1.88 million in Urban Revitalization funding to 58 projects in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky to help spur economic development in the region.

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Suspect in custody in 2nd standoff at Perry Twp. home

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

Swat on standby Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.:  

A March 31 standoff suspect was arrested after another standoff at the same Perry Twp. home Wednesday morning, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  

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The suspect, David Clark, called this news outlet early Wednesday morning claiming he was going to do something “newsworthy” today.   

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This news outlet, out of concern for public safety, contacted law enforcement immediately.  

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While investigating threats, investigators saw Clark had a weapon and requested SWAT to respond, Chief Deputy Rob Streck said.  

Following several hours of dialogue with Clark, hostage negotiators were able to get him to surrender, ending the standoff peacefully just before noon, Streck said.  

SWAT and deputies were sweeping the house after receiving reports Clark might have booby-trapped parts of the house to catch fire if doors were opened, according to Streck. 

Clark was released from jail days after the March 31 standoff but was on home detention, Streck said.  

Potential charges for the incident Wednesday are still pending, but several charges are possible, according to investigators.  

No injuries have been reported.

UPDATE @ 11:57 a.m.:

The suspect involved in this morning’s standoff is out of the Wolf Creek Pike home and is in custody, deputies said.

MARSHALL GORBY

We’re working to confirm the suspect’s identity.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m.: 

A man who identified himself as David Clark, the suspect from the March 31 standoff, called this newsroom early Wednesday morning, saying that he was going to do something “newsworthy” today. 

RELATED: Boyfriend, girlfriend arrested after hours-long standoff at Perry Twp. home

Clark said he was “a peaceful person” but was planning to do something that was “going on the news today.” 

This news outlet, out of concern for public safety, immediately contacted law enforcement. The current standoff started a short time later. 

Investigators have yet to identify to this news outlet if Clark is the suspect in Wednesday’s ongoing standoff. 

Fire department called to Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.:

SWAT crews have arrived at the scene of an apparent standoff at a Perry Twp. home Wednesday morning. 

The standoff is currently occurring at the same house as a previous standoff on March 31, according to dispatch records. 

RELATED: Boyfriend, girlfriend arrested after hours-long standoff at Perry Twp. home

Two people were arrested in the March 31 incident, however, it was not clear if Wednesday’s incident is connected to the previous incident. 

Several officers continue to block both directions of South Wolf Creek Pike near Keener Road for the incident. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

FIRST REPORT

South Wolf Creek Pike is currently blocked in both directions between Keener and Air Hill roads in Perry Twp. due to police activity. 

Reports multiple deputies and officers are currently blocking the road, but additional details about the incident were not available. 

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Defense contractor sentenced for veteran-owned business fraud

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:07 PM


            The former owner of a now-dissolved Beavercreek defense firm was sentenced this morning to three years’ probation and a $100,000 fine for her role in fraudulently getting contracts with NASA and the Air Force using a set-aside meant for service-disabled veterans.
The former owner of a now-dissolved Beavercreek defense firm was sentenced this morning to three years’ probation and a $100,000 fine for her role in fraudulently getting contracts with NASA and the Air Force using a set-aside meant for service-disabled veterans.

The former owner of a now-dissolved Beavercreek defense firm was sentenced this morning to three years’ probation and a $100,000 fine for her role in fraudulently getting contracts with NASA and the Air Force using a set-aside meant for service-disabled veterans.

Minda Moore, 39, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy, a federal misdemeanor, in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The sentence was part of her plea agreement.

Her co-defendant, Nicholas T. Borton, was sentenced in August to three years’ probation and a $50,000 fine.

Moore and Borton were charged with securing federal contracts set aside for companies owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, including $1.4 million worth of work for NASA.

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The company, KLSS Solutions, was founded in 2008 by Steven T. Powers, a service-disabled veteran who died in 2013 from lasting side-effects of Agent Orange exposure. KLSS solutions was affiliated with a company named KLSS.

Moore and Borton then took over the companies.

“Shortly before (Powers’) death, Ms. Moore sent an email to her father explaining the company’s founder was suffering from a terminal illness and setting forth a proposed plan to assign her father, who is a service-disabled veteran, fifty-one percent ownership of KLSS Solutions,” court records say.

“However, her father did not exercise control or management over the daily operations in accordance with SDVOSBC requirements. Instead, Ms. Moore and her coconspirators operated KLSS Solutions as a shell-company for KLSS in order to secure contracts through the (service-disabled veteran) set-aside procurement program.”

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Powers’ wife, Anita Kelley-Powers, said she and her husband put their lives into KLSS Solutions and KLSS – both of which are now gone.

“We just built it with our hearts, because that’s what my husband wanted to do was have our own company someday, and for it to go down like this is really saddening,” said Kelley-Powers by phone Wednesday.

The sentencing memorandum notes Moore has two school-aged children, has had steady employment, holds degrees from Miami University and the University of Dayton and had no prior criminal history.

“Ms. Moore appreciates the seriousness of her offense and she has expressed genuine remorse for her actions,” court records say. “Ms. Moore has been able to reflect on her actions and has accepted full responsibility for them.”

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Dayton school board plans emergency meeting tied to Dunbar case

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:05 PM

Dunbar High School varsity basketball coach Chuck Taylor is sworn in by Judge Michael Krumholtz on Tuesday, March 6, in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Dayton Public Schools sued the OHSAA for its decision to remove Dunbar from the boys basketball tournament after the state alleged an ineligible player participated in a win over Thurgood Marshall. JEREMY KELLEY/STAFF
Dunbar High School varsity basketball coach Chuck Taylor is sworn in by Judge Michael Krumholtz on Tuesday, March 6, in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Dayton Public Schools sued the OHSAA for its decision to remove Dunbar from the boys basketball tournament after the state alleged an ineligible player participated in a win over Thurgood Marshall. JEREMY KELLEY/STAFF

Dayton’s school board will hold an emergency meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss new information about the Ohio High School Athletic Association court case involving Dunbar High School.

The notice sent out Wednesday afternoon by the district says the meeting “will include an executive session to: (1) consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee, or the investigation of charges or complaints against a public employee.”

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It also says the school board will “confer with an attorney” concerning disputes that are the subject of pending court action. The meeting will be held at district headquarters, 115 S. Ludlow Street.

On March 6, a judge put Dunbar back into the boys basketball postseason tournament after the OHSAA had disqualified the team for using an ineligible player. The OHSAA said a Dunbar player (referred to only as John Doe) should have been ineligible because he was never suspended for his part in a Jan. 10 altercation in a junior varsity game, then went on to play in a varsity tournament game.

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But DPS sued OHSAA, and Judge Michael Krumholtz found no proof, in video or testimony, that the player went on the court for that fight. Dunbar was reinstated to the tournament, defeated Middletown Fenwick, then lost to Woodward in the district finals.

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George H.W. Bush recovering after infection, moved out of intensive care

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Biography of George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved from the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to a regular patient bed days after he suffered an infection that spread to his blood, a family spokesman said Wednesday.

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