Ohio mayors to Congress on tax reform: ‘Get it right’

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 1:53 PM


            Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland, shown here last March, was among a group of a dozen mayors who went to Columbus Friday to send a message that the tax package being voted on in Congress endangers programs used to invigorate cities. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland, shown here last March, was among a group of a dozen mayors who went to Columbus Friday to send a message that the tax package being voted on in Congress endangers programs used to invigorate cities. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Mayors from Springfield, Kettering and 10 other Ohio cities went to Columbus Friday to send a message to Washington that the tax reform packages rushing through Congress will be a bad deal for homeowners and projects that rely on historic tax credits and private activity bonds.

“Tax reform is needed in order to help our economy, but we need to get it right,” said Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, a member of the Ohio Mayors Alliance, a bipartisan group.

Mihalik said 1.5 million Ohio tax filers claimed the popular state and local taxes exemption — SALT — in 2013 and received $15.5 billion in tax relief in 2013. But Republicans in Congress are considering eliminating that exemption.

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“I know that a lot of our residents who itemize will be in for a rude awakening next year if the state and local tax deduction is eliminated,” said Kettering Mayor Don Patterson. “There is too much at stake for too many people for this massive tax overhaul to be rushed through. I’d like to see Congress sit down and get it right.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the proposed elimination of historic tax credits and the new markets tax credit and private activity bonds would hurt projects in cities big and small across the country.

“If these deductions and credits are eliminated, it will cost our residents more in taxes and hurt our ability to create jobs and strengthen our economy,” Ginther said. “We know that in the state of Ohio our cities are driving the economy of this state.”

Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland said historic tax credits are used to make renovation projects on old buildings financially feasible. He points to the conversion of the Bushnell Building in downtown Springfield into office space and a proposal to put apartments into the Wrens Building as examples of projects that rely on the historic tax credits. “We use it regularly,” he said.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley blasted the tax reform packages as huge tax hikes for Americans.

“This bill is a huge tax hike for the American people and for our constituents,” said Cranley, a Democrat. “The average American taxpayer is going to pay more. We are being told that somehow this is a tax cut. It’s not. It’s a tax increase. You take away the local and state deduction, literally, that is more money out of your pocket for the federal government.”

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Husband, wife accused of raping children, committing sex crimes over 10-year span

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:17 AM

John and Dava Henley of Drummonds, Tennessee, are accused of committing sex crimes against children over a 10-year span.
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
John and Dava Henley of Drummonds, Tennessee, are accused of committing sex crimes against children over a 10-year span.(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

A west Tennessee husband and wife are accused of committing sex crimes against children over a 10-year span.

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John and Dava Henley are charged with two counts of rape and four counts of aggravated sexual battery. 

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John Henley is also charged with aggravated rape of a child and rape of a child, according to the indictments.

Investigators said in one charge, the couple verbally directed a child to have sex with another child. 

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The charges stem from incidents that spanned from 2006 to 2016, the indictments said.

The children were between the ages of 3 and 13 when the crimes occurred, according to investigators.

Shelby County court records show the Henleys' home address to be in Drummonds.

While the crimes happened in Shelby County, WHBQ uncovered the investigation likely originated there. 

The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office took an incident report regarding the Henleys in June 2017. It listed two juvenile victims, and the investigation was looking into allegations of forcible fondling and sexual battery.

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A spokesperson with the Tipton County Sheriff's Office told WHBQ that the couple was never arrested there because authorities discovered the incidents happened in Shelby County and passed over the case.

Right now, Dava Henley has a $500,000 bond.

John Henley has an $850,000 bond.

A court date has not been set.

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1 hospitalized after mobile home fire in Clark County

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:11 AM

UPDATE @ 3:15 a.m: One person was transported to an area hospital after a fire occurred at a mobile home in South Vienna early Thursday morning.

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Fire crews responded to the 10000 block of Buena Vista Road just after 2 a.m. on a fully involved trailer fire, according to initial reports.

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Damage estimates were not immediately available, however, officials said damage to the inside of the trailer was severe.

The occupant that was able to escape the fire was sent to the hospital for observational purposes, officials confirmed. 

The fire remains under investigation. 

INITIAL REPORT 

Crews are responding to the 1000 block of Buena Vista Road on a mobile home fire that occurred early Thursday morning. 

Initial reports indicate the trailer was fully involved just after 2 a.m.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with more details. 

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Fort Hunter Liggett tent collapse: 22 injured at California military base, officials say

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:44 AM

File photo of ambulances.
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File photo of ambulances.(Kenn Kiser / Freeimages.com)

More than 20 people were injured late Wednesday when a tent collapsed at Fort Hunter Liggett in California, officials said.

Here is the latest information:

Update 2:26 a.m. EDT July 19: According to the military base’s official Twitter account, 22 soldiers were hurt when “a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter landing’s rotor wash blew over a tent structure” in a “remote training area.” Officials said four soldiers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

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Contrary to earlier media reports, nobody was killed in the incident, officials said.

“This incident occurred during an annual U.S. Army Reserve exercise, Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) that trains Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers,” the base tweeted.

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Air Quality alert issued for some today; stormy pattern developing to end the week 

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:21 AM

Rain and storms come back by the weekend.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

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  • Air Quality Alert issued for Butler, Warren County from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. today
  • Temps on the rise to end the week 
  • Much needed rain arrives Friday, lingers into weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

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THURSDAY: Butler and Warren counties are under a Air Quality Alert from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mostly sunny skies are expected with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. It will be warmer with highs reaching into the middle 80s. There is a chance showers could arrive overnight.

FRIDAY: Expect a chance for showers and storms, especially by afternoon. There is a chance for one or two stronger storms, especially southwest of Dayton by evening. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

>> County-by-County Weather

SATURDAY: Numerous showers and storms are expected scattered throughout the day. Outside of storms, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the lower 80s.

SUNDAY: Expect lots of clouds with occasional showers and storms. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies will start the week with a lingering chance for passing showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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