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Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:32 PM
— Before people sit down at the dinner table for a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday they may have to hit the road.
WAZE, a traffic app and website, has released its list of worst times to travel for the holiday and start of the shopping season. The earlier travelers get on the road, the better off they’ll be, according to WAZE.
Ohioans will luck out though as cities in West Virginia, California, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and North Carolina will see the biggest surge in Thanksgiving traffic this week, according to WAZE.
Below are the worst times to travel each day, today through the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Wednesday: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Black Friday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
FIVE FAST READS
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:53 PM
— If you can measure the popularity of a job by the number of people seeking it, the race for the Ohio House 42 district in southern Montgomery County is the region’s winner.
Five people — three Republicans and two Democrats — are on the May 8 ballot for a seat in a district that has long been a Republican stronghold. About 62 percent of the district is Republican, according to the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association’s 2016 Election Guide.
The candidates will take part in a debate Monday night, April 23, at Miamisburg High School, 1860 Belvo Road, at 6:30 p.m.
The debate is sponsored by the Dayton Daily News, WHIO and the Dayton Area League of Women Voters.
Here is a look at the candidates:
Two candidates, Zach Dickerson and Autumn J. Kern, both of Miamisburg, are running for the Democratic nomination. Kern did not respond to any requests for comment or complete a Dayton Daily News Voter Guide.
Dickerson describes himself as a moderate Democrat who wants to focus on “kitchen table” issues such as fixing potholes, improving schools, funding first responders, battling the drug crisis and bringing good jobs and investment to the district.
He supports establishing a new microloan program for small businesses, restoring the local government fund and improving school funding so districts do not have to go on the ballot for property taxes so often. He’s not sure where he would find the money for those measures but said a review is needed to determine whether state tax cuts have been effective in stimulating the economy.
He supports the state’s expansion of Medicaid, which provides heath insurance to 685,000 Ohioans who were previously ineligible for coverage under Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act. He said that expansion is crucial not only for helping people get preventative care but also in getting treatment for drug addiction.
He said he wants to work on bipartisan legislation to help the district.
“I feel like I will be an advocate for civility,” Dickerson said. “I want a functioning government run by reasonable people. I don’t think we have that right now.”
On other issues, Dickerson said he supports Republican proposed limits on pay day loans and reducing hours for cosmetology licenses. But he said Republican efforts to cut access to safe, legal abortions are wrong-headed and sometimes do not pass constitutional muster.
He did say he would support “reasonable restrictions” such as banning late-term abortions, according to his Voter Guide answers.
Dickerson grew up hunting and said there needs to be a balance between Second Amendment rights and protecting the public. He said assault-style weapons should be banned and he supports “red-flag” legislation that would keep people from having weapons if they pose a threat to themselves or others.
Three candidates are seeking the Republican nomination: State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg; Miamisburg Vice Mayor Sarah M. Clark and political newcomer Marcus Rech.
Antani is seeking re-election to the seat he has held since 2014.
He said he has been a strong voice for conservative values in the Statehouse and has voted to cut taxes, for stronger abortion restrictions and for capping college tuition increases.
“As I’m in office longer I have more ability to deliver on legislation,” Antani said.
Antani wants to eliminate the state income tax and says he would oppose raising taxes. At the same time he advocates providing more support to community colleges for workforce development, increasing funding for law enforcement and restoring funding to local governments so they can fix roads and bridges instead of relying on the state to do it.
He also wants to have a drug dog inspecting every Fed Ex and U.S. mail piece in the state in an effort to stop the mailing of drugs. Antani said he doesn’t know what that would cost but it “would be very expensive.”
Doing without the state’s income tax revenue — which totaled $8 billion in 2017 — would be a tall order. Although he didn’t have a firm plan for reducing state revenues by that amount while still increasing funding for measures he supports, Antani said lawmakers would have to set priorities. He also advocated using $1 billion of the state’s rainy day fund for law enforcement to help fight the opioid epidemic.
Antani said he wants to reduce the number of people on Medicaid by providing work training and job coaches for able-bodied, childless adults.
Antani would eliminate the state-mandated minimum wage, which is currently governed by a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2006 that requires that it rise with inflation.
“The market should dictate wages,” Antani said.
He wants to freeze any changes in kindergarten through 12 education for five years and study best practices during the period, he said.
Antani is a strong supporter of restricting abortion rights and of loosening restrictions on guns. He said will support any anti-abortion legislation, including requiring that schools teach the controversial concept that a fetus feels pain at 18-20 weeks, something many scientists say is not true based on the neurological development of a fetus, according to Factcheck.org.
Earlier this year he advocated that 18-year-olds be allowed to carry long guns to high school, a position that was criticized by fellow Republicans as well as Democrats. He said he is no longer commenting on the subject.
Sarah M. Clark
The Miamisburg councilwoman said her opposition to Antani’s representation of the district is what put her in the race. She said she has more real world experience than he does and believes she would do a better job in the Statehouse.
Clark said she supports the Second Amendment but Antani’s idea that students could bring guns to school is wrong-headed and dangerous.
“I think it certainly highlighted his immaturity and inexperience,” Clark said, arguing that highly-trained armed security guards are a better option.
Clark wants to eliminate the Medicaid expansion, which she said costs taxpayers too much and hurts the people who are on Medicaid because she says they can’t find doctors who will take Medicaid.
She said health care wouldn’t be so expensive if the state passed a health care cost transparency plan that would make pricing more competitive.
She does credit Medicaid with covering drug treatment for addiction. She said too many legislators focus on punishing addicts but she wants to instead have the state get people 18 months of treatment and imprison all drug dealers who sell opioids, methamphetamine and cocaine.
Clark said she wants to get rid of government regulations that have hurt job creation, though she couldn’t name one that she would put on the chopping block.
She also wants to cut taxes if possible and said tax breaks have enabled Miamisburg to attract companies to the city.
Clark opposes “abortion in all circumstances,” according to her Voter Guide answers. She said abortion opponents should extend their “pro-life” view to making sure people are “supported and cared for” after they are born as well. She said she’d like to see churches and other community groups take over more of the job of helping people with addiction, health care and foster care.
Rech said he is running because he believes Antani is too divisive. He also said he opposes Antani’s idea of teenagers bringing guns to school.
“You can’t have 18 year olds walking around with loaded long rifles in schools,” Rech said. “It was a big blow to Second Amendment supporters. It made us look stupid.”
Rech said a better plan for school safety would be more use of metal detectors, hiring more security and training school staff as backups.
Rech wants to repeal the expansion of Medicaid health insurance and said people who lose their insurance should negotiate their own prices with doctors under the Direct Primary Care model. He supports more transparency in health care pricing as well.
“I just want people to have choices,” Rech said.
He believes government subsidies for medical care are what has driven up prices.
A big theme for Rech is that Americans need to be the ones getting jobs. He said schools should upgrade the core curriculum and the state needs to give teachers more freedom. He also said there needs to be more vocational training because not everyone is cut out for college.
“I’d like to see a cheaper version of education,” Rech said. “I’d like to see it more streamlined.”
He opposes the use of special visas and green cards to hire non-Americans by universities, contractors and government.
“I think we should talk to these companies and if we need to maybe we can do some taxation to discourage it,” said Rech.
Ohio House of Representatives 42nd District
Term: 2 years
Pay: $60,584 annually
District: Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg, Germantown and part of Centerville, and Washington, Miami and German townships.
More information on the candidates
Education: Law degree from University of Denver and bachelor of fine arts from Texas State University
Employment: Market research manager at Lexis-Nexis
Political experience: None
Political party: Democrat
Autumn J. Kern
Political party: Democrat
Kern did not respond to requests for further information
Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University
Employment: State representative
Political experience: State representative since 2014
Political party: Republican
Sarah M. Clark
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Trevveca Nazarene University
Employment: Business manager at Midwest Dental and Miamisburg vice mayor
Political experience: Mimaisburg council member since 2010
Political party: Republican
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business management from Thomas Edison State University
Employment: R &R Painting and Flooring
Political experience: None
Political party: Republican
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:40 PM
WELCH, Okla. — Investigators made a break in the 1999 disappearance of two Welch, Oklahoma, girls.
Officials charged Ronnie Busick in connection with their disappearance, according to KOKI.
Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible were 16 years old in 1999, when they planned a sleepover to celebrate Freeman's birthday.
The day after the sleepover, firefighters found Freeman's parents, Danny and Kathy Freeman, shot to death in their burned-out home. The girls, however, had disappeared.
For years, investigators searched for answers, interviewed several potential suspects and pleaded for information surrounding the girls' disappearance.
KOKI reported in 2017 that "extremely valuable" information was turned over by Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey.
Officials said they charged Busick Sunday in connection with the case. He faces four charges of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and a final count of arson.
Busick is currently in custody in Newston, Kansas, according to investigators.
Here are the most recent DOC pictures of Ronnie Busick, he's in custody now in Newton, Kansas.— Tiffany Alaniz (@TiffanyAlaniz) April 23, 2018
Investigators say Busick, Welch, & Pennington killed Danny & Kathy, burned down their home and kidnapped Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman. They still need tips to find bodies. @FOX23 pic.twitter.com/93MVLE450s
At least two other people were involved in the case, they said. Those two, identified as Warren Phillip Welch and David Pennington, have since died.
Members of the victim’s families learned Lauria and Ashley were likely kept alive some time after their disappearance, but they have since died. Their bodies have not been recovered.
An affidavit claimed Welch kept photographs in a leather briefcase that showed the girls bound and gagged at his Picher home during their last days. According to the affidavit, multiple people said they had seen the pictures, but the suspects reportedly threatened them.
Ballard says there are polaroid pictures taken of Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman taken after they were kidnapped that have been seen my many people. Investigators do not know exactly how long they were alive after they were kidnapped. @FOX23— Tiffany Alaniz (@TiffanyAlaniz) April 23, 2018
The affidavit claimed the girls were tied up, drugged and raped before they were killed. It said the girls were strangled and their bodies were dumped into a pit, which may have been a mine shaft near Picher.
Multiple people told investigators that both Welch and Pennington dealt methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. One person reportedly told investigators that Pennington had said the girls had entered a room where Freeman’s parents were buying drugs on the night of the crime.
Another witness reportedly said that a conversation between Welch, Pennington and Busick had implied that the Freeman parents had been murdered over a debt. That witness said the suspects had also hinted that they had taken the two girls and eventually killed them, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said an insurance card found near the scene connected to a car that investigators believed to be connected to a vehicle in Welch's possession helped them in the case.
It said that the suspects had threatened the lives of people who may have had information about the crimes.
Investigators said they still need people to come forward about where the girls' bodies may be. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-522-8017 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officials said a private reward of $50,000 still stands for information related to the location of the girls.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:38 PM
THIS EVENING: Showers will linger across the area through the evening hours, but will lighten up from south to north. Temperatures will hold in the 50s.
TONIGHT: Skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance for passing showers. There will be some dry time as well. Temperatures will drop back to near 50 degrees by morning.
TUESDAY: Clouds will linger with a chance for passing showers through the day. Temperatures will be held below average with highs holding in the upper 50s.
WEDNESDAY: There is a chance for a few showers early in the morning with clouds slowly breaking into the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 50s.
THURSDAY: Skies will become mostly sunny. Temperatures are expected to rebound into the lower 60s.
FRIDAY: Clouds will increase with a chance for passing showers in the afternoon into the early evening. Highs will reach into the lower 60s.
SATURDAY: Clouds will break with mostly sunny skies by late afternoon. Temperatures will hold in the lower 60s.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:27 PM
— It was the worst mass killing in Dayton history. Survivors are haunted by it, but 32 years later the man sentenced to die for these murders, is still sitting on death row.
ARCHIVE PHOTOS: 1985 murder rampage leaves 5 dead
The I-Team investigates how a man convicted of these terrible crimes has lived longer on Ohio’s death row than any other person from the Miami Valley.