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Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 6:56 AM
Trotwood’s Madison Park Elementary was one of nine schools in Ohio to be named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for 2016-17.
This honor goes to schools that meet certain state report card markers on test proficiency and gap closing while serving a student population that is at least 40 percent economically disadvantaged.
Madison Park currently serves only students in grades 2 and 3, so all of the state test data comes from third grade, the first year that students take Ohio’s state tests. Madison Park received a “D” in achievement, but a “C” in K-3 Literacy and a “B” in gap closing, which measures whether each subgroup of students (by race, economics, disability, etc.) narrowed achievement gaps when compared with the student body as a whole.
“It says the things we have in place are really starting to take hold and they’re working,” Superintendent Kevin Bell said of the honor. “That’s actual evidence that achievement gaps are closing.”
Madison Park saw third-grade reading proficiency go from 25.9 percent in 2015-16 to 50.5 percent in 2016-17. In third-grade math, the school improved from 38.5 percent to 57.5 percent proficiency.
“All children can learn and thrive, and these schools are supporting their students with the innovative practices that are closing achievement gaps,” said state superintendent Paolo DeMaria. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators for making a real difference in the lives of their students.”
On the whole, Trotwood’s district report card was poor in 2016-17, ranking last out of Ohio’s 608 school districts in performance index, the most complete measure of test performance. The district got F’s in Achievement and Student Progress and is at risk of state takeover this summer if results from spring 2018 state tests don’t improve.
“We have great confidence and faith in what our staff is doing here,” Bell said last month. “Ultimately I realize in a ranking system somebody has to fall last, but that doesn’t define us. You know, the state tests don’t really say who we are.”
Bell said Trotwood is doing heavy academic interventions concerning literacy, which he called a weak point. It has also expanded after-school academic programs, with busing offered to all.
“We want you to stay, get any extra help you need, and then we’re going to drive you home afterward,” Bell said. “It’s a no-excuses kind of mindset.”
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:11 AM
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Rapper Offset, of the trio Migos, was arrested Friday on weapon and drug charges in Georgia, WSB reports.
Clayton County police said the rapper, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, and his bodyguard, Senay Gezahgn, were traveling in Jonesboro, just outside Atlanta, when the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera that Offset was driving was pulled over after an improper lane change.
During a search, officers found three handguns, less than 1 ounce of marijuana and more than $107,000 in cash.
Offset was charged with improper lane change; possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce; possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
Gezahgn was charged with possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
This is not Offset’s first run-in with the law.
He was arrested in 2016 for driving with a suspended license. In 2015, all three members of Migos were arrested for drug and gun charges during a concert at Georgia Southern University, Billboard reported.
Offset and his wife, rapper Cardi B, just welcomed their first child together last week.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:19 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD — UPDATE @ 11 p.m.
Alcohol may have been a factor in a three-vehicle crash Friday night that sent four people to area hospitals.
The impact of the crash around 9:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Main Street forced a red car and silver SUV off the roadway and into a McDonald’s parking lot.
According to witnesses, the driver of the red car pulled out of KFC and in front of a white pickup truck, which then struck it. The car then hit the SUV.
The driver of a red car was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in serious condition. Two passengers in the red car and the pickup driver were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
A woman and her children inside the SUV were not hurt, she said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Springfield Police Division.
Multiple injuries were reported tonight in a three-vehicle crash on East Main Street.
The crash was reported around 9:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Main Street in front of McDonald’s and KFC.
Main Street is down to one lane going eastbound, with the westbound lanes blocked.
There were crash victims taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, but their names and the severity of injuries was not immediately available.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:47 PM
WASHINGTON TWP. — UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.:
Some of the biggest damage caused by today’s storms was from lightning, including the apartment complex on Seabreeze Court who saw the most damage due to lightning igniting parts of the roof.
“It’s indescribable. I mean it was really really loud you just heard it sounded like a crash,” said a neighbor.
10 fire trucks and two ambulances were called out to this apartment building around noon on Friday.
“Me and my boyfriend smelled all the smoke coming through our windows, ran downstairs and saw that the backside of this building caught of fire,” said a resident.
Fires happening due to lightning was the story of the day in most of the Miami Valley.
“These thunderstorms intensified very quickly. They were producing a lot of lightning in particular a lot of cloud to ground lightning,” said Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.
Lightning caused a lot of damage, however, the Miami Valley was able to avoid the worst of the storms because of rain early in the afternoon.
“It was an incredibly close call we had the instability at least higher up in the atmosphere but because we stayed in the mid-60s through the day we were lucky we did not get the severe weather to the west,” said Elwell.
Firefighters are on the scene of a fire reported at the Chesapeake Landing Apartments in Washington Twp. Friday afternoon.
Crews responded to the 1600 block of Seabreeze Court around 12:30 p.m. and reported a working fire in the structure.
Initial reports indicate the fire might have been caused by lightning that struck the building.
There are no reports of any injuries, however firefighters did have to rescue a dog from one of the buildings, firefighters said.
A second alarm has been requested to help fight the blaze, emergency scanner traffic indicates.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
TROY — It took nearly 37 years before a positive ID was made of Jane Doe whose body was found along a Miami County road, but only a short time for donations and creation of a new stone marking her grave in Troy.
Marcia Sossomon King of Arkansas, who was 21 when she died in 1981, was remembered Friday with the placement of the stone and a memorial service at Riverside Cemetery. The name Sossomon, her father’s last name, was added at the request of her family.
The body of the Jane Doe, also known as “Buckskin Girl” for the jacket, was buried at the city cemetery weeks after its discovery with a marker identifying the grave as Jane Doe’s.
Nine members of King’s family attended the Friday service.
“Words don’t describe the feelings we have for all of you, how you have loved her and taken her in your arms,” said her stepmother Cindy Sossoman.
She said King’s father, John Sossomon, died in January, a few months before she was identified. Cindy Sossomon said King was very trusting and obviously fell into the wrong hands. However, thanks to Miami County investigators and the community, she soon “was in good hands ... in the loving hands of people here.”
King’s identity was confirmed this spring thanks to new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with ID confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.
She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. She had no socks, shoes, bags or any form of ID. She did have a buckskin jacket, which was shown in efforts to find out her name and led to her being known as the Buckskin Girl.
“We are grateful this day has come, that Marcia has a name other than Buckskin Girl,” said the Rev. Greg Simmons, chaplain of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police lodge.
The stone was the result of a private fundraising effort led by retired Piqua police officer Paul Sullenberger with assistance from the FOP lodge. He asked the some 50 people gathered to say King’s full name aloud.
“Her name is written in stone and etched in our hearts and minds,” Sullenberger said.
“I just can’t thank people enough,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said of the efforts to provide the stone.
Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Lord said the investigation into who killed King continues with a focus on establishing a timeline for the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.
“She has been placed in Louisville, Kentucky, approximately 14 days prior to her being found,” he said. “We continue to seek the assistance from anyone that may have had contact with her in April of 2014 in Ohio or Kentucky.
Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s tip line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contactus-1.